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Comic-Con has so far seen some exciting features for Warner Bros.’ Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, but one film that’s been totally silent so far is Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse. Planned to follow this summer’s Days of Future Past, the superhero film will find members of the X-Men dealing with the incredibly powerful ancient mutant known as Apocalypse.
Screenwriter Simon Kinberg was pretty good about keeping Apocalypse off the menu at a panel for Disney Xd’s Star Wars Rebels, though one question about whether the Four Horsemen would be familiar faces or brand-new mutants did elicit a response. Kinberg noted that a lot is still up in the air for Apocalypse, and he even gave us insight into a late-game change for Days of Future Past:
“I cannot answer your question, but they are ones we have seen before »
- Isaac Feldberg
As promised by writer-producer Simon Kinberg, The Fantastic Four was absent from 20th Century Fox’s Hall H presentation yesterday. However, fans wanting to get a glimpse of Marvel’s First Family may be interested in an image that has arrived online through Justified Films on Twitter, which claims to show how Jamie Bell’s Ben Grimm will appear as The Thing in the Josh Trank-directed reboot. Here it is via Cbm…
The Fantastic Four is set for release on June 19th 2015, with a cast that includes Miles Teller (Divergent) as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (American Horror Story) as the Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Chronicle) as the Human Torch, Jamie Bell (Nymphomaniac) as The Thing, Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Doctor Doom, Reg E. Cathey (The Wire) as Dr. Storm, and Tim Blake Nelson (The Incredible Hulk) as Harvey Elder.
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- Gary Collinson
While Evan Peters. Quicksilver wound up being one of the best parts . if not the best part . of Bryan Singer.s X-Men: Days of Future Past, the reality is that he wasn.t actually always going to be in the movie. As we learned back in March, the original plan was to actually include a younger version of the unstoppable force known as Juggernaut. And given the two characters. very different power sets, it should be no surprise that the original Pentagon jail break sequence was originally going to be very, very different than the one that ended up in the final cut of the film. As part of the on-going San Diego Comic-Con, earlier this afternoon X-Men: Days of Future Past writer/producer Simon Kinberg participated in a panel solely focusing on the summer blockbuster . and during the conversation he revealed exactly how young Juggernaut was used in earlier »
Justified Films have posted an image that appears our first look at The Thing, Ben Grimm's rock-like transformed state, from Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot. This looks to be a on set sculpt that visual effects crews use for lighting references when they go back and insert the character digitally. Earlier today, 20th Century Fox surprisingly chose not to include any material from Trank's Fantastic Four at their Comic-Con panel, but instead we have this to chew on. And for me, this is probably better than anything they could've officially released. Enjoy! #leaked #FantasticFour #Marvel #MarvelSDCC #SDCC2014 #thething pic.twitter.com/h8TA22vPSo — Justified Films (@justifiedfilms) July 26, 2014 Fantastic Four directed by Josh Trank ("Chronicle") from a story and screenplay by Jeremy Slater and Simon Kinberg ("X-Men: Days of Future Past"). Kate Mara ("House of Cards") as Invisible Woman/Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan ("Chronicle") as Johnny Storm/Human Torch, »
While many of us were incredibly excited to see Apocalpse bulding a giant pyramid in Egypt for the X-Men: Days of Future Past post credits scene, we were equally excited to see the 'Four Horsemen' being teased off in the distance. By the time X-Men: Apocalpse lands in theaters Apocalpse and his 'Four Horsemen' will look much different - something closer to the comic book versions. Screenwriter Simon Kinberg was asked during Comic-Con about the identities of Apocalpse's brainwashed, super-powered henchmen. Simon Kinber: I cannot answer your question, but they are ones we have seen before if you have read the comics. I cannot answer that. I know the answer to it, but we are still in the formal stages of figuring that out. But in truth, like everything you are developing a TV show or a movie, it could change. So I wouldn’t want to tell you one thing, »
Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm is waiting to bring Star Wars: Episode VII to the International Comic-Con until next year (closer to the film’s December 2015 release date), but are using the 2014 ‘Con to stir up interest in the animated series Star Wars Rebels – an upcoming Disney Xd show that will serve as the beginning chapter of the next generation of the canonical Star Wars universe.
The one-hour Rebels premiere was screened to a select few in San Diego last night, despite the animation being incomplete (read: not fully-rendered). Meanwhile, Rebels executive producers Dave Filoni (who also worked on the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and a few members of the show’s voice cast were present at yesterday’s Rebels Comic-Con panel, where they previewed exclusive footage from the series and offered new ...
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- Sandy Schaefer
It'll be a while before you see formation of the Rebel Alliance in the upcoming animated series "Star Wars: Rebels". That is a deliberate choice said the show's producers during a panel at this year's San Diego Comic Con yesterday.
