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Back in April, new concept art images debuted from X-Men: Apocalypse, which gave us a look at the new Cerebro, along with the Blackbird jet and the Egyptian tomb of the main villain, Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac. Today, Entertainment Weekly gives us a better look at this artwork in their new Comic-Con edition, along with some new details from director Bryan Singer. As you know, X-Men: Apocalypse rounds out the trilogy that started with X-Men: First Class and continued with X-Men: Days of Future Past, but the director teases that this new movie will essentially conclude all six X-Men movies.
"This is kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters. This is the true birth of the X-Men. This is how it happens."
It sounds like X-Men: Apocalypse could bring the franchise full-circle, potentially ending where the original 2000 superhero movie X-Men started. »
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Yesterday, we were treated to the very first official still image from Fox’s upcoming Deadpool film, and now two new photos have been released, courtesy of EW and Empire. One of them features a perfect recreation of a scene from the initial leaked test footage, while the other shows us our first official look at newcomer Brianna Hildebrand as the Merc with the Mouth’s mutant pal, Negasonic Teenage Warhead.
In the comics, Negasonic is the code name of Ellie Phimister, who has the powers of telepathy and precognition. She’s a former student of Emma Frost, who was played by January Jones in X-Men: First Class. Considering the time gap and the fact that Frost appears to have been killed between the events of First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, that little detail will likely be changed.
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- James Garcia
Steve Jobs was one of the most influential men of the 20th and 21st centuries. A driving force in the personal computer and smartphone revolutions, his vision and commitment to bold new ideas changed the daily lives of billions of people. And while there have already been a number of movies about the man behind the iPhone, none have carried quite as much prestige as this fall's Steve Jobs. The new movie is directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours), written by Aaron Sorkin (A Few Good Men, The Social Network), and stars Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class, Prometheus), and now we've got a new look at it thanks to the first full-length trailer below. Steve Jobs also stars Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, and Jeff Daniels. It hits theaters on October 9, 2015...
- Peter Hall
In an intriguing match-up, "There Will Be Blood" and "Inherent Vice" helmer Paul Thomas Anderson has come onboard to pen a script draft and potentially direct a new adaptation of "Pinocchio" at Warner Bros. Pictures and Team Downey.
"The Giver" writer Michael Mitnick penned the latest draft of the script which Robert Downey Jr. has been quietly tweaking for the past six months. Downey is slated to star as Geppetto in the film and has been developing the project for years.
The film will re-tell the classic story about a wooden puppet who wants to become a human boy, and has taken on new urgency at Warners in the wake of success stories like "Maleficent" and "Cinderella" over at Disney.
The teaming of Anderson and Downey isn't unusual. »
- Garth Franklin
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
20th Century Fox’s main selling point for X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut has, unsurprisingly, been the inclusion of Anna Paquin’s scenes that were taken out for the theatrical release. However, this extended cut of the 2014 blockbuster won’t just have more Rogue to offer, they will also give us extra helpings of other mutants, including Beast and Mystique, who you can see making out in this deleted scene. Although X-Men: Days of Future Past’s theatrical cut featured plenty of Raven Darkholme and Hank McCoy, there weren’t many scenes of them together. This clip (found via Comic Book Resources) remedies that by showing the two at the X-Mansion in their first intimate moment since X-Men: First Class. As they talk by the firelight, the two suddenly embrace and start passionately kissing. Seconds later, their human forms are replaced »
The very first X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut clip surfaced yesterday, but we've already got another one to share. Rather than focus on Rogue's (Anna Paquin) nixed material, this video features Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) getting their romance on. It's a super sweet moment, but considering X-Men: First Class already established that the two strike a connection partially because they both can't show off who they really are in public, it makes sense that Bryan Singer opted to cut this out. Plus, back in October, Hoult pointed out to MTV that it just didn't make sense to have Beast and Mystique enjoy some sexy time when the world could come to an end: "Why [Mystique and Beast] would be here when the world's about to end and then we’ve nipped home quickly to have a good night’s sleep. So everyone was like, ‘Well, we can’t really do that. »
- Perri Nemiroff
Scooby-Doo and the Looney Toons are making a comeback, with 450 half-hours of new content on the way to Boomerang…
A very welcome news story here – Scooby-Doo and the Looney Toons are both making comebacks, with their new series being made for Boomerang. This will mark the first time that brand new original content has been produced especially for the 15-year-old channel.
Scooby-Doo’s new show will get the trendy title Be Cool Scooby-Doo, while the new Looney Toons show will be called Wabbit – A Looney Toons Production.
This is the first new Scooby-Doo show since Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated ended in 2013. Season 2 of the revived Looney Tunes Show on Cartoon Network ended in 2014, with a third season ruled out recently by its producer Tony Cervone on Twitter.
Bunnicula, all about a vampire rabbit, based on a popular run of children’s books, is also being developed for Boomerang.
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20th Century Fox has released an X-Men: Days of Future Past – Rogue Cut clip online. This extended edition of the movie includes a new subplot that features Rogue (Anna Paquin), Magneto (Ian McKellen), and Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Director Bryan Singer said he cut the subplot because “the sequence became extraneous.” What makes this clip fascinating isn’t Rogue being rescued by Iceman (Shawn Ashmore) and Magneto; it’s the crosscutting between that event and young Magneto (Michael Fassbender) retrieving his helmet, which is in the final film. However, Magneto’s helmet retrieval (arguably another extraneous scene) has been extended to have him notice that the government also recovered the Nazi coin he pushed through Shaw's head in X-Men: First Class. It’s a minor thing, but watching the editing of this scene, especially the close-ups of the faces, makes me think (or at least hope) we’re missing a »
- Matt Goldberg
X-Men: Apocalypse is currently filming in Montreal, under the direction of Bryan Singer. The film closes out the X-Men trilogy that started with 2011's X-Men: First Class and continued with last year's X-Men: Days of Future Past, with the story set in 1983. While several cast members from the aforementioned two movies are returning, there are several new actors coming into the fold, including Olivia Munn as Psylocke. We haven't seen her in costume on the set yet, but the actress revealed a new video on her Instagram page, where she shows off her new swordplay skills.
We haven't seen many photos from the set lately, since production has moved indoors in Montreal, but hopefully we'll get our first official look at Olivia Munn in costume as Psylocke soon. The actress is seen practicing with a fake katana sword, the character's trademark weapons from the X-Men comics. We still don't know »
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
At the end of 2013, "Thor" and "X-Men: First Class" writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller were hired to write a new "Terminator" TV series that had an ambitious concept. It would "follow a critical moment from the first Terminator film (1984) and, where the film's story goes one way, the upcoming series will take the same moment in a completely different direction. As the rebooted film trilogy and the new TV series progress, the two narratives will intersect with each other in some surprising and dramatic ways." Well, "Terminator Genisys" is due in cinemas next week, with planned release dates pegged for the sequels (though one wonders how confident Paramount is feeling given the rather muted excitement for the reboot), but nothing has been heard about that TV show. Well, it's still happening, and the plans are still big. "It’s something that we’re developing as we...
- Kevin Jagernauth
At the end of 2013, "Thor" and "X-Men: First Class" writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Miller were hired to write a new "Terminator" TV series that had an ambitious concept. It would "follow a critical moment from the first Terminator film (1984) and, where the film's story goes one way, the upcoming series will take the same moment in a completely different direction. As the rebooted film trilogy and the new TV series progress, the two narratives will intersect with each other in some surprising and dramatic ways." Well, "Terminator Genisys" is due in cinemas next week, with planned release dates pegged for the sequels (though one wonders how confident Paramount is feeling given the rather muted excitement for the reboot), but nothing has been heard about that TV show. Well, it's still happening, and the plans are still big. "It’s something that we’re developing as we »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
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- Gary Collinson
Fox achieved an improbable feat when it united the cast and characters of two very different real-world/fictional timelines in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Now they aim to bring two disparate teams together again, although if the rumor is true, the teams will be from different franchises. Sure, Fox owns the movie rights to Marvel's Fantastic Four and X-Men teams, so it's not quite as improbable as Marvel Studios' Spider-Man crossover with Sony. These days, it seems like anything goes. Latino Review reports that Fox's untitled movie in 2018 will unite the Fantastic Four and X-Men franchises; which cast members that crossover entails remains to be seen. Surely this crossover is contingent on a number of things. Will Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot, due out this August 7th, be successful enough to stand on its own? Will the new cast of Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan »
- Dave Trumbore
In the world of Toolbox Murders 2, you probably don't want any sharp tools in your shed, let alone the sharpest tool. Toolbox Murders 2 will be released on Blu-ray / DVD August 4th. Also in this round-up: Choose Their Kill, The Sentinel, and The Legacy release details.
Toolbox Murders 2: Press Release: "The handyman of horror is back with a new box of tricks and fear in Toolbox Murders 2, a highly anticipated follow-up to the 2004 Tobe Hooper directed slasher classic. Directed by legendary special effects artist, producer and filmmaker Dean C. Jones (Dark Awakening, X-Men: First Class), Toolbox Murders 2 stars Chauntal Lewis (Séance), Oscar® nominee Bruce Dern (Nebraska), Brian Krause (Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers), Clifton Powell (Ray), Chris Doyle (Toolbox Murders) and Ethan Phillips (Star Trek: Voyager). Picking up directly after the shocking events of the previous movie, Toolbox Murders 2 ratchets up the terror as it follows one of Hollywood’s most twisted killers. »
- Tamika Jones
According to a backpack designer (yes, we're digging deep for our sources now), Wolverine is going to be in X-Men: Apocalypse. No, you didn't read that wrong, I promise. Heroic Hollywood broke the news when they discovered an Instagram post (now deleted) from a custom leather designer named Kika NY, which showed preliminary designs for a custom backpack for Wolverine that would be featured in the X-Men sequel. Normally, I would be skeptical of a report "confirming" this news from Heroic Hollywood. Umberto Gonzalez and his crew throw a lot of news out there and, to their credit, get a lot right. However, last week he seemed confident the third Wolverine film would be based on "Old Man Logan," but then quickly backtracked on that after the news exploded online, since saying his source was incorrect. Even with Heroic Hollywood's spotty record, the news about the character's appearance in Apocalypse seems legit. »
- Charles Dean
Anghus Houvouras on the five worst film franchises…
Film franchises are easy targets for writers looking to grind an axe and bemoan the current state of big budget cinema. Like a pinata filled with gold bullion and airplane sized bottles of bourbon, everyone is just a little too eager to take a swing. It’s an easy topic to opine on because of the sheer volume of franchises being produced. They’re growing like weeds planted by studios who hope to create the next cash crop. There are so many terrible franchises in the history of Hollywood. I could spend an entire series of columns detailing cinematic tragedies like Twilight. I mean seriously…. did you sit through any of those Twilight movies? They could have been classified as cruel and unusual punishment under the Geneva Convention.
In an effort to maintain a constructive conversation on the topic, I’m going »
- Anghus Houvouras
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