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 three top Hollywood executives have denied sexually abusing Michael Egan.
Garth Ancier, Gary Goddard and David Neuman, three top Hollywood executives, have flatly denied sexually abusing a teenager in the 1990s. An attorney for one of the men said the allegations - made by Michael Egan, 31 - were "demonstrably untrue", while another called them "without merit."
Bryan Singer Has Denied Sexual Abuse
Egan has also filed a similar suit against X-Men movie director Bryan Singer on April 16.
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Three movie and television big wigs have been accused of sexual assault, as well as Bryan Singer.
Michael Egan, the man who accused X-Men director Bryan Singer who sexually assaulting him when he was just 15, has filed lawsuits against 3 other Hollywood big wigs, also claiming sexual assault. Those men are Garth Ancier, David Neuman and Gary Goddard, according to TMZ.com.
Bryan Singer Has Been Accused of Rape
Ancier created The Ricki Lake Show and headed up the Fox entertainment group, producing 21 Jump Street, Married...With Children, The Simpsons and In Living Color. He also developed Home Improvement at Disney and got The West Wing on the air at NBC.
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Michael F. Egan holds a press conference to detail his accusations against director Bryan Singer.
The man accusing director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him in 1999 has held a press conference alongside his lawyer, Jeff Herman, to detail and publicise his abuse. Michael F. Egan III is suing the X-Men filmmaker for numerous incidents of molestation which he claims took place over two years around the time he was 17 years old.
Bryan Singer Is Accused Of Raping A 17 Year-Old Boy Back In 1999.
The suit, which has been filed in Hawaii, alleges that Singer and others abused Egan during "sordid parties" after he arrived in LA from the Midwest as a young wannabe actor. Egan claims that Singer and others threatened to make or break his career depending on his willingness to keep them happy, which resulted in the director one time forcibly sodomising him as retaliation for refusing to perform oral sex.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is getting closer.
Fox has released the X-Men: Days of Future Past behind-the-scenes featurette as it prepares its promotional material ahead of the movie's release on May 23. Mainly featuring Bryan Singer explaining his reasons for getting back into the director's chair for the latest entry in the long-running superhero series, the new clip also features some pretty neat looking footage from the blockbuster.
Ian McKellen in X-Men: Days of Future Past
Singer's first two movies starring Hugh Jackman paved the way for the younger cast (McAvoy, Fassbender, Lawrence etc) to take a hold of the franchise, though the filmmaker is delighted to be forging both teams together for Days of Future Past.
Streep is rumoured for the all-girl Expendabelles, while Radcliffe is set to play Seb Coe in an Olympic biopic and Star Wars VIII may be delayed. But fans are buzzing about the new X-men movie, and other new trailers promise a lot of laughs...
News from the Star Wars universe had fans nervous, as screenwriter Michael Arndt left his Episode VII draft to be rewritten by director Jj Abrams and Star Wars veteran Lawrence Kasdan, who wrote 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. Arndt hinted that the film's release might be delayed until 2016 as a result. Read the full story here.
The biggest rumour this week was that Meryl Streep may join the cast of The Expendabelles, the female spin-off from Sylvester Stallone's Expendables franchise. Cameron Diaz and Milla Jovovich are also up for roles in the adventure thriller. But this would be Streep's first action movie since The River Wild, 20 years ago. See who else is rumoured to join the cast here!
Check out the emotional trailer for 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' below.
Following a nastily short, nevertheless exciting, six-second teaser trailer released last week, we finally have a longer trailer to whet our comic book appetites. The emotive, epic trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past sets out the story, which sees two generations of X-Men required to stop a war before it begins.
Hugh Jackman's Wolverine faces a difficult task
Sir Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen and Hugh Jackman reprise their roles; the latter being the conduit on which the film’s plot is based. He must wake up in his younger body, and find a young Professor Charles Xavier and “guide him, have patience with him.”
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.
Can Bryan Singer save the X-Men franchise with 'Days of Future Past'?
Filmmaker Bryan Singer has released the first clip from his anticipated X-Men sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past - a few seconds of footage featuring Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Patrick Stewart's Professor Charles Xavier.
Days of Future Past - due out in May 2014 - follows on from Matthew Vaughn's 2011 prequel X-Men: First Class which chronicled the superheroes' origins in the 1960s.
The new movie - which stars James McAvoy as the young Xavier, Ian McKellen and Michael Fassbender as Magnet, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Anna Paquin as Rogue and Halle Berry as Storm, is adapted from one of the comic book story lines conceived by Claremont.
Continue reading: Will 'X-Men: Days Of Future' Past Energize Or Kill Off The Franchise?
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.
