Steven Moffat drops crucial hints about Doctor Who's newest companion. Did director David Slade reveal the identity of his preferred star for the new Daredevil movie? Man of Steel and Transformers 4 find composers. Watch a couple of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter sneak peeks. Plus new TV spots for Dark Knight Rises and Spidey!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from The Dark Knight Rises.
Here's a new promo, spotlighting the war between Batman and Bane. [IGN]
Hans Zimmer, best known these days for providing the scores to all of Christopher Nolan's movies, will reportedly also compose for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel movie. When asked about this possibility in the past, Zimmer has talked about trying to be every bit as iconic as John Williams's original score for Superman: The Movie. So, no pressure then. [Variety]
Here's an international TV spot.
Here are some photos of Slumdog Millionaire's Irrfan Khan as the villanious Oscorp scientist Dr. Ratha. [IBN Live]
Hutch Parker, who helped develop Bryan Singer's original X-Men movies, has reportedly returned to Fox, and will now act as producer alongside Lauren Shuler Donner and John Palermo on Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold's new Wolverine movie. [Deadline]
The Help and Tree of Life actress Jessica Chastain discusses why she dropped out of the latest Iron Man movie. In the process, she praises writer-director Shane Black's script and hints that she would still like to join the Marvel universe one of these days:
"It's always a good problem to have, because it means you have options. It's not really a problem, but it was just impossible, schedule-wise. So I was sad. I met Shane Black earlier and I think he's going to make an amazing film. And of course I went to see [The Avengers] earlier and I loved it. I hope to be in a Marvel film."
This is a bit of a weird one, but essentially 30 Days of Night and Twilight: Eclipse director David Slade — who is currently developing Fox's new take on Daredevil — replied to a tweet saying, "I hope @DAVID_A_SLADE gets back to the Daredevil stuff soon, & I hope, maybe, Josh Hartnett could finally get a Marvel role" with the short tweet: "You and me both." Now, the first question is which sentiment he's replying to there, whether he's simply agreeing that he wants to get back to work on the Daredevil reboot, or if he agrees Josh Hartnett should get work in a Marvel movie. And, if it is the latter — which seems like a not unfair assumption, but is far from definite — then does Slade want Hartnett to play the title role in his Daredevil movie? In case all this sudden interest in Josh Hartnett seems kind of out of nowhere, it should be pointed out that Hartnett and Slade worked together on 30 Days of Night, so at least they have some connection, and it would make a bit of sense for Hartnett to be on Slade's personal list of choices for the role. Of course, whether Hartnett — who is still only 33 and has turned in some pretty good performances in the past, albeit mostly 5+ years ago — is the sort of actor Fox wants starring in their big Daredevil relaunch is another question entirely. Anyway, this may all be much ado about nothing, so it's best to just take this with massive heapings of salt until we hear something, anything more substantial. [Empire Online]
Captain Kirk actor Chris Pine talks about Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch's villain and the movie in general:
"He's one mean dude! He's great. Wait till people see. He's going to knock it out of the park, I promise...[The movie is] bigger and brighter, faster and louder on the effects side. And on the character side, these characters are all still on their journey to becoming the crew that we know and love from the original series."
Here's a pair of sneak peeks. [IGN]
Here's a "music trailer" featuring a tie-in song by Linkin Park, because really, if you're making a movie about Abraham Lincoln hunting vampires, you've got to get the band that sorta sounds like "Lincoln" to write a song. Anything else would just be ridiculous. [Shock Till You Drop]
Here are some set photos of Star Trek star Karl Urban as Judge Dredd and Juno's Olivia Thirlby as Judge Anderson. [/Film]
Longtime Transformers composer Steve Jablonsky has confirmed that he will be returning to score Michael Bay's latest. [TFLAMB]
Director Tim Burton offers another minor update on the planned sequel, saying he's hopeful that his Dark Shadows screenwriter Seth Grahame-Smith will provide a good script:
"Seth is writing something, so we'll see. I love the character but I want to just kind of look at it from a fresh perspective and see what he comes up with. That's like one of my favorite characters I've ever dealt with. (Michael Keaton) is one of the first people I worked with who was so good at improv. That movie, I was very lucky to work with a lot of actors, like him and Catherine O'Hara, who were very good at improv, so that kind of set me on a whole new course. I would love to revisit that character at some point."
