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We’re still waiting on a release date (beyond “summer” anyway), but thanks to Comic Book we’ve got a look at the upcoming Blu-ray steelbook cover for X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Rogue Cut, which you can see here…
The extended version of last year’s mutant superhero sequel is set to add an extra 17 minutes to the film, which as you can probably guess from the title, are focussed on the character of Rogue (Anna Paquin), who was all but cut from the theatrical version.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer and sees X-Men veterans Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Lucas Till (Havok), Halle Berry (Storm), Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Daniel Cudmore (Colossus) joined in the cast by »
- Gary Collinson
Little is known about James Mangold's sequel to The Wolverine, though it has been reported that the sequel will feature some sort of team-up between Hugh Jackman's Logan and Patrick Stewart's Professor X. Regardless, The Wrap reports Michael Green is set to write the movie for Fox and is working closely with Mangold on putting the project together. Green is no stranger to the world of comic books after working on Smallville and Heroes, while he's one of the many writers credited for Green Lantern too. He also penned a draft of The Flash a number of years ago, but his most recent projects include the Blade Runner and Prometheus sequels. Mangold's focus is now said to be on The Wolverine 2 (or 3 if you include X-Men Origins: Wolverine) after his next movie - The Deep Blue Goodbye - was put on hold due to an injury suffered by Christian Bale. »
20th Century Fox has hired Green Lantern and Heroes scribe Michael Green to write the script for the upcoming The Wolverine sequel. Hugh Jackman will reunite with director James Mangold for the follow-up to their 2013 stand alone film, which offered a more introspective look at the character (until the third act devolved into the obligatory comic book movie action-fest). Per The Wrap, Green is returning to superhero territory after penning the highly anticipated Bladerunner sequel. David James Kelly was previously attached to pen the script for what Jackman recently announced will be his final performance as the grizzled mutant. According to recent comments by Patrick Stewart, the film may feature Professor Xavier and explore the fascinating relationship between the two characters. The Wolverine sequel is expected to arrive in theaters March 3, 2017, so it makes sense that Fox is putting the wheels into motion on the project at this time. [caption id="attachment_332774" align="alignright" width="353"] Image via 20th Century Fox[/caption] »
- Haleigh Foutch
Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
While his film career is definitely on a roll – he just picked up a well-deserved first Oscar for Whiplash – J.K. Simmons is quite happy switching between movies and TV. He’s now attached to star in supernatural spy thriller Counterpart for Us cable channel Starz.With an initial concept script from Jungle Book writer Justin Marks, Counterpart has Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum on board to direct the first two episodes, with Starz still debating whether it will order one season to begin with, or plump for two as it did with Patrick Stewart’s new sitcom Blunt Talk.Blending espionage genre elements with a metaphysical twist, Counterpart is described as the story of Howard Silk (Simmons) working away quietly in a mammoth Un bureaucracy, counting the regrets of his life. But then he discovers that the seemingly benign agency he works for is hiding a dark secret – a portal to a parallel dimension and, »
Oscar winner J.K. Simmons will play the lead in Starz’s upcoming drama series “Counterpart,” Variety has confirmed.
The series is described as “an espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist.” Simmons plays Howard Silk, a lowly cog in a bureaucratic U.N. agency, turning the last corner of a life filled with regret, when he discovers the agency he works for is guarding a secret: a crossing to a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his “Counterpart” on the other side, the show will navigate themes of identity, idealism, what ifs and lost love.
The series is created and written by Justin Marks (“The Jungle Book”), with “The Imitation Game” helmer Morten Tyldum attached to direct the first two episodes. The duo will exec produce alongside Anonymous Content’s Bard Dorros and Keith Redmon (“True Detective,” “The Knick”) and Gilbert Films’ Jordan Horowitz and Gary Gilbert (“The Kids Are Alright”).
Mrc is producing with Starz, »
- Laura Prudom
As reported by our sister site Deadline, Simmons will star as Howard Silk, a longtime United Nations agency wonk who discovers the organization he works for is guarding a secret passageway to a parallel dimension — on the other side of which is his own counterpart, who is dubbed Howardternate Prime.
