The Avengers, Man of Steel, The Walking Dead: January 9th Comic Reel

Mon, January 9th, 2012 at 9:30am PST | Updated: January 9th, 2012 at 10:56am

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THE AVENGERS

Tom Hiddleston talks to The Independent about his incredible year in film, his role in "War Horse" and of course, "The Avengers."

"There was one day when, as Loki, I was sat on some steps, staring at the Avengers in front of me," Hiddleston told The Independent. "It would be quite odd just to look at a grouping that involves [such actors as] Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth. But the fact that they were dressed in the most outlandish hero costumes was bizarre! And I thought to myself, 'This is the dizzy heights.'"

Hiddleston's stunt double, Paul Lacovara, also spoke to Italian website Comicus about Earth's Mightiest Movie. Lacovara said he had talked with Hiddleston "quite a bit" about "Thor 2," and gave some insight on the fight sequences of the film.

"I've studied martial arts off and on since I was a boy, which definitely helps me for a movie such as this, but when I got the call for this film, I found out what we had coming up and really started training with one weapon in particular," Lacovara told Comicus. "I'd say which one it is, but don't want to give any hints as to how badass Loki really is or say anything I'm not supposed to. Perhaps more will be revealed through upcoming trailers. We also had quite a bit of rehearsal time for our fights and Tom was there kicking ass, day in and day out."

Directed by Joss Whedon and starring everybody. Opens May 4.

DARK KNIGHT RISES

In an interview with The Mirror, "Dark Knight Rises" villain Tom Hardy mentioned one of the biggest challenges of his role as Bane: not being a nice guy.

“It’s such an amazing cast to work alongside, they are all so ¬talented," Hardy told The Mirror. "I loved being able to play a baddie and, coming from East Sheen in South-West London, that doesn’t come easily to me. I actually had to work on not being very nice. I’m genuinely a nice guy."

TeenSpot interviewed child actress Joey King about her time on the film. Although we don't know exactly who she's playing (though rumor has it she's the young Talia Al'Ghul), the actress did share her opinions on director Christopher Nolan.

“Christopher Nolan is so cool because he can take the smallest thing in a scene and change it and it makes the world of difference," she said. "He just knows what to do. He’s so experienced and so amazing."

Opens July 20.

THE WALKING DEAD

After last week's reveal from Sam Witwer about "The Walking Dead" webseries that will never be, Frank Darabont wrote to Ain't It Cool News not only to confirm Witwer's story, but also to clarify a few things. First, they weren't plans for a webseries, but would have served as the beginning of the second season. Darabont goes into a very detailed summary of his vision and ends the letter with his idea for "wild-card" episodes.

"I always had in mind to throw in a 'wild-card' episode every season, maybe as a season opener or closer," said Darabont. "Just a separate story more in the feel of an anthology series, one that appears completely off the track of the regular series but actually does wind up tying in somehow by the fade-out. They did that sort of thing on 'Lost' on occasion, and I really respected it. It always seemed like a bold choice that trusted the audience and rewarded their loyalty with a totally unexpected surprise episode every so often."

See Sam Witwer's original interview below.

MAN OF STEEL

Peter Rubin discussed his design work on Zack Snyder's Superman reboot in an interview with film blog Film Sketchr, including the process for working on Superman's home planet.

"Well, "Man of Steel" comes out in 2013. I've left some fingerprints on that. I spent nine months working with Alex [McDowell, production designer] on the details of Krypton," Rubin said. "Like I said, he's a thinker... for him, it was all about the aesthetic and the culture of these aliens - characters that everybody thinks they already know, which made it all the more challenging. He was very particular, which drove me to work hard to try master the style he had in mind. It stretched me, and I think we did some new and interesting things, both from a visual point of view and also technologically, within the process. Zack [Snyder] is a strong director, too, and I'm very excited by what he's bringing to the story. What we did behind the scenes is going to have repercussions in the business, and on screen it's going to knock people's socks off, in my opinion."

Opens June 14, 2013.

JOHN CARTER

Travel blog Adventures by Daddy uncovers a transcript of a Q&A session with Willem Dafoe, where the actor delves into Tars Tarkis' relationship with the title character. "My principal relationship is with John Carter. Then I have relationships with some of the other Tharks, which are Sola, played by Samantha Morton, Sarkoja, played by Polly Walker, and Tal Hajus, played by Thomas Haden Church," the actor said. "There’s an interesting relationship with Tal Hajus because he’s sort of my second in command and is always challenging my decisions. He’s always nipping at my heels trying to see if he can take over the Thark nation."

Opens March 9.

THE LONE RANGER

Speaking of classic heroes adapted for a Disney film, "The Lone Ranger" had some minor casting news. Comic Book Movie reports Disney recently put out a casting call for Asian extras to play "emigrant railroad workers in the 1800s old west."

The report also confirms "Spy Kids: All The Time In The World" actor Mason Cook as having a role in the movie, citing Twitter.

Opens May 31, 2013.

OLDBOY

After last week's report of Warner Bros. shutting down "Akira" production, Variety's Jeff Sneider reports via Twitter that the remake of "Oldboy" is pushed back to late summer/early fall due to Josh Brolin's "Men in Black 3" press commitments. Sneider also posted Clive Owen is out for the movie's villain.

Star Trek 2

As the Enterprise gears up for another voyage with J.J. Abrams at the helm, news continues to teleport in. "24's" Nazneen Contractor joins the cast as Noel Clarke's wife and J.J. Abrams spoke to Collider about 3D conversion and casting Benedict Cumberbatch, though the director would not confirm if Cumberbatch is playing the villain.

"We just were looking for someone with the most awesome name in history," Abrams told Collider. "That was the casting call. We asked for someone with the most awesome name in history, ever, and Benedict Cumberbatch showed up, so we were like, 'You’re cast!'"

Opens May 17, 2013

GAME OF THRONES

Building to the season two premiere later this year, an HBO clip showcasing the making-of Renly Baratheon's armor has surfaced. Check it out below.

Season two premieres in April.

CATCHES CRIMINALS JUST LIKE OSCAR HOSTS

The push for the Academy Awards ceremony has begun, but 2012 is taking a slightly different track than previous years. Funny or Die helped produce the first trailer for the Oscars, which features a number of actors including Robin Williams, Vinnie Jones and William Fichtner. Apparently, the only team that can locate Billy Crystal to host the Oscars is Megan Fox and Josh Duhamel. If the duo have trouble snagging him, they could drop a line to the University of Wyoming, who have genetically engineered silk worms to spin Spider-Man webs.

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TAGS:  avengers, the dark knight rises, man of steel, john carter, the lone ranger, oldboy, star trek 2, the walking dead

 
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