Find out why Bolivar Trask is like Hitler in X-Men: Days of Future Past. See the making of LEGO Movie and 300: Rise of an Empire. Is Black Widow already spoken for in Captain America 2? Plus a Snowpiercer clip, and news about Hunger Games and Walking Dead. Spoilers now!
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Just read this description of Days of Future Past's Bolivar Trask from Bryan Singer:
Trask is, ultimately, a peace lover. He feels that humanity will go on fighting each other unless they find some common element to unite against. Perhaps as Hitler used the Jews as a scapegoat to bond the darker parts of Europe, he's doing the same thing with mutants. There's also something interesting about his size. I'm sure he went very underestimated throughout his life. Trask comments on that — I don't know if it'll be in the final picture — but he says, 'I was underestimated, so do not underestimate these creatures.
Peter Dinklage, who plays Trask, doesn't think he's Hitler, exactly, but he sees his portrayal as tapping in to some similar self-loathing:
I am this guy who's four and a half feet tall, but my life doesn't constantly address it. With me playing that role, I had to think about that stuff. I'm not going to play my violin, but with my dwarfism, I'm a bit of a mutant. I can't move metal or anything, but I thought of it as self-loathing.
Deep down, Trask can be quite sensitive about that aspect of himself. And sorry to go back to Hitler, but he wasn't a six foot, perfect blond Aryan. He was a short, funny looking fellow. And talk about a mustache!
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay
Although we'd heard that Phillip Seymour Hoffman only had seven days left to film before his death, The Hollywood Reporter's saying that he had one major, emotional scene left to film. It's also saying that there's a chance that the film will work around his absence by digitally inserting images of him into some scenes. [Slashfilm]
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
A closer look at a recent photo of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow reveals that she's wearing a necklace with a silver arrow. Tor.com theorizes that this is a hint at a relationship between Natasha Romanoff and Clint Barton, since it's one of the only purely decorative parts of her costume. Seems a little thin, but, then again, this is the kind of little thing that people like to slip in. [Tor.com]
While speaking about Grimm, Sasha Roiz spoke about his part in Pompeii:
I play a character called Proculus, who represents the corrupt aspect of Rome; Kiefer Sutherland and I are cohorts in that.
It's a wonderful cast. It was a really interesting production. We spent three months shooting up in Toronto, Canada. It was really physically challenging. There's a volcano, there's a love story, all this amazing components but it was physically demanding to an extent I've never experienced before, but it was really rewarding.
We were beat up quite well by the end of it.
The Lego Movie
Here's a featurette on the making of the movie. [First Showing]
300: Rise of an Empire
Here's a featurette about the creation of the 300 sequel:
The Walking Dead
Norman Reedus previewed the show's return and explains what's up with our heroes:
Well, you definitely saw them leave the prison together. Whether they stay together is yet to be seen. Everything is gone. Everyone is on the run. Daryl had found an identity with these people and was starting to feel good about himself in a lot of ways but everything has just come crashing to a halt. He assumes everyone is dead. He's got to start over. Everyone is in a really bad place right now.
More at the link. [Entertainment Weekly]
Agents of SHIELD
When Lorelei appears, she may be playing a classic sort of femme fatale. Says EP Maurissa Tancharoen:
She has the power of sorcery, so that's interesting to see how our team deals with that. ... Maybe a few are enamored with her.
We know that Lorelei's presence will bring Sif to Earth, and the executive producers say that she'll have a bit of a language barrier. Tancharoen said that Sif will take idioms used by Coulson literally. And according to Elizabeth Henstridge, Fitz and Simmons are going to be doing things on their own more:
We spend more time apart, that's for sure. And I do think that different dynamics are going to come in and shake it up a little bit. But, I do think at the core, we'll always be FitzSimmons.
Blizzard and Graviton are not one-off villains, but their reappearance is a long way off. Said Jed Whedon:
Some of them are long throws. When we encounter things each week, we don't want feel like, 'Oh, here's a guy who can do this, and let's learn about what that is real quick.' It feels sort of unearned and very standalone. So now that we've planted some of those seeds, we can encounter those people down the line and it will feel more earned.
Finally, Tancharoen made two promises: 1) We will get answers about Skye's history and 2) The writers have a plan, and know where everything's going. Those are some big things, and whether you trust them probably relates to how you felt about the Coulson reveal. [Zap2It]
Here's how Brett Dalton describes Agent John Garrett (Bill Paxton):
Coulson makes decisions based on instincts and intuition. Ward is more about risk assessment and tactical skills. That's all that he's known until joining Coulson's team. [Garrett is] the guy who trained Ward, so he's a reflection of him in a lot of ways.
