Is there some behind the scenes controversy on Thor: The Dark World? Will The Amazing Spider-Man 2 be at San Diego Comic-Con? Where does Iron Man 3 now rank on the all-time box office list? Want to read the first full review of Man of Steel? How does Peter Dinklage look on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past? Are there new images from Kick-Ass 2 out there? What’s revealed in the three latest Man of Steel TV spots? Who’s being chased on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Should fans expect easter eggs in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Your daily dose of Marvel Mutant Mayhem isn’t really much as far as mayhem goes, but if you’re a big fan of body paint then this one is going to go over well. Producer/director Bryan Singer is hip-deep in X-Men: Days of Future Past at the moment, and has been tweeting occasional photos of his cast as they make their way to set. Today he offers up a shot of Jennifer Lawrence in full-on makeup and paint as the shape-shifting mutant Mystique. Read More »
The new film from Andy and Lana Wachowski, Jupiter Ascending, features Mila Kunis as a cleaning woman who, unbeknownst to her, shares a genetic makeup with the Queen of the Universe. The Queen isn’t all that happy about the existence of a potential rival, and sends Channing Tatum to track her down.
Set images aren’t usually the best way to get a look at an upcoming film, and in this particular case they’re probably a bit weirder than usual. Without any context, we can only make guesses about how these characters fit into the film. Given how little info we have on the movie, those guesses will probably be wrong. So, presented below are a few shots from the set of Jupiter Ascending. The stars are not pictured; rather we see extras who’ll fill out the world the Wachowskis are creating. Read More »
Pictured above is the new logo for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Its more or less what you’d expect to see.
Pictured below is a new photo from the film, released by director Matt Reeves. It is, I think, exactly what you might hope to see from this film. Three words: apes on horses. (And Jason Clarke confronting them.) See the pic below. Read More »
Heroes in mo-cap, CG power! After a few days of Megan Fox on the set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the stars of the film have finally surfaced from the sewer. Actors Noel Fisher (Michelangelo) Jeremy Howard (Donatello) and Pete Ploszek (Leonardo) have been spotted on the set of the Jonathan Liebesman film in full motion-capture garb.
Of course, we’ve all seen what motion capture suits look like before, but there are a few subtle differences here. First, the motion capture is being done outside and not on a closed set; that’s a technique that was revolutionized on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Second, each actor has a massive mo-cap shell on their back. And third, they’re all sporting arm bands to corrospond to their character’s color.
But wait there’s more! The photos also reveal our first look at what is seems to be Shredder’s Foot Soldiers, and even a major plot point.
Update: Deadline adds that William Fichtner has joined the cast, playing an unidentified lead role “with iconic stature in the Turtles’ mythology.”
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There have got to be many great papers out there on the clash of mainstream and counterculture ideas in X-Men stories. Just as a starter, the whole cycle is based on a discriminated minority (mutants), but for much of the series said minority is officially headquartered in Westchester, NY. You don’t get much more whitebread than Westchester. (Except for the fact that, irony probably intended, the area was originally heavily settled by an Algonquian people, the Lenape.)
Bryan Singer‘s next film, and the next installment of the cinematic adaptations of those stories, is X-Men: Days of Future Present. Being as it deals with the possible internment and extermination of mutants, that mainstream vs counter-culture angle might be out in full force.
The time-traveling conceit in the film allows Singer to make use of the cast he originally assembled for 2000′s X-Men, and the group that starred in the prequel X-Men: First Class from 2010. We’ve already seen a shot of Patrick Stewart playing the older version of X-Men leader Charles Xavier. Now we’ve got a shot of James McAvoy playing the younger Xavier, replete with full-on period style: long locks, facial hair, and a polyester shirt.
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The biggest “of course” news of the day comes from the set of the Michael Bay-produced, Jonathan Liebesman-directed Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. At one point the film was going to be called Ninja Turtles, but script issues (and just a dose of Internet venom) delayed the film and changed some key elements. One of those changes is the title, which thanks to the set photo above, we can now resume discussing under the title Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Also, though Megan Fox‘s April O’Neil wasn’t wearing her trademark yellow on set earlier in the week, that has since been amended. Check out the images below. Read More »
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She’s not yet wearing a yellow jumpsuit, but Megan Fox does look like an intrepid news reporter in the latest set photos from Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Fox is currently in New York City filming her role as April O’Neil, news reporter for Channel 6 News, and you can see some photos below.
UPDATE: Will Arnett‘s role has also been revealed. Read More »