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Having spent the best part of 15 years in Middle-earth filming six films, it’s easy to see how Peter Jackson will be having a hard time saying goodbye to J.R.R. Tolkien‘s world of hobbits, dragons, elves, orcs and the magical world of Middle-earth. However it turns out that Jackson may be suffering to let go; harboring a ‘never-say-never’ complex, which is further testament of his reluctance so say good-bye to the franchise completely.  (more…)

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Fox’s marketing department has really been laying it on thick for this one, huh?

A brand new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past dropped this morning and it’s just as grim and po-faced as the first full-length spot. Featuring at least one shot of the Sentinels Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) invents in full, master-blaster action, Bryan Singer’s latest addition to the X-Men franchise appears to be revolting against the “fun and frivolous” nature of its Avengers-centric competitors by favoring a much more self-serious tone.

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With X-Men: Days of Future Past pretty much done and ready to screen, people everywhere are asking questions and trying to get a feel for how the movie will play out. In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart were brought together to give a bit of insight on how their characters measure up to the past incarnations of themselves as well as what it was like to be playing one version of a pair. Check out the highlights of the conversation below: (more…)

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With the current earnings for Hugh Jackman‘s latest movie The Wolverine grossing $361,437,539 world-wide, triple its production budget of $115,000, producers of Bryan Singer‘s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past must be snug in their beds with big-office-box-numbers dancing in their heads.

Just thinking about the combination of the cast of the original X-Men movies including Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan with the next generation (or should that be younger generation) James McAovy and Michael Fassbender is mind-blowing in its awesomeness. Throw in Hugh Jackman as a bridge between the two casts, the incredible Peter Dinklage as the villain,  and you have yourself a blockbuster movie.

Hugh Jackman recently sat down with Access Hollywood and literally gushed with praise for Singer, the past X-Men movies, and the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

I know, having sat at Comic-Con on that panel with that extraordinary cast, I keep saying it’s like two movies in one, but with the size of it it’s really three in one. It really is going to blow people away because of the story. Bryan Singer, I think, is going to become the first director to make increasingly better movies in a franchise, I’m not sure if there’s anyone else that’s done it.”

Check out the interview below and let us know what you think in the comments section.

Yes, Hugh does admit to lifting 460 pounds. Holy crap, that is incredible.

X-Men:Days of Future Past hits theater screens on May 23rd, 2014, starring Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Halle Berry, Daniel Cudmore, Fan Bingbing, Boo Boo Stewart, Adan Canto, Evan Peters, Josh Helman and Lucas Till.

Via: Comingsoon

‘X-Men’ Round-Up: Claremont and Casting News

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So Jack the Giant Slayer didn’t exactly wow them at the box office over the weekend, probably because people are generally more excited about about Bryan Singer‘s next film, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Oddly, Monday has brought a proverbial avalanche of new X-Men news.

First up is a comment from none other than Chris Claremont. Claremont had a legendary 20-year-run as the writer of Uncanny X-Men, including the “Days of Future Past” storyline in Uncanny #141, so who better to hear from on the subject of the upcoming film version of it. Or at least that’s what Newsarama (via Comic Book Movie) seemed to think.

Here’s what Claremont had to say:

“The challenge, I would think, for Bryan is that the heart of the original story is not the fight with the Brotherhood back in the present day. The challenge, the story, is actually what happens in the future. Getting them to the point where you can send Kitty back, and seeing the consequences of what will happen if they fail, and not knowing at the end how it’s going to turn out. You think it’s going to be a happy ending, but you’re not sure, because pretty much everybody dies — in the comic, anyway. You can’t not be invested. That’s pretty much most of my working life, dancing around or through the X-Men as a concept.

“You could look at it as time travel, or you could look at it as pan-dimension. It’s all a matter of how you want to define it, and I’m sure they’ve got some brainiacs out on the left coast earning a small research stipend figuring out a plausible way of making it fly. That’s the fun and games of Hollywood. How the hell they’re going to fit it into 120 minutes, I have no sodding idea. I’d be looking on this as your basic 1974 film with an intermission.

