Bryan Singer Teases X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Script Image

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With the news that X-Men: Days of Future Past has now become the highest grossing film of 2014 thus far at the worldwide box office, anticipation is high for the follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse.  As the title (and DOFP post-credits sequence) suggests, the film involves the comics supervillain Apocalypse, and we know that the story will follow the First Class cast plus Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine into the 1980s.  Singer is expected to return to direct, and he’s been working on the script with Days of Future Past screenwriter Simon Kinberg and X2 scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris.

It now appears that at least the treatment for the script is finished, as today Singer shared an image of the first page, which actually clues us into what we can expect from the proposed Apocalypse prologue.  Hit the jump to take a look.

Composer/Editor John Ottman Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Deleted Scenes, Writing the Music, Big Last-Minute Changes, and More

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Over the past two decades, whenever Bryan Singer made a movie, he usually turned to John Ottman to compose the score and edit the film (the only exception being the first X-Men movie).  During their fruitful partnership, the two have enjoyed success in multiple genres, culminating most recently with X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is currently the number one movie around the world.

Last week, I landed an exclusive video interview with John Ottman.  He talked about his home studio, when he learned he would be working on Days of Future Past, his writing process, the difficulties of scheduling all the actors for their scenes, how the change in release dates affected his editing process, his composing schedule, what scene they had to alter at the very last minute, deleted scenes, the level of excitement on set and reuniting with the X2 cast, and so much more.  It’s a great interview so check it out after the jump.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Review

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As I’ve re-watched all of the X-Men movies over the past week, it’s been a little difficult to nail down a common theme, especially since two of them are spin-offs.  Ignoring the Wolverine movies, the plots are similar: mutants-vs-humans mixed with mutants-vs-mutants with an emphasis on how to deal with persecution.  Xavier always wants peace, but from Magneto’s perspective, he’s tried assimilation (X-Men), annihilation (X2), mobilization (X-Men: The Last Stand), and retribution (X-Men: First Class).  But thus far we’ve only seen a nebulous notion of “Peace Is Good” from Professor X.  X-Men: Days of Future Past brings substance to Xavier’s beliefs and brings a new characteristic to the series: salvation.  Although this approach mostly removes the ensemble aspect I’ve enjoyed in these movies, the latest X-Men has the most admirable values thus far.  And while the action, pacing, and visuals aren’t quite as sharp as a couple of the other movies, director Bryan Singer has still managed to reclaim the series’ past, present, and future.

“Evolution Leaps Forward”: Matt Revisits X2

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

If X-Men (and to a lesser extent Blade) had reopened the door for superhero movies, Spider-Man blew the door off its hinges.  It became the first movie to ever make over $100 million over a single weekend, and the movie was unabashedly colorful and comic book in its origins.  Sam Raimi‘s movie may not be perfect, but it knew exactly what it wanted to be, and audiences embraced it.  As for Bryan Singer, X-Men was a hit.  It was the ninth-highest grossing film of 2000 and received positive reviews.  Keep in mind that he did this after losing six months of production time.

Now with X2 the director had found the characters, established the world, and had the financial and creative freedom to let loose.

Watch 5 X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Movie Clips and 9 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage

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With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening next weekend, 20th Century Fox has provided us with five movie clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the film.  If you’ve ever wanted to see what it’s like on set, you’ll really enjoy the clips of Bryan Singer directing the cast and seeing your favorite actors in between takes.  As most of you know, Days of Future Past 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.  I caught a screening last week and am very happy to report the film is great.  It’s loaded with awesome character moments and tons of mutant action.  You’re all going to love it.

Hit the jump to watch the X-Men: Days of Future Past clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellan, Patrick StewartPeter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry.

“The Key to Our Evolution”: Matt Revisits X-MEN

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[With X-Men: Days of Future Past opening on Friday, May 23rd, I'm taking a look back at the X-Men movie franchise.  These reviews contain spoilers.]

