The first full-length trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, has been released, and while the footage looks pretty action-packed and exciting, the clip is rife with spoilers!
If you want to remain absolutely pure and don’t want to know anything about this movie — or, indeed, what’s ahead in the inevitable Spidey 3! — you should skip this trailer. SPOILERS!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — thanks to these images from the DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, that is!
From the way the Doctor (Matt Smith) keeps carrying around that cyberman head, one might think he’d requested it from Santa Claus! And shouldn’t Clara (Jenna Coleman) be a bit chilly?
Matt Smith’s final adventure as the Doctor airs on Christmas Day.
After many weeks of speculation as to whether Wonder Woman will appear in the Man of Steel sequel alongside Superman and Batman, her presence has been confirmed by Variety, which announced the casting of an actress to play her: Gal Gadot.
Director Zack Snyder, who helmed MoS and returns for Batman vs. Superman, talked to the magazine about casting Gal, who reportedly beat out Olga Kurylenko and Elodie Yung for the role:
“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time, and a fan-favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature-film incarnation of this beloved character.”
The Israeli actress is a virtual unknown, perhaps most recognized for her role as Gisele in some of the Fast & Furious movies. As a definite plus, the F&F movies saw her doing a lot of action scenes.
What would Christmas be without a visit from the Doctor? Well, it certainly wouldn’t feel like the most wonderful time of the year. Luckily, we don’t have to contemplate such a nightmare scenario, because the Doctor will be paying a visit to favorite planet for the holiday.
BBC America has finally confirmed an airtime for the DOCTOR WHO Christmas special, “The Time of the Doctor”: Dec. 25 at 9 p.m. ET.
TTotD will be Matt Smith’s final adventure as the 11th Doctor and introduce Peter Capaldi as the 12th incarnation of the venerable Time Lord.
A lot of DOCTOR WHO fans spent a lot of the summer theorizing/obsessing over the rumor that mountains of episodes previously believed lost forever — anywhere from 40 to 96 installments — had been discovered hidden in Africa. Then came the announcement that “The Web of Fear” and “The Enemy of the World” really had been recovered and reconditioned for release.
But since then… nothing. Well, that’s about to change.
As I mentioned earlier, a tale about the recovery of the entire William Hartnell serial “Marco Polo” has been gaining steam recently — but website Bleeding Cool says Hartnell’s “The Massacre of St Bartholomew’s Eve” (left) has also been found and could be set for release alongside “Marco Polo.”
And, just to make things sound really amazing, BBC execs are said to be negotiating with Philip Morris — noted recoverer of “The Enemy of the World” and “The Web of Fear” — over the Patrick Troughton Second Doctor tales “Power of the Daleks,” “Evil of the Daleks” and “The Macra Terror”!
What a great Christmas gift those series would be! Stay tuned to see if the tale turns out to be true…
I’m not sure where this rumor originated, but there has been low-level buzz that DOCTOR WHO will add a male companion to the TARDIS in series eight, when Peter Capaldi takes over as the Doctor. The newcomer is further tipped to be a potential love interest for Clara (Jenna Coleman).
And we’ve already seen the rumored new guy: Tom (Tristan Beint), the Coal Hill School teacher who informed Clara that she had a message from her doctor. Well, Tom did seem quite concerned about Clara’s health…
According to DrWhoTV, Beint is playfully feeding the rumor. When asked about it by a follower, he Tweeted:
“Are you sure Tom could ever compete with a Time Lord though..? Oho… Keep watching.”
He further added: “Pass that on to Mr Moffat…”
The latest video clip intended to create buzz about next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past may make a few folks cringe since it tries to link Magneto (Michael Fassbender) to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — just days after the USA marked the solemn 50th anniversary of the tragedy.
Personally, I don’t think the video crosses the line into bad taste, but I also don’t see any particular reason why it needed to be done — unless the assassination conspiracy ties directly into the plot of the new movie.
After casting an actor in the role of the Doctor, arguably the most important decision about a new Time Lord is his costume, because it becomes as identifiable as his personality.
Let’s face it, Colin Baker’s Sixth Doctor started off on the wrong foot thanks to executive producer John Nathan-Turner’s disastrous decision to go with a hideous-by-design outfit and probably never recovered. Baker had to struggle almost as mightily against his wardrobe as he did with his era’s weak writing and uninspired direction in order to establish his Doctor’s darker persona.
So now we have Peter Capaldi’s incoming 12th Doctor. An established actor with a strong personality, Capaldi’s choice of costume will no doubt reflect his personal vision for his characterization of the Time Lord.
Marvel obviously had a very hard time casting the lead role for next summer’s biggest gamble, the Guardians of the Galaxy movie, and a lot of the difficulty may have arisen from the peculiar way the studio apparently went about it.
They wanted an actor sign on the dotted line to star before even reading a script! And with Marvel signing most actors to deals guaranteeing commitments of anywhere between three and six films, that was one huge leap of faith. However, Marvel found its Peter Quill/Star-Lord in Chris Pratt, who told Fandango:
“Just the fact that he was part of the Marvel brand was really exciting. I was signed up to do the movie before I was even allowed to read a script, so it wasn’t like something about this particular character that got me to do it. The fact that it was a Marvel movie is what got me to do it. Granted, once I did read it there were so many things about the character that I love, and one thing is that he’s very much a kid at heart. He’s like a man-child. And I like the idea that he’s got a false sense of bravado. Deep down inside he’s lonely and desperate. But on the outside he walks around like he’s big and tough, and I don’t think he does a great job of convincing everybody that he’s not just a scared little child.”
I am still having a bit of trouble picturing Bright Abbott from Everwood as a pistol-packing galactic adventurer, but hey, it could work. He just has to make sure Star-Lord doesn’t end up overshadowed by Rocket Raccoon!
Marvel Studios has confirmed that Elizabeth Olsen is joining the cast of The Avengers: Age of Ultron as the Scarlet Witch. The Witch’s twin brother, Quicksilver, will be played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson — better known to comics fans as homemade hero Dave Lizewski of Kick-Ass.
In an interesting bit of serendipity, Olsen and Johnson play husband-and-wife in the upcoming Godzilla reboot, but they figure to spend more time sharing scenes as superpowered siblings in Joss Whedon’s sequel to the third-highest-grossing film of all time. Pietro is known for being… er, enthusiastically protective of sister Wanda.