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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for director Bryan Singer's sequel/prequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. The story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants. This trailer is extremely similar to the footage they showed at Comic-Con this summer (right down to the Hans Zimmer score), which sent Hall H into a frenzy. It does an excellent job of conveying the darker tone of the film as well as teasing the spectacle that will be on display, and I really can't wait to see more.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D May 23, 2014.
Here's a synopsis for X-Men: Days of Future Past:
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.
There have been plenty of photos from the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past, but now an official image has been released. And that image is…a hallway. More specifically, it's a hallway containing Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Beast in human-form (Nicholas Hoult), and Professor X (James McAvoy). It's not the most riveting of images (we kind of saw it already in a set photo from director Bryan Singer), but the effects are a long way from finished, so right now, you've got characters walking down a hallway. Enjoy.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23, 2014.
Via Hitsville [via Bleeding Cool].
The Toronto International Film Festival announced its stellar line-up for their 2013 Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Directed by Ned Benson) Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler.
Dom Hemingway (Directed by Richard Shepard) Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
Enough Said (Directed by Nicole Holofcener) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, and Tavi Gevinson.
Hateship Loveship (Directed by Liza Johnson) Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Sami Gayle.
Philomena (Directed by Stephen Frears) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
All images and info via TIFF.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her is a two-part love story seen through the eyes of a New York couple trying to understand each other as they cope with personal hardship. The different perspectives of “Him” and “Her” result in two films with a unique look into one couple’s attempt to reclaim the life and love they once had.
Dom Hemingway is a larger-than-life safecracker with a loose fuse who is funny, profane, and dangerous. After 12 years in prison, looking to ...
It was certainly a surprise when the enormous cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past showed up at Comic-Con and Movie Fanatic was there! We were promised a surprise guest after The Wolverine meet and greet and boy, when Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen led the cast of 16 out onto the stage, they were met with huge applause. We’re running the entire video of the event live below… and here are some highlights of what to look forward to:
Patrick Stewart said that "the best part of this movie is knowing that, at an earlier time in my life, I was James McAvoy.”
McAvoy, ever the quick wit, responded in kind. “And if I’m going to grow up to be someone, who better than Sir Patrick Stewart?” he said.
Not to be left out of the lovefest between actors portraying the same roles decades apart, McKellen looked towards Michael Fassbender as the older Magneto and said, “I’m looking forward to being as dashing and successful as Michael Fassbender.”
Nicholas Hoult, who plays Hank McCoy/Beast, said when he arrived on the set -- he kind of had a panic attack. “When you walked into those old corridors for the first time, I looked over and saw Jackman was Wolverine and I kinda panicked,” Hoult said. “Those were films I grew up on.”
When Jennifer Lawrence won her Oscar, she stumbled up the stairs and audiences adored her even more. Note the spot in the video where she hits herself in the face with the microphone and then jokes. Got to love someone who possesses the power of self mockery. She also had an interesting take on her and Halle Berry’s challenges for X-Men: Days of Future Past. “[Gesturing to Berry] She’s pregnant, I’m naked. Come see the movie,” she said and laughed.
Think this cast has fun together? Check out this highlight from the video below of Fassbender and McKellen talking about Magneto’s iconic helmet.
Ian McKellen to Michael Fassbender: Do you get to wear the helmet?
Michael Fassbender: Yes.
Ian McKellen: The best thing about playing the old Magneto is… no helmet.
Michael Fassbender: You don’t like the helmet?
Ian McKellen: Oh, no. We’ll talk about our helmets another time.
Yes, they do enjoy each other’s company. And you know what they say… when the actors on screen are having fun, so too does the audience.
Look for X-Men: Days of Future Past when it hits theaters May 23, 2014. And until then we get our first trailer, enjoy this on set Jennifer Lawrence tweeted picture from director Bryan Singer and Hugh Jackman on set!