The project was created by Justin Marks »
It appears as though J.K. Simmons is following up his well-deserved Oscar win with a move that’s becoming more and more frequent: a television series. Deadline reports that the Whiplash actor is set to topline the supernatural thriller series Counterpart for Starz, with The Imitation Game helmer (and recent Best Director nominee) Morten Tyldum set to direct the first two episodes. The show is described as an espionage thriller with a metaphysical twist, as Simmons will star as Howard Silk, “a lowly cog in a bureaucratic Un agency who is turning the last corner of a life filled with regret, when he discovers the agency he works for is guarding a secret: a crossing to a parallel dimension. Through Howard and his ‘Counterpart’ on the other side, Prime, the show will navigate themes of identity, idealism, what ifs, and lost love.” [caption id="attachment_364333" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Sony Pictures Classics[/caption] Mrc is producing the show, »
- Adam Chitwood
Monday we shared the lineup for the Cannes 2015 Critics Week, and now the complete lineup for the festival has been revealed with the addition of the Director’s Fortnight. 17 films in all will be screened over the two weeks, including a balanced mix of ones from established veterans and newcomers, as well as World Premieres and other festival darlings.
On opening night May 14, Philippe Garrel’s (Jealousy) In the Shadow of Women will make its World Premiere with a story about two romantically intwined documentary filmmakers experiencing a moment of betrayal. Director’s Fortnight will close with the Sundance hit Dope, which you can watch the trailer for here.
Also on the list is the much anticipated follow up to Blue Ruin, Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, starring Patrick Stewart. It’s one of three American films among the lineup. And as a special screening, Cannes attendees will get an »
- Brian Welk
Jeremy Saulnier's second trip to the Quinzaine after "Blue Ruin" will be "Green Room," a crime thriller that reunites the director with star Macon Blair. The rest of the cast includes Patrick Stewart, Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Mark Webber, Joe Cole, Eric Edelstein, Callum Turner and Kai Lennox. "Green Room" pits a young punk rock band against a gang of white power skinheads who've trapped them in a secluded venue after the rockers witness a horrific act of violence, and all witnesses must go. First a gifted cinematographer whose credits include "Septien" and "Putty Hill," Saulnier won the Fipresci prize in 2013 for "Blue Ruin," an inventive, backwater-noir revenge movie. RADiUS-twc snapped it up out of Cannes, delivering an indie sleeper on VOD and in theaters. All eyes will be on Saulnier this year as he unveils his third feature film after "Ruin" and 2007 horror-comedy "Murder »
- Ryan Lattanzio
It's weeks now until the Cannes Film Festival, and just this morning our team received confirmation of their press accreditation. So yes, excitement is building. And not just for the big shiny show on the Croisette. Today, the Directors' Fortnight revealed their slate, and it certainly holds some promising pictures. In addition to previously announced entries like Arnaud Desplechin's "The Golden Years," Phillipe Garrel's "In The Shadow Of Women," and Miguel Gomes' six-hour epic "Arabian Nights," the line up has added "Blue Ruin" director Jeremy Saulnier's "Green Room." You might remember that one as the movie in which Patrick Stewart will play a Neo-Nazi leader who leads a gang of white power skinheads against a punk rock band. Um, yeah, we really want to see to that. Meanwhile, Takashi Miike has cranked out another movie, and his "Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld" will get a special screening. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While some may have expected Cannes faves Jaco Van Dormael and Takashi Miike to wind up in the Official Selection, those auteurs instead lead the 47th Directors' Fortnight lineup, along with American indies “Green Room,” starring Imogen Poots, Anton Yelchin and Patrick Stewart, the world premiere of Jeremy Saulnier's punk rock follow-up to Fortnight entry "Blue Ruin,' and two Sundance titles, Chloe Zhao’s Native American drama “Songs My Brothers Taught Me" and the May 24 Fortnight closer, Rick Famuyiwa's L.A. comedy “Dope." After leaking that Competition two also-rans would play in the Quinzaine rather than accept slots in Un Certain Regard--Miguel Gomes's three part, six-hour portrait of contemporary Portugal, “Arabian Nights” (The Match Factory) and French Arnaud Desplechin's “My Golden Years" starring Mathieu Amalric-- on Tuesday artistic director Edouard Waintrop laid out the full lineup of 19 »
- Anne Thompson
A 17-strong line-up of titles for the 47th Directors’ Fortnight, a parallel section of the Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24) run by the French Director’s Guild, has been announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop at a press conference in Paris this morning.
