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Not content with signing for Matthew Vaughn's “The Secret Service” (guess what it's about), Colin Firth has just been cast in another spy flick, “A Foreign Country”, based on Charles Cumming's so-named novel and produced by Silver Reel and Raindog (who are also behind another of Firth's upcoming pictures, “The Railway Man”). Handily, Raindog is Firth's own company, run with former Sony exec Ged Doherty. So that probably explains how he got the part... This is all coming off the back of Firth's turn as one part of an astonishing ensemble in “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, Tomas Alfredson's elegant and absorbing version of the John Le Carre novel. “A Foreign Country” offers a lot of similar elements: an agent returning to British intelligence for the spying equivalent of a heist movie's “one last job”, the rooting out of a conspiracy within the service itself, a Mediterranean episode (Tunisia and Egypt, »
- Ben Brock
We've already seen a first look at Halle Berry suited back up as Storm in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but director Bryan Singer keeps giving us some tidbits of scenes being shot on the set of the prequel sequel. This time Singer has delivered a behind the scenes look at Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) in their 1973 wardrobe in the underground hallways of Charles Xavier's School for the Gifted. They should look familiar to fans of the original X-Men trilogy. Personally, I'm wondering why Beast isn't in his blue furry form. Has he figured out how to keep that anomaly he created in the first film at bay? Here's the on set photo from Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past from the director's Twitter: X-Men: Days of Future Past is directed by Bryan Singer and written by Matthew Vaughn and Simon Kinberg. The sequel features »
- Ethan Anderton
While we were disappointed Matthew Vaughn vacated to directors chair following his impressive prequel X-men: First Class, after the terrific job he did with X2, Bryan Singer was the natural choice to coax back into the evolutionary Marvel universe. Few can argue Singer knows this world like the back of his hand and with the sequel to the franchise he began in 2000, he crafted one of the best ever comic-book efforts that belongs right up there alongside Raimi’s Spider-man 2, Nolan’s The Dark Knight and Whedon’s The Avengers.
Singer is currently shooting the mutant-filled follow-up to First Class, which will see the cast of young and old come together in a plot of interweaving and alternative timelines. Check out this first classic, 70s-style look at the returning Hugh Jackman as Logan and Nicholas Hoult’s Hank McCoy. We’ve also added an earlier image of James McAvoy »
- Craig Hunter
Hugh Jackman's Wolverine has already rubbed shoulders with the cast of X-Men: First Class - though it was an extremely brief moment and it didn't exactly go so well. One of the best moments of Matthew Vaughn's period superhero film featured Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Professor X (James McAvoy) trying to recruit Wolverine to their cause in a bar. His response? "Go fuck yourself." But it would appear that ties between the men have changed in the years between First Class and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past, because, as you can see in the image above, Logan is now palling around with Nicholas Hoult's young Beast. As he has been doing regularly, director Bryan Singer released the above set photo on his Twitter account, but this one raises more questions than most. The image came along with the caption "Welcome to 1973. @RealHughJackman @NicholasHoult #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast »
Here's the latest Production Tweet from X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer which reveals Beast (Hoult) and Wolverine (Jackman). Don't be ashamed if you had to do a double take to figure whether that was Hoult or Shawn Ashmore. And speaking of Beast, didn't we leave him slightly more blue in X-Men: First Class? Running Time: Filming in progress Release Date: July 18, 2014 MPAA Rating: Not yet rated Starring: Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy Directed by: Bryan Singer Written by: Matthew Vaughn (screenplay) Simon Kinberg (screenplay) Chris Claremont(comic book) John Byrne(comic book) Related Content: First Look At Storm In X-men: Days Of Future Past Bryan Singer Teases Iceman's X-men: Days Of Future Past Look January Jones Confirms No Emma Frost In X-men: Days Of Future Past »
With a 2015 release date pencilled into the calendar, all eyes are soon going to be turning to Star Wars Episode VII’s production. The film instantly became one of the most talked-about projects when it was announced that Disney were buying Lucasfilm last year, and launching a long-discussed new trilogy.
After a search, filled with rumours from the likes of Matthew Vaughn and Colin Trevorrow, J.J. Abrams officially took the job to direct the upcoming blockbuster back in January. And now Lucasfilm are announcing that Abrams and co. will be heading to our shores to shoot Star Wars Episode VII, following in the footsteps of the past six films.
