Nicholas Hoult to Build SAND CASTLE; Maggie Grace Returns for TAKEN 3; Carla Gugino Lands Opposite Dwayne Johnson in SAN ANDREAS [Updated]

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Here’s the latest casting news for the following films:

  • Nicholas Hoult will star in the Iraqi war drama, Sand Castle, based on true-life events.
  • Maggie Grace will return for Olivier Megaton’s Taken 3, starring Liam Neeson. Update: Famke Janssen has closed a deal to return as well.
  • Carla Gugino has landed the female lead opposite Dwayne Johnson in New Line’s disaster picture, San Andreas.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Nicholas Hoult Talks Beast’s New Makeup, His Relationship with Mystique, the Giant Cast, and More on the Set of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Last year, when Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past was filming in Montreal, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  For those not familiar with the story, the movie finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  Trust me, Days of Future Past is a very cool storyline, and a perfect way to have the old and new cast in one film.

During a break in filming, I was able to participate in a group interview with Nicholas Hoult.  As someone that loved his portrayal of Hank McCoy/Beast in X-Men: First Class, it was great to be able to ask him a few questions about the sequel.  During the interview he talked about Beast’s new makeup, his character’s relationship with Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), the amazing cast, filming some of the action scenes (including taking a hit to the crotch from McAvoy), working with Bryan Singer, whether the script changed on set, and so much more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

New Behind-the-Scenes Image from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Nicholas Hoult

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Bryan Singer has tweeted a new behind-the-scenes image from X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  Singer is currently shooting pickups in Montreal, and one of them must involve Beast (Nicholas Hoult) who is using good, old-fashioned TVs and monitors to do…something.  So very mysterious.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The film also stars The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, and Patrick StewartX-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Empire Covers – Part 2: Mystique, Beast, Quicksilver, Magneto, and Professor X

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Empire Magazine has posted the next five covers their X-Men: Days of Future Past series.  These covers feature Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and Professor X (James McAvoy).  Quicksilver is the newcomer among these five, and his costume is so, so very bad.  I understand the goggles are because someone who runs really fast wouldn’t be able to see without them because of the wind resistance, but on the other hand, it’s a fictional character and you can do whatever you want.  Also, if that’s how he dresses himself, his eyes are already shot.

Hit the jump to check out the covers, and click here for Part 1, here for Part 3, here for Part 4 and here for Part 5, along with all 25 covers in one image.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Halle BerryX-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

Brief New Footage from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; First Look at Sentinels Might Be Released on Monday

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It’s time for another round of “Teasers for Teasers” with X-Men: Days of Future Past, and it appears we’ll soon be getting our first official look at the Sentinels.  On his Twitter page, director Bryan Singer tweeted “Something BIG is coming Jan 27,” and it doesn’t get much bigger than the giant robots that are tasked with wiping out mutantkind.  Singer previously shared a set photo of a Sentinel, so we’re not in the dark as to their appearance, and hopefully we’ll now get to see them in action.  Additionally, the X-Men Instagram account says “A full day of #XMen surprises is just around the corner” so perhaps we’ll be seeing more than just Sentinels on Monday.

Hit the jump to see some new footage.  The film stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Halle Berry.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

Sundance 2014: YOUNG ONES Review

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There are rare times when everything in a movie can work—its direction, performances, etc.—and yet the picture somehow comes up short.  This is the problem with trying to judge movies piecemeal.  For all of the different aspects that make up a picture, we have to evaluate it as a whole.  Obviously, we can call attention to its outstanding aspects, but they have to lead, for better or worse, to some kind of impression.  Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones is remarkable in how it does so much right, and yet it leaves the viewer completely cold.  Its strengths are undeniable and its flaws are subtle, so subtle that it can be confusing as to how such a technically superb picture can be so ineffective.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Images Offer the First Look at Evan Peters as Quicksilver and Nicholas Hoult in Beast Mode

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One of the year’s most-anticipated films is undoubtedly Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Two new images from the film reveal the first look at Evan Peters (American Horror Story) as the newly introduced mutant, Quicksilver, as well as returning hero Beast, played by Nicholas Hoult (Jack the Giant Slayer).

The film also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore,  and Halle Berry.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23, 2014.  Hit the jump to view the new images.

New Behind-the-Scenes Images from DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES and X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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20th Century Fox has released new behind-the-scenes images from their upcoming 2014 tentpoles Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The Apes image is just Andy Serkis (who plays Caesar) doing his motion-capture thing.  The real magic will come with the side-by-side comparisons of how his performance aligns with the finished visual effects.  It’s exciting to think that with the advancements in technology, this should look even better than Rise of the Planet of the Apes.  As for X-Men, I no longer care about time-travel or sentinels after looking at this photo. I just want a Magneto/Wolverine 70s buddy-cop TV series.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opens in 3D on July 18th.

