Matt Reeves explains what will happen when the prequel films catch up to the events of Planet of the Apes. A pile of brand new Star Wars rumors have popped up online. Kathy Bates talks returning for another season of American Horror Story. Plus new clips from the Doctor Who Christmas special. Spoilers now!
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Another day, another trove of Star Wars rumors. In this case, we have a 4Chan user named "Spoiler Man," who claims to be a LucasFilm employee posting information about the film. Slashfilm says they've heard from their sources that the spoilers being posted by "Spoiler Man" are false, with just a few nuggets of truth. Some of it does line up to previous leaks, such as the description of the "Inquisitors":
Gwendoline Christie portrays an Inquisitor. The Inquisitors are a group of lightsaber wielding individuals that may or may not be force sensitive and head up the Imperial Remnant. Inquisitors aren't Sith, but they are not Jedi either; they are hounds used to track down force sensitives, and they are implied to have assisted Vader's cleansing.
From MTV is this interview with Oscar Isaac about being in the film, and flying an X-Wing. [MTV]
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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Matt Reeves says that the plan isn't ever to "remake" The Planet of the Apes, but to do something more reboot-ish:
To me the idea is that the 1968 films stands as trajectory in that, what is so exciting is that the world of that film is so different from where things started in RISE, and the way they are in DAWN and now will be in the next film. There is a huge distance to cover between here and there that is all about Caesar and future generations, and how this world has transformed into that world, and the struggle that they'll have to go through and how we create the world that we know from that. I think once you've gone through all of those chapters, you've gotten all the richness of those stories, you could very well find yourself going into that story again, but I think it would be from a new perspective. The idea would never be to remake the '68 film. There might be some of those events from another perspective, and obviously to also see them as events that grew out of everything that we've been watching from this new iteration. They wouldn't be exactly the same either. So if, and when, we ever get there, which I think is an exciting notion, it would definitely not be a remake but it would be sort of a re-telling of those events from a new perspective. And the events themselves would probably be a bit different since they will have grown out of these films.
As for the immediate future, Reeves also said that Caesar's on the path to becoming a mythical character in ape history, "like Moses." He also said of the script he's working on now:
Well it's interesting because Mark Bomback and I are working on the next story, and I have to say given the trajectory of how [Caesar's] arc has gone from the first movie through DAWN so far, what is so exciting to us is that this is sort of his biggest arc yet. We are going to take him to places that test him in a way that is more painful, and in ways that he has never been tested before. [We will] really test his leadership, and more than that his heart and soul. There are ways in which the experience he had with Koba in the last film, really create a context in this story that is going to be, in a way, his greatest challenge yet. We are very excited about it you know.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2
Jason Fuchs (the upcoming Pan) is in negotiations to write the standalone Wonder Woman movie for Warner Bros. [The Hollywood Reporter]
Here's a good look at Bond's new car, the Aston Martin DB10:
Matthew Vaughn's MARV films has acquired the film rights to Tonya Hurley's ghostgirl series. The series follows Charlotte Usher, who feels invisible at school — and then really is, when she discovers she had died and is a ghost. [The Wrap]
Tales of Halloween
Lucky McKee (May, The Woman) has joined the anthology film, although no specifics about what her tale in the anthology will look like. [Shock Till You Drop]
American Horror Story
Kathy Bates wouldn't discount the possibility of Ethel showing up again in flashbacks:
Well this is American Horror Story so anything can happen! [Laughs] That's all I can say about that.
She added that she, at least, is on board for the next season of the show:
Well of course there is. I love Ryan. I love working with him and for him. One thing I didn't get a chance to say in my Emmy speech is that after Harry's Law and then I had gotten sick with breast cancer, I was really in the dumps. I was really like, "I'll never work again. I'm too old. Blah blah blah." Lo and behold, I get this amazing call from Ryan to come in and meet with him. He created these wonderful parts for me to play and I'll be forever in his debt for that. He's rejuvenated my career in a way that I have a young audience now and that's fabulous! So why wouldn't I want to come back for more of that?
Here's a behind-the-scenes video on making the banners for the circus:
The Walking Dead
The spinoff series has cast Cliff Curtis as its lead, Sean Cabrera, "a teacher who shares a son with his ex-wife, Andrea." The character is supposed to be "a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life." The female lead, guidance counselor named Nancy Tomkins, is still being cast. Anna Torv is rumored to have tried out, but is "no longer considered in the running." [The Hollywood Reporter]
Once Upon a Time
Ginnifer Goodwin explains that in Sunday's midseason finale, there will be a reason Snow White and Regina have a sword fight instead of a sword-and-magic fight:
Well, Mary Margaret does call her on her B.S. and say, basically, "Of course you're going to use magic, because you're afraid to get your hands dirty." She ribs Regina enough to put down her fireballs and go at it, man-to-man.
She also previewed the second half of the season, which she says Snow will have a larger part in, now that she feels more comfortable leaving her new son with his grandparents:
Ohhhhh, yes — and it's good. And it timed out very well, because I'm just at the point where I'm like, "OK, I'm not losing my mind when I have to leave Oliver with one of his grandparents and go to set for 16 hours." Like, I can hold it together, where, frankly, even a month ago I couldn't. I would get really emotional and upset, it was just too much for me. But now I understand that he's going to be fine and actually benefit from spending time with his grandparents than time on set. And the storyline is really good. I'm really excited about it. I know that I'm not allowed to say what I'm doing, but I can say that it's worth the wait, for sure!
TVLINE | My only question is: How do you organically bring on Cruella de Vil (played by Dracula's Victoria Smurfit)? If only because there's just the one Dalmatian in town.
It, like everything else on Once Upon a Time, will make sense — to the extent that you're like, "How was this not incorporated in the animated feature?" She's a perfect Once family member, absolutely.
And here's a sneak peek at the episode, with Anna trying to help Snow White and David get out of the spell's influence. [SpoilerTV]
From Total TV Guide is a shot of Michael Troughton as Professor Albert. [Blogtor Who]
And here is a BBC Christmas trailer with new glimpses of the Doctor Who episode "Last Christmas." [via Blogtor Who]
The Vampire Diaries
Here are interviews with Ian Somerhalder and Chris Wood:
Here's key art for season 2. [Entertainment Weekly]
Here's the promo for "The Climb" showing Oliver and Ra's al Ghul:
Here's a clip from "The Things We Left Behind":
Here's a clip from "Map of Moments":
Person of Interest
Episode 4.15 will be called "Q&A." [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller