Joss Whedon explains his Avengers directing style, while Marc Webb explains why practical effects were crucial to his vision of Spider-Man. The Wolverine gets a rewrite, plus new set photos for Man of Steel and The Dark Knight Rises!
It's spoilers all the way down!
Top image from The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn. See the full version over at Hey U Guys.
Director Joss Whedon explains why he's not overly worried about matching up with the different cinematic styles of the previous Marvel movies:
You have to respect the realities of the other movies", says the director. "But visually this is very much my own thing. My style is very comic-book-like anyway, so I'm trying to do things the way I always do. Part of Iron Man's thing was, ‘Wow, this feels just like us!' Asgard, less so, and Captain America was a nostalgia piece, so basically it would have been like hiring all the composers of all the other movies to work together on the score."
Loki actor Tom Hiddleston strongly suggested he will be back for Thor 2, and explained his arc over the next couple of movies:
"In 'The Avengers' he's really dark and kind of sociopathic, or maybe even psychopathic is the word, in a deluded way," he explained. "Obviously I haven't let go of the spiritual damage at the heart of him, it still comes from that lost place, but he's just incredibly nasty. I think that probably in 'Thor 2' his previous actions will, he'll have to take responsibility for what he's done. The great thing about Loki is there is potential in him for greatness and awfulness, for great heroism and great villainy. There are still, even within 'The Avengers,' there are moments where you see within Loki a glimmer of hope and that possibility of redemption."
Hiddleston said he would love to see Thor and Loki team up to face a common enemy, but he has no idea if that will actually happen. [MTV Splash Page]
Hiddleston also addressed the rumors that Game of Thrones director Brian Kirk is in line to replace Kenneth Branagh, and when filming will likely begin:
"I also don't know that that's actually confirmed. That's not me being coy. I spoke to Kevin Feige last week on ["The Avengers"] set and he said, 'Oh no, we haven't got anyone yet. We're thinking about people.' I think [Kirk's] name is definitely in the hat, but I don't think anything is solid...I think probably next spring is the idea [for shooting] because the release date is locked down."
Director Marc Webb explains what drew him to the project:
"There's just so much fantastic material that comes from the comics, whether it's Gwen Stacy or The Lizard...His relationship with Connors, who is both mentor and adversary, I think makes for a really beautiful and interesting story. I was a little skeptical at first – you feel the presence of those other movies. But then I was like, 'How could I walk away from this? What an opportunity!' What better cinematic character is there than Spidey!"
He also comments on the decision to use as many practical effects as possible, as well as the role of 3D:
"I wanted to shoot certain things very specifically for 3D. There's an experiential component to 3D that's really fantastic and we're experimenting with generating that point of view so you feel how Spider-Man feels when he's jumping over these buildings. We made a conscious effort to do those effects practically and we had an incredible stunt team. We built this whole rig – hundreds of feet long – in Harlem, and we actually swung a man through traffic down the street. I thought that was really exciting, not to mention an incredible level of acrobatics!"
Chris Zylka, who plays high school bully Flash Thompson in the movie, explains what Webb brings to the frnachise:
He is bringing something completely different, that people are going to love so much. It's very character-driven. It's a wonderful franchise that is already successful, but I think it's going to live up to the expectations, completely. One of the nice things about Marc is that he's an actor's director. He doesn't demand. He helps, or plants ideas in your head that work. He's very calm. One of the most important things while filming is being comfortable and calm, and his warmth and his whole aura that he has about him is really comforting and calms you down a lot.
Live Free or Die Hard and Jack the Giant Killer writer Mark Bomback is reportedly working on a rewrite of Christopher McQuarrie's script. The movie will reportedly featuring only Japanese and Japanese-American actors, in keeping with its Tokyo setting, with two exceptions: Hugh Jackman, unsurprisingly enough, and "a newly expanded character named Viper, the Caucasian secretary for Japan's Minister of Justice." It's possible this is the Viper that report refers to. [Variety]
Here are some set photos of Morgan Freeman on the Los Angeles set. And here's a set report from someone claiming to have inside knowledge on the recent filming:
the flood scene was today and Fox was invovled. AND, it is on the same set they have been filming since Sunday evening. My "source" inside the production confirmed the set is a sewer with Fox, Bane, and Bane's mercs involved. This "source" didn't mention Miranda Tate, but onviously we have ninja pics of Marion going into that same set.
Here are some more set photos, including one that gives us a better look at Antje Traue's costume as the villainous Faora. [Comic Book Movie]
Here's a set video, showcasing the flying vehicles.
Cast member Ben Whishaw explains just how committed the movie adaptation is to preserving the interlocking structure of David Mitchell's novel:
Everyone in the cast [which also includes Tom Hanks, Susan Sarandon, Halle Berry, and Jim Broadbent] is playing at least three parts, some big and some small. I'm doing three: Frobisher in the thirties; a female American in the seventies, in the Luisa Rey section; and a smallish role, where I'm basically an extra, in a modern-day nursing home, in the Timothy Cavendish section. Everybody's swapping race and gender, so it's very ambitious and quite fun. I'll really love playing a woman!