Continue reading: All New 'X Men: Days Of Future Past' Clip Emerges Online [Video]
British director Andrew Douglas (2005's Amityville Horror remake) takes a clever look at youthful naivete in this strikingly inventive thriller, which is based on a true story. Its focussed perspective lets us see the events unfold as the main character might, and watching him misinterpret everything is seriously unsettling.
That character is the cool North London teen Mark (Blackley), who avoids his annoying parents (Womack and Delamere) by hiding in his room while chatting online to local teen Rachel (Winstone). She has gone into witness protection because of her brutish boyfriend (Johnston), and she asks Mark to look out for her nerdy little brother John (Regbo), who's being bullied in school. As they hang out together, Mark and John strike up a friendship. But when Rachel disappears, Mark begins chatting online to an MI5 agent (White) who convinces him that he needs to take violent action to save lives at school.
Right from the start, we suspect that something is up with the people Mark meets in internet chatrooms. But we also understand why he doesn't question anything: the setting is 2003, rife with still-gurgling paranoia after 9/11 and Columbine. Also, the film intercuts Mark's story with the aftermath of his actions, as he's interviewed by a tenacious detective (Downton Abbey's Froggatt). So we know that we are seeing the people he's chatting to through his mind's eye, which is why director Douglas makes the eerie decision to show them talking to their computers rather than just typing. We question whether they're real, but Mark never does.
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X-Men put on a huge panel at Comic-Con 2013 with each cast member and writer present to answer the burning questions of the franchise's fans.
The X-Men stars who were present at this year's monumental Comic-Con included writers Simon Kinberg and Omar Sy, as well as Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, director Bryan Singer, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicolas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, with producers Lauren Shula Donner and Hutch Parker.
Hugh Jackman: Always Ready To Break Into Song.
Hugh Jackman, AKA Wolverine, took centre stage as arguably the most memorable and distinctive character in the long-running franchise. Describing his role as Wolverine as "the job that has defined [his]career...every day [he's] grateful," he added "I thank my lucky stars" before he and X-Men director Bryan Singer engaged in a spot of snuggling.
'X-Men: Days of Future Past' director Bryan Singer jokes around with his cast about the seventies outfits in the movie during a presentation at San Diego's Comic-Con. Hugh Jackman is also quizzed about his work in film and musicals by an eager audience member.
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.
Continue reading: X-Men Steals The Show At San Diego Comic Con 2013
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
The Station Agent actor Peter Dinklage has joined the cast of the latest X-Men movie Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer announced the news on Wednesday (February 13, 2013), tweeting, "Officially like to welcome Peter Dinklage from Game Of Thrones to XMEN Days of Future Past. Very very excited!"
The casting of Dinklage is a strong move from Singer and the team - he won Best Supporting Actor at the Golden Globes in 2012 for his role as Tyrion Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones. It's yet to be determined which role he will play in the forthcoming X-Men movie, which is co-written by Matthew Vaughan, the director of the previous movie. The franchise has spawned five movies so far, including the 2009 Wolverine spin-off. A follow-up to that film, The Wolverine, is due out this summer with Hugh Jackman's character travelling to Japan to train with a Samurai warrior.
Continue reading: Peter Dinklage Signs On For X-Men Movie 'Days Of Future Past'
The names Hugh Jackman and X-Men have long since become synonymous with one another, so it’s almost unthinkable at this point that another instalment of the sci-fi action film would go ahead without him. Good news, then, for fans of the rugged Antipodean, with E! Online reporting that he may be getting his top off, growing his metal claws and getting his anger on again for the forthcoming movie X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
If that sounds like a confusing title for a film, then it’s because the chronology of the series is starting to get a bit wonky itself. Directed by Bryan Singer, Days Of Future Past acts as a sequel to X-Men: First Class, which in itself was a prequel to the original trilogy that Jackman first starred in. So it’s sort of like Star Wars then, we think. Jackman has also starred in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and also has new film The Wolverine coming out next year. It’s starting to get a bit convoluted.
However, on paper this new X-Men film certainly sounds like it’s going to be the real deal, with old co-stars Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen also allegedly getting involved in a bit of mutant fisticuffs once again, whilst First Class actors Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy could also be in the frame to return. Jackman will next be on the big screen, though, as part of the Les Miserables cast, which is released on Christmas Day.
It's been three years in the making and has changed form quite a bit in that time, but finally the trailer for Jack the Giant Slayer has been released, and it looks amazing!
With an incredible array of British stars including Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor and Eleanor Tomlinson (who you may not know yet, but will soon) appearing in the film, the very foundations of the movie already seem promising. Plus, Bryan Singer is directing which is another great sign. He's the man behind X-Men, X2 and X-Men: First Class, so when it comes to heroes and villains he knows what he's doing. Fundamentally a re-envisioning of the classic fairytale, Jack and the Bean Stalk has plenty of those polemical characters, and the giants do look truly grotesque.
