Toby Kebbell Talks DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, Duncan Jones’ WARCRAFT, His Version of Doctor Doom in FANTASTIC FOUR, and More

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With Matt Reeves’ Dawn of the Planet of the Apes arriving on DVD and Blu-ray December 2nd, I got the opportunity to sit down with Toby Kebbell to talk about the film.  As I’ve said again and again, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is easily one of my favorite films of 2014.  It’s the rare commercial movie that’s deep and thoughtful and it’s also atypical in that it tells a complete story while keeping the door open for another sequel.

During the interview Kebbell talked about developing his character with Andy Serkis, what it was like playing an ape, his motion-capture experience, what it was like working with Duncan Jones on Warcraft, his version of Doctor Doom in director Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say and click here to pre-order the Blu-ray on Amazon.

Miles Teller Talks WHIPLASH, BLEED FOR THIS, THE FANTASTIC FOUR, Wanting to Play Elvis, and More

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One of my favorite films this year is writer/director Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash.  The film stars Miles Teller as a jazz drummer who aspires to greatness under a ruthless instructor, played brilliantly by J.K. Simmons.  While the film focuses on musicians, it’s really about anyone trying to become great at something and the cost of achieving said goal.  Trust me, it’s a great movie and something you should seek out when it comes to a theater near you.  For more on the film, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer.

Last week at the Los Angeles press day I landed an extended video interview with Miles Teller.  He talked about what the past year has been like, the experience of premiering at Sundance, how he views the promotional circuit, the tight 19-day schedule to shoot Whiplash, his interaction with Simmons on set, his relationship with Chazelle, preparing for Bleed for This and how he approaches preparation in general, how it felt to play a superhero in The Fantastic Four and getting along with the other actors in New Orleans, wanting to play Elvis, what he’s looking to do in the future, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Marvel’s Vendetta against Fox Continues; Comic Writers No Longer Allowed to Create New X-MEN Characters; FANTASTIC FOUR Comics to End Next Year

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While Sony Pictures and Marvel might be able to work out a deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the bitter rivalry between Marvel and 20th Century Fox continues.  Fox owns the screen rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, and Marvel has retaliated by undermining those properties.  According to Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont [via Bleeding Cool], the company has forbidden the creation of new X-Men characters because those characters could then be used by Fox.

Hit the jump for more on how Marvel is trying to hurt Fox’s profits even if it means canceling comics.

FANTASTIC FOUR Release Date Pushed to August 7, 2015; ASSASSIN’S CREED Pulled from Schedule

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20th Century Fox is pushing its Fantastic Four reboot release date back a couple of months.  Directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle), the film was originally scheduled to hit theaters on June 16, 2015, but Fox has now opted to move the pic to August 7, 2015.  While August doesn’t necessarily seem like better real estate than June for the summer movie season, Disney had massive success in slating Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy for the beginning of August this year, which benefitted from the dearth of quality films throughout the rest of the month.  The Fantastic Four will now square off against the all-ages horror comedy Goosebumps with Jack Black, but what of Fox’s other film that was slated for release on August 7th?  Well the studio has now pulled Assassin’s Creed from the schedule entirely, giving it a “TBD” release date.

Hit the jump for more, including a release date shift for the John Green adaptation Paper Towns.

Kate Mara Shares Celebratory FANTASTIC FOUR Image to Mark End of Filming

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One of the bigger “huh?” moments from this year’s Comic-Con was the complete lack of anything from 20th Century Fox’s The Fantastic Four.  Granted, director Josh Trank‘s superhero adaptation was in the midst of production and barreling towards a fast-approaching June 19, 2015 release date, but fans were hoping to see at least a title treatment or image from the pic.  Alas, no such preview emerged, but Invisible Girl herself Kate Mara has now shared a kind of Fantastic Four image by way of a celebratory selfie with her fellow FF members.  “That’s a wrap on Fantastic Four” the tweet reads, though it’s unclear if that means the entire production has wrapped, the principal castmembers have wrapped, or only Mara has wrapped.  Regardless, since we’ve seen nothing official from the film thus far, it’s kind of neat to see Mara, Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), and Jamie Bell (Thing) all together on the streets of New Orleans.

