“I’m Just the Fool Who Got Played”: Matt Revisits X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE

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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.]

Since X-Men: The Last Stand killed Cyclops and Jean, half-killed Professor X, and weakened Magneto, the trilogy had concluded not because it was narratively fulfilled, but because it was exhausted.  There was no place left for the X-Men to go, but fans knew that Wolverine’s story had plenty of places to visit, most notably, his origin.  X2 gave causal viewers enough information to figure out what happened to Logan, but fans knew there was far more to his story.  The movie lined up not only the Weapon X narrative, but also provided fan-favorite characters such Deadpool and Gambit.

But behind-the-scenes disasters and an abominable script weakened Wolverine and the franchise more than a revolver full of adamantium bullets.

Helen Mirren Eyes TRUMBO; Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber to Lead GOOD LORD BIRD; Sharon Stone Joins AMERICAN ULTRA

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We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon.  Briefly:

  • Helen Mirren is in talks to join Bryan Cranston in the promising biopic Trumbo, which tells the story of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
  • Jaden Smith and Liev Schreiber are in line to lead the slavery drama The Good Lord Bird.
  • Sharon Stone has joined the ensemble cast of the action comedy American Ultra.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned projects.

Exclusive Clip from THE LAST DAYS ON MARS

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Now available on demand is director Ruairi Robinson’s The Last Days on Mars, a sci-fi horror thriller that centers on a group of space explorers collecting specimens on Mars.  As our exclusive clip from the film shows, things go terribly wrong during the expedition as each of the astronauts fall victim to a mysterious force.  The clip also reminds viewers to make sure you know who’s in the spacesuit before you open the airlock hatch.

Starring Liev SchreiberElias KoteasOlivia WilliamsRomola GaraiJohnny HarrisGoran Kostic, and Tom Cullen, The Last Days on Mars opens in a limited theatrical release Friday, December 6th. Hit the jump to watch our exclusive clip from the film.

Exclusive: New Poster for Space Thriller THE LAST DAYS ON MARS Starring Liev Schreiber

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The Last Days on Mars was flying low under the radar until the trailer premiered last month and caught our eye.  The story begins on the last day of the first manned mission to Mars, with the surprising discovery of bacterial life.  The disappearance of a crew member signals terrible danger to the rest of the crew: “As the group begins to fall apart it seems their only hope is the imminent arrival of the relief ship Aurora.”

Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Romola Garai, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, and Tom Cullen star in the Ruairi Robinson-directed feature.  The Last Days on Mars is now available on VOD before it hits theaters on December 6.  The studio sent over a new poster for us to premiere after the jump.

Gerard Butler Circling GODS OF EGYPT; Peter Sarsgaard and Liev Schreiber Join Tobey Maguire in PAWN SACRIFICE

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Following this year’s Olympus Has Fallen, it appears that Gerard Butler may have found his next project.  Deadline reports that the actor is circling director Alex Proyas’ (I, Robot) fantasy adventure pic Gods of Egypt.  The pic takes place within the world of Egyptian mythology and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones) is already set to play Horus, who sets out for revenge against his uncle for killing his father, Osiris.  Butler is in talks to play Set in the pic, the murderous brother of Osiris and a god of the desert, storms, and foreigners.  It’s decidedly fantastical territory and comes just after Proyas’ planned Paradise Lost adaptation was scrapped due to budget issues.

Hit the jump for casting news regarding the Bobby Fischer film Pawn Sacrifice.

First Trailer and Poster for THE LAST DAYS ON MARS Starring Liev Schreiber

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Magnet has released the first trailer and poster for director Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi thriller The Last Days on Mars.  The film follows the crew of a Mars base that discovers fossilized evidence of bacterial life, but their unauthorized expedition leads to disaster when one of the crew members falls into a sinkhole, and the life-form they’ve discovered might still be alive.  The trailer promises an interesting twist on the Alien-esque premise, though it’s disappointing to see that it appears to give away almost the entire movie.  Nevertheless, the cast is promising and the VFX are impressive, so maybe Mars can be a saving grace following a disappointing summer of sci-fi.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and poster.  The film stars Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Romola Garai, Johnny Harris, Goran Kostic, and Tom CullenThe Last Days on Mars will be available VOD on October 31st and hits theaters on December 6th.

New Trailer for A PERFECT MAN Starring Liev Schreiber, Jeanne Tripplehorn and Joelle Carter

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A new trailer for director Kees Van Oostrum’s A Perfect Man is now available.  The Amsterdam-set dramedy centers on a philandering man named James (Liev Schreiber) and his attempts to understand women through his phone conversations with Nina (Jeanne Tripplehorn).  It sounds like a your run-of-the-mill romantic dramedy at first glance, but when Nina is revealed to be someone very different from what James expected, it adds a nice twist to the tale.

A Perfect Man also stars Joelle Carter, Louise Fletcher, Katie Carr and Mahler, starring as Larry the Dog.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER Review

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Lee Daniels has no place for subtlety in his movies, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  It can translate to earnestness.  It can also translate to bugfuck insanity that makes the audience uncomfortable in a way that feels incredibly exploitative.  Lee Daniels’ The Butler (formerly titled “The Butler” but forced to change due to a petty dispute between The Weinstein Company and Warner Bros.) disconcertingly hints towards the latter before thankfully settling into the former.  Daniels takes his passion towards race relations, and brings a fresh perspective to the civil rights movement by providing not only the unique viewpoint of a White House butler, but also from the butler’s son, who was fighting on the ground while those in government wrestled with the increased racial tension of the 1960s and 70s.  The film could stand to lose 15 minutes of unnecessary material regarding Oprah Winfrey‘s character, but it’s a solid story of a father and son pulled apart by the tides of history.

