Check out new behind-the-scenes glimpses of Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man. Footage from the Game of Thrones set provides more evidence of a major plot change. Plus, final details about Interstellar, and how much Episode IV inspiration is in the new Star Wars? Spoilers now!
Top Image: Interstellar
Marvel/Black Panther/Avengers: Age of Ultron/Ant-Man
Chadwick Boseman's says the reaction to his casting as Black Panther has been great, and he adds about the project:
"It's never been done," Boseman said of the opportunity he has in bringing one of Marvel's most groundbreaking heroes to life — "Black Panther" will be Marvel Studios' first film starring a Black superhero in the lead role, and Black Panther (created in 1966 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby) was Marvel's first Black superhero in its comic books. "It's been done before in different ways, but it's never been done exactly like this. Wesley Snipes also had his own franchise — you have to acknowledge that. You have to acknowledge what [Anthony] Mackie's doing [with the Falcon]. But this is a little different in the way that Marvel is presenting it, so it's amazing."
Jessica Chastain says that she talked to Marvel over a year ago about a part that wasn't Captain Marvel. But she is committed to playing a superhero if she does one of these films:
"We've talked about aligning our forces in the future," Chastain said. "And here's the thing with me… If you're going to be in a superhero movie, you only get one chance. You're that character forever. So why do a superhero movie and play the boring civilian?"
"Whatever it is, I want a fight scene," Chastain continued. "I could be an incredible villain. I could be a hero. I want a cool outfit, and I want to kick ass."
Scott Derrickson tweeted an image that may hint at Shamballa being part of the Doctor Strange movie:
Star Wars: Episode VII
Rumor has it that Daisy Ridley will go to a cantina seeking out Han Solo and Chewbacca. In that cantina will be Warwick Davis as a cantina musician, and Simon Pegg as an alien who gets his arm ripped off. Rumor also has it that Benedict Cumberbatch filmed a cameo weeks ago and that the film starts with Slave I. As for the cantina scene where Pegg gets his arm taken off, someone's pieced together all the rumors into a lengthy piece of speculation:
There must be some sort of action going on in space above Tatooine, Boyega is a Stormtrooper (this is 100%) his tie is shot down (again perhaps explains the Falcon and X-Wing outside the Cantina). Daisy wearing clothing similar to that of lukes in ANH and rescues Boyega, takes him back to her AT-AT home and he gets a change of clothes (Raggedy clothes as I described from the cantina scene, almost like he had been dragged off the street onto set).
Daisy heads to the Cantina in search of Han with her droid (which is an actual prop pushed along on bars) and Boyega in tow. She arrives is confronted by SIMON PEGG complete in alien prothetics including an enlarged neck, she raises her blaster, he takes it from her and points it back at her "Don't point a blaster unless you intend to use it", Chewie comes over "Ha what good is a one armed Wookie", Chewie rips Peggs arm off and hands Daisy back the gun.
Han arrives (Wearing his iconic outfit minus the waistcoat which is replaced with a thin cut biker style leather jacket) looking flustered, I am guessing he still has the falcon and has possibly returned after whatever was happening in space to cause Boyega to crash, anyhow the owner of the Cantina (Lupita Nyong'o complete with CGI reference dots on her face) shouts "HAN SOLO" too which the entire Cantina stops and turns to Han (A Proper western moment) "You have 25 Bounties on your head" which implies Han is still playing rogue.
Also during the scene Boyega says "Thats when I met you" and "I didn't want to fight".
There are parts of this speculation that seem awfully like taking the original cantina scene and plugging in the new details. And it is just speculation, so take it all for what it's worth. More details at the link. [ Star Wars 7 News]
Christina Chong — who cannot talk about her part, but apparently worked with the whole cast — did tell The London Evening Standard a little bit about the experience:
My boyfriend is a huge Star Wars fan and kept saying I needed to watch it. I was busy doing my thing but got round to watching when I knew I was auditioning. I thought I was going to be watching this dated film but it's brilliant and timeless. I absolutely loved it.
... Unfortunately, all I can say is it was incredible to be involved. It is probably the biggest film in cinema history and to be part of that is amazing. People are very fond of it.
