What's going to bring the Proletheans and Dyad into competition on Orphan Black? Ryan Murphy promises a terrifying clown on American Horror Story: Freak Show. Check out a first look at Shyamalan's Twin Peaks-esque TV show. And photos from the set of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay. Spoilers now!
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Remember back when John Morton talked about how Rebels would be key to Episode VII? Well, he recently walked back his comments in an interview with the East County Times. He denied having any special inside knowledge and stated that he just meant that it would establish continuity. Here's his clarification:
The point I was trying to make there was there is a continuity. We are now being told that there is going to be a canonical through-line from the Prequels to "The Clone Wars" to "Rebels" to the Original Trilogy to "Episode VII" and the Sequel Trilogy. So I think obviously "Rebels" is going to be a key bridge to "Episode VII," because it's going to be an active bridge. It's also, in terms of the Disney rollout timeline, it's going to tee up "Episode VII" and give us all something to focus on and prepare us for "Episode VII" in the intervening period between now and December 2015. And in terms of the casting and character issues, I still strongly feel based on what has been said by the filmmakers themselves is that characters from "Rebels" will be in "Episode VII." I don't want to pretend to know which ones they will be. But I think I can say, with some certainty, that it will be ones we haven't see discussed yet. An example could be Wedge Antilles [the Rebel pilot played by Denis Lawson who survived all three Original Trilogy films].
Work in Abu Dhabi continues apace, with sets like a "whole world" on a salt lake, a "shuttle-like" spacecraft, a tower, a "big, centuries-old-looking market", and an "alien house" being close to completion. Filming in Abu Dhabi is reportedly set to start May 13th and last until the end of the month. [The National]
With all the talk about Hugh Jackman leaving his iconic role, it seems like one of the ways to make sure he comes back is to make filming as convenient as possible. One way to do that is to film Apocalypse and the third Wolverine movie back-to-back, so that Jackman only has to get into shape once. And it seems like that's the producers' plan right now. Said Jackman of the idea:
In a weird way that has crossed my mind if that's the way things play out, because physically, even though I was complaining about it because I found out about [X-Men: Days of Future Past] a month before I finished The Wolverine, so I was already planning on my cheat meals. It's much easier because it's tough to get there, physically, but once you're there, it's easier to maintain it.
Creator Graeme Manson talked about what the Duncans have to do with Rachel, and what the dividing cell means for Helena:
EW: So who exactly are professors Susan and Ethan Duncan? What can you tell us about them?
MANSON: In this war that's developing with Rachel, it's giving Sarah some critical intel. And it's telling us that they have a connection with the scientists that made them. It's about the backstories coming together. And though there's this war with Rachel, the clones share more than biology. They share this mysterious history that's crucial for Sarah and these guys to understand. There's so much riding on it. Not just questions of their own identity, but all the medical questions, all the questions of ownership — it's deeply tied to Rachel and to the backstory. So Sarah finding out more about her enemy is the same path that's finding out more about herself.
EW: So what does that cell dividing that Henrik is looking at represent? Does that mean that Helena, like Sarah, is fertile and can reproduce?
MANSON: That's what it means, yes.
EW: And what does that mean for the Proletheans?
MANSON: It means that, in effect, the Proletheans have what the Dyad wants. They have a reproducing clone. They have that in process. So it's interesting.
And here's the promo for episode 2.05:
Ryan Murphy promises the Freak Show iteration will have "the most terrifying clown ever" and their own version of the bearded lady. As for the concept, Murphy says:
It was always a concept that Jessica and I talked about really early on. It was always her favorite one, which I thought was funny. I've had many different versions that I've run by her. I just love it. It feels really right. I thought it was going to be light but it's turning out to be quite terrifyingly dark, which it feels much more like the Asylum season. But look — if you have a character named the Clown Killer, it's going to be dark.
Zoe Saldana discussed the casting of Patrick J. Adams as her husband in the miniseries:
I was very adamant about us casting an actor that would be of my age to play my husband. [If he was much older] it would be easy for him to sell her out, as opposed to having them being this young, vibrant, starry-eyed couple together coming into an ancient world of lust and malice.
More at the link. [TV Line]
Here's creator John Logan on the setting:
We're dealing with a very specific era. As Eva said, 1891, the Victorian Era, was a highly specialized era. And why I chose to set the show then was not because it's sort of a cool visual to bring these characters together, but because there's something about the Victorian era that reminds me of right now, because they were on the cusp of a modern world. I mean, if you were the agrarian economy has been replaced by industrial economy. They're looking across the ocean to Germany and America and saying their navies are bigger than ours and they were grappling with the very elemental question of what it is to be human, with Darwinism, with evolution.
And here's Eva Green and Josh Hartnett on their characters, Vanessa Ives and Ethan Chandler:
Green: I play Vanessa Ives and she's kind of rebel. You know, it's such a repressed time, the Victorian times. And so she's very hungry for life. All her five senses are very much alive, tingling all the time. But it's in Victorian time, so it's always the conflict inside her. But she's yeah, it's complicated.
Hartnett: Ethan has been working in a Wild West show. It's not necessarily the top Wild West show. It's kind of a second-tier Wild West show. But back in the 1800s, .. Buffalo Bill created the concept of the chivalrous cowboy and the nefarious Native American, it was the biggest show on earth, and it traveled. ... We're taking on this as though it were kind of a follow-up act in a way and my character is on this he finds himself in London in the middle of this intriguing situation, and he decides to stick around and see what happens, and we don't know why really, and that's why you have to watch the show.
Here are some new high-res photos from the upcoming series.
Here's a photo of the whole cast together. [Den of Geek]
Here are promos for the finale:
Here's a sneak peek at the finale:
Here's the Canadian promo for the season one finale, "From a Cradle to a Grave." [via SpoilerTV]
Here's the promo for the season three finale, "Blond Ambition":
Here's a promotional photo of the cast of M. Night Shyamalan's Twin Peaks-ish show. And here's a rundown:
Matt Dillon stars as Ethan Burke, a Secret Service agent dispatched to bucolic Wayward Pines, Idaho to locate two missing agents. Instead, he discovers a new set of disturbing questions as he journeys deeper into the small town. The all-star cast also includes Terrence Howard as Sheriff Pope, Melissa Leo as Nurse Pam, Juliette Lewis as bartender Beverly and Toby Jones as psychiatrist Dr. Jenkins.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Ryan Plumm