Hit the jump to check out the image for yourself.  Hopefully a genuine piece of Fantastic Four material will show up in the coming months.  The film also stars Toby Kebbell, Tim Blake Nelson, and Reg E. Cathey.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR Skips out on Comic-Con But Offers a Glimpse at The Thing

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Apparently Fox decided not to bring any marketing for The Fantastic Four to Comic-Con this weekend, even though the Josh Trank-directed picture is currently shooting in Louisiana and will debut before next year’s convention.  However, a very unofficial image has leaked out into the interwebs that shows what is apparently the film’s new version of The Thing.  Jamie Bell is playing the rocky humanoid hero, aka Ben Grimm, and thankfully it looks like he’ll be doing so through motion capture.  It looks pretty good, but the bar was previously set laughably low by poor Michael Chiklis’ rock suit in the last effort.  Hit the jump to check it out.

Also starring Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch, Kate Mara as Invisible Girl, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, and Toby Kebbell as Dr. Doom, The Fantastic Four is set to open June 19, 2015.  

Michael B. Jordan Says THE FANTASTIC FOUR Script Is “Evolving” on Set; Doesn’t See the Characters as “Superheroes”

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Though 20th Century Fox hasn’t officially revealed everything it will be bringing to Comic-Con next weekend for its big Hall H panel, most are expecting to see at least something from The Fantastic Four.  The comics adaptation is currently in production in Louisiana in anticipation of a June 19, 2015 release date, so this year’s Comic-Con is the film’s big chance to reach the fans in a massive way.  We still know very little about the pic beyond the fact that Chronicle director Josh Trank is at the helm and it has a “grounded” tone, but the cast is certainly promising with Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch, Kate Mara as Invisible Girl, Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Toby Kebbell (aka Koba from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) as Dr. Doom.

Jordan recently spoke a bit about the filming experience and Trank’s take on the material, noting that the script has changed quite frequently during the filming process, and likening the titular characters to people with disabilities who must learn how to adjust to life post-accident.  More after the jump.

Simon Kinberg Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, the Challenge of Assembling the Cast, Deleted Scenes, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, FANTASTIC FOUR, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  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.  For more on the film, watch these five clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, and click here for all of our coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed a video interview with screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg.  He talked about the challenges of making Days of Future Past, if he was nervous about certain cast members not returning for the sequel, deleted scenes, X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, and more.  Hit the jump to watch the interview.

Writer/Producer Simon Kinberg Talks THE FANTASTIC FOUR, Post-Converting to 3D, the Grounded Tone, and Writing Towards the Sequels

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We’re only five months into 2014, but we’ve already seen two big superhero films swing into theaters and we’ve got another massive franchise poised to open in a matter of weeks: X-Men: Days of Future Past.  Steve recently attended the press day for the X-Men “in-betweenquel”, and during his interview with screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg the conversation also touched on another superhero property that Kinberg is involved with: The Fantastic Four.

As screenwriter and producer on director Josh Trank’s reboot of the Marvel comic, Kinberg has been intimately involved in the development of the 20th Century Fox project.  While speaking with Steve, he confirmed that the film will be post-converted to 3D and discussed which aspects of the pic lend themselves to three-dimensions.  He also talked about how Trank’s specific tone stayed constant throughout the film’s development process, and touched on how writing the pic with an eye towards the sequels affected his approach to the characters.  Read on after the jump.

Tim Blake Nelson Says THE FANTASTIC FOUR Script Has “as Much Soul as It Does Action”

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Though development on the film has been ongoing for some time, director Josh Trank (Chronicle) and 20th Century Fox are finally ready to move forward on the reboot The Fantastic Four, as we’ve learned the pic is poised to go in front of cameras on Monday, May 5th.  The principal cast is set with Miles Teller as Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara as Sue Storm, Michael B. Jordan as Human Torch, Jamie Bell as The Thing, and Toby Kebbell as the villainous Dr. Doom, but just a couple of days ago we learned of another exciting addition to the ensemble: Tim Blake Nelson as Harvey Elder aka Mole Man.

Nelson recently spoke a bit about his second go-around at a Marvel superhero adaptation (he played Samuel Sterns in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk, but never got to make the transformation into The Leader), noting that the script for The Fantastic Four is heavy on heart in addition to action.  Read on after the jump.

