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Legendary costume designer Albert Wolsky was tasked with outfitting Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest film, "Birdman." But perhaps the film's most stand-out piece of wardrobe ended up landing in a different industry realm: special effects. Mike Elizalde is the owner of Spectral Motion, a creature and prosthetic makeup design studio in Glendale, CA that has plenty of experience in the superhero realm. The company was behind distinct looks in films like "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "Fantastic Four," and Elizalde himself picked up a Best Makeup Oscar nomination for his work on Guillermo del Toro's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army" in 2008. It was that connection to del Toro, in fact, that got him the gig on "Birdman" as his team was tasked with creating the Birdman costume actor Benjamin Kanes wears as a young Riggan Thompson in the film. If you're interested in hearing what a titan like Wolsky »
- Kristopher Tapley
The CW's Arrow has added yet another villain from the DC comic books, bringing on Vinnie Jones to play Danny Brickwell, a.k.a. Brick. The actor is no stranger to the comic book universe, playing the nefarious Juggernaut on the big screen in 20th Century Fox's X-Men: The Last Stand.
In the comic books, Brick has thick skin that cannot be penetrated by any kind of weapon. Brick will be a vicious Starling City gang leader in Season 3 of Arrow who targets the local government. He was given the name "Brick" because he has been shot dozens of times but never put down. The actor will have a three-episode arc that spans the 10th, 11th and 12th episodes this season. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg frequently used Brick while he was writing the Green Arrow comic books for DC in the late 2000s.
This will be the character's first live-action appearance, »
Arrow has just cast a juggernaut of an actor to play DC Comics villain Brick in the show's third season. Vinnie Jones has been chosen to play Danny "Brick" Brickwell, on episodes 10, 11, and 12 of Arrow's current season, EW has confirmed. In the show, Brickwell is a gang leader who aims to bring Starling City's government down. The nickname "Brick" comes from his penchant for being shot—over a dozen times—but never killed. Variety first reported the news. Brickwell's arrival was teased in the show's first season, as his name appeared on Oliver's original list of Starling City targets. This »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Ex-footballer, actor and hard-man Vinnie Jones has signed on for a guest role in The CW’s superhero series Arrow, with Variety reporting that the British star is set to play the character of Danny Brickwell, a.k.a. Brick.
A supervillain possessing thick, invulnerable skin, Brick will appear as a gang leader intent on bringing Starling City’s government to his knees. Jones is set to appear in episodes 10, 11 and 12 of the show’s third season.
This isn’t Jones’ first foray into the world of superheroes, having played another invulnerable villain the Juggernaut in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.
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- Gary Collinson
British actor Vinnie Jones is best known for playing: 'Sphinx' in Gone in Sixty Seconds, 'Big Chris' in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, 'Mad 'Maynard' in EuroTrip and of course, 'Juggernaut/Cain Marko' in X-Men: The Last Stand, but you'll soon know him as Daniel "Danny" Brickwell in season three of CW's comic book-based television series, Arrow. According to Variety, the former footballer-turned-actor will play the villainous 'Brick' in episodes 10, 11 and 12. The character will feature "thick, invulnerable skin" and is described as being a "ruthless gang leader who brings Star City’s government to its knees. He’s known as “Brick” on the streets because he’s been shot dozens of times but never put down." »
Superman will appear at least three times in movies in the next five years. But will any of them be a standalone Man Of Steel adventure?
A further, potentially important casting rumour for Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice landed over the weekend, which you can read about - with appropriate spoiler pre-warning - here. The bottom line remains of Zack Snyder's March 2016 movie is this: it's going to have an awful lot of DC characters in it.
Originally mooted as the follow-up to 2013's Man Of Steel, the film is said to pick up from where that movie left things, but also add a whole host of new faces. It's already well known that Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman are on board. But rumours suggest we might also get an appearance from Aquaman (as played by Jason Momoa), whilst Jesse Eisenberg joins as »
Almost 15 years ago, X-Men helped bring the superhero genre to life with a blockbuster adventure that showed comic book characters could bring in big crowds at the box office. After hit sequels X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand, 20th Century Fox returned to the past with 2011's X-Men: First Class, which took the action back to the 1960s. While many thought the original trilogy characters' time was over, those many were quite wrong, with both the past and present coming together in the summer blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past, now available on Deluxe Edition Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD.
I recently had the chance to speak with one of the original trilogy cast members Shawn Ashmore, who returns as Bobby "Iceman" Drake in director Bryan Singer's hit superhero adventure, which took in nearly $750 million worldwide during its theatrical run this summer. Take a look at our conversation below, »
Comic book movies have seen a lot of character concepts dramatically changed from those in the comics – often resulting in anger from fans of the original material.
Galactus was depicted as a giant cloud in Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, as was Parallax in Green Lantern, while the Juggernaut was depicted as a mutant in X-Men: The Last Stand and the Phoenix was presented as a mere alter-ego of Jean Grey in the same movie, the Mandarin was completely re-imagined as a fictional concept to act as a decoy for Aldrich Killian in Iron Man 3 and Blackheart was less monstrous demon and more emo teenager in Ghost Rider, just for a few examples.
However, the final versions of comic book movie characters, in a lot of cases, could have been very different had some of the pre-production ideas come in to fruition.
That’s right, not all »
- K.J. Stewart
Earlier this week, we heard a rumor that 20th Century Fox was looking to get into the superhero television game with a live-action X-Men series. The show is supposedly in “deep development” at the moment, and could be based on Peter David’s X-Factor comic book series, which featured a spin0ff team of mutants hired by the United States government.
Now, new rumors about the potential series have surfaced. According to Film Divider, the show will exist within the X-Men film universe and is “absolutely designed to permit crossovers” with the movies. As exciting as that is for fans, it presents certain problems for Fox, most notably involving who to cast in the show and which mutants to include. As such, a character who was a runaway hit in the films could very well give the series an immediate boost: Quicksilver.
Played by Evan Peters, Quicksilver was undoubtedly the »
- James Garcia
Earlier this week, a new report revealed that Fox is in the early stages of developing a live-action X-Men TV series, bringing these beloved mutants to the small screen at a time when the franchise is more popular than ever, after this summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. A new report from Film Divider hints that Fox may be bringing the scene-stealing star from X-Men: Days of Future Past, Quicksilver, into the series. This would connect the show to the X-Men cinematic universe.
It isn't immediately clear if the studio plans on bringing back Evan Peters to play the speedy Quicksilver, but the actor is best known for his work on the small screen, appearing in every season of FX's horror anthology series American Horror Story. However, if they do bring the actor back, that will likely limit the series to be set in the 1970s, where his portion of »
Yesterday came news that Fox is in "deep development" of a live-action "X-Men" television series. Now comes a report of which characters might be featured in that series.
Film Divider claims that Fox is considering building the show around Quicksilver and Multiple Man. Both are known quantities, but not major players in the "X-Men" movies. "There's a fear of using no-name characters, worried that this will cost them viewers (cf. Agents of Shield), but also concern that burning up heavy hitters could cut off potential streams of movie revenue," the site says.
Quicksilver was introduced in this year's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and instantly became a standout thanks to a stunning slow-mo scene. He was played by Evan Peters, who is no stranger to television, having starred in FX's "American Horror Story."
As for Multiple Man aka Jamie Madrox, that character was floated as a possible lead with yesterday's news. »
- Kelly Woo
According to multiple sources, 20th Century Fox is looking to get into the superhero TV game and are in the process of bringing the X-Men from the big screen to the small screen. Bleeding Cool first broke the news, claiming that Fox was currently in “deep development” on a live-action X-Men series.
X-Men: Days of Future Past producer Simon Kinberg once stated that “the serialized format of comic books is better suited for TV,” so the idea of Fox moving forward with a show focusing on the mutants comes as no real surprise. In fact, it was kind of inevitable, especially with both DC and Marvel having several shows currently on air or in active development.
Bleeding Cool’s report was followed up by one from IGN, who heard that the series would be based on Peter David’s X-Factor run, which ran in the 1990s and followed a group »
- James Garcia
It’s a firmly held belief amongst fans that if Bryan Singer had remained attached to X-Men: The Last Stand, the finished film would’ve remained inline with the first two instalments (i.e. not derivative nonsense.) However, Singer chose to bow out of the third part in favour of Superman Returns, and handed over the reins to Brett Ratner. If you’re not a fan of Ratner’s attempt, Singer still waged some influence over the events of the flick as he did rewrite the franchise’s entire history in Days Of Future Past. But, would he have still done that if his original vision for The Last Stand had remained intact?
Thanks to Comic Book Movie (via Screen Crush), we can now get a look at what Singer had intended for his version – eight years after its release. The main focus of the concept art that’s made »
- Gem Seddon
Some insanely cool concept art from X-Men: The Last Stand has surfaced online, and you'll see some pretty spectacular visuals here. These really make me wish that Bryan Singer had directed that film. This film would have been better had anyone other than Brett Ratner directed it. Singer dropped out at the last minute to direct Superman Returns, which ended up not being Singer's best work. The art shows us the devastation and scope of Jean Grey’s (Famke Janssen) transmogrification into the Dark Phoenix. I like Singer's vision of how Dark Phoenix would have looked, and the destruction is so much more epic. I'm so glad Singer is back and making more X-Men movies.
Via: Cbm »
- Joey Paur
Owen Rhys breaks down the first trailer for Taken 3, directed by Olivier Megaton (Taken 2), written by Luc Besson (Lucy) and with a cast that includes Liam Neeson (A Walk Among the Tombstones), Famke Janssen (X-Men: The Last Stand), Maggie Grace (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove) and Sam Spruell (Snow White and the Huntsman). Watch the review video below…
Watch the Taken 3 trailer here
Taken 3 is set for release on January 9th, 2015.
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- Oliver Davis
X-Men: Days of Future Past was a pretty massive success. Not only was it the highest grossing X-Men film yet, but at a worldwide total of $746 million, it bested the previous record-holder, X-Men: The Last Stand, by a margin of nearly $300 million. Needless to say, 20th Century Fox was quick to move on a follow-up, and now we have X-Men: Apocalypse poised to open in theaters on May 27, 2016. Bryan Singer returns to direct, and as the title suggests the story will revolve around the titular villain wreaking havoc on the X-Men team. We know that this film will focus on the First Class cast with the addition of Wolverine, and we also know that there’s yet another time jump as this story takes place in the 1980s. I recently got the chance to speak with Days of Future Past writer and producer Simon Kinberg in anticipation of the film »
- Adam Chitwood
With the VOD release this week and DVD and Blu-ray release of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" around the corner, the film's producer Simon Kinberg spoke at length about the next chapter in the series in a Q&A with Yahoo UK.
First up, Kinberg teased new characters that could be introduced in "X-Men: Apocalypse," starting with beloved comic characters like Psylocke and Cable:
"She [Psylocke] is a fan favorite, and also a favorite of mine. We have a small part that she plays in 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' and we talked about including her in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' quite seriously actually. There was a version of the script she was in and we even auditioned some actors in Montreal.
But we didn't feel there was enough of a part she would play in a movie that was already full of many, many mutants. She has a cool power. »
- Garth Franklin
Writer-producer Simon Kinberg recently took a break from working on the X-Men: Apocalypse script to hold a video Q&A session with Yahoo! Movies UK. We already know that the story will be set in the 1980s, following the younger cast of X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, but Simon Kinberg revealed today that X-Men: Apocalypse will be the last of a trilogy featuring these characters.
"The thrust of Apocalypse is really to complete the trilogy we began with First Class - to complete the stories of young Raven, young Hank, younger Charles and Erik. And complete this trilogy of four people who began the films sort of disparate and in different worlds...[and who] we've followed through the span of decades. So that'll be the thrust. There will be familiar characters and new characters that we haven't seen... ever... but it'll be the completion of what we began in First Class. »
Simon Kinberg participated in a pretty lengthy Q&A on UK Yahoo in anticipation of X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is available on VOD this week before its Blu-ray release October 14th. In it, he teases some of the new characters that may be introduced in X-Men: Apocalypse. He also addresses some of the continuity issues raised by X-Men: Days of Future Past, including how Wolevrine will eventually gets his adamantium claws, and whether or not Mystique is still the mother of Nightcrawler.
First, lets look at some of the new characters that might be brought into this installment of the Marvel mutant franchise, which include fan favorites Scarlet Witch, Cable and Psylocke.
Psylocke, who appears in a very small part in X-Men: The Last Stand, was originally supposed to appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but Simon Kinberg explains that they just couldn't make it happen:
"She's a fan favorite, »
The extended version of “Days of Future Past” will become available in the first half of 2015, most likely during the summer, according to the film’s writer and producer Simon Kinberg, who made the announcement Thursday from Stage 21, where scenes for the previous “X-Men” installment, “First Class” were filmed on the Twentieth Century Fox studio lot. Kinberg, who also worked on that film, was back on the lot to promote the theatrical version of “Days of Future Past,” available now on digital and on Oct. 14 on DVD and Blu-ray.
“This the movie we’re the most proud of,” Kinberg said of the theatrical version that became the “X-Men” franchise’s top earner with $746 million this summer.
- Marc Graser
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