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One of the longest standing superhero franchises on the cinematic screen, the X-Men, will once more appear on the big screen in 2016 with X-men: Apocalypse. The film, this time set in the 1980’s, will follow stars of previous films X-men: First Class, and X-men: Days Of Future Past. The story will also introduce us to the younger versions of Storm, Cyclops and Jean Grey who will help battle Oscar Isaac’s titular villain.
Screenwriter Simon Kinberg has been talking about what audiences can expect from the plot and has revealed that a familiar face from a past film will make a return. Last time we saw Moira MacTaggert who had had her mind and memories wiped after helping Professor X and Magneto during the events of First Class. According to Kinberg, MacTaggert played by Rose Byrne, will make a return to the franchise as a significant character.
As well as »
- Kat Smith
The awards for this year's Sundance Film Festival were handed out last night in Utah with Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's coming-of-age tale "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" taking the top honors of both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award in that category.
The British documentary "The Russian Woodpecker," which deals with a Chernobyl survivor, took the World Cinema Documentary Grand Prize. Louise Osmond's "Dark Horse" taking the audience award in the same category. Mountain climbing documentary "Meru" took both the U. »
- Garth Franklin
Scottish director John Maclean took home the World Cinema Dramatic Competition Grand Jury prize for his buddy western Slow West, starring Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee, while the World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize went to Chad Gracia for The Russian Woodpecker, which tracks a Ukranian victim of the Chernobyl disaster.
The Dark Horse, Louise Osmond's documentary about a group of pals who decided to breed themselves a racehorse, won the Audience Award in the World Cinema Competition, while Kim Longinotto's story of a former prostitute who has dedicated her life to stop human trafficking, Dreamcatcher, won the World Cinema Directing Award.
The World Cinema editing award was presented to Jim Scott for his work on Greenpeace documentary How. »
- Amber Wilkinson
Updated with details and quotes: The Sundance Film Festival awards ceremony tonight in Park City saw a dramatic dual decision and strong political voices to put a cap on a hot-deals festival. Like last year, when Whiplash took both the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award on its way to an Best Picture Oscar nomination, the much-sought Me And Earl And The Dying Girl took both this year.
“I want to dedicate this to all the young filmmakers in my hometown of Laredo, Texas,” said director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon onstage. Fox Searchlight and Indian Paintbrush teamed to land the pic earlier this week after frenzied bidding, with a 2015 release planned. The Jesse Andrews script follows Greg, who is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But »
- Dominic Patten and Patrick Hipes
Well, that's a wrap: the 2015 Sundance Awards were given out tonight and highlights included festival favorite “Me & Earl & The Dying Girl” winning Best Drama, perhaps not the biggest surprise in the world. That charming indie has been picked up by Fox Searchlight and you’re likely going to be hearing about it all year (our review). The coming of age dramedy also won the Audience Award which tells you something about its universal appeal. Another film receiving mostly rave reviews, "The Witch" took Best directing prize (our review) “The Wolfpack” won best documentary (our review), the magical realist Western "Slow West" starring Michael Fassbender took the World Cinema Dramatic prize (our review) and festival faves like “The Diary Of A Teenage Girl” (our review) and “Dope” (our review) were also given some due. We’ve got reviews and related content for about 85% of these films and so all our 2015 Sundance Film Festival coverage is here. »
- The Playlist
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s visually inventive comedy-drama about the friendship between a misfit teenager and a classmate diagnosed with leukemia, received both the grand jury prize and the audience award at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday night. Part cancer-themed tearjerker and part tribute to obsessive movie love, “Me and Earl” was acquired by Fox Searchlight earlier this week in one of the festival’s biggest deals.
This marks the third year in a row that one movie has taken both top prizes at Sundance, following the lead of “Fruitvale Station” in 2013 and “Whiplash” last year. “Me and Earl’s” victory was even more noteworthy given what many considered one of the stronger U.S. dramatic competitions in recent memory, with strong critical and audience buzz for “Dope,” “The Witch” and “The Diary of a Teenage Girl,” all of which also received prizes.