Set between Episodes III and IV, the show is expected to follow a tone much closer to that of the original trilogy than the prequels, and gives them "the opportunity to do some really new things that the movies haven't done before" says Simon Kinberg.
Dave Filoni says "when the Empire takes over there isn't just instantly a rebellion. Palpatine has total control and the Jedi are labeled as traitors - they're not a beacon of hope or justice. There's a time when the Empire has complete control of the galaxy, and people were tired of war so they just accepted it."
As a result this is almost like AMC's series "Turn, »
- Garth Franklin
Hey!? What’S This?!: Easy there, Darth Interrobang. It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation. If you’re not into those things, wait for the Fall when Star Wars: Rebels comes out. Otherwise…
This Week: So much stuff! X-wing! Rumors Of Hands! Rebels Clips!
Where to begin this week’s collection of Star Wars Material that will mostly just serve as me trying to catch up all the Star Wars stuff of note that hit the rumor-net since we last convened in the halls of S7AR Wars.
The X-wing and the Mouse
There was another Force For Change video released, this time featuring Fearless Leader Jj Abrams in front of an X-Wing. This X-Wing appears a bit worse for wear in the paint-job area, but also was without an astromech droid (like where R2-D2 was loaded into Luke »
Last night marked the Star Wars Rebels presentation at the Gaslamp 15 during the San Diego Comic-Con during which several new clips and a new trailer debuted. All three clips continue in the aesthetic that we’ve seen from the show so far. So if you dug last week’s trailer, you’ll dig these. I'm sort of surprised that this series seems to have much more narrative consistency than the prequels The show premieres on Disney Xd in the fall and also features the voices of Vanessa Marshall, David Oyelowo and Steven Jay Blum. If you’d like to catch what the show’s bringing to Comic-Con, the “Heroes of Stars Wars Rebels” panel will take place on Thursday, July 24th with executive producers Dave Filoni and Simon Kinberg as well as Prinze Jr., Marshall, Blum, Gray and Tiya Sircar. Hit the jump for the new Star Wars Rebels Comic-Con Clips. »
- Evan Dickson
Last night's Star Wars Rebels Comic-Con panel featuring guests Dave Filoni (Executive Producer), Simon Kinberg (Executive Producer), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Taylor Gray (Ezra), Steve Blum (Zeb) and Tiya Sircar (Sabine) debuted new clips from the upcoming series premiere.
The first of two Star Wars Rebels Comic-Con clips introduces the Inquisitor whom has tracked down Kanan and Ezra with the intention of terminating them both. We learn in this clip that the Inquisitor has Force powers, Ezra is quick on his feet, and Kanan is creative when it comes to protecting his Padawan's life.
The second clip follows Ezra as he tries to evade a squadron of Stormtroopers. Lucky for him Zeb comes to the rescue piloting a Tie Fighter, recalling the final act of Return of the Jedi when Chewbacca commands an At-st Walker with the help of his Ewok friends.
Sadly we still don't have »
Note: All timings are Pacific unless otherwise specified.
Friday, July 25
Cartoon Network's Uncle Grandpa & Clarence (10am, Indigo Ballroom)
Inside The Big Bang Theory's Writers' Room (10am, Ballroom 20)
Cartoon Networks' Adventure Time (11am, Indigo Ballroom)
Nickelodeon's Legend of Korra, Book 3 (11.15am, Ballroom 20)
iZombie (11.30am, Room 6Bcf)
My Little Pony (11.45am, Room 6A)
Adult Swim's Venture Bros (12.15pm, Indigo Ballroom)
The Walking Dead (12.20pm, Hall H)
Actors Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride,Chad Coleman, and Michael Cudlitz, executive producers Scott Gimple, Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, Dave Alpert, Greg Nicotero.
Bones (12.30pm, Ballroom 20)
Resurrection (12.30pm, Room 6De)
"Star Wars Rebels" continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with all-new exciting, action-packed adventures. It is a dark time in the galaxy, as the evil Galactic Empire tightens its grip of power from world to world. As the series begins, Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruling with an iron fist and ruining the lives of its people. The clever and motley crew of the starship Ghost is amongst a select few who are brave enough to stand against the Empire. Together, this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, encounter colorful adversaries, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion. Star Wars Rebels takes place between Star Wars: Episode III and IV as the Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy and a rebellion begins to form. Executive produced by Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman. »
Tonight featured the Star Wars Rebels panel at Sdcc 2014, in which members of the cast and crew were gathered together. The panel offered up plenty of details, including a clip of the Inquisitor's spinning Lightsaber in action and even a really awesome new trailer for the show (different from what we saw earlier this week) that gives us a glimpse at some familiar characters!