All of its predecessors have been at least partly filmed here in the UK, shooting in the likes of Pinewood, Leavesden, Elstree, Shepperton, and Ealing Studios. And now Episode VII will be the latest in the franchise to do the same. »
- Kenji Lloyd
One of the keenest pleasures of "X-Men: First Class" was seeing how Matthew Vaughn treated the styles of the '60s while also making a heightened-reality X-Men movie. I thought they walked the line very carefully, and the costume design work by the great Sammy Sheldon was immaculate and often very cheeky. Bryan Singer has been tweeting all sorts of things from the set of "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" so far, and they're still just gearing up. I'm glad to see they didn't just jump right to shaving James McAvoy's head and that, if anything, Xavier's looking a little shaggier this »
- Drew McWeeny
Director Bryan Singer continues his one-man social media campaign for X-Men: Days of Future Past with yet another teaser photo of a cast member on set. Given that this new X-Men movie will jump between a dystopian (future? Present?) populated with characters from the original X-Men Trilogy and a ’70s era populated with the characters of X-Men: First Class, there have been quite a few casting photos for Singer to share.
We previously saw Patrick Stewart as (old) Proffessor Xavier on the DoFP set - looking quite badass in dystopian gear – but his younger Charles Xavier counterpart played by James McAvoy has remained unseen… until now. Scroll down to see McAvoy really playing up the style of the 1970s.
Back when First Class director Matthew Vaughn was still attached to this project – and before ...
- Kofi Outlaw
X-Men: Days of Future Past is shaping up to be quite the pivotal project, built on a foundation of lofty ambitions. Franchise starter Bryan Singer has taken over directing duties from X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn, for a semi-sequel that will combine the characters/actors of the original trilogy with their First Class counterparts.
We’ll also be getting a storyline based on time travel, killer robots (The Sentinels) and other elements that will push the X-Men movie franchise further into sci-fi territory than it’s ever been before. Today we can confirm that new franchise ground will also be broken with the addition of 3D and SimulCam filming – technology used in the creation of motion-capture characters like those in James Cameron’s Avatar.
The confirmation of both 3D and Simulcam isn’t that new - we actually reported on both the 3D ...
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- Kofi Outlaw
Bryan Singer has taken to Twitter in the run-up to production on "X-Men: Days of Future Past," the pseudo-sequel to the ‘60s-set "X-Men: First Class." Singer is taking over directorial duties from Matthew Vaughn, although it should be noted that Singer effectively started this recent superhero movie craze with the first two "X-Men" films (he was unceremoniously replaced for the third film by Brett Ratner). While Singer's tweets so far have been mysterious and behind-the-scenes-y, on Friday he did break with a fairly big photo -- the first shot of Ellen Page's return to the franchise as Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat, the mutant who can "phase" through solid objects. Meow! Page depicted Pryde in that third "X-Men" movie, "X-Men: The Last Stand," and her casting in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" means that Singer is keeping the continuity from all the movies, including the ones he didn't direct, which is pretty cool. »
- Drew Taylor
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" has become like a high school reunion for past graduates from Dr. Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.
Director Bryan Singer has reunited most of the cast from the original two "X-Men" films that he directed with actors from Brett Ratner's "X-Men: The Last Stand" and Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class" for the new film. That means Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are sharing the same IMDb page as Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence. (The "X-Men: Days of Future Past" storyline deals with time travel and alternate dimensions, which accounts for the presence of old and young "X-Men" characters.)
Singer has frequently used Twitter during the "X-Men" production process to break news about the film (sometimes, ahem, false news), and the director took to social media once again on Friday to unveil a first look at Ellen Page's "X-Men" return. »
- Christopher Rosen
Bryan Singer keeps hyping up the next instalment of the X-Men franchise, X-men: Days Of Future Past, on his Twitter account by releasing on set photos of the frankly massive cast. Recently we’ve had glimpses of Wolverine, Storm, Professor Xavier, Beast and even a few hints of a couple of new characters.
The latest photo released on his feed features the lovely Ellen Page who stars as Kitty Pryde, a character who plays a huge role in the story that the film is based on. Whether or not she will do so in this version is still unknown considering that with this amount of characters, some must be bound to be nothing more than cameos. Take a look below and let us know if you’re excited for the sequel that sets out to combine the original trilogy with Matthew Vaughn’s X-men: First Class.