I’ll always have a soft spot for X-Men.  They had a huge impact on my life.  I still remember watching the first episode of the animated series with I was eight-years-old, and from there I went down a very geeky road.  I collected the X-Men cards, constantly tried and failed at drawing X-Men, and even attempted to keep up with the comics, although I could never quite get hooked.  Before the X-Men, I knew Superman and Batman from their live-action series, but the X-Men changed my perception of what superheroes could be and do.

Cut forward eight years later, and the X-Men were now coming to a theater near me.  The mutants were here to save the day and make way for a geekier tomorrow even if they weren’t quite sure how to do it.

Two New Featurettes for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence

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Following yesterday’s final trailer, two new X-Men: Days of Future Past featurettes have been released.  These featurettes go into the making of two specific scenes.  One featurette focuses on a last-minute addition to the movie where director Bryan Singer felt there needed to be a scene where Magneto (Michael Fassbender) retrieves his helmet, and the other featurette looks at the task of outfitting extras with custom-made 1973 outfits.  They’re both interesting featurettes because they show aspects of filmmaking that some people might not think about.

Hit the jump to check out the featurettes.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer LawrenceNicholas Hoult, Patrick StewartIan McKellenEvan PetersEllen PageShawn AshmoreHalle BerryLucas TillOmar SyAdan CantoDaniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D.

Final X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Trailer

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20th Century Fox has released a final X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer for director Bryan Singer’s superhero “inbetweenquel,” and man does it have everything you could ask for in a mutant-mashup movie.  We get way more setup – along with a look at just how extensive and vital a role Wolverine plays in the plot – with plenty of superpowers on display, promising an action-packed payoff.  The follow-up 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 Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The trailer does a great job at summing up the premise, which highlights the caper aspect of the plot.  Its only downside is the poor choice of music; even Quicksilver looks good here!

Hit the jump to watch the final X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer.  The film also stars Jennifer LawrenceNicholas Hoult, Patrick StewartIan McKellenEvan PetersEllen PageShawn AshmoreHalle BerryLucas TillOmar SyAdan CantoDaniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D.

Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg Talk X-MEN: APOCALYPSE; Will DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Alter the Timeline?

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is still over a month away, but there’s no time to waste!  We already have to start talking about the sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, even though it doesn’t come out for over two years!  Director Bryan Singer and co-producer/co-writer Simon Kinberg spoke to EW about their plans for the film, and revealed that they will be taking elements from the 90s comic book series, Age of Apocalypse, but won’t strictly adhere to the alternate universe aspect of the story.  Kinberg explains that Apocalypse “won’t necessarily create an alternate universe, but there may be some swapping things that I’m playing with.”  Does that mean the time-travel in Days of Future Past might alter our reality to suit the needs of the new story, but not so drastically as to make the world unrecognizable?  Kinberg also goes on to say that “From a visual standpoint it actually may be a bigger movie than Days of Future Past because there’ll be disaster movie imagery, like the title would imply.”  Disaster imagery?  In a superhero movie?  Ridiculous.  People would never go for that.

Hit the jump for more X-Men: Apocalypse details.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D on May 23rd.  X-Men: Apocalypse opens May 27, 2016.

Watch 6 Featurettes from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST with New Footage, Plot Details, Interviews, and Set Tours

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20th Century Fox has released six featurettes for X-Men: Days of Future Past as part of a marketing tie-in with Pringles.  The featurettes cover Bryan Singer‘s return to the director’s chair, the crew, details on the time travel element, and several set tours.  There is plenty of interesting information (accompanied by new footage) cut up into bite-sized clips.  Check out the featurettes after the jump.

Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Nicholas Hoult, Shawn Ashmore, Lucas Till, Omar Sy, Adan Canto, Daniel Cudmore, and Bingbing Fan star.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23.

