What tools will bring X-Men to the screen for their timeline-hopping story Days of Future Past?
With a new trailer hitting today and the film’s release coming up in just a couple weeks, Jack the Giant Slayer director Bryan Singer is doing some press rounds. He’s fielding quite a few questions about X-Men, which is inevitable given his return to directing the franchise after a ten-year stint working as a producer on the series.
Jack the Giant Slayer makes use of more CG than any other film in the director’s filmography, and that is leading many to wonder if he’ll apply some of the same imagery to X-Men. The answer seems to be “yes,” though precisely what characters will appear through the magic of computer-generated imagery is something we’re not going to learn today. In addition, Singer addresses questions of Halle Berry‘s return to the franchise with a big “maybe.” Read More »
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Bryan Singer‘s return to the X-Men franchise is interesting, especially after First Class proved that there is a hell of a lot of life left in the screen versions of the many mutant characters. But before Singer’s Days of Future Past hits, we’ll see Jack the Giant Slayer. And how does that film look at this point? Well, put it this way: if Singer didn’t have the resume he does, there would be a lot of people worried about Days of Future Past.
This is the latest trailer for Jack, and it shows off a lot of new footage. (Two clips below also expand a couple scenes.) And this definitely looks a bit better than it did when we originally saw a trailer over a year ago, before the movie was pushed back several months. But does it look like the movie you’d hope to see, with Singer tackling the old fairy tale of a young guy who fights giants?
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Posted on Thursday, January 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
With spring creeping up on us, a whole bunch of images have just been revealed for two very different high-profile releases. Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Slayer is a CG-heavy fantasy epic based on the classic fairy tale, while Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines takes an atypical approach to the crime thriller genre.
In addition, we have a new still for Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger, which isn’t due out until summer but should be revealing a bit of new footage during this weekend’s Super Bowl. Check out all the pictures after the jump.
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How about we take a quick break from Sundance and Star Wars for some good old fashioned superhero casting, okay? Director Bryan Singer has revealed that Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore have been cast in X-Men: Days of Future Past, 2014′s follow up to X-Men: First Class.
Paquin, Page and Ashmore are all series veteran, most recently appearing in Brett Ratner’s X-Men The Last Stand as Rogue, Kitty Pride and Iceman, respectively. They’ll join Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen as returning characters along with First Class cast members James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and more. There’s more below. Read More »
NOTE: We ran this article in 2011 and 2012 and have updated it for 2013.
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 10 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 »
Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Slayer has been done for so long, the director is already hard at work on pre-production on his next film. Something with “X” in the title. But while the fairy tale film, a heroic spin on Jack and the Beanstalk, has had release date shifts and its title changed, it will finally hit the big screen on March 1 with human stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy and Ewan McGregor.
As fellow humans, we pretty much know what those people look like. We aren’t going to go see Jack the Giant Slayer for Jack. We want to see giants, and those giants have now been given the spotlight in a brand new series of posters. That’s a glimpse above, check out the full set below. Read More »
Briefly: The fact that Warner Bros. has been slowing moving forward with a new Twilight Zone movie for the past few years won’t stop CBS Studios from developing a new television take on Rod Serling’s seminal sci-fi thriller series. Now Bryan Singer is on board to produce the new TV version. He’ll develop and exec produce the new show, and perhaps direct the pilot as well. While there isn’t a network set yet, given that CBS Studios produces content only for CBS (which aired the original show) and the CW, it seems likely that CBS will again be home to the Twilight Zone should the series go forward.
This would be the fourth TV incarnation of The Twilight Zone, following the original series (1959-1964), the ’80′s revamp (1985-1989), and the short-lived UPN revival from 2002. Given the popularity of TV shows with supernatural and sci-fi themes, this seems like a no-brainer. And hell, without the original Twilight Zone, which was a trailblazer for “weird” content on the tube, the current wave of supernatural TV programming might be entirely different.
No word on whether this will affect the big-screen version, which had Matt Reeves set to direct until he dropped out a couple months ago. [EW]
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Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
In just a few days, we’ll be seeing Hugh Jackman tackle one of the stage’s most iconic heroes in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables. But the role that’s really been his signature for the past decade is X-Men’s Wolverine, and it’s one he’ll be reprising again for the next two summers.
Shooting is already complete on The Wolverine, which hits in July, but the news today is that he’s also confirmed for an appearance in 2014′s X-Men: Days of Future Past. More details after the jump.
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