- Justin Chang
The cast of X-Men: Apocalypse just expanded the cast to include Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops and Alexandra Shipp as Storm. But it sounds like there will be an X-Men: First Class cast member that we missed in X-Men: Days of Future Past who will be coming back for the next chapter in the X-Men franchise. Entertainment Weekly recently sat down with writer and producer Simon Kinberg and he revealed that Rose Byrne will be back as Moira MacTaggert, a woman from the government who worked with Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) in First Class. Kingberg says that MacTaggert will be "a significant character in the movie. We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them.” There was already some nice development that »
- Ethan Anderton
Fans of Rose Byrne will be excited to hear that she is returning as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse. This is the latest casting confirmation following the news that Alexandra Shipp is playing a young Storm, Sophie Turner is young Jean Grey, and Tye Sheridan is set to play young Scott Summers (aka Cyclops).
Writer and producer Simon Kinberg revealed the news to Entertainment Weekly. About the return of Moira MacTaggert, a geneticist and expert in mutant affairs who has appeared in many of the X-Men comics, Simon Kinberg says that the character is an integral part of this particular superhero line-up. He explains:
"She's a significant character in the movie. We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them. It's certainly a rich relationship that we started to dig into in First Class, »
Rose Byrne was one of several X-Men: First Class cast members to get the axe when the franchise jumped ahead a decade for last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, but she’ll be back for more mutant superhero action when the franchise returns in 2016, as she’s officially signed on to reprise her role of CIA agent Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Last time we saw MacTaggert, she had successfully aided our titular mutant team in stopping Kevin Bacon from kickstarting World War III, but soon after had her memory erased by Charles Xavier. That thankfully won’t stop her from popping up again when Apocalypse rolls around, and according to writer/producer Simon Kinberg, she’ll have a big role to play:
“She’s a significant character in the movie. We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. »
- James Garcia
The Boyle-directed biopic has been written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network) and also stars Kate Winslet (The Reader), Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Perla Haney-Jardine (Spider-Man 3) and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man).
- Gary Collinson
Byrne joins a group of newcomers who will play the younger versions of Jean Grey, Cyclops and Storm.
“She’s a significant character in the movie,” “X-Men: Apocalypse” screenwriter Simon Kinberg told EW. “We ended ‘First Class’ with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them.”
- Maane Khatchatourian
Last week the actors who will play the young versions of Jean Grey, Storm and Cyclops were announced for X-Men: Apocalypse, and now it has been confirmed that another character will be returning to the franchise, with Rose Byrne, who played Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: First Class, set to return for the latest movie.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Simon Kinberg confirmed that Byrne will be back in the role for X-Men: Apocalypse: “She’s a significant character in the movie. We ended First Class with Charles having wiped portions of her memory of her experience with the X-Men. They are, essentially, strangers to her when she meets them. It’s certainly a rich relationship that we started to dig into in First Class, and would like to mine more in this one.”
Kinberg also states that the latest film will be tie up existing character arcs: “This »
- Thomas Roach
It's been a hot minute since we've actually heard any good rumors about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as the Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off gears up for production this spring. While it was earlier reported that Disney and Lucasfilm may be courting Michael Fassbender to play Boba Fett in that sci-fi solo adventure for the bounty hunter (not confirmed), we're now hearing that J.J. Abrams may have landed a more sinister presence for his own film, which kick starts a new trilogy. While Jabba the Hutt will have been dead for nearly thirty years at the start of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it looks like other members of the Hutt syndicated crime family will actually be involved in the storyline.
The Hutts are a family of gangster who reside on Tatooine, and they have ties that reach all the way back to Anakin Skywalker, »
Disney and LucasFilm's Untitled Gareth Edwards Directed Star Wars Spin-Off is starting to come together, although we still don't have any confirmed plot details at this time. Last week, a report surfaced that the story will follow both Han Solo and the bounty hunter Boba Fett, with the production gearing up to start shooting in Mexico. Today, we have a new report from iKwiz, which reveals that Michael Fassbender is the front runner to play the bounty hunter Boba Fett. It isn't known if the actor is in negotiations, or if a formal offer has been presented to the actor at this time.