Here's a synopsis for episode eleven, Toby Whithouse's "The God Complex":
The TARDIS lands in what looks like an ordinary hotel, as the time-travelling drama continues. But the walls move, corridors twist and rooms vanish. There is a room for every visitor that contains their deepest, darkest fears. Fears that will kill them. What lies in the Doctor's room? And when his turn comes, will he welcome death like all the rest?
Here's a sneak peek at tonight's episode, "The Gathering."
Here's a season four promo.
The latest set of cryptic clues from George R.R. Martin suggest that actor Gerard Jordan will play the criminal Biter in the coming season. That, however, has not been confirmed. [Not A Blog via SpoilerTV]
Canadian TV director Jeremy Podeswa, who has previously worked on The Tudors and True Blood - among many others - has revealed that he will be directing episodes of the second season. He joins Alan Taylor (the only director confirmed by HBO) and David Petrarca. [Winter Is Coming]
Here are three sneak peeks for this Sunday's episode, "Soul of Fire."
Here are some promo photos for the first episode. [SpoilerTV]
Lester actor Vik Sahay doesn't reveal just what Community actor Danny Pudi's cameo will be in the season's fifth episode, but he does say this:
"I love Danny's work on Community. His Batman was a stroke of genius. When I heard about this role coming up, Danny came to my mind right away and I mentioned I'd love to see him in that role. I am thrilled he's coming on Chuck."
Here's an official description for the season premiere, "Meet the New Boss":
CASTIEL TAKES ON HIS NEW ROLE AS GOD —- Castiel (Misha Collins) doesn't kill Sam (Jared Padalecki), Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Bobby (Jim Beaver) but warns them not to interfere in his business. Assuming his new role as God, Castiel sets out to right some of the wrongs in the world. Dean decides they should bind Death (guest star Julian Richings) and order him to stop Castiel, but the former angel is one step ahead of them, leaving Dean to face a very angry Death. Meanwhile, Sam struggles to deal with the broken wall in his head.
Episode seven will reportedly be called "The Mentalists" and involve psychics...and, if we're lucky, a lot of random swipes at the CBS series of almost the same name, you know, just because. [SpoilerTV]
Torchwood: Miracle Day actor Teddy Sears has reportedly been cast as the boyfriend of Zachary Quinto's character. The couple will be introduced in the Halloween two-parter as the previous owners of the house that the main characters move into. [Deadline]
Here are some promo photos for next Monday's episode, "Blind Spot." [SpoilerTV]
The BBC has put out a press release for series three:
Stuck doing his community service, new kid on the block Rudy soon realises that he wasn't the only one caught in the storm - that he's not the only one trying to come to terms with living with a superpower. But as ever in the Misfits world it is not long before Rudy finds himself in a whole heap of superpower trouble...
Meanwhile the rest of the gang are trying to adapt to life with their new superpowers. But just how did the trade-off with Seth, the superpower dealer, go down? With zombies on the loose, body-swap confusion, ghostly hauntings from the past and Simon trying to fulfil his destiny to become Superhoodie, things haven't become any quieter for our gang.
Joe Gilgun and Matthew McNulty join the regular line up alongside Misfits resident delinquents Bafta winner Lauren Socha, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Antonia Thomas and Iwan Rheon in the super-sized series which sees its run extended to eight episodes.
And here are a pair of promo photos, with accompanying description:
Armed with a new superpower Nathan has got a plan, his target Las Vegas. But as ever with Nathan things don't always go to plan...
With Marnie and little Nathan Jnr. in tow, Nathan is plotting to use his new superpower to scam the casinos out of money - it's a sure-fire plan that can't fail. Except it does and Nathan finds himself on the run from casino security...
Running out of options, Nathan tries to call an old friend a very new friend...
Twenty-three years after the show began airing and twelve years since the first full season, the British sci-fi comedy has begun pre-production on season ten, with season nine apparently being considered the 2009 trilogy of specials. [CharlesArmitage.com]
Here's an interview with Trick actor Rick Howland.
Here's a synopsis for episode two, "Bound":
CASSIE ATTEMPTS TO HAVE A LIFE WITHOUT WITCHCRAFT BUT DIANA HAS DIFFERENT PLANS —- In an effort to distance herself from the Circle and establish a normal teenage life in Chance Harbor, Cassie (Britt Robertson) befriends Sally Matthews (guest star Logan Browning), a non-witch. Concerned their powers are getting out of control, Diana (Shelley Hennig) pushes everyone to bind the Circle, but Faye (Phoebe Jane Tonkin) is thrilled with the increase in her powers and refuses to participate, while Melissa (Jessica Parker Kennedy) flirts with Nick (Louis Hunter) despite Faye's warnings. Meanwhile, Adam (Thomas Dekker) fights his growing feelings for Cassie, but circumstances continue to throw them together, forcing Cassie to make a decision.
Here's an interview with Louis Hunter, who plays Nick on the show.
And here are some promo photos. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Mandy Curtis and Charlie Jane Anders.