AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.
The September 24 debut of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is less than a week away, and some new videos have debuted online in anticipation of the series. SuperHeroHype has posted a featurette that combines many of the shorter, character-centric pieces that were revealed in the last few months into a single longer featurette.
IGN has posted a full clip from the series’ pilot episode involving Agent Coulson and Agent Ward getting the drop on Skye.
Debuts September 24 on ABC
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
Joss Whedon has spoken out on James Spader’s casting in “Avengers: Age of Ultron” as the titular artificial intelligence.
“Spader was my first and only choice,” Whedon was quoted as saying. “He’s got that hypnotic voice that can be eerily calm and compelling, but he’s also very human and humorous. Ultron is not HAL. Spader can play all of the levels. He’s the guy to break the Avengers into pieces.”
Meanwhile, Chris Hemsworth spoke with HitFix.com about the differences between doing a solo film like “Thor: The Dark World” and coming back to the “Avengers” franchise for an ensemble film.
Opens May 1, 2015
THE WALKING DEAD
AMC has released a new featurette for “The Walking Dead” season four, which gives details on the time jump in between seasons and a bunch of new clips. There’s a lot of information here, so definitely check it out below.
Debuts October 12 on AMC
Manu Bennett, who plays Slade Wilson on “Arrow,” spoke with Access Hollywood about the upcoming second season of the CW drama.
“I’m really excited because when I first started with ‘Arrow’ … it was a different pace, a different tone,” Bennett told Access Hollywood. “It was just more sort of factual and modern. … It’s already bigger than ‘Spartacus’ in terms of viewership, and being part of a franchise like that, it’s really gonna sort of help me build an even stronger future in this industry. And also, Slade Wilson, I know by what I’ve been told and the way that the character is already started to curve in the second season that he’s gonna be as big [of] a challenge as an acting role as what Crixus was and I think I can give him a lot of the light and shade that Crixus had, that I know the audience loves and appreciated in my performance as Crixus. So I think I’m again on a winning role and I can’t wait to embrace it further.”
Debuts October 9 on the CW
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
It’s impossible to do a round-up of the past 24 hours of movie news without giving a nod to the revelation of a new “Harry Potter” film. It’s not just any sequel, no — it’s a “Harry Potter” film written by creator J.K. Rowling set in the 1920s. The film is inspired by “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” a companion book to the novels, and will serve as Rowling’s screenwriting debut.
“Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for 17 years, ‘Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’ is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world,” Rowling said in a statement. “The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, 70 years before Harry’s gets under way.”
CraveOnline spoke with Katee Sackhoff at the Toronto International Film Festival about the recent rumors that she might step in to the role of Captain Marvel for a future Marvel Studios film, and the actress was quick to shoot down the rampant rumors.
“I absolutely have not spoken to Marvel. It doesn’t mean that my team hasn’t spoken to Marvel. I personally have not spoken to Marvel and have no plans to do a movie in the immediate future, because number one I’m tied up with ‘Somnia,’ which is a fantastic place to be. It’s exactly where I wanted to be,” Sackhoff told CraveOnline, and went on to say that she’d be interested in the role if it came her way. “I would love to do the role. Of course I would love to do the role. I think that it’s in my wheelhouse and I would enjoy it. I’d be stupid to turn down a Marvel movie but as far as I know, Ms. Marvel isn’t even in the next movie.”