X-Men: First Class star Michael Fassbender discusses Magneto's mission and mutant sex lives. Diane Lane drops a Man of Steel hint, Hugh Jackman talks Real Steel, and The Amazing Spider-Man might actually feature a certain sexy redhead.
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from X-Men: First Class.
Matthew Vaughn, Bryan Singer, and James McAvoy all opened up about what they'd like to see in a sequel, as plans are now taking shape for two more films. Vaughn compares his X-Men movies to Christopher Nolan's work on Batman:
"First Class is similar to Batman Begins, where you have the fun of introducing the characters and getting to know them, but that takes time. But with the second one you can just get on with it and have a rollicking good time. That's the main difference between Begins and The Dark Knight."
He also teased a possible new time period:
"1962 is far more grounded in the world of the '50s. I think it takes about five years for a decade to really start getting its identity, so the fun thing about this for me would be doing [a sequel] in the latter part of the decade, where you've got The Stones, The Beatles, Flower Power…"
Bryan Singer acknowledged that the idea of time-jumping the series first into the 1970s and then the 1980s has been discussed, but there are concerns this would age the characters too fast. James McAvoy outlined his own hopes for what Professor X might get up to in the next two films, saying he'd like to see Charles get "messed up" in his search for other mutants:
"In First Class he uses Cerebro for the first time and maybe it unlocks something in his head – maybe he can't keep the voices out or something. So in the second movie his journey could be about getting himself out of a mess. And then in the third movie he becomes… Patrick Stewart!"
Michael Fassbender reveals that Erik Lehnsherr's main motivation in the movie is to track down Kevin Bacon's Sebastian Shaw:
Shaw had him in these concentration camps and as we know, the Nazis were doing lots of experimentation - all sorts of things, like measuring skull and brain size and running experiments on human beings. So Shaw is trying to unleash this power in him - he's recognized that he can manipulate metal and so we catch up with Erik on a quest to hunt him down.
He agreed with James McAvoy's comparison of Xavier and Lehnsherr to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, although he also pointed out a more primal difference between the two:
If that's what he said, then yeah, I like it. That sounds good. It's actually a good way to summarise it. But also, I think that Charles is just horny, and just trying to get laid. Throughout the film. He's like 'human beings are cool, give them a chance' because he just wants to have human-being sex. He doesn't want to have mutant sex. Whereas Eric really gets off on mutant sex.
Fassbender also revealed one of his favorite sequences to shoot was early in the film, where he kills a bunch of Nazis while trying to track down Sebastian Shaw. There's a ton more at the link. [IGN]
New Ma Kent portrayer Diane Lane suggested the movie covers all of Superman's life, from the beginning:
"I read the script under lock and key... I was locked in a room with the script and was only allowed three hours with it. I nailed it into my memory. I'm really excited. I'm really not allowed to talk much about it, I think, but it does cover the entire range of years, from infancy on."
This is pretty random, but apparently the movie is looking for an "actress to portray beautiful red-headed teenage girl for featured background...(18+ only)." Everyone is naturally assuming this is Mary Jane Watson in a non-speaking role, and the part would then be recast with a name actress when she gets a larger part in the sequel, sort of like what the new Sherlock Holmes movies have done with Moriaty. That, however, is all supposition and speculation. [Superhero Hype]
Here's an interview with star Hugh Jackman and director Shawn Levy, in which they talk about the fact that this robot-boxing movie features absolutely no greenscreen — and in fact, right after filming a take, Jackman could go see his performance on the monitor with the CG elements already included. [AMC Theatres]
A Serious Man and Boardwalk Empire actor Michael Stuhlbarg has reportedly been cast as Griffin, a role that District 9's Sharlto Copley was originally up for. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Linkin Park will be remixing their song "Iridescent" for the movie. [TFLAMB]
Justin Lin - whose greatest directorial accomplishment is probably Community's incredible paintball episode - discussed the rumors that he might be offered the director's chair on the next Terminator film:
I think one of the great things is that when I got started, no one would return my calls, and now I get a lot of phone calls, which is good. I have options. Terminator was one of my favorite films growing up. And I feel I have a take that I would love to see, and I've talked with Arnold and we've talked and we'll see. Again, I would love to do it, but it has to be the right circumstances. It has to be the right people. And there's other projects too. But I'm in a position now that I can choose more than I could a year ago, two years ago. So that is something that is potentially in my future, but when I get home I will sit down and look at my options and choose what I want to do.
Green Lantern's Blake Lively is reportedly the front-runner for Glinda the Good Witch, but she may have to drop out to appear in Oliver Stone's new drama Savages instead. [Variety]
Sony Pictures has reportedly signed on to co-finance the next two Bond movies with MGM, which should just about resolve the franchise's ongoing money woes. [ComingSoon.net]
Bruce Campbell offered the latest update on the long-mooted, probably never-going-to-happen Evil Dead remake:
"NEWSFLASH: We are remaking EVIL DEAD. The script is awesome. I will be one of the producers and possibly play the milk man."
Some major spoilers from the opening story "The Impossible Astronaut"/"Day of the Moon" have hit the web. We can't confirm whether they're real or not. Warning: These spoilers, if true, give away some major plot points. So yeah - read at your own peril, at the link. [Doctor Who TV]
Here's an interview with Karen Gillan in which she teases what's ahead for Amy Pond in the new season.
Here's a promo for episode 19, "Lysergic Acid Diethylamide."
Like last year's nineteenth episode, the highly experimental musical episode "Brown Betty", this year's nineteenth episode will be quite trippy - which you could probably guess, considering its title is the full chemical name for LSD - and will definitely feature Leonard Nimoy. [TV Guide]
Presented without further comment, here's a joint interview with Fringe's Jasika Nicole and The Cleveland Show's title character. [Fringe Television]
Here's some spoiler-y hints for the final two episodes of the season:
The final two episodes feature what an insider calls a "deeply bittersweet reunion" between two characters. Meanwhile, Sophia's efforts to wipe out the entire human race to make room for her people reaches a climax.
Here's an interview with Jensen Ackles.
Here's a sneak peek at episode 17, "Common Descent."
Here's a sneak peek for upcoming episode "Kent."
Executive producer Kelly Souders explains what's ahead for Tess, particularly now that Lionel Luthor is back on the scene:
"Her issues are really going to come to a head. I think that she's got some really critical interactions with some key characters in the show, and she definitely is going to be forced to take a side at the end of the day."
When Lois gains Clark's powers for a day, the fallout with not include amnesia, although there will be other consequences. [TV Line]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.