The list of actors up for Doctor Strange keeps growing. Channing Tatum has an update on the Gambit movie. Who is The Walking Dead's new character? Is HBO committed to making a Westworld TV show? Plus updates on Arrow, Agents of SHIELD and The Flash. Spoilers now!
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Avengers 3 and 4
Now that we know that Captain America 3 is going to feature Iron Man (and involve some kind of Civil War-style conflict between Steve and Tony), we're starting to hear more about the movies that follow Cap 3. Sources tell Badass Digest that the Russo brothers (who directed Cap 2 and will direct Cap 3) are in talks to direct Avengers 3 — and quite possibly Avengers 4 as well.
Also, rumor has it Cap 3 will feature Cap's new team of Avengers, who will be revealed in an as-yet-unfilmed scene at the end of Avengers 2. Currently, the tentative lineup is Falcon, War Machine, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch and Black Widow. Plus probably the Vision. And Cap 3 will leave the Marvel heroes "scattered and defeated," a state of affairs that will continue in Avengers 3 and leave Earth vulnerable to an attack by Thanos in Avengers 4 or some other giant team-up film. As always, grains of salt. [Badass Digest]
Here's what's supposedly the current shortlist for the title role: Jared Leto (said to be aggressively lobbying for it), Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal (said to be interested after doing dark dramas), and Ethan Hawke. [Variety]
Now that the idea of rebooting Ghostbusters is picking up steam, Sony is said to be aggressively courting Bill Murray to return for "either a cameo or supporting role." Talking to Variety, Murray says "The studio gets really crazy about it," and emphasized that he's not that interested in reprising an old role. But Murray also "left the door open — by a hair," as Variety puts it, hinting that he might consider doing another Ghostbusters if the idea felt fresh. [Variety]
Channing Tatum spoke to MTV about the film, saying that they're currently looking for a writer and want to introduce the character in a new way. [MTV]
Wonder Woman actor Gal Gadot is in the early stages of negotiations to play the female lead in MGM's new Ben-Hur movie. Timur Bekmambetov will direct and Jack Huston will play Judah Ben-Hur . [Variety]
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia co-creator and co-star Rob McElhenney has made a potentially 7-figure deal with Legendary to make his movie directorial and screenwriting debut. McElhenney had a four minute reel of two scenes from Figment, about a boy and his family whose greatest fears come to life. The clip apparently depicted the relationship between the boy and his "figment," and conveyed "wonder and imagination." [Deadline]
Scouts vs. Zombies
The horror-comedy has had its release date moved from February, 2015 to October 30, 2015. [Shock Till You Drop]
The remake has gotten a PG-13 rating or intense frightening sequences, brief suggestive material, and some language. Coming July 24, 2015, it stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Jane Adams. [Shock Till You Drop]
Hot Tub Time Machine 2
The release date has moved from December 25, 2014 to February 20, 2015. CHRISTMAS IS RUINED.
Entertainment One Films has picked up North American rights to Walter, which stars Andrew J. West as a the titular ticket taker who believes he's the son of God with a duty to judge whether people are bound for Heaven or Hell. Also in the cast are William H. Macy, Virginia Madsen, Neve Campbell, Peter Facinelli, Justin Kirk, Jim Gaffigan, Milo Ventimiglia, and Levin Rambin. [Deadline]
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Here are a bunch of new posters and banners. [Coming Soon]
It sure sounds like Laurel's being positioned into Black Canary territory, since Katie Cassidy's started training and is doing some fighting this season. Said Cassidy:
I actually had this conversation with our producers this week, Marc [Guggenheim] and Andrew [Kreisberg]. I am proud to say that in a scene — I can't tell you which one — you'll see Laurel training, and they didn't have to use my stunt double, because I worked really hard at what I was doing. I wanted it to be legitimate, I wanted it to be me. So they let me do it. And aside from that, I literally just texted my producer to tell him that I was able to do something — I can't tell you what, exactly — and he was like, "No way!" My response was, "The Arrow's got nothin' on me!" [Laughs] It's crazy.
She also talked about Laurel'ss upcoming arc with Ted Grant:
At first they butt heads, but at the end of the day, Ted really sees the warrior in Laurel and sees that she's a fighter. I've been boxing and training and I'm so excited and having a blast getting to be able to do that. He sees that she has the spirit and the drive. She has it in her. He embraces it and encourages it. As long as she does it the correct way and learn the basics and doesn't just go lashing out, he's very supportive. The relationship between the two of them is great. I think there's a good dynamic there.
Is he also a love interest for her?
As far as exploring that aspect of it, I don't want to say they've gotten to that point, but Laurel has an amazing arc. I'm very excited about it and I wouldn't be surprised if the writers started that. J.R. is wonderful and is a great actor and has been a pleasure to work with.'
Brandon Routh explained a but about Ray Palmer's history in Arrow:
I can say he's been a resident of Starling City for some time. He's just been doing Palmer Industries, his own thing, and has been outside the world of "Arrow" to this point.
Having immersed yourself in the comic books, what Atom touchstones are you looking forward to the series incorporating?
It's hard to answer that question because things change from what the lore of a comic book character's history is to the way it's seen on screen. I don't know what I can expect fully at this point. The main thing everybody knows from him is the ability to shrink to an atomic level. That is something that sounds crazy, but would be cool to see. When that happens, I don't know as Marc and Andrew have both been cagey and mysterious. That is something I look forward to — and all the cool things he can do with an ability like that.
