See for yourself just how much wear and tear R2-D2 has had in Star Wars: Episode VII. Michelle Gomez explains Missy's role in the Doctor Who finale. Steven DeKnight talks which classic movies will inspire Daredevil. And Tom Cruise is doing his craziest Mission Impossible stunt yet. Spoilers now!
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Anthony Daniels wants you to be excited about Episode VII. And he's making some nearly blasphemous claims to do so. Daniels' tweet is below. [Slashfilm]
As for Daniels' on screen partner, photos of a screen-used R2-D2 at the end of filming show a more battered droid than might be expected. We already showed you a shot from Joh Boyega's Instagram. But here are some pics from The RPF, which give a better look at this R2-D2 prop. [via Slashfilm]
Don't take this as confirmation of the rumor that we'll be seeing Howard Stark, Arnim Zola, Alexander Pierce, and Peggy Carter in the early days of SHIELD with Hank Pym, as was previously rumored, but there is a casting call out for a stand-in for Hayley Atwell. That does seem to lend the rumor some weight. Regardless, the Atlanta-area listing (below) apparently confirms that Atwell will appear in Ant-Man. From Project Casting:
NLC is searching for an experienced stand in for Haley Atwell. She is 31, 5'7?, 112 lbs. This will work in November on a Sunday. Please submit to email@example.com with your headshot, age, height, weight and sizes. Must have experience. Thanks.
Mission Impossible 5
It was already filmed in September, but The Daily Mail has video of a stunt that has Tom Cruise strapped to a plane at 5,000 feet, in an attempt to top the "climbing the Burj" stunt from the previous film. Cruise is strapped into a safety harness in the door of an Airbus A400M as it flies above the English countryside. [via Slashfilm]
The Maze Runner Chapter 2: The Scorch Trials
Lili Taylor has joined the cast playing Mary Cooper, a doctor helping Thomas and his fellow Gladers. [Deadline]
Voice from the Stone
13 Films has signed on to co-finance and handle international sales on the film, which stars Emilia Clarke. Here's the film's description:
Voice from the Stone is the haunting story of Verena (Clarke), a solemn nurse drawn to aid a young boy named Jakob who has fallen silent since the untimely death of his mother nearly a year ago. Living with his father (Marton Csokas) in a massive stone manor in Tuscany, Jakob not only refuses to speak, he seems to be under the spell of a malevolent force trapped within the stone walls. As Verena's relationship with the father and son grow, she becomes ensnared and consumed by Malvina's severe force. If she is to save the boy, and free herself, she must face the phantom hidden inside the stone.
Here's an IMAx poster. [Slashfilm]
Michelle Gomez talked about how she views her character's attitude and actions:
I think that she is the sum of all human emotion. She's a miraculous weather system in her own right, and I framed her almost I guess schizophrenic in a way… She can shift from a thunderous, terrifying presence, to at times a little girl. So yeah, I suppose she is the sum of all human emotion in just one droplet.
... Some people in our lives somehow mirror who we really are, and they are not mirroring the mask that we put on to meet and greet on a daily basis. For a man such as The Doctor, he has this kind of conscience now, asking the bigger questions of, "who am I really?"
We all arrive at that point in our lives, and whether we can really with rigorous honesty find answers that can sit well… There will be demons there that perhaps he hasn't dealt with, or he's repressed or he doesn't feel good about.
Missy just blazes that light on all of the defects of his character. There's that wonderful feeling you cant bulls–t a bullsh–ter. It's almost that type of relationship with them of a sibling, or any close friend of yours that knows who you really are at your core… And is able to turn up, and remind you who you really are behind that mask. Missy is his barometer conscience that turns up.
Here's the synopsis of the season finale:
When the question "Who is Missy?" was finally answered in part 1 of the season finale,
, the ultimate line "
couldn't very well keep calling myself the Master now could I
?" ended the season long mystery and set mouths agape. Now that she's revealed herself to be the Doctor's arch nemesis, the Master (or the Mistress if you'd like), the war is on! In Saturday's penultimate conclusion, the two Time Lords face off as the Doctor races against time to subvert Missy's season long sinister plot - to create an army of Cybermen using what she calls "the key strategic weakness of the human race,"
And here's the trailer and sneak peek:
Showrunner Steven DeKnight took to Twitter to answer a few more questions about the series. [via Super Hero Hype]
The Walking Dead
Christine Woods, who plays Officer Dawn Lerner, says the character is actually a hero:
Its funny: I consider Dawn a hero. Not to get political, but look at today's climate with police officers and people in horrible emergency situations trying to make the best out of what's best for the people around them and "within their authority." So this person, after all of this stuff happened, is not someone who went and took power. She is someone who was essentially socially in a position to protect and go out of her way to save people and keep things kind of going in an orderly way, because that was this person's job in normal life. So she's just acting in a way that is trying to keep her regular identity going. And so she thinks she's being very helpful. And she's keeping things going and keeping people safe, and so I think 100% her heart is completely in the right place here. She was dealt a hand that was really stressful in relation to her former colleague and former boss Hanson, and she had to take care of some things that I think were very brave of her to take care of. So I don't see her as a villain at all. I see her as a hero, and as the story unfolds you can decide if you think that too. I think she's a brave, scared person who is trying to be a hero. So I think she's a hero. I really do.
