Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sebastian Stan Join THE MARTIAN; Ethan Hawke to Play Chet Baker in BORN TO BE BLUE

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just scored two more industry heavyweights for The Martian, 12 Years a Slave star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier‘s Sebastian Stan.  They join Matt Damon, Jessica ChastainKristen Wiig, Michael Pena, Kate Mara and Sean Bean in the November 25, 2015 release about an astronaut who winds up stranded on Mars.  Filming is set to begin in Budapest this November.

In addition, we also just got word that Robert Budreau’s Chet Baker biopic, Born To Be Blue, began filming in Ontario with Ethan Hawke leading as the legendary jazz trumpet player.  Carmen Ejogo (The Purge: Anarchy) and Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica) also have roles in that one.  Hit the jump for more on both films.

Simon Kinberg Explains Why We Haven’t Seen Anything from THE FANTASTIC FOUR

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As we laid out recently, there are a lot of superhero movies coming up; the year 2016 will bring us seven such films alone.  One of the biggest question marks in the near future, however, is The Fantastic Four reboot.  It’s not so much that there’s doubt about director Josh Trank (Chronicle) rebooting the material, or that fans are unsure about the casting—Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Bell, and Tobey Kebbell is a really solid lineup.  It’s that we haven’t seen a single thing from this movie yet.  Granted, it isn’t set to hit theaters until next August, but by this point we’ve usually seen something from a property of this scale.  Marvel released the first Ant-Man image and poster the week that filming began.  Warner Bros. has been rolling out a number of promo images for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and that doesn’t come out until 2016.

There’s been plenty of speculation as to why 20th Century Fox hasn’t shown anything from The Fantastic Four yet, but producer Simon Kinberg recently offered an explanation for the delay: it’s all about making the best first impression possible.  More after the jump.

Upcoming DEADPOOL Film Will Be Part of the X-MEN Movie Universe

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Deadpool may be able to break the fourth wall, but he can’t break free of studios’ needs to cross over their superheroes.  According to writer-producer Simon Kinberg, who is basically the overseer of Fox’s superhero properties—X-Men and The Fantastic FourTim Miller‘s upcoming Deadpool will be part of the X-Men universe.  On the one hand, that’s not completely shocking.  Remember, Deadpool is a spinoff.  It’s actually a spinoff of a spinoff even though it won’t be tied to the events of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and might even poke fun at that film.  But Deadpool’s power to break the fourth wall makes him an odd choice for a future X-Men movie.

Hit the jump for more.  Deadpool opens February 12, 2016.

Simon Kinberg Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Blu-ray, the Response to Quicksilver, APOCALYPSE, and George Lucas’ Reaction to STAR WARS REBELS

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Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th is X-Men: Days of Future Past.  The film was a massive success at the box office, becoming the highest grossing X-Men entry thus far by a wide margin.  Indeed, the production itself was so big that an entire subplot featuring the character of Rogue was removed, with an extended cut of the film—dubbed the “Rogue Cut”—set to be released on home video next summer.  In promotion of this current Blu-ray release, though, I recently got the chance to speak with writer and producer Simon Kinberg about the extras included on the Blu-ray, the Rogue Cut itself, the production of the film, and much more.

During the course of our conversation, Kinberg discussed why he’ll never make a time travel movie again, the audience response to Quicksilver, how the deleted scenes offer fans a glimpse at how different some of the story and characters could have been, what fans can expect from X-Men: Apocalypse, the future of the X-Men franchise, and how input from the actors themselves has been invaluable to plotting out the characters’ upcoming journeys.  Additionally, with Kinberg also writing and producing the animated series Star Wars Rebels, he told me George Lucas’ reaction to seeing the pilot and talked about the season two order from Disney.  Read the full interview after the jump.

Simon Kinberg Says X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Explores More of the Beast and Mystique Relationship; Talks Having Fun with the 80s Setting

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X-Men: Days of Future Past was a pretty massive success.  Not only was it the highest grossing X-Men film yet, but at a worldwide total of $746 million, it bested the previous record-holder, X-Men: The Last Stand, by a margin of nearly $300 million.  Needless to say, 20th Century Fox was quick to move on a follow-up, and now we have X-Men: Apocalypse poised to open in theaters on May 27, 2016.  Bryan Singer returns to direct, and as the title suggests the story will revolve around the titular villain wreaking havoc on the X-Men team.  We know that this film will focus on the First Class cast with the addition of Wolverine, and we also know that there’s yet another time jump as this story takes place in the 1980s.

I recently got the chance to speak with Days of Future Past writer and producer Simon Kinberg in anticipation of the film’s release on Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th, and since Kinberg is also returning as co-writer and producer on Apocalypse, he took the time to speak a bit about what fans can expect from the next X-Men film.  In addition to discussing the 80s setting and the large scale of the pic, Kinberg also revealed that the film will get deeper into the relationship between Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) and will explore the impact that Charles and Erik, separately, have had on Mystique.  Read on after the jump.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Will Complete the FIRST CLASS Trilogy; Simon Kinberg Talks Recasting Younger Versions of the Original Characters

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It’s hard to imagine an X-Men movie bigger than X-Men: Days of Future Past, what with its multiple timelines, ginormous cast, and time travel shenanigans, but those involved with X-Men: Apocalypse continue to reiterate that it will be the biggest X-Men movie yet.  20th Century Fox recently confirmed that Bryan Singer will indeed be returning to direct, and he’s been hard at work developing the script with DOFP scribe Simon Kinberg and X2 screenwriters Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty.

