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Director Bryan Singer wants his cast in fighting shape for X-Men: Apocalypse. He has hired Canadian Bellator fighter and celebrity trainer Holly Lawson to get a few of his young actors ready for battle. Holly Lawson is offering fans a quick glimpse into her world, with a look at just how grueling this process will be over the next few weeks.
In the photo, we see Alexandra Shipp, who will take on the younger version of Storm, and Sophie Turner, who plays a teenage Jean Grey, as they prepare for their enrollment at Xavier's School for the Gifted. Apparently, both Storm and Jean Grey will be engaged in some close-contact fighting at some point in X-Men: Apocalypse. We don't really get to see what either actress will eventually look like once they climb into their costumes, but the film is taking place in the 80s, so we can expect to »
Bryan Singer’s X-men: Apocalypse, is among the many 2016 Superhero tentpole’s to begin principal photography next month. However, it seems that there are still some last minute casting addition’s being finalised before camera’s begin to role.
Last summer’s X-men: Days Of Future Past, was a fantastic way of revitalising the decade-old franchise, by casually rebooting the series to ensure its long-term future. Although the film promised to act as a swansong to the cast of the first trilogy, it seems that we may not have seen the last of the original X-Men just yet. Last month, Patrick Stewart seemingly revealed the great news that Ian McKellen will be making an appearence in X-men: Apocalypse. Now, a new rumour claims that he will also be joined by Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and Halle Berry’s Storm.
While a cameo appearence from Jackman will surprise no one, Berry »
- Ben Read
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Deadpool, X-Men: Apocaypse, The Fantastic Four, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers: Infinity War, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Daredevil, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Shazam, Arrow, The Flash, Batman Unlimited: Animal Instincts, Heroes Reborn and more…
We’ll kick things off this week with the Merc with the Mouth, and with production getting underway on 20th Century Fox’s X-Men spin-off Deadpool, the studio has given us our first look at Ryan Reynolds’ Wade Wilson fully suited up, along with an official logo for the film and a synopsis which reads: “Based upon Marvel Comics’ most unconventional anti-hero, Deadpool tells the origin story of former Special Forces operative turned mercenary Wade Wilson, who after being subjected to a rogue experiment that leaves him with accelerated healing powers, adopts the alter ego Deadpool. Armed »
- Gary Collinson
Earlier this week, it was announced that newcomer Lana Condor will be taking on the role of Jubilation Lee, Aka Jubilee, in X-Men: Apocalypse. Now we have word of another Mutant joining the mix. Apparently 20th Century Fox is in the process of casting fan-favorite Psylocke. No actors have been mentioned at this time.
Psylocke, whose real name is Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock, has a storied history in the Marvel comics. She was first introduced in Captain Britain #8 in 1976. 10 years later she took over the role of Captain Britain from her twin brother in 1986's Captain Britain #12. She was first introduced as Psylocke a year later in 1987's Uncanny X-Men #213, and then two years later she became Lady Mandarin in 1989's Uncanny X-Men #256. Hailing from Braddock Manor, England, Psylocke can generate a telekinetic katana, or direct her telekinesis through her fists to strike as if she had superhuman strength; she is »
Larocca had been senior VP at Chernin Entertainment and is an executive producer on Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming comedy “Spy.” He also worked on “The Drop,” starring James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy; “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” starring James Franco and Andy Serkis; and the Tom Cruise sci-fier “Oblivion,” directed by Joseph Kosinski.
Prior to working at Chernin, Larocca was an executive at Spyglass Entertainment.
The news about Larocca was first reported by THR.com.
- Dave McNary
Antoine Fuqua’s Olympus Has Fallen managed to emerge as the more capable of two practically-identical films released around the same time. Roland Emmerich, now heading into production on Independence Day 2, rocked up with his explosive jaunt into the same territory for White House Down. Was the deciding factor in which one would earn a sequel down to its leading men? Or was it simply a matter of brains over brawn? Whatever the reason, we’re now months away from a Gerard Butler-led sequel instead of a Channing Tatum one.
Oh, and Fuqua’s out too for the uniquely-titled London Has Fallen. In case the swapped out location didn’t alert you, this time the terrorist target has shifted from the Us to the UK capital. Behind the camera this time is Babak Najafi, who is directing most of the original film’s cast including Gerard Butler as »
- Gem Seddon
Adapting the non-fiction book by Casey Sherman and Dave Wedge called Boston Strong, the new film has been in pre-production since last November, with Daniel Espinosa (Safe House) set to direct. Zetumer will rewrite an existing draft from screenwriters Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy (The Fighter), and was picked by the studio as he has most recently been working with them on the script for Gambit, the spin-off X-Men movie starring Channing Tatum (Foxcatcher).