THE FANTASTIC FOUR Producer/Writer Simon Kinberg Talks about the Tone, Costumes, Shooting Schedule, and More at WonderCon

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Back in February, The Fantastic Four finally nailed down its eponymous superheroes and a few weeks ago it got an actor for the villain.  Now that we know who’s playing Mr. Fantastic (Miles Teller), Invisible Woman (Kate Mara), Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan), The Thing (Jamie Bell), and Doctor Doom (Toby Kebbell), we can move on to the many, many other questions about the movie.  One question is how will the costumes compare to the previous Fantastic Four movies?  Those costumes stuck fairly close to the comics with the heavy emphasis on blue spandex and the “4″ badge.  With a much younger cast set for the reboot, what other radical changes can we expect?

Hit the jump for what Kinberg told us about The Fantastic Four reboot, the costumes, tone, shooting schedule, and more at WonderConThe Fantastic Four opens June 19, 2015.

WRATH OF THE TITANS Actor Toby Kebbell to Play Doctor Doom in THE FANTASTIC FOUR

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Fox has set the final key piece for its Fantastic Four reboot.  Chronicle director Josh Trank signed on to take the helm of The Fantastic Four a few years ago, but movement on the project has been slow to say the least.  However, with a June 19, 2015 release date looming, the principal cast was finally firmed up in February with Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch), Kate Mara (Invisible Girl), and Jamie Bell (The Thing).  Clearly the cast is quite young, and so when talk turned to who would play the iconic comics villain Dr. Doom, the shortlist included similarly aged actors.  Now, with filming set to begin this spring, Fox has made its decision and zeroed in on Wrath of the Titans actor Toby Kebbell to take on the antagonist role.  Hit the jump for more.

Fox Announces Release Dates for THE FANTASTIC FOUR 2, WOLVERINE Sequel, Untitled Marvel Film, TAKEN 3, Ridley Scott Project, and More [Updated]

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20th Century Fox announced a bunch of release dates tonight:

  • The Fantastic Four reboot is still casting for a 2015 release, but Fox is ready to plan The Fantastic Four 2 for July 14, 2017.
  • The sequel to The Wolverine hits theaters March 3, 2017. [Update: Deadline reports that Fox has set David James Kelly to pen the sequel, which returns James Mangold to the helm with Hugh Jackman starring.]
  • An untitled Marvel film is scheduled for July 13, 2018.
  • Liam Neeson returns for Taken 3 on January 9, 2015.
  • An unspecified Ridley Scott feature is dated for March 4, 2016.
  • Matthew Vaughn‘s The Secret Service (now October 24, 2014) and an untitled Vince Vaughn vehicle (now March 6, 2015) switched release dates.
  • Frankenstein starring Daniel Radcliffe is pushed back from January 16, 2015 to October 2, 2015.

More on the Marvel stuff after the jump.

Miles Teller and Jai Courtney Talk DIVERGENT, Neil Burger, Shenanigans Off Set with the Rest of the Cast, TERMINATOR: GENESIS, and More

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With Divergent opening this weekend, I recently landed an exclusive video interview with Miles Teller and Jai Courtney.  During the interview they talked about working with director Neil Burger, why the police called so many times to the apartment building where the cast was staying, what can they tease about Reed Richards and Kyle Reese in Fantastic Four and Terminator: Genesis, and more

For those unfamiliar, the film is based on the Veronica Roth novel of the same name and takes place in a society where people are divided into factions based on their personalities.  Tris (Shailene Woodley) is a young girl who doesn’t fit into any of the pre-assigned groups and faces grave consequences due to her status as a “Divergent.”  Hit the jump to watch the interview.  Divergent also stars Theo James, Ashley JuddRay StevensonZoe Kravitz, Tony GoldwynAnsel Elgort,Maggie QBen Lloyd-HughesChristian Madsen, and Kate Winslet.

FANTASTIC FOUR’s Doctor Doom Shortlist Down to Sam Riley, Eddie Redmayne, Toby Kebbell, and Domhnall Gleeson

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Remember when there was a rumor that The Fantastic Four’s version of Doctor Doom (aka Victor von Doom) might be a woman?  Well, if a new casting shortlist is to be believed, it looks like that rumor doesn’t hold water.  The villainous role has apparently been narrowed down to these four blokes: Sam Riley (On the Road), Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Toby Kebbell (Wrath of the Titans), or Domhnall Gleeson (About Time).  Whoever ends up with the part, it’s going to be a 30-something actor from the U.K. who goes up against Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, and Jamie Bell in the title roles.  Hit the jump for more.

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