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Before we examine the debut trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, which hit the web this week, a confession: I have never had any real fondness for any of these movies. While some consider the first two, Bryan Singer-directed, X-Men films to have ushered in the current era of high-quality superhero flicks, I would argue that they represent everything that's wrong with the worst of comic book adaptations: too many spandex-sporting titans with too little screen time and not enough dialogue to make them stand out from the crowd.
20th Century Fox has always struggled to live up to the standards set by Marvel and the best of the Warner Bros and Sony superhero flicks. Brett Ratner's 2006 entry »
- Ben Child
It's the Season of the Witch on "American Horror Story: Coven" -- and these girls cast an intriguing spell.The FX horror series returns for its third incarnation tonight, switching gears from the aliens and possessions of "Asylum" to voodoo, potions and Big Easy enchantment.The third outing follows Zoe ("Ahs" alum Taissa Farmiga), who is shipped to an all-girls school in New Orleans after her first sexual experience goes horribly awry. This isn't any ordinary school though -- it's a school for witches, run by Cordelia Foxx (Sarah Paulson), daughter of the coven's "Supreme" (Jessica Lange, in full-on bitch mode).As fellow students, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Jamie Brewer all play off each other well -- and seeing them display their own unique powers promises an interesting dynamic ahead.While some of the set up feels a little like "X-Men" to me (Zoe's introduction is an R-rated version of Rogue, »
- tooFab Staff
For a show so insanely weird and hyperkinetic, the most impressive thing about "American Horror Story" is how controlled the chaos is. While the like-minded "True Blood" has drowned in its own excess...
Like dueling cable shows "Breaking Bad" and "Dexter," "American Horror Story" is the perfect yin to "True Blood"’s sloppy yang, and those comparisons will run rampant this year given the fem-centric "Coven" is set against a New Orleans backdrop and deals largely with societal outcasts.
Last year’s "Asylum" threw the kitchen sink directly in our face with crazed nuns, mental patients, Nazis, aliens, mutants and Anne Frank(!). "Coven" wastes no time delivering the same psychotic mix of violence, sex and revisionist history all set around “Miss Robichaux's Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies »
X-Men: Days of Future Past is already well into production and Ben Foster isn’t on the roster. His character, Warren Worthington III, also know as Angel, was introduced in Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand, but, unlike co-stars Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Halle Berry (Storm), Patrick Stewart (Professor Charles Xavier), Rogue (Anna Paquin), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), Daniel Cudmore (Colossus), and Ian McKellen (Magneto), he is not reprising his role in Bryan Singer’s May 23, 2014 release.
No need to launch into a tirade against X-Men: The Last Stand, but even though the film has its problems, one of which is the underuse of Foster’s Angel, the character still makes an impact. We may only get a fraction of the tale of the heir to the Worthington Industries fortune, but when you see a poor little boy trying to cut off ...
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- Perri Nemiroff
by Brett White
Following Lucas Till's portrayal of Havok in 2011's "X-Men: First Class," fans of the big screen franchise have been waiting for the character to share the screen with his brother, Cyclops. Of course that's a bit tricky considering that James Marsden's X-Leader bit the dust—or was turned to dust, rather—in 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand." In addition to that, the brothers are separated by a few decades, as Havok's films are set a good forty years before Cyclops'.
But with time traveling playing a major part in 2014's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," it seems like anything could be possible, including resurrecting Cyclops and uniting Scott and Alex Summers on the big screen for the first time. James Marsden sure seems aware of this possibility, as he revealed in a recent interview with Vulture.
"No, no X-Men, unfortunately," said Marsden when asked if »
- Splash Page Team
X-Men: The Last Stand was directed by Brett Ratner, from a screenplay written by Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn. The cast included: Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine, Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe / Storm, Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, Anna Paquin as Marie / Rogue, Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast, James Marsden as Scott Summers / Cyclops, Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake / Iceman, and Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde. The film earned $459 million at the world wide box office, against a budget of $210 million. »
I hope you’re in the mood for some news regarding X-Men: Days of Future Past, because I have some good stuff for you.
First up, Vulture has some character confirmations.
We all knew (or at least highly speculated) that Peter Dinklage was playing Bolivar Trask, creator of the Sentinels. Vulture has now confirmed this.
The other character is one we didn’t know about, and that is who Josh Helman is playing: William Stryker.
This makes Helman the third actor to play the character. In X2: X-Men United Bryan Cox played him and in X-Men Origins: Wolverine Danny Huston filled the shoes. Since DoFP takes place roughly ten years before Origins, it makes sense for him to be younger.
