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How about some juicy Star Wars rumors for your weekend? These come from The Hollywood Reporter, who say much has changed with Star Wars Episode VII since original screenwriter Michael Arndt left the project last year. Reportedly Arndt wanted the film to focus on the offspring of the original trilogy characters (Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo) while director J.J. Abrams wanted Episode VII to focus on those characters, keeping the offspring in the background until Episode VIII and Episode IX.

Meanwhile, while this shake up was going on, Abrams continued to take meetings with all kinds of actors. Pretty much anyone that’s previously been reported (Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan, etc.) took a meeting as well as new names Michael Fassbender, Adam Driver and Hugo Weaving. Read More »

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Which actress is potentially up for Batman vs. Superman? Want to see a new clip from Thor: The Dark World? Who were Karen Gillan‘s evil influences in Guardians of the Galaxy? How big is Krypton compared to Earth in Man of Steel? Is Michael Fassbender‘s Magneto costume different in X-Men: Days of Future Past? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Michael Fassbender in X-Men First Class

Many directors make their narrative feature debuts on small, making dirt-cheap indies with no-name leads. Not Adam Smith. The TV and music video helmer has set white-hot actor Michael Fassbender to star in his gangster pic Trespass Against Us, and The Chemical Brothers to score.

The script, by Alastair Siddons, has Fassbender following the opposite trajectory of his The Counselor arc: Instead of sliding into a life of crime, Trespass Against Us‘s protagonist will try to climb out of the one he was already born into. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer

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Two years after X-Men: First Class and seven years after X-Men: The Last Stand, we have our first peek at what happens when those two worlds collide. The full-length trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past has just arrived, bearing two Magnetos, two Professor Xaviers, and a whole lot of action. Check it out after the jump.

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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 »

Assassin's Creed

Gamers have been hoping for years that Hollywood would finally figure out how to make a good video game movie, but their one of their best hopes of that happening rests on a guy who’s not much of a gamer at all.

Assassin’s Creed star Michael Fassbender has admitted that not only had he never played Assassin’s Creed before he signed on, he doesn’t even own a video game console. So what made him decide to take the job? Find out after the jump.

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The Counselor

Of all the dangerous criminals in The Counselor, Cameron Diaz‘s Malkina may just be the iciest. In a new clip from the Ridley Scott-directed drama, she shows her steely side to Reiner (Javier Bardem), prompting even the hardened career criminal to ask, “You don’t think that’s a bit cold?”

But at least Malkina’s femme fatale appeal comes across on her character poster. The same can’t be said for poor Laura, played by the stunning Penelope Cruz in plain-Jane mode. Reiner, Westray (Brad Pitt), and the Counselor himself (Michael Fassbender) all look sleeker, edgier, and just plain sexier than Cruz does. Hit the jump to check out the posters and watch the clip.

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Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free northern man who was kidnapped and sold into bondage in the 1840s, 12 Years a Slave doesn’t shy away from the horrific aspects of a slave trade that existed for hundred of years, sweeping up more than 12 million souls. Familial separation, abuse, torture, the idea that the slaves were no better than beasts; it’s all laid bare for the audience to witness.

Though not a “light” film by any measure, this is a well-executed drama dealing with a horrific historical occurrence. Director Steve Mcqueen has proven that he’s a burgeoning young auteur, a vibrant force that should deliver us a slew of great films in the decades to come. Just as with his previous film, Shame, this is a gutting experience, and McQueen, as channeled through the extremely capable cast of Chewitel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, and Brad Pitt, crafts a two-hour story that can’t help but leave you drained as the credits come up. Read More »

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