As the box office continues in the ‘Age of Superheroes,’ it’s no surprise that X-Men: Apocalypse is the number one movie this weekend. The film opened to $65 million so far this weekend, and with it being Memorial Day Weekend, the film is expected to make $80 million when it’s all said and done. However, it’s not all fine and dandy. As you can see in our review here and the current 48% Rotten Tomatoes score, not everyone likes this movie. This being Brian Singer’s fourth X-Men film, we just were expecting better from such an accomplished director. With Captain America: Civil War having come out a few weeks ago (and knocking it out of the park) and setting the tone, we just have come to expect more from our superhero films nowadays.
The casting gods smiled on X-Men: First Classwhen Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence were selected for the rebooted cast just before they blew up and became critically-acclaimed, award-winning brand names in acting in the summer of 2011. Since then, Lawrence has won several Oscar nominations, picked up a second franchise in The Hunger Games, and is probably the actress at the top of every casting agents speed dial for all roles requiring someone young and female. Well, it looks Lawrence is going to open up more time for new roles because she’s saying now that along with the final Hunger Games coming out this year, next year’s X-Men, Apocalypse, will be her last. (more…)
Back in 2002, Vin Diesel re-teamed with his The Fast and the Furious director Rob Cohen to make xXx, a so-called spy-thriller meant to upset the stiff, upper-crusty world of James Bond with a down and dirty modern riff full of nihilists, tattooed bad boys and extreme sports freaks. Of course, Pierce Brosnan‘s final Bond movie, Die Another Day, came out later that year and by box office proved handily that the gentleman spy was in no danger of being usurped by those that think a tux and a t-shirt with a picture of a tux on it are roughly the same.
That, shall we say, populist view of modern spy war by xXx was on my mind after watchingKingsman: The Secret Service, the new movie by Matthew Vaughn that is very much of the opinion that “manners maketh the man.” Basically, if you can kick ass with an umbrella, you can kick ass with just about anything, and while anyone can be a thug, it takes a rare kind of man to react to any situation with calm, rational composure. And what is the more dangerous: someone who flies off the handle, or someone who can keep their head even as all around them are losing theirs? (more…)
The X-Men may be mutants, but they do have a number of human allies, and their biggest one is Moira MacTaggert. Moira has appeared in two of the X-Men movies so far, played by Olivia Williams in X-Men: The Last Stand, and then played by Rose Byrne in X-Men: First Class. Moira had to sit out Days of Future Past, but it’s been revealed that she’ll be back for more mutant adventures in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. In other news, Apocalypse screenwriter Simon Kinberg confirmed that this coming X-Men movie would be the final chapter of the storyline started in First Class, which makes the presence of Moira all the more important, and insightful, as we look towards the next film. (more…)
As you may or may not be aware, Hugh Jackman holds the record for the most times portraying a single comic book superhero (seven at present–soon to be eight). He’s the best at what he does–and what he does is play a goddamn pitch-perfect James Howlett/Logan/Wolverine.
But even Jackman knows all good things must come to an end and whatnot. We’ve talked about his future as the animalistic Canadian antihero once or twice before, and a few months ago IGN‘s Scott Collura sat down with the (apparently super nice) actor and discussed, among other things, the likelihood that he’ll be passing the adamantium claws to a successor anytime soon: (more…)
So I guess there’s an awful lot riding on X-Men: Days of Future Past. The nerd ‘net went nuts last week when it was announced that a follow-up to Days would be quick in coming with 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which suggests that either Fox likes what they’re seeing coming out of the X-Men editing room or they’re inflating the hype in an exaggerated and artificially way. One hopes it’s the former, but adding substance to that hope is a pair of news items concerning X-Men: Apocalypse released today. (more…)
If you’ve ever wondered how an actor spends his days on set, it’s not always tea and crumpets. Depending on the role there can be long hours spent in the makeup chair while experts transform you into something out of this world. That’s what actor Nicholas Hoult had to go through to bring his character Beast to the big screen in Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: First Class.
Now we can get a taste of what he had to go through when the folks at StudioADI worked their magic on Hoult and brought our favorite blue furry mutant to life. Alec Gillis of StudioADI had this to say about the process:
Director Matthew Vaughan really gravitated towards the more lion-like versions of the Marvel Comic Beast. He wanted a clean break from the Kelsey Grammer version. Fur was in, hair was out. Any version of Beast that featured human head hair was too ‘rock star’, so ADI and Dave and Lou Elsey kept the palette to the feline textures.
Some warm tone break up was introduced to make the skin tone less monochromatic and more alive. The studio stepped in during post production and digitally removed the naturalistic color break up in favor of a more straight forward blue.
They got Yukio way wrong, drastically re-positioned the timeline of Logan’s affair with Mariko Yoshida, and threw a bit of Viper into the mix. This is not Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s epic comic book story of honor, love, and corruption in Japan transferred to the screen, this is something totally different.
That’s not to say that James Mangold’s The Wolverine is a bad movie. It’s not, and relative to this character’s long past on the screen — through three X-Men films, a solo misfire, and a cameo in X-Men: First Class — this may actually be the finest and fullest representation of Wolverine that we have seen, but it’s still far from perfect.
While doing some press for his latest go around at portraying our favorite diminutive Canadian berserker with adamantium claws, Hugh Jackman sat down with Access Hollywood, which, quite naturally, lead to a discussion about the Wolverine’s other big part in Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Jackman gives glowing remembrances and complements to his cast-mates from the original X-Men movie as well as the newer X-Men: First Class cast.
When asked about his costuming in the new movie, Jackman got a little silly, but why don’t you just watch the video below and meet me on the other side to discuss what Jackman had to say.
Now from his tone and lightheartedness we can safely say that Jackman was just joking around, but don’t worry, he’s sure to at least have that shirt off during the movie. He’s got to show off that fighting physique he’s worked so hard to maintain during the filming of The Wolverineuntil now.
Who knows though, perhaps the time travel aspect of X-Men: Days of Future Past will also include a twist on the old Terminator method of time travel which doesn’t allow clothing to travel through time. Not because of some serious super science, but mainly because all clothing comes back around into fashion if you wait long enough.
The cast for Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past is huge, and it keeps getting bigger. We knew the big names and central characters from X-Men: First Class had to come back for the film to recapture that cinematic magic, but would many of the secondary characters might not make the cut? While Emma Frost (January Jones), Azazel (Jason Flemyng) and Banshee (Caleb Landry Jones) have yet to make an appearance on set, Havok (Lucas Till) was seen and photographed on set just yesterday.
The production is currently shooting in Montreal. A Montreal local (*Ahem, Adult film star) Pierre Fitch snagged a couple of shots with Till and Singer while on set. Now Till is not in costume and could just be visiting the set to see old friends, but it’s more likely he’s there to shoot some scenes as Havok.
When you consider this and the report that Halle Berry (Storm) and James Marsden (Cyclops) were spotted by a fellow passenger flying back from Montreal, we could be getting scenes with both Havok and Cyclops. Their brothers in the comics, but with the differences in ages and timing of their appearances in the movie franchise, Havok might end up being Cyclops father or uncle.
The more the merrier I say. Get all the mutants shoved in there you can. What do you think?