The cast of Fringe teases Peter's return and a massive new threat to both universes. Joel Edgerton explains why the new Thing isn't like other prequels. Plus an awesome sneak peek at the new DC animated movie Batman: Year One!
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Top image from The Avengers.
A person claiming to have seen the Batcave set at Sony Studios offers this description:
It's half finished, and pretty much looks like the same set we saw in "Batman Begins". They're still completing the quarry walls but the wooden manor foundations were all there in the corner. They may add more set dressing with equipment and such but don't expect a radical redesign as most fanboys are expecting...I asked the construction guys if they were using the same blueprints/plans from "Batman Begins" to match continuity, they said no, but as the set resembled the cave from "Begins" and...while they may have had new blueprints I could see it was the same cave from seeing the foundation beams that were iconic from the first movie. Also the stage can hold water, they'll fill it when the quarry wall work is finished and they pull all the rigging lights up to illuminate the set.
It's not 100% clear how this report fits with the reports that part of the Batcave scenes are being filmed in a futuristic-looking Romanian salt mine, as that suggests a more radical redesign of the new cave than this description would indicate. Assuming this report is accurate - and that's never a safe assumption - one might assume the Batcave features a combination of more familiar elements like those from the one in Batman Begins, along with some more futuristic elements to fit what was filmed in the salt mine location. [Batman-News]
Here are two more set videos from the Los Angeles filming. [The Cineaste's Lament]
Italian actor Massi Furlan, who appeared in the most recent season finale of Criminal Minds, has filmed a small unspecified part in the movie. [Monsters and Critics]
Chris Evans discusses his experience filming the movie:
Yeah, it was great. It was a great experience … It couldn't have gone better. I almost should knock on some wood. It was too good. We all got along so ridiculously well; that type of stuff doesn't happen in films. It's just so lucky for a franchise that it happened on a film that we're all going to be stuck together for quite some time.
[gallery 5847127] Here are a couple promo photos spotlighting some of the green screen work. [Newsarama]
Chris Evans also offers this update on the Captain America sequels:
The sequels probably won't start ‘til late next year, so they're still working on the script. They really haven't told me much. They've got their hands full right now with the third "Iron Man" and trying to get "The Avengers" out.
Here's a synopsis for the movie from the NYCC press release:
After blazing a trail around the globe in the worldwide hit Ghost Rider, Nicolas Cage returns as Johnny Blaze in Columbia Pictures' Ghost Rider – Spirit of Vengeance. Still struggling with his curse as the devil's bounty hunter, Blaze is hiding out in a remote part of Eastern Europe when he is recruited by a secret sect to save a young boy (Fergus Riordan) from the devil (Ciaran Hinds). At first, Johnny is reluctant to embrace the power of the Ghost Rider again, but it is the only way to protect the boy – and possibly rid himself of his curse forever. Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the directors of the film, will be in attendance to give you a look at their vision for the film and their no-holds-barred style of directing.
Star Joel Edgerton explains why this movie is different from other gratuitous sequels, prequels, and reboots:
I think this prequel is well-earned. Because it was so important this film stays true to the Carpenter aesthetic. Not a lot of thought goes into some remakes and sequels. I feel the studios or filmmakers randomly pluck a random, tenuous connection out of the air to create a whole movie from. I feel there was such a great set-up in the Carpenter film – what happened to the Norwegian camp? I feel this prequel opens up an episode that was waiting to be told. There's a nice familiarity to the Carpenter version, I think people will enjoy it, but at the same time it tells its own tale with a new set of characters. I don't think I'm giving away a spoiler, but in this film you get to have a sense of an origin and you get more with the [alien's] ship.
He also explains how the American and Norwegian characters work together in this movie... or not, as the case may be:
There's always a resonance in culture about paranoia of "the other" and suspicion of the other. Communism is a great parallel. I think that idea is still prevalent today. There's a serious paranoia and fear of terrorism, not knowing where the next villain is going to pop up and with what kind of violence. Particularly with this prequel, set before Carpenter's, you've got American characters set amongst these Norwegian characters, so you've got a clash of cultures and a language barrier. In Carpenter's version you've got humans versus alien and now you've got extra friction because of the language barrier.