4 Clips from Lee Daniels’ THE BUTLER Starring Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, and Cuba Gooding Jr.

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The Weinstein Company has released four clips from director Lee Daniels’ upcoming historical drama The Butler.  The film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986, and tells his life story against the important historical events of the time as seen through the eyes of the many inhabitants of the White House.  Whitaker leads the pic alongside Oprah Winfrey as his wife and David Oyelowo as his son, but Daniels has filled the rest of the cast out with a litany of familiar faces on tap to play the many Presidents and First Ladies over the years, including John Cusack as Nixon, Robin Williams as Eisenhower, and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan.

Hit the jump to watch the clips.  The film also stars Mariah Carey, Cuba Gooding Jr.Terrence HowardMinka KellyLenny KravitzMelissa LeoAlan RickmanAlex PettyferVanessa Redgrave, and Liev Schreiber.  The Butler opens on August 16th.

Showtime Renews New Drama RAY DONOVAN for a Second Season

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Showtime’s freshman drama Ray Donovan has been a huge ratings success for the premium network.  The series continues getting better week to week as the show finds it footing and relies more on its incredible cast.  Showtime reports that the series currently ranks as their highest-rated original series ever, so naturally they were quick to secure a renewal.  The series, created by Ann Biderman, stars Liev Schreiber as the title character, who is joined by a number of other fantastic actors including Paula MalcomsonKathering MoenningJon VoightSteven BauerEddie Marsan and Peter Jacobson.  Hit the jump for more.

Magnet Picks up Rights to LAST DAYS ON MARS Starring Liev Schreiber; First Image Released

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Magnet has acquired the distribution rights to Ruairi Robinson‘s debut feature film, Last Days on Mars.  The sci-fi thriller follows the crew of a Mars base that discovers fossilized evidence of bacterial life, but their unauthorized expedition leads to disaster when one of the crew members falls into a sinkhole, and the life-form they’ve discovered might still be alive.  It’s a solid premise for a flick, and the great cast includes Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Olivia Williams, Romola Garai, and Tom Cullen.  I’m also interested in checking it out based on Robinson’s creepy 2011 short, “BlinkyTM”.

Hit the jump for the press release and to see the first image from the movie, which debuted at the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.  Last Days on Mars will be released on VOD later this year.  I’ve also included “BlinkyTM” for those who haven’t seen it.

Watch the First Episode of Showtime’s New Series RAY DONOVAN Online Now

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Showtime has made the first episode of the new drama series Ray Donovan available online in its entirety, for zero monies.  The show stars Liev Schreiber as a “fixer” for the rich and famous in Los Angeles whose life is complicated when his powerful father—whom he may or may not have framed—is unexpectedly released from prison.  The series’ extended trailer looked quite promising, and the show should make a strong summer companion series for Dexter, which returns for its final season later this month as well.

Hit the jump to watch the entire first episode of Ray Donovan, which is unfortunately only available for viewers in the US, and look out for Allison’s review on the site later this month.  The series premieres on Showtime Sunday, June 30th at 9pm ET/PT.

First Trailer for THE BUTLER Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Robin Williams, and More

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The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for director Lee Daniels’ (Precious, The Paperboy) historical drama The Butler.  Based on a true story, the film stars Forrest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986.  The trailer plays up the film’s awards prospects as we see a flash of famous faces playing the many notable persons who walked the halls of the White House throughout this period (Alan Rickman is particularly striking as President Reagan), and that’s balanced with an overview of Gaines’ life in a racially tense America.  While the film certainly looks like it has the potential to be powerful, cautious optimism is key whenever Lee Daniels is involved.

Hit the jump to watch the debut trailer.  The film also stars Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Mariah CareyJohn CusackJane FondaCuba Gooding Jr.Terrence Howard, Minka KellyLenny KravitzMelissa LeoJames MarsdenAlex PettyferVanessa Redgrave, Liev Schreiber, and Robin WilliamsThe Butler opens on October 18th.

Extended Trailer for Showtime’s RAY DONOVAN Starring Liev Schreiber; Plus New Trailer for Starz’s DA VINCI’S DEMONS

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A couple of new trailers have been released for two new pay cable drama series.  Showtime has unveiled an extended look at its new series Ray Donovan, which stars Liev Schreiber as a “fixer” for the rich and famous in Los Angeles whose life is complicated when his powerful father—whom he may or may not have framed—is unexpectedly released from prison.  Despite the bland title, the show actually looks like a fairly interesting character drama with a pair of strong performances by Schreiber and Jon Voight.  The series premieres on Showtime on Sunday, June 30th.

Additionally, Starz has unveiled a new look at its period series Da Vinci’s Demons.  From executive producer David S. Goyer (Batman Begins), the show stars Tom Riley as the titular artist/inventor/swordsman/idealist living in Renaissance Florence, struggling to exist within the confines of his own reality and time as he begins to not only see the future, but invent it.  The series premieres on Starz on Friday, April 12th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailers for Ray Donovan and Da Vinci’s Demons.

First Trailer for THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST Starring Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, and Riz Ahmed

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The first theatrical trailer for director Mira Nair’s (Monsoon Wedding) adaptation of the Mohsin Hamid novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist has been released online.  The film tells the story of a young Pakistani professor (Riz Ahmed) whose success as a businessman in America takes a turn following the events of 9/11.  The pic is told in a frame story, as Ahmed’s character is being interviewed after the fact in Lahore by an American journalist (Liev Schreiber) who is trying to uncover the truth behind a kidnapping.  The pic looks like a rather engaging thriller that also tackles some serious social issues that our nation faced in the wake of the 9/11 attacks.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Kiefer Sutherland and Kate Hudson.  The Reluctant Fundamentalist opens on April 26th.

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