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Continuing on his mutant roll call ahead of next year’s much-anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer has today unveiled our first look at the revised edition of Nightcrawler, who will be brought to life by Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Let Me In‘s Kodi Smit-McPhee.
With production set to get underway today, April 27, the filmmaker marked the occasion by debuting a motion poster for the upcoming sequel, which you can catch a fleeting glimpse of below. A marketing gimmick though they may be, if there was ever a cinematic character to adorn a motion poster its Nightcrawler from the X-Men universe, given his superhuman agility and ability to teleport on a whim. Quick, catch him while you can!
It’s worth nothing that this is simply a mock-up of the concept design, as it’s still early days before we can feast our eyes on »
- Michael Briers
A first look at X-Men: Apocalypse's latest blue-skinned mutant Nightcrawler has teleported in... and vanished.
The video was subsequently removed, as were similar social posts via the X-Men Facebook and Twitter feeds, in a move that mimics Nightcrawler's teleportation powers.
However, quick-thinking fans were able to grab images of the new-look Nightcrawler before they were all removed from the social feeds.
In the original Marvel comics, Nightcrawler (aka Kurt Wagner) is the son of Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique and demonic warlord Azazel. The latter was played by Jason Flemyng in X-Men: First Class, but the character didn't feature »
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In addition to the first official still from the movie, writer/producer Simon Kinberg also took to Twitter to share the first photo from the set of the forthcoming, 80s set sequel, which revealed that the crew are filming a sequence in or around a movie theatre which is playing Star Wars VIII: Return of The Jedi!
- Matt Holmes
Recently, we've had official confirmation that Ben Hardy will be playing Angel in Bryan Singer's upcoming mutant mash-up X-Men: Apocalypse - as well as news that Olivia Munn will take on Psylocke - but now there's some more artwork to enjoy, this time of Kodi Smit-McPhee as the young Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), the teleporting superhero first played on the big screen by Alan Cumming in 2003's X-2.Don’t blink or you’ll miss it. Check out this first look of @KodiSmitMcpheee as #Nightcrawler in #XMenApocalypse. https://t.co/Wn4AdMd3tK— X-Men Movies (@XMenMovies) April 27, 2015X-Men: Apocalypse, which reunites the First Class/Days Of Future Past gang of James McAvoy’s Professor X, Michael Fassbender’s Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast, along with newcomers Munn, Hardy, Oscar Isaac as the titular bad guy, Tye Sheridan as Cyclops, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp »
Filming is now underway in Montreal on the latest X-Men epic, X-Men: Apocalypse, which is being directed once more by Bryan Singer. And, as with the production of Days of Future Past, Singer is utilising his social media avenues to give fans some sneak peeks of what they can expect, with the director today unveling the debut look at the “new” Nightcrawler via his Instagram…
Previously played by Alan Cumming in X-2, the latest incarnation of the character is being portrayed by Kodi Smit-McPhee (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), following the rebooted timeline of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
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 »
- Scott J. Davis
We've seen some concept art, but now Bryan Singer has provided our first official glimpse of one of the new characters from X-Men: Apocalypse as the movie kicks off production today. Here is Kodi Smit-McPhee as the younger version of fan-favourite mutant teleporter, Nightcrawler. Kurt Wagner was last seen in the second X-Men movie played by Alan Cumming, and we all wondered if we'd every see the "Fuzzy Elf" return to the franchise. Smit-McPhee was most recently seen in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but his best performance was arguably in the bleak (but brilliant) adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. We also have a Tweet from Simon Kinberg to mark the first day of shooting. Day 1 of the Apocalypse.... Back to the 80s.... pic.twitter.com/0ecjnXX23l — Simon Kinberg (@Kinberg) April 27, 2015 Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse also stars Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Professor »
And just like that -- poof! -- he's gone. Director Bryan Singer cleverly teased the return of Nightcrawler for his movie "X-Men: Apocalypse," which is set to come out May 27, 2016 and just started production.
