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Film Review: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

Film Review: ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’
No skyscrapers blow up, no cities are leveled, and while the White House and a football stadium suffer some serious structural damage, the wholesale destruction of human civilization is kept to a refreshing minimum in “X-Men: Days of Future Past” — just one of several respects in which this strikingly ambitious yet intimately scaled entertainment distinguishes itself from so much of its comicbook-movie kind. Back at the helm of the Fox/Marvel franchise he successfully launched 14 years ago, director Bryan Singer stages a stealth reboot by introducing a playful time-travel element to the ongoing saga, bringing two generations of mutantkind together in a story that toggles cleverly (if not always 100% coherently) between the political tumult of 1973 and a not-so-distant dystopian future. Singer’s scandalous recent headlines are unlikely to impact the commercial fortunes of this keenly anticipated tentpole attraction, whose B.O. haul stands to rival and perhaps exceed that of
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'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer: A Deep Dive, now with more Sentinels!

'X-Men: Days of Future Past' trailer: A Deep Dive, now with more Sentinels!
Yes, there’s another trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, the anxiously awaited franchise mash-up which is technically a fourquel, a sequel, an interquel, and a prequel — not to mention the much-discussed possibility among cultural scientists that the film may technically be a requel, since it rewrites the franchise’s own internal history and may cover previously explored ground. (See also: Jj AbramsStar Trek, the 1955 scenes of Back to the Future 2, the epilogue of Bourne Supremacy which is also the act-3 kickoff for Bourne Ultimatum.)

Even though Future Past has already been extensively teased throughout the year by director/pitchman Bryan Singer,
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Tupac 'auditioned for Jedi role in Star Wars'

Tupac 'auditioned for Jedi role in Star Wars'
Tupac Shakur reportedly auditioned for a role in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

The late rapper is thought to have read for George Lucas for the part of Jedi Master Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy of films, but ultimately lost out to Samuel L Jackson.

The revelation has been made by Death Row Records engineer Rick Clifford, who had a conversation with Tupac back in 1996.

"'Pac found out that I worked for Brian Austin Green, who was on 90210, then he found out I [worked on] some movies, so we always talked about his film career and stuff," Clifford told 2Pac-Forum.

"He was telling me that he was supposed to read for George Lucas and them. They wanted him to be a Jedi. I'm serious.

"Samuel L got Tupac's part. [Tupac] said [to me], 'Old man, keep your fingers crossed'. He said, 'I've got three movies coming up. One of them,
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Tupac Shakur Auditioned to Be a Jedi in 'Star Wars': Report

Tupac Shakur Auditioned to Be a Jedi in 'Star Wars': Report
Sometime before his death, Tupac Shakur reportedly auditioned to play Jedi Master Mace Windu in the 1999 movie Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Rick Clifford, who worked as an engineer at Death Row Records, said in a recent interview for the website 2Pac-Forum that Shakur told him he had gone for a reading with George Lucas but that the part went to Samuel L. Jackson. (Incidentally, Jackson appeared in the 1992 movie Juice alongside the rapper.)

Although the period in which Shakur would have auditioned for Lucas is not clear,
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X-men: Days Of Future Past Featurette Details Magneto’s Involvement in JFK Assassination

With all the anniversary specials going on this past weekend regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy you might find this featurette from X-Men: Days of Future Past doesn’t quite fit into the history the way you remember, but the bent bullet conspiracy lies with the bender of metal himself, Magneto (Michael Fassbender), according to this video. Check it out below.

Featurette: X-Men: Days of Future Past – The Bent Bullet: JFK and the Mutant Conspiracy

X-Men: Days of Future Past directed by Bryan Singer and starring Evan Peters, Adan Canto, Halle Berry, Omar Sy, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, Ian McKellen, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Fan Bingbing and Jennifer Lawrence is slated to hit theaters on July 18th, 2014.
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Did Magneto Kill JFK? See Viral Clip & Secret Documents On ‘The Bent Bullet’

Last week saw the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. We at Thn commemorated the event with a retrospective look back at Oliver Stone’s classic film JFK. Fox however went down a different route, investigating the ‘bent bullet’ conspiracy, placing X-men mutant Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender, into the spotlight. How pivotal will this plot point play in Singer’s X-men: Days Of Future Past?