Animator Matt Danner and comics writer Tony Millionaire want make to Sock Monkey: Into The Deep Woods, the latest Uncle Gabby story, into a film. They've made a teaser film (below) to help pitch the project to studios. [Deadline]
The Guardian has a giant story on the making of Interstellar, including a small bit about filming:
Nolan likes to shoot fast. A great believer in the level of creative concentration enforced by the pressures of time and money, he maintains a focused energy on set, starting at 7am and finishing at 7pm, with a break for lunch. "It's like watching a ballet," said Brad Grey, the CEO of Paramount. "But it's very well-dressed ballet." Visiting the set on a sound stage in Culver City, Los Angeles, early in its four-month production, Grey saw actors strapped into a life-size space capsule, mounted on hydraulic rams which pitched them this way and that; outside their window, a passing star field was projected on to giant wraparound screens, standing 80ft high by 300ft long. Van Hoytema was wearing "the most beautiful tweed suit with a tie on," Grey recalled, while Nolan stood, sipping from a flask he stored in the deep pockets of his coat.
There's also this mention of the editing process, matching the original print to the digitial print of the film:
The images, showing Matthew McConaughey approaching the event horizon of a black hole, are no less stunning than Kubrick's, with something of the blurred beauty of a Gerhard Richter painting. The black hole itself was generated using calculations from theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, whose work inspired the movie, and fed into software developed by Nolan's effects team using computing power so vast – each frame of film took around 100 hours of machine time – that Thorne, watching the footage for the first time, had new insights into the way light behaves near the event horizon of a black hole, which he plans to explore in a series of papers for scientific journals.
"Is that a flare?" Nolan asked as another sequence came up, this one showing Hathaway on an alien planet at sunset, a halo of light briefly visible at her shoulder.
"We can take that out," offered Walter Volpatto, the digital colourist who was overseeing the work.
"It's in-camera," Nolan declared. "Put your can of bleach away."
Finally, the opinions of Quentin Tarantino and Paul Thomas Anderson's reactions to the film:
Taking his seat, Tarantino had absolutely no idea about what was about to unfold on the screen. "There's some other real cool directors there," he told me later. "We're waiting for the movie to start and it hit me. I realised that it hadn't been since The Matrix that I was actually that interested in seeing a movie even though I didn't know what I was going to see."
After the movie was over, the directors descended on Nolan like a pack of gulls, peppering him with questions for 45 minutes. Anderson thought the movie was "beautiful" and wanted to know about the whys and wherefores of shooting on Imax 70mm. Tarantino, too, was impressed. "It's been a while since somebody has come out with such a big vision to things," he told me. "Even the elements, the fact that dust is everywhere, and they're living in this dust bowl that is just completely enveloping this area of the world. That's almost something you expect from Tarkovsky or Malick, not a science fiction adventure movie."
[ The Guardian]
And, as the film comes out, here's the last featurette and TV spot to get you into the theater. [ First Showing]
The Maze Runner Chapter 3: The Scorch Trials
Barry Pepper's joined the cast as Vince, "a survivalist who is one of the last remaining soldiers of a legendary unit called the Right Arm." [ The Hollywood Reporter]
The Mummy/Unknown Universal Monster Movie
The Mummy, directed by Alex Kurtzman and written by Jon Spaihts, has been given a release date of June 24th, 2016. In addition, Universal has set April 21st, 2017 for an unknown Universal Monsters film, which could be a Wolfman, Frankenstein, Creature from the Black Lagoon, or even Van Helsing movie. [First Showing]
Game of Thrones
Video of fliming in Daznak's Pit, from Los Siete Reinos, shows the return of a very special character who went missing in season four and confirms more changes for Tyrion, Jorah and Daenerys from their book counterparts. More details at the link. [Winter Is Coming]
Once Upon a Time
Victoria Smurfit ( Dracula) has been cast as an "iconic" character who will be teased in the winter finale. [Entertainment Weekly]
A set report states that Emilie de Ravin was shooting a scene with a Dalmation puppy. Early in the show's run, we saw Pongo, the father of the puppies in 101 Dalmations. This could just be a nod or it could be a hint that Cruella De Ville is coming. [Captain Cronut via SpoilerTV]
The Vampire Diaries
Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev both commented on Elena's current situation of forgetting her love of Damon and what Damon might do now that he's back:
"At the end of the day, it is for love and he's going to try everything he can to get her back and win her back," [says Somerhalder]. "And I think along that journey, he's going to realize not only has he done bad things, [but] he's done some extraordinary things [and] he's a fiercely loyal boyfriend and brother."
Adds Dobrev, "The show was so Delena-heavy and their love was such an epic love and such a big story point for so many years that it's a strange dynamic now to have all that gone. Which is kind of what makes it interesting because it's an Elena we've never seen before."