Hands down the best panel I saw at Comic-Con this year was for director Bryan Singer’s ambitious sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. Not only did the footage look great, but the Q&A with nearly the entire cast made for a funny, engaging, and earnest conversation. Singer and many of the actors onstage—including Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellan, and Patrick Stewart—made the trek to Comic-Con over a decade ago with the first X-Men film, and now they were making a triumphant return the place where it all started. Everyone onstage seemed genuinely grateful to the fans for embracing them all those years ago, and the panel fittingly ended with a standing ovation. In celebration of the Comic-Con appearance, Fox has now unveiled a couple of swell posters for the film, which tease the time-travel element of the story as we see the different versions of Professor X (Stewart and James McAvoy) and Magneto (McKellan and Michael Fassbender).
Hit the jump to check out the posters, click here to read our panel recap, and click here to watch the panel yourself (sans footage, of course). X-Men: Days of Future Past opens on May 16, 2014.
Part of me will always love the X-Men. I watched the animated series when I was in third grade. I became addicted to collecting the trading cards. And while some can point to Blade as the beginning of the modern superhero movie, it didn’t truly begin in earnest until Bryan Singer's 2000 picture. It’s not an incredible picture, but it’s satisfying. The sequel, X2, is one of the best superhero movies ever made. X-Men: First Class gave the franchise a fresh spark of life, and now it’s all coming together with X-Men: Days of Future Past. We’ve been wondering if it’s too crowded, but perhaps the question we should be asking is, “Can you have too much of a good thing?”
Hit the jump for my recap of the panel, which included the premiere of the first footage from the movie. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 16, 2014.
Immediately after the panel for The Wolverine ends, Hugh Jackman brings Bryan Singer up on stage. Says they’re a year out and a lot of the effects are unfinished, but he did cut something together. It’s in 3D:
So many mutants but the core is that we see Xavier, Magneto, Storm, and Wolverine in the future. Xavier says they need to send Logan’s mind back to his younger body and convince young Xavier and young Magneto to avert the disastrous future. In the future, we see the cast members from the first three movies in dark, futuristic-looking clothing but not cheesy. It’s austere, ...
By now you probably know that almost the entire cast of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past surprised Comic-Con attendees today. Just prior to their Hall H appearance, the cast members participated in what might be a Guinness World Record for press conferences. Attending were director Bryan Singer, writer Simon Kinberg, producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker, plus cast members Evan Peters, Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page and Omar Sy. It was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime event to witness all of that talent on one stage, although fans will be privy to the experience once X-Men: Days of Future Past hits screens May 23, 2014. Hit the jump for highlights from the press conference.
On the adaptation of the source material:
Kinberg: The biggest difference between the film and the source material is that Kitty’s not the one who goes back in time, she sends someone back in time.
Singer: Initially, it began with the goal of bringing this cast together and time travel or time displacement of some kind would be the tool we could use to do that. Essentially the Wolverine of the future … his consciousness is sent into his younger self, and it’s nice that Hugh is able to play both parts, because his character is ageless, which is really unique.
On returning to play their characters and “old” meeting “new” X-Men:
Stewart: The best part of this movie is knowing that, at ...
Christmas comes but once a year and the season is never short of the movies that take advantage of the setting. There is any number of fresh takes on the legend of Santa and the responsibilities bestowed upon him and none have been quite as fun as in ARTHUR CHRISTMAS. All Christmas movies are fun in their own right, but right off the bat ARTHUR CHRISTMAS introduced a take on the character and how the world works in a way that I found charming and interesting, before tapering off in the middle and reeling me back in with good old fashioned heart for the finale.
Every kid’s worst nightmare around Christmas is being the kid Santa forgot around Christmas and that is the idea the film explores. Santa has evolved into more of a celebrity that doesn’t do any of the work and instead his eldest son, Steve, has created a well oiled present delivering machine in the form of a ship that travels at incredible speeds and hordes of elves operating with great precision to carry out all the normal Santa functions. Santa himself shows up to deliver one specific present to each child with the signature “From Santa” tag and moves on. However, Santa’s youngest son, Arthur, has a heart of gold and deals with all the letters from the children. After a simple accident within the ship ends with a present getting lost and a glitch in Steve’s system allows it to go un-noticed Arthur and his grandfather set out to make it right so that no child wakes up Christmas morning feeling like Santa does not care about them.
