Marvel Studios kicked off the Super Bowl spot bonanza with Captain America: Civil War, but 20th Century Fox also wanted a piece of the action with a new tease for their summer comic book sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse. This promises to be the biggest X-Men movie yet, with Oscar Isaac as the titular villain creating complete mayhem and chaos. Watch the X-Men Apocalypse Super Bowl spot below. Read More »
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The X-Men: Apocalypse trailer hit the web today, and based on the 200 comments left on that post, it’s fair to say the response has been mixed thus far. The footage for director Bryan Singer‘s sequel teased some high stakes, new characters, its godlike villain, and, most notably, a very bald head. But what were some of the other things you might have missed? After the jump, read an X-Men: Apocalypse trailer breakdown from Bryan Singer.
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Posted on Friday, December 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
One by one, all of next year’s biggest comic book movies are revealing themselves. Over the past few weeks we’ve seen new trailers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. Today, X-Men: Apocalypse gets its turn in the spotlight.
Bryan Singer directs the latest installment of the long-running superhero saga, which sees Professor X (James McAvoy), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), and more coming together to battle an ancient mutant known as Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). The first X-Men: Apocalypse trailer has arrived, and you can see it after the jump. Read More »
It’s been three years since we heard anything about Gnomeo and Juliet 2, the sequel to the 2011 family film that delivered a fantastical adaptation of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, following two feuding lawn gnomes who fall in love. But the animated follow-up just gained a big name for the voice cast.
Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp will be lending his voice to the sequel with the punny title Sherlock Gnomes. And as you’ve surmised, there will be a mystery among the gnomes that needs to be solved. Read More »
James McAvoy is stepping away from the science of mutant behavior to explore a more experimental form of early research in Victor Frankenstein. He plays the title character in the film, a new take on Mary Shelley‘s original novel and a pastiche of elements, in a way, inspired by other interpretations of the story, with the hopes of synthesizing a new whole. Appropriate, really.
McAvoy is a physical actor, one who literally likes to throw some weight around in scenes, and in Victor Frankenstein his prime partner in mad science is Daniel Radcliffe. The former Harry Potter plays Igor, if not exactly a version of Igor that looks like the one you probably have in mind, and the two sought to create a version of Frankenstein that has its own soul and personality.
A few editors and I spoke to McAvoy on the film’s set back in March 2014; our conversation, about Victor and mad science and the art of pushing around other actors, is below.
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Victor Frankenstein has been just about everything a man can be in the course of many film incarnations: inventor, scientist, madman, lover, villain. He’s not someone we often think of as a friend, however, and so the new film Victor Frankenstein might be pretty weird simply for indulging that concept. James McAvoy plays Victor in the movie, which co-stars Daniel Radcliffe as Igor, and features Jessica Brown-Findlay as a former circus performer named Lorelei and Andrew Scott as a Scotland Yard inspector suspicious of Victor’s projects.
There is a monster in the film, but he’s a mysterious sort. On the film’s circus set during a March 2014 shoot, the filmmakers refused to reveal any details about his nature, or even the actor playing the creature. Surprisingly, those details remain hidden even in the last weeks leading up to the film’s November 25 release.
The relationship between Victor and Igor, however, which is a different thing than we’ve seen in films featuring the characters before, is on full display as the film rolls in a detailed circus tent set, complete down to the dirt floor and rank odor, built on a cavernous stage in England’s Shepperton Studios. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2015 by Angie Han
While The Visit stopped short of restoring M. Night Shyamalan to his Sixth Sense heyday, it was, at least, a step in the right direction for the once-hyped filmmaker. It earned him his strongest reviews in years, and (thanks to its $5 million budget) turned a tidy profit for studio Universal.
Whether he’ll keep that momentum going with his next film remains to be seen, but at least now we know when we’ll find out. Universal has just set a 2017 release date for his upcoming project with James McAvoy, now titled Split. More on the Shyamalan 2017 release date after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 2nd, 2015 by Angie Han
Having delivered his best movie in a decade and a half with The Visit, M. Night Shyamalan has started assembling the pieces for his next film. And he’s already landed a promising name. James McAvoy is in talks for the supernatural thriller, which is being produced by Jason Blum. Read about the James McAvoy M Night Shyamalan project after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 18th, 2015 by Angie Han
20th Century Fox has dropped the first trailer for Victor Frankenstein, starring James McAvoy as the mad doctor and Daniel Radcliffe as his faithful (and so far non-hunchbacked) protege Igor.
If you’ve seen really any version of the Mary Shelley classic, you know how it goes: Frankenstein engages in some crazy science and creates a literal monster, with predictably disastrous results. What’s different this time is a playful buddy comedy dynamic between Frankenstein and Igor, a la Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes movies. Watch the Victor Frankenstein trailer after the jump. Read More »