J.J. Abrams says Star Trek 2 might end up in 3D...although he has his doubts. True Grit's breakout star might be headed to The Hunger Games. Plus an awesome Game of Thrones promo, and tons of amazing new photos. Spoilers!
Star Trek 2
J.J. Abrams says Paramount has asked him to film the sequel in 3D...despite the fact Abrams has made it clear that he can't even commit to directing the film until he sees the script. He also says he has some serious reservations about meshing his style with 3D:
I have nothing against 3-D in theory. But I've also never run to the movies because something's in 3-D. [As for Trek], as soon as I read the script, if it says, ‘Somebody pushes a weapon toward the camera in a menacing way,' and we think, ‘That'd be better in 3-D!' I dunno...I'm a big fan of whip pans, which is very hard to do in 3-D.
There's a lot of moving parts to all this, as we still don't know what Abrams is doing or how insistent Paramount is on the move to 3D, but still...we better start working on the technology for 3D lens flares, just to be safe. [Vulture]
Director Joe Johnston offered some thoughts on what Captain America is all about:
I think Captain America stands for exactly the same things he stood for then...he's just standing against different enemies. Steve Rogers says it best. "I don't like bullies, I don't care where they're from". Cap is about justice, and not specifically justice as defined by an American perspective. He's 100% American but he can see past the flag when he needs to. He also has no problem breaking the rules to make the right thing happen.
A bunch of major Captain America spoilers hit the net, but they have been roundly debunked as false. If you're curious, you can check out these almost certainly untrue spoilers at the link. [ComicBookMovie]
Here's a new photo of Captain America in action... [L.A. Times]
...and here's one for Thor: [EW]
Some set photos show Denis Leary in action as George Stacy, police officer and father of Spider-Man's first love Gwen Stacy: [Daily Blam]
The Hunger Games
Fourteen-year-old True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld is reportedly in contention for the main role of Katniss Everdeen. Like Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz, she's one of the very few actresses rumored for the part who's actually the right age for the part, but this is still just a rumor. [Cinematical]
Zack Snyder says the film is influenced by Terry Gilliam's Brazil and that the whole thing is "a big crazy tale" that's "not like anything else." He also explained why he's happy to be making something that isn't an adaptation of an existing property, and indeed can't even be easily summarized:
"It absolutely is a point of pride, but it's also a challenge when you start working on something that doesn't have a lot of reference in it. It's difficult for everyone to get a footing. But there's an immersive effect too, and it's super fun and rewarding to see it happen."
Caesar: Rise of the Apes
The Planet of the Apes origin movie, starring James Franco as a human and Andy Serkis as an ape, has had its release date moved from June to November 23, 2011. [Hollywood Reporter]
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II
The first image has been released: [SpoilerTV]
Here's a high resolution version of the photo showing Bella and Edward's wedding night:
Transformers: The Dark of the Moon
Michael Bay says this is the Black Hawk Down of giant robot fighting movies...whatever that means. He also reaffirmed that this film is meant to correct the mistakes of Revenge of the Fallen, and that this will be a markedly different movie:
"I think we have something to prove with this third one. We're back to basics. The second one was something going on inside of Sam, the way he's affected and feeling, and that's a hard thing to do. It's more mystical, in a way. This one, there's nothing mystical about it. It's a good old-fashioned mystery and it's a tougher movie … it's funny but it's not a wisecrack-funny; it's funnier in the situation."
