NOTE: We ran this article in 2011, 2012, 2013 and have updated it for 2014.
The Sundance Film Festival is the best known film festival in the United States. Say the word “Sundance” to anyone, film lover or not, and chances are they’ve heard of the festival. As a movie blog though, the problem with covering Sundance is that virtually all of the movies are brand new. We haven’t heard of them, you haven’t heard of them, so why would you even care about them?
More than any of the casting news, trailers or film stills that we post on a daily basis, what happens in that small corner of Utah for a little over a week in January is probably the most important movie event of the year. Even so, talk to the most seasoned movie fan and they don’t spend half as much time focusing on what’s going on at Sundance as they do bitching about movies that came out three years ago. Plain and simple, the best films that you will see in theaters for the next 12 months are being shown at Sundance over the next week and a half. And while you probably haven’t heard of them in January, you’ll definitely have heard of them by December. Don’t you want in on the ground floor?
For the next 7 days myself, Russ Fischer and Peter Sciretta will be in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival. And while you might not be eager to click and read about a movie you haven’t heard of yet, we urge you to do so. Some of the films that people hadn’t heard of when they played Sundance in the past are films like Saw, The Blair Witch Project, Donnie Darko, 28 Days Later, Napoleon Dynamite, Memento, Bottle Rocket, Clerks, Reservoir Dogs and The Usual Suspects. Think of all the movies that have been made since because filmmakers like Christopher Nolan, Wes Anderson, Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Bryan Singer broke out at the Sundance Film Festival. Who is the breakout star this year? You’ll have to follow our coverage to find out.
Still not convinced? We’ve compiled even more films that you know and love that got their start at Sundance after the jump. Read More »
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Bryan Singer finished 2013 with a bang, revealing that another X-Men sequel, called X-Men: Apocalypse, will hit theaters in 2016. The writer/director is still finishing X-Men: Days of Future Past but the announcement suggested the X-Men universe would continue to expand in a major way.
Singer just did a new interview where he said he’s yet to decide if there will be a post-credit scene teasing the 2016 film. Plus, while he’s co-writing and producing the new sequel, he’s not yet locked in to direct. Read More »
Posted on Friday, December 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
The overstuffed roster for X-Men: Days of Future Past just got a little bit smaller. Although Anna Paquin‘s Rogue was reported as being part of the sequel all the way back in January, director Bryan Singer now reveals that the character has sadly been cut out of the film altogether. Hit the jump to find out why.
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The X-Men: Apocalypse situation is interesting — director Bryan Singer “announced” the film via tweet, but parent studio Fox has yet to officially confirm or comment on the project, other than the register of a release date (May 27, 2016) that showed up on BoxOfficeMojo. The film is a presumed sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the title suggests the inclusion of X-Men villain Apocalypse, but that’s almost all we know.
Now Singer has tweeted an image of a “late night story session” for the film, showing him at work with Simon Kinberg, who we know has a big role in Fox’s superhero movie plans. Also in the pic are X2: X-Men United screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
Bryan Singer isn’t just the guy that got to break the news about X-Men: Apocalypse — he’ll be the one to direct it, too. Though the filmmaker revealed last week via Twitter that the new X-Men sequel would be coming in 2016, he declined to say much else at the time. However, a new report indicates that Singer will indeed be back to helm, and that the movie will focus on the younger First Class cast, as opposed to the original trilogy set. Hit the jump to get all the details.
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Briefly: Details are scarce but director Bryan Singer just announced that a new X-Men movie, called X-Men: Apocalypse, will be out in 2016. The precise date being reported is May 27, 2016, about two years after the upcoming release X-Men: Days of Future Past. Read more below.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Big superhero franchises don’t come cheap, but just how not-cheap they are can vary quite a bit. The first X-Men had a budget of just $75 million in 2000, according to Box Office Mojo, while 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand cost more than twice as much at $210 million. And now, the newest entry in the series could be the costliest of all.
According to a new report, X-Men: Days of Future Past won’t just be one of the most expensive superhero movies of all time. It’ll be 20th Century Fox’s second priciest project ever, coming in after 2009′s Avatar. Hit the jump to find out why that might be.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 by Angie Han
There was a lot to absorb in that first trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Original trilogy X-Men were bumping up against First Class X-Men, new characters were showing up left and right, and the emotional arc was cresting just as action and mayhem broke out in both timelines.
Fortunately, director Bryan Singer is happy to guide fans through that jam-packed promo. “It really is what we wanted from the first look at the movie,” he said. Hit the jump for his commentary on some key moments.
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