Here's a sneak peek at episode 5.05, "Self Help." [Coming Soon]
Added the cast of the Netflix original is Christian Oliver, who will recur in Season 1 as the "villainous" Steiner. [Deadline]
Jim Parrack (True Blood) will appear in four episodes when show returns in 2015. He'll be a Returned who is a charismatic preacher from the 1930s, who has ties to both the Langston's and Marty Bellamy. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here's the promo for episode 2.07, "Miracles." [via SpoilerTV]
EP Michael Narducci explains Esther's thinking:
"Esther's drive is: I knew when I made my children into vampires, I was trying to save them. I had no idea that they would become these beasts that would live for 1,000 years, feed on innocents' blood, and create a disease that is vampirism that would spread all over the world." Now that Esther has died and come back, she's ready to move forward. She's thinking, "I want to save my children from this hell on earth that I have created, and I want to save them from this horrible existence that they are enduring. In order to do that, I need to make their lives miserable," Narducci continued.
The next step: Convincing her children that her way is the right way. "She needs to make a case for why being a vampire is the worst thing," Narducci said. "And she can save him by putting him into another body and giving him one mortal lifespan to know peace, and to have happiness, and to have a family of his own, and live a semi-natural life. Being a vampire is unnatural; he can go into the body of a witch and have a more natural life, according to Esther. And so to convince him of this, she needs to confront him with the very thing that is—if I can borrow from the DC mythology—his kryptonite. What is the thing about Elijah that we've always said that is his weakness?"
And Esther will attack Elijah, making him confront what he is. That, Narducci says, will be a big part of the plot going forward. And then Esther will turn her gaze to the rest —Klaus, Rebekah, etc. — with the same plan. [Entertainment Weekly]
American Horror Story
Here's a description for "Blood Bath":
Episode 4.08 - Blood Bath
(Airs December 3, 10:00 pm e/p)
Recent disappearances around camp raise Ethel's suspicion of Elsa. Gloria makes a last ditch effort to contain Dandy's bloodlust.
Written by Ryan Murphy; directed by Bradley Buecker.
Here's a sneak peek at the next episode [via SpoilerTV]
Once Upon a Time
Here's the official synopsis of November 9th's "Snow Queen":
EMMA CAPTURES THE SNOW QUEEN AND LEARNS THAT THEY ARE MORE ALIKE THEN SHE CAN POSSIBLY IMAGINE, AND IN ARENDELLE OF THE PAST, INGRID DISCOVERS HER DEADLY ICE POWERS AND MAKES A PACT WITH HER TWO SISTERS TO PROTECT AND ALWAYS BE THERE FOR ONE ANOTHER – NO MATTER WHAT, ON ABC'S "ONCE UPON A TIME"
John Rhys-Davies ("The Lord of the Rings," "Raiders of the Lost Ark") is the Voice of Grand Pabbie
"The Snow Queen" – Emma captures the Snow Queen and interrogates her at the sheriff's station. But the Snow Queen uses her prior knowledge of Emma to try to persuade her into thinking that they are more alike than she could possibly imagine. Regina and Robin Hood's relationship grows increasingly complex as they struggle to find a way to save his dying wife, Emma begins to see what she missed out on by not growing up and being a family with Snow and Charming when she sees how involved Mary Margaret is in baby Neal's life, and Henry begins his after school job in Gold's shop while trying to help Regina find a clue to the identity of the author of the storybook. Meanwhile, in Arendelle of the past, we learn about the origin of the Snow Queen and her familial connection to Elsa and Anna as we see her discover her spectacular yet deadly ice powers, on "Once Upon a Time," SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
"Once Upon a Time" stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David Nolan, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O'Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry, Michael Socha as Will Scarlet and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.
Guest starring are Jessy Schram as Ashley/Cinderella, Sarah Bolger as Aurora, Sean Maguire as Robin Hood, Georgina Haig as Elsa, Elizabeth Mitchell as Snow Queen, John Rhys-Davies as Grand Pabbie, Brighton Sharbino as young Ingrid, Ava Marie Telek as young Gerda, Bailey Herbert as young Helga, Jonathan Runyon as Duke, Pascale Hutton as Gerda, Sally Pressman as Helga, Greg Webb as King and Ryan Booth as man.
"The Snow Queen" was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Billy Gierhart.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller