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Way back in the halcyon days of 2012, “X-Men: First Class” director Matthew Vaughn was all set to work on the then-untitled follow-up to that film. Two years later, the film – now titled “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” – ended up in the hands of Bryan Singer and Vaughn instead helmed the spy movie “Kingsman: The Secret Service.” So, what happened? In an interview with IGN, Vaughn explained that his decision to leave the X-Men universe wasn’t made lightly, saying “the [Kingsman] script fell out of me – just one of those things. I remember Fox going ‘What are you talking about?’ because the two scripts came in at the same time. I was like ‘Aw, s#!t.’ It was a really tough decision whether to do ‘Days of Future Past’ or do [Kingsman: The Secret Service].” It didn’t take long, however, for Vaughn to realize which decision was the right one for him, noting that »
- Cain Rodriguez
Every year Amazon puts the extended Blu-ray edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on sale during Black Friday Deals Week and this year is no different in that respect, though it is a little different in that they are bundling it with even more J.R.R. Tolkien goodies for fans of Middle Earth. Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes the extended Blu-ray editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you can buy bundles that also include all four books, including "The Hobbit" as well as either the PS4 or Xbox One edition of the Shadow of Mordor video game. I've included the links below along with a selection of other deals on more Blu-rays, Blu-ray players, televisions, soundbars and more! The »
- Brad Brevet
Best known for the title role in Inside Llewyn Davis, and next seen in A Most Violent Year, Ex Machina, and a little something called Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, Oscar Isaac has signed on the dotted line to play the title villain in Bryan Singer's X-Men: Apocalypse, set for release May 27th 2016. Teased at the end of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Apocalypse is a villain fans have been waiting a long time to see on the big screen, an all powerful mutant (believed to be the first) who has a genocidal belief in survival of the fittest. Isaac beat out all comers, which apparently included Tom Hardy, to take the role, and, considering he's best known for smaller character driven movies, he's certainly an interesting choice which will no doubt be brought to life through motion capture. Envisioned to round off a trilogy that started with X-Men: First Class, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Oscar Isaac, so hot right now. Oscar Isaac. He may have been snubbed by the Academy, not receiving an Oscar nod for his brilliant performance in Inside Llewyn Davis, but that was a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Not only will Isaac be seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Deadline is reporting that the actor has officially signed on to star in yet another gigantic geek property. Isaac will take on the villainous role of the ancient mutant Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse. The Dark Knight Rises’ Tom Hardy was previously rumored to be up for the role. This news comes on the heels of reports last week that Fox is narrowing down their choices for actors to play younger versions of Jean Grey and Cyclops in the upcoming 1980s set sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, which will continue to follow the X-Men: First Class cast. »
- Eli Reyes
Here's some big breaking news: Bryan Singer's upcoming X-Men film has found its villain.
X-Men: Apocalypse, which goes before the cameras next spring, will see Singer reunite the X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days Of Future Past cast for what may be their final adventure. And as part and parcel of that, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and co will be facing off against Apocalypse.
Apocalypse is a role that had been linked to Tom Hardy in recent weeks, but as it turns out, the part has gone somewhere else. Instead, Oscar Isaac - who's recently finished work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens - is to take on the part. It's a done deal, we're hearing.
Isaac, best known on screen so far for the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis, »
We reported last month that the studio was eyeing Tom Hardy to play Apocalypse, but it wasn't known if the actor was even interested in taking on the role. He is also in talks to play one of the villains in Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad, although his involvement in that DC Comics adventure has yet to be confirmed at this time.
Apocalypse was first teased during the end credits sequence in this year's X-Men: Days of Future Past, which showed a young En Sabbah Nur using his telekinetic abilities to assemble the famous pyramids in Egypt. The Marvel comic book character was born in Egypt around 3,000 B.C., and is the first ever mutant.