A lot of the panel for Star Wars Rebels went into how the cast and crew worked together, designing the look of the show, inspiration for characters, etc. While this is all very exciting to hear about (especially for big Star Wars fans like me), some of the coolest stuff came from the new footage on display, like this clip of the Inquisitor and his awesome Lightsaber in action:
Other highlights from the panel include (from the official StarWars Liveblog):
* Will there be a lot of lightsaber fights? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
HitFix brought Comic-Con 2014 to life Wednesday night with our fifth annual Kick Off party. This year, we teamed up with Lucasfilm to celebrate the new Disney Xd series "Star Wars Rebels." Not only were their Stormtroopers in the house making sure everyone kept in line, but the new droid Chopper even made an appearance. "Star Was Rebels" voice talent Tiya Sircar and Vanessa Marshall and series producer Simon Kinberg (also known for writing and producing "X-Men: Days of Future Past") were also on hand. Some other notable names who made the party? Zachery Levi ("Chuck," "Thor: The Dark World"), Seth Green ("Robot Chicken"), Emily Deschanel, Lucas Til ("X-Men: First Class"), Grand Morrison and the cast of "Into the Storm" including Sarah Wayne Callies (aka Lori Grimes from "The Walking Dead"). Check out some photos from the party below. »
- HitFix Staff
During an interview with Latino Review, X-Men screenwriter Simon Kinberg talked a little bit about what is coming for X-Men: Apocalypse, including some details about the Four Horsemen, as well as the status of Channing Tatum's Gambit.
The writer was asked if he sees the X-Men franchise as being a single narrative like Marvel Studios' different phases, and this was how he answered:
"We think about these X-Men movies as spread over – X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past to Apocalypse was imagined as a trilogy for us. It’s the Origin stories in some ways of Charles, Raven, Hank and Eric and we will be settling things up in Apocalypse that will be generating new stories. We look at it globally as to where to mutants fit into the world. That’s why we jump from the 60’s to the 70’s and now the 80’s. We really »
- Joey Paur
The Hollywood Reporter wrote Wednesday that summer box office returns have been their lowest in eight years. Receipts will finish between 15 and 20 percent down from last year and overall domestic revenue likely won’t crack $4 billion. Further, it’s expected that no movie this summer will break $300 million in domestic revenue, the first time that’s happened since 2001.
Following flops and poor openings for films like Sex Tape, A Million Ways to Die in the West and Planes: Fire and Rescue and promising but underwhelming money for the latest Transformers, Spider-Man and X-Men franchises, this much perhaps isn’t that great of surprise. It’s been a mixed to downright dismal season at the movies even if we aren’t looking at hard dollars.
But then it’s also no surprise that Hollywood is hemorrhaging earnings to VOD releases and TV streaming services. One unnamed studio executive quoted in the THR article said, »
- Brian Welk
Comic-Con 2014 is officially in full swing, and below you'll find the first of Digital Spy's daily schedules, giving you the low-down on exactly what's happening where and when in San Diego today.
Note: All timings are Pacific unless otherwise specified.
Thursday, July 24
24 (10am, Ballroom 20)
Hasbro: Transformers (11am, Room 25Abc)
Under the Dome (11.15am, Ballroom 20)
DreamWorks Animation Panel (11.30am, Hall H)
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
After revealing that the "Fantastic Four" reboot won't be at Comic Con this year, producer Simon Kinberg spoke to Latino Review about the upcoming "X-Men: Apocalypse" and how it will tie into the bigger themes of the previous two X-Men films with the younger cast:
"We think about these X-Men movies as spread over – X-Men: First Class, Days of Future Past to Apocalypse was imagined as a trilogy for us. It's the Origin stories in some ways of Charles, Raven, Hank and Eric and we will be settling things up in Apocalypse that will be generating new stories.
We look at it globally as to where to mutants fit into the world. That’s why we jump from the 60’s to the 70’s and now the 80’s. We really want to be able to track the progression of the world and where do mutants fit in that world. It’s »
- Garth Franklin
What's All This Then? It's a weekly column where I - Dave "Da7e" Gonzales, a man with many opinions - dissect and report on the news and rumors surrounding superhero megafranchises.
This Week: It's Comic Con Week. Let's look at our superhero megafranchise future. There May Be Spoilers! Just Don't Yell At Me!
Good non-Thanos Lord!
It’s pre-Comic Con and honestly there’s so many little bits and pieces about all our superhero movie franchises that it’s been a full reading schedule of stuff and not a lot of time to focus on what we will or will not be seeing this weekend.
First up, happy National Batman Day.
Ok, there’s a lot of superhero movies on the horizon. A lot. As all the pieces start falling into place over the weekend, we’ll get a clearer picture of the ones we’re closest to and »
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