Halle Berry as Storm in X-Men 3 The Last Stand

A decade after X2, Bryan Singer is busy directing superpowered mutants once again. X-Men: Days of Future Past entered production about a week ago, and thanks to Twitter we’ve received a steady stream of updates on the project.

This weekend, we learned that the already crowded cast had added one more star in the form of Adan Canto, a Mexican actor best known for playing Paul Torres on Fox’s The Following. Additionally, Singer posted a fresh photo of original trilogy star Halle Berry back in the Storm role, albeit with a new suit and haircut. Hit the jump for more.

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Briefly: Not much to this one, but we’ve now got confirmation that Halle Berry will once again wear a platinum wig to play the mutant Storm for director Bryan Singer in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Read More »

Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past only has one new star right now, but in the meantime his roster of returning actors just keeps growing. A few weeks ago, the filmmaker said he wasn’t sure whether or not Halle Berry would re-join her old teammates. According to Berry herself, though, the deal is all but signed. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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In most professions, a work-related blunder isn’t, ultimately, that big a deal. Sure, we might annoy a client or piss off the boss (or get angry retorts in the /Film comments section…), but at the end of the day, everyone’s still alive and well. That, however, is not the case for Halle Berry‘s character in The Call, a new thriller directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist).

Berry plays Jordan, a veteran 911 call operator who gets a call from a kidnapped girl (Abigail Breslin) locked in a trunk. It’s not long before she realizes the perpetrator (Michael Eklund) is a familiar figure — specifically, a bad guy she once let get away by mishandling a different girl’s plea for help. This time around, Jordan’s determined to do anything she can to stop him. Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.

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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 »

A good chunk of Hollywood will spend the next several weeks praying to the Oscar gods, but as prestigious as the award is, it’s important to remember that it’s hardly a guarantee of smooth sailing. Halle Berry is living proof of that. Since picking up her statuette in 2002, she’s starred in a few decent films and a whole lot of bad ones. There’s still a chance she could turn it around, but based on this first trailer it’s tough to say which side of that divide The Call falls on.

Berry stars as Jordan, a 911 operator who picks up a call from a kidnapped teenager (Abigail Breslin, just about all grown up). Jordan soon realizes that the abduction has ties to an incident from her past, and that she must face her demons if the girl is to get out alive. The film was directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist), who, come to think of it, hasn’t had a solid win in a while either. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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With six stories spanning nearly three hours, told by an ensemble cast and three directors, the sheer amount of information presented by and discussions one can have about Cloud Atlas is staggering. Co-writers and directors Tom Tykwer, Andy and Lana Wachowski took David Mitchell‘s novel, which nests six stories within each other, and broke it down into one forward-flowing mosaic. Set in several time periods from the 1800s through the 2300s, the film blends genres and tones to show the human soul moving from century to century, and explore how our actions in one life might affect the next.

And that’s just a very superficial interpretation. There’s much, much more to the movie, which is why it’s one of the year’s best.

As one might expect on a production so massive, there are tons of bits of behind the scenes trivia and on-screen secrets. Were there additional stories meant for the film or novel? Were the directors ever on set together? How did characters get cast? Which actress thought she’d be fired? And what exactly happens at the end of the film? We’ve complied 15 things you probably didn’t know, or notice about Cloud Atlas. After the jump, read all about them. Read More »

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and final part of /Film’s interview with Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, the writers and directors of Cloud Atlas. Read part one herepart two here and part three here. The full interview will be published tomorrow, the day the film opens.

All of the major actors in Cloud Atlas play at least four roles. A few play as many as six. Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Jim Broadbent, Hugo Weaving, Jim Sturgess, Ben Whishaw, Doona Bae, Hugh Grant, James D’Arcy and Keith David all have multiple personalities to portray. Some significant, others less so, and they’re not always the same race or sex as the actor in the role.

So in the film, you’ll get to see Halle Berry as an Asian man and a white German woman. Hugo Weaving is a hulking female nurse; Jim Sturgess is a Korean crime fighter; and Ben Whishaw is a loving wife. In doing this, co-writers and directors Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski and Tom Tykwer were able to visually display the movement and evolution of the human soul across eternity and also play against segregated acting conventions Hollywood has employed for years. They believe actors should not be pidgeonholed by their race or sex and, after the jump, the three filmmakers discuss not only that, but how the process was liberating for their actors.

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The red-band trailer for Peter Farrelly‘s Movie 43 leaned hard on the shock factor of seeing big Hollywood stars revel in foul language and filthy jokes, but the poor green-band trailer is stuck trying to sell the exact same product by only hinting at what the NSFW version could actually show. Is Anna Faris asking Chris Pratt to take a dump on her still comedy gold when the word “poop” has to be substituted with a fart noise? Is Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts bullying their own kid still shocking when they have to keep their behavior G-rated?

Eh, truthfully, I think the answer is that none of this looked all that outrageous to begin with. But at least it’s not any less funny than it was before. Hit the jump to see Hugh Jackman, Gerard ButlerKate Winslet, Halle Berry, Stephen MerchantEmma Stone, Kristen Bell, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Duhamel, Terrence Howard, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Chloë Grace Moretz, Seann William Scott, Jason Sudeikis, Kristen BellRichard Gere, and so, so, so many more celebs in the new SFW trailer.

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Do you want to see a couple generations of today’s stars — Hugh Jackman, Kate Winslet, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, and many more — spouting dirty jokes? Then Movie 43, masterminded by Peter “One Half of the Farrelly Brothers” Farrelly, probably has something for you. The red-band trailer has turned into an essential component in marketing the R-rated comedy, and when the comedy is promised as a collection of particularly dirty, foul-mouthed sketches, nothing but the red-band will do.

So here’s a first look at Movie 43, which features over 20 comedy sketches from nearly a dozen directors, and a cavalcade of stars. Some of the stuff is so in line with people’s previous work that it doesn’t even seem transgressive; I think one of the Scary Movies pooped on me, so seeing Anna Faris ask for the same thing is just turnabout/fair play. But seeing Halle Berry in wild mode might be great, and it’s always fun to see Kate Winslet go blue. (Check out Romance & Cigarettes if you’ve never seen it — not a great movie, but lord, does Winslet let go there.)

Be ready for some dirty, but not off-puttingly filthy jokes in the not safe for work trailer below. Read More »