While no story details have been officially confirmed, »
Amazon has started offering several Blu-ray titles at deep discounts as part of their Black Friday Deals Week and I've gone through and selected some choice titles such as David Fincher's Fight Club, Seven and Zodiac are available for cheap, several Sylvester Stallone titles including all his Rambo films and first two The Expendables features, both of James Cameron's Terminator movies are on sale, Rain Man for only $3.99, personal favorites such as A Time to Kill, Primal Fear and many others. I've listed several below and you can find even more right here if this isn't enough. Note: Sign up for Amazon Prime and get free two-day shipping. Blu-rays for $3.99-$7.99 300 ($7.99) (500) Days of Summer ($6.99) A Good Day to Die Hard ($3.99) A Time to Kill ($6.99) Bad Teacher ($7.00) Beetlejuice ($6.99) Bernie ($4.99) Cosmopolis ($5.78) Dances with Wolves ($3.99) Dazed and Confused ($6.96) Fight Club ($3.99) Hard to Kill ($4.88) Hugo ($6.99) Inside Man ($3.99) No Country for Old Men »
- Brad Brevet
Hidden within an interview with Collider about John Wick were some comments by producer Basil Ilwanyk (The Town, The Expendables) about the upcoming Splinter Cell adaptation from Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman. The film has been in the works for quite some time now, and stars Tom Hardy in the lead role of badass Navy Seal operative Sam Fisher.
The film currently lacks a release date, but Ilwanyk gave a brief production update that points toward a production start date early next year:
“Splinter Cell will go some time next year, that’s Doug Liman and Tom Hardy. We’re getting the script right because if you have Doug Liman and Tom Hardy you want to make it great. It’s very, very active. We’re going to make it. Tom and Doug are going to make it when it’s perfect and we’re getting there. It’s »
- James Garcia
There is little we know about 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse, except that it will close out the trilogy featuring the younger characters from X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, and that it will be set in the 1980s. While promoting The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, Jennifer Lawrence revealed in an interview with IGN that her character Mystique should be in hiding, following the events of X-Men: Days of Future Past.
"She's very complex. She's a hero to her own race in a way which makes her a villain to her opposite race. I don't really know where she's going to go. I've had a few conversations about where we'll find her. She obviously needs to be in hiding somewhere."
We also reported last week that the sequel will focus on Mystique's relationship with Michael Fassbender's Magneto, while also addressing her burgeoning romance with Beast »
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
X-Men: First Class is viewed by many as the best X-Men movie to date despite some major changes to the source material. Michael Fassbender's performance, a version of the classic yellow and blue costumes, and the compelling story really help it stand out from past instalments, so the news that Matthew Vaughn wouldn't be back to helm X-Men: Days of Future Past was obviously met with a great deal of disappointment from moviegoers and fans alike. Of course, Bryan Singer would return and gave us an equally good outing for the X-Men, but why did Vaughn decide not to come back for the "inbetweenquel" by instead deciding to focus on Kingsman: The Secret Service? "It started in a pub with Mark, and we were drunk," Vaughn revealed in an interview with IGN Movies, referring to The Secret Service's comic book writer, Mark Millar (who created the series alongside »
For this week’s new spotlight piece, I wanted to again take a look at one of the biggest A listers in the industry…Jennifer Lawrence. I’ve written about her once or twice before, but as a legitimate megastar who’s also still a bit of an up and comer, I figured she was perfect for this piece once again. She’s someone who’s powerful in Hollywood, grounded in a way that most young stars aren’t, and above all else…one of the best actresses in the business, bar none, with an Oscar on her mantle to prove it. Lawrence consistently does interesting work and is more than worth checking in on here and there. As such, she’s perfect for the spotlight today, so let us dive in. Lawrence first got her start, like many young up and comers, on television. Guest spots on Cold Case, »
- Joey Magidson
Bryan Singer is homing in on new additions to the X-Men cast for his upcoming movie, X-Men: Apocalypse. The film will centre on the X-Men: First Class cast (and pick things up after X-Men: Days Of Future Past), but it'll also be introducing younger versions of characters we've already seen in previous X-Men adventures. As such, the search is on for acting talent to play the young versions of Cyclops and Jean Grey.
So who's on the short list?
For Jean Grey, The Wrap is reporting that Elle Fanning (last seen in Maleficent), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) are on the shortlist. Meanwhile, the younger Cyclops could be taking the form of Ben Hardy (Peter Beale in EastEnders, no less), Charlie Rowe (Walking With Dinosaurs) and »
Back in September, we reported that 20th Century Fox's highly-anticipated superhero adventure X-Men: Apocalypse will re-cast iconic characters such as Storm, Jean Grey and Cyclops, which makes sense since we reported in March that the sequel will be set in the 1980s. Today, The Wrap is reporting that Chloe Moretz, Elle Fanning and Hailee Steinfeld are in contention to play Jean Grey, with Ben Hardy, Charlie Rowe and Timothée Chalamet being eyed for Cyclops.