Graeme Mason says that season 2 will explore Cosima and Delphine's relationship:
That Cosima-and-Delphine relationship is as complex as ever. It stays romantic and stays scientific, but there's a lot of gamesmanship going on.
Person of Interest
Here's how Jonathan Nolan sees the reveal of a second machine affecting the show:
I think in the second half of the season, we want to deal with the question that the machine in unique and amazing, but is it really unique? Certainly the arms race that the Americans enjoyed, the metaphor for AI, we drag that out a lot. The Manhattan Project is an appropriate one for many different reasons. And if we look at that metaphor, the Americans enjoyed a tactical advantage of being the sole nuclear superpower for about five years. And, then the Soviets had the bomb, the English, the French, the Chinese, Pakistan, India. It's propagation. And there's no reason to imagine the same wouldn't be true of AI.
I think where the show is playing in interesting territory is the idea of AI as discrete entities is itself a little challenging, but that's the ones we're looking for. For three years, right, the machine has been unique. What's the possibility of something coming along that's similar and what would that be and how would that play out. So we're playing with that possibility in the second half of the season.
Shannon Kane said that Celeste's plan bodes ill for Hayley and Elijah:
She definitely has an agenda, and it is based upon her love affair with Elijah. Elijah was her one true love, so she's come back to resolve some unfinished business.
Celeste is not a fan of Hayley, and you will see that. And it's unfortunate because I love Phoebe, she's such a sweetheart. She's quirky and fun and working with her has been a blast.
When Sleepy Hollow returns, it seems like the recovery of the War memory will serve to unite the two sisters, Roberto Orci says:
Once you access a memory that's painful, it opens the gates to others. Both of them may have experienced things together that they don't remember that may come back. This is the gateway to what else happened before we met all these people.
Added to the cast is Candice Patton as Iris West, who is being reimagined as (at least initially) as Barry's best friend, and not a love interest. [Coming Soon]
Ronald D. Moore says that, in his mind, a second season of this show would look very different from the first. But in terms of what's coming up this season, he said:
The pace picks up. Things are starting to come to a crisis point - you're going to start to peel back the layers. You'll discover that a lot of people aren't who they say.
Once Upon a Time
Near the end of the season will come episode 16, "It's Not Easy Being Green" which will delve into the Wicked Witch's background. Said EP Adam Horowitz:
She's got a whole backstory and mythology. We used the original [L. Frank Baum] book as a jumping-off point, and then spun her in a hopefully unique, Once Upon a Time way.
The destruction of Storybrooke did not reverse any deaths, but we may see someone return now that the Shadow has been burnt. [TV Guide]
Sasha Roiz discussed how Renard's relationship with Adalind will be affected by her pregnancy:
The storyline with Adalind and the baby is certainly going to be one of the more interesting storylines this season. I was just talking to (Grimm creator) David Greenwalt about certain aspects of it as well, because it's very complex. I think Adalind, as much as she's been a thorn in his side, there is some sort of relationship, something unspoken. He has a respect for her because she's become a worthy advisory of sorts. There definitely is an attraction between those two.
But all the stuff going on across the pond is going definitely to challenge them. It's a really interesting storyline that has a unique arc this season.
Here's a short synopsis for episode 3.13, "Revelation":
Monroe tries to convince his parents to embrace his life choices; Nick looks to Juliette for help on the wesen aspect of the cop-killing scalper case; Renard must contact Adalind to help keep her safe.
Under the Dome
Karla Crome (Misfits) will play new series regular, Rebecca, "a teacher in her 30s whom Big Jim beseeches to start back up the school, though not with the noblest of agendas." [SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a clip from episode 5.13, "Total Eclipse of the Heart."
Star Wars Rebels
Go here for photos from episode 4.05, "Pack It Up Pack It In." [SpoilerTV]
Here's the promo for episode 1.10, "Perception." [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a synopsis for episode 1.06, "Patient Zero":
GABRIEL AND RILEY HEAD TO TEXAS TO CONTAIN A DEADLY VIRUS AND FIND PATIENT ZERO, ON "INTELLIGENCE," MONDAY, FEB. 10
"Patient Zero" – Gabriel and the Cybercom team head to Texas to help contain an outbreak of a deadly, rapidly spreading virus, but when Gabriel cyber-renders ground zero of the outbreak to isolate who Patient Zero might be, he and the team are shocked to see that the suspect is a criminal believed to have been executed a week earlier, on INTELLIGENCE, Monday, Feb. 10 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
Beauty and the Beast
Here's the promo for episode 2.13, "Till Death."
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Emily Stamm