“A Very Groovy Mutation”: Matt Revisits X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

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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.]

As I said in my X-Men: The Last Stand review, Professor X and Magneto were the pillars of the franchise’s narrative.  X-Men Origins: Wolverine wasn’t an outright flop, but it certainly underperformed, and combined with the scathing reviews from fans and critics, the X-Men franchise wisely returned to a central problem about how to fight persecution—with peace or with fury? Then they brought these characters to the forefront, and wrapped the subtext in a movie with vibrant visuals, humor, charming performances, and terrific action.  By going back to the beginning in more ways than one, X-Men: First Class was giving the X-Men franchise a fresh start.

Kevin Bacon Reprises His Roles from FOOTLOOSE, A FEW GOOD MEN, APOLLO 13, and More in UK Commercials

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You’ve heard of “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon”, but what if all six degrees are Kevin Bacon?  That’s kind of what happens in a series of UK commercials making the rounds today that see Bacon reprising famous roles from his career, including A Few Good Men, Footloose, Apollo 13, and even Friday the 13th.  It’s a fun idea as we see all of the different Bacons interacting with each other, and it comes on the heels of another actor reprising a beloved role as we saw Rufio return for a Hook video just yesterday.

Watch the Kevin Bacon commercials after the jump, and sound off in the comments with your personal favorite Bacon.  Remember, A Few Good Men Bacon does not dance.

Andrew Garfield in Negotiations for THE WOMAN IN GOLD; Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell to Lead 6 MIRANDA DR.; Liam Neeson Cameos in ENTOURAGE

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In today’s casting news:

  • Andrew Garfield is in negotiations to join Helen Mirren in The Woman in Gold, previously titled The Lady in Gold.  Daniel Brühl is also in talks.
  • Kevin Bacon is set to star in the Blumhouse production 6 Miranda Drive; Radha Mitchell is in talks to star opposite him.
  • Jordi Molla will take a villainous turn in the indie feature Term Life, starring Vince Vaughn, Bill Paxton and Hailee Steinfeld.
  • It looks like Liam Neeson will have a cameo in the upcoming Entourage movie, as he was recently seen on set filming a short scene.

Hit the jump for more on each picture.

THE FOLLOWING Recap: “Resurrection”

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It seemed like The Following left very little room for a following season last year, when it killed off 98% of its cast, including (seemingly) its main villain.  Yet here we another, another year and another stab (literally) at Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and the Cult of Joe Carroll; (James Purefoy) or as Weston called them, “Carrollers.”  There are a lot of new characters to replace the carnage of the first season’s finale, but the dead weigh heavily on Hardy’s shoulders, and their numbers are added to almost immediately at the start of the new season.  Hit the jump for how the Carrollers are wrecking havoc now.

Comic-Con: THE FOLLOWING Panel Recap; New Beginnings and New Looks for the Cast in Season 2, but the Thrills Will Keep Coming

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After a tense recap clip of the death and drama filled end of season one, The Following panel got underway, promising an eerie future for what remains of the cast.  Moderated by TV Guide’s Debra Birnbaum, the panel included EPs Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega as well cast members, Kevin Bacon, Valerie Curry, Shawn Ashmore, and surprise guest James Purefoy, who made a classic Joe Carroll entrance.

With the hype and success behind season one having been pretty spectacular for a mid season show, the pressure is definitely on the cast and crew of The Following to deliver with the second season.  Not many specific details were shared, but the cast did look back on some of the intense moments of the insane first season, and teased what they could about where the characters would be when season two kicks off.  Hit the jump for the highlights.

New Featurette for R.I.P.D. Starring Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds

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Universal has released a new featurette for the action-comedy R.I.P.D. The film stars Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds as two deceased lawmen who now work for the “Rest in Peace Department”, and are tasked with apprehending the souls of dead criminals that refuse to face final judgment.  The featurette has got some new footage, and keeps making the flick look like it could be a fun ride, especially with Bridges basically playing a cartoon cowboy.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette, and be sure to enter our giveaway for the movie.  The film also stars Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Miller, and James HongR.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th.