The beauty of ARTHUR CHRISTMAS is the imagination behind it. Beyond that, the icing on the cake is the care done to explore the wonder of exploring how things used to be and the overall tone and warm fuzzies that the Christmas season is capable of giving us all. The film starts off with a more modern look at how the folks at the North Pole have advanced with technology and how the advancements have made the process that much more mechanical and impersonal thus taking out the magic on some level. Once the adventure half of the film begins the wonderment of the season takes over, before getting lost somewhere in the middle just as characters do before wrapping itself up in a neat and tidy way- and as the elf character that tags along for the ride always says, “There’s always time for a bow.”
The animation is dazzling at times, showing off the imagination of the folks involved with the film especially during the opening gift delivering scene. There are plenty of moments though for the animation to get into different settings that don’t resemble the winter fantasy of the early scenes that are just as impressive as the more fantastic elements. There’s humor within the animation as well, which at times doesn’t feel as kid friendly as most holiday films tend to be.
As Christmas movies go, they tend to lean heavily on what makes kids tick and focus on jokes that are easy for them to understand. ARTHUR CHRISTMAS has jokes tailor fit for the kids in the audience, but there are plenty of one liners and visual references that are likely to fly right over their heads. So basically, what we end up with here is a holiday film with the goods to satisfy the old and the young, but not always both at the same time.
The scope of the film is large and the ambition might have been much narrower, yet the results nonetheless come out on the side of crowd pleasing entertainment that’s brisk and inoffensive. ARTHUR CHRISTMAS tends to feel a bit off-track at times, but when its on-track the film is immensely charming and a whole lot of fun to watch. The beautiful animation only sweetens the pot that much more for a film with its heart placed firmly in the right spot and a wonderful choice for family holiday viewing.
Written By: Luke (@CrummyLuke on Twitter)
In the animated family film Arthur Christmas, hitting theaters on November 23rd, actor James McAvoy voices Arthur, the awkward but enthusiastic youngest son to Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent). When the ultra-high-tech Christmas gift delivery system fails, missing one child out of hundreds of millions, Arthur embarks on a rogue mission, with the help of his rather naughty Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) and a giftwrapping-obsessed elf (Ashley Jensen), to deliver the last present before Christmas morning.
During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, James McAvoy talked about his desire to want to do more films for kids because they’re the best audience around, that he responded to the integrity and humor in the story, the challenge of voicing a character that is always so enthusiastic and nice, and that, if given the choice, he would likely go with the simple and classic ways of doing things versus the high-tech ones. He also talked about how freaky it was to watch even 10 minutes of the Showtime remake of Shameless (he starred in the original), his hopes for the X-Men: First Class sequel, which has not been greenlit yet, the amazing experience he’s had working with director Danny Boyle on Trance, for which he has one day left of shooting, how good the action-thriller Welcome to the Punch turned out, and shooting the fantastic but twisted script for Irvine Welsh’s Filth, starting in January 2012. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Question: Since you’ve been asked a lot of questions ...
A new teaser trailer for the family holiday flick Arthur Christmas has gone online. It's not as charming as the first teaser trailer and reminds me a lot of Disney's recent holiday special Prep & Landing where the elves are soldiers in Santa's army. That's right, kids. Only with military might can you get your presents. Since the flick comes from Aardman (the folks behind Wallace and Gromit), I'll stay excited for it, and I'd certainly rather see this animated family flick during the holidays than the atrocious-looking Happy Feet Two.
Hit the jump to check out the teaser. The film features the voices of James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy, and Imelda Staunton. Arthur Christmas opens in 3D on November 23rd.
Click over to Yahoo! Movies to see the trailer in HD.
Here's the synopsis for Arthur Christmas:
'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But this year, Santa's son Arthur has an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.