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.

New Images from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Provide another Look at Beast and Quicksilver

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On our recent “Most-Anticipated” article, X-Men: Days of Future Past landed on all three lists.  While I understand why some people are skeptical, I think all of the right elements are in place for a great superhero movie.  That’s why I don’t mind reporting on X-Men stories (even when it’s those blasted trailer teasers).  Today, two new images from the movie along with a magazine cover have been released online.  The magazine cover (for Premiere) is kind of silly since it looks like Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is about to stab young Xavier (James McAvoy) in the neck.  But it’s not even half as silly as Quicksilver’s (Evan Peters) costume.  I can’t get over how awful that thing looks.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  X-Men: Days of Future Past also stars Michael Fassbender, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, 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.

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.

New X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Images Featuring Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, and Hugh Jackman

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A few new images from director Bryan Singer’s upcoming “inbetweenquel” X-Men: Days of Future Past have landed online.  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.  A few of these new images are high-resolution versions of previously released images, while a couple others are promo photos of Fassbender and Ian McKellen as Magneto.  All in all, this gives us a better look at the updated costumes that Singer has crafted, and the McAvoy/Stewart image is rather exciting.  With the summer movie season only a few months away, I expect we’ll see a second trailer for the film sooner rather than later.

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

4 New Images from X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Starring Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, and Ian McKellen

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Following 25 magazine covers featuring the characters, Empire has now released four new images 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.  As you can see from the image showing Wolverine, he still has his bone claws.  That’s because young William Stryker (played by Josh Helman) hasn’t started up the Weapon X program yet.  I like that consistency in the narrative, and I wonder how much Weapon X will come up in the movie.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Nicholas Hoult, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellenX-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Empire Covers – Part 3: Wolverine, Director Bryan Singer, Future Wolverine, Future Professor X, and Future Magneto

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The third installment of Empire’s X-Men: Days of Future Past covers offers up looks at director Bryan Singer, a future Professor X (Patrick Stewart), the future Magneto (Ian McKellen), and the once and future Wolverine (Hugh Jackman).  There are no real surprises here since we’ve seen all of these folks in character over the years, but it’s still a great look at the bleak and militaristic uniforms of the far-flung future.

Hit the jump to check out the covers, and click here for Part 1, here for Part 2here for Part 4 and here for Part 5, along with all 25 covers in one image.  The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Evan Peters, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Halle Berry.  X-Men: Days of Future Past opens in 3D on May 23rd.

Sir Ian McKellen Talks VICIOUS, Relatability of the Show for All Ages, and Looking Forward to Season 2

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Premiering on PBS on July 6th, Vicious follows the tradition of British sitcoms known for their broad, boisterous humor.  In the series, Freddie (Sir Ian McKellen) and Stuart (Sir Derek Jacobi) are partners who have lived together for nearly 50 years and, like many couples with decades of history, they find themselves constantly making snide remarks to each other, though they also have a deep love for one another.

While at the PBS portion of the TCA Press Tour, Sir Ian McKellen (who was via satellite from New York City, where he is currently starring on Broadway with Patrick Stewart) talked about why this show is relatable for people of all ages, what has sustained this 50-year relationship between Freddie and Stuart, success at this age in his life, how much he enjoys working with co-star Sir Derek Jacobi, why he was attracted to this project, and what he thinks should happen in Series 2.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Review

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After the disappointing The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, director Peter Jackson has found his way back to ruling in Middle-earth with the sequel, The Hobbit: The Desolation of SmaugUnexpected Journey gave us the comfort food of familiar locales, but the story lacked urgency.  Desolation of Smaug reveals that while Unexpected Journey may have been a somewhat tedious set-up, the payoff is a fleet-footed, thrilling second chapter that confidently expands the world instead of creeping around the one Jackson previously created in the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

33 New High-Resolution Images from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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Warner Bros. has released a large batch of high-resolution images from director Peter Jackson’s second film in his The Hobbit trilogy.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug continues the adventures of Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and the band of dwarves as they move forward on their quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor, all the while Gandalf (Ian McKellen) investigates a disturbing presence that may be returning to Middle Earth.  Smaug introduces a host of new characters like Bard (Luke Evans), the Master of Lake-town (Stephen Fry), and the elves Thranduil (Lee Pace) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lily), but the film also sees the return of Lord of the Rings favorite Legolas (Orlando Bloom).  Moreover, Benedict Cumberbatch brings to life the titular dragon Smaug in what’s sure to be one intense confrontation.

Hit the jump to peruse the new high-resolution images.  The film also stars Richard Armitage, Sylvester McCoy, John Bell, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Ryan Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher, Graham McTavish, Michael Mizrahi, James Nesbitt, Dean O’Gorman, Mikael Persbrandt, Ken Stott, and Aidan TurnerThe Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, IMAX 3D, and HFR 3D on December 13th.

Two New Images, 5 Posters, and End Credits Song from THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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We’re a little over a month away from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and the marketing continues to ramp up.  On Monday, we got a new trailer along with a live fan Q&A with Peter Jackson and the cast.  Yesterday, there was a new production blog, and today we have two more images along with the end credits theme, “I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran.  I presume that’s an abbreviated version of the full title, “I See Fire because It’s Coming out of the Mouth of the Giant Talking Dragon”.  Like a large portion of the marketing for Desolation of Smaug, these images highlight Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) because the characters are shiny and new.  As for the song, it doesn’t really do anything for me, but maybe it will work better after seeing the movie (I felt that way with Emiliana Torrini‘s “Gollum’s Song” from The Two Towers).

Hit the jump to check out the images and listen to the song.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 13th.

7 Character Posters for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

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We’re only a little over a month away from the release of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (holy hell, where did the year go?), and Warner Bros. is continuing to release character posters for the movie (just as they do with all their blockbusters).  This time, they have posters for Bilbo (Martin Freeman), Gandalf (Ian McKellen), Legolas (Orlando Bloom), and Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) as well as new characters Bard (Luke Evans), Thranduil (Lee Pace), and Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly).  How is Thorin, the guy fighting to reclaim his home, the only one here who’s not holding a weapon?  Even Thranduil has tiny knives.

Hit the jump to check out the posters.  The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in 2D, 3D, HFR 3D, and IMAX 3D on December 13th.

Director Bill Condon Talks His Retired Sherlock Holmes Project at TIFF 2013; Says It Asks “Who Is Holmes Without His Mental Acuity?”

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After concluding the Twilight franchise by helming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Parts One and Two, director Bill Condon has moved incredibly fast in choosing his follow-up projects.  He went directly into helming the WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate with Benedict Cumberbatch, and we just recently learned that the Oscar winner will next be reteaming with his Gods and Monsters star Ian McKellen for a film about a retired Sherlock Holmes called A Slight Trick of the Mind.  The pic finds an aged Holmes attempting to solve one last mystery without his trusty Watson and his side and with his mental acuity slowly dwindling.

Steve recently spoke with Condon at the Toronto International Film Festival to support The Fifth Estate, and during the course of the conversation Condon spoke a bit about A Slight Trick of the Mind.  He confirmed that they’re aiming for a late 2014 or early 2015 release and talked a bit about the film’s intriguing central premise.  Hit the jump to read on.

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