X-Men Apocalypse comes as the ninth instalment in the X-Men film series and stars Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy as Raven and Professor X. The X-Men are made up of a subspecies of humans that are born with superhuman abilities and are able to perform acts that are considered not normal for the average human.
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Bryan Singer is the godfather of the X-Men movies
Having directed the first two films, X-Men (2000) and X2 (2003), and the last two, Days of Future Past (2014) and now Apocalypse. So what keeps bringing him back to this world? "I think it's the history," he says. "It's the history and the cast. I have a history with these characters. So even when another filmmaker like Matthew Vaughn made a movie, I had to be part of it, I had to produce it. So I get drawn back in. I try to get out because I have other ideas for other movies and things, but I really love this universe. I love these characters and I love these actors. We really had a great time."
Singer particularly enjoyed Apocalypse because it deals with the origins of mutants, something that hadn't been addressed before. "It's about the origin of gods and religion," he says. "I read Chariots of the Gods when I was a kid, and I was fascinated with religion and cults and things like that. So that stuff made this so appealing to do. Whenever someone tries to view themselves as higher than everyone else, and more than everyone else, it's a recipe for problems, conflict, disaster, wars, death and destruction!"
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This closing chapter of the First Class trilogy falls into the same trap as The Last Stand, the final part in the original X-Men trilogy: it shifts the focus from character detail and social commentary into a more standard effects-heavy action brawl. There's still a lot of strong character detail, and a big story that can't help but be entertaining. But it's impossible to escape the feeling that the film's scale is far bigger than it needed to be.
It's now 1983, and while Professor X (James McAvoy) works with Hank (Nicholas Hoult) to set up his school for young mutants, his old friend and nemesis Erik (Michael Fassbender) has started a family in a rural corner of Poland. But he can't hide forever. Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) is roaming the world helping mutants where she can, meeting the teleporting Kurt (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in Berlin before heading to Cairo. There, CIA operative Moira (Rose Byrne) has just uncovered a bizarre underground cult that has revived the ancient super-mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who immediately sets out on a quest to cleanse the planet and start over again. He needs four assistants, and the question is which of the X-Men will go over to the dark side.
This is the third comic book movie in a row about superheroes fighting each other, after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. And it's similarly enormous (all three films are around two-and-a-half hours long), with mammoth battles that don't quite make logical sense but are compelling enough that the audience goes with them. This film has a bit more emotional depth, including back-stories that have been developed with unusual complexity. But some characters fall through the cracks.
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Critics aren't fond of the latest installation.
It seems, according to critics, that 'X-Men Apocalypse' will be joining 'Batman v Superman' in the list of the most disappointing comic book superhero films of 2016, as the franchise returns with much less excitement than the synopsis and trailers suggested. A bit of a Marvel misfire as it were.
'X-Men Apocalypse' hasn't found favour with critics
It's hard to pinpoint exactly what the critics hated most about the latest instalment of the 'X-Men' series, which sees the return of director Bryan Singer in a story about the impending doom of mankind. The confusing plot, the poor character development and some overly blase moments made for 'a franchise-killing disaster' according to Forbes, who also said, 'I am not sure how you make Oscar Isaac as a world-destroying baddie dull, but the powers-that-be have pulled it off.' Ouch!
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Mutants and humans alike are familiar with the story of Apocalypse, he was the first mutant and began harnessing his power in ancient times. Now, millions of years after his reign, Apocalypse is reborn and finds himself in the middle of a modern society and shocked by the direction both human and mutant life has taken.
Feeling there are few options left, Apocalypse calls on the help of Magneto and a group of other mutants to help 'cleanse' the earth of all the citizens who have contributed to its downfall. The Horsemen of the Apocalypse - headed by Magneto - start to wreak havoc around the world and it looks like the X-Men's attempts to save it are all but lost - especially when their team is badly hurt by the loss of one member.
Removing Bryan Singer from all promotional activities seems to have paid off for Fox.
X-Men: Days of Future Past has been making news with its stellar debut over the weekend. Despite some concern from Twentieth Century Fox following the allegations raised against director Bryan Singer, the film’s profits skyrocketed over its debut weekend, reaching $91.4 million domestically (according to Box Office Mojo) and anchoring Days of Future Past at the top of the box office.
Singer's labor of love is doing great, despite the scandal.
DoFP’s profits currently stand at $111 million in the US and $191 million internationally, making it the fourth biggest opening for 2014, behind Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Godzilla and The Lego Movie.