Here's a quartet of interviews with star Hugh Jackman.
And here are two with boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, who consulted on the movie's boxing.
Asked about reprising his X-Men Origins: Wolverine character, Gambit, for The Wolverine, Taylor Kitsch says there's pretty much no chance of that - as has pretty much been stated many times before by those involved in the movie - he's not ruling out eventually reprising the character in a spin-off film:
"I know if we do it, it'll probably be down the road and we'll do it hopefully a lot darker. I'd love to play him again, but it's a matter of doing it right, too. There's no point in just doing it for the sake of doing it."
Here are some photos of stars Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges on the Boston set. [Comic Book Movie]
Here's an international trailer.
Here's an awesome new clip from the upcoming animated DVD movie adapting Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli's iconic Batman origin story.
Here are some promo photos for the first episode of next week's story "The Curse of Clyde Langer." [Blogtor Who]
And here's a synopsis for both parts:
It's raining fish from the skies, and Sarah Jane's investigations lead the gang to the Museum of Culture, where the ancient god Hetocumtek may offer answers. But when Clyde acts the fool once too often, family and friends savagely turn against him, and he is thrown out of their lives!
Clyde is alone and abandoned on the streets of London, living rough, cold and hungry. One person reaches out to him, but as they become friends, he's warned about the legendary Night Dragon. In Bannerman Road, Sky knows something's wrong – why do Sarah Jane and Rani suddenly hate Clyde?
John Noble discusses Walter's perspective on Peter's imminent return:
"[He's] always blamed himself for everything that's gone wrong. Whether he even thinks he deserves this chance [to get Peter back] is another matter. [Walter would] be very concerned about the fact that it's just another extension of his madness. It's terrifying material for Walter...How will Walter react to another person taking [Olivia's] attention? I've got all those interesting, strange things to play with - those emotions, which could potentially happen, of jealousy and anger and being off-sided because you're being ignored."
And Jasika Nicole adds that Peter won't be welcomed back with open arms:
"It's not like a ‘Welcome home.' And it might even be the opposite of [that]. The transition is really difficult. There's not an immediate, ‘OK, we're back to where we were before.' It takes a while. It's just a battle."
Nicole also suggests there's an even bigger threat coming up that will force the two universes to team up. Nicole suggests something from the past will return, while Lance Reddick suggests a "great character from seasons ago" will be back. [TV Line]
Here's a bunch of set photos. You can also check out a set video at the link. [SpoilerTV]
And here are some more.
Kirk Acevedo tweeted that his character FBI Agent Charlie Francis is "alive and well" and that he's "in the house", suggesting a return to the show. [@KirkAcevedo]
Here's a lengthy set video from the filming in Dubrovnik, Croatia.
Here's a behind-the-scenes video with the cast.
Here are some more promo photos for season two. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a new promo and sneak peek for the next episode, "What Remains." [Terra Nova TV]
And here's another promo photo for the episode. [SpoilerTV]
Here's a promo photo for episode two, "Chuck vs. the Big Bandit." [ChuckTV]
Here's a sneak peek for episode three, "The Girl Next Door."
Here's a video interview in which Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki discuss season seven.
And here's another interview in which the pair discuss Sam's tenuous grasp on reality.
Episode nine is reportedly called "How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters (aka Influence People)", episode twelve is now called "Time after Time after Time", and the previous episode twelve title has now become the title of episode thirteen, "Amazon.com." [SpoilerTV]
Here's a brief trailer for season four.
Here are some images from Cartoon Network's upcoming Green Lantern cartoon, which will premiere in January 2013. [Superhero Tooniverse]
Here are some promo photos for next week's episode five, "The Reckoning." [SpoilerTV]
Here are some promo photos for episode five, "Slither." [SpoilerTV]
And here are some for episode six, "Wake." [SpoilerTV]
Additional reporting by Gordon Jackson and Charlie Jane Anders.