There's more at the link, including some delightfully veiled and passive-aggressive digs at Megan Fox. [Hero Complex]
The Dark Tower
Ron Howard again confirmed that his preferred choices for lead character Roland are Viggo Mortensen and Javier Bardem. He also says that the proposed companion TV show will be a six-part miniseries used to flesh in a lot of the character details that the more action-oriented movies don't have time to tackle. He also said that, since this is a Universal production, the miniseries will likely show up on NBC or one of Universal's affiliate cable channels, which includes Syfy. [ShockTillYouDrop]
Comics creator Todd McFarlane explained what he wants to do with a new, low-budget Spawn movie:
The story that I pitch is very tight, very contained, but done right. I want a movie that gets people's hearts racing. I want to scare them. Spawn, done right, is a creepy character. Instead of a superhero who just stands there…The idea I pitch is that the movie shouldn't be about superheroes and laser beams - it's about the id of people and the group of people caught up in the story and seeing things out of the corner of their eye. And when I give the pitch, I also say that I will write and direct it. There's the nonnegotiable pieces of it. Then I have four suitors who say, "Yeah, cool, when do we start?" It means we're not looking for a $20-million actor and we're not looking for a big-budget extravaganza with lots of special effects.
There's a lot more at the link, including why his Spawn movie is sort of like Jaws. [Hero Complex]
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Justified star Timothy Olyphant denied the rumors that he would be playing the title character in just about the most certain terms imaginable:
No, that's not true. I'm not doing that, no. Thanks for asking, but no, that's not true.
One Thousand A.E.
M. Night Shyamalan dropped a few cryptic hints about his next film, a post-apocalyptic (and post-Earth, judging by the title) film starring Will Smith's son Jaden. Shyamalan wouldn't say much, although he did suggest - probably in jest - that the entire Smith family might be getting involved: [MTV Movies Blog] Click to view
Here's a short synopsis for episode 11, "Reciprocity":
When the Fringe Team visits Massive Dynamic's assembly of the doomsday device, Walter becomes greatly concerned for Peter's well-being, so he turns to Nina for added brain power to understand the relationship between Peter and the superweapon. Meanwhile, the discovery of a dead body triggers an intense investigation.
Game of Thrones
Torchwood: Miracle Day
Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose will reportedly play Jill Kitzinger in the series. The character is reportedly "a sweet-talking PR genius with a heart of stone who's just cornered the most important client of her career … and maybe of all time." That client should be Bill Pullman's Oswald Jones, who becomes an international celebrity when his lethal injection coincides with the entire world losing the ability to die. [EW]
Lauren Cohan, who played Bela Talbot on Supernatural, has reportedly joined the show as Vivian, a beautiful and vivacious Oxford student and daughter of a master criminal. Meanwhile, Head of the Class star Robin Givens will reportedly play a powerful CIA higher-up who makes an offer that Casey may not be able to refuse. Both are supposed to be recurring roles, and should begin in March. [TV Line]
Here's a synopsis for the January 31 episode, "Chuck vs. the Push Mix":
THE MISSION TO TAKE DOWN VOLKOFF REACHES A DANGEROUS NEW LEVEL, WHILE BIG CHANGES LOOM AT HOME - MEKENNA MELVIN, LINDA HAMILTON AND TIMOTHY DALTON GUEST STAR - As Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) works to free Chuck's mom (guest star Linda Hamilton), Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Morgan (Joshua Gomez) embark on their own mission to take down Alexei Volkoff (guest star Timothy Dalton). Meanwhile, Casey (Adam Baldwin) bonds with his daughter, Alex (guest star Mekenna Melvin), while Ellie (Sarah Lancaster) tries to ease Awesome's (Ryan McPartlin) anxieties over fatherhood.
Creator Tom Wheeler explains where the show is headed:
"We're throwing open our arms to all audiences. Initially it's this comic-book show, but what we're finding is you can be a fan of many different genres and there's a door open to you. There's a romantic storyline about this couple that's in love. You see in flashbacks, we root for this couple to get together. There's suspense and mystery. There's almost an X-Files feeling to one episode we just finished. It's just really scary and intense. The comic-book fan can drop in and have a great ride with really colorful villains. If you want some great drama, there's more than enough for you."
He also explained why the story of main character's Vince Faraday is arguably even more interesting to mainstream viewers:
"The thing about Dana Faraday is you don't have to be a superhero fan to connect to her story, about a suddenly widowed woman who has to raise a son on her own and has to tackle this corrupt city. Even if you're not running to the comic-book store every Wednesday, it's a way in for viewers to connect to a story that's just as heroic as Vince Faraday's story."