Insiders claim that both Chloe Moretz and Elle Fanning have met with director Bryan Singer to discuss the role over the past few weeks, but it isn't clear if there is a front runner among the trio, and the site also mentions that Elle Fanning may not even be interested in the role. Sources claim that official test offers have not been made to any actress yet, and several others still remain in the mix. »
Though much of the cast from both X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past will return for 2016’s trilogy capper X-Men: Apocalypse, there are several major roles that will be filled by franchise newcomers, namely those of present-day X-Men team leaders Scott Summers, a.k.a. Cyclops, and Jean Grey. Though James Marsden and Famke Janssen play Cyclops and Jean in the first few X-Men films, younger actors will take their place in Apocalypse, as it takes place in the 1980s, which is twenty or so years before the events of the first X-Men movie.
Thanks to TheWrap, we now have a new shortlist of actors for both Cyclops and Jean Grey, and they give us a good idea of how director Bryan Singer will cast the parts this time around. Three actors have been named as contenders for each role: Kick-Ass and Carrie star Chloe Grace Moretz, Maleficent »
- James Garcia
We kind of knew this was coming, but it looks like we now have confirmation that the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse will introduce young versions of even more mutants from the original X-Men series. Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 film X-Men: First Class successfully rebooted the franchise with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence playing 1970s versions of Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique, respectively, and then Bryan Singer’s time-twisting follow-up Days of Future Past brought both casts together in a compelling and fun sequel. However, Apocalypse moves away from the time travel aspect of Dofp and into the 1980s, so with Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, etc. back out of the picture, Singer and Co. are looking to fill in the gaps with younger versions of some more mutants. Which mutants, you may ask? Well a new report unveils a list of actors that are »
- Adam Chitwood
It was inevitable that X-men: Apocalypse would introduce more young versions of some of our favorite mutants from the X-Men series. In X-men: First Class we were introduced to the young 1970s Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique played by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence. Now as we move into the 1980s for Apocalypse we are getting more information as to which roles some actors are being eyed to play, namely a young Jean Grey and a young Cyclops. The Wrap is reporting »
- Graham McMorrow
"X-Men: First Class" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past" were big hits for 20th Century Fox. But now comes word that the studio has bigger plans for "X-Men: Apocalypse," which involve giving more screen-time to the franchise's biggest stars. According to THR, Fox will take full advantage of Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender's star power by placing Mystique and Magneto's romance front and center. Only time will tell if the plan will pay off. "X-Men: Apocalypse" will once again be directed by Bryan Singer and will feature Channing Tatum as Gambit. It's set to hit theaters on May 27th, 2016. »
Take a look at our VFX breakdown for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Mpc were lead VFX studio on X-Men: Days of Future Past, working closely with Production VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers, delivering 372 shots. Mpc’s main areas of work were the future sequences in the movie, including creating the future Sentinels, from Concept Art through to final compositing, the X-Jet, Xavier’s virtual world, future environments and creating mutant effects. The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-men: Days Of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future. X-Men: Days Of Future Past features: Director: Bryan Singer Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine Patrick Stewart/James McAvoy as Charles Xavier/Professor X »
Benedict Cumberbatch is everywhere. He's got no fewer than three films coming out between now and the end of the year, with Oscar-tipped biopic The Imitation Game in cinemas now, and The Penguins of Madagascar and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies imminent.
After months of speculation surrounding the casting of Marvel's next superhero Doctor Strange, fresh reports have emerged linking Cumberbatch to the coveted role, although nothing has yet been confirmed. There's also the small matter of his recent engagement, which was announced in a characteristically classy manner earlier this month.
It would be easy to feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of Cumberexposure. But fear not – Digital Spy's handy A-z guide is here to fill in the gaps in your knowledge.
A is for Alan Turing
In what's being widely heralded as the performance that will earn him his first Oscar nomination come January, Cumberbatch »
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