HBO reveals a season three set photo for Game of Thrones — and hints at its massive importance. Check out a brand new Robocop poster and some Hobbit photos! Jon Favreau wants to do some swordfighting on Revolution. Plus tons of Walking Dead photos and the latest Once Upon a Time hints!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Hobbit.
Last we heard, Warner Bros. was rumored to be using its Justice League movie as a sort of reverse Avengers — starting with a big team-up movie, and then splitting the characters off into their own solo movies. Notably, the rebooted Batman was supposed to be introduced in Justice League before launching his own post-Nolan franchise. The latest rumor, however, suggests that Warner Bros. doesn't want any crossover between Justice League and its other superhero movies, only one of which — Zack Snyder's Man of Steel — is still a going concern. So the idea would seem to be that this movie would feature its own Superman, its own Batman, its own Green Lantern, and all the others who haven't managed to get their own movie yet, and then Warner Bros. would independently develop new franchises for Batman and its other characters.
This idea has some precedent, as Mad Max director George Miller's Justice League movie, which almost got made a few years back before the Writer's Strike torpedoed it (probably for the best), was going to feature a Batman who wasn't Christian Bale. Of course, that division of franchises made logical sense, insofar as there was no way in hell Christopher Nolan's Batman could exist alongside the rest of the Justice League, but it seems a somewhat stranger decision to attempt launching a Batman-starring Justice League movie and a whole new Batman franchise at the same time, especially since both are inevitably going to be compared to Nolan and Bale's trilogy.
The point is, Warner Bros. still doesn't seem to have any idea what the hell it's doing with its superhero properties now that Nolan is done. Oh, and take all this with a grain of salt, except for the previous sentence — I'm feeling pretty comfortable with that being accurate. [Batman On Film]
Here's a teaser banner for Jose Padilha's reboot. [Coming Soon]
Here are the latest photos for the first of the three Hobbit movies, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. [Coming Soon]
The second full trailer for the movie will reportedly be out tomorrow, September 19, to mark the 75th anniversary of the original publication of The Hobbit. [First Showing]
Here's a sneak peek from Tim Burton's latest stop-motion horror fantasy, which is a remake of his 1982 short film.
Because he's Philip Seymour Hoffman and he can pretty much do whatever the hell he wants at this point, Philip Seymour Hoffman has decided his follow-up to The Master and his supporting role in Catching Fire will be to direct a 1930s ghost movie. Here's the description:
A mysterious stranger who possibly has the power to channel the souls of the dead changes the lives of everyone in a small Nebraska town, especially a young widow and her 11-year-old son.
Having seen The Master last weekend, I feel quite confident in saying Hoffman should just go ahead and play the mysterious stranger and the 11-year-old son. Possibly the young widow as well, though I'm inclined to give that one to Joaquin Phoenix. [Variety and Coming Soon]
Here's a trailer for an Irish horror movie about a man being terrorized by feral children. I feel like that sentence pretty much sells the movie all by itself, but the complete synopsis is below, just to be sure.
The dilapidated suburbia of Edenstown casts a shadow over Tommy Cowley's life. Trapped there by his agoraphobia since his wife was fatally attacked by twisted feral children, he now finds himself terrorized by the same mysterious hooded gang, who seem intent on taking his baby daughter. Torn between the help of an understanding nurse and a vigilante priest, he discovers that to be free of his fears, he must finally face the demons of his past and enter the one place that he fears the most... the abandoned tower block known as the Citadel.
Here's a set photo from the filming of season three. HBO helpfully included this description of what's going on, albeit in supremely vague terms:
In the forests of Clandeboye, on a Wednesday afternoon in August, a man and his wife were walking their dog and heard the sound of a fight. It was an important rehearsal, and the two main protagonists are two of my season favorites: an unexpected pairing, whose war of words is almost as full-on as the fight. This struggle has been choreographed and rehearsed for weeks, with each move carefully placed to match the terrain. The fighters wore pads and fell on crash matts, though for the close-ups later in the week, during the first night shoot of the season, the landing would not be quite so comfortable. It will be a character-defining scene, for more than one who is involved, so it has to be done well.
