Bryan Singer and James McAvoy talk more about what to expect from X-Men: Days of Future Past. The BBC releases a metric ton of Doctor Who hints. Godzilla confirms its prestigious cast and starts filming. Check out new images for The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2, and Pacific Rim. Plus Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Vampire Diaries, and more! Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Pacific Rim.
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Director Bryan Singer explains how this movie will address X-Men: The Last Stand:
There are parts of X-Men 3… it isn't what I would have done, but parts of it, I liked. Ellen Page was something I liked in X-Men 3 and I'm bringing her to Days of Future Past. Certain things are different. There was a lot going on in it and I wasn't so happy with so many people dying, but then there were some really sweet moments with that kid, the cure kid... I said I'll "fix a few things" [with Days of Future Past]. It won't be its primary function but there will be some fixing. It's a really cool story, and incidentally, it facilitates all of these characters. They weren't just thrown in there. And they all play a fun role. I want there to be some humor and some fun. In Days of Future Past there are some genuinely [great] things in it. I can't wait, and I know they will be fun to shoot. I want to keep that humour [because] the thing about X-Men is that the themes are serious, but the film doesn't need to be...
He also discusses some of the movie's technical aspects:
I might have use for some of Jack the Giant Slayer's motion capture techniques [in Days of Future Past.] I don't want to say how because that would give away what's going to be in the movie, but I'll be using that and perhaps simulcam technology for certain things. And I will be shooting stereo, true stereo. [Newton Thomas Sigel] will be shooting the film. I'm not sure which camera we're going to use. I've been debating between three. I had a good experience with the Epic Reds but X-Men will have it's own specific look. It takes place in different times, and those times will have different looks.
There's some more at the link. [Bleeding Cool]
Young Professor X actor James McAvoy says he has now read the script, and he's very happy with it. He also mentions his fellow cast members, in the process implying that he will share scenes with his older counterpart played by Patrick Stewart:
"It's great. It's really good and strong. I think fans will love it. I think people who have never seen any of the X-Men films before are going to be really into it. I think it's satisfying and giving people what they want, while at the same time being challenging and giving them something different, new, and unexpected... Yeah, I can't wait to work with Michael (Fassbender) again, Jennifer (Lawrence) and Nick (Hoult). It's going to be great, we got along so well the first time around. That'll be fun.... Then also, getting to team up with Sir Patrick (Stewart). I don't know if I get to work with Sir Ian (McKellen), but it should be a real exciting time I think."
Elsewhere, McAvoy offers another production detail and adds one extra bit of confirmation that movie takes place in the 1970s:
"I read the script yesterday... I had my first costume fitting. He looks cool. He looks fun. I like his '70's costumes."
Iron Man 3
Here's the latest promo.
Here's a new teaser image from Guillermo del Toro's monster-fighting epic, captioned "This is as close as you ever want to get to Kaiju blood." [Coming Soon]
The new Godzilla movie from Monsters director Gareth Edwards is ready to begin shooting, and Warner Bros. officially confirmed yesterday pretty much all of the rumored casting and production details we've been hearing about for the past few months:
Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today the final principal cast for the upcoming tent pole "Godzilla." Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche are starring in the film, with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. The companies also announced that principal photography began today on location in Vancouver.
Ken Watanabe, whose previous English-language blockbusters include Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins and Inception, is the one major addition to the cast we hadn't already heard about. Warner Bros. also confirmed the movie will be in 3D and will be released on May 16, 2014. [Shock Till You Drop]
Here are some more locations for the Vancouver-based shoot, courtesy of Canada.com:
Gareth Edward's sci-fi reboot of the city-destroying Godzilla is being filmed across Vancouver Island this March, from Nanaimo's Old Victoria Road to Ladysmith and Shawnigan Lake. More than 300 crew members are expected to land in the Harbour City for the eight-day central Island shoot and have pledged to use local extras, staff and equipment... Nanaimo has been on the list as a potential area to shoot since last October when producers were reportedly won over by the city's industrial look. The film, whose working title is Nautilus, did a casting call in February for extras and recently notified residents along Old Victoria Road that filming is about to begin. Joan Miller, the North Island film commissioner, says Vancouver Island will make up the first shots for the new take on the legendary radioactive monster, which is set to hit theatres next year. Crews will stay in Nanaimo hotels for three days while they shoot the scenes downtown and Ladysmith area before they move onto Shawnigan Lake.
