Gary Oldman reveals a hint about the end of The Dark Knight Rises. Marc Webb and Andrew Garfield explain how they approached reinventing Spider-Man. The Hobbit gets a much-needed infusion of Scottish. Plus Game of Thrones, The River, and more!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.
Gary Oldman reveals that he briefly lost his copy of the script, which particularly worried him because he was one of the select few who had a complete script, as opposed to one with the ending left out. That fact would tend to suggest that Commissioner Gordon will be involved in the film's conclusion, as is really only right and proper. [Comic Book Movie]
Director Marc Webb talks some more about the differences between his film and Sam Raimi's trilogy:
"There's narrative differences, like the Gwen Stacy saga is something from the comics that I've always really, really loved. There's what happened to his parents, which is a huge thing. But there's the villain, Dr. Connors and The Lizard, which never came to fruition in the movies...There's tonal differences, which are a little difficult to express except for in trailer form, or in the film itself, because it's more of a subjective term. But those are all things that we felt like deserved their day in the sun."
He also discussed how he and the production team approached the Lizard:
"We spent a lot of time thinking about the biology of a lizard, and how his muscles work, and there's an entire staff of people dedicated to making him look lifelike. It is an extraordinary task, and very, very difficult. It takes a lot of time, which a lot of people in this room can attest to."
There's more at the link, including Webb's explanation of what they wanted to stress in the recently released trailer. [Heat Vision]
Star Andrew Garfield explains how his love of Spider-Man helped guide his performance:
"I do feel like he's in me, like all true fans do. That's what being a fan is of a character like this: feeling like there's no separation between you and them and that you have ownership over them. Ultimately, you have no ownership over it, because he belongs to everybody. The symbol is bigger than any actor playing him and any particular movie or comic book. The symbol of the mask, the symbol of the suit, it doesn't even matter who's in it, as long as somebody's in it to keep the symbol alive. That's what's important to me. In terms of how I approached it, I just approached it every day I woke up. My first thought was 'Oh, boy.' Then my second thought was, 'Remember, just go from a place of being a fan and caring as deeply as you do.' You have to just let go and trust from there on. If people like it, people like it."
General Zod actor Michael Shannon lavishes some high praise on Henry Cavill as Superman and director Zack Snyder, including a comparison that I'm sure none of us are going to find needlessly hyperbolic:
"Henry is a fantastic Superman, he's got a little edge to him and he's smart, clever and I had fun working with him. I think Zack [Snyder] is the master stylist, visually, I mean he's up there with Scorsese in my book in terms of visual composition, orchestration, etc."
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Director Ridley Scott address the Harrison Ford rumors, saying that he's not even sure yet whether Rick Deckard will even be in the movie — but if he is, then Scott says that "nothing would please me more" than a reunion with Ford. He also gives this update on the current state of development:
We're still in discussions about whether it should be a prequel or sequel. It's an interesting conversation. I'm meeting with writers and I've also gone back to [original Blade Runner screenwriter] Hampton Fancher and he still speaks the speak. He's right there. I spoke with him this week. But we don't even have a script yet.
Finally, he says that he is doing this in part because he enjoyed the experience of making Prometheus so much. Speaking of which...
Ridley Scott revealed this: "I'm also thinking about what the hell I might do for a Prometheus 2." Clearly, when Scott goes back to science fiction after thirty years, he does not mess around. [EW]
Star Jennifer Lawrence discusses the plan to break the adaptation of the final book Mockingjay into two movies:
"It's always hard, every time you convert a novel into movies, because you have to cut so much out," Lawrence said. "[So], in a weird way it's kind of a relief because you get to keep everything in there. It is a lot more work [to shoot four films] and we'll probably do them back-to-back."
