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To celebrate the first official day on set filming X-Men: Apocalypse, director Bryan Singer has released this first look at the new Nightcrawler, played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, via Instagram, which has since been taken down and replaced with the cleaner reveal seen up top. Last time we saw Nightcrawler (no relation to the recent Jake Gyllenhaal movie) in an X-Men film, it was X2 and the shape-shifting mutant was played by Alan Cumming. See him in action below in one of our favorite scenes from the film, featuring Nightcrawler storming the White House. X-Men Apocalypse, which will also feature X-Men newcomers like Oscar Isaac (Apocalypse), Olivia Munn (Psylocke), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Ben Hardy (Angel) and Alexandra Shipp (Storm) -- in...
- Erik Davis
The X-Men: Apocalypse concept art below is very interesting indeed, and that Blackbird looks like perhaps the best version of the iconic jet to date. We can also see that Charles Xavier is back in his wheelchair, but still has hair. Is he ever going bald?! There's also a glimpse of ancient Egypt, with confirmation from Bryan Singer that the movie will partially take place in those times. Thoughts? As well as returning cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, and Ian McKellen, X-Men: Apocalypse will also introduce Alexandra Shipp, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Lana Condor, Oscar Isaac, Ben Hardy, Olivia Munn, and a number of others. That's one hell of a cast, eh? The movie is set to be released on May 27th, 2016. First day of shooting #Xmen #XMenApocalypse at the mall. Around #1983 A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Apr 27, 2015 at 11: »
Nightcrawler was first portrayed on big screens by Alan Cumming in the original X-Men series. Now, Smit-McPhee is taking on the challenge of playing the mutant with teleportation abilities, superhuman agility, and adhesive hands and feet. In the comics, Nightcrawler is a practical joker with pointed ears and a tail. We're expecting much of the same character trait's in Bryan Singer's movie.
The Nightcrawler sneak peek comes on the heels of some X-Men: Apocalypse casting news earlier this month. It was announced that Olivia Munn (Mortdecai) and Ben Hardy (“Eastenders”) were joining the cast as Psylocke and Angel.
- Rachel West
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
Cameras are now rolling in Montreal on "X-Men: Apocalypse" (don't miss out on your chance to be an extra!) and it seems that director Bryan Singer will again be sharing every moment he can from the set. However, I would argue there are some things that are perhaps worth saving until all the VFX are done, or we can see them in action. Case in point, this first look at Kodi Smit-McPhee as Nightcrawler. I'm sure the costume and makeup are fine, but the cheesy and cheap effects, especially played out on Instagram (see below), does no favors at all. Again, the final result will be fine I'm sure, but from a marketing perspective, it ain't so hot. But maybe let's turn our attention to the plot of the movie. Read More: 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Is Set In 1983, But Why That Year? Chatting with IGN, Oscar Isaac, who will »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Human beings have a long standing fascination with creating artificial intelligence. After all, what better way to understand how we became what we are, than to recreate the process to the best of our own abilities. In order to establish that a true artificial intelligence has been created, tests have to be devised. A clever mimic is still just a fake and will eventually give itself away.
Caleb, a programmer, wins a contest created by Nathan, the creator of the world’s most used search engine, BlueBook, to come and spend a week at his estate. Caleb soon discovers this is no vacation. He is there to conduct a Turing Test on Ava, a female robot created by Nathan. Nathan is hoping that Ava will pass the test and he can reveal his breakthrough to the world.
There have been a lot of sci-fi movies over the years that have »
The science-fiction genre can be a hard one to embrace. As screenwriter and director Alex Garland can teach us, it is more important for the characters and ideas to resonate with the audience than the groundbreaking visual effects. Garland wrote a variety of acclaimed sci-fi films, including the zombie thriller 28 Days Later, the Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation Never Let Me Go and recent cult favorite Dredd. In all of those titles, plus his newest film – the brainy sci-fi thriller, Ex Machina – the characters trump the concept.
