Producers Robert Kirkman and Glen Mazzara give tons of hints for The Walking Dead's third season. Rian Johnson discusses Bruce Willis's role in Looper. Plus Doctor Who's Mark Gatiss reveals the disgusting secrets of his 3000-year-old Being Human vampire!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Hunger Games.
Here are some moderately new character banners. [IGN]
Just to round out the recent barrage of trailers, here's the first TV spot. [Coming Soon]
Here's a new clip featuring Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, in which Katniss says goodbye to Gale before leaving for the games. [Moviefone]
Elsewhere, Johnson explains why he ultimately decided to cast Bruce Willis as Joseph Gordon-Levitt's older self instead of simply having Gordon-Levitt play both parts:
The reason I actually came down against it was twofold. First, aging makeup on younger actors - I don't feel like I've ever seen it completely work. There's been some tremendous work that's been done, but I feel like if you know what an actor looks like who's young, at least I as a moviegoer can usually see right through it. The bigger thing, though, a big part of the hook of the movie for was the idea of a young man sitting across from an older man who's himself. You can make someone up, Joe is a fantastic actor, but there is something about a span of 25 years between two people that you can't fake, that just buys you something that's intangible and very essential to what this movie is basically about.
Here's a five minute extended sneak peek, which is basically the trailers we've already seen plus some new footage around the edges.
Screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith says you shouldn't necessarily judge Tim Burton's latest movie by its rather underwhelming trailer:
I've seen the movie a bunch of times with an audience and, to me, it's a return to form of more like Sleepy Hollow, Beetlejuice tone. It's that weird, subversive tone. It's not overtly for kids like Alice in Wonderland, I think people will be fine once they see it. There's are some bloody sequences in it and dark witchcraft sequences. We had a test screening last week and it went over great."
Speaking of trailers, here's a slightly different version that includes a brief shot of rocker Alice Cooper's cameo as himself forty years ago.
Here's a short description for episode seventeen, "Everything In Its Right Place", which airs April 6:
THE ALT. FRINGE TEAM SEARCHES FOR A VIGILANTE ON AN ALL-NEW "FRINGE" FRIDAY, APRIL 6, ON FOX - Lincoln travels to the other side to join forces with Bolivia and his own alternate, as they search for a vigilante with a surprising connection to the shapeshifters.
Here's a character profile on one of the big additions for season two, Stephen Dillane as Stannis Baratheon.
HBO has also released a bunch of videos profiling the various noble houses and demanding you pledge your allegiance to either House Baratheon, Greyjoy, Lannister, Stark, or Targaryen.
The coming season will feature a flashback to 1931, where Bill's daughter Sarah has grown old and sick. [E! Online]
Comics creator Robert Kirkman discusses what's ahead for the now isolated Andrea and her apparent savior Michonne in season three:
Andrea had a really interesting arc in the second season. We start off with her somewhat suicidal and upset that Dale wouldn't allow her to remain in the CDC and die. And over the course of the season, we've shown her find a purpose for living, and also find the means to survive at all costs. And at the end of the season, we really put her to the test. She is out on her own. She is for all intents and purposes in the most danger out of anyone in the group by the end of the episode. And we're going to be exploring that a little bit more in the third season. But really just putting her in the pressure-cooker situation and seeing how she fares and how she's going to do and how she's going to survive is going to be interesting thing to follow in the third season. We have some really cool stuff planned for Andrea...And as far as [Michonne's] relationship with Andrea goes, she cut the head off of a zombie. She could easily stab Andrea next in the first minutes of Season 3, so who knows what that relationship will be like?
How will the TV version of Michonne be similar/different from her comic book counterpart?
She will be very similar to her comic-book counterpart. Most of the characters as they've been translated into TV are pretty much exactly the same character. Andrea is Andrea, Rick is Rick and Michonne is going to be Michonne. Now, the stories that we're going to tell with her are going to be somewhat different at times. The show has always followed the comic book to a large extent, it just has different divergences from time-to-time and we're definitely going to continue that in the third season. But the fans have expectations for Michonne, and I can say with full knowledge that their expectations are going to be met. They need not worry.
There's more at the link. [TV Line]
Elsewhere, Kirkman says "it seems likely [Merle] could pop up in season 3" and he also discusses one of the small but potentially huge moments from the finale:
In all the excitement I almost forgot that we saw a helicopter at the start of the show.
That's true. And that's also a nod to the helicopter Rick spotted in the premiere episode. So maybe that wasn't a hallucination on his part and maybe there will be another nod to that at some point in the future.
Showrunner Glen Mazarra discusses how David Morrissey's the Governor will fit into next season and how his addition will shape the season as a whole:
In the comic, the Governor is a villain. Our Governor is also, clearly, a villain. He may not be as readily apparent as what's in the comic book. We will certainly put our spin on that. But we have a dynamic, compelling character that we're excited to bring into season 3. We expect to tell a story about two different groups of people: Rick's band of survivors, and the Governor's world of Woodbury.
That's interesting, especially since the most common critique of this season is that the world of the show felt hermetically sealed, with just the characters in Rick's gang.