Here's Bryan's tweet from this morning (Monday, April 27):
First day on set! Here is @kodismitmcpheee as #Nightcrawler. Catch him before he's gone.... https://t.co/f8ppx6MCBn
- Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) April 27, 2015
Bless him, you know what he did? He quickly deleted that Instagram pic, so now Nightcrawler cannot be found. Well played. You may remember Alan Cumming's Nightcrawler from "X2" and now Kodi Smit-McPhee will be playing the mutant who can teleport in puffs of smoke.
Comicbook.com captured the new image before Singer could delete it:
- Gina Carbone
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
Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
Following his adventure in a galaxy far, far away this December in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Oscar Isaac is set to take on the role of the titular villain in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and during an interview with IGN to promote his latest film Ex Machina, Isaac shared a few thoughts on Apocalypse’s motivation, and his recruitment of the Four Horsemen.
“Without giving anything away, the recruitment of the Four Horsemen is very cool. It’s very interesting the way that he does that. You know the idea of – the way that cult leaders do – they find people that are in need of something and try to fulfill that thing in them – as it relates to every one of the Horseman… On an individual level he’s able to reveal the true power of his Horsemen and what’s true to them. And I think »
- Gary Collinson
Since breaking onto the scene with his streetwise debut feature "Sin Nombre" in 2009, for which he won the Directing award at Sundance that year, American camera operator-turned-director Cary Fukunaga has been on a roll. "Sin Nombre" went on to receive nominations for Best Feature, Best Director and Best Cinematography at the 2010 Independent Spirit Awards. Fukunaga’s follow-up "Jane Eyre" (2010) featured simmering performances from Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska. The lush adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award for costume design, and Fukunaga had established himself as a force with a versatile eye and diverse interests. In 2014, Fukunaga made the jump to television, radically overhauling the model by collaborating closely on HBO's "True Detective" with the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto; Fukunaga made news by directing all eight episodes of the acclaimed limited series. The filmmaker has another possible game »
- Kristin McCracken
From writer/director John Maclean, Slow West is a compelling story set at the end of the 19th century, in which 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smith-McPhee) journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves, also coming across a mysterious traveler (Michael Fassbender) with questionable motives and an eccentric outlaw (Ben Mendelsohn), along the way. The film is currently exclusively available on DirecTV and hits theaters and VOD on May 15th, so we’ll run the full interview closer to that release date. In the meantime, with Star Wars fervor at an all-time high, especially after the awesome recently released trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, when we spoke to actor Ben Mendelsohn on the phone, we had to ask him about the rumors that he’s being considered for a role in Gareth Edwards’ Rogue One, the first in a series of Star Wars Anthology films. »
- Christina Radish
Sundance Institute also reveals dates of second Hong Kong edition.
Sundance London, the UK festival offshoot of the Sundance Film Festival, is to return in 2016 following the cancellation of this year’s edition.
After three years at The O2 venue in Greenwich, the film and music festival will be based at the new Picturehouse Central venue, currently under construction in central London and set to open this summer. Dates have yet to be confirmed but the previous three editions were held in April.
As in previous years, the line-up of films will be drawn from the Sundance Film Festival, held in January.
John Cooper, director of the Sundance Film Festival, said: “After three hugely enjoyable years in London, we look forward to returning next year and reconnecting with London film enthusiasts.”