New Images from R.I.P.D. Featuring Ryan Reynolds, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon and Mary-Louise Parker

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Just a couple week’s away from opening in theaters, we’ve got 10 new images from Robert Schwentke’s R.I.P.D. to share with you today.  Adapted from Peter M. Lenkov’s graphic novel, the action comedy centers on the newly-deceased Detective Nick Walker (Ryan Reynolds) and his veteran partner Sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Jeff Bridges) as officers of the Rest in Peace Department.  Tasked with keeping angry souls of the dead from interfering with the world of the living, the pair must learn to work together in order to prevent Hell on Earth.

Also starring Mary-Louise Parker, Kevin Bacon, Marisa Miller and James Hong, R.I.P.D. opens July 19th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images from R.I.P.D.

THE AVENGERS and BREAKING BAD Lead 39th Annual Saturn Awards

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For those who are upset that genre films are never recognized at the Oscars beyond sound and VFX categories, the Saturn Awards are for you.  The Saturns recognize accomplishment in sci-fi, fantasy, action, and horror for movies and TV shows that rarely receive any consideration from the Oscars and Emmys, although there is some crossover.  For example, among the TV nominees, Breaking Bad led with “Best Presentation on Television”, Best Actor for Bryan Cranston (tying with Kevin Bacon for The Following), and Best Supporting Actor for Jonathan Banks.  Over on the movie side, The Avengers netted four wins including Best Science Fiction Film, Best Director (Joss Whedon), Best Supporting Actor (Clark Gregg), and Best Visual Effects.  Among the other genre categories, Life of Pi won Best Fantasy Film, The Cabin in the Woods took home Best Horror/Thriller, and Skyfall earned Best Action/Adventure film.  Like any awards presentation, there’s bound to be debate about the winners, but it’s great that at least one long-running awards ceremony recognized Jonathan Banks and Clark Gregg.

Hit the jump to check out the full list of winners.  In the days ahead, we’ll have plenty of interviews with actors and filmmakers who attended the event.

First Trailer for R.I.P.D. Starring Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges [Updated with New Images]

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Universal Pictures has released first trailer for director Robert Schwentke’s (Red) adaptation of the Dark Horse comic R.I.P.D.  The supernatural actioner stars Ryan Reynolds as a newly deceased cop who joins a group of undead officers in the “Rest In Peace Department” to help combat a rising force of nefarious corpses.  The trailer has a very strong Men in Black vibe, as Reynolds’ “new to death” rookie is introduced to this new supernatural world by his partner, a colorful veteran R.I.P.D. member played by Jeff Bridges.  There’s a nice mix of humor and action on display in this debut trailer, and the chemistry between Bridges and Reynolds—which one imagines is the make or break aspect of the film—looks quite promising.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and see the new images.  The film also stars Kevin Bacon, Mary Louise-Parker, Stephanie Szostak, Marissa Miller, and James HongR.I.P.D. opens in 3D on July 19th in the U.S. and on August 30th in the U.K.

THE FOLLOWING Episode Recap: “Mad Love”

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Weirdly, the least interesting part of The Following is that which was set up initially as the reason the watch: the interplay and stories of Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) and Joe Carroll (James Purefoy).  Some of you have mentioned in the comments how Hardy is a lot like Jack Bauer from 24 – he always saves the day in the last minute, throwing himself body and soul in the job, carrying the weight of the victims on his stooped shoulders.  Carroll, now re-incarcerated, hasn’t really had much to do in the last few weeks, instead getting his kicks vicariously through his following, some of whom are interesting (the love triangle) and some of whom are terribly boilerplate (Maggie, despite Carroll’s protestations otherwise).  Hit the jump for the good and bad of the series, and my final judgment before moving on.

THE FOLLOWING Recap: “Pilot”

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Despite the network’s protestations otherwise, there are many things about The Following that feel specifically like network television.  At the same time, it has some genuine twists and jumps and set ups that certainly lend one to believe the show may be more than initially meets the eye (if you still have yours).  The series comes from Kevin Williamson, who has had a hand in so many cultural touchstones, from Dawson’s Creek to Scream to the Vampire Diaries, it’s nearly unfathomable to figure how he could not have a hit with this one, particularly with Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy (Rome) as acting anchors.  Plus, the formula combines some of our biggest cultural fascinations – serial killers, cults and, well, Kevin Bacon.  Hit the jump for a recap of the series’ premiere episode, which seems promising.