New Trailer and Poster for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, and James McAvoy

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20th Century Fox has released a new trailer and poster for director Bryan Singer’s highly anticipated superhero sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The follow-up 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 Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage) and the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  This trailer is terrific.  It shows the darker tone that Signer mentioned, and the character drama looks as strong as the action scenes.  As for this new poster, it’s just awful.  If you’re going t o pay millions of dollars for a marketing campaign, perhaps it’s best to find a person who understands composition rather than making it look like Professor X farted an explosion.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and poster, and if you missed any of Steve’s extensive set visit coverage, click here.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Halle Berry, Lucas Till, Omar Sy, Adan Canto, Daniel Cudmore, and Bingbing FanX-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 2D and 3D on May 23rd.

Bryan Singer Says X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Will Take Place in the 1980s; New DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Images Released

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Director Bryan Singer is returning to the X-Men franchise this May with X-Men: Days of Future Past, and audiences are apparently quite eager to see what the superhero team-up has in store.  Essentially serving as Fox’s answer to Marvel’s The Avengers, the film combines the original X-Men cast with the X-Men: First Class crew and involves time-travel, alternate timelines, and Sentinels.  While many are certainly looking forward to the film, Singer already has his eye on the next movie, as he’s currently breaking the story on the DOFP follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse.

Singer is attached to direct the pic, and in the recent issue of Total Film, he talked a bit about the sequel, revealing that it takes place mostly in the 1980s, deals with the notion of ancient mutants, and will have “more mass destruction” than any X-Men film to date.  Hit the jump to read on and to check out a new gallery of images from Days of Future Past.

Bryan Singer Will Direct Vince Gilligan’s CBS Pilot BATTLE CREEK

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Though filmmaker Bryan Singer is decidedly busy putting the finishing touches on this summer’s highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past, it appears that he’s carving some time out of his schedule to direct a high-profile TV pilot.  Singer is now onboard to take the helm of the pilot for Battle Creek, an impending CBS series that hails from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, who actually first wrote the pilot for the network back in 2002 before they passed on the project.  When Gilligan came off the wild success of sticking the landing of Breaking Bad, the network magically rediscovered the project (which they still owned) and put it back into active development with a straight-to-series order.

Hit the jump for more on Battle Creek, Singer’s involvement, and how hands-on Gilligan will be with the new show.

New 7-Second Trailer for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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Director Bryan Singer has unveiled a new trailer (kind of) for the upcoming superhero pic X-Men: Days of Future Past.  There’s a caveat in that the trailer is only seven seconds long, but it does offer quick glimpses of most of the future-set mutants from the film, including Colossus, Warpath, and more.  For those unaware, 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.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer, and if you missed any of Steve’s extensive set visit coverage, click here.  The film also stars Jennifer LawrencePeter DinklageEvan Peters, Ellen PageShawn AshmoreHalle Berry, and Patrick Stewart.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

TOP 5: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Set Visit, POMPEII Interviews, FANTASTIC FOUR Casting, Toy Fair 2014

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Landing just outside of this week’s Top 5 and earning an opening paragraph mention as a result is the first trailer and poster for writer/editor/director Ti West‘s The Sacrament. Obviously inspired by 1978′s Jonestown Massacre, the film features a team of journalists who attempt to document the story of a seemingly peaceful religious commune only to have the proverbial shit hit the fan in the process. I think West is among the best working directors in terms of creating and maintaining terror as evidenced by both 2009′s The House of the Devil and 2011′s The Innkeepers. Each of those films expertly sustain a sense of dread throughout and if Gene Jones hauntingly daring the visiting journalists to “Take it…” in this first trailer is any indication, The Sacrament looks to be cut from the same stellar mold. While it will be tough to match the psychological horror dealt out by 2011′s cult-centric drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, I’ll be anxiously anticipating West’s latest up until the time it hits VOD on May 1st.

Transitioning to the list section of the feature, this week’s installment highlights the first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Steve’s set visit coverage for X-Men: Days of Future Past, interviews for and Matt’s review of Paul W.S. Anderson‘s Pompeii, casting news for Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot, and coverage from the floor of Toy Fair 2014 at the Javits Center in NYC. Keep reading for a quick recap and link to each of the above.

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