The story is primarily based around the hunt for the bombers, which culminated in a chase around Boston which left a MIT policeman dead, as well as one of the bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev. The second bomber,
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is currently undergoing his trial for the bombings »
- Scott J. Davis
Leonardo DiCaprio tops the most recent salary chart for Hollywood's A-list actors. His quote for a blockbuster-type film like "The Wolf of Wall Street" these days is $25 million. Performers in the $20 million club are Sandra Bullock, Matt Damon, Robert Downey, Jr., Angelina Jolie, and Denzel Washington. Following the success of American Sniper," Bradley Cooper is now expecting $15-20 million per film. Just behind are Ben Affleck and Channing Tatum, depending on the type of role. Also in that ballpark are Jennifer Lawrence, Melissa McCarthy, Mark Wahlberg, and Dwayne Johnson (for an action movie). Hollywood Reporter -Break- Will boy band One Direction find a new direction with the departure of Zayn Malik? The British group's Facebook page has the singer saying, "I want to be a normal 22-year-old." They have sold 6.49 million albums and had more than 23 million downloads since starting in 2010. The four remaining members -- Niall Horan, Liam Pa. »
The next X-Men movie has been making headlines lately as Kodi Smit-McPhee joined the cast and newcomer Lana Condor has scored a part. X-Men: Apocalypse's call sheet has been steadily increasing for a while now, and several new stars are set to join, in addition to 2011's First Class and last year's Days of Future Past heroes. It should be noted that Channing Tatum, who will play Gambit in a standalone X-Men film, is rumored to make a cameo, but nothing is confirmed yet. Fingers crossed! Take a look below to see which stars will definitely be featured and check out 12 hot superheroes in upcoming movies! »
UK series The Island with Bear Grylls will be adapted for the Us by NBC.
The Peacock Network confirmed today (March 25) that the series will abandon 14 American men in the wilderness as part of a survival mission for six episodes in all.
The Island with Bear Grylls: Could Digital Spy survive the show?
The contestants film each episode themselves, with no winners, prizes or eliminations taking place as they hunt for food and brave harsh environments.
Bear Grylls announced the series: "This experiment reveals, in a shocking way, modern man, when pushed, can still summon all the resolve, ingenuity and strength that traditionally made a man's man - or whether our society's cushioning has meant we have lost those hard-earned skills of our ancestors.
"This is the raw, unfiltered and uncensored story of 14 men, as told exclusively by them."
Contestants for The Island with Bear Grylls include an attorney, a surgeon, »
Though she currently has no credits on her IMDb page at this time, Lana Condor's first entry will be huge! The virtually unknown actress has landed a prime role in X-Men: Apocalypse. She will play one of the youngest team members to ever fight alongside Professor Xavier and his school of extraordinary students. That's right, Lana Condor is taking on the role of Jubilation Lee, Aka Jubilee.
While X-Men: Apocalypse is confirmed to take place in the 80s, Jubilee didn't become popular in the comic books until the early 1990s, often playing sidekick to Wolverine. She was first introduced in Uncanny X-Men #244, which was published in 1989. Created by iconic X-men writer Chris Claremont and artist Marc Silvestri, the character's mutation allows her to create and control energy plasmodia that are similar to fireworks. The actress has appeared in the movies before, first in 2000's X-Men played by Katrina Florence and »
While the X-Men franchise may be due for a cast changeover in the near future, director Bryan Singer is ensuring that the next installment, X-Men: Apocalypse, is stacked with fan favorites. Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult are due to reprise their roles from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, but Apocalypse marks the third and final film for which they’re under contract, so they have the ability to depart the franchise after this movie if they wish. Indeed, Lawrence recently revealed that Apocalypse will be her final X-Men movie, but the ensemble is also being filled out by younger versions of plenty of new mutants. The latest addition is actress Lana Condor, who Singer revealed on Instagram will be playing the character Jubilation Lee—aka Jubilee. She joins previously announced new additions Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm »
- Adam Chitwood
In typical Bryan Singer fashion, the director has taken to social media to announce the newest arrival to his X-Universe. Via his Instagram account, Singer revealed that newcomer Lana Condor will board the sizeable cast of X-Men: Apocalypse. She will play Jubilation Lee – known by comic fans as the cleverly-abbreviated Jubilee.
I’d officially like to welcome our newest mutant #JubilationLee, #Jubilee @LanaCondor to #Xmen #Apocalypse
A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Mar 25, 2015 at 11:57am Pdt
The teen mutant has been spotted throughout the cinematic X-Men franchise, albeit in the background. She appeared in both X-Men and X-Men: The Last Stand for brief cameo appearances and was played by Katrina Florece and Kea Wong, respectively. The latter also shot a sequence as Jubilee for the middle sequel X2 which was left on the cutting room floor. Today’s reveal could suggest that this time Jubilee will be »
- Gem Seddon
Max Landis isn’t writing Ghostbusters 3. Ghostbusters 3 doesn’t even exist, really. Sony is, in fact, moving head with a rebooted Ghostbusters directed by Paul Feig and are trying to do a second film in that universe, starring Channing Tatum. And while the minds behind the original franchise (Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman) have their […]
- Germain Lussier
Bear Grylls is getting more adventure time at NBC.