Kevin Bacon Talks THE FOLLOWING, Playing a Damaged Hero, Working with James Purefoy and Comments on Playing the Villain in R.I.P.D.

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From show creator/executive producer Kevin Williamson (The Vampire Diaries), the dark, fast-paced thriller The Following is an epic story of good versus evil, as told through the eyes of ex-FBI agent Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon), who is forced to return to the case that destroyed his career, when it becomes evident that notorious serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) is at the center of a cult of like-minded killers who have created an insidious web of blood and carnage.  With Hardy’s help, a team of agents, including Mike Weston (Shawn Ashmore) and cult specialist Debra Parker (Annie Parisse), attempt to unravel the deadly plot of murder before the body count rises.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, show star Kevin Bacon talked about what attracted him to this show, wanting to play a complex and damaged hero, how much he enjoys getting to explore his character’s past through flashbacks, how he likes to do a detailed backstory for his characters, adjusting to a TV schedule, how much he enjoys working with co-star James Purefoy, why Claire Matthew (Natalie Zea) is the last person Ryan Hardy should fall in love with, and how, even though most episodes will continue to have surprising twists, the pace of the episodes will vary.  He also talked about how much fun he had playing a villain in R.I.P.D., with Jeff Bridges and Ryan Reynolds.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

TV News: Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt Join THE NEWSROOM; New Trailer and Poster for Fox Serial Killer Series THE FOLLOWING

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We’ve got a couple of TV news-related bits to share this afternoon.  First up, as production on the second season of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series The Newsroom gears up, two welcome cast additions have been announced.  THR reports that Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt (Mad Men) have been set in recurring roles for the show’s second season.  Oswalt wil be playing the new VP of Human Resources at the cable network Atlantic Cable News, while DeWitt is set as a litigator who is brought in to defend the network in a wrongful-termination lawsuit.

Hit the jump for more, including a new trailer and poster for the promising new Kevin Bacon-fronted Fox series The Following.

New Images from Stephen Chbosky’s PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, Billy Bob Thornton’s JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR, Juan Antonio Bayona’s THE IMPOSSIBLE and Neil Jordan’s BYZANTIUM

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The jaw-dropping lineup for the upcoming Toronto Film Festival was announced this morning, and a number of images and synopses have been released for films that will be screening at the prestigious fest.  Briefly, here’s a batch of new images:

  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Directed by Stephen Chbosky) Starring Logan Lerman, Emma Watson, Ezra Miller, Nina Dobrev, Melanie Lynskey, Paul Rudd, and Dylan McDermott.
  • Jayne Mansfield’s Car (Directed by Billy Bob Thornton) Starring Thornton, Robert Duvall, Kevin Bacon, and John Hurt.
  • The Impossible (Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona) Starring Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, and Ewan McGregor.
  • Byzantium (Directed by Neil Jordan) Starring Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Sam Riley, and Jonny Lee Miller.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.

First International Trailer for Billy Bob Thornton’s JAYNE MANSFIELD’S CAR

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The first trailer for Billy Bob Thornton’s latest directorial effort, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, has landed online by way of an international trailer.  The story revolves around a man whose wife leaves him for an Englishman and moves away to England. 20 or 30 years later, in 1969, the wife dies but wishes to be returned to Alabama where she grew up, so the English family meets—and clashes with—the original family that she abandoned.  The film is still awaiting a U.S. distribution deal despite a seriously stacked cast that includes Thornton, Robert Duvall, John Hurt, Kevin Bacon, Frances O’Connor, Robert Patrick, and Ray Stevenson.

There are laughs to be found in the first half of the trailer which centers on the culture clash between the two families, but the second half hints at some genuinely touching drama that comes out of the situation.  I’m eager to see how the full feature plays out, especially since Thornton hasn’t directed since 2001’s Daddy and Them.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

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