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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.
The post First posters and promo artwork for Warcraft movie as viral sites launch appeared first on Flickering Myth. »
- Gary Collinson
When’s that comic book movie coming out, with the ant-sized man? This and all similar questions answered in our comic book movie calendar.
Comic book fans of the world - were you planning on spending your spare cash on anything other than cinema visits and DVD box-sets for the next six years? Well tough, because Hollywood has other ideas.
Ever since Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie jump-started the comic book movie trend in 2000 (building on the stellar work of Richard Donner and Tim Burton in the decades prior), Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Marvel Studios have all been repeatedly cashing-in on the resurgent popularity of capes, cowls and anything ending in ‘Man’.
Now, the sheer size of the comic book movie-making world has reached a critical mass. There are now seven such films (at least) slated for every year between 2016 and 2019. There’s also a few confirmed for 2020 already, »
SyFy has released a new trailer for their upcoming TV series adaptation of 12 Monkeys. The story follows a time traveler (Aaron Stanford of X2 fame) from a post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day with a mission to destroy the source of a deadly plague that will one day annihilate the human race. While the show will lack the distinct style of Terry Gilliam's 1995 film, it still looks like an interesting time-travel film, and certainly more in the serious mold of SyFy's better series. This isn't a story that can only be told one way, and I'm curious to see what the TV series will do with it. Hit the jump to check out the 12 Monkeys TV series trailer. The show premieres at 9pm on January 16, 2015, and also stars Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Barbara Sukowa, Noah Bean, Tom Noonan, Emily Hampshire, and Zeljko Ivanek. Via Variety. Here’s the official synopsis for 12 Monkeys: 12 Monkeys, »
- Matt Goldberg
John Powell has received two Hollywood Music in Media Award nominations for DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon 2. Powell is nominated for Best Score – Animated Film and Best Song – Animated Film for “Where No One Goes,” his collaboration with Sigur Ros lead singer Jónsi.
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards will be held at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood on November 4th, 2014.
The How To Train Your Dragon 2 soundtrack is available on Relativity Records. The DVD will be available on November 11, 2014.
The film crossed the $600,000,000 global mark over the Labor Day weekend in September. A record-breaking opening in China coupled with phenomenal success in territories around the world catapulted Dragon 2 to become the highest grossing animated film of the year and one of the top ten grossing films of the year in any genre.
How To Train Your Dragon 3 is scheduled for a June 9, 2017 release »
- Michelle McCue
2014 has been a big year for Marvel on the live action front. At Fox, the X-Men franchise was finally and fully course corrected by the end of Days of Future Past, undoing a lot of damage done to the series by 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand and 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The film also set up a whole new frontier for where it can go next.
Over at Sony, even though the future of their rebooted Spider-Man franchise is now murky after the release of their sequel, their willingness to off one of the series’ main characters and adhere to the comics was a ballsy, bright spot in an otherwise lacklustre movie.
And as for Marvel Studios’ own Cinematic Universe, their two films Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy have forever changed the game leading up to next year’s Avengers: Age of Ultron and beyond, »
- Geoff Cox
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
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