The Wachowskis' latest slice of sci-fi lunacy will reportedly film in Chicago starting on June 24 for four to five weeks. [Reel Chicago]
Michael Bay's Transformers swansong — in which the swan sings some Skrillex and then explodes — will reportedly also be filming in Chicago from July to October. [Reel Chicago]
Steven Moffat explains why this episode is the closest the Doctor will ever come to a James Bond impression:
It was [producer] Marcus Wilson's idea. We were discussing how the first episode of the second run would probably be a contemporary Earth adventure, so the Doctor could meet the modern day Clara - and anyway, I wanted to do Wi-Fi monsters - and Marcus suggested we do a proper urban thriller. The Doctor can never be Bond or Bourne - but if he tried it might look a bit like this.
He also talks about what else to expect from the rest of the season:
A haunted house, a submarine, a planet with cool rings, Victorian Yorkshire, a journey to the centre of the TARDIS, Dame Diana Rigg and her daughter Rachael Stirling together on screen for the first time, new Cybermen, and the Doctor's greatest secret revealed.
You are bringing back a couple of classic monsters with the Cybermen and Ice Warriors, are there any new ones to look out for?
Plenty of new monsters! Watch out for the Spoonheads, the Whispermen, and - my favourite - the Vigil. Oh and Neil Gaiman has done something horrible with the Cybermen!
Finally, he discusses the big mystery of Clara:
You've sort of met her, but you sort of haven't. The same shed load of attitude you saw before, the same rapid-fire banter with the Doctor, but this time she's living in modern London with no memory of the Time Lord!
How has the dynamic of the relationship between the Doctor and his companion changed since the introduction of Clara?
It's all new for the Doctor - this time the greatest mystery in the universe is standing right next to him.
The BBC has released official descriptions for the next four episodes:
"The Bells of St. John" (Episode 6)
The Doctor's search for Clara Oswald brings him to modern day London, where humanity lives in a wi-fi soup. But something dangerous is lurking in the signals, picking off minds and imprisoning them. As Clara becomes the target of this insidious menace, the Doctor races to save her and the world from an ancient enemy.
"The Rings of Akhaten" (Episode 7)
Clara wants to see something awesome, so the Doctor whisks her off to the inhabited rings of the planet Akhaten, where the Festival of Offerings is in full swing. Clara meets the young Queen of Years as the pilgrims and natives ready for the ceremony. But something is stirring in the pyramid, and a sacrifice will be demanded.
"Cold War" (Episode 8)
The Doctor and Clara land on a damaged Russian Submarine in 1983 as it spirals out of control into the ocean depths. An alien creature is loose on board, having escaped from a block of Arctic ice. With tempers flaring and a cargo of nuclear weapons on board, it's not just the crew but the whole of humanity at stake!
"Hide" (Episode 9)
Clara and the Doctor arrive at Caliburn House, a haunted mansion sat alone on a desolate moor. Within its walls, a ghost hunting Professor and a gifted psychic are searching for the Witch of the Well. Her apparition appears throughout the history of the building, but is she really a ghost? And what is chasing her?
Game of Thrones
Costar Nikolaj Coster-Waldau discusses what to expect from Jaime Lannister in season three:
“Change. For Jaime, there’s a lot of change in every way you can imagine. He’s still driving Brienne crazy. He succeeds in driving her crazy to the point where he actually gets a shot at freedom. Then everything takes a turn.”
The Walking Dead
Here's a promo and two sneak peeks for this Sunday's episode, "This Sorrowful Life."
Once Upon a Time
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Selfless, Brave and True." [KSiteTV]
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim revealed that episode twenty-one has the rather ominous title "The Undertaking." [@MarcGuggenheim]
The Vampire Diaries
Showrunner Julie Plec discusses whether Bonnie will really turn villainous:
"Well, she could. She's at a fork in the road, and that is definitely one of the prongs in the road. Definitely, we haven't seen the height of intensity of Bonnie's storyline yet. This Shane/Silas person has an enormous amount of control over Bonnie. Shane as a human, Professor Shane, with no supernatural abilities whatsoever, was able to get such a strong hold on Bonnie that she came to believe she couldn't control her own magic without him. Now that you add a supernatural component to that, it becomes really extreme and really severe."
Here's the description for episode eleven, "Adventures in Fae-bysitting":
Bo and Kenzi become entangled in the schemes of a gated community when a babysitter pleads for their help to prove her employer has met with a foul end. Meanwhile, Lauren comes to a difficult – and dangerous – decision.
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.