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One of this Summer's sure-fire blockbusters set to rake in the green will be that of Michael Bay's newest 'Transformers' sequel 'Transformers: Age of Extinction'. The first in a likely new direction of installments in the franchise featuring new characters and concepts will be hitting theatres stateside at the end of June. Paramount have revealed a new action packed teaser traiiler as well as a foursome of new posters featuring stars Mark Wahlberg ('Ted'), Nicola Peltz ('Bates Motel') and Jack Reynor. Stanley Tucci ('The Lovely Bones'), Sophia Myles, Li Bingbing ('Resident Evil: Retribution'), Titus Welliver ('Lost') and Kelsey Grammer ('X-Men: The Last Stand') also star in the sequel/franchise reboot. Head below for the posters and the cool new teaser featuring Nicola Peltz rocking some denim hot pants. »
Feature Rob Leane 6 Mar 2014 - 06:45
Rob takes a look back at Brett Ratner's X-Men 3, to see if it's better than it's generally given credit for...
Any regular visitors to the growing universes of superhero films will know that X-Men: The Last Stand is one of the least-loved instalments since the genre came back with a bang in 2000.
It is seen by many as a hugely disappointing end to what could have been a near-perfect movie trilogy after all the expert world-building by Bryan Singer in the first two instalments.
Rotten Tomatoes’ consensus on the film is that new director Brett Ratner had ‘replaced the heart and emotion (and character development) of the previous X-Men films with more action and explosions’, averaging the scores of its ‘Top Critics’ at a measly 41%.
However, it cannot be said that it was in any way ‘the last stand’ for mutancy at the movies. »
New images and videos continue to be released from the upcoming X-Men movie, "X-Men: Days of Future Past." Yesterday, a new clip went up on Instagram (see below) along with the phrase "Fight to save mutantkind. #XMen." There's also another still of Wolverine now as well. As has been well publicized, Bryan Singer has returned to helm the new X-Men movie after having directed both the original "X-Men" and the sequel. He did not then direct either "X-Men: The Last Stand" or "X-Men: First Class." We will not attempt to break down all the quick images we see in the Instagram video, but between the very serious faces and pulsing music, it does do a wonderful job of building one's anticipation. Check it out and see for yourself. The official synopsis for the new movie reads as follows: "The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the »
- Josh Lasser
Another day another promo from X-Men: Days of Future Past, the wrap around prequel/sequel that will unite the casts of X-Men, X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men: First Class. Twentieth Century Fox and director Bryan Singer have been teasing the film since its earliest days of production, and now on Instagram, the studio has a brief spot that's all about face! There's been a flood of pictures from the upcoming spring release, but astonishingly they set up more questions than answers. Why is Beast no longer blue? Are the sentinels developing towards the creation of Nimrod? And per the clip above, why the hell is young Charles Xavier walking? In the context of the above vid, it could be a dream sequence, as it cuts from Xavier strolling to what appears to be him waking up. But previous pics show the professor--who was crippled at the end of »
Following yesterday's new photos X-Men: Days of Future Past, 20th Century Fox has released two new images, featuring Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde and Ian McKellen as the present-day version of Magneto, which come exactly three months before this superhero sequel hits theaters May 23. Both of theses characters were last seen in the 2006 adventure X-Men: The Last Stand, with this new adventure combining the cast of the original X-Men trilogy and their younger counterparts in X-Men: First Class. The story centers on Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), who is sent back in time to the 1970s to help prevent a deadly war that could alter the future. Stay tuned for more images from director Bryan Singer's highly-anticipated sequel, in theaters May 23.
.@EllenPage returns as #KittyPryde, a mutant whose time traveling ability could be the #XMen’s key to survival. pic.twitter.com/n2ILBfzxGC
— X-Men Movies (@xmenmovies) February 22, 2014
Defy the past. »
All great films begin with an awesome script and the X-Men film franchise has Simon Kinberg to thank for that. Along with X-Men:The Last Stand, X-Men: First Class, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and Sherlock Holmes to name a few, Kinberg has put his brilliant imagination to work yet again, in penning the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.
During last summer’s set visit for Days of Future Past in Montreal, we sat down with Kinberg in Xavier’s mansion to chat about his writing process and working with Bryan Singer, weaving the old and new mutants into one film, time-travel, the importance of Wolverine, the evolution of the characters, the Sentinels and what we can expect from the much anticipated, soon-to-be-released film. Read his insightful interview below to uncover some of the excitement that’s about to be unleashed upon us in March.
So this is the moment where you tell us everything… »
- Jenny Karakaya
Is Hank McCoy Man or Beast in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Many fans have been confused lately, since we've seen photos of the actor both as the thunderous blue Mutant known as Beast, which he fully transformed into at the end of X-Men: First Class, and as the human Hank McCoy. Nicholas Hoult recently clarified how both looks are possible, revealing that Hank McCoy has essentially become a blue version of Marvel's Incredible Hulk.