She and costar Josh Hutcherson also suggest Peeta and Katniss will in fact get married in the second installment, Catching Fire, though it wasn't entirely clear they were being serious. [MTV]
For those of us who looked at The Hobbit cast and said, "Yeah, this is fine, but it could stand to be a lot more wheezing, Scottish, and awesome," our prayers have been answered - legendary Scottish comedian Billy Connolly has been cast as Dain Ironfoot, the dwarf cousin of Richard Armitage's Thorin Oakenshield. The character will likely appear just in the second film, as his role in the book is centered on the Battle of the Five Armies. [Heat Vision]
Here are some photos from the Costa Rica set of M. Night Shyamalan's latest film, including what appears to be stars Will and Jaden Smith hanging out by a pool. [Coming Soon]
Here's a new photo of Kristen Stewart in battle as Snow White. [Coming Soon]
20th Century Fox has reportedly put Real Steel director Shawn Levy's Frankenstein project on hold, reportedly due to concerns over the movie's $80 million budget. [Vulture]
Animal Kingdom star Sullivan Stapleton has reportedly signed on for a lead role in director Noam Murro's 300 prequel. The only thing that's unclear is what role he is playing - the initial report suggested he is playing Xerxes, apparently taking over in a fairly drastic bit of recasting for original actor Rodrigo Santoro, while the second report simply mentioned an unspecified lead role. [Deadline and Variety]
Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, has reportedly joined the cast of this medieval-set film about Jeff Bridges as a grizzled witch-hunter teaching his new apprentice Ben Barnes to hunt down a coven led by Julianne Moore. Harington is reportedly set to play Bridges's previous apprentice. [Variety]
Van Robichaux and Evan Susser, the writers of the as yet unfilmed but well-received Peter Mayhew meta-movie Chewie, have reportedly been hired to rewrite the live-action adaptation of the famous Hanna Barbera cartoon for producers Donald De Line and Denise Di Novi. They are taking over for previous writer Adam F. Goldberg. [Variety]
Here's a poster for this romantic comedy starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, set on the day the world is about to be destroyed by a huge meteor. [Coming Soon]
Two more writers have been confirmed for season seven, joining the previously announced Steven Moffat, "Victory of the Daleks" and "Night Terrors" writer Mark Gatiss, and John Fay, who worked on Torchwood: Children of Earth and Miracle Day. First up is Being Human creator Toby Whithouse, whose previous episodes include "School Reunion", "Vampires of Venice", and "The God Complex." Whithouse revealed he is currently writing the third episode, though that may change as episodes are finished and scheduled. The second writer is Chris Chibnall, who doesn't enjoy an exactly sterling reputation with Doctor Who fans — and that's, uh, putting it mildly — but did write the underrated David Tennant episode "42", if nothing else. There might be another writer or two who still hasn't been announced, possibly including Gareth Roberts, who might end up writing a third Craig Owens episode with James Corden, something that has been rumored a few times. [SFX]
Matt Smith says he starts rehearsing season seven episodes on February 13 and starts filming on February 20. He also reveals that he "wouldn't mind a male companion now that Karen has left." Of course, considering how close we are to the start of filming, you would sort of think Smith must have some idea who the next companion will be at this point, at least in the broad strokes. So yeah, feel free to interpret this as a knowing hint, if you so desire. [Doctor Who News Page]
Here are two sneak peeks for this Friday's episode, "Welcome to Westfield."
Here's a bunch of set photos. [SpoilerTV]
Season two cast addition Daniel Portman discusses his character, Podrick Payne:
Pod is from a very, very, sort of lowly branch of House Payne. He is a distant cousin of the executioner Ser Ilyn Payne, and he's really just sort of been passed about for a wee while… a squire from knight to knight and, I think, in the books, it's almost seen as a bit of a prank that Tyrion's been landed with this apparently useless squire.
How do you figure into the drama as the season begins? Are you kind of following Tyrion around and bigger things are to come?
Yeah, to be honest, he's introduced very just sort of, as if he's there, it's not a big deal that I'm there, I'm just another squire… another piece of help or servantry that just ends up by the end of the season, becoming Tyrion's sort of personal squire. I think that's just about all I can give away...Pod's not exactly what he seems. Yeah, he's going to play quite an important role towards the end of the series.
Denis O'Hare says he will probably be back as Russell Edgington for most of season five, "starting about midway." [Vulture]
Creator Oren Peli discusses the season's storytelling structure, as well as the possibility of characters dying:
The first eight episodes are actually really cool. Every week, we have a very exciting scare-of-the-week, but we also advance the story of the search for Emmet Cole (Bruce Greenwood), the missing explorer. There is some sort of a conclusion, at the end of the first season. I'm not saying what it is, or whether it's going to be good or bad, but there is going to be some sort of resolution. If we're lucky enough to have future seasons, we do have a road map so we know where to go. But, for now, we've just been concentrating on the first season. We wanted to make it a complete season, on its own, but we do know where to go, if we're going to go further ahead, beyond that.