The story is reportedly set before Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, and it's being speculated that the plot focuses on the relationships between Han Solo, Boba Fett and other criminals, which could be The Hutts. While we don't have any further details on the story, »
As a cigarillo-chomping, preternaturally cool bounty-hunter helping a young Scots boy navigate the American frontier, Michael Fassbender does a pretty mean Clint Eastwood. Slow West, written and directed by musician turned director John Maclean, is no ordinary Western, though Fassbender's Silas Selleck does seem at times like he’s wandered out of our collective dreams of the genre; he’s as much a comment as he is a stand-alone character.Veering between the iconic and the bizarre, Slow West is a surreal, episodic road movie; it owes more to Jim Jarmusch's Dead Man than it does to Death Rides a Horse. Kodi Smit-McPhee plays Jay Cavendish, a young, inexperienced Scots aristocrat in 1870s Colorado pursuing the girl he loves, Rose (Caren Pistorius), who has fled to America with her father. Jay hooks up with Silas during a rather brutal run-in with some soldiers. (The violence in this film is always jarringly, »
- Bilge Ebiri
The Great Digital Film Festival is on. This year, all your favourite genre films are back on the big screen, including every single mutant-loving X-Men movie by directors Bryan Singer, Brett Ratner, and Matthew Vaughn.
X-Men: Days of Future Past threw a wrench into the X-Men timeline. Time travel can really mess up logic. With a simplified timeline and uncanny facts about the X-Men, the Brotherhood, and the entire Earth-10005 timeline, our X-Men infographic is your cheatsheet for going back in time with Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor X (Patrick Stewart/James McAvoy), and Magneto (Ian McKellen/Michael Fassbender). Navigate the Marvel Cinematic Universe (non-Avengers edition) from Wolverine’s Canadian homestead, to Liberty Island, Alkali Lake, and everything in between.
Check out the X-Men infographic below, and don’t forget to see all your favourite X-Men movies at this year’s Great Digital Film Festival:
- Sasha James
There is already one "Macbeth" coming this year — you know, the adaptation with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard that's on our list of the 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2015 — but there's always room for another version of the Bard's play, and certainly, if this happens, we'd happily sign on. Baz Bamigboye reports that Martin Scorsese and Kenneth Branaugh have had "informal conversations" about Scorsese making a movie based on Branagh's Manchester International Festival production of "Macbeth." First playing the fest in 2013, it hopped over to New York City last summer, and Scorsese was apparently quite taken with it. The trick of this particular version is that the audience was brought right into the action, sitting literally inches away from the battles, speeches and more, making for a truly immersive experience. So one could see what would be attractive from a filmmaking standpoint to try and bring movie audiences that same sense of. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
You can go ahead and take this one with all of the grains of salt, but it's a rumor that's been snowballing the past couple days so we might as well talk about it! The website iKwiz has reported that not only will Boba Fett make more appearances in future Star Wars films, but that Michael Fassbender is the frontrunner. Sounds cool, right? Suspiciously so, if you ask me. Their source claims to have said that the character of Boba Fett "is a mantle. The name, the ship »
- Sean Wist
The character study starring Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn as two gamblers will debut later this year exclusively for 30 days for Directv's 20 million customers, followed by A24's theatrical rollout. Here's the official synopsis: Gerry (Mendelsohn) is a talented but struggling poker player about to be swallowed up by his unshakeable gambling habit. But his luck begins to change after he meets the young, charismatic Curtis (Reynolds). Gerry convinces his new lucky charm to hit the road with him, towards a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. The highs and lows unveil the duo’s true characters and motivations, and an undeniable bond forms between them. A24 and Directv also partnered on two other Sundance premieres: rookie Robert Eggers’ period thriller "The Witch," and "Slow West," starring Michael Fassbender. Films released through these partners include "Enemy," "Life after Beth," »
- Anne Thompson
Plot: A Scottish tenderfoot (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeys through the American West to reunite with his true love. He's aided by a rough and tumble bounty hunter (Michael Fassbender) with an agenda of his own. Review: Slow West is another hidden Sundance gem. Having already been picked up by A24 and DirectTV, Slow West was not among the films to get crazy buzz around town amid the buyers as its already slated for a theatrical/VOD release this spring. Yet, while the headlines have been »
- Chris Bumbray
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