James McAvoy has played iconic “X-Men” leader Charles Xavier in two of Fox’s blockbuster films so far — “First Class” and “Days of Future Past” — but something was missing from both performances: Professor X’s bald head.
Charles’ chrome-dome has been spotted in numerous iterations of the franchise, from comics to cartoons to Patrick Stewart’s older version of the character, but McAvoy had yet to get the chop — until now.
- Variety Staff
After portraying Professor X in his younger, more hair-plentiful days in two movies (while Patrick has played the older version), it seems we'll finally see James as the bald telepathic mutant in the next installment of the X-Men story, "Apocalypse."
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Director Bryan Singer posted a photo of the Scottish star getting his head shaved on Friday night, with the caption, "#Xavier reborn (in process) #jamesmcavoy #Xmen #XMenApocalypse @xmenmovies" ...
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In the X-Men movie universe, Sir Patrick Stewart plays Charles Xavier, a brilliant telepathic mutant. Sometimes James McAvoy plays a young Patrick Stewart, as is the case with Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, which is set in 1983, two decades before Singer’s first X-Men film. But there’s one important difference between Sir Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy: The former is very bald, while the latter is very not-bald. Since McAvoy is slowly becoming Patrick Stewart (in the movie universe, I mean), it was inevitable that McAvoy would one day have to go bald, too. It appears that day has finally come: In a picture Singer posted to Instagram, McAvoy is sitting in a chair, devoid of hair, while a man with a razor admires his handiwork. McAvoy looks to be deep in thought, possibly getting into character, or possibly just missing his mane. »
- Greg Cwik
In the X-Men universe, Professor Charles Xavier has, let’s just call it a signature look, and that look is bald. Like cue ball bald. That’s how he appears in the comics and, as portrayed by Patrick Stewart, in the early X-Men films (as well as for a while in last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past). Up to now, however, every time James McAvoy has played the part, he’s done so with a head full of luxurious brown hair. That’s changing in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, and with production getting under way, we’ve got a sneak peek of what he looks like sans hair follicles. #Xavier reborn (in process ) #jamesmcavoy #Xmen #XMenApocalypse @xmenmovies A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on May 8, 2015 at 5:16pm Pdt This photo comes from director Bryan Singer’s Instagram account, »
In the X-Men universe, Professor Charles Xavier has, let.s just call it a signature look, and that look is bald. Like cue ball bald. That.s how he appears in the comics and, as portrayed by Patrick Stewart, in the early X-Men films (as well as for a while in last year.s X-Men: Days of Future Past). Up to now, however, every time James McAvoy has played the part, he.s done so with a head full of luxurious brown hair. That.s changing in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, and with production getting under way, we.ve got a sneak peek of what he looks like sans hair follicles. #Xavier reborn (in process ) #jamesmcavoy #Xmen #XMenApocalypse @xmenmovies A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on May 8, 2015 at 5:16pm Pdt This photo comes from director Bryan Singer.s Instagram account, and while we.ve been hearing for quite »
Russell Brand took to YouTube to express his disappointment at David Cameron and the Conservative Party’s victory in the UK elections on Thursday, May 7. The Conservative Party, also known as Tory, swept the elections, winning a Parliament majority with 331 seats. The Labour Party trailed behind with 232, followed by the Scottish National Party […]
- Olivia Truffaut
Hugh Jackman will hang up his adamantium claws after he finishes work on Wolverine 3.
The X-Men star offered up a cryptic Instagram post in March showing his mutant blades with the caption "Wolverine... One Last Time".
Speaking on The Dr Oz Show, Jackman confirmed that he will retire from the role in 2017, 17 years after making his debut in the first X-Men movie.
"It is my last time," he said. "It felt like it was the right time to do it. And let's be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I'm so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it.
"I kind of have in my head what we're going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out."
17 years after he first appeared as Wolverine in 2000’s X-Men, Hugh Jackman will be saying goodbye to the beloved character in James Mangold’s upcoming third Wolverine movie, the actor confirmed today.
“This will be my last one,” he said of the 2017 pic when asked point-blank whether he would be hanging up his adamantium claws on the Dr. Oz show. “It is my last time,” he continued, adding:
“It just felt like it was the right time to do it. And let’s be honest, 17 years. I never thought in a million years it would last, so I’m so grateful to the fans for the opportunity of playing it. I kind of have in my head what we’re going to do in this last one. It just feels like this is the perfect way to go out.”
It makes sense that Jackman would want to move on to »
- Isaac Feldberg
Beasts of Burden: Levi’s Slapstick Heist Film Runs Amuck
For his sophomore film, Israeli director Reshef Levi inserts Patrick Stewart alongside the likes of Sasson Gabai, Moni Moshonov, and Moshe Ivgy for a comedic bank heist in Hunting Elephants. While there’s mild amusement to be had amongst this group of sassy old codgers, the whole endeavor feels a bit forced. Snippets of characters directly addressing the camera frequently distract as Levi and co-writer Regey Levi cut across timespans in attempt to give the scenario added depth. Reinforcing stereotypes rather than playing with them, Levi’s broad scenario feels tonally akin to something like Last Vegas (2013) but entrenched in more archaic stagnation.
