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UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 26th June to Sunday 28th June 2015…
Universal Pictures continued its stellar box office run this past weekend with the release of the Despicable Me spinoff Minions, which dethroned Jurassic World at the top of the UK chart with a solid opening weekend of £11,558,946. That’s a record for the franchise, surpassing the £9.95 million debut of Despicable Me 2, and the biggest ever three-day opening for an animated film on these shores.
In other good news for Universal, Jurassic World pushed its UK haul to £48.9 million and counting, making it the biggest UK release of the year, and indeed the biggest film since Skyfall back in 2012.
- Gary Collinson
Sophie Turner's character on HBO's Game Of Thrones has had a rough time of it recently, but she should get the chance to have a little more fun when she portrays the younger version of telepathic mutant Jean Grey in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse. Turner recently returned to Montreal to shoot more scenes for the film, and was photographed walking around near the set - displaying the character's signature red locks, though presumably not in costume. We also have some pics from her shoot with Glamour Magazine. Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Lana Condor (Jubilee), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), Ben Hardy (Archangel), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), with Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse). The movie will hit theaters on May 27, 2016. »
Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult) make out while literally showing their true colors in a deleted scene from X-Men: Days of Future Past that will be featured on the Rogue Cut, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD July 14. We also have two more clips from the Rogue Cut Blu-ray, with Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) rescuing Rogue (Anna Paquin) and another that features a Sentinel attack. Michael Fassbender's younger Magneto is also featured in the second scene, where he sees several mutant artifacts in a display case, including one that belongs to him.
With a never-before-seen, alternate cut of the film-plus nearly 90 minutes of all-new, immersive special features, the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. Rogue makes her return as the all-star characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves »
Ah, the Western. The gift we love to pretend has stopped giving. Periodically, a movie set in the 1800s featuring cowboys and quick-fire gun action comes along and everyone makes big statements about how it used to be a cinematic cornerstone and now, well, isn’t (for an answer to why that happened, see Toy Story).
The thing is, while the Western did decrease in prominence and certainly went away from the mainstream, it is still fighting strong. How would the annual (or, for 2015 it seems, bi-monthly) tradition of commenting on the genre’s long-past heyday still exist otherwise?
What is worth remarking on in regards to the Western is how pretty much every noteworthy recent entry in the genre (even, to a degree, the dire Cowboys And Aliens) has been about the “End of an Era”; True Grit juxtaposed growing up with the death of the »
- Alex Leadbeater
Olivia Munn (Magic Mike) is set to take on the role of Psylocke in next year’s mutant superhero sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, and the actress has taken to Instagram to post a short video showing her demonstrating her sword-weilding skills in preparation for the part…
X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 19th, 2016 in the UK and May 27th, 2016 in the States, with Bryan Singer directing a cast that includes X-Men veterans James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Rose Byrne (Moira MacTaggert) and Lucas Till (Havok) along with newcomers Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) as Apocalypse, Sophie Turner (Game of Thrones) as Jean Grey, Tye Sheridan (Mud) as Cyclops, Alexandra Shipp (House of Anubis) as Storm, Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes »
- Gary Collinson
Minions opened to £11.5 million, ending the Jurassic sequel's two-week reign at the chart summit. The latter still managed to add an impressive £5.7 million to its box office tally, taking its UK total to £48 million.
The UK box office top ten in full:
1. (-) Minions - £11,558,946
2. (1) Jurassic World - £5,776,475
3. (3) Spy - £630,497
4. (4) Mr Holmes - £396,982
5. (9) Empire Strikes Back (Secret Cinema) - £275,875
6. (5) Entourage - £271,731
7. (- »
One of the most fascinating elements of X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut is that its inclusion of deleted material will make us look at footage from the theatrical movie completely differently. For example, did you know that the scene with Michael Fassbender's Magneto retrieving his helmet was supposed to be intercut with a completely different scene? Check it out below! This new clip comes to us from Entertainment Weekly, and it actually makes what is already a very cool scene into an even cooler one. There is clearly a common theme between the future and past sequences - as they both involve breaking something/someone breaking out of somewhere - and it also gives us a taste of what we can expect to see in the rest of The Rogue Cut. In X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut, there is an alternate »
Sneak Peek footage of actress Olivia Munn, aka Marvel Comics' mutant 'Psylocke' practicing her martial arts skills on the set of director Bryan Singer's currently shooting "X-Men" feature, "X-Men: Apocalypse", opening May 27, 2016:
"...'Psylocke' originally possessed the power of telepathy. She could read and project thoughts over long distances, control minds; subdue and tap into other's powers...
