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(Cbr) As I’ve said before, Wolverine needs a mask, especially if Hugh Jackman’s hirsute hero still has ninjas to fight and evil mutants to slice. But director James Mangold recently revealed in an interview that dressing Logan up in a costume is a bit hard to justify. “Finding the rationale for a uniform when the character disdains self promotion, why he would put on some outfit that promotes himself as some kind of hero?” Mangold told The Wall Street Journal. “It’s like Dirty Harry didn’t walk around with special outfit. There’s a difficult line to walk. He’s not a showoff, he’s »
- Brett White, Comic Book Resources
Despite being one of Marvel’s most insanely popular characters, Wolverine has struggled a bit on the big screen. Sure, Hugh Jackman defied expectations when he first signed on to play the Canadian mutant. After, in the comics, the guy is short and stocky whereas Jackman is over six feet tall. He fit the ensemble in the X-Men trilogy of films quite nicely, playing off James Marsden’s Cyclops as both vied for Jean Grey’s love only to both watch her die in X-Men: Last Stand.
If there was any character ready for a spinoff film, it was Wolverine but X-Men Origins; Wolverine was a bit of a messy disappointment, overstuffed with other mutants and telling his poignant backstory. Still, the character was tantalizing for 20th Century Fox so they went back to the drawing board – and the comics – for inspiration offering up this summer’s The Wolverine, »
- Robert Greenberger
“Anything goes!” declared Melissa Leo on a recent morning, after she confessed that she had just taken a red-eye flight to join her “Prisoners” cast for a Variety roundtable. “Should I dance on the tables, boys?” “You’re going to get a really good interview,” teased Jake Gyllenhaal, who attended with the film’s French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve (“Incendies”) and screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski.
As we reported in last week’s issue of Variety, “Prisoners” is a dark horse contender in this year’s Oscar race. The R-rated drama from Warner Bros. and Alcon Entertainment opened in September to strong reviews and has gone on to make $115 worldwide from a $40 million budget. Its tangled premise originally landed the script on Hollywood’s Black List: after two young girls go missing on Thanksgiving day, one father (Hugh Jackman) is determined to find them with the help of a young detective (Gyllenhaal); Leo »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Adèle Exarchopoulos (‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) and Cate Blanchett (‘Blue Jasmine’): Best Actress tie two years in a row at Los Angeles Film Critics Awards (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) (See previous post: "James Franco Tattoos, Gold Teeth: Lafca Winners." Another non-Hollywood Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s selection was Best Actress co-winner Adèle Exarchopoulos, cited for her performance as a young woman who falls in love with blue-haired Léa Seydoux in Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color. The lesbian romantic drama also took home the Lafca’s Best Foreign Language Film Award. Blue was also the luckiest color, at least in the Best Actress category: Cate Blanchett was Exarchopoulos’ co-winner, for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which she plays a character somewhat similar to A Streetcar Named Desire »
- Andre Soares
New X Men,Days Of Future Past banner shows an intense Wolverine & others in action. Recently, this new,international banner/promo pic for the upcoming super hero/action flick, "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," hit the net ,and it looks pretty cool,giving us a new glimpse at the main X-Men team, looking very intense,especially Wolverine. The pic features: Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Storm (Halle Berry), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) ,and the young and old versions of Magneto (Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen). The movie stars: Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page,and Shawn Ashmore. In the new flick, the ultimate X-Men ensemble is going to fight a war for the survival of the species across two time periods. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy will join forces with »
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 5, 2013
While there wasn't much info to go on, many jumped to the conclusion that the X-Men: Days of Future Past director would also be at the helm of this upcoming 20th Century Fox Marvel mutant adventure. Since this short announcement was made, the director has remained silent about X-Men: Apocalypse. Soon after, a spoiler filled look at X-Men: Days of Future Past's end credit sequence revealed that it would tie directly into this sixth X-Men adventure. It also gave away a major plot point (to be spoiled: clickHere
Still, at that point, nothing had been confirmed by the studio, including who was directing, who was writing, and who was starring in the movie. That changes this morning, as Bryan Singer has been confirmed to direct X-Men: Apocalypse. »
While "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is still months away, attention over the weekend remained firmly on the next film in the franchise after that - "X-Men: Apocalypse" which opens in 2016.