Daniel (Zvika Hadar) is a security guard at a bank. While explaining to his twelve year old son Jonathan (Gil Blank) how the new security system works, replete with all the proper codes needed to gain entry, »
- Nicholas Bell
Imagine you're at the end of your life. Now imagine everybody around you thinks you've been a Sprite person instead of a Coke person, a V-neck person instead of a crew-neck person your whole life — when really, you're the opposite of those things. Okay, so that's what Dr. Watson has apparently done to Ian McKellen's Sherlock in this summer's Mr. Holmes (just swap in pipes and deerstalker hats). The movie's official trailer, released Tuesday, reveals those winking misconceptions, as well as an intriguing femme-fatale mystery. (Sadly, still no sign of Patrick Stewart.) »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
On the heels of Animal, its most-watched original movie to date – and the SXSW 2015 premiere of its original movie The Boy – Us horror channel Chiller have announced new original content for 2015 and 2016, including its first-ever original series, Slasher, and two new original movies, Lifeforce and Siren.
Says Dave Howe, President, Syfy & Chiller:
Chiller delivers a broad range of compelling horror programming, from classic edge-of-your-seat thrillers to thought-provoking psychological dramas. Given Chiller’s success in the original film space with Animal and The Boy, we’re thrilled to premiere our first-ever original series, Slasher, later this year.
Chiller’s first original series, Slasher, follows the plight of a young woman who returns to the small town where she was born, only to find herself the centerpiece in a series of horrifying copycat murders – based on the widely-known, grisly killings of her parents. The eight-part season serves as the first instalment of an anthology series, »
- Phil Wheat
We’ve been waiting on a release date for the upcoming Rogue Cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past since the extended edition was first announced way back in July of last year, and now director Bryan Singer has finally revealed when we can get our hands on it, with the film set to hit Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on July 14th!
See Also: Steelbook cover for The Rogue Cut revealed
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 franchise newcomers Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as Quicksilver, Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) as Warpath, »
- Gary Collinson
Chiller has original and reimagined onscreen scares lined up for this year and the next, as they've just announced that their first original series, Slasher (directed by Todd & The Book of Pure Evil’s Craig David Wallace), will premiere late this year, along with a reimagining of Tobe Hooper's 1985 space vampire flick, Lifeforce. Also in development at Chiller (and slated for a 2016 debut) is Siren, a full-length film adaptation of David Bruckner's highly regarded V/H/S segment, Amateur Night, which gave viewers a chilling new perspective on the line, "I like you."
Press Release (via The Futon Critic) -- "New York - May 5, 2015 - On the heels of its most-watched original movie to date (Animal) and the SXSW 2015 premiere of its original movie The Boy, Chiller announces new original content for 2015 and 2016, including its first-ever original series, Slasher, and two new original movies, Lifeforce and Siren.
- Derek Anderson
Chiller has announced its new original content for 2015 and 2016, including the channel's first-ever original series, Slasher, and two new original movies, once of which is a re-imaging of Tobe Hooper's oddball scifi/horror/apocalyptic 1985 film Lifeforce.
Lifeforce is, of course, based on the Colin Wilson books "The Space Vampires." It follows a group of astronauts who encounter a derelict alien spacecraft hiding an ancient secret. At the vessel, the explorers discover three perfect humanoids who are returned to Earth... and unleash a terrible plague upon the planet.
Periscope is being utilized more frequently by movie studios, bringing fans closer to the filmmakers. This morning, 20th Century Fox had director Bryan Singer jump on the live video platform to announce the July 14, 2015 release date for X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut, which is coming to Blu-ray and DVD. The director, who is currently shooting X-Men: Apocalypse in Montreal, again reiterated that this version of the movie will have a full 17 minutes of new footage.
X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut reincorporates an important scene that was cut from the theatrical release. It is a scene headlined by Rogue, played by Anna Paquin and features old Xavier (Patrick Stewart) and old Magneto (Ian McKellen) teaming up for a mission in the future. This is what writer and producer Simon Kinberg said in an earlier interview with Collider about this particular scene:
"Just to see what that would look like. »
We’ve known for a while now that an extended version of X-Men: Days of Future Past was coming to home video, dubbed the “Rogue Cut”, and now specific release date details about the alternate cut have been unveiled. Director Bryan Singer took to Periscope today to announce that the Rogue Cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on July 14th. We previously learned that the extended version of the film will be 17 minutes longer, and Singer again reiterated that amount of new footage in today’s update. You can already pre-order the release right here, and judging by the image above, there are some serious changes in store. The initial cut of Days of Future Past included an extended sequence towards the beginning of the movie that essentially saw Patrick Stewart’s Charles and Ian McKellen’s Erik on a mission together during the future-set portion of the movie. »
- Adam Chitwood
With Hugh Jackman hinting earlier this year that 2017's The Wolverine 3 may be his last film as the character, it looks like it might just be a pivotal film in the land of the X-Men. Jackman is definitely back to headline the movie of course, and it's rumoured that Patrick Stewart will have a significant role in this one as well. If said rumour is to be believed, the movie will be a team up between Logan and Professor Xavier.
One man who does know whether that's true is Michael Green. Green, whose screenwriting credits include Green Lantern and the upcoming Blade Runner 2, has been hired to take a shot at The Wolverine 3's screenplay. He will pick up the previous draft of the script, that was written by David James Kelly.
The Wrap has learned that Michael Green, the writer behind "Green Lantern," "Heroes" and the upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel, is set to write the script for the third "Wolverine" movie. Plot details have yet to be revealed, but the new film will partner Wolverine with Professor X (Patrick Stewart). And since "Wolverine 3" is expected to be Hugh Jackman's last time as the superhero, it's possible that the storyline will somehow address that. "Wolverine 3" will once again be directed by James Mangold and is set to hit theaters on March 3rd, 2017. »
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. »
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