Charles Dance says there's talk of one. There are more contradictory rumors about the Star Wars teaser trailer and a description of what the villain looks like in it. Jennifer Lawrence guesses where Mystique will be in X-Men: Apocalypse. And can anyone die in Gotham? Spoilers now!
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Some people have been shown the teaser trailer for The Force Awakens and are describing the villain as a mixture of "the red-colored Imperial Guards from Return of the Jedi and Darth Reven from Knights of the Old Republic." He's masked, obviously, so we still don't know who is playing the villain, and the question about whether the robotic arm J.J. Abrams tweeted a photo of belongs to the villain. [Latino Review via Cinema Blend]
And welcome back to the ongoing saga of when the teaser trailer will be released, with sources telling Slashfilm that it isn't going to be released with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies after all, as the studio has "bigger plans" for the teaser. There are a couple of major TV events coming up that it could premiere on: another Agents of SHIELD spot, during Star Wars Rebels, the Thanksgiving football game. Or they could have a bigger event planned in theaters. [Slashfilm]
Here's a rumored description of a major scene involving a helicopter:
Arnold Schwarzenegger will jump out of the Helicopter Sarah Connor is flying after delivering the classic line "I'll be back" but it is unknown what he'll be jumping down to, water? A RoboCop (2014) style land on the ground, or a deadly enemy that needs dealing with on the ground below? You will have to see the movie to find out what happens or catch the upcoming trailer for more speculation.
In an interview with IGN for The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence said that "obviously Mystique needs to be hiding somewhere" in her third outing as the character. See the video at the link. [IGN]
Cowboy Ninja Viking
An adaptation of Phillip K. Dick's story set in the 1960s and follows a government land-surveyor as he ends up in Boyle, Texas, and discovers that the town is hiding a terrifying secret. Jason Lapeyre (I Declare War) will direct and the script is by Kalen Egan and Travis Sentell. [The Wrap]
Brad Pitt's production company, Plan B, is re-teaming with Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse) for the film Alpha, which is described as a science fiction survival story. Jack London with a twist, essentially. [The Hollywood Reporter]
David Ayer will direct the film in Toronto, which is scheduled to film from mid-April to August of 2015. [Global News]
Paul Wesley (Vampire Diaries) will star in and produce the science fiction thriller Convergence, which follows a college-aged ensemble of underground biotech engineers "exploring a new technology far beyond their expectations and beyond the limits of human control." [Deadline]
Game of Thrones
Charles Dance explained that his return as Tywin Lannister will be a non-speaking part, as the body lies in state in the Grand Sept. He also said that a film has been discussed by the people in charge:
There's talk of eventually trying to do a feature film, but I don't know which of the storylines. There's so much to cram into a film.
Executive producer Bruno Heller talked about his reluctance to kill off characters on the show, saying:
You'd need a damn good reason to do it and a damn good end game to justify it. We're certainly just learning the ropes at this stage. Not to be modest about it, but we're still learning how to do a show this big. I'm always deeply reluctant to kill off characters simply for the shock value of killing them off. I'm not averse to cheap tricks. But apart from anything else, this season literally every actor has come through and [performed really strong]. I would hate to lose any of them. Killing off Sean Bean in the first season of Game of Thrones made everyone go, "Oh, what a good idea that is!" But I don't think it's a good idea if you've got Sean Bean. The bad one was on Deadwood, when they had David Carradine doing that marvelous Wild Bill Hickok, and then he was gone.
... I would say the killing of a so-called un-killable character would add a greater layer of suspense when any of those characters are in jeopardy after that—because the message has been sent to the audience that, "You think you know how this story is going to go, but you're wrong, because we're not following the train tracks that you already know so well."
That is a very good point, and an actor somewhere is cursing you. You're absolutely right. One of the things about doing the extra six episodes, and hopefully being successful enough to get a season two, is that once we're up and running, that kind of narrative playfulness—playing with the audience's expectations—is going to be much more a part of the show. For instance: Who will turn out to be The Joker? Those kind of games you can only get into once you have the audience's trust and the train is rolling down the tracks. We want to establish the real deal—that this is the canonical Gotham—and then start messing with people's minds.
He added that season 2 wouldn't follow any one villain, the way season one has zeroed in of the Penguin as its main arc, and added that this season will have Jim Gordon saying "Screw it. I'm tired of playing it safe and being cautious. I'm going to go full throttle to bring down the corrupt police administration." From there:
And things start to move fast and furious and urgent. The stakes keep rising. And just when Jim thinks he's achieved a certain level of success against the powers that be, they pull a vicious table-turn on him that will play out in the last episodes of the season in a very big, scary theatrical way.
Brian Michael Bendis says he didn't even want the PlayStation series to try to recreate the comics completely:
It's not that I just want new stories, but I didn't want a "faithful adaptation." I've been in comics a long time, but I've been in television for a little while now as well. I'm not a television expert, except watching of course, but I do know enough about the medium to know that a fatal mistake is thinking they're identical mediums even though there's a lot of similarities. They're definitely sister mediums to each other, but the real stuff that matters is very different as far as storytelling is concerned.
So there are ideas, themes, characters and scenes behind "Powers" that you could do in both comics and TV. Overall though, I'm not interested in a faithful adaptation. I've got the books. I want to see something else. My wife had pointed out that "Dexter" had a very similar trajectory; the books were one thing and the shows were another. That sounds fantastic to me, and that's the way we've gone.
He did explain what will stay the same:
So you're going to recognize almost everything that's in the show from somewhere in the book. Charlie did a very interesting thing in cherry picking from the get go in order to make the best television show. You'll see Calista isn't a little child as she is at the beginning of the comics. She's very much the age she is now. There are other things to that make it more of a TV show and less of TV show trying to be a comic or a comic trying to be a TV show — because of the comic book, some people bring stuff to it themselves. They see things. Just today someone wrote, "I always kind of saw Deena as African American." Then another person goes, "I don't understand how you could even cast an African American."
People bring to it stuff that I have no control over, which is fascinating. But yes, it is going to be very familiar in all the right places. It will also be different enough to hopefully surprise even the most diehard audience. For those looking just to follow along with the comics, and I don't think many people are looking for that, we're not going to be doing that.
Speaking at the "An Afternoon with Mark Gatiss and Friends" event, Peter Capaldi said he's hoping to stay around as the Doctor for a while:
At the end of the day, the job is all-consuming, it's a factory – a Doctor Who factory! I get to run up and down corridors, escape through ventilation shafts and fight Daleks.
But it is every day for eight months and you can get tired; you keep trying to come up with ideas. And sometimes you run out of ideas.
If I did have an ambition it would be not to regenerate for a while.
Once Upon a Time
At the link, see a video of Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin talking about their characters this season, with Goodwin saying of Snow White:
Her journey this season is finding a place where she can let go of the guilt over having let Emma go as a child and also, trying to find her self-worth as a mother.
And at this link is a featurette about how the show translated Frozen into live-action. [TV Guide]
The Last Man on Earth
Fox will finally air the show (starring Will Forte) on March 1 and it'll follow Family Guy for the entirety of its run. A photo of it is below. [Deadline]
Here are clips from Monday's episode, "The Boys That Care Forgot":
Go to the link for a clip from tonight's episode. [TV Guide]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller