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One of the items going on sale at the upcoming 20/21 Pop Culture auction is a pair of Wolverine’s claws worn by Hugh Jackman in X-Men: The Last Stand. The claws coming from that particular film in the franchise isn’t the best selling point. They just spent $200 million making a movie that retconned all of the major events/mistakes in that film with X-Men: Days of Future Past. Still, the Daily Mail reports that the claws are expected to sell between Au$19,000 and Au$28,6000. Right now, I’m sure Wolverine cosplayers are considering how to come up with that much cash. Just consider yourselves lucky that the claws are just made out of steel, and not the fictional metal adamantium.
The 20/21 Pop Culture auction takes place Tuesday, December 16th, at Christie’s auction house in London.
H/T: Comicbook.com »
- Eli Reyes
Back in early November, a number of actresses and actors were reportedly on a short list to play younger versions of Jean Grey and Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse. 20th Century Fox also plans on recasting Storm in this latest mutant adventure, but until now, we haven't heard that anyone was up for the role. Today, MoviePilot claims, in what might be nothing more than pure speculation, that The Vampire Diaries star Katerina 'Kat' Graham is up for the role.
Halle Berry originated the role of Ororo Munroe, better known as Storm, in the original 2000 X-Men, and went onto reprise the character in X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand and this past summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past. But now, she is being replaced by a younger actor, as the story takes place in the 1980s. At this time, the studio has not commented on this potential casting, and this »
Daniel Cudmore, who first appeared as iconic mutant Colossus in X2: X-Men United and reprised the role for X-Men: The Last Stand and this past summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, feels pretty confident that the character will not return in the next installment X-Men: Apocalypse. This has not been confirmed by 20th Century Fox. It is possible that the studio is planing to recast a younger version for the movie.
X-Men: Apocalypse is recasting younger versions of Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops. While nothing has been announced by the studio at this time, it is possible that all of the characters from the earlier X-Men movies, with the exception of Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, are being recast. This latest adventure serves as the final chapter in the X-Men: First Class trilogy, and is bringing back stars such as James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence.
Colossus does appear in »
Oscar Isaac is jumping from one big franchise to the next, as he moves from playing an X-Wing pilot in Star Wars: The Force Awakens to taking on the title villain in X-Men: Apocalypse. It's apparently a role he really needs to get his head around, and it promises to be quite the challenge. Speaking with IGN, the actor offered his take on this ultimate Mutant villain, and revealed what he hopes to achieve with the character.
"Just as [director] Bryan [Singer]'s done with the other films, I think he seeks to find something a little more interesting than the archetypal aspects of the characters, which work really well in print, but for a film I think you want to see a bit more of the humanity in [Apocalypse]; Ultimately this is a story about humans. It's just different symbols for different things that we feel. With this character I am »
Last week it was announced that Oscar Isaac will be playing the villain Apocalypse in Bryan Singer's upcoming sequel X-Men: Apocalypse. We got a quick glimpse of the actor flying an X-Wing in the recent trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He's a fantastically talented actor, and I think he's going to make for a great villain in X-Men. In a recent interview with IGN, Isaac opened up about what he is looking to achieve playing this character.
“Just as Bryan’s done with the other films, I think he seeks to find something a little more interesting than the archetypal aspects of the characters, which work really well in print, but for a film I think you want to see a bit more of the — for lack of a better word — humanity in [Apocalypse]; because ultimately this is a story about humans….It’s just different symbols »
- Joey Paur
Interstellar director Christopher Nolan has apparently been offered the opportunity to direct Warner Bros. upcoming sci-fi adventure film, Ready Player One. The news comes from Tracking Board, but there's no word on whether the director is even considering taking it. It seems like it would be a great project for him to take on, though.
The film is based on the novel written by Ernest Cline, and the script for the project is currently being written by Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk, X-Men: The Last Stand). The story seems to fit with the type of film that Nolan likes to make. Ready Player One is set in the year 2044, and it follows a teenage boy who is steadily becoming obsessed with a virtual-reality utopia known as the Oasis.
Who knows if Nolan will take on the project, but it would be cool if he did. I think he could turn »
- Joey Paur
Rebecca Romijn played Mystique in X-Men, X2: X-Men United, and X-Men: The Last Stand. It was in the third movie that she was left depowered, so that more than likely explains why there was no sign of her in the future scenes of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Of course, the actress did have a minor cameo in X-Men: First Class, but what are the chances we might see her return as Mystique somewhere down the line? Well, considering the popularity of Jennifer Lawrence and the fact that she's a huge box office draw, slim to none probably, but Romijn has revealed that she is "absolutely" willing to return as the blue skinned beauty. She also told Digital Spy that she's "talked a lot" with Lawrence, adding: "But from what I understand, her make-up is very different from the make-up I went through. I don't think she had to go »
In June 2014, moviegoers traveled to the village of Berk once again in How To Train Your Dragon 2. The film’s composer, John Powell, recently won Best Score – Animated Film for the movie at 5th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards.
Powell has scored films including Antz, Chicken Run, Shrek, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and X-Men: The Last Stand and has frequently collaborated with directors Doug Liman and Paul Greengrass, on films including the Bourne trilogy, United 93 and Green Zone.
His infectious score for How To Train Your Dragon earned him his first Academy Award nomination. Powell has also lent his voice to the score of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, and Ice Age 4: Continental Drift. Most recently, audiences heard his music on the scores to Rio 2, directed by Carlos Saldanha, as well as the Dragon 2 sequel.
With the latest adventures of Hiccup and Toothless released on DVD in November, »
- Michelle McCue
The X-Men are one of Marvel Comics' most iconic brands and well after the film series almost seemingly killed itself with misguided entries like 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand and 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the ship was righted in a big way this year with the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past. If you stayed until the end of the credits, you saw what awaits the Mutant Marvels in their next film, due out in 2016: Apocalypse. Now that we know that Apocalypse will be embodied by actor Oscar Isaac, Comics on Film thought it would be a good idea to explore five other X-Men villains that have yet to appear in the film series, but by all accounts really should in subsequent films. Sometimes its tricky to find the right opposition to a team...
- Chris Clow
Contributions to Paramount movies World War Z (2013) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) as well previously working with Visual Effects Supervisor John Bruno on X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and Avp: Alien vs. Predator (2004) led to Cinesite taking part in the latest cinematic incarnation of Hercules (2014). “Initially, our contact was through Double Negative, who had subcontracted the work to us,” explains Cinesite Visual Effects Supervisor Simon Stanley-Clamp. “But John became one of our main contacts for the significant portion of the post-production so it was easy for him to put across what he was looking for.”
180 shots had to be produced for the battle sequence where Hercules and his mercenaries fight the forces of Rhesus. “We used Golaem Crowd integrated in Maya, »
- Trevor Hogg
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
The Expendables 3 didn’t do too well at the box office, saved only by international takings. It didn’t do too well with us here at Flickering Myth either, and you can see why here and here. And it seems that the big man himself, Sylvester Stallone, agreed. In an interview with Crave Online (which you can read here), the action star is asked if future instalments will be R-rated:
“Absolutely unequivocally yes. I believe it was a horrible miscalculation on everyone’s part in trying to reach a wider audience, but in doing such, diminish the violence that the audience expects. I’m quite certain it won’t happen again.”
Phew. Lets hope that he sticks to that when EX4 rolls around. At least he lost that awful moustache.
- Chris Cooper
When X-Men: First Class came out, it did a lot of reignite the appetite of the franchise's fans. After X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, people had started to lose faith in the series. When Matthew Vaughn stepped in to direct, with Bryan Singer serving as a "Godfather" producer returning to the series he helped launch, there was a spark of promise for the fans. That promise lead to a film that was very well-received and, effectively, revived the cinematic X-Men.
Considering First Class was a soft reboot, many expected Vaughn to direct its follow-up to continue to move the pieces in a new direction. That was the plan. He was preparing for X-Men: Days of Future Past when, suddenly, news broke that he had stepped away from the project. Why the change of heart? Why step away from a film that was sure to be huge?
- Mario-Francisco Robles
In the “original trilogy” of X-Men movies, Famke Janssen was Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner’s Jean Grey. She was a force to be reckoned with, and she wore a heck of a lot of red. On the other side of the Jean-Scott coin, James Marsden’s Cyclops had enough cheek and charm to throw off Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) as a rival for Jean Grey’s attentions.
But that was then. This is now. Let’s get into some Days of Future Past spoilers.
With X-Men: Days Of Future Past rebooting the X-Men timeline and essentially erasing everything that happened in X-Men: The Last Stand, it makes sense that Janssen and Marsden are back, casually talking to Logan at the end of Days of Future Past as if nothing happened.
In that scene, however, it’s clear that this is when Professor Xavier is much older (and more bald) – as »
- Sasha James
20th Century Fox/Marvel Studios
Revised timelines: a total cop out, or a stroke of utter genius? Everyone can all debate to no end that X-Men: Days Of Future Past ending on a changed timeline was a natural progression of the narrative of the film series, but many will also see it in a far less complimentary light; a convenient plot device that enables Fox to keep making more X-Men movies.
While beating a dead horse for pure profits (looking at you, Transformers) is never a good thing, the X-Men series has naturally arrived at a point where the series can restart anew, unhindered by the baggage that had started to weigh it down by the time that X-Men: The Last Stand had been released. With the excellent Days Of Future Past having brought one of the best stories from the comics to the big screen, it also served as »
- Joe Pring
When news broke that Bryan Singer would be returning to the fold for X-Men: Days Of Future Past, much to the delight of mutant fan-peoples, the director sweetened the deal even further with a promise. "There will be some fixing," he said, hinting that his third X-flick (after X-Men and X2) would address perceived problems with X-Men: The Last Stand, aka the threequel Singer dumped in favour of Superman Returns.
Here's the thing: X-Men: The Last Stand didn't need fixing. In a world where movie threequels often topple promising trilogies, it stands out as a fun, action-packed, stakes-raising gambit that features some of the trilogy's boldest set pieces and more than a few gob-smacking twists. Picking up months after X2's downbeat, watery climax, we find the X-Men mourning the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) even as Worthington Labs announce they've found a mutant cure. Needless to say this divides the mutants, »
Warcraft Movie Panel - Blizzcon 2014
Warcraft director Duncan Jones, Senior VP of Story and Franchise Development Chris Metzen and VFX Supervisor Bill Westenhofer participated in the Blizzcon panel over the weekend, moderated by Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick. The trio spoke about how they went adapting a huge gaming universe into a two-hour film, and revealed that the film would attempt to tell the story of World of Warcraft giving equal weight to the human Alliance and the Horde of Orcs. “I thought it was very important that the film allowed you to be on either side of the conflict,” Jones said at the panel.
Westenhofer did not create the orcs out of green screens – actors played the creatures in motion capture – but he did transform the performances from human to Orc, »
On Friday night, director Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) and Blizzard’s Chris Metzen took to the stage at Blizzcon 2014 to unveil Universal and Legendary Pictures’ upcoming fantasy epic Warcraft, which is of course based upon Blizzard’s enormously successful video game series. We’ve already brought you the first posters from the film [see here], as well as character details and the first cast images featuring Dominic Cooper as King Llane and Rob Kazinsky as Orgrim Doomhammer [see here], and thanks to Rikudou we now have the entire panel, which is embedded here for your viewing pleasure…
Warcraft is set for releease on March 11th 2016, with a cast that includes Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Misson: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, X-Men: The Last Stand), Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Daniel Wu (The Man with the Iron Fists »
- Gary Collinson
New production shingle Remark Films has come aboard as co-financer on the Keanu Reeves thriller Daughter of God, which Fortitude Int’l, CAA and Cassian Elwes are selling at Afm. Remark is backed by Daniel Grodnik’s Mass Hysteria Entertainment Company, Inc. and Wall Streeters Seth and Curt Kramer, and is aiming to develop and co-finance two to five features per year at budgets up to $10 million. Daughter of God is written and directed by Gee Malik Linton and marks Remark’s first project. Reeves, currently in theaters in the hitman actioner John Wick, stars as a police detective who investigates the truth behind his partner’s death while a young Latina woman (Ana de Armas) experiences strange happenings. Reeves, Linton, and Robin Gurland are producing while Elwes, the Kramer brothers, and Grodnik are executive producers. Filming is underway in New York.
- Jen Yamato
Universal and Legendary Pictures have given us our first glimpse at director Duncan Jones’ (Moon, Source Code) upcoming Warcraft adaptation by releasing two posters and two pieces of promotional artwork for the fantasy epic to coincide with the launch of two viral sites – Fight for the Alliance and Fight for the Horde. Which side are you on?
Warcraft is set for releease on March 11th 2016, with a cast that includes Travis Fimmel (Vikings), Paula Patton (Misson: Impossible – Ghost Protocol), Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, X-Men: The Last Stand), Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim), Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger), Daniel Wu (The Man with the Iron Fists), and Clancy Brown (Starship Troopers, The Shawshank Redemption). Watch the incredibly brief Sdcc title teaser here.
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- Gary Collinson
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