Hello, Kitty @ellenpage #XMen #DaysofFuturePast twitter. »
- Esben Evans
The King's Speech actor has a busy schedule right now: Allen's next, France-set movie is one of four projects he is linked with
Stone's potential involvement was revealed by Deadline last week, when the Easy A actor was said to be in talks. She and Firth are now officially on board the new film, which will mark Allen's return to the fertile French soil where he shot 2011 acclaimed time-travel fantasy Midnight in Paris. It will be the veteran director's eighth movie in his ongoing late-era European cruise, which began with London-set Match Point in 2005 and has also seen him travel to Italy and Spain for films such as 2008's Vicky Cristina Barcelona and last year's To Rome with Love. Few further details are »
- Ben Child
Deadline is reporting that "Girls" actress Allison Williams is on the short list of actresses to join the upcoming "Fantastic Four" reboot. It hasn't been revealed what role she's being eyed for, but it's safe to say that it's to play Susan Storm (aka Invisible Woman), the character Jessica Alba played in the last two films. If cast, "Fantastic Four" will be Williams' first big credit. For now, she's mostly known for her role on HBO's "Girls" and being the daughter of NBC news anchor Brian Williams. "Fantastic Four" will be directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) and produced by Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass). The plan is to begin filming on June 17th and have the film in theaters on March 6th, 2015. »
Updated: It's true! Colin Firth will join Emma Stone to lead Woody Allen's "new, untitled comedy," according to a press release. The project will film in the south of France, making it Allen's second film in France, and his eighth in Europe.
Earlier: Woody Allen is an interesting fellow. While most filmmakers come up with a grand idea and then find stars to play the parts, Allen seems to often do the opposite: He finds people and places that inspire him and then crafts the film around their strengths. Last week, we heard that Emma Stone was in talks to work with the bespectacled director, and now a male lead seems poised to join her, according to Deadline.
Let's all welcome Colin Firth to the Woody Club, shall we?
Bet you didn't see that one coming.
Not that Firth isn't a perfectly excellent pick. After all, »
- Scott Harris
We just barely learned that Colin Firth is going to headline Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class co-writer/director Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming Mark Millar comic book adaptation, The Secret Service, and now reports are in that the Oscar-winning actor is also making plans to co-headline Woody Allen’s currently-untitled followup project to his Summer 2013 release, Blue Jasmine.
The Woodmeister returned to his native U.S. shores to shoot Blue Jasmine, which is a comedy about a New York housewife (Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett) who must deal with “the final stages of an acute crisis.” Per usual for a Woody Allen project, the cast includes big names like Alec Baldwin and comedians Andrew Dice Clay and Louis C.K., in addition to such credible supporting talent as Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire), Peter Sarsgaard (Click to continue reading Colin Firth to Star Opposite Emma Stone in New Woody Allen Movie
- Sandy Schaefer
The actor is in line to star in the Kick-Ass director's new project for his first comic-book movie
The Oscar-winning British actor is in line to play the uncle of the main character, a young tearaway from the mean streets of London recruited into a British spy school that turns out suave and sophisticated young agents in the vein of 007. Scottish writer Mark Millar, who wrote the six-issue comic book, has described the setup as "James Bond meets My Fair Lady". The Hollywood Reporter says Firth's character recruits his nephew into the service.
As well as directing, Vaughn has co-written the screenplay for the film with regular collaborator Jane Goldman. The trio worked together on the well-received 2010 superhero movie Kick-Ass, based onMillar's comic book of the same name. The Secret Service »
- Ben Child
Colin Firth has had a busy week and it's only Tuesday. Late Sunday night, Latino Review reported that Firth had grabbed one of the lead roles in Matthew Vaughn's "The Secret Service," an adaptation of Mark Millar's spy comic book. Firth would play Uncle Jack in the film, a dashing MI6 agent not unlike James Bond who mentors his ne'er-do-well nephew, Gary. (No word yet on who will play Gary, but expect numerous young stars to be considered for the part).
Then on Monday night, Deadline.com reported that Firth will star opposite Emma Stone in Woody Allen's next feature. (Pause here for jokes about Firth romancing Stone.) No plot details are available just yet, but it would be the first time Firth and Allen have worked together.
All good news for Firth fans, except then there's this: In an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times, Firth threw »
- Christopher Rosen
Plot details are being held under wraps, but we do know that the film will be shot in the south of France.
Colin Firth was announced earlier in the week for the lead in Matthew Vaughn's upcoming thriller The Secret Service. Woody Allen's next comedy Blue Jasmine is scheduled to hit theaters July 26 and stars Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Bobby Cannavale, Louis C.K. and Andrew Dice Clay.
No production details for Woody Allen's latest project have been released. »
Pitt plays a molecular biologist who, together with his brilliant lab partner (Marling) uncovers startling evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it. [Source: Deadline]
Woody Allen's Next
Hamm plays a sports agent who uses a TV show competition – a la American Idol - to find players for Major League »
- Garth Franklin
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