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The X-Men have faced some pretty devious foes in the pages of the comics, but one of the most formidable has to be Bolivar Trask and his army of mutant-hunting Sentinel robots. Now, they’re getting ready to battle the X-Men on the big screen.

At this year’s Comic-Con, 20th Century Fox set up a mini-exhibit offering the first look at a Sentinel head from X-Men: Days of Future Past. Flanking it were posters offering a taste of the anti-mutant sentiment that led Trask to design these killing machines in the first place. Hit the jump to check it out.

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How much bigger can X-Men: Days of Future Past cast possibly get? As the film approaches its spring start, Bryan Singer is scrambling to add still more characters to the already sprawling lineup. Not that we’re complaining.

The latest original trilogy actor set to return is Daniel Cudmore, who played Peter Rasputin a.k.a. Colossus in X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. Meanwhile, it looks like Chinese actress Fan Bingbing and Twilight actor Booboo Stewart will get in on the superpowered fun as well. Hit the jump to read more.

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Fox has been sitting on some juicy Marvel properties for years, but it wasn’t until the success of Marvel Studios’ The Avengers that they finally started trying to build their own Marvel Cinematic Universe. To that end, Fox brought on Mark Millar to oversee all of the studio’s Marvel films, including The Wolverine, Fantastic Four, and X-Men: Days of Future Past. But it sounds like his role may not be as involved as we’d previously thought.

Though Millar’s done a bang-up job talking up the new X-Men movie in public, in private it seems he hasn’t had much of a hand in the film. In fact, according to Bryan Singer, they haven’t spoken at all since Singer took over the directing gig back in October. Hit the jump to read Singer’s comment.

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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 »

Mark Millar is known for his willingness to talk, and at times that has led to us peering through a certain amount of inflated discussion of projects that may or may not happen.

But Millar has been on the rise in Hollywood, and his talk about Kick-Ass 2, for example, was on the money. And he’s been hired by Fox to “godfather” the studio’s superhero films. That puts him in a consulting role on movies such as X-Men: Days of Future Past, which Bryan Singer is about to direct for a 2014 release.

Cornered at an event in Scotland, Millar talked about returning character Kitty Pryde, who presumably has a bigger role in this one than her earlier X-Men cameos. (“Let me put it this way though: Kitty Pryde fans will not be disappointed.) He mentions the mutant-killing robot Sentinels, too. (“I don’t really want to give too much away but the Sentinels are a big feature of this story. They will be cool and this will deliver on all of the teasers.”)

Millar also discussed the character riser of the film, and you can find those comments below. Read More »

Bryan Singer seems to be bringing back just about everyone for X-Men: Days of Future Past, including actors like Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman from the previous trilogy. But there is, apparently, one notable exception. January Jones, who played Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class, said she has not been contacted about reprising her role — and that she doesn’t expect that to change.

Fortunately for her fans, though, she’ll still be plenty visible in the coming months. The actress also promised that Betty Draper Francis would play a more prominent role in Mad Men‘s sixth season than she did in its fifth. Keep reading after the jump.

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Not surprisingly, today’s tidbits begin with Star Trek Into Darkness. After the jump:

  • Simon Pegg is laughing at your Star Trek fan theories
  • You can count out Danny Boyle for Bond 24
  • Clerks III already has a 70-page outline
  • Andy Serkis talks The Hobbit and Apes
  • A Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sequel is coming 
  • Barbara Hershey will return for Insidious 2
  • Wolverine, X-MenApes, and Percy Jackson go 3D

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Are movie studio execs really as blinkered and limited in scope as some pundits make them out to be? Or are lawyers so in control that good ideas are pooh-poohed as too difficult or risky? It varies, of course, but there’s no doubt of one thing: Fox has, for years, been sitting on a goldmine set of properties licensed from Marvel, but it took Marvel’s own success with The Avengers and films leading up to it for Fox to realize that films can act as cross-promotional efforts for one another. Maybe the studio just looked at the hit it took with Daredevil spinoff Elektra and thought “well, that’s clearly not going to work.”

But The Avengers changed everything, and now Fox realizes that, years ago, it should have done what Marvel did.

Enter Mark Millar, who has become Fox’s own version of Josh Whedon, and is overseeing the creation of new films based on properties Fox has licensed from Marvel. We know that a new Fantastic Four film is part of that package, and that Daredevil is not, with the latter having gone back to Marvel. More X-Men films are to come, and Millar will try to make Fox’s properties all feel like they take place in one interlinked “universe.” But how? Read More »

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