According to comments in Entertainment Weekly, creator Tim Kring agrees with some critics that the show’s hit a sophomore slump. “We assumed the audience wanted season 1 — a buildup of intrigue about these characters and the discovery of their powers,” Kring said. “We taught [them] to expect a certain kind of storytelling. They wanted adrenaline. We made a mistake … We took too long to get to the big-picture story.” He also admitted that Hiro was in the past too long and that Claire and West’s romance wasn’t “a natural fit” for the show.
Fans got to ask Kring for plot details in an interview with TV Guide.
Obsessed With Film notes that costume designer Marit Allen has joined the crew and that Sony Pictures Imageworks will do principal effects, with company president Ken Ralston serving as visual effects supervisor.
Woops — eagle eyed reader Ken Egan noted when MTV corrected themselves on their Quesada story. “Our original report inferred that Mr. Quesada had suggested that the chances of an ‘Avengers’ film happening were ‘pretty astronomical,’ when he was in fact discussing the possibility of a ‘Marvel Team-Up’ movie featuring such characters as Spider-Man and Wolverine. Our apologies to Mr. Quesada.” Gotcha.
The official website has been updated with a video greeting from Frank Miller, a poster, synopsis and more.
YouTube has a longer trailer for tonight’s episode “Wrath” …
… and a preview clip …
… while Kryptonsite has fresh spoilers about the season’s fourteenth and fifteenth episode titles.
Dr. Banner’s getting tropical, as The Guardian says the production is heading to Rio. Their article read, “Welcome to Tavares Bastos, a hilltop slum in the south of Rio that has been transformed into a shantytown answer to Hollywood. The filming of the Incredible Hulk, the sequel to Hulk (2003), began here on Tuesday, marking a dramatic turnaround for an area that just seven years ago was controlled by armed drug traffickers.”
HELLBOY 2: THE GOLDEN ARMY
Speaking of sequels, the website for United Talent Agency lists Nigel Phelps as the production designer, rejoining director Michael Bay for the first time since they worked together on “Pearl Harbor” and “The Island.”
THE DARK KNIGHT
The locals in Hong Kong aren’t too happy with some of the production’s demands, according to a story in the Associated Press. Superhero Hype also has a photo of a C-130 plane associated with the film buzzing the Tokyo skyline.
Finally, actor Jack Nicholson told MTV that his feelings were hurt about being left out of the Joker’s return to the silver screen. “Let me be the way I’m not in interviews,” Nicholson said. “I’m furious. I’m furious. [He laughs.] They never asked me about a sequel with the Joker. I know how to do that! Nobody ever asked me.”
WGA STRIKE WATCH: DAY FOUR
In an attempt to keep everyone honest, the WGA is asking its members to turn in unfinished scripts, according to Reuters. Why? So the Guild can check against what actually appears on TV screens and in movie theatres. The WGA’s opposition, The Alliance of Motion Picture & Television Producers (AMPTP) sent a letter to the West and East Coast branches of the WGA on October 19, ordering officials to cease and desist all efforts connected to their script-validation programs. “They sent the same letter back in 1988 (the last time the guild went on strike,” said WGA West general counsel Tony Segall. “We didn’t comply then, and we won’t now.”
Meanwhile, articles around the web are showing that many celebrities, including cast members from “The Office” and “Grey’s Anatomy” are joining writers on the picket lines. Finally, Yahoo! News has an article about immediate impacts of the strike on productions, while Fox’s “24” is being called the strike’s first casualty as it disappears from the network’s schedule.
QUIET ON THE SET
We can’t do this without you. The rumors, the scoops, the set photos — they’re all fueled by passionate fans emailing in the goods. The ones who ask, “What do you mean your sister’s dating somebody who works for Miles Millar?” The ones who know the code names of movie projects and scour city permit filings for them. The devoted, the involved. Fans, just like you. Whatever you know, we wanna know, and whether you want your name shouted to the web’s rafters or kept closer than a classified report, we’ve got you covered like a comforter. Broadcasting live from Los Angeles, this is your humble scribe Hannibal Tabu saying thank you for your time and indulgence, and “enough talk — let’s go make with the ‘biff’ and the ‘pow’ already.”
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