More departments began to arrive for a full run-through. VFX was involved in creating the final moments of the scene, and special effects had a lot to do to make it all work. Armoury had designed a special weapon for this scene alone, and there was a nervous moment when it was first tested against the wood of a massive tree stump and the body of one of our brave stunt guys. The couple asked what was happening, and looked on for a while, but were gently guided toward the path. What happens next is too big a secret for anyone to know, and it certainly can't be told by me.
Star Jennifer Morrison offers some more teasers about what's ahead for Emma Swan in season two, especially now that she has finally found her parents:
"It's a definite adjustment, knowing now that I've spent my whole life looking for them. I actually have a line in the show where I say, 'All I've known for 28 years is that you gave me up.' So when you finally find those people that you've been looking for, there's all sorts of mixed emotions there. It's not that you lose any of the relationships that have been built outside of knowing they're her parents, but it becomes complicated," says Morrison. "You have to wonder: You really wanted to give up me for the greater good. Is the greater good really better than all of us being together? It's an interesting ethical dilemma."
Iron Man's Jon Favreau, who directed last night's pilot, discusses how he hopes to be involved in the show going forward both behind and in front of the camera:
We're talking about whether my time is best spent directing or acting, but I definitely want to be more involved. I've gotta be honest, I would love to swing a sword around. It was fun to direct swinging a sword around, but I would love to learn how to pick the right weapon. You never get to do that, and I have a lot of sway with the creative segment in the writers room. Eric [Kripke] and I sit down and talk about what it is I would like to try in it, but I would love to be a part of this world. It would be fun to play in. It's like playing dress-up.
He also offers this encapsulation of the show's take on the post-apocalyptic genre:
Some of it was the nature of the characters that Eric wrote, some of it was just the simple aesthetic of that lush, romantic, beautifully backlit fantasy world that hopefully looks like something out of Tolkien - an American spin on that. Then also the weapons that you let them use in the rules of the show. Most of the firearms are black powder, which if you look at the Civil War, they're good for one or two shots and then you've got to affix your bayonets. Any excuse to back ourselves into sword fights on staircases and swinging from chandeliers and kicking over burning braziers — that's the stuff that excites me, and you never get to tell that story. Jackson's gotten to do it with the Tolkien stuff, and to some extent it's coming back with The Hunger Games, with the bows and arrows and stuff. But again, that's a more violent, scary take in many ways. We want it to be escapist, action-adventure.
There's more good stuff at the link. [IGN]
Here's the description for episode two, "Bad Code", which airs October 4 and guest stars Amy Acker as the villainous Root and former Justified villain Margo Martindale as... honestly, it doesn't really matter who former Justified villain Margo Martindale is playing, because she's guaranteed to be awesome:
WITH THE MACHINE'S HELP, REESE CLOSES IN ON FINDING FINCH, ON "PERSON OF INTEREST," THURSDAY, OCT. 4 – The Machine delivers the number of a cold case that leads Reese ever closer to catching up with Finch and his kidnapper, Root, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Thursday, Oct. 4 (9:00 – 10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award winner Margo Martindale ("Justified") guest stars as a woman from Root's past.
Here's the official description for the second episode, "Murmurations":
THE DRAKE BEGINS TO GIVE UP ITS LONG-HELD, HORRIFYING SECRETS AS JANE CONTINUES HER EXPLORATION OF THE BUILDING, AND A MISS LONELY HEARTS TRIES AGAIN TO FIND LOVE WITH GAVIN'S HELP, ON ABC'S "666 PARK AVENUE" – Mili Avital Guest Stars as Danielle Tyler – Jane makes a terrifying discovery about what lies behind the walls of The Drake as she begins to renovate Mr. Barlow's apartment. Meanwhile, Henry wrestles with whether he should tip Gavin off to inside information he has on one of his big projects, and lonely Drake resident Danielle Vincent gets a much needed assist from Gavin with a romantic tryst with a business associate of his. Finally, Brian struggles with his continuing temptation for Alexis, and Jane determines to continue her investigation of the mysterious door in the basement.
Here are the latest teaser videos.
Here's a full set of cast photos for the Syfy show's upcoming third season. [BuddyTV]
Here's a sneak peek at the October 11 fourth season premiere, entitled "Growing Pains." [KSiteTV]
Additional reporting by Rob H. Dawson and Charlie Jane Anders.