Singer spoke to Total Film earlier this year and said: "It's a very traditional fairytale, probably the most traditional thing I've ever done. But it'll also be a fun twist on the notion of how these tales are told," he said. "There might be some scary moments. The giants do like to eat people. There's a little of that. They're giants, you know? It's what they do!"
Continue reading: Fairytales On The Big Screen, Jack The Giant Slayer Trailer Unveiled
The big news this week is that George Lucas has finally admitted that yes, he did indeed plot out Star Wars episodes VII, VIII and VIX more than 30 years ago. And now that he has sold his Lucasfilm empire to Disney (for $4 billion), the sequel trilogy is finally being made. Episode VII is expected in 2015, and rumour has it that Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill might be back in their original roles.
Meanwhile, the James Bond team was spotted in Rome this week, as Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, director Sam Mendes and series producer Barbara Broccoli attended the Italian premiere of Skyfall, posing for the press at the elegant St Regis Grand Hotel. After last week's record-breaking opening weekend in Britain, the film opens around Europe, Asia and South America this weekend, then in North America on 9th November.
In New York just before Hurricane Sandy hit, a buff-looking Gerard Butler was out promoting his new film Chasing Mavericks, about surfers tackling monster waves. The paparazzi caught up with him in the streets between appearances on various TV shows. He slips through the crowd, but they catch up with him later.
Matthew Vaughn has decided against directing the sequel to X-Men: First Class, instead opting to helm another 20th Century Fox film, the comic-book drama Secret Service, according to Deadline.com.
X-Men: Days of Future Past is likely to be another huge money-spinner for Fox - with Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence confirmed to return - so it's refreshing to see Vaughn opting to try something new instead of taking the riches that will inevitably come attached to a huge sequel such as Future Past. Vaughn, 41, appears to be a filmmaker who knows what he wants: he quickly passed on directing the sequel to the Kick-Ass movie, entrusting the job instead to Jeff Wadlow. Anyway, Fox has moved pretty quickly in replacing Vaughan, with Bryan Singer likely to be confirmed for the project in the near future. You may remember Singer directed the X-Men (2000) and X-2 in (2003) though he's best known for the superb Usual Suspects (1994). He was already signed on as a producer on the new film, and the move will see Singer and Vaughn switch roles with the latter stepping back to a producing role.
Singer, 47, has a pretty open schedule having completed shooting on his modern day fairy tale Jack the Giant Killer, starring Nicholas Hoult, Stanley Tucci and Ewan McGregor.
Continue reading: Matthew Vaughn Passes On X-Men Sequel: Who's The Replacement?
Jack is a young farmhand working for the King. One day, he comes across small bean-like objects, which are described as 'holy relics' from a faraway land. The relics, however, are full of dark magic and could change the world if placed in the wrong hands. Jack is entrusted with them, on the condition that he doesn't lose them or get them wet. Jack is puzzled but accepts the relics anyway.
That night, a terrible storm rages. Jack has left the bean shaped objects on a surface in his hut, where rain falls on them through a hole in the ceiling. At first, nothing happens; then Jack looks on in horror as a beanstalk grows from the ground under his hut. The beanstalk connects the human world to a world where giants roam.
Jack lands himself in trouble when a giant kidnaps the beautiful Princess Isabelle. The King sends some of his best men up the beanstalk with Jack to rescue Isabelle. Their rescue attempts are nearly in vain, though, when the giants wage war on the humans. It is up to Jack to save Isabelle and his kingdom.
Jack The Giant Killer is directed and produced by Bryan Singer, who is well known for directing the films The Usual Suspects; Superman Returns and the X-Men films. The film is based on the British fairy tale; the screenplay for the film was written by Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney.
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Warwick Davis, Bill Nighy, Eddie Marsan, Ian McShane, Ewen Bremner, John Kassir, Eleanor Tomlinson, Ralph Brown, Ben Daniels, Daniel Lapaine and David Frost
Director: Bryan Singer
Release Date: 15TH June 2012
Running Time: TBC
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The mutants of the world are quickly dwindling in their numbers, tearing each other apart...
A biography of iconic filmmaker John Milius, this engaging documentary features some of the biggest...
In a post-apocalyptic world where mutants are now scarce, Charles Xavier must convince Wolverine to...
British director Andrew Douglas (2005's Amityville Horror remake) takes a clever look at youthful naivete...
We may sigh heavily at the thought of yet another fairy tale blockbuster, but the...