This clip sees the marketing machine kick-it-up a notch. The video is a stroke of viral genius, edited together like a documentary, blending real world images with X-verse footage seamlessly. Watch the viral video here alongside the secret documents proving Lee Harvey Oswald was no lone shooter via the intriguing new website:

“Half a century ago, Magneto was implicated in the mutant plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. The events of that fateful day in November have been a point of
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X-men: Days Of Future Past Solves JFK Assassination Mystery – Magneto Did It!

While our nation spent the past weekend memorializing the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination, the folks over at X-Men: Days of Future Past have apparently solved the long-standing mystery. None other than Erik Lensherr/Magneto (Ian McKellen/Michael Fassbender) appears to be responsible for the vile act, guiding the projectile in what's been called the "bent bullet" theory. Much like the real-life conspiracy, there's much more to the story than one simple misbehaving bullet. The film also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D May 23, 2014. Hit the jump to watch the video. Watch the viral spot for X-Men: Days of Future Past below (via Nerdist): For much more on the conspiracy (and a bit of world-building for the upcoming film), head over to the viral site,
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Jesse L. Martin is Marvin Gaye in New Biopic

The Hollywood Reporter says that Jesse L. Martin (Law & Order, Rent) will star as Marvin Gaye in the new Biopic Sexual Healing, replacing Lenny Kravitz.

Martin was originally set to play the singer in 2008, in a version produced by James Gandolfini but the project never happened. Kravitz signed on for the lead role in November but after Gaye’s son Marvin Gaye III voiced objections about the subject matter of the film, which revolved primarily around Gaye’s battle with addiction and depression in the 1980′s, the project shifted. The film will now begin with Gaye’s attempt to get his career back together and a big supporting role seems to be that of music promoter Freddy Cousaert, played by Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges, Harry Potter films).

Martin is an accomplished actor of theatre, musical theatre and film. He has a great voice and he’s a more qualified choice
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On Set Interview: Walter Hill Talks ‘Bullet to the Head’

Walter Hill needs no introduction. He’s written and directed some of the iconic and legendary films of the ‘80s and ‘90s — The Warriors, The Driver, 48 Hrs, Hard Times., Brewster’s Millions, The Drowning Pool. His fingerprints are on Alien and Aliens. He injected some fresh blood into the Western genre. You name it, he’s done it, and he’s inspired dozens of filmmakers and screenwriters, all of whom aim to use his hardboiled, gritty, and lean style.

Despite his successes – and films that are so beloved and recognized that they’re always on the verge of being remade – Hill’s output has slowed down. It’s a shame, as his films are exactly the kind of character driven, mature, and efficient action that moviegoers are craving. “A Bullet to the Head” is Hill’s first big screen production since 2002, and hopefully is a sign of a career resurgence
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Lenny Kravitz Is Set to Star in Marvin Gaye Biopic

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Lenny Kravitz Is Set to Star in Marvin Gaye Biopic
Just call us "the grapevine" because you're about to hear some Marvin Gaye–related news from us. When we spoke to Lenny Kravitz last week, he evaded a question about being cast to play Gaye in an upcoming biopic, saying, "There’ll be more to come, information-wise, very shortly." He wasn't lying (maybe we should call him "the grapevine"?), as Deadline has confirmed he'll star in a film set in the eighties, when the soul legend was trying to restart his career and kick his addiction (a.k.a. the "Sexual Healing" era). The film will be directed by Julien Temple (Bullet, Absolute Beginners) and is set to shoot next year. Unlike in previous attempts to make a Gaye picture, Temple has already cleared the music rights. Which is a great thing or else we'd have to hear Kravitz sing "Ain't No Fountain Dry Enough" and "Let's Go Hit Shawn.
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A Rumored Batman for 'Justice League', Kravitz Leads Gaye Biopic and Dominik's 'Blonde' Moves Forward