Will you keep the same cast, or would some cast members change?
No one is safe on the Amazon. You do want to create a real sense of danger, in the sense that people will die. We actually love all these people, so we don't want to kill them off just for the sake of killing them off. I'm guessing most of them will stay, but beyond that, we're not going to speculate.
There's plenty more at the link. [Collider]
Here's the description for episode four, "A Better Man", which airs February 21:
As the search continues for Emmet and his crew, the Magus comes across one of Emmet's crew members who went missing alongside Emmet. They soon discover that he's been cursed and learn the mystical story behind the curse, which is now a matter of life and death. Lincoln faces a challenge when the rest of the crew want to leave their plagued colleague behind to continue the mission, and he must try to be their moral compass.
Here are some promo photos for episode eleven, "Tarantella", which airs this Friday and features a guest appearance by genre favorite Amy Acker. [SpoilerTV]
Show creator Ryan Murphy confirms that Jessica Lange will be back for season two — albeit most likely as a new character — and that he is in discussions with four season one cast members to return this season, which most likely doesn't include Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott. Murphy also says this season is set in a "horror institution" on the East Coast, which may or may not end up actually just meaning a mental institution. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Syfy has decided to renew this show for a third season, ensuring at least another thirteen of television's most painfully ludicrous episode titles. [EW]
While making a guest appearance on Syfy's reality show Face Off, star Sam Huntington revealed the following tidbits about the rest of season two:
-There's going to be some sort of reveal soon that revolves around a group of werewolves that Sam said he was excited about. It's a "social threat" to Josh in some way, and to the people he loves as well.
-There's an episode coming up that will delve into Josh's past, and according to him, a pivotal character from his past is played by one of his real-life friends, that he was very excited to have on the show.
-When he was asked about what he wanted to happen for his character Josh in the future, he claimed a lot of it happens this season, and decidedly did not elaborate.
CW development head Thom Sherman discusses the approach to their new Green Arrow show, starring the recently cast Stephen Amell:
"It's a very provocative and sophisticated and edgy. It's not as comic book-y as Smallville or other [superhero projects] from other networks. He doesn't have any superpowers, he's a very grounded character like a Jason Bourne - we use the term ‘Rambo.' His skill-set is that he's an archer, but he also have physical strength and prowess. He's clever and able to devise ways of taking down a bad guy that are unique and fun to watch."
Here are two sneak peeks and a synopsis for this Friday's episode, "Crisis on Naboo."
The conspiracy against the Chancellor is set. The playing pieces are on the board. Now, Count Dooku makes his move... In the next all-new episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, an extremely popular four-episode arc comes to its shocking finale. Obi-Wan is still deep undercover as the assassin Rako Hardeen, and he's part of Cad Bane's bounty hunter team tasked to kidnap the Supreme Chancellor. Guarding the Chancellor are the Jedi Knights, including Anakin Skywalker. Obi-Wan must stop Dooku's plot, but is it already too late to stop the devious plans of the Sith?
Executive producers Julie Plec and Caroline Dries preview tonight's episode, "Dangerous Liaisons."
The episode will reportedly feature major relationship drama for Elena and Damon, Elena and Stefan, and Klaus and Caroline. [E! Online]
Linds Edwards, who played Leon Basset on the series premiere of The Walking Dead, will reportedly guest star in episode eighteen as a character called Kenny. [SpoilerTV]
Executive producer Andrew Miller offers this preview of tonight's episode, "Valentine."
Here's the synopsis for episode nineteen of the second season, "Truth and Consequences":
Bo confronts a very powerful Fae, uncertain whether she can trust The Ash's counsel. The coming War takes its first casualties – literally and figuratively – which challenges Bo's and Kenzi's commitments to the cause and the ones they love.
Additional reporting by Ben Vrigson and Charlie Jane Anders.