Gareth Edwards's cult semi-hit Monsters is reportedly getting a sequel, and Tom Green is directing it. To my immense sadness, that isn't the Tom Green, but rather British TV director Tom Green, who is best known for his work on Misfits. Jay Basu, who wrote a screenplay about Merlin for Working Title, is reportedly writing the script. [Screen Daily]
After languishing in development hell for ages — mostly as executives slowly realized there was no way to justify bringing Angelina Jolie's character back from the dead, and she almost certainly wouldn't want to be in the movie anyway — director Timur Bekmambetov says he's finally figured out how to make the sequel work:
"An unbelievable thing happened three weeks ago. Because we stopped, we didn't know what to do for three or four years. Three weeks ago I came up with a great idea and I pitched this idea and everybody fell in love with it. And now I think we're on track. Right now the writer is working on the script, and it will be shocking. It's a continuation of the story, with [James McAvoy as] Wesley Gibson. Other people are dead, you know, we can't bring them back. The story is the same character, same mythology, but it's got a great twist."
Writer Seth Grahame-Smith says he has a producer and script all lined up, but now they need a director to replace the departed David O. Russell, Mike White, and Craig Gillespie. Of course, he doesn't have a cast, and the thing that has seemed to stymie all the previous directors is that just about every leading lady in Hollywood has already passed on the starring role of Elizabeth Bennet. [Shock Till You Drop]
Hammer CEO Simon Oakes says that it's not out of the question that original movie star Daniel Radcliffe will appear again in the sequel, despite such minor details as the sequel taking place four decades after the first and the fact that he dies in the first one. So, either identical grandson or scrappy ghost, I guess. [MTV Movies Blog]
While promoting his new BBC drama Bert and Dickie, Matt Smith offers perhaps his rosiest appraisal of his Doctor Who future yet, and he seems to come this close to confirming he will be doing another season after the one he's currently filming...though that may just be wishful reading on my part. Check out the quote for yourself:
"Forever. 50 years. I'm loving making it. I think we've got one of our strongest seasons yet coming up. I really do. We go into the 50th year all guns blazing. And I'll be around. So… that's it, really."
Either way, it sounds likely he will be on board for the 50th anniversary special in 2013, even if not for a full season after that. [Life of Wylie]
Steven Moffat recently recorded an interview with BBC Radio 5, and he reportedly dropped some key details about the Doctor's new companion, as played by Jenna-Lousie Coleman. He wouldn't confirm the character is called Clara, as has been widely rumored and/or just sort of assumed at this point, but he did say her full name would be released soon. He also said the character would again be a human from contemporary Earth — something paraphrased as being "necessary for audience identification and a ‘jumping on' point for new viewers", which is fair enough really, especially since my main counterargument involves rather loudly declaring, Yes, but what about Turlough!? Anyway, further reports of what he said — we don't have direct quotes yet — suggest "how the companion gets where she is and what that means for the character is what will make her utterly different and fascinating", "her ‘journey' will be shocking and intriguing and the Doctor has never met anyone quite like her before", and finally "her very presence in the TARDIS will change the Doctor and there's something different about her that will have a knock-on effect for the Doctor/companion dynamic." Oh, and she's definitely not linked to any previous characters, so I don't want to hear anything about secret River Song regenerations or what have you. [Doctor Who TV]
Fox has set the show's fifth and final season premiere date for Friday, September 28 at 9:00.
Here's the promo for the third episode of season five, "Whatever I Am, You Made Me."
The show's second season kicks off Friday, October 26 at 8:00.
Here's a promo for episode three of the second season, "Compass."
Here are some promo photos for the fourth season premiere, "A New Hope." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo for episode five, "Test of Time." The episode follows "A Stitch in Time", "Fast Times", "Wasting Time", and "Matter of Time." You know, I'm starting to detect a subtle theme in these episode titles.
Additional reporting by Ben Vrignon, Jennifer Griffith-Delgado, and Charlie Jane Anders.