'X-Men: Days of Future Past' is set to dominate this weekend's box office
Godzilla has basically had free reign over the box office since it stormed its way towards $200m+ in the global box office, and that’s without China and Japan – a huge market, especially for this particular franchise – still to come. But with X-Men: Days of Future Past set for release this Thursday, that ‘biggest opening’ mantle is set to be a short-lived one.
Back in 2006, The Last Stand pulled in $102m - $10m more than Godzilla’s debut weekend and that was 8 years ago. 3 years before that, X2: Z-Men United grabbed a very healthy $85m on opening weekend.
X:Men: Days of Future Past is back in the capable hands of Bryan Singer.
Bryan Singer's first two X-Men movies are considered high-points of the superhero genre, combining strong characters, ripping action and deep layers of resonant subtext. Then he abandoned the franchise to make Superman Returns (2006), leaving mindless action-comedy filmmaker Brett Ratner to make the underwhelming X-Men: The Last Stand. Fans thought the characters were done forever. And the even less coherent X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) seemed like the final nail in the coffin.
Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'
Then Matthew Vaughn stepped into the ring, hot off his post-modern superhero romp Kick-Ass (2010), he went back in time for X-Men: First Class (2011), a clever reworking of the characters that allowed him to recast them with rising-star actors like Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult. Never one to hang around or repeat himself, Vaughn then left to work on his thriller The Secret Service, starring Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L. Jackson.
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Bryan Singer and Gary Goddard face fresh allegations of sexual abuse in a second lawsuit filed against them.
X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer faces fresh allegations of sexual assault. The latest accusations follow a federal lawsuit filed by former child model Michael Egan in April. Now a second man, an anonymous Brit, has come forward, filing a claim in California accusing Singer and theatre producer Gary Goddard of sexually assaulting him when he was a child.
Director Bryan Singer is currently facing two separate sexual abuse lawsuits
The claim has been filed by the same lawyer working with Egan, whose lawsuit is against both Singer and Goddard, as well as two others. The latest lawsuit alleges that Goddard actively contacted the plaintiff on a social media website when he was just 14, later contact escalating to nude webcam conversations when the boy was 15. The man also claims that when he was 16 he began a sexual relationship with Singer.
The 48 year-old film-maker will also be not taking part in any promotional work for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.'
The federal lawsuit, which was filed in Hawaii on Wednesday (April 16th) by Michael Egan, states that the 48 year-old filmmaker raped and drugged the minor, as part of an alleged Hollywood sex ring.
The 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' director released a statement addressing the claims on Thursday (April 24th).
Avril Lavigne went way down in our estimations this week whilst Marc Anthony made knees weak at the Billboard Latin Awards and Peaches Geldof was laid to rest.
People's "Most Beautiful": Lupita Nyong'o is beautiful? Tell us something we didn't know! The 12 Years a Slave star was honoured this week for her natural beauty and bang-on style with People magazine's "Most Beautiful" prize. Sure, the award isn't as special as say, her Academy Award but goes to show that 2014 is the year of the Lupita for sure with filmmakers, fashion houses and fans falling at her feet. Need inspiration? We've compiled a list of her top red carpet looks here. And what was that about a role in the new Jungle Book movie?
'The Hobbit' Name Change: It's a bold thing for a director to change the name of a movie but the third and final 'Hobbit' movie has received a make-over from 'There And Back Again' to 'The Battle of the Five Armies.' Find out Jackson's reasoning for the swap here. The grandiose new title brings visions of the predictably epic battle between the goblins and dwarves, elves, men, and the majestic giant eagles at the foot of the Lonely Mountain. Expect awesomeness: here are our three predictions for the new movie.
The 'X-Men' director has dismissed accusations that he raped 17 year-old boy as "absurd."
Bryan Singer has denied allegations that he raped a 17 year-old boy and forced him to take cocaine, as is claimed plaintiff Michael F Egan III, in a civil lawsuit filed in Hawaii. Egan, who has waived his right to anonymity, has alleged that the X-Men director and others abused him in Los Angeles and Hawaii during a period when he was trying to make a name for himself as an actor in 1999, according to THR.
Bryan Singer Has Been Accused Of Raping A 17 Year-Old Boy In 1999.
Singer, via his lawyer Marty Singer, has vehemently denied the allegations against him. "The claims made against Bryan Singer are completely without merit," he said. "We are very confident that Bryan will be vindicated in this absurd and defamatory lawsuit."
