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If X-Men: Days of Future Past wasn’t a simple summer comic book movie, people would probably be talking about it having one of the greatest casts ever assembled. Multiple Oscar-winners, Tony-winners, Emmy-winners, from top to bottom, Bryan Singer‘s cast for the fifth X-Men film, out May 23, is simply insane.

Many of those stars - Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage and so many others – are featured in the first batch of stills from the film. The trailer hits on Tuesday but, until then, you have this tease and these images. Check them out below. Read More »

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Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde

Seven years after X-Men: The Last Stand, Ellen Page has stepped back into her black leather suit to reprise the role of Kitty Pryde for X-Men: Days of Future Past. And she says she’d be happy to do it again, should Joss Whedon call.

The Avengers director has occasionally floated the idea of a Kitty spinoff movie starring Page, with no results to show for it so far. But should he ever get it off the ground, Page says she’d be “so thrilled” to get involved. Hit the jump to read her comments.

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Touchy Feely

Lynn Shelton made her name with intimate, improvised dramedies like Humpday and Your Sister’s Sister. But her latest, Touchy Feely, sees her taking a broader, more traditionally scripted approach, to mixed reactions.

The new film reunites Shelton with her Your Sister’s Sister star Rosemarie DeWitt, who’s playing warm, free-spirited masseuse Abby this time around. Her life turns upside-down when she develops a sudden and inexplicable aversion to human touch, putting not just her career but her relationship with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy) in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, her uptight dentist brother Paul (Josh Pais) journeys in precisely the opposite direction, as he mysteriously gains a “healing touch” that sends new patients flocking to his practice. Ellen Page, Allison Janney, and Ron Livingston round out the cast. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Bryan Singer continues his practice of beating paparazzi and spy photographers to the punch with photos of the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The director/producer has used twitter to offer first looks at characters such as Storm, and now he’s given fans the first image of Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde. Well, the first look at the actress as she appears in this film; she first played the character in X-Men: The Last Stand, released in 2006.

In the Days of Future Past comic storyline from 1981, Kitty Pryde is one of the primary characters, as an older version of the character possesses her younger self, and is the method by which the X-Men learn of a possible future in which mutants are interred in prison camps, or, in the case of high-profile figures, exterminated. We don’t know how large Page’s role will be in Singer’s film version of the story, however. She may set the story in motion, and act one link between the two cinematic X-Men casts, or she may have a much larger role. Regardless, see the full pic below. Read More »

The East

After turning heads at Sundance 2012 with The Sound of My Voice, director Zal Batmanglij and star Brit Marling followed up with the similarly themed The East at this year’s festival. Now, as the film heads for a theatrical release, Fox Searchlight has unveiled a new trailer.

Marling plays a private intelligence operative who’s tasked with infiltrating The East, an underground eco-terrorist group that’s been wreaking havoc on the lives of her powerful clientele. Once she’s in, however, she begins to fall for its leader (Alexander Skarsgard) and finds herself rethinking her own priorities. Watch the video after the jump.

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This past weekend, the /Filmcast held its 10-hour marathon podcast benefiting FilmAid. It was an action packed affair featuring long segments with many of the most popular filmmakers in Hollywood today. We had appearances from Rian Johnson (Looper), Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), David Wain (Wet Hot American Summer), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Bryan Singer (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Jon M. Chu (G.I. Joe Retaliation) and more.

Over the course of the broadcast (which you can read more about here; check back soon for downloadable segments) many of those filmmakers provided juicy, newsy tidbits. You can read them after the jump, including Rian Johnson’s thoughts on the new season of Breaking Bad, Jason Reitman’s almost-foray into the X-Men universe and when we can expect to see the trailer for Edgar Wright’s The World End. Read More »

Having made their marks in front of the camera, two acclaimed actresses are getting ready to step behind the scenes.

Melissa McCarthy is teaming with her husband Ben Falcone (a.k.a. Air Marshal Jon in Bridesmaids) to direct the road trip comedy Tammy, which the pair also co-wrote and in which McCarthy will star. Meanwhile, Ellen Page is prepping her directorial debut Miss Stevens, with Anna Faris in the lead role. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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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 »

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