"...affect people's memories, project mental illusions and generate psi-bolts that could stun, injure, or kill others.
"She could also project her astral self, and the astral bodies of other people, into the astral plane, scan entire towns with her mind and leaf through the psyches of the inhabitants of a city to learn of their condition or intentions..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Olivia Munn ...
- Michael Stevens
20th Century Fox has released an X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut clip online. This extended edition of the movie includes a new subplot that features Rogue (Anna Paquin), Magneto (Ian McKellen), and Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Director Bryan Singer said he cut the subplot because “the sequence became extraneous.” What makes this clip fascinating isn’t Rogue being rescued by Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Magneto; it’s the crosscutting between that event and young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) retrieving his helmet, which is in the final film. However, Magneto’s helmet retrieval (arguably another extraneous scene) has been extended to have him notice that the government also recovered the Nazi coin he pushed through Shaw's head in X-Men: First Class. It’s a minor thing, but watching the editing of this scene, especially the close-ups of the faces, makes me think (or at least hope) we’re missing a »
- Matt Goldberg
"X-Men: Apocalypse" is now filming, but if you need a serving of mutant madness to hold you over until next year, in just a couple of weeks 20th Century Fox will be dropping the much buzzed about "X-Men: Days Of Future Past — The Rogue Cut." It's a bit remarkable that a movie that essentially has ten or so more minutes of Rogue is generating this much buzz, but it likely speaks to just how well Bryan Singer's was received and how fans want to see more. Read More: The Best & Worst Of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' And so, EW has dropped a little taste with a clip from the movie's new cut, which will be screened at San Diego Comic-Con before hitting home video. In the scene, we see Shawn Ashmore's Bobby, along with Magneto, rescuing Rogue from Cerebro where she's being experimented on by scientists. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
amz asin="B00X99CUV6" size="small"Fox Home Entertainment is certainly going all out to promote the coming "Rogue Cut" of X-Men: Days of Future Past set to hit DVD and Blu-ray on July 14 and today the latest bit of marketing has arrived in the form of a brief, 55-second clip. The new release includes a massive 17 minutes of additional footage that largely includes scenes cut from the theatrical release featuring Anna Paquin as the mutant Rogue. The clip below features Paquin along with both Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as Magneto and Shawn Ashmore as Iceman, give it a look and preorder a copy for yourself right here. sb id="1539309" height="281" width="500" »
- Brad Brevet
The actress uploaded a video of herself practising her sword skills for the movie, which will see her make her debut as Psylocke.
Learned some new tricks...
A video posted by Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) on Jun 28, 2015 at 2:35pm Pdt
They are also joined in the cast by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, returning to their roles in the series, with Oscar Isaac arriving as the villain Apocalypse.
It seems that Alexandra Shipp's Storm will have a shaved head in Apocalypse based on a recent Instagram post. »
Production is currently underway in Montreal on director Bryan Singer’s 80s-set sequel X-Men: Apocalypse, and while the film will continue the stories of well-established mutant characters like Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender), it’s also introducing a slew of comics characters both familiar and new. In addition to younger versions of mutants we’ve already seen in the movies (like Jean Grey and Cyclops), X-Men: Apocalypse is also bringing some folks to the screen for the first time—like Psylocke. In the character’s first appearances in the comics, Psylocke was a mutant who simply had telepathic powers. But later, she transformed into a Japanese ninja assassin, adding highly developed fighting skills to her repertoire. The Newsroom actress Olivia Munn is playing Psylocke in X-Men: Apocalypse, and she recently shared a video on Instagram of some of her sword training: Learned some new tricks... A video posted »
- Adam Chitwood
X-Men: Apocalypse is currently filming in Montreal, under the direction of Bryan Singer. The film closes out the X-Men trilogy that started with 2011's X-Men: First Class and continued with last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past, with the story set in 1983. While several cast members from the aforementioned two movies are returning, there are several new actors coming into the fold, including Olivia Munn as Psylocke. We haven't seen her in costume on the set yet, but the actress revealed a new video on her Instagram page, where she shows off her new swordplay skills.