Singer's accuser is to hold a press conference in LA this Thursday.
A shadow has been cast over the upcoming release of the highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, as producer Bryan Singer has been accused of drugging and raping a teenage boy. According to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the incidents reportedly took place in California and Hawaii in the late 1990s. The suit claims that Singer, now 48, used his influencehis influence in Hollywood, as well as a range of drugs and alcohol, to force anal and oral sex on the boy.
The lawsuit against Singer lays out several alleged incidents in explicit details.
The young man in question, Michael Egan, is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial for a number of abuses, which reportedly happened at house parties in California and Hawaii. The suit also involves one Marc Collins-Rector, who isa former entertainment business executive and registered sex offender, of initiating the sexual abuse by arranging for Singer to meet the teenager at "notorious parties" in Encino, California, around 1998, Reuters reports.
The 48 year-old film-maker has been accused of raping, physically abusing and unwillingly intoxicating a teenage boy, by a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Hawaii Federal Court .
Bryan Singer, who is a director, producer, and writer of more than 15 productions, including the 'X-Men' franchise, is being sued and accused of sexual assault.
The 48 year-old was handed a federal lawsuit on Wednesday (April 16th), for allegedly sexually abusing a 17 year-old boy back in 1999.
The abuse apparently occurred at estates in Los Angeles and Kailua, Hawaii, and included rape, forced drug taking and other physical overpowering.
Check out the dramatic new poster for the latest 'X-Men' movie.
Twentieth Century Fox has debuted a new poster for the upcoming comic book adaptation sequel, X-Men Days of Future Past. The dramatic new image features Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, and Fan Bingbing alongside all the franchise's main characters.
It's Dark Times For The X-Men In 'Days Of Future Past.'
Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, and Peter Dinklage all star in the action epic, which is due for release in May.
As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but some of them might actually be good. Of course, release dates are subject to change...
10. The Expendables 3 (Aug) - Hopefully this meathead action romp will be the guilty pleasure of the year. Other muscle-bound, brainless thrills may come from Pompeii (Feb), Tarzan (May) and Hercules (Aug).
Read more about 'The Expendables 3' here
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Anna Paquin will no longer feature in X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Director Bryan Singer says Oscar-winner Anna Paquin was just one of the "extraneous" things in X-Men: Days of Future Past that had to be cut from the final version. The 31-year-old had reprised her role as Rogue in the forthcoming movie, but she has since been adjudged to be surplus to requirements.
Magneto [L] and Professor X [R] in Young and Old Forms
Singer told Entertainment Weekly that Paquin "was just one of the things that had to go," though said the True Blood star had done "a fantastic job" and "completely understood" that she had to be cut.
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Director Bryan Singer has since said the decision to cut Paquin's screen time as Rogue was only motivated by time constraints
X Men: Days of Future Past has gotten fanboys and comic book movie enthusiast already clipping their heels in anticipation as it looks to reassert the X Men franchise to the top of the comic book movie pecking order. As things seemed to be going swimmingly as the film gradually made its way to the editing stage, with filming all but under wraps, the first major hiccup in it's path to the big screen has been revealed by director Bryan Singer.
Anna Paquin's time on the screen has been severely shortened
As the editing process get into full swing, the first casualty in the mutant army happens to be Anna Paquin's Rogue character, who is having a hefty portion of her screen time cut from the final film reel. A rescue scene supposed take place near the beginning of the film, one involving Rogue, Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), has been taken out of the final cut for the film, with Singer explaining to Entertainment Weekly that the decision to scrap the sequence shouldn't harm the final cut of the movie, although it does mean Rogue will play a much lighter role in Days of Future Past.
This week's news was dominated by the tragic deaths of Paul Walker and Nelson Mandela, but there was some good news in the movie world with X-Men Apocalypse set for 2016, and the Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer hitting the web.
Paul Walker Dead: Tributes have been pouring in this week for the late actor Paul Walker, who died in a car crash in Los Angeles on Saturday (November 30). His friend's Porsche Carrera GT crashed into a tree and burst into flames. Read all the tributes here.
Long Walk to Freedom: This week also marked the sad passing of Nelson Mandela, who died after a long illness. Actor Idris Elba plays the legendary figure in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and he's been chatting about his preparations for playing one of greatest leaders in history. Read what Elba had to say here.
It's a long way off but Bryan Singer announces a new X-Men project.
