The Avengers's enemy discusses his plans... but the bigger threat might be some leaked script pages. Plus set photos from The Amazing Spider-Man's New York filming, and casting updates for The Hobbit, The Dark Tower, and World War Z.
Plus an unexpected character on Fringe! Spoilers ahead...
Top image from Green Lantern.
Production has reportedly halted after the theft of Samuel L. Jackson's script, and the scenes that were displayed via a single photo of the pages are reportedly being rewritten — although this is still just a rumor, and we don't really know if the allegedly leaked script was real or not. [Film Fan Review]
This was already pretty much known, but now Tom Hiddleston has again confirmed that he will be appearing as Loki, and that he is indeed a main villain:
"I will be [heading to Albuquerque] soon. That is a dead-set certainty. I'm so excited. Loki has big plans... and it's going to take eight superheroes to stop him this time as opposed to just his chunky brother."
The "eight superheroes" line has drawn some attention, as Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye only adds up to six superheroes. Possible explanations include Hiddleston counting Nick Fury and Maria Hill as superheroes, or him simply miscounting the number of heroes. (I'd consider the second the most likely possibility.) Of course, this is only going to fuel speculation that Ant Man and Wasp really will show up after all, but yeah...that isn't happening. [ComingSoon.net]
Chris Hemsworth also weighs in:
"We're doing The Avengers in about a week or so. They all come together-Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, and Thor. It's an attempt to form an alliance, and it's conflict the whole way through."
And some thoughts from Hulk portrayer Mark Ruffalo:
I'm not used to getting a part and having it subjected to that scrutiny and debate. I like to come in the back door and surprise people. There's so much onus on it. I trust Joss [Whedon]. We talked a lot and to Robert [Downey. Jr.] I trust that we are going to make it good. Robert sets the tone."
Jaimie Alexander has no idea if she'll be appearing again as the Asgardian warrior Sif, though she says she would like to:
"I can't talk about that. And the funny thing is, it's because I don't know. A lot of times they don't tell us things until the very end, so I can safely say I have no clue. It would be awesome, though. I'd be totally willing to do it."
The movie has begun doing its actual New York filming, and one of the scenes shot appears to be a funeral. The leading theories are that it's either a funeral for Uncle Ben or Captain George Stacy. We'd guess it's the same funeral that previous set photos revealed - and since Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy was part of that shoot, this might all be for Captain Stacy. [Marketsaw]
The Times of India reports that the film is using the Mehrangar fort in Jodhpur, and they quote the following from a reputed inside source:
"They are coming with a very small unit of around 15 people and will be shooting here for two days. There are no Bollywood actors being cast in the movie. But, local actors and crew members might be roped in. The unit wants to use the beautiful fort as the background for the movie. However, nothing is known yet whether Jodhpur will feature as an Indian city in the movie or not."
Christian Bale is reportedly the only main cast member making the trip, which probably makes it less likely that this turns out to be Talia al Ghul's secret headquarters of something. [The Times of India]
J.J. Abrams discusses the unique challenges of working with child actors:
I don't think working with actors, young or old, is ever very easy or a given. Everyone's different. There are some actors with whom I feel I have this crazy psychic connection and I don't feel like I have to say anything and they get what it is. When you're casting, the most important thing is casting people who don't necessarily have to be told what to do at every turn but will inspire you by coming up with things you never would have thought of. Working with kids is something I had done only sparingly. In "Star Trek," there was a young Kirk and a young Spock. But never really like this, and frankly I was terrified. I was dealing with two main actors who had never been cast before and never been on a set before. They didn't know the most fundamental things about how a crew works. Everything was an alien experience for them. The fun of working with them, partly, is they weren't professional kids. And then there was Elle Fanning, who's from another planet herself. There's a kind of innate brilliance and sophistication, the likes of which I've never seen in an actor, especially an actor who when I worked with her was 12.
This is about as shaky as sources get, but somebody (Person A) who claims to know somebody (Person B) who works on the movie, and apparently said he/she saw Guy Pearce on the set. As you might guess, this isn't the most reliable of information. That said, it's not impossible that Pearce is involved in some minor way, as he's been known to take bit parts in movies like The Hurt Locker and The Road...but this is pretty far from being convincing evidence. [C.H.U.D.]
Here's a featurette, which includes some snippets of new footage. [/Film]
Here's a short but official synopsis:
When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us. The movie stars Shia LaBeouf, John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, with John Malkovich and Frances McDormand.