And then what I get to do on a daily basis is use his wit as a scientist and inventor and just have a lot of energy and fun. He has a big engine going, and has creativity and ingenuity, and that seeps through everything in his life. The one thing I can't wait to see is how that passion and exuberance transfers to being a superhero. Superman was very stoic and after he saved somebody, he would tell a joke and fly away. But, he was always very restrained. "I'm here to save the day." Whereas Ray could be wisecracking or joking or telling you about the latest computer while he saves you.
At Mipcom, Steven Moffatt talked about the "absurd" nature of the show, saying:
Obviously we go hell-for-leather on the sci-fi fantasy aspect of Doctor Who because the main character lives in a telephone box that's bigger on the inside and travels in time and can change his face whenever he's ill – or the actor asks for a pay rise… The show has to match up to that. You can't just introduce a character like that and then just have him teach in a school. It wouldn't really work, would it? ... while it is fantastic and absurd and preposterous and mad, emotionally it's quite grounded. It is frequently the intimate moments that make it connect with its audience.
At the same panel, M. Night Shyamalan said that he was drawn into television by the humor in Wayward Pines. He explained that he was intimidated by TV, saying:
It's very scary to me what you guys do. Since I was a teenager I've been making movies. I know how to do a two-hour (film) and in my head I can time it. In my head it becomes a mathematical thing. Sixth Sense is 107 minutes, Unbreakable is 107 minutes, Signs is 107 minutes, The Village is 107 minutes. This is completely new math for me. I was terrified so I said no a lot. Any excuse to not do it. I was looking and this came as a pilot and I read it at night and closed it and I was like 'as long as everyone isn't dead, I'm very interested.'
Agents of SHIELD
Ming-Na Wen refused to answer if Agent 33 survived and returned to Hydra with the information that Coulson's in charge and where the SHIELD remnant is based, saying that it was left unclear on purpose. She also said that she hasn't yet gotten the script for the episode that goes into Melinda May's background. She did say that she hasn't yet filmed any scenes with Brett Dalton (Ward):
He definitely had ulterior motives that even May couldn't fathom. I showed him my distaste for it in the [first season finale], but I would love for us to have another scene together. This season, in particular, Brett [Dalton] and I haven't had a chance to work together at all. In a way, we keep joking with each other, like, "Oh hi, what show are you on?" This year has been a bit strange.
The Walking Dead
Alexandra Breckenridge will recur in season five, with the chance to become a regular in season 6. The character is currently being described as "Samantha, an attractive, strong, smart, charming and articulate woman who also has a vulnerable side. She's a mother with a bohemian spirit, and a talented artist." But, there's every chance that this is a smokescreen to hide whatever comics analogue she turns out to be. [Deadline]
Jesse L. Martin hinted that you may meet his wife and Iris' mother soon, saying n the line. "She may resurface at some point. She's definitely a missing link." In the same interview. EP Andrew Kreisberg added that keeping Barry's secret is going to be a major problem with Iris:
It's going to create all sorts of problems because Joe wants Iris not to know more than anything in the world and Barry is dying to tell her. It's going to lead to some heartbreaking things that happen early on and also some hilariously funny things.
Here's a promo for episode 1.03, "Things You Can't Outrun."
We already mentioned that William Hurt is starring in the Channel 4 and AMC adaptation of this Swedish android show. But also in the cast are Katherine Parkinson (IT Crowd) and Tom Goodman-Hill (Mr. Selfridge) as a couple who purchase a refurbished 'synth' (played by Gemma Chan) in order to lighten the housework load. Plus Colin Morgan (Merlin), Neil Maskell (Utopia) , Will Tudor (Game of Thrones), Emily Berrington (24) and Rebecca Front (The Thick of It). [Den of Geek]
This midseason comedy about a 1960s NASA team of aerospace enginers has been cancelled by NBC, with only a pilot finished. [Deadline]
HBO's pilot was referenced a lot by HBO's Chairman and Time Warner's CEO at Time Warner's Investment Day, which makes the show's full-season pick-up sound like a foregone conclusion. In particular, they praised star Anthony Hopkins in the same breath as discussing the new stars of True Detective's second season, Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. The show is described as "a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin." [Deadline]
A show based on the 2006 movie starring Ed Norton is in the works at the CW. The series is moving its location to turn-of-the-century New York and will follow a renowned illusionist who returns home after a decade in prison to find his ex-wife married to the crime boss who framed him. He'll use his illusionist skills to join the boss' crew and destroy it from the inside out. [Deadline]
Here's a look at Charlie Cox as Matt Murdoch. [Indiewire]
Here's the trailer for "Soul Survivor":
Here are some featurettes with some of the cast and crew:
The Vampire Diaries
Here's a clip from "Welcome to Paradise":
Here's a new trailer for the second season:
Person of Interest
Here's a promo for episode 4.05, "Prophets." [via SpoilerTV]
Here's a sneak peek at episode 1.06, "Resurrection Z":
American Horror Story
Here's the synopsis for episode six:
American Horror Story - Episode 4.06 - Bullseye
Airs November 12, 10:00 pm e/p
Elsa unveils a dangerous new act. Stanley puts pressure on Maggie to murder Jimmy. Paul indulges in a secret romance.
Written by John J. Gray; directed by Howard Deutch.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Abhimanyu Das