Chris Pine explains why the Star Trek sequel isn't The Dark Knight. The Hobbit has new titles and dates for all three films. Joss Whedon reveals his plans for S.H.I.E.L.D., and the Marvel universe. Plus tons of Doctor Who news!
Spoilers from here on out!
Top image from Looper.
Guy Pearce, whose work in Memento and L.A. Confidential earned him about twenty lifetime passes as far as I'm concerned, discusses his small role as the villainous Aldrich Killian in the new Iron Man movie:
...I still don't know that I would want to play the superhero myself, since I'm playing a different kind of character in this film. And I think that, based on the first two movies, there's a great chemistry between Robert [Downey Jr.] and Gwyneth [Paltrow], and I just think the films have a fun, joyful sort of quality about them. I've just enjoyed them. So I just felt like I wanted to be a part of this...Prometheus and Iron Man are really kind of cameo stuff, so the experience of shooting them — I mean, on some level, it's tricky because you feel like a bit of an outsider. You don't really live the experience that you do when you're there all day every day with everybody. But at the same time, it can be more fun sometimes because you're just working in concentrated spurts.
Writer-director Joss Whedon discusses what his long-term deal with Marvel Studios means for the next few years:
It was part of what made it attractive to me. I loved the idea of being a consigliere. Every writer loves the idea of being able to go in and fix a problem and then leave without obligation. It's fun! I also love these characters and the Marvel universe, and I grew up reading the books, and I've been going back and reading the old books and realizing that they shaped my storytelling way more than I give them credit for. Now I'm starting up a TV show, which is something I really wanted to do, but I thought it wasn't going to be a part of my life for the next several years. It's like a tapas menu of projects that excite me, in addition to the Avengers sequel, which I'm excited for because I'm incredibly excited about the next story that I'm going to tell. For me, it's a huge win... What's great is that the deal with Marvel is nonspecific, so I will give all I can, but the moment I can't, I just walk away. The moment I say, "You know, I'd like to help more on this project, but I need this time for The Avengers," there's no obligation. It's not like, "You must spend this amount of time on this movie." It's as much as it needs to be.
Star Chris Pine says that the Star Trek sequel won't darken the tone of the series like, say, The Dark Knight did for the Batman franchise:
"We're not making Batman. That's not our deal. There's comedy, which I think J.J. does a great job of, but, like the first one, there's some serious issues being dealt with. And I'd say the threat is even greater in this one. The force [the Enterprise crew] are met with is much more frightening. It's relentlessly action-packed and in terms of character development it goes places you'd never expect. The arc is huge for all the characters. It's a really big story - I can't hype it enough!"
Here's a new sneak peek clip from Brick director Rian Johnson's time travel thriller. The scene is part of the big confrontation between star Joseph Gordon-Levitt and himself thirty years in the future, otherwise known as Bruce Willis. [MTV Movies Blog]
[gallery 5939994] And here are some accompanying behind-the-scenes photos.
Warner Bros. and MGM have now revealed all the titles and release dates for the now three Hobbit movies. The first movie is still The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and will be released on December 14, 2012. The second movie is now The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and stays in the December 13, 2013 release slot. The third movie is taking the original title of the second movie, The Hobbit: There And Back Again, and will take the summer release slot of July 18, 2014. [Coming Soon]
Here's a new sneak peek clip for the fifth installment in the clearly eternal franchise. [Coming Soon]
And here are two TV spots. [Coming Soon]
To get you properly prepared for this Saturday's episode, "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship", here's the next time trailer from the end of "Asylum of the Daleks", another trailer, and an introduction to the episode from stars Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.
The comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb, who between Peep Show and That Mitchell and Webb Look have been behind some of the best comedy in recent memory, will voice a pair of robots in "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship." You can hear a bit of Mitchell's robot in the second trailer up above. [Blogtor Who]
Here's another hint from Matt Smith about the Ponds' big farewell episode, "The Angels Take Manhattan":
"Fans can expect a gut-wrenching, heart-wrenching time saying goodbye to the Ponds. But also we've got dinosaurs, we've got Daleks, we've got Weeping Angels, we've got New York. I mean, it feels in scale as big and bold as it ever has. As we near toward the end of Amy and Rory's time, it becomes very sad hopefully. Go back and revisit 'The Eleventh Hour' and study it closely — it's all I will say."