1.) Lenny Kravitz will star as singer Marvin Gaye in a biopic directed by Julien Temple. The film will focus on Gaye's battles with addiction during the early '80s before being shot to death by his own father in 1984. The film has reportedly acquired the rights to all the essential songs, which was a hurdle during previous attempts to film Gaye's story. F. Gary Gray (The Negotiator) was also attached to direct a Gaye biopic for the past few years before ultimately focusing his attention on his Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton. The film will mark Kravitz's first time headlining a picture after playing supporting roles in Precious and The Hunger Games. As for Temple (the father of actress Juno Temple), he's mostly known as a music video director and documentary filmmaker, but he has directed a few features including the 1988 comedy Earth Girls Are Easy and the 1996 Mickey Rourke/Tupac Shakur gangster film Bullet.
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Thn’s Guilty Pleasures Day 10: No Holds Barred

It is a truth universally acknowledged that American pro-wrestling is a guilty pleasure for a lot of ‘grown ups,’ including myself and the illustrious Tom Fordy. What could be naffer than loving wrestling? Loving a film About wrestling, starring a wrestler made by a wrestling company. The World Heavyweight Championship of duff wrestling movies has to go to No Holds Barred (1989) starring Hulk Hogan. Incidentally, if you fancy a drinking game, read this from the beginning and have a swig every time you see the word (or derivative of) ‘wrestle.’ If you really wanna get arseholed, do it for ‘Brell’ as well. All will become clear.

Now then. If the only grappling flick you’ve seen is The Wrestler (2008) with Mickey Rourke, consider yourself lucky. Aronofsky’s heart breaking drama was brilliant and is very unique in that respect, as rasslin’ movies tend to suck, as No Holds Barred demonstrates.
See full article at The Hollywood News »

Michael K. Williams Wants to See Tupac Tour

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Michael K. Williams Wants to See Tupac Tour
Before Michael K. Williams was Omar Little on The Wire or Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire, he was a guy named High Top in the 1996 movie Bullet, starring Tupac Shakur and Mickey Rourke. In fact, he told us at Vanity Fair's party for the Tribeca Film Festival, he credits Tupac with discovering him. (We thought we were just going to get his thoughts on the hologram tour when we were treated to this excellent piece of trivia.) Herewith, a conversation full of many more little surprises, including Williams's thoughts on Game of Thrones and 21 Jump Street.Did you see the Hologram Tupac? I did. I loved it. I loved seeing him, you know? It made me feel like he's still with us. I liked it. I really did. People have been telling me about it on Twitter, but I just saw it. Do you think Dr. Dre should take
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Tupac Shakur's Legacy Lives On 15 Years After Death

At age 25, the rapper succumbed to gunshot wounds 15 years ago today.

By Rob Markman

Tupac Shakur in 1992

Photo: Tim Mosenfelder/ImageDirect

There will never be another Tupac Shakur. Who knew that back in 1991 after he made his musical debut with 2Pacalypse Now that the saggy jean-wearing, wide-eyed Mc who rapped about the fictional teenaged Brenda and her baby would grow to be one of the most revered figures in modern American history? On Tuesday (September 13), the 15th anniversary of the day he died at age 25, it is clear that Tupac has transcended hip-hop, held by his generation in the same regard as inspirational musical figures like Bob Marley and John Lennon.

Tupac's 1996 shooting and death was the final act in a life often overshadowed by drama and controversy. On September 7, 1996, after attending a Mike Tyson heavyweight championship fight in Las Vegas (and then getting into a fight himself afterwards), the
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Zachary Quinto’s The Banshee Chapter adds Buffalo Bill

We told you a few weeks back that Star Trek‘s Zachary Quinto’s production company Before the Door Pictures was gearing up for a horror film called The Banshee Chapter, and now via this press release we received, the film has its first bit of cast!

Ted Levine (Shutter Island, American Gangster, The Silence Of The Lambs), Katia Winter (Arena, Level Playing Field, Barry Brown), and Michael McMillian (The Hills Have Eyes 2) will star in the elevated horror feature The Banshee Chapter. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project.