Following on from the announcement of the project on Friday, and yesterday's spoiler-filled reveal of the mid-credits stinger during 'Future Past' that sets up the next film, this morning sees two further bits of information come to light.
First up Vulture has confirmed that Singer will be returning as director on "X-Men: Apocalypse," his first back-to-back "X-Men" directing gigs since the first two films over a decade ago.
The other big question though is who will be involved? The younger actors introduced in "X-Men: First Class" (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till, etc.) are contracted for three films and are locked in to return.
- Garth Franklin
Warning: This article contains spoilers some readers may wish to avoid.
X-Men: Apocalypse will reportedly branch away from forthcoming movie Days of Future Past and focus solely on the First Class cast.
According to Vulture, X-Men: Apocalypse will not feature the senior members of the franchise's cast - including Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman and Halle Berry - many of whom will appear in next summer's Days of Future Past.
Villain Apocalypse, a Marvel Comics character who first appeared in a mid-'80s issue of X-Factor, will be set up in the post-credits sting for Days of Future Past, »
After Bryan Singer dropped his megaton announcement last week many wondered if he would be directing the next entry in the X-Men series. After all, he didn’t handle X3, and he served as a storywriter and producer for First Class, so he’s shown that he’s not necessarily tied at the hip to the director’s chair. Vulture is now reporting that he is, indeed, set to helm X-Men: Apocalypse. This would mark the first time the director has done back-to-back X-Men films since he did the first two.
Also of note in the report is that the next film will center on the younger stars/characters in the X-universe. With First Class, they made the first X-Men film that didn’t star series leads Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, or Halle Berry. It instead focused on Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and other newcomers to the franchise. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Here's an international banner that has surfaced online for X-Men: Days of Future Past. It features several of the main characters from the film and also gives us a better look at the costumes they will be wearing.
We've got Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), Storm (Halle Berry), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) as well as the young and old versions of Magneto (Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen).
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original “X-Men” film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from “X-Men: First Class,” in an epic battle that must change the past – to save our future.
The movie will be released on May 23rd, 2014. Watch the trailer again here if you want! »
- Joey Paur
Last week we learned Fox was already preparing to move forward on X-Men: Apocalypse, the sequel to next year's X-Men: Days of Future Past as May 27, 2016 release date was established. Now it has been confirmed Bryan Singer will also be returning to direct the project, but don't expect the long list of veteran X-Men players to also return as they are for Days of Future Past. Word is Apocalypse will be a direct sequel that will focus entirely on the James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, etc. cast that originated in X-Men: First Class. Could this mean it will be the first X-Men film to not feature Hugh Jackman for even a single framec Say it ain't so! Meanwhile, FirstShowing.net has posted a story that spoils Days of Future Past and how it ties into Apocalypse in case you'd like to just skip both films altogether. Might not be »
- Brad Brevet
Last week Bryan Singer, who is helming next summer's confusing-sounding "X-Men: Days of Future Past," a superhero movie that unites the original cast of his first two "X"-films with the younger, sexier "X-Men: First Class" cast in a jumble of time travel/alternate dimension mumbo jumbo, let out a cryptic tweet that seemed to be indicating that he would also be directing the follow-up to "Days of Future Past." That tweet ("#Xmen #Apocalypse 2016!") has given way to concrete details, courtesy of Vulture.
It seems that, yes, "X-Men: Apocalypse," said to feature the villainous first mutant Apocalypse for his inaugural big screen appearance, will debut in the summer of 2016 and Singer will be back in the director's chair. This is his first back-to-back "X" endeavor since "X-Men" (2000) and "X2: X-Men United" (2003). If you'll recall, the director sat out of the abysmal "X-Men: The Last Stand" as well as series reboot "X-Men: First Class. »
- Drew Taylor
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, Arrow, The Flash, Young Justice, Hourman, Gotham, Justice League: War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United, Kick-Ass 2 and more...