Ten-year-old actor Cameron Strefford, who also has a small part in Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe's upcoming Les Miserables adaptation, will reportedly appear in this year's Christmas special as "a young boy in Victorian times and he has a scene with his screen parents and other children [whose]character as an adult is played by a well-known actor, but to say whom it is would be to give away too much of the plot." Strefford also reportedly doesn't share any scenes with Matt Smith. The most obvious well-known actor would be the main guest star, Richard E. Grant, although it's also possible this could refer to Silent Witness actor Tom Ward, who is the other male guest star we know about so far (not counting Dan Starkey's return as the Sontaran Strax). [This Is Wiltshire]
Joss Whedon discusses what it's like to be putting together a show for ABC that actually is being set up to be a big hit, rather than airing in the Friday low-rated genre slot:
The important thing to me is that we know what the show is. We love what it is. It came together very organically, so when we went in to pitch [to Marvel], it wasn't like, We're trying to find this because you want a TV show, it was, Check this out. And that's a good way to walk in a room. Good support is wonderful, but it's not a hill of beans, because they may give us all this support and then decide, "Eh. Yeah, it's Friday." They might give us all the support and then not do that, but then audiences might go, "Yeahhh … no." You just can't be sure. What I do know is that it's the show it should be, and we've got some really dope notions. It's going to work very well for people who either love the Marvel universe or for people who've never dipped a toe in the Marvel universe.
Here's NBC's official description and full cast list for the series premiere, which airs September 17:
09/17/2012 (10:00PM - 11:00PM) (Monday) : SEASON PREMIERE-AN EPIC ADVENTURE FROM J.J. ABRAMS, ERIC KRIPKE AND JON FAVREAU - What would you do without it all? In this epic adventure from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot Productions and "Supernatural's" Eric Kripke, a family struggles to reunite in an American landscape void of electricity: a world of empty cities, local militias and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology — computers, planes, cars, phones, even lights — has mysteriously blacked out forever.
The series stars Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Graham Rogers, Anna Lise Phillips, Zak Orth, JD Pardo, Giancarlo Esposito, David Lyons, Maria Howell, Daniealla Alonso, Tim Guinee and Elizabeth Mitchell. Kripke, Abrams and Bryan Burk ("Lost," "Star Trek") serve as executive producers, and Jon Favreau ("Iron Man," "Iron Man 2") serves as co-executive producer. "Revolution" is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Bad Robot Productions, Kripke Enterprises and Warner Bros. Television. The pilot was directed by Favreau.
Philip Devona, whose past work includes guest spots on The Walking Dead and The Vampire Diaries, will reportedly play Dr. Vidal in episode six. [SpoilerTV]
Here's the latest cryptic teaser.
And here's a look at one of the only promos so far that actually shows members of the cast. [Fangoria]
Here are some set photos and other behind-the-scenes shot from the latest Entertainment Weekly article. [SpoilerTV]
Here are short descriptions for the next three episodes:
Episode 2.07 - Gods and Monsters
The team is confronted with evidence of Parish's evil agenda; a young Alpha reveals a deadly ability.
Episode 2.08 - Falling
Rosen discovers the identity of the mole; Kat tracks a mysterious new street drug that makes users temporarily invincible.
Episode 2.09 - The Devil Will Drag You Under
Hicks turns defector and begins working for Parish; the team uncovers a plot to cause a massive, deadly blackout.
And here's the same for the next three Warehouse 13 episodes:
Ep 4.07 – Endless Wonder
Pete and Myka cross paths with an inquisitive drug company exec; a pill is making people taller; Artie, Steve and Claudia track Brother Adrian to his hideout.
Episode 4.08 - Second Chance
Pete and Myka investigate a case of people rusting away; Steve and Claudia visit Steve's hometown to end his dependence on the Metronome; Artie tells the truth about Brother Adrian and his use of the Astrolabe.
Episode 4.09 - The Ones You Love
Brother Adrian sends deadly artifacts to the agents loved ones; Mrs. Frederic and Steve discover the truth about Artie and Adrian.
And finally here are descriptions for the first two episodes of season three, the currently untitled season premiere and episode two, "Stay":
Episode 3.01 - TBA
Nathan and Duke search for Audrey, who was abducted at the end of last season.
Episode 3.02 - Stay
Raving barbarians run loose in Haven's streets; Audrey and Nathan try figure out how to stop them.
Here are some promo photos of the cast. [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Amanda Yesilbas and Charlie Jane Anders.