Filming is scheduled to get underway next spring in anticipation of the film’s May 27, 2016 release date, and to promote the upcoming Blu-ray release of DOFP, Kinberg recently answered a number of fan questions about the franchise.  Chiefly, Kinberg revealed that the thrust of Apocalypse is to “complete the trilogy” that was initially set up in X-Men: First Class.  Hit the jump for much more, including the possibility of seeing younger versions of the original X-Men.

Fox Plans to Release Extended X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST “Rogue Cut” with 10 Extra Minutes Including More Anna Paquin in 2015

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is available on Blu-ray and DVD October 14, but 20th Century Fox already has its eyes toward an extended cut next year.  Anna Paquin‘s scenes as Rogue were notably cut from the theatrical release.  Variety reports the “Rogue Cut” will add 10 minutes of extra footage including Paquin’s scenes and additional sequences.  Producer Simon Kinberg remarked on the importance of Paquin’s storyline:

“It’s a big chunk, a substantial part of the movie.  We want to give (fans) the fullest picture of the film—behind the camera, and in front of it… Every movie has scenes that are cut out, but not every movie has scenes cut out with such a beloved character.”

The tentative plan is to release the X-Men: Days of Future Past “Rogue Cut” in the first half of next year, likely Summer 2015.  More after the jump.

Rumor: DEADPOOL Movie Gunning for a PG-13 Rating?

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Not only is the Deadpool movie finally happening, but 20th Century Fox also gave it a February 12th, 2016 release date, too.  Why now all of sudden?  Perhaps it’s got something to do with the fact that the filmmakers apparently figured out a way to make Deadpool a PG-13 film.

Even though the character may deserve an R-rated movie, going the PG-13 route still seemed inevitable.  The quality of the content should always be top priority, but moviemaking is still a business and when you’ve got a business to run, dishing out a product that cuts off a significant amount of the target audience isn’t the smartest approach.  Hit the jump for more on the Deadpool movie rating rumor.

STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Elements Could Pop Up in STAR WARS REBELS; Daisy Ridley’s Costume Revealed?

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We did just get a look at the Millennium Falcon and X-Wing ships, but how about getting the chance to see even more from Star Wars: Episode VII including locations, weapons and more?  It’s being reported that you’ll get that opportunity if you watch Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars Rebels takes place five years before A New Hope.  It’s a dark time in the galaxy thanks to the Galactic Empire, but the crew of the starship Ghost is hoping to change that.  The show is set to kick off on the Disney Channel on October 3rd before moving over to Disney XD for the rest of the season.  Hit the jump for more on the Episode VII elements that Star Wars Rebels may tease as well as a sketch of Daisy Ridley’s costume.

STAR WARS REBELS Extended Trailer; Exclusive Preview Screening Planned for Comic-Con

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The team behind Star Wars Rebels is giving up just a little more material before their panel and that preview screening at San Diego Comic-Con.  In addition to the footage we got in that full trailer back in May, this extended version adds a message from Obi-Wan Kenobi revealing that the Jedi Order and the Republic have fallen.  However, that’s when a 14-year-old con artist named Ezra (voiced by Taylor Gray) gets to step up.  Not only does he have a flair for stealing from the Empire, but he’s also got the ability to tap into the Force without even knowing it. Check out what happens when Ezra teams up with Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and the rest of the crew aboard The Ghost in the Star Wars Rebels extended trailer after the jump.  The show premieres on Disney XD in the fall and also features the voices of Vanessa Marshall, David Oyelowo and Steven Jay Blum.

Simon Kinberg Says Ridley Scott’s Next Film Will Be THE MARTIAN

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It appears as though Ridley Scott has settled on his next project.  Back in April, we learned that Scott had entered talks to direct the sci-fi film The Martian with Matt Damon set to star.  Speaking on Jeff Goldsmith’s podcast recently (via The Playlist), producer Simon Kinberg confirmed that The Martian will indeed be Scott’s next project, and in fact the film is gearing up to start production this fall.  Drew Goddard was initially attached to direct the Gravity-esque tale of an astronaut who is stranded on Mars and must make his way home, but was forced to drop out of the director’s chair due to his Sinister Six commitments.  However, Goddard completed what Kinberg describes as an “incredible script”, and it looks like Scott will next be heading to the Red Planet to bring the project to fruition.

Hit the jump for more, including where this leaves Prometheus 2.

Simon Kinberg Talks the Origin of the X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Post Credits Scene, When It Was Filmed, and Its Connection to X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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After a heavy amount of anticipation, X-Men: Days of Future Past is now finally out in theaters, and naturally everyone wants to know “what’s next?”  The sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, is already dated for release on May 27, 2016, and director Bryan Singer plans to return to the director’s chair on the pic, which will follow the First Class cast of characters plus Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine in the 1980s.  Obviously the title confirms that the comics supervillain Apocalypse will be the “Big Bad” in Apocalypse