“In movies it’s a one-shot item too often. If we’re doing Days of Future Past, we need Ororo, we need Logan. OK, we’ve got Hugh Jackman, but that means we’ve got to get Halle Berry. I’m sure some accountant at Fox is going, ‘Huh? ‘We’re talking how much?’ On the other hand, you never know when a major talent is willing to do a Scarlett Johansson, and come in perhaps at scale, just for the fun of it. The really nice thing with Future Past is that you actually have a superhero film — much to everyone’s surprise, I will hope — that is about something. It’s about racism, I hope. It’s about resisting oppression. It’s about fighting for freedom and the cost of fighting for freedom. I will be fascinated to see how they weave the two together.”

Meanwhile, the Days casting train continues to chug along with a pair of announcements today. On the one hand we have news of another returnee from X-Men films past in the form of Oscar-winner Halle Berry, who will reprise the role of Storm in the new film. Singer made the announcement via his preferred media partner, Twitter (brought to you by /Film).

Couldn’t be more excited that has joined the cast of . Hopefully she can improve the weather in Montreal.

Berry will join fellow castmates from the first three X-Men films Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellan, Hugh Jackman, Ellen Page, Aaron Ashmore and Anna Paquin, as well as returning cast members from X-Men: First Class James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Jennifer Lawrence.

In more Twitter news by Singer (again via /Film) the director introduced the world to the second actor to be cast in the film who’s had no previous X-Men experience.

Thrilled to welcome the brilliant from the amazing film to the cast of !

No word on who Omar Sy will play in the film, just as we don’t know who Peter Dinklage will play, probably because they haven’t been in any other X-Men movies before. Days of Future Past should go before the cameras later this summer, for a July 2014 release.

More news as it develops.

We’ve been hearing a lot of talk about which X-Men, past and present, will appear in the upcoming sequel, but who’s being left out of the loop? Well, it appears that everyone’s second favorite telepath may be one of the mutants who will sit out the next cinematic chapter of X-Men, at least that’s according to her portrayer, January Jones.

Talking to Collider while attending the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Jones let it slip that she doesn’t know much about X-Men: Days of Future Past, up to, and including, whether or not she’s in it.

“I don’t know that I’m in it, I don’t think Emma’s in this one,” she said. “Well they haven’t told me if I am.”

Weird, right? Considering that X-Men: First Class ended with Emma being recruited into the first iteration of the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants by Magneto (Michal Fassbender). But according to Jones, she didn’t even get a chance to read the script for First Class until she was on her way to the set, and besides, everything she’s heard about the film, she’s not even sure where Emma fits in.

“It’s called Days of Future Past I think, and I think it’s more about James [McAvoy] and Michael [Fassbender] and then Patrick [Stewart] and Ian [McKellan], and I think it’s gonna go back and forth with those so I don’t think Emma’s in those bits. I don’t know, I really don’t know,” Jones said.

Cast members already confirmed for the film include McAvoy, Fassbender, Stewart, and McKellan, along with Nicholas Hoult (Beast from First Class), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique from First Class) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine who’s appeared in all X-Men movies thus far).

X-Men: Days of Future Past is scheduled to be released on July 18, 2014. Expect production to begin sometime later this year, and expect more casting news anytime now.

Source: Cinema Blend

I may be one of a small crowd when it comes to my opinion on the X-Men: First Class sequel, but I am totally jazzed about the impending arrival of X-Men: Days of Future Past.  It is one of my favorite storylines and I’m very happy they’re making it into a film.  And I’m double-plus-mega-happy that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen are coming back to reprise their roles as the old-fogey versions of Professor X and Magneto.

One other person is happy about returning to the sequel, and that is Sir Ian McKellen himself.  In a brief interview with The Huffington Post, he had a few things to say…

About wanting to reprise the role:

What a gas! I mean, Patrick Stewart and I have been have just been playing “Waiting for Godot” throughout England and in the West End of London. So, we’ve stayed in touch. We can’t believe it [laughs]. I thought these were Fassbender and McAvoy’s parts, but — no, no — we’re back. We’ll give them a run for their money. I mean, I haven’t read the script, so I don’t know how much we’ve got to do. But, to be back in that world, and for Bryan to be doing it — with all the success he’s had in the meantime — it’s wonderful.

And about his opinions of Michael Fassbender as Magneto in First Class:

I thought he was better than me. But, we weren’t quite playing the same character because he was so much younger than me.

And, unfortunately, that’s about all the Post got out of him.  But at least we are likely to hear a lot more in the future as X-Men: Days of Future Past draws nearer to its scheduled release date of July 18, 2014.

 

Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.