Star Summer Glau explains the relationship between her character Orwell and the Cape:
Sure, it's a challenge, but it's real life. Relationships between people aren't clean cut. Vince might see Orwell as his Girl Friday, but in Orwell's eyes, she's allowing Vince into her fight against her cause. She's really guarded and in control – it's hard for her to let him in. But she's also more lonely and vulnerable than she'd like to admit, and we'll see in the future what it does to her when she admits what he means to her and their common fight.
There's more at the link, including some thoughts on costar James Frain on where his villainous character Chess is headed. [Poptimal]
Here's a description for episode five, "Dice":
THE CAPE FACES OFF AGAINST A YOUNG SAVANT WHO CHALLENGES THE FATE OF PALM CITY– MENA SUVARI GUEST STARS –Peter Fleming - aka Chess (James Frain) - and the ARK Corporation prepare to unveil a special device that may alter the fate of Palm City. Tracey Jerrod - aka Dice (guest star Mena Suvari), - a young savant and inspiration for the device, emerges and targets Chess to avenge her father's death. Realizing he must keep his enemy alive in order to fully destroy him, Vince - aka The Cape (David Lyons) - suddenly finds himself defending his archnemesis. With the help of Rollo (Martin Klebba), Ruvi (Anil Kumar), Raia (Izabella Mike) and Max (Keith David), Vince attempts to master new skills and also tries to accept how his choices will affect his wife, Dana (Jennifer Ferrin) and son, Trip (Ryan Wynott).
Here's a promo for upcoming episodes: [CapeSite.net]
CW president Dawn Ostroff gave some great news about the prospects of a seventh season:
"We haven't officially picked anything up yet, but [Supernatural] is creatively doing so well-and it's doing better on Friday night than it was on Thursday night — so I can't imagine we won't pick it up...We haven't started talking about next year, but I'd be shocked if we didn't pick it up."
Here's another description for the midseason premiere, "Like a Virgin":
Virgins mysteriously disappear, and Dean and Bobby learn that dragons are responsible for the kidnappings. Dean seeks out a weapon to slay the beasts, but he must prove himself worthy before he can claim it. Meanwhile, Death tries to restore Sam's soul.
TNT has released a trailer for their upcoming alien invasion show:
Here's a couple awesome new photos from Steven Spielberg's time travel dinosaur show that really demonstrate that, if nothing else, this show is going to be really expensive: [SciFiCool.com] [gallery 5735215]
David E. Kelley says he still has high hopes for his Wonder Woman TV show, even if all the networks passed on his pilot script:
"The bottom line is I had a lot of fun writing it, and we're still optimistic that we're going to do it. We've got a script that [Warner Bros. TV] and DC are very excited about. It's a huge project… so it was a bit much to ask anyone to chew off for this next season, but I think everybody's confident we are going to see it."
Mega Python vs. Gatoroid
Because western civilization demanded it, here's some more photos from the Syfy original movie pitting 80s pop stars Debbie Gibson and Tiffany against one another: [Cinematical]
Executive producers Brian Peterson and Kelly Souders won't comment on whether Clark and Lois will actually get married before the show wraps up, but they did reveal there's a big moment coming soon in their relationship. Peterson explains:
"They're going to have a big moment in their relationship. This last run is about not only his identity as Clark Kent and his growing identity as a hero, but also his identity as a potential husband. That is as much of who he is as a hero."
Souders says their engagement fundamentally changes how Clark approaches his powers:
"It's one thing to be a boyfriend, but when you start really sitting down and looking at the day-to-day life of a married couple, it gets a lot more complicated. The pressures come to more of a boiling point over the last course of the season."
Meanwhile, Erica Durance suggests Lois is crucial to Clark becoming Superman:
"My character is very instrumental in propelling the mythology and bringing about, hopefully, seeing Superman do what everybody wants him to do. That's pretty much all I can say about it."
Additional reporting by Chelsea Lo Pinto and Charlie Jane Anders.