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Last year I got to visit the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past when the production was filming in Montreal. With the film getting released this May, FOX has lifted my embargo and I've just posted some great on-set interviews with Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, writer-producer Simon Kinberg, and director Bryan Singer. In addition, I created a list of 90 things to know about the film which you can read by clicking here. If you've been looking forward to Days of Future Past, get ready to learn a lot about the film. To help promote the set visit, FOX has graciously provided us with 5 new images from the movie. The pics feature new looks at Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Michael Fassbender, Jackman, McAvoy and Singer. Hit the jump to check them out. Here’s the official 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. click on any image for high-res For more from my X-Men: Days of Future Past set visit: 90 Things to Know About Bryan Singer's X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST From Our Set Visit Hugh Jackman Talks Reuniting with Bryan Singer, Battling Sentinels, How Long He'll Play Wolverine, and More on the Set of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE ...
A few new images from director Bryan Singer’s upcoming “inbetweenquel” X-Men: Days of Future Past have landed online. 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. A few of these new images are high-resolution versions of previously released images, while a couple others are promo photos of Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto. All in all, this gives us a better look at the updated costumes that Singer has crafted, and the McAvoy/Stewart image is rather exciting. With the summer movie season only a few months away, I expect we’ll see a second trailer for the film sooner rather than later. Hit the jump to check out the new images. The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, and Patrick Stewart. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd. Images via Total Film and the official X-Men Twitter.
“He’s the sanest person I’ve ever met,” band manager Don (Scott McNairy) tells keyboardist Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) about their lead singer and songwriter, Frank (Michael Fassbender). Frank wears a giant fake head that he never takes off. Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank is a funny, warm, thoughtful story about crafting an artistic identity, and needing to seize on to someone else’s expression when you don’t have one of your own. It also provides an insightful look at the fault in trying to forge an identity based on the acceptance of others instead of embracing one’s own oddities and shortcomings even if the world at large sees them as “insane”. Jon is a songwriter and keyboard player who’s struggling to find his own voice. One day, he has a chance encounter with Don, whose keyboardist is in the midst of trying to drown himself in the ocean. Since the band, The Soronprfbs, now has an opening, Jon joins them only to discover that their lead singer and songwriter, Frank, wears a giant fake head all the time. Their music is equally strange, but Jon, eager to improve his music, gets swept up in the unique group and follows them out to the wilderness where they try to record an album. During their time in the forest, Jon tries to bond with Frank and boost the band’s profile online, but his actions put him in the crosshairs of the band’s angry Theremin player, Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Frank is based off author Jon Ronson’s personal experience working ...
The nominations for the 86th Academy Awards have been announced. American Hustle and Gravity lead with 10 nominations each, while 12 Years a Slave isn't too far behind with 9 nominations. Looking over my predictions, there weren't actually too many surprises this morning--at least no genuine "snubs" on the scale of Ben Affleck and Kathryn Bigelow last year. Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale made the Best Actor cut over Robert Redford and Tom Hanks, Her, Dallas Buyers Club, and Philomena all got Best Picture nominations over Saving Mr. Banks, and Sally Hawkins landed a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her work in Blue Jasmine, seemingly taking Oprah Winfrey's spot from Lee Daniels' The Butler. Also, the Academy apparently did not take a liking to Saving Mr. Banks, as the film missed out on a Best Picture nomination and a Best Actress nomination for Emma Thompson. Hit the jump to take a look at the full nominations list, and check back soon for my commentary on some of the categories. The 86th Oscars will be broadcast March 2nd on ABC. BEST PICTURE American Hustle Captain Phillips Dallas Buyers Club Gravity Her Nebraska Philomena 12 Years a Slave The Wolf of Wall Street BEST DIRECTOR David O. Russell - American Hustle Alfonso Cuaron - Gravity Alexander Payne - Nebraska Steve McQueen - 12 Years a Slave Martin Scorsese - The Wolf of Wall Street BEST ACTOR Christian Bale - American Hustle Bruce Dern - Nebraska Leonardo DiCaprio - The Wolf of Wall Street Chiwetel Ejiofor - 12 Years a Slave Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club BEST ACTRESS Amy Adams - American Hustle Cate Blanchett - Blue Jasmine Sandra Bullock - Gravity Judi Dench - Philomena Meryl Streep - August: Osage County BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR Barkhad Abdi - Captain Phillips Bradley Cooper - American Hustle Michael Fassbender ...
Star Wars fans may want to sit down for this one. While J.J. Abrams has now been onboard to direct Star Wars: Episode VII for nearly a year, solid news with regards to the pic has been very, very hard to come by. As the film’s production start date looms closer, we all knew this was about to change, and last night we learned that Friday Night Lights actor Jesse Plemons is being eyed for a role in the pic. Now THR has dumped a huge quantity of info about the follow-up, including word that Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and Adam Driver are all being eyed for roles. More interestingly, though, the script for Episode VII has apparently changed significantly since screenwriter Michael Arndt was pushed off the project, and the lead characters for Episode VII may now be the original trilogy stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford. Hit the jump for the Star Wars: Episode VII motherload. First thing’s first: according to THR, the script for Star Wars: Episode VII has been significantly reworked since Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan took over screenwriting duties last fall. The official reason given for the screenwriter change was that the Episode VII crew was facing an impending deadline with the film’s December 2015 release date, but THR says the actual reason for the shift was a difference in opinion over which characters to emphasize. Arndt apparently felt that the main characters of Star Wars: Episode VII should be the offspring of Luke Skywalker (Hamill), Han Solo ...