As previously announced, the opening film on May 14 will be In The Shadow Of Women, by Directors’ Fortnight habitué Philippe Garrel.
Also previously announced was Arnaud Desplechin’s My Golden Days and Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes’ Arabian Nights, a contemporary re-telling of One Thousand And One Nights that comprises three films spanning more than six hours.
A special screening will be given to Takashi Miike’s gangster-vampire hybrid thriller Yakuza Apocalypse: [link=tt »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
New works by Jaco Van Dormael, Takashi Miike, Jeremy Saulnier and Sarunas Bartas, as well as recent Sundance entries “Dope” and “Songs My Brothers Taught Me,” are among the films set to screen in the 47th annual Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival.
As announced by artistic director Edouard Waintrop at a press conference on Tuesday, the Fortnight will unspool 19 features this year — three of them directed by Portuguese helmer Miguel Gomes, whose six-hour-plus trilogy, “Arabian Nights,” was announced by the Fortnight last week, as was “My Golden Years,” the latest from French auteur Arnaud Desplechin. Both Gomes and Desplechin were turned down from the main competition and opted to take their films to the other side of the Croisette rather than accept slots in Un Certain Regard — a major coup for Waintrop that signals one of the most openly competitive years for the official selection and Directors’ Fortnight in recent memory. »
- Justin Chang
Director Bryan Singer posted the news on Twitter and Instagram on Friday.
Till played Havok — a mutant who has the ability to absorb energy and discharge it — in both “X-Men: First Class” and “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” in which the character served in the Vietnam War as a military test subject.
Singer is directing the film from a script by Simon Kinberg, Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty. Fox will open “X-Men: Apocalypse” on May 27, 2016. Till will be seen next in Paramount’s “Monster Trucks, »
- Dave McNary
Another day, another teaser trailer; and - as predicted - again the fan boys (and girls) have crawled out from their darkened coves and tweeted and generally flooded the internet. Yesterday's release of the second Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens trailer was met by the kind of enthusiastic response you'd expect.
For those of you who are still yet to see the aforementioned teaser trailer, please find below:
However, while so many rejoice - inspired by the return of one of cinema's most successful sagas - I am unsure. There are definitely moments of greatness, but I cannot shake this overwhelming feeling of worry.
But why? Why am I so bitter and twisted towards a release that, really, I should be wetter than an otter's pocket for? Well, allow me to explain below...but before I do, bear this in mind: I never grew up as a Star Wars / Star Trek fan boy. »
For such paragons of justice, the Republics both new and old in Star Wars sure are quick to utilize slave labor. As long as it’s under the guise of shiny metal robotics. Think about it. Within the lore of Star Wars, the droids showcase all the signs of sentience. The droid army feels fear upon attack during the Clone Wars, Artoo is the poster child for loyalty, Ig-88 is an extremely competent bounty hunter, the list goes one. Whether programed to feel emotion or not is a moot point when you’ve got a droid in Season 6 of “The Clone Wars” skirting his programming to avoid a mind wipe. To borrow from another universe, Captain Picard of “Star Trek” faced this same issue in “A Measure of Man,” when Data was to be consigned to dismantlement and reproduction. Picard asks, “How will we treat these creations of our genius? »
- Donna Dickens
Directed by Bill Condon (Dreamgirls, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), the film will star Harry Potter alum Emma Watson as Belle, The Guest‘s Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston, Frozen‘s Josh Gad as Le Fou, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Kevin Kline as Maurice.
Now if they could just add Sir Patrick Stewart as Lumiere…
- James Garcia
Now Patrick Stewart needs to join this new version
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- Christopher Campbell
The curtain will rise on Flesh and Bone, Starz’s limited series about the competitive world of professional ballet, on Sunday, Nov. 8, the network announced Thursday.
The drama follows young, talented, self-destructive dancer Claire (played by Sarah Hay, Black Swan) as she navigates “the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world.” Over the course of the eight-hour series, Claire is pushed to her limits by her ballet company’s artistic director (Ben Daniels, House of Cards) and shaken by the arrival of an unwelcome visitor from her past.
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