The Hurt Locker and The Adjustment Bureau actor Anthony Mackie has reportedly been offered a role. [Variety]
Peter Jackson has announced New Zealander actor Dean O'Gorman will be stepping in as Fili, while Pushing Daisies star Lee Pace will play the Elven King Thranduil. That's the part, incidentally, that David Tennant was most often rumored for, so that may be an indication that he is not joining the project after all. Also, Peter Jackson posted a photo of Hugo Weaving visiting the set, which seems like a decent indication that he may be returning as Elrond. However, that isn't even remotely confirmed. [Peter Jackson]
Javier Bardem is now officially Roland. [The Independent]
Here are some promo photos. [SpoilerTV]
For next week's "The Curse of the Black Spot", the BBC has released a short prequel video and two slightly different trailers:
And here are some promo images for the episode. [Life, Doctor Who, and Combom]
Here are some lines of dialogue from the episode:
"There are worse ways to go than having your face knocked off by a dodgy mermaid."
"Space can very lonely."
"I suppose laughing like that is in the job description."
"Humans, second rate, damage too easy. Only a matter of time before you all get bruised."
There's more at the link. [Cult Box]
Executive producer Piers Wenger explains how this new series represents a step forward from Matt Smith's first year in the role:
"This is Matt's second season as The Doctor, and it's the Eleventh Doctor's second outing, and I think this time we were allowed to make the series more complex and darker and more surprising than maybe we were able to last year. This time around, the characters are all in place, the world thankfully did buy into the new characters and into the new people playing them. And now we can take them off and take them to much scarier and darker and more complicated places than we did last time and test those relationships people have invested in."
Christopher Eccleston quite unequivocally rules out a return as the Ninth Doctor for the fiftieth anniversary, rather poetically observing that one should "never bathe in the same river twice." So, those hoping Paul McGann gets the nod for a multi-Doctor special... I think you can assume those odds just improved. [Blogtor Who]
Here's a promo for the season finale, "The Day We Died." [Fringe Television]
Peter does indeed visit the year 2026 in the finale, and that's where/when he meets Emily Meade's young FBI agent... who turns out to be Olivia's now grown-up niece Ella. [TV Line]
Here's a photo of Joshua Jackson shooting some post-apocalyptic scenes. There are four more at the link. [Pop Sugar]
Michael Cerveris offers some cryptic hints about the Observers:
Not too much about us. You get a couple of extra details, or maybe information about things that we suspected. But it doesn't focus too much or doesn't reveal a lot of new information about us. We're more in our kind of observing mode at this point. But it kind of has an implication that we're gonna have a lot to do next year, hopefully.
Here's a synopsis for the season finale:
OPERATION BARTOWSKI RACES TO TAKE DOWN VIVIAN VOLKOFF AS SHE THREATENS CHUCK AND SARAH'S WEDDING – LINDA HAMILTON, LAUREN COHAN, MEKENNA MELVIN, RICHARD BURGI AND TIMOTHY DALTON GUEST STAR – Before he can kiss the bride, Chuck (Zachary Levi) must enlist his wedding party to take down Vivian Volkoff (guest star Lauren Cohan) and stop her from destroying the big day. When he turns to Alexei Volkoff (guest star Timothy Dalton) for help, the CIA sends its toughest agent, Clyde Decker (guest star Richard Burgi), to stop them. Yvonne Strahovski, Joshua Gomez, Adam Baldwin, Sarah Lancaster, Ryan McPartlin, Scott Krinsky, Vik Sahay, Mark Christopher Lawrence and Bonita Friedericy also star.
And here are some photos.
Here's a promo for "The Man Who Would Be King."
Here are descriptions for the first three episodes:
Episode 1.01 - Two-Hour Series Premiere – Part 1: "Live and Learn"
The world is left in tatters after a sudden, unprovoked and unexplained invasion by aliens, leaving the planet's remaining human population to fight for survival against the occupiers. History professor Tom Mason (Noah Wyle- ER) has been named second in command for the 2nd Mass, but his real focus is on his three sons, one of whom has been captured by the aliens for an unknown purpose.
Episode 1.02 - Two-Hour Series Premiere – Part 2: "The Armory"
While scouting for supplies, Tom, Hal and their squad encounter a gang of marauders determined to get their hands on the 2nd Massachusetts' weapons. Leading the gang is an ex-con named John Pope, who decides to use his hostages as bargaining material.
Episode 1.03 - "Prisoner of War"
Dr. Michael Harris (guest star Steven Weber – Happy Town) joins the 2nd Mass with a theory about what might save the teenagers abducted by the aliens. But the plan could be derailed when Tom starts digging for answers to questions that have haunted him since the early days of the invasion. The 2nd Mass comes face-to-face with skitters and mechs when they attempt to rescue Ben.
And here are some photos from episode 1. [multipleverses.com]
Here's a promo for the next episode, "Prophecy."
Additional reporting by Michael Ann Dobbs and Charlie Jane Anders.