Marc Ruffalo explains the balance between the Hulk and Bruce Banner in The Avengers, while Jeremy Renner teases his Thor cameo. Christopher Nolan talks the casting of The Dark Knight Rises, inside the science of Source Code, and much more!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from X-Men: First Class.
Marc Ruffalo says it's a pretty equal balance between the time he appears as Bruce Banner and the time that he's Hulked out. He wouldn't say whether the Hulk is a force for good or bad in the movie, but he did offer this:
"There's some great Bruce Banner stuff [in 'Avengers'], kind of a slant on him that we haven't seen before. He's introduced in a really great way."
Jeremy Renner offered this brief update:
"Yes, I have [read the 'Avengers' script]. It's tremendous. I can't tell you anything about it."
Ohio governor John Kasich says he is trying to bring in a "Marvel/Disney superhero movie" that will spend $40 million in the Cleveland area. Most likely, this is for The Avengers, which is reportedly no longer filming in Michigan because of the end of its film-friendly tax credits. [Cleveland.com]
Renner also refused to confirm or deny whether he cameos in Thor:
"I might [have a cameo in 'Thor']. Go see it. Check it out."
My first reading of this is that he's implying that yes, he is in it, but it's probably best to just take Renner's advice and watch the movie to find out. [MTV]
Christopher Nolan was his usual secretive self when asked about the movie at the Academy Awards. Nolan said he can't yet identify a theme like "fear" in Batman Begins or "escalation" in The Dark Knight. He also offered these affirmations on the casting of Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway, as well as another conformation that this will indeed be his final film:
"Once you see the film in 2012, you will completely understand why they were the perfect choice for these characters...We're very much excited about really finishing a trilogy and giving a conclusion to our story. And that's what we're doing."
Back to the Future composer Alan Silvestri is reportedly writing the score for Captain America. [Film Music Reporter]
Here are some set photos of Andrew Garfield in the Spider-Man costume. [The Daily Blam]
Here's a pair of new character posters for Michael Fassbender as Magneto and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier. [/Film]
Screenwriter Ben Ripley explains the movie's concept of "time reassignment", which sends Jake Gyllenhaal's Colter Stevens into a time loop that exists in a parallel universe maintained by the brain activity of those killed in the earlier train attack. (It makes more sense when not explained in a single sentence.) Anyway, Ripley says it's all based on real science around parallel universes:
"‘More and more, modern physics is becoming comfortable with the possibility of parallel universes. Source Code imagines a practical application for them...What's done is done and cannot be undone...'Time reassignment' respects this boundary by creating a parallel world whose past we may visit and freely disturb, since those actions have no causal impact on our own reality. Whatever Colter does in the Source Code changes absolutely nothing that has already happened in the primary reality."
There are more details at the link. [Wired.com]
The early reviews point out that the film's science fiction premise - in which a team of mysterious adjusters (who are almost certainly angels) are charged with making sure people stick to their assigned fates - is really just background for the central love story between Matt Damon's politician and Emily Blunt's ballerina. There are some other tidbits and reactions to be found at The Philadelphia Inquirer and The New York Times.
Director George Nolfi defends the blending of lots of different genres:
But I don't think it will alienate the sci-fi crowd at all. There will always be some that will wish that it was done differently, but I feel that there is enough there. It's a fun movie with a great premise and hopefully with a lot of action, and men will enjoy that. For me, personally, I don't want to watch a sappy love story. I need those other elements.
Costar Anthony Mackie explains his character Harry, who straddles a line between being human and being just another of the angelic adjusters:
Well, he's more of an usher of fate, I think. When you look at Harry, he's more of the guy who helps along your fated path. The great thing about the character and the way that Nolfi wrote it is that he has so many trials and tribulations that he has to overcome. He's such a 3-dimensional character, he's a real person, and that's why I was so excited to play it, because he's kind of like the eyes and ears of the audience. When you get into a lot of sci-fi movies or fictional characters, the audience kind of turns off in a way, because they can't relate to him, but Harry was put there so that the audience could relate to the Adjustment Bureau, because he has the powers of the bureau but the emotions of the everyday man.
Here's a bunch of photos and spoilers gleaned from the latest issue of Empire magazine, which features Optimus Prime and his older "brother" Sentinel Prime on the cover:
1. No sand
2. No "dorky" humor ("we wanted to make the movie much more serious, more adult)
3. When robots die, they're really going to die and we're gonna show that
4. We're not bringing people back
5. Give the robots more 'weight' in the story ("They were missed in movie two. We've given them a strong back-story and pathos")
There are more at the link. [TFW2005]
It's maybe not quite as absurd as a robot with wrecking ball testicles, but one of the NASCAR-inspired Autobots appears to have the Transformer equivalent of a mullet. You can see it at the link. [Topless Robot]
Anthony Mackie, who plays Lincoln's sidekick Will, comments on the story:
That starts in like four or five weeks now, we start shooting in New Orleans, so I get to go home for three months. The great thing about it and what I really loved about the movie is the idea that it's the actual storyline. They took Abraham Lincoln's biography moment by moment and put this sub-storyline of vampires in it, and I think that's kind of interesting. It kind of entices the next generation to look at history in a way that's new and creative. I feel like you watch this movie and if you talk about it, you're talking about actual history just with new plotpoints in it.
Executive producer Bob Weinstein is really committed to the movie's found footage conceit, claiming the movie's (completely fictional) premise that a secret Apollo mission visited to the Moon and tangled with forces unknown is, in fact, absolutely real:
"People intrinsically know there are secrets being held from us. Look at WikiLeaks: There are secrets that are really true to the world. It's not bogus. We didn't shoot anything. We found it. Found baby!"
Here's photos and a synopsis for episode 17, "Stowaway." [Daemon's TV]
Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Broyles (Lance Reddick) investigate a killer that attaches herself to suicidal victims; Olivia (Anna Torv) and Walter (John Noble) work together in the lab.
Here's a super lengthy video from the GallifreyOne convention with series writers Jane Espenson and Doris Egan, in which they discuss writing for this series, the fact that the final episodes are still being written, and the possibility of further series after this one. [Doctor Who News Page]
Gary Cole is returning as Sarah's dad Jack Burton for episode 21, which airs April 25. According to executive producer Chris Fedak, Burton hasn't changed his conman ways:
"We have a con at the heart of the [Jack] episode. There are actually multiple cons. We definitely put Chuck and Sarah out there — they could potentially get into a lot of trouble.
Fedak didn't rule out the possibility that Sarah's mom would eventually show up, but it doesn't sound like there are immediate plans for that. There are more details at the link. [TV Squad]
Here's an interview with Julie Benz: [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo and sneak peek for the next episode, "...And Then There Were None":
Here's a short synopsis and photos for episode 7, "I See Your True Colors. And That's Why I Hate You." [Daemon's TV]
Emily and Josh return to their parents' house; Aidan confronts Bishop over the attack on Emily; Sally tries to reach out to Bridget.
Here's a promo and sneak peek at the next episode, "Scion":
Here's a promo for the upcoming episode "Convoy." [TFLAMB]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.