Director Bryan Singer has yet again used Twitter to give fans early knowledge into his exciting new projects. The filmmaker revealed yesterday that a new X-Men movie, X-Men Apocalypse, will be headed our way in 2016. Singer is currently working on next year's eagerly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, but clearly wanted to make sure fans stayed hooked on the franchise with word on the next instalment.
Jennifer Lawrence As Mystique In 'Days Of Future Past.'
The Wrap discovered that the exact release date for X-Men: Apocalypse has been pencilled in for the 27th May 2016. Clear your diaries now! Details are scarce on the new movie at the moment but the title Apocalypse is believed to refer to the X-Men mutant villain, ranked not only as one of the top X-Men baddies but one of the greatest comic book bad-guys of all time, according to Marvel.com.
Continue reading: 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Coming In 2016 - And You Know What That Means.
A biography of iconic filmmaker John Milius, this engaging documentary features some of the biggest stars of all time talking about their friend who changed the movies forever. And he's got such a huge presence that we love listening to his stories almost as much as we've loved watching his films over the decades. This movie also explores his controversial image as a right-wing gun lover, but the salient fact is that his friends and colleagues clearly love him dearly.
John Milius has always been a man's man. His asthma prevented him from joining the military, so he instead went to film school in the 1960s with a group that included Lucas, Spielberg, Coppola and Scorsese. And these young turks were exactly what cinema needed as the studio system ended. Milius' uncredited screenplay for Dirty Harry got him work as a writer and director, and his crowning achievement remains the screenplay for Apocalypse Now. He's also proud of his passion project Big Wednesday, an iconic surfing film that vanished without a trace when the studio abandoned it. But everything changed with Red Dawn, the teen fantasy that gave him his pro-gun reputation as a pariah. He's been less busy since, but is still working on his long-gestating epic about Genghis Khan, even though he has spent the past few years recovering from a debilitating stroke.
Like Milius himself, this is a beefy, jovial movie that zips along at a fast pace, observing telling details everywhere without any real criticism. Milius calls himself a "zen anarchist" rather than a conservative, and it's fascinating to see his life-loving personality emerge in the clips. Meanwhile, we see all of the iconic lines he's written and cinema-changing moments he's had a hand in, from writing Robert Shaw's amazing USS Indianapolis speech in Jaws to teaching Arnold Schwarzenegger how to hold a sword for Conan.
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In a post-apocalyptic world where mutants are now scarce, Charles Xavier must convince Wolverine to travel back in time to warn Xavier's younger self about their impending disaster-struck world. Magneto is also united with his fellow mutants, as now all their kind must stick together if they want to survive a world that they are no longer welcome in. Previously, the battle between humankind and X-Men caused the attempted assassination of an important political figure, something that Wolverine must control as he goes back to instil some knowledge into the much more reckless X-Men of the 1980s.
The clip, featuring never before seen footage from the film, was released through the official X Men movie Instagram page today
Like trailers? How about really fast ones with no dialogue and blink and you'll miss it moments? Yeah? Then the new X Men: Days of Future Past promo will be perfect for you and your busy schedule, and its available for your viewing pleasure at the bottom of the page.
Director Bryan Singer will also be answering questions next week
The clip, a brief few seconds look at the upcoming X Men movie, was uploaded to the official X Men movies Instagram page earlier today (24 Oct.) to give fans their very first look at the project. The seizure-inducing clip isn't just here to wet our appetite until the next year though, as it also serves as a pre-trailer trailer, meaning that it precedes the release of the official trailer by a few day. The actual, official trailer will be released virally and in cinemas on 29 October.
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The cast and crew of upcoming X-Men film 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' congregated for a presentation at Comic-Con in San Diego. Director Bryan Singer, writer Simon Kinberg and producer Lauren Shuler Donner were there alongside a vast ensemble cast including Evan Peters (Quicksilver), Peter Dinklage (Bolivar Trask), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), James McAvoy (Charles Xavier) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine).
The cast and crew of 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' talk about time travel, character resurrection and seventies attire in a Q & A session at Comic-Con in San Diego. Among them are director Bryan Singer, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence.
Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Nicholas Hoult get sentimental at an 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' Q & A session at Comic-Con in San Diego. Director Bryan Singer and other members of the cast such as Ellen Page, Halle Berry, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence also talked about their happiness being back on the set.
The X-Man panel appeared at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. Dozens of actors from across the X-Men films appeared in order to promote their 2014 X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The X-Men cast and crew appeared at the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The huge cast for the upcoming movie X-Men: Days of Future Past appeared in Hall-H and was greeted with an overwhelmingly positive response from fans.