See the video at the link. [ TV Guide]
EP Michael Narducci says that Esther won't come after Alaric for a while because "Maybe down the line it would be a remnant she would have to address if ultimately the most important thing in her drive is to deal with vampires, but right now, the most important thing is to deal with her children." We'll also get more family secrets in the episode called "Wheel Inside the Wheel." As for what's next for Josh and Aiden, Narducci explained:
It's very important to us that these two characters are not defined by their relationship. They have to be real people. What we'll see going forward is Josh is struggling because the vampires are absolutely in a crappy place—they are under attack; they are diminished in power; they are exiled to Algiers; they are the opposite of the vampires that we met in New Orleans at the start of the first season, and so Josh has to figure out where his allegiances are. Does he trust Marcel? Is he part of that group? Will he fight for them?
... The werewolves started off as exiles in the bayou and in order to have power, they took those kyanite rings. Now they answer to this witch Lenore who turns out to be Esther and who has a very specific agenda. So Esther and Finn are kind of the two witches in charge of this army of werewolves and they have no choice but to do what they say.
He adds that the most important clue is why it's important to Esther that her sons remained linked to the vampires they've sired. [ Entertainment Weekly]
At the link, see a sneak peek at the Kol-centric webseries "Awakening." [ Entertainment Weekly]
Here's an interview with Jensen Ackles on what it means to hit 200 episodes. [ K Site TV]
Here's the press release for the first five episodes:
Guardians Fight to Protect Earth's Mystical Treasures In TNT's Action-Packed Series The Librarians
Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth, John Kim and John Larroquette Star in Series, With Noah Wyle in Recurring Role and Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin in Guest Starring Roles
TNT is returning to the world of its hit movie franchise The Librarian with a brand new series from Electric Entertainment and executive producers Dean Devlin, John Rogers and Marc Roskin. Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Christian Kane (TNT's Leverage, Angel), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, The Philanthropist) and John Kim (Neighbors, The Pacific) star in the series as the newest protectors of the world's mystical treasures, with Emmy® winner John Larroquette (Night Court, Deception) as their reluctant caretaker. Noah Wyle (Falling Skies, ER) serves as executive producer and recurs as Flynn Carsen, the role he played in TNT's movie trilogy. Also reprising their roles from the movies will be guest stars Bob Newhart (The Big Bang Theory, The Bob Newhart Show) and Jane Curtin (Kate & Allie, 3rd Rock from the Sun).
The Librarians centers on an ancient organization hidden beneath the Metropolitan Public Library dedicated to protecting an unknowing world from the secret, magical reality hidden all around. This group solves impossible mysteries, fights supernatural threats and recovers powerful artifacts from around the world. Among the artifacts housed in the Library are the Ark of the Covenant, the Spear of Destiny, the Judas Chalice and Excalibur, to name a few. Only a person with special skills could be responsible for collecting and protecting these artifacts, and more importantly, for preventing them from falling into the wrong hands.
For the past 10 years, Flynn Carsen (Wyle) has served as the Librarian. Prior to taking the job, he was a bookish nerd with 22 academic degrees and absolutely no social skills. As Librarian, however, he managed to use his extraordinary knowledge, successfully recovering ancient artifacts and, in the process, saving the world from unspeakable evil on more than one occasion. Over the last decade he's gone from bookworm to dashing swashbuckler, one of the secret heroes of the hidden world.
As great as Flynn is, the job of Librarian has become more than one person can handle. To aid him in his duties, the Library has recruited four people from around the world to defend the Library from dark magic, including Eve Baird (Romijn), a highly skilled counter-terrorism agent who is responsible for protecting the group and keeping them all alive; Jacob Stone (Kane), an Oklahoma oil worker with an IQ of 190 and an encyclopedic knowledge of art history; Cassandra Cillian (Booth), a quirky young woman with the special gift of auditory and sensory hallucinations linked to memory retrieval, known as synesthesia; and Ezekiel Jones (Kim), a master of new technologies and aficionado of old classic crimes who enjoys playing the role of international man of mystery who has sticky fingers.
Overseeing the new team of Librarians is the somewhat cantankerous Jenkins (Larroquette), an expert in ancient lore who has been working out of the Library's branch office for longer than anyone knows. Together, they must tangle with many adversaries, chief of whom is the Serpent Brotherhood, an ancient cult led by the mysterious immortal Dulaque (Matt Frewer).
