We’re always thankful when it’s Friday. Not only is it the beginning of the weekend, but that’s when new movies are in theaters everywhere. And now Friday will also be when you can catch up on all the important stories from the week before. Starting with this post, every Friday, we’ll recap some of the best stories of the week, from the biggest trailers to the most buzzed about movie news to our own features and editorials.
This week was chock full of big stories, from a new trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak to a sneak peek at the return of The Muppets to television. We also had a glowing review of Mad Max: Fury Road (in theaters now), news of a new project at Fox expanding the X-Men universe and much more. Check out all the best stories of the week after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Monday, May 11th, 2015 by Angie Han
Director Bryan Singer has been pretty generous about sharing photos from the set of X-Men: Apocalypse. We’ve already gotten to peek at new characters Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), and Jubilee (Lana Condor). Now today, we have a new look at an old favorite: Charles Xavier, finally sporting his signature bald dome. See the James McAvoy bald pic after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 24th, 2015 by Angie Han
Professor X and Harry Potter will be getting to some seriously screwed up stuff this fall. A pair of Victor Frankenstein first look images reveal the not-so-good doctor (played by James McAvoy) and his sidekick Igor (played by Daniel Radcliffe), whose terrible creation threatens to destroy them both. See the first Victor Frankenstein images after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 29th, 2014 by Angie Han
Adam Sandler may be hideously overpaid, but there are still a few actors in Hollywood who are very good at making money. The list of 2014’s highest-grossing actors is proof of that. Four big names raked in $1 billion or more at the global box office this year, and one of those will probably continue to cash in in early 2015. Hit the jump to see the highest grossing actors of 2014. Read More »
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Comic fans tend to overreact. For example, they know Charles Xavier should be bald and in a wheelchair. But when James McAvoy was cast in the role for X-Men First Class, he had a full head of hair and was walking around. This should not stand! Literally!
By the end of that film, though, the whole standing thing was taken care of. (Sorry, Charles.) Now it seems like the follicle fallacy will soon be solved as well. In a new interview, McAvoy admitted he doesn’t know much about 2016’s X-Men Apocalypse, but does think he’ll finally have to shave his head.
Watch the James McAvoy bald Xavier quote below. Read More »
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby is an unusual film. In its original form, it is really two movies, subtitled Him and Her, following characters played by James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain as they each experience two sides of a tumultuous relationship. But the project will first hit theaters in the US as a single-version film subtitled Them, which weaves together the two viewpoints. (And, in doing so, necessarily discards some of each experience.) This new Hong Kong trailer shows the split film in a way we haven’t quite seen in other trailers; check out the new The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby splitscreen trailer below. Read More »
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby may look like a pretty standard romantic drama, but it has an unusual origin. The film, which is the debut of writer/director Ned Benson, originally played the Toronto Film Festival in very different form. There, it was two films, “Him” and “Her,” which together told the story of the difficult relationship between Conor (James McAvoy) and Eleanor (Jessica Chastain), and the aftermath of a particularly difficult time in their lives.
At Cannes, the project showed up as one film, sub-titled “Them”, which picks and chooses footage from both of the original halves to merge the distinct viewpoints of the original films to create a single film that is a bit more mainstream. This first Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby trailer gives a glimmer of Chastain’s performance, which won acclaim at the festivals, but hides the core trauma that threatens to destroy the relationship between the two characters. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
Neither audiences nor critics had much use for I, Frankenstein when it opened back in January. But fortunately for the classic monster, he’ll have another chance to win over audiences next year.
As Paul McGuigan puts the finishing touches on his version of the Frankenstein tale, starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe, it’s picked up both a new title and a new synopsis. Get the details after the jump.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past is not only the latest chapter in the cinematic life of the X-Men. It is an attempt to rectify some mistakes made in previous films, particularly X-Men: The Last Stand. It is a Charles Xavier origin story of sorts, and also a Wolverine movie; no matter how many mutants Fox splashes on the posters, this is the continuation of Wolverine’s evolution from animal to man. And for a film that ranges from 1973 to future decades hence, it is also a rather contained, character-oriented story.
As Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels into the past to help Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) realize his potential, Wolverine also truly comes into his own. As a character piece, there’s a bit of a cheat, as Wolverine has the benefit of tremendous foresight. But while he knows where he has to go, he doesn’t know how to get there. Despite the myriad ways in which Days of Future Past is unlike the X-Men comics, it plays out as a solid special issue, a rip-roaring tale of power and old-fashioned good versus evil. It is an unusual summer “blockbuster,” and stands among the better X-Men movies. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender had huge shoes to fill when they joined 2011’s X-Men: First Class. Not only were they tackling beloved characters, they were taking them over from iconic actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Nevertheless, they managed to make the roles their own in that film — only to face their predecessors in the new sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Indeed, a whole bunch of classic X-Men returned for the movie. Within the narrative, that was because Ellen Page‘s Kitty Pryde had powers that made time travel possible; within our own reality, that was because writer Simon Kinberg took on the challenge of bringing a classic comic book storyline to the big screen.
During a press event in New York, I had the chance to speak with both Professor Xes, one of the Magnetos, a Kitty Pryde, and the guy who tied all their storylines together. Watch our conversations after the jump.
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