Yes, Lucas Till is back as Alex “Havoc” Summers. »
- Philip Sticco
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted this first look photo from the set of the upcoming film “Hercules: The Thracian Wars” by director Brett Ratner (Rogue, Movie 43, Rush Hour) and starring Dwayne Johnson (Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon, Fast & Furious 7, Arabian Nights), Ian McShane (Cuban Fury, American Horror Story) and John Hurt (The Strain, Doctor Who). Synopsis: Fourteen hundred years ago, a tormented soul walked the earth that was neither man nor god. Hercules was the powerful son of the god king Zeus, for this he received nothing but suffering his entire life. After twelve arduous labours and the loss of his family, this dark, [ Read More ]
- Brian Corder
It may be a shared universe, but with all of the continuity issues arising from the first five instalments, 20th Century Fox's X-Men movie franchise is certainly far from a cohesive universe. Having launched the Marvel movie series back in 2000, director Bryan Singer is currently "fixing sh*t" from Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand with X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it had been assumed that Hugh Jackman's upcoming solo adventure The Wolverine would mark the first step in Fox's plan to replicate the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as paving the way for next year's mutant epic.
"Bryan and I have talked and he’s seen what we’ve done," Mangold tells SFX. "Clearly the reality is that we are all trying »
- Flickering Myth
They say a door opens for every window that shuts, but as the production of X-Men: Days of Future Past (Dofp) continues, it seems unlikely that Bryan Singer will be opening any new doors for Jean Grey (portrayed by Famke Janssen). Fans of the franchise will no doubt remember the last appearance of Jean as the Phoenix in Brett Ratner’s 2006 train wreck, X-Men: The Last Stand. After watching Ratner assassinate or handicap a number of characters, he put the final nail in the X3 coffin with an over the top battle, climaxing with Dark Phoenix’s death. Since the last credit rolled that opening night, it felt unlikely that anyone would go near the franchise again. In 2011, X-Men fans were rewarded for refusing to do to Ratner what he had done to Jean Grey, and we were given the reboot and prequel, X-Men: First Class. As Bryan Singer continues »
- Jonathan Patrick Thompson
Having been one of the major casualties of Brett Ratner's X-Men: The Last Stand, Patrick Stewart's Professor Charles Xavier is set to make his return to the X-Men franchise next year (or earlier, but that's another story) as Bryan Singer brings the casts of the original X-Men trilogy and 2011's X-Men: First Class together for a big screen adaptation of the classic comic book story arc X-Men: Days of Future Past. Speaking at Comicpalooza this past weekend, Stewart spoke briefly about his return to the X-Men universe:
"It’s been 6 or 7 years since X-Men 3, where you will recall that Charles Xavier was vaporized by whats-her-name, Jean Grey. And you’re asking yourselves, ‘If you were vaporized, how can you be in the next X-Men movie?’ Anybody got any ideas how that came about? [An audience member yells out 'Time Travel'] Yeah, that’s exactly it. I guess. There will be an explanation, but it was »
- Flickering Myth
The series order flood has begun at NBC.
“About A Boy” will make its silver screen to small screen transition, with Jon Favreau at the helm. Single-cam laffer based on Nick Hornby’s novel and 2002 pic “About A Boy” stars Minnie Driver and David Walton. Jason Katims penned the pilot and is exec producing. Also getting the nod is the multi-cam laffer toplined by Sean Hayes, “Sean Saves the World” and comedy “The Family Guide,” from scribe D.J. Nash.
Pilot Scorecard: Track TV Orders in Real-Time (Click Here)
NBC is also investing in J.J. Abrams-produced pilot “Believe.” Warner Bros. TV series will center on a girl with emerging powers (Johnny Sequoyah) and a man sprung from prison to protect her (Jake McLaughlin).