The Librarians marks TNT's latest venture with Electric Entertainment and Dean Devlin, who also executive-produced the hit series Leverage, which ran for five seasons. The Librarian franchise of movies began in 2004 with The Librarian: Quest for the Spear, which ranked as basic cable's #1 movie of the year. The second installment, The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, premiered in 2006 as cable's #1 original movie sequel of all time and placed among the top five movie telecasts of the year. And in 2008, TNT premiered The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice to more than 5.7 million viewers.
Series Premiere: "And the Crown of King Arthur" – Sunday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
Someone is killing off potential Librarians and it's up to Flynn Carsen and his new Guardian, Colonel Eve Baird, to save the three that are left.
Directed by Dean Devlin
Written by John Rogers
"And the Sword in the Stone" – Sunday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
The Serpent Brotherhood is trying to return magic to our world. Flynn, Colonel Baird, and the potential Librarians must stop them before it's too late.
Directed by Dean Devlin
Written by John Rogers
"And the Horns of a Dilemma" – Sunday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
The Librarians' first solo mission hits a snag when Baird loses the others in a mysterious Labyrinth that magically exists below the skyscraper of a modern corporation.
Directed by Marc Roskin
Written by Jeremy Bernstein
"And Santa's Midnight Run" – Sunday, Dec. 21, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
When the Serpent Brotherhood wants to kill Santa, the Librarians must rescue him and help him accomplish the true, secret purpose of Christmas.
Directed by Jonathan Frakes
Written by Paul Guyot & John Rogers
"And the Apple of Discord" – Sunday, Dec. 28, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) – TV-RATING
When the dragons sleeping beneath the earth threaten to awaken and wreak havoc around the world, Flynn returns to help find their hidden treasure.
Directed by Marc Roskin
Written by Paul Guyot & Geoffrey Thorne
See a promo below. [ SpoilerTV]
Here's a clip from "Repercussions":
Here's a featurette on the rogues gallery of the show:
Marc Guggenheim revealed the title of episode 3.11: "Midnight City." [ SpoilerTV]
American Horror Story
Episode 4.10 will be called "Orphans." [ SpoilerTV]
Person of Interest
Here's the description of episode 4.09:
REESE AND FINCH ARE CAUGHT IN A POWER STRUGGLE FOR CONTROL OF THE CITY'S GANGS WHEN ELIAS' NUMBER COMES UP, ON "PERSON OF INTEREST," TUESDAY, NOV. 25
"The Devil You Know" – Reese and Finch are caught in a power struggle for control of the city's gangs when Elias is targeted by Dominic, the ambitious leader of the Brotherhood. Meanwhile, Root and Shaw disagree over how to handle a new threat from Samaritan, on PERSON OF INTEREST, Tuesday, Nov. 25 (10:01-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.
CHEAT TWEET: It's finally happened: Elias' number is up. Will Reese get in the middle of a gang war? #PersonOfInterest 11/25 10:01pm http://bit.ly/1x1iAKu
Jim Caviezel (John Reese)
Michael Emerson (Harold Finch)
Kevin Chapman (Lionel Fusco)
Sarah Shahi (Sameen Shaw)
Amy Acker (Root)
Enrico Colantoni (Elias)
John Nolan (Greer)
David Valcin (Scarface)
Cara Buono (Martine)
Winston Duke (Dominic)
Jamie Hector (Link)
Michael J. Burg (Cosmetics Manager)
Salvatore Inzerillo (Gino)
James Le Gros (Bruce Moran)
Steve Beauchamp (Moving Truck Driver)
WRITTEN BY: Erik Mountain
DIRECTED BY: Richard J. Lewis
Here's the synopsis for episode 4.05:
A WOMAN'S DELUSIONS DRIVE HER TO COMMIT A DEADLY CRIME — JACQUELINE TOBONI, ALEXIS DENISOF AND LOUISE LOMBARD GUEST STAR Nick (David Giuntoli) and Hank (Russell Hornsby) are called to the scene of a crime where the suspect swears she was driven to madness by a very persistent talking wolf. Meanwhile, Nick and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) wonder if getting his Grimm powers back is worth giving up a normal life.Elsewhere, Bud (guest star Danny Bruno) hopes Trubel (guest star Jacqueline Toboni) can help take care of a wesen-related issue and the threats against Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee's (Bree Turner) inter-wesen marriage heat up. In Austria, Adalind (Claire Coffee) continues her perilous trek in the hopes of retrieving her daughter. ?Sasha Roiz and Reggie Lee also star.
Additional reporting by Charlie Jane Anders and Diana Biller