I think we've told our story about this group. The story about the love triangle of Rick, Shane, and Lori, and about trying to find a safe place, and life on the farm. We've given that story more than enough screen time. Moving forward, we want to open this up. To introduce new characters, new stories, new locations, new dynamics. I think next year will feel like a radically different show. We've improved the pacing drastically. We'll still have our characters, and still tell stories about people that we care about. I think that everything we've done so far has been a warm-up, and I think our best episodes lie ahead.
Finally, he answers what I think we can all agree is the single most important question facing the show: what's next for T-Dog?
There is a plan for T-Dog. Given all of the things that I had to focus on to develop the show in a way that I felt was best, I will say that T-Dog got short shrift. We took care of business, and now we can delve into Michonne and the Governor and T-Dog and all these other characters. T-Dog fans will be happy. We're no longer interested in having a character in the background only saying one line per episode. We're done with that. But again, we only had so much real estate, and it was very important for me to tell Rick's story.
There's still more at the link. [EW]
Here's an interview video in which the cast discusses what they expect from the third season. Also, for a useful overview of what is currently known about season three, this is a good place to go. [AMC TV]
Here's a promo for next week's two-part finale, "Garrett Stillman" and "Tommy Madsen."
And here's the synopsis for both parts:
LIVES HANG IN THE BALANCE ON THE ALL-NEW TWO-HOUR "ALCATRAZ" SEASON FINALE MONDAY, MARCH 26, ON FOX - Doc and Rebecca close in on a man who may be the key to revealing the secrets behind all the returning criminals. Meanwhile, Hauser makes a discovery beneath the halls of Alcatraz that brings him ever closer to the truth. Then, revealing doors are opened and lives hang in the balance as Rebecca will stop at nothing in pursuit of the man who killed her partner
Finally, here are some promo photos. [KSiteTV]
Matt Craven, whose credits include Crimson Tide and a recurring gig as Raylan Givens's old boss on Justified, has been cast as the powerful character behind the Warden's story that was mentioned at the WonderCon panel. Executive producer Daniel Pyne adds:
"The new character is the guy behind the door. Clearly, when you open that door in the past, there's a guy in there, and we had to know who that guy was. He turns out to be much stranger than you'd expect, and he's someone even the Warden is a little wary of. The new character is the perfect foil for the Warden."
Here's a bunch of cast interviews from WonderCon. The first is with Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia, then Parminder Nagra, then Jonny Coyne and Robert Forster, and finally show creators Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt. [TV Equals]
Stars Joe Anderson and Leslie Hope preview what to expect from tonight's finale:
Anderson: Definitely Lincoln becomes somebody very very different. We see some major revelations – especially between Tess and Emmet and Clarke. Other than that, it's a fairly demonic, scary, altered episode. That's one way of putting it!
Hope: We also find out some pretty crazy information about Kurt, which I have to say, even on the page I found really surprising and a great twist.
There's more at the link. [Chevron One]
Here's a promo for this Sunday's episode and seventeenth overall, "Hat Trick", which goes into Alice in Wonderland territory with Captain America's Sebastian Stan as the Mad Hatter and the Who's Roger Daltrey as a talking caterpillar, which is a thing I will never get tired of mentioning.
And here are some promo photos for episode eighteen, "The Stable Boy", which flashes back to the Evil Queen's origins and guest stars Black Swan's Barbara Hershey as her mother. The episode is set to air April 1. [BuddyTV]
Here's an interview with Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss, in which he discusses his role in the finale as Mr. Snow, the vampire leader of the Old Ones:
"He's so old he doesn't even have a name, so they just call him Mr Snow. The Old Ones have come back to pick up where they left off with Hal. Hal seems to have escaped them for the past 55 years, and then there's a lovely scene where I say to him I've just given him the afternoon off. Because the timescale that we work on, 55 years is just the blink of an eye. I wanted to do something different with it. Before Dracula they weren't these gothic, Byronic, romantic creatures, they were filthy and disgusting. I wanted to have red hair, because you never have ginger vampires, and terrible teeth, and these really dirty fingernails. And they gave me everything I wanted. So there's lots of lovely close-ups of my filthy hands and terrible teeth. He's about 3000 years old, he's literally rotting from the inside."
And here are some dialogue teasers for the episode:
"Unfinished business tends to be something more life affirming than beating someone up." "Not if you're Scottish."
"Snow is one of the first. The blood has passed from vampire to recruit generation after generation you can trace it back to him. He's in our DNA."
"Thanks to you breweries the world over are safe from piss ups."
"What do you stay alive for? That endless scurrying from bad to good to bad again must have been exhausting."
"If you admire humans so much, why did you keep inflicting your failures on them?"
"Why didn't you know about them years ago? Because for as long as there have been creatures like that, there have been men like me."
There's more at the link. [SpoilerTV]
The season finale is reportedly called "The Departed", which I can only hope means will involve Mark Wahlberg showing up to angrily curse out all the characters for little to no reason. [SpoilerTV]
Here are some promo photos for the final two episodes of the second season, "Into the Dark" and "Flesh and Blood." [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Ben Vrignon and Charlie Jane Anders.