Rand Ravich’s drama “Crisis” has also received a series order this morning. The D.C.-based thriller from 20th Century Fox TV centers on a »
- AJ Marechal
Storyboards Created by Tim Burgard Click Here to See More Of Tim Burgard's Fantastic Artwork Tim Burgard began his artistic career in the comic book industry as a penciler, inker, and even a writer. Down the road he would lend his substantial talents to the entertainment industry, creating storyboards for popular films and television programs. Recently Tim has worked on films, such as Rupert Wyatt's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Kenneth Branagh's Thor and Louis Leterrier's The Incredible Hulk. X-Men: The Last Stand was directed by Brett Ratner, from a screenplay written by Simon Kinberg and Zak Penn. The cast included: Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine, Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe / Storm, Patrick Stewart as Professor Charles Xavier, Anna Paquin as Marie / Rogue, Kelsey Grammer as Dr. Henry "Hank" McCoy / Beast, James Marsden as Scott Summers / Cyclops, Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake / Iceman, and »
Last month, actor Hugh Jackman revealed that X-Men: Days of Future Past will feature every X-Men character that has appeared in the previous movies. While this statement hasn't exactly been confirmed, director Bryan Singer has brought on mutant alumni such as Patrick Stewart (Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), and Anna Paquin (Rogue). The director recently teased that Jean Gray (Famke Janssen) and Cyclops (James Marsden) may be back as well.
Here's what he had to say, when asked if he wants to see the characters come back.
"Who wouldn't? Who wouldn't? [Laughing] That's all I can say."
While this is not exactly a confirmation, there was a report from December that Fox wanted Halle Berry (Storm) and James Marsden (Cyclops) to return. This is the first we're hearing about Famke Janssen's return.
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Over the past couple of months we've seen plenty of familiar faces signing on to reprise their roles in Bryan Singer's forthcoming superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past, and now we have our first newcomer to the X-Men universe with the news that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has been cast as the "main antagonist" of the time-travelling mutant epic. According to reports, Dinklage could be set to play Bolivar Trask, a »
- Flickering Myth
Erik Lundegaard has a neat interactive chart where you can rank the Best Picture winners from all Oscar years
Vulture power rankings of the Friday Night Lights cast post series finale
In Contention Kris Tapley launches his well regarded annual top ten shots column
Broadway Blog fun multipart piece on Broadway's best love songs from Les Misérables through Avenue Q
Gawker loves Madonna's instagram account and so do »
- NATHANIEL R
The list of familiar faces returning to the "X-Men" universe keeps growing and growing. The latest names to be added to the cast of "X-Men: Days of Future Past" are sure to make fans of the original trilogy smile: Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore.
Director Bryan Singer confirmed the news on Twitter, as he's done with all major casting announcements surrounding "Days of Future Past" thus far. In his tweet, he thanked "X-Men: The Last Stand" director Brett Ratner for "letting them live," perhaps indicating that the deceased Cyclops and Jean Grey won't be returning for "Days of Future Past" as has been rumored.
Very excited to welcome #annapaquin, @ellenpage & @shawnrashmore to #XMen #DaysofFuturePast - thank you @brettratner for letting them live!
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) January 26, 2013
Rogue and Iceman are welcome additions to "Future Past," but it's Kitty Pryde who plays the most important role of the trio »
- Josh Wigler
Bryan Singer's return to the comic book fray comes courtesy of 'X-Men: First Class' follow-up 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'. It's a long way off before we'll clapping our eyes on the final project but at least we can look forward to seeing the return of Anna Paquin as Rogue ('True Blood'), Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde ('Super', 'Inception') and Shawn Ashmore as Iceman ('The Barrens'). The trio, all last seen in Brett Ratner's 'X-Men: The Last Stand', have been signed up to feature in the time-travelling sequel whereby the X-ers attempt to change time in order to avoid a major historical event that could globally impact on man and mutant kind. They join the returning Michael Fassbender ('Prometheus'), James McAvoy ('Wanted'), Jennifer Lawrence ('The House at the End of the Street »
News Simon Brew Jan 28, 2013
As well as the bulk of the First Class cast appearing, the plot this time - which involves time travel elements - will bring in faces from the original X-Men trilogy (of which Singer directed the first two outings). As such, we've already heard that Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are involved. But Singer has now announced on his Twitter feed that Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Rashmore are returning too.
The upcoming prequel/sequel/wtfever "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is definitely living up to its title, as according to Deadline, original "X-Men" trilogy stars Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore will all be returning to the franchise.
Looks like we're one step closer to pretending that Brett Ratner never existed.
Ratner, of course, directed the critically lampooned third installment in the superhero series, 2006's "X-Men: The Last Stand," which was notable for casually disposing of half of the cast while focusing almost entirely on Hugh Jackman's well-oiled pecs and a series of bad internet-inspired gags.
That, in turn, led to the franchise being entirely rebooted with 2011's prequel "X-Men: First Class," which was set in the 1960's. But now that original "X-Men" director Bryan Singer is back, he's using the classic time travel storyline "Days of Future Past" from the comics to bring favorites from both eras together in one story. »
- Scott Harris
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