Zachary Quinto’s (Star Trek) production company, Before The Door Pictures (Btd), has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (The Ledge, Flypaper) to produce. Sunchaser’s Stephanie Riggs and Btd’s Corey Moosa are serving as producers while Arnold-Beutel and Btd’s Quinto, Neal Dodson,
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Zachary Quinto's The Banshee Chapter Casts Up!

We told you about Zachary Quinto's next producing gig for his Before The Door Pictures production company, the elevated horror film The Banshee Chapter, a couple of weeks ago; and already some nifty casting news has rolled on in!

From the Press Release

Ted Levine (Shutter Island, American Gangster, The Silence Of The Lambs), Katia Winter (Arena, Level Playing Field, Barry Brown), and Michael McMillian (The Hills Have Eyes 2) will star in the elevated horror feature The Banshee Chapter. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project.

Zachary Quinto's (Star Trek) production company, Before The Door Pictures (Btd), has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (The Ledge, Flypaper) to produce. Sunchaser’s Stephanie Riggs and Btd’s Corey Moosa are serving as producers while Arnold-Beutel and Btd’s Quinto, Neal Dodson, and Sean Akers are executive producing.
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Zachary Quinto.s Before The Door Pictures Producing The Banshee Chapter; Stars Ted Levine, Katia Winter, Michael McMillian

Albuquerque, Nm (August 25, 2011) – Ted Levine (Shutter Island, American Gangster, The Silence Of The Lambs), Katia Winter (Arena, Level Playing Field, Barry Brown), and Michael McMillian (The Hills Have Eyes 2) will star in the elevated horror feature The Banshee Chapter. Interactive and transmedia director Blair Erickson wrote the screenplay and will make his feature directorial debut on the project.

Zachary Quinto’s (Star Trek) production company, Before The Door Pictures (Btd) has partnered with Sunchaser Entertainment and German producer Christian Arnold-Beutel (The Ledge, Flypaper) to produce. Sunchaser.s Stephanie Riggs and Btd.s Corey Moosa are serving as producers while Arnold-Beutel and Btd.s Quinto (Twitter: @ZacharyQuinto) , Neal Dodson and Sean Akers are executive producing. The project commences principal photography this week in New Mexico.

The Banshee Chapter centers on a young, female journalist (Winter) who follows the mysterious trail of a missing friend (McMillian) that had been experimenting with
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Interview: Meet Michael Kenneth Williams, A.K.A. “Omar” And “Chalky”

On Friday, I had the pleasure — nay, honor — of spending an hour in the company of one of the finest actors and coolest dudes working in showbiz today. His name, Michael Kenneth Williams, may not ring a bell for many people, but his credits should. He is, after all, the man who brought to life two of the most iconic and popular TV characters of the 21st century thus far: Omar Little, the Robin Hood of present-day Baltimore’s ’hood on David Simon’s “The Wire” (2002-2008, HBO), and, just this past year, Chalky White, the “mayor” of the black community in 1920s Atlantic City on Terence Winter’s “Boardwalk Empire” (2010-, HBO).

I met Williams, 44, in Brooklyn, the city where he was born and lives to this day, and our hourlong interview was truly among the most memorable of the nearly 250 that I have conducted. An interviewer can hope
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Julien Temple To Direct Marvin Gaye Biopic This Year

I’ve been waiting for the announcement of a Sam Cooke biopic for years but I’m still estatic to hear that the next best thing could be on the cards with filmmaker Julien Temple set to document the life of soul legend Marvin Gaye. Temple has earnt critical respect in the past both in the film and music industry for his portrayals of iconic punk outfits The Clash and The Sex Pistols and has also directed feature films such as Bullet and Earth Girls Are Easy.

Screen Daily report that Temple is to tackle Sexual Healing (or Midnight Love – the site can’t seem to decide) but either way a title taken from Marvin Gaye’s final recording which the film is set to focus around. Emi hold the rights to Gaye’s music have given the greenlight for the $8 million budgeted project to go ahead and shooting is
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