Ex Machina has been one of the year’s biggest art-house successes, after two weeks in limited release. It tells the story of Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a tech programmer who gets the chance to test out the new work of reclusive genius and company figurehead Nathan (Oscar Isaac). That new creation is a female A.I. named Ava (Alicia Vikander), which soon proves to be more than it seems. »
- Jordan Adler
A lot of noise has been made this year over how fans of Science Fiction should go see some of the larger studio-produced Sci-Fi flicks like Jupiter Ascending and Chappie if they want to see more "original" science fiction films in theaters in the future. The idea was that it didn’t matter if Jupiter Ascending and Chappie were quite disappointing efforts, and they were, they deserved your money if you ever wanted more films like them. It’s an argument equivalent to a hostage situation, and it was ridiculous. You shouldn’t support bad films in the hopes that the studio will throw some good ones your way down the road. Instead, you should pay to see excellent movies like Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, because doing so will be rewarding for you - and it will be. Plus, you get to see one of the more beautifully filmed »
- Lex Walker
Mojave is an intense, classical thriller about a brilliant artist, Thomas (Hedlund), who attempts to escape his privileged existence into the desert only to encounter a homicidal drifter, Jack (Isaac). The chase moves from the spectacular vistas of the American desert to a noir Los Angeles, culminating in a vortex of criminality and brutality as Thomas emerges as an equally dangerous opponent.
- Scott J. Davis
Man’s ambitions to play God are enduring and timeless. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina transposes this concept—the urges to dominate and control technology, nature, and women—into a sci-fi narrative about Nathan (Oscar Isaac), a seemingly narcissistic (or is he?), reclusive genius who creates what he hopes is the first true A.I., a robot with real consciousness,…
The post Review: Ex Machina, The Dangerous Desire to Possess Woman appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got a few new stills from December’s hugely-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which give us another look at Daisy Ridley’s Rey and new droid Bb-8, as well as a shot of J.J. Abrams directing the British actresss…
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens here
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow »
- Gary Collinson
Universal’s “Furious 7″ is racing toward its fourth straight victory at the U.S. box office with an estimated $16.5 million weekend.
In second place, Sony’s “Paul Blart 2″ should earn over $13.5 million after grossing $3.8 million on Friday.
Logging in for the second time, Universal’s cyber-thriller “Unfriended” is looking at an estimated $5.8 million from 2,775 theaters. The Jason Blumhouse-produced feature has grossed nearly $25 million on a $1 million budget.
A24’s “Ex Machina” is performing solidly in its U.S. expansion. The Oscar Isaac sci-fier earned over $1.5 million on Friday for roughly $4.5 million this weekend. »
- Variety Staff
Alex Garland’s résumé reads like a laundry list of recent sci-fi and horror cult hits, with screenplay credits including 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), and Dredd (2012). His latest, Ex Machina, may stand to follow that same path of cult adoration – although hopefully for Garland, its box office will follow more in the footsteps of 28 Days Later than those of Dredd. The sparse, character-driven sci-fi film follows Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), an office drone at a major tech company who wins the opportunity to spend a week at the secluded home of his employer, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). Caleb discovers Nathan has recruited him to test the behavior of an android, Ava (Alicia Vikander), that Nathan has developed. As Nathan begins to display a more megalomaniacal side and Ava proves even more emotionally developed than expected, Caleb’s big week with the boss starts to slide unsettlingly south.
Director Garland made his first big »
- Patrick Dunn
"Things that happen in one film are acknowledged in other movies," he said. "The aftermath of… Apocalypse is something that will alter the course of history, and much the same way that Days of Future Past did because the end of Days of Future Past was from the end of 1973 forward."
The producer continued: "The world knew about mutants [after X-Men: Days of Future Past]. A mutant took a football stadium and dropped it on the White House.
"That's not the history that we were raised on. »
Perhaps a no-brainer move considering the toplining acting talent, but nonetheless a head-scratcher acquisitions deal when considering the amount of critical flak it received since its Tribeca Film Fest debut, Deadline reports that A24 have landed Mojave in a sweet seven figure deal. Starring Garrett Hedlund, Oscar Isaac with supporting players in Mark Wahlberg and Louise Bourgoin, William Monahan’s sophomore feature appears to have bitten the dust much like London Boulevard did. This desert dish will likely debut sometime this year.
Gist: The brilliant, near-suicidal artist, Thomas (Garrett) attempts to escape his privileged existence into the desert only to encounter a homicidal, chameleon-like drifter—Jack (Isaac). Their first encounter at a campfire sets up a nonstop, violent duel of physical and intellectual equals.
Worth Noting: This is a second Monahan-Wahlberg outing: the actor previously worked on the Monahan’s penned remake of The Gambler.
Do We Care?: A B-movie with A-grade ambitions, »
- Eric Lavallee
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
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