Joss Whedon spoke with The Playlist about his Shakespeare indie film “Much Ado About Nothing” and gave a mini-update on “S.H.I.E.L.D.”
“There’s been enormous progress,” Whedon stated about the TV show and “Avengers 2.” “We are trundling along, I can’t share much. And by much I mean anything. I can say that ‘S.H.I.E.L.D’ came together in a very organic way. And part of my taking ‘Avengers 2’ was that I’d have the opportunity to work in the Marvel Universe. I didn’t exactly know I’d be running a TV show five minutes later.”
IRON MAN 3
Speaking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Comic Book Movie has posted quotes in the UK mature magazine Nuts from Robert Downey, Jr. on the production of “Iron Man 3” and the strength of Shane Black’s directing.
“I think Shane’s gone for a dark feel in this movie,” Downey told Nuts. “It’s a lot grittier and goes back to its comic-book roots. It’s shaped into a really special movie — and Shane as been instrument in that.”
The official “Iron Man 3” Twitter posted this lovely holiday card with Tony Stark looking despondent in the snow.
Opens May 3, 2013
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS
Collider spoke with “Star Trek Into Darkness” writer Damon Lindelof about the upcoming film, the strength of Benedict Cumberbatch as John Harrison and the specific setting of the movie.
“I don’t want to get into percentages of how much takes place on Earth and how much takes place off Earth, suffice to say I think one of the things we felt a lot of people didn’t know about ‘Star Trek’ was that they didn’t think that ‘Star Trek’ was the future,” Lindelof told Collider. “You take something like ‘Star Wars’; ‘Star Wars’ is not the future. It’s a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away and Luke Skywalker is not a human being and isn’t from the planet Earth. The idea in ‘Star Trek,’ they are. They’re in the 23rd century and these people are from Earth. The Earth needed to play more of a role in these movies, especially in the sense of giving the audience a degree of relatability. I think that in the same way that New York City becomes this anchor point for people in the Marvel movies; that’s Spidey’s stomping ground, that was the stomping ground for Tony Stark, that was the stomping ground for The Avengers, it’s New York. We wanted to do the same thing with Earth in the ‘Star Trek’ movies.”
Empire Magazine spoke with J.J. Abrams and stars of the film Benedict Cumberbatch and Chris Pine about the role of John Harrison (quotes courtesy Comic Book Movie).
“In Benedict Cumberbatch we have a much more emotionally and intellectually challenging villain than we had in the last film,” Abrams told Empire. “Eric Bana did a great job, but Nero was a much simpler, raving sort of furious dude. The first movie was an origin story. The characters were all new to each other, so all they needed was a scary threat to face. It didn’t need to be complex or nuanced. Just by default, given the number of characters and the structure of it, we could only go so deep. By necessity, it had to stop at a certain level. It had a ceiling. And now there is no ceiling.”
Opens May 17, 2013
A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD
A new TV spot for “A Good Day to Die Hard” has been posted by the official YouTube account.
Opens February 14, 2013
X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Total Film magazine spoke with “X-Men: Days of Future Past” actor James McAvoy about reprising his role as Charles Xavier, and the actor revealed audiences will get to find out exactly how the Professor loses his hair.
“Simon Kinberg and I had a chat about it and we came up with a whole bunch of idea about how, why and where he might go bald,” McAvoy told Total Film. “It’s got to be linked to the plot though. In the comics, he lost his hair as soon as his powers awakened, and we clearly didn’t follow the source material. It can’t just be that he looks in the mirror at the end of the film and goes ‘Oh [frick], I’m losing my hair’. Although that could be quite funny with all this shit going on… he goes ‘Arge, I’m really stressed…'”
Hat tip to Comic Book Movie for the quotes.
Opens July 18, 2014