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 »
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Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
When an Aussie unknown named Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine back in the late ’90s, it was doubtful that anyone would’ve predicted he’d still be playing the nearly ageless mutant a decade and a half later. For that matter, some would not likely have guessed that the X-Men franchise itself would last this long. But seven films later, both the series and its star are still going strong.
Which isn’t to say there haven’t been some changes. Fox’s X-Men universe has expanded over the years to include more heroes, more villains, and more versions of already established characters. One of the most exciting additions in the new X-Men: Days of Future Past is Peter Dinklage‘s Bolivar Trask, a scientist obsessed with mutants — and the threat they pose to humanity.
At a recent X-Men: Days of Future Past junket in New York City, I took the opportunity to sit down with Jackman, the series’ longest-running hero, and Dinklage, its newest villain — as well as Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker, the producers who’ve made it all happen. Watch the video interviews after the jump.
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The short film Pixels, about a city attacked by classic video game characters, hit the internet in 2010. Almost immediately, a feature version of the short was put into development. That process took quite a while, but finally a cast and crew came together. Chris Columbus (Harry Potter, The Goonies, Home Alone) is directing with Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin James, Josh Gad, and Peter Dinklage in the cast.
Now Pixels is set for release on May 15, 2015. Read More »
Posted on Friday, April 4th, 2014 by Angie Han
After a season spent on HBO’s deathly dark True Detective, Michelle Monaghan is ready for some much lighter fare. She’s just booked the female lead in Pixels, the video game-inspired action-comedy being directed by Chris Columbus and produced by Adam Sandler. She joins a starry cast that also includes Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage and, of course, Sandler himself.
Along with reports of her casting come a host of new details about the plotline and characters. Hit the jump to find out what everyone will be doing in the movie, as well as when we’ll see them doing it.
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Posted on Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 by Angie Han
New Yorkers aren’t exactly known for our sunny, upbeat demeanor. But even by the city’s surly standards, the character Robin Williams plays in his next movie has an attitude problem. He’s such an obnoxious jerk, in fact, that in the first Angriest Man in Brooklyn trailer, he causes his doctor (played by Mila Kunis) to snap and tell him he has 90 minutes left to live.
What ensues is a mad-dash scramble to try and set things right before time is up. Williams’ Henry attempts to quickly mend his relationships with his wife (Melissa Leo), his brother (Peter Dinklage), his son (Hamish Linklater), his friends… it turns out pretty much everyone who’s met him has reason to be unhappy with him. Watch the first Angriest Man in Brooklyn trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, March 28th, 2014 by Angie Han
Peter Dinklage could go from waging war on mutants to waging war on video game characters. The X-Men: Days of Future Past actor is in final talks to join Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Josh Gad in Pixels, the Ghostbusters-esque actioner being directed by Chris Columbus. Get details on the plot and more after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, March 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Even as HBO viewers the world over try to recover from last night’s True Detective finale, the network would like to remind you that there’s another acclaimed, buzzworthy HBO drama coming back up on the horizon. The new Game of Thrones Season 4 trailer opens on a fairly melancholy tone, as Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner) bitterly recounts the horrors that have been visited upon her and her family.
Unfortunately for her but fortunately for us, the rest of the promo — along with some newly released plot synopses — suggest that Westeros’ troubles are far from over. Watch the Game of Thrones Season 4 trailer and get some new plot details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, January 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
We know, we know. The “teaser for a teaser” trend is getting out of hand. But after the epic, blood-soaked insanity that was Season 3 of Game of Thrones, we can’t help but latch on to whatever we can get of Season 4. And right now, that means we’re poring over these five action-packed Vines.
The brief clips feature fan favorite characters like Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Daenerys (Emilia Clarke), and Jon Snow (Kit Harington), along with new character Oberyn Martell (Pedro Pascal), in various degrees of peril and/or badassery. The full trailer won’t premiere for another couple of days, but for now you can watch the snippets after the jump.
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The possibilities of online dating leads to a plausible romcom plot possibility: what if a guy liked a girl so much that he just reworked his own personality to match the details of her online profile? It’s basically Catfish, but softer. And so A Case of You stars Justin Long as the guy who gets into trouble when the girl he wants (Evan Rachel Wood) believes the personality he crafts from nothing, and then has to follow through.
But the important part is Peter Dinklage, who seems to be on hand as a barista who offers some simple word choice advice to Long’s character. He’s the highlight of the trailer you’ll find below. Read More »