20th Century Fox has released new behind-the-scenes images from their upcoming 2014 tentpoles Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: Days of Future Past. The Apes image is just Andy Serkis (who plays Caesar) doing his motion-capture thing. The real magic will come with the side-by-side comparisons of how his performance aligns with the finished visual effects. It's exciting to think that with the advancements in technology, this should look even better than Rise of the Planet of the Apes. As for X-Men, I no longer care about time-travel or sentinels after looking at this photo. I just want a Magneto/Wolverine 70s buddy-cop TV series. Hit the jump to check out the images. X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 3D on July 18th. Here's the official 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. Via Empire. Here’s the official synopsis for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are ...
Over the past week, we've been looking back on 2013 and trying to whittle down what we thought were the "best" of the year. Obviously, this is all subjective. There is no mathematical formula at work. I feel I shouldn't have to state this, but there are people in the comments section who feel that everything should be appraised "objectively", which in this case would simply be "These are five actors who starred in movies" or "These are five people who directed movies". The debate comes over who can be considered the best in their respective fields. Who gave a performance that we still can't shake? Who put together a powerhouse of a picture? Who created the score we're still humming? Who was the bane of our protagonists? Who's on the cusp of the A-list? These are fun questions to ask, and hopefully they'll stir up some fun (and respectful) debate. Hit the jump for my miscellaneous "Best of 2013" picks. Check back from December 28 – 30th for the Top 10 Films of 2013 lists from me, Adam, and Dave. [Note: Runners-Up are listed in alphabetical order; also, the film had to receive some kind of theatrical release in 2013 to be considered] BEST ACTOR Chiwetel Ejiofor as "Solomon Northrup" in 12 Years a Slave Runners-Up: Bruce Dern as "Woody Grant" in Nebraska Leonardo DiCaprio as "Jordan Belfort" in The Wolf of Wall Street Oscar Isaac as "Llewyn Davis" in Inside Llewyn Davis Simon Pegg as "Gary King" in The World's End BEST ACTRESS Cate Blanchett as "Jasmine" in Blue ...
As we continue our in-depth look at the coming awards season, it’s now time to delve in the Best Supporting Actor race. It’s a tough category this year, with a number of impressive turns from a variety of actors. The two big standouts emerged at the Toronto Film Festival this past September with Jared Leto earning extremely high praise for his turn as a transsexual opposite Mattthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender turning heads as a ruthless slave owner in the highly emotional 12 Years a Slave. But there are plenty of other contenders as well, with both Jonah Hill and James Franco firmly in the race for a pair of more comic performances. Hit the jump to read the latest edition of Oscar Beat, in which we examine the Best Supporting Actor category. Frontrunners Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club When Dallas Buyers Club premiered at the Toronto Film Festival this fall, all eyes were on what was potentially a striking and Oscar worthy turn from star Matthew McConaughey. While McConaughey did indeed deliver a swell performance, he was nearly upstaged by his co-star Jared Leto, who completely disappears into the role of Rayon. Leto has swept three critics groups awards already and seems destined for an Oscar nomination, if not the win. He’s definitely the one to beat at the moment. Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave Nipping at Leto’s heels is Michael Fassbender, who turns in a tremendous performance as the despicable and complicated slave owner Edwin Epps in ...
The 2014 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been announced, and director Steve McQueen’s excellent drama 12 Years a Slave tops the nominees with seven nods, including Best Feature, Best Director, and Best Actor. Nebraska is not far behind with six nominations, and the Robert Redford drama All Is Lost also did well with four nods. The much-beloved Short Term 12 failed to land a Best Feature nomination, but Primer director Shane Carruth’s twisty second feature Upstream Color landed nods for Best Director and Best Editing. The Best Actor category is a strong mirror of the very tight Oscar race in the same category, and the wonderful Shailene Woodley and Brie Larson nabbed Best Actress nominations for The Spectacular Now and Short Term 12, respectively. Hit the jump for the full list of nominations and additional commentary. The Independent Spirit Awards will be hosted on March 1, 2014. As far as snubs go, it’s disappointing not to see Miles Teller recognized for his stellar work in The Spectacular Now or the lovely Greta Gerwig who grounds Frances Ha, and Before Midnight would have been a worthy addition to the Best Feature category. That being said, this year is a highly competitive awards race (as evidenced by the Best Actor category expanding to six nominees), so it's tough to argue with this list of nominees. Pleasant surprises include James Gandolfini (Enough Said) and Will Forte (Nebraska) landing Best Supporting Actor nods, Gaby Hoffmann receiving a Best Female Lead nomination for her work in the Michael Cera ...
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.