The Peacock has ordered six episodes of man vs. nature series “The Island,” presented by Grylls, Variety has learned exclusively.
The hourlong series puts 14 ordinary American men to the test when they are stripped of their modern-day conveniences and lifestyles to survive on a deserted island with only minimal survival tools and the clothes on their backs, forcing them to hunt for food, find their own water, build shelter and a community to survive.
The show, which does not feature any prizes, eliminations, a winner, or even a camera team, will be completely filmed by the 14 men themselves, while on location.
The cast includes a stay-at-home dad, a trauma surgeon, a firefighter and a criminal defense lawyer.
“This experiment reveals, in a shocking way, whether modern man, when pushed, can still summon all the resolve, ingenuity and strength that traditionally made »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
The X-Men are getting another ally in their ranks.
Director Bryan Singer announced via Instagram that newcomer Lana Condor has been cast as Jubilee for the upcoming "X-Men Apocalypse" movie.
Jubilee is a fan-favorite character from the animated '90s "X-Men" series, where she was a sort of younger sister to Wolverine and the older mutants. She has the power to emit energy bursts from her hands.
I'd officially like to welcome our newest mutant #JubilationLee, #Jubilee @LanaCondor to #Xmen #Apocalypse
A photo posted by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on Mar 25, 2015 at 11:57am Pdt
- Kelly Woo
Fox have got big plans for the X-Men. Whilst Sony have buckled under the pressure of Marvel The Unstopabble Movie Machine and (sort of) relinquished the rights to the publisher’s Spider-Man, soon to join their Cinematic Universe, Fox are powering through with plans to expand the world of their mighty mutants even further than prequels and Wolverine spin-offs.
Having revitalised the flagging franchise first with First Class and second with the timeline-altering Days Of Future Past, they’ve found a way to not only make X-Men films exciting again but also letting them essentially start from scratch. Which is why Deadpool’s getting a solo movie, despite dying in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Gambit can be played by Channing Tatum despite looking a lot like Taylor Kitsch in that same film.
This morning brought the news that, following next main movie Apocalypse, star Jennifer Lawrence will be leaving the series behind. »
- Tom Baker
The casualties this winter were staggering. Will Smith (Focus), Channing Tatum (Jupiter Ascending), Chris Hemsworth (Blackhat) and Sean Penn (The Gunman) crashed and burned in flashy vehicles designed to trade on their star power. Even Liam Neeson, so reliable in the Taken franchise, stumbled with the knockoff Run All Night. At the same time, February’s Fifty Shades of Grey and its $560 million gross minted two new stars in Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan. Or did it? Such is the tricky nature of star power these days: Actors toplining a movie that grosses hundreds of millions aren’t necessarily worth much
- THR Staff
**Spoilers ahead** If somehow you've never seen a blockbuster superhero movie, cameo appearances are the name of the game, so it should come as no surprise that "X-Men: Apocalypse" may feature a few familiar faces stopping by to say, "Hi." And really, if you saw "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," this should hardly be a shock. Latino Review reports that Channing Tatum's Gambit, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine, and Halle Berry's Storm will all show up in 'Apocalypse,' which starts shooting next month. Gambit and Wolverine make sense — both have upcoming solo movies, so we presume they will factor in some kind of tease for those stories. As for Storm...well, maybe it'll be nice to have her be part of the gang too. Of course, none of this is confirmed, but it's not a huge leap to imagine this could happen. Bryan Singer is back behind the camera, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With Bryan Singer's next X-Men movie set to begin filming next month, more rumors on which mutants could appear are starting to leak out. The latest report claims that some of the original cast may show up after all, and Channing Tatum's new Gambit could cameo. Come inside for more!
The third in the prequel series of the X-Men films, X-Men: Apocalypse, has rumors of various cameos buzzing over it. According to Fanboy Journalist, “Scoop Predator”, Umberto Gonzales (twitter handle elmayimbe) three characters will make a cameo. Supposedly Hugh Jackman will be making a routine attendance as Wolverine (no surprise there), Halle Berry will reprise her role as Storm, and last but least predictably Channing Tatum is said to be standing in as Gambit someone he’s been rumored to be playing for quite some time.
X-Men Apocalypse is the much anticipated sequel to Days Of Future Past »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Aaron Hunt)
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