"What's happened up to this point is between the time of the last movie and this movie my character has created a serum which basically controls his mutation so his appearance is normal as long as he doesn't get worked up. Any animal instinct or urges, that kind of brings him out. So yeah, he changes into Beast a few times throughout the story and they've done some great action sequences with him this time, »
20th Century Fox owns many of my favorite Marvel characters. Since Marvel has done such an amazing job combining their various characters across their movies, I was wondering when Fox might do something similar with the ones they own. During a group interview with writer-producer Simon Kinberg on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past last summer, he revealed the studio was finally thinking about it: "Fox is a very different place than it was when I made X-Men 3 there. And it's been evolving since X3 to First Class to this, and there's no question that the Marvel model has influenced and inspired them. We approached this movie from the standpoint of what to do with the universe rather than what to do with the story. We talked about other Marvel properties at Fox and talked a lot about what the future stories would be, whether they followed the »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Bryan Singer kickstarted Hollywood's love of the comic book superhero with the first X-Men movie back in 2000. He's stayed in touch with the genre ever since, piloting Superman Returns and serving as producer on Matthew Vaughn's well-received prequel X-Men: First Class.
When it came to the sequel Singer leapt back into the fray to direct and - with the aid of screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg - hatched the idea to bring Chris Claremont and John Byrne's acclaimed Marvel Comics storyline Days of Future Past to the big screen. The time travel plot offered up a tantalising prospect: X-Men casts old and new could feature across two separate timelines. Xavier and Magneto will call a truce on their decades-long war to face a greater foe.
The cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past represents both the stars of the original trilogy (X-Men, X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand) and the younger versions of these characters that debuted in 2011's X-Men: First Class. 20th Century Fox has been highlighting each mutant in the series with new photos. Today, Halle Berry's Storm takes center stage, marking her first return to the franchise since 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. Since this sequel takes place both in the 1970s and in present day, do you think we may get our first glimpse at a younger Storm in X-Men: Days of Future Past? We'll find out for certain when director Bryan Singer's superhero sequel hits theaters May 23.
#HalleBerry brings the powerful #Storm to #XMen: Days of Future Past. pic.twitter.com/wBUYvhGZHl
— X-Men Movies UK (@XMenMoviesUK) February 18, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past comes to theaters May 23rd, »
It's been a while since we've seen or heard anything about the testosterone-filled action sequel The Expendables 3, but thanks to Manly Movie we've got a few new photos from the set of the film featuring Mel Gibson's bad guy Conrad Stonebanks and Sylvester Stallone's Barney Ross...
In The Expendables 3, Barney, Christmas and the rest of the team comes face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks, who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables -- but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes »
- Gary Collinson
Well, to be more specific it’s a picture of Beasts alter-ego Hank McCoy, as played by Nicholas Hoult. As a survivor of Matthew Vaughn’s X-men: First Class, McCoy is the genius with large feet, and here we see him having shed his famous blue fur. Who knows why this has happened, but you can guess he’s either developed a backwards working serum or maybe there’s been a shift in time. The film sees Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine travel through time to prevent a mutant holocaust at the hands of a bunch of giant robots called Sentinels.
The latest on-set pic tweeted by twitterer extraordinaire Bryan Singer, shows McCoy at the controls of a rather dated looking computer set-up. Beast was played in his adult form by Kelsey Grammer in X-men: The Last Stand.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Strong. Unstoppable. Stepped on by a Sentinel. That's Colossus in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Daniel Cudmore reprises his X-Men: The Last Stand role as Russian mutant Piotr Nikolaievitch Rasputin in this upcoming franchise sequel. 20th Century Fox is continuing its daily debut of character portraits leading up to the film's summer release (or perhaps a new trailer). Check out Piotr in his human form, before he transforms his skin into an organic steel-like substance that grants him superhuman strength. Will he be able to defeat the Sentinels? Or is this one mutant Wolverine will have to save when he is transported back in time to stop the mass Mutant genocide that takes place in the future?
.@DanielCudmore plays the strong and unstoppable #Colossus in #XMen: Days of Future Past. pic.twitter.com/6hrQeUX5Qc
— X-Men Movies UK (@XMenMoviesUK) February 17, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past comes to theaters May 23rd, »
Following yesterday's X-Men: Days of Future Past photo featuring James McAvoy as Charles Xavier from the past, 20th Century Fox has released a photo showcasing the future version of Professor X, played by Patrick Stewart. The actor reprises his role from the original trilogy, X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, following the end-credits scene in last summer's blockbuster The Wolverine. Even though we have three months to go until director Bryan Singer's superhero sequel hits theaters, it's possible that the studio plans on releasing a new character photo every day until its release, so stay tuned for more images.