Well, the past seven days may just have been the busiest week of the year in terms of superhero news, with several huge stories dropping throughout the week, and the biggest surprise of all? Marvel Studios and its multitude of projects has been virtually anonymous as Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox grabbed all (well, most) of the headlines. We've got a lot to get through this week, but we'll start things off with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...
So, things have been almost deathly »
- Gary Collinson
Take another look @ footage from director Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days Of Future Past", starring Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry and Daniel Cudmore:
"...the film is based on the 1981 comic book storyline 'Days of Future Past'...
"Premise introduced the idea of an alternate future for Marvel's mutants...
"...that grew out of the 'Brotherhood of Evil Mutants', killing an important senator...
"...leading to a future where all mutants are hunted by robotic 'Sentinels'..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "X-Men: Days Of Future Past"...
- Michael Stevens
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards winners 2013 (photo: Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’) The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the early ’70s, announced earlier today, December 8, 2013, their list of 2013 winners and runners-up. Although there were a handful of offbeat choices, what’s most surprising is how mainstream were most of the Los Angeles Film Critics’ picks this year — Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity was the top film, with a total of four wins — and that there were no less than three ties, including one for Best Picture: Gravity and Spike Jonze’s Her. See below. (See also: Full list of Boston Society of Film Critics 2013 winners.) Best Picture (tie): Gravity and Her. Best Foreign-Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Runner-up: The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Best Documentary: Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley Runner-up: The Act of Killing, »
- Andre Soares
20th Century Fox has released an international banner for X-Men: Days of Future Past which is more inline with the artwork seen during the first trilogy run than what we saw during X-Men: First Class. This latest artwork brings Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Storm (Halle Berry) together for the first time since 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. Also present here are Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Patrick Stewart as Professor X and Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique.
X-Men: Days of Future Past comes to theaters May 23rd, 2014 and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Hugh Jackman. The film is directed by Bryan Singer. »
According to Firstshowing.net, X-Men: Days of Future Past is the beginning of a multi-picture time travel epic and will lead into the newly announced X-Men: Apocalypse, and possibly a Fantastic Four Cross-Over.
The X-Men are fighting back! Marvel’s Fox-owned characters may be poised to give the Disney-owned heroes serious competition, with a multi-film story arc, featuring time-travel, the villain Apocalypse and possibly even the Fantastic Four.
A story from Firstshowing.net claims they have an inside source who’s seen Day of Future Past and is privy to future plans for the X-Franchise. Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know the details.
In the post-credit sequence for X-Men: Days of future Past, we see Magneto (Played byMichael Fassbender) hiding out like a hermit in the desert, on the run from the government who wants to bring him in, dead or alive. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future. X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender,, Ian McKellen, Nicholas Hoult, Omar Sy, Peter Dinklage, Halle Berry, Adan Canto, Fan Bingbing, Anna Paquin, Evan Peters, Daniel Cudmore, Ellen Page & Booboo Stewart. The movie will hit theaters May 23, 2014. »
Next year Hugh Jackman will make his seventh appearance as the Wolverine in director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, while yesterday's news about X-Men: Apocalypse coming in 2016 means there are three further potential outings for Logan on the horizon, including the X-Force movie from Jeff Wadlow and James Mangold's sequel to The Wolverine. However, despite the fact that Jackman is collaborating with Mangold on development of Wolverine's third solo outing, the actor has revealed that he's undecided over reprising the role of the fan favourite mutant and may be ready to hang up the claws.
"I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie," Jackman tells Vanity Fair. "I am really proud of this movie and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That’s exciting, to see what we »
- Gary Collinson
In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Is Hugh Jackman really going to hang up his Wolverine claws after "X-Men: Days of Future Past"? Also: Benedict Cumberbatch says Khan's reveal in "Star Trek Into Darkness" worked just fine, Martin Scorsese is hoping Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will join Robert De Niro in "The Irishman," Dianna Agron will guest star on "Glee," cult TV fave Lance Reddick heads to "American Horror Story," Nine Inch Nails touring with new lineup in 2014, and more. Catch up here: »
- HitFix Staff
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