Picturehouse Cinemas MD Lyn Goleby said: “It has been a Picturehouse ambition for many years to launch a cinema in the West End. The opportunity »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Whether you’re Tom Cruise or Lupita N’yongo, acting remains the same tough balancing act of scratching your own creative itch, hewing close to the director’s vision, and delivering a performance that’s interesting to an audience, all while not having any control over how your work ends up looking. Since yesterday brought an edition of Film4’s “Self Portrait” series that featured some of the greatest directors working today, it’s only right that we turn our gaze onto actors. Lasting just under ten minutes, the “On Acting” episode of Film4’s series has rounded up some big names for its interviews (like Michael Fassbender, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio) with actors that discuss the meaning of acting. One of the more honest and funnier responses comes from British actress Olivia Colman, who responds that she has no idea what makes acting so great but that “I »
- Cain Rodriguez
A neo-western that operates in purely mythic terms, Slow West evokes an 1870 America steeped in isolation, heartbreak, suffering, and misery. Expertly written and directed by John Maclean, this spartan story recounts the efforts of well-to-do young Scotsman Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who travels to America — and westward, ho! — to find the girl he loves (but does not love him back), Rose Ross (Caren Pistorius). Along his journey, he is saved by, and then forced to pay for, the bodyguard services of Silas (a stoic Michael Fassbender), a quiet-spoken roughneck with a cigar perpetually stuck in the corner of his mouth and a curious interest in Jay’s quest that, it’s soon revealed, stems from his own desire to find Rose — who, unbeknownst t »
Hugh Jackman has played Logan aka Wolverine in seven different films. It’s an impressive number that will shortly increase with a third solo Wolverine film and possibly X-Men:Apocalypse, although at the time of writing he has yet to be officially cast. A few other names are snapping at the heels of Jackman, notably the cast of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you include the forthcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron, Chris Evans has played Captain America four times (five if you include his appearance as Loki using magic to look like the first Avenger in Thor: The Dark World), Scarlett Johansson and Chris Hemsworth have portrayed Black Widow and Thor respectively four times each whilst the King of the McU, Robert Downey Jr. has made an impressive six appearances as Iron Man/Tony Stark (including his post-credit appearance in The Incredible Hulk).
Unfortunately for Hugh Jackman, as far as this article is concerned, »
- Brendan Bergmanski
It’s early Friday morning here in New York and rather than living it up in the city that never sleeps, I’m sitting here… at my computer, staring – no that’s not right, glaring sounds more like it – hoping that the words to sum up the experiences of Day 1 at the Tribeca Film Festival will magically appear on screen for me, doing justice to the films I’ve seen today and not coming across like I’m gloating about viewing some amazing films yet to slated in the UK.
Pfft bugger that – I’m going to crow til the cows come home.
Day 2 here at Tff 2015 kicked off with a literal bang and has kept me on my toes for the rest of the day. I’ve had violent delights with John Maclean, experienced a mid-morning bout of melancholy thanks to Jeppe Rønde and his thought provoking film (which »
- Sacha Hall
John Ford's Stagecoach and The Searchers, Howard Hawks's Rio Bravo and Red River, and Clint Eastwood's The Outlaw Josey Wales and Unforgiven come to mind for Ben Mendelsohn, who stars with Michael Fassbender and Kodi Smit-McPhee in John Maclean's untamed Slow West. He has recently been seen in David Mackenzie's prison drama Starred Up with Jack O'Connell, Kevin Macdonald's treasure-hunting tale Black Sea with Jude Law, Andrew Dominik's Killing Them Softly with Ray Liotta, Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy and James Gandolfini and Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond The Pines with Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes.
When I met up with Ben the day before »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The Tribeca Film Festival 2015 kicked off this week and we'll be bringing you our screening adventures. Here's Jason on Michael Fassbender's new Western.
Jay Canvendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) sees the world through rose-colored lenses - that is to say, the name of his on-the-lam paramour is Rose and he sees the world colored by his love for her. In flashbacks we come to sense that Rose's feelings towards Jay are somewhat different, but that's not slowing him down. He will find her and everything will be fine, for their love is a grand and true thing.
Slow West ekes its enviable tension out of dropping Jay's love-dumb perspective down into the Movie Wild West we all know only too well - or think we do, until this movie gets to toying with it - with its brutes and indifference to beauty; what bubbles up is a bizarre, Coen-esque journey of »
He’s only 18 years old but he’s already established himself as one of the finest young actors working in Hollywood today having impressed in The Road, Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and more recently Slow West, ironically alongside his fellow mutant Michael Fassbender.
In February director Bryan Singer revealed via his Instagram account that Smit-McPhee was cast in X-Men: Apocalypse as a young Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler, who was previously played by Scottish actor Alan Cumming in X-Men 2. In a recent interview with SuperHeroHype, Kodi Smit-McPhee revealed his thoughts on the audition process and the pressure to please comic-book purists.
When asked about the daunting task of taking over from Alan Cumming and playing a younger version, Smit-McPhee replied, “Because it is the Marvel Universe and X-Men and there are a lot of people expecting a lot of things, I did a huge amount »
- Gavin Logan
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