First Image of Charlize Theron in Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s Adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s DARK PLACES

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The first image has been released from Gilles Paquet-Brenner‘s adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s best-selling novel Dark Places.  The film stars Charlize Theron as Libby Day, a woman who, at the age of 7, survives the massacre of her family and testifies against her brother as the murderer.  Years later, when confronted by a group obsessed with solving notorious crimes, Libby is forced to confront the truth about what she saw—or didn’t see.  Producer and co-financier Exclusive Media shopped the film around the American Film Market and has completed all major sales.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  The outstanding cast also includes Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks, and Drea de Matteo.  If Dark Places is released in 2014, it will join the other high-profile adaptation of a Gillian Flynn novel—David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, which opens on October 3rd.

Two New Images from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult

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Following the excellent trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, two new images have been released for Bryan Singer’s upcoming sequel.  he story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  One of the images shows us Beast (Nicholas Hoult) giving Magneto (Michael Fassbender) a good thrashing, but the other one looks like Magneto has boobs.  Not the best angle.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Patrick StewartPeter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle BerryX-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D May 23, 2014.

First Trailer for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for director Bryan Singer‘s sequel/prequel X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The story finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  This trailer is extremely similar to the footage they showed at Comic-Con this summer (right down to the Hans Zimmer score), which sent Hall H into a frenzy.  It does an excellent job of conveying the darker tone of the film as well as teasing the spectacle that will be on display, and I really can’t wait to see more.

Hit the jump to watch the  X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellan, Patrick StewartPeter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry. It opens in 3D May 23, 2014.

12 New Images from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Following yesterday’s teaser for the first trailer, 20th Century Fox has now released twelve new images from Bryan Singer‘s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  In the upcoming sequel/prequel, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) has his consciousness sent back to 1973 to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  These images don’t give anything away, but I quite like them, especially the one where Xavier and Magneto are continuing to play chess even though their friendship has fractured.  It’s an obvious symbol, but still a nice one considering it’s the constant in their relationship.  And if that doesn’t do anything for you, there’s an image of Jennifer Lawrence being adorable on set.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Peter Dinklage, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, and Halle BerryX-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23, 2014.

Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult Eyed for Drake Doremus’ Sci-Fi Pic EQUALS; Will Smith Circling SELLING TIME

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Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus has developed a reputation for crafting intimate and engrossing relationship dramas using his signature improvisational style, and for his next project the filmmaker plans to apply his talents to the sci-fi genre.  I spoke with Doremus earlier this year at Sundance where he premiered his excellent new drama Breathe In, and the director noted that he planned on venturing “into the futuristic, semi sci-fi love story land,” but utilizing his improvisational style.  Now Deadline reports that Doremus is courting Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult to star in the pic, titled Equals, for an early 2014 production start date.

Plot details regarding Equals are unknown at this point, but Moon scribe Nathan Parker penned the screenplay.  Doremus’ shooting style involves improvising nearly every scene, so if Hoult and Stewart sign on, they’ll have a hefty job ahead of them.  Hit the jump for news concerning Will Smith starring in a supernatural thriller.

First Footage from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Full Trailer Set for October 29th

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It’s a good day to be a fan of superhero movies.  We just got the first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and now Bryan Singer has released the first footage from X-Men: Days of Future Past.  In the upcoming sequel/prequel, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) has his consciousness sent back to 1973 to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  Normally, I’m sour about teasers for trailers, but I’m so excited for people to a glimpse of what was shown at Comic-Con that I’ll make an exception.

Hit the jump to check out the brief footage, and come back on October 29th for the full trailer.  The film also stars Peter Dinklage, Nicholas HoultJennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Omar Sy, and Halle BerryX-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23, 2014.

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD to Undergo Three Weeks of Additional Shooting

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While there are plenty of exciting films opening over the next few months, one highly anticipated pic that’s already in the can is conspicuously absent.  After years of starts and stops—including a massive yearlong postponement due to torrential rains in the planned filming location—director George Miller’s long-promised Mad Max: Fury Road finally underwent principal photography in the summer of 2012.  However, in the ensuing time we have yet to see even an official image from the pic.  While some were hopeful that Miller would complete Fury Road in time to make a surprise late 2013 release, it became clear that that would not be the case.

Now we may have a bit of a reason for the delay, as Miller is poised to go back and do three weeks of additional shooting on the pic with his main cast.  Hit the jump for more.

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