.@SirPatStew is #ProfessorX, founder of the #XMen and gifted telepath. pic.twitter.com/l6wfq4wlcI
— X-Men Movies (@xmenmovies) February 16, 2014
20th Century Fox is debuting character photos for X-Men: Days of Future Past, and with a cast of thousands that includes Mutants from all the previous Marvel adventures, including X-Men, X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men: First Class and The Wolverine, we're pretty much guaranteed a new photo every day leading up to the release date. The big guns are being wheeled out first (no pun intended). Following Magneto and Future Magneto, today we get Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), the grumpy wheelchair bound genius he was before becoming Professor X! Check out the future savior of Mutants both good and evil as he is called upon by his future self to help save his own kind.
#JamesMcAvoy returns as #CharlesXavier, the man he was before becoming #ProfessorX. #XMenpic.twitter.com/RjsXLOcb6M
— X-Men Movies UK (@XMenMoviesUK) February 15, 2014
X-Men: Days of Future Past comes to theaters May 23rd, »
Despite the original X-Men trilogy starting out with the surefire hits of X-Men (2000) and X2: X-Men United (2003), it ultimately fizzled out with a resounding thud in the form of the almost universally-hated X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. Despite having the biggest budget and making the most money of any X-Men movie thus far, it seemed like the franchise was finally damaged beyond repair after such a debacle. After all, the characters of both Scott Summers and Jean Grey/The Phoenix were butchered, Xavier was unceremoniously killed off, a mutant 'cure' had been found, and hate for director Brett Ratner (and, funny enough, for Bryan Singer as well for choosing to direct the ill-advised Superman Returns over The Last Stand and a potential sequel) was at an all-time high. How could the X-Men brand name possibly make a comeback from that mess? Well, as any fan can tell you, the journey »
Here's more of today's casting news: Salma Hayek and Shoreh Aghdashloo (X-Men: The Last Stand) are set to star in The Septembers of Shiraz, an adaptation of the novel by Dalia Sofer. Ian McShane will join Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego's The Man on Carrion Road, starring Patrick Wilson. Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford and Joel David Moore have signed on for the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider. Hit the jump for more on each film. News from THR has Hayek and Aghdashloo joining The Septembers of Shiraz, a thriller based on actual events that tells the story of a Jewish family caught in the Islamic revolution in 1981 Iran. The Wayne Blair-directed story centers on "an imprisoned gem dealer, his despairing wife, their daughter -- whose playmate's father is in the charge of the prison -- and their New York-based son as they try to come together and escape the deadly tyranny." Hayek plays the mother, »
- Dave Trumbore
20th Century Fox
Comic book fans are notoriously hard to please. Stray too far from the source material and we’ll storm the message boards like Attila the Hun on crack. However, if you keeps things too traditional by sticking too closely to the original comics then…we’ll storm the message boards like Attila the Hun on crack. It’s a fine line that bigwig producers often fail to understand in their attempts to earn the big bucks through the lucrative world of superhero blockbuster making.
Unfortunately, it’s the writers who then get it in the neck. Torn between pleasing the fanatical comic book fans and keeping the producers on side must be a thankless task. How can everyone be satisfied in that kind of situation? Quite often, they’re not and then our beloved comic book icons are left hung out to dry. We’ve all seen »
- David Opie
While the Marvel comic character of Quicksilver will appear in both "X-Men: Days of Future Past" this year and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" next year, the parts are played by different actors and are said to be totally different takes on the role.
At one time though, very early on in the story breaking process and before the script had begun to be written, another character was lined up for the role in 'X-Men' that Quicksilver now serves in.
That character was a young Juggernaut, the mutant who is physically unstoppable once in motion. Asked about the character by Empire, director Bryan Singer says:
"Quicksilver was always in our script. Marvel were informed early on that I was using him. The way it'll play out in our movie versus what I believe they are going to do is so different. And this is not an enormous role - he's only »
- Garth Franklin
It's been a big week for 20th Century Fox's upcoming superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, what with 25 special edition Empire covers featuring much of the cast [see here], as well as two batches of images [see here and here], and word from director Bryan Singer that Anna Paquin's Rogue might still feature in the movie, despite him cutting an action sequence featuring the original X-Men trilogy star [see here]. However, Singer and producer-screenwriter Simon Kinberg (shepherd of Fox's Marvel universe) have taken a break from Days of Future Past to look further into the future - 2016, specifically - and the studio's next mutant offering X-Men: Apocalypse.
"[X-Men: Apocalypse] is more of a First Class sequel [and] it will take place some time after [Days of Future Past]," Singer told Empire (via Shh). "What happens in this movie brings about what'll happen in that movie... One thing that interests me is the notion of ancient mutants. What would people thousands of years ago, »
- Gary Collinson
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