We haven't seen many photos from the set lately, since production has moved indoors in Montreal, but hopefully we'll get our first official look at Olivia Munn in costume as Psylocke soon. The actress is seen practicing with a fake katana sword, the character's trademark weapons from the X-Men comics. We still don't know »
Olivia Munn is evidently taking her role in X-Men: Apocalypse pretty seriously anyway. The actress will play Psylocke, who in addition to her telepathic mutant abilities is also an incredibly proficient martial artist and swordswoman. Munn posted the below video to her Instagram, and as you can see she's clearly been practising hard. We still haven't seen Munn in costume (the closest was this pic of her near the set sporting purple-tinted hair), but this is a pretty cool taste of what we can expect when Psylocke gets physical in the movie. Learned some new tricks... A video posted by Olivia Munn (@oliviamunn) on Jun 28, 2015 at 2:35pm Pdt Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse also stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Lana Condor (Jubilee), Ben Hardy (Archangel), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), with Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), and Oscar Isaac »
In a joint marketing exercise between the festival and Transmission Films dubbed Sff Presents, Farrant.s feature debut starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes opened on about 25 screens on June 11.
.We played very limited festival sessions at each location, rather than traditional seasons. We've had numerous sell-outs, which is why many locations carried the film over. It continues this week..
- Don Groves
Broad Green Pictures chief Gabriel Hammond tells Thompson On Hollywood that "we want to have the longest run possible not for money’s sake, but so we can get as many people to share the experience" which is why they've decided to release the picture in 2016, most likely in the Spring like Malick's last film "To the Wonder".
Then there's the question of Malick's other film, the ensemble drama set against the Austin music scene starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara and Michael Fassbender.
The site says there were rumours the film would be call "Weightless" which is Not the case. It also sounds like the film will Not be coming out »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Fassbender is never not worth watching, and his unique blend of cynical smarts and weary humor is perfectly suited to this bitterly funny road trip. I’m “biast” (pro): adore Michael Fassbender
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Michael Fassbender. What else do you need to know? Michael Fassbender is never not worth watching, and that remains the case in Slow West. This is basically The Frisco Kid — you remember, that 1979 comedy with Gene Wilder as a rabbi and Harrison Ford as the scoundrel who helps him get across the Old West to San Francisco — as remade by the Coen Brothers. It’s far more Coen Brothers than the Coens’ own actual Western remake, True Grit, in fact, and Fassbender’s unique blend of cynical smarts and weary humor is perfectly suited to this dry, bitter road trip through »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Slow West, 2015.
Written and Directed by John Maclean.
A young Scottish man travels across America in pursuit of the woman he loves, attracting the attention of an outlaw who is willing to serve as guide.
The western film is dead say some, a lost art of genre that very rarely makes the mustard with Hollywood these days amongst the multi-million pound extravaganza’s that are slowly clogging up cinemas quicker than you can say Fast & Furious. But the myth that westerns just don’t work in modern cinema is a ridiculous premise. Anyone who saw Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman last year will agree that when they are done right and with care and love, they are marvellously entertaining and cling to an old-fashioned part of cinema that is slowly, and sadly, being eradicated.
- Scott J. Davis
“Everyone’s allowed a past they don’t care to mention,” sings Bill Callahan in his 2011 song America!. For European film-makers however, delving into America’s murky past has created some of the most visionary cinema of recent decades. Wim Wenders and his disciple Jim Jarmusch, Emir Kusturica and the UK’s Philip Ridley – all have explored American identity, divining the pathology of the nation from their European vantage.
This week sees an addition to the genre: Slow West, starring Michael Fassbender and directed by John Maclean, formerly of the the Beta Band, who offers us his own gentle-hearted yet extremely graphic vision of that beguiling nation. Maclean has referred to his film – possibly tongue-in-cheek – as “an existential European »
- Rowan Righelato
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