Halle Berry, Greg Walker and Mickey Fisher Talk EXTANT, How the Show Came Together, Using GRAVITY as a Benchmark, and Flying in Zero Gravity

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The CBS series Extant is a new 13-episode serialized drama, premiering on July 9th. The mystery thriller tells the story of female astronaut Molly Woods (Academy Award winner Halle Berry), who tries to reconnect with her family after returning from a year in outer space. Her mystifying experiences in space and an inexplicable pregnancy lead to events that will ultimately change the course of human history.

During a recent panel interview to promote the upcoming show, executive producer/ showrunner Greg Walker and executive producer/show creator Mickey Fisher were joined by show star Halle Berry to talk about the story they’re telling in this 13-episode season, how this show came together, that the movie Gravity was their benchmark for the space scenes, what flying in zero gravity is really like, how much the pregnancy will fit into the storyline, what makes us human, and just how open-ended this series is.  Check out what they had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

“Born into a World Divided”: Matt Revisits X-MEN: THE LAST STAND

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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.]

Even if Bryan Singer had returned to direct the third X-Men movie, X2 would have been a tough act to follow.  However, he hinted at a clear path forward, or at least enough of a hint that it allowed fans to imagine what could have been.  When Singer decided to direct Superman Returns instead, he left a sequel in limbo.  Fox was going to move forward with or without him, and it was a bumpy road just to put someone in the director’s chair let alone find a way to get the right script.  Even with these issues, X-Men: The Last Stand isn’t a disaster.  If X2 didn’t exist and this was the direct sequel to 2000′s X-Men, it would be on par.  But X2 raised expectations, and in The Last Stand‘s attempt to pursue two potentially great plotlines, it reduces the impact of both.

“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.

Halle Berry to Star in KIDNAP; Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, and Natasha Lyonne Join SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Halle Berry will star in Luis Prieto’s thriller, Kidnap.
  • Jason Sudeikis, Amanda Peet, Jason Mantzoukas, and Natasha Lyonne join writer-director Leslye Headland’s comedy Sleeping with Other People, joining Alison Brie and Adam Scott.
  • Veronica Ferres joins writer-director Nick Guthe’s A Three Dog Life, which stars Salma Hayek and John Travolta.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

23 New Images of Character Art for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender

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20th Century Fox has released twenty-three new images of X-Men: Days of Future Past character art.  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 art use the same images as the ones from the Empire Magazine covers we saw a few months back.  The only thing that’s different is that the backgrounds are different and the Empire text is gone.  There were twenty-five posters for Empire; the missing two from this set: director Bryan Singer (no surprise) and Rogue (slight surprise), although it looks like she probably has a brief cameo in the finale cut.

Hit the jump to check out the character art.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ian McKellan, Patrick StewartPeter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Omar Sy, and Halle Berry.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

First Trailer for Steven Spielberg-Produced CBS Sci-Fi Series EXTANT Starring Halle Berry

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CBS has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming Steven Spielberg-produced sci-fi series Extant.  The show stars Halle Berry as an astronaut who, upon returning from a 13-month solo mission in space, discovers that she’s pregnant.  Her other child (Pierce Gagnon) begins spouting strange, prophetic comments while the government suddenly becomes interested in her life.  It’s impossible to ignore that this trailer resembles Gravity, though the space-centered portion appears to be only a small part of the story, as the real mystery begins when she returns to Earth.  CBS gained big ratings with last year’s summer experiment Under the Dome despite it being a terrible show, but Extant certainly has an interesting premise and a solid lead.  Hopefully the series comes together as a worthwhile piece of summer entertainment.

Hit the jump to watch the Extant trailer.  The series also stars Camryn Manheim, Goran Visnjic, Grace Gummer, Michael O’Neil, and Hiroyuki Sanada.  Extant premieres on CBS Wednesday, July 9th.

Three New Featurettes plus an International Poster for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

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20th Century Fox has released three new X-Men: Days of Future Past featurettes along with a new international poster.  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.  These featurettes contain new footage, and I continue to be excited for this movie (unlike some other folks, I’ve enjoyed all the trailers).

Hit the jump to check out the featurettes and the new poster.  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.

8 New Posters for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender

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Fox has released eight new posters for 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.  While not quite as bad as the most recent poster, these are still pretty awful.  If they’re not using the tired orange/blue color scheme, then the composition is haphazard, the titling is strange (I know Jackman’s name gets top billing, but it’s still weird to see it under Ian McKellen’s face), or the poster is just outright bizarre.  The strangest one is young Xavier reaching out to touch Storm’s face.

Hit the jump to check out the X-Men: Days of Future Past posters. 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.

Halle Berry Talks FRANKIE & ALICE, Preparing for the Role, Her Reasons for Signing on to Steven Spielberg’s TV Show EXTANT, and More

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It’s been a long road to theaters for Frankie & Alice. The Halle Berry psychological melodrama finished filming back in 2009. You might remember that it was briefly released at the end of 2010 for a qualifying awards run that never quite caught on. And then the film seemingly vanished. This Friday, four years later, Frankie & Alice finally gets a proper release in select theaters. It’s a strange film marketplace where even an intimate character drama starring and produced by a former Oscar winner struggles to find a foothold into theaters.  In the film, Berry stars as Frankie, a go-go dancer with dissociative identity disorder, who with the help of a benevolent doctor (played by the always great Stellan Skarsgård), attempts to confront whatever past misdeeds and/or tragedies caused the break in the first place. The film, an obvious passion project for Berry, deserves far better than its difficult ‘road to release’ would hereto suggest.

In the following interview with Halle Berry, she discusses her frustrations with the protracted release of the picture, her interest in telling the stories of real people and her move into television this summer (she stars in the Steven Spielberg produced sci-fi series Extant). For the full interview, hit the jump.

First TV Spot for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence

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20th Century Fox has released the first TV spot for 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.  There’s a little bit in the way of new footage since there’s more finished VFX to show off, and it looks good.  There will be no shortage of mutant carnage.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spot.  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.

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.

New Trailer Teaser for X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST includes New Footage and Goes Brady Bunch

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Next week, 20th Century Fox will release a new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, and so today they’re release a teaser for that trailer (ugh).  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.  20th Century Fox seems fond of releasing trailer teasers for the movie, and this one is in a 3×3 grid reminiscent of The Brady Bunch.  Mystique is such a Marcia.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer teaser.  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.

Two New Promo Images from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Matthew Vaughn Explains Why He Didn’t Return to Direct

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Fox has released two new X-Men: Days of Future Past promo images of Storm (Halle Berry) and Colossus (Daniel Cudmore) in case you forgot what the characters look like or who’s playing them.  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.  I assume Fox is going to handle this like the Empire covers, so expect about 500 more of these.

Hit the jump to check out the images, and to learn why X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn didn’t return to direct the sequel.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd, and also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Evan Peters, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Patrick Stewart.

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