The next film will see the cast doubled (quite literally) as the mutant superheroes have to travel in time to change an event which will, if not prevented, destroy mankind. The cast appeared en masse: each taking a few moments to address the audience or in Ian McKellan's case to flirt with Michael Fassbender.
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Space monkey Justin Bieber is latest name to be added to growing list of wealthy celebrities signing up to be amongst the first in space with Sir Richard Branson's planned Virgin Galactic spaceflights.
It is confirmed: pint-sized popstar Justin Bieber and manager Scooter Braun, are set to be blasted towards the real stars, out into space.
Tycoon Richard Branson, founder and chairman of travel, entertainment and lifestyle company, Virgin Group, was first to break the news on Twitter: "Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts. Congrats, see you up there!" whilst a buzzing Bieber replied: "Let's shoot a music video in SPACE!!"
The 19-year old 'Baby' hitmaker could be fleeing planet Earth to escape from his growing list of shameful actions that have brought the wayward party-boy under media scrutiny, including leaving insensitive messages in the guestbook at Amsterdam's Anne Frank museum, abandoning his pet monkey, 'Mally', in Germany after she was confiscated at customs, arriving onstage two hours late at his concert in London, and threatening to "beat the f**k" out of a photographer. Space might just be the best place for the little reprobate then.
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We may sigh heavily at the thought of yet another fairy tale blockbuster, but the filmmakers and cast here demand a bit more attention. And sure enough, it's refreshingly smarter and funnier than we expect. There are still the problems of unnecessary 3D and far too many digital characters, but the restless pace and the witty performances make it a lot of fun to watch.
It's Jack and the Beanstalk with added action mayhem, as orphaned farmboy Jack (Hoult) sells his horse for a bag of supposedly magic beans. When one inadvertently gets wet, a massive beanstalk manages to propel Princess Isabelle (Tomlinson) into the realm of the giants, reawakening a legend that had died off centuries ago. So the King (McShane) enlists Jack to join a rescue team of guards (including McGregor, Marsan and Bremner) and Isabelle's intended, the shifty Roderick (Tucci). Up above the clouds, they encounter two-headed giant Fallon (Nighy) and his nasty horde. But rescuing Isabelle is only the first problem they face.
The freewheeling plot zips along without pausing for breath, encompassing massive set pieces and more gritty battles as well as small moments of drama and romance. Meanwhile, Jack and Isabelle cast lusty glances at each other, even when they're in physical peril. Director Singer brings out the energy of the characters to keep us involved, playing on the vertiginous angles of the settings while playfully deploying fairy tale imagery in the sets, costumes and landscapes. it's understandably why he decided to digitally create the giants rather than have actors play them, but this leaves a hole where the monsters should be. Aside from Nighy's more obviously performance-captured face, all of them look like dead-eyed cartoons, which essentially turns the film into a medieval Transformers movie.
Continue reading: Jack The Giant Slayer Review
Jack The Giant Slayer failed to attract big numbers at the U.S. Box Office.
Warner Brothers were punished for their bizarre release date and dodgy marketing for 'Jack The Giant Slayer' this weekend, taking just $28 million at the box-office despite analysts predicting more than double that. The movie - starring Ewan McGregor, Nicholas Hoult and Stanley Tucci which was made for $190 million plus $80 million global marketing costs - finished at No.1, though attaining the top-spot with a big-budget early March release is hardly anything to shout about.
Directed by Bryan Singer, 'Jack The Giant Slayer' is an adaptation of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale. Its shoddy opening could prove disastrous for the movie given Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great and Powerful' - which is looking to attract exactly the same audience - rolls out next weekend to high anticipation. "Our audience in the United States was a little bit more narrow than we wanted, but the Canadian numbers are really strong, and the overseas reaction has exceeded our expectations," said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Brothers' executive president of domestic distribution, "The story on this movie is far from being written - we need more time," he added, to the New York Times.
'Jack The Giant Slayer' took around $13.7 million from release in 10 Asian countries and Warner Brothers hope that the movie ultimately takes $225 million from foreign theaters, an ambitious figure. It's worrying times for the studio, whose last four movies - Gangster Squad, Beautiful Creatures and Bullet To The Head - were box office failures.
Continue reading: Fi, Fi, Foe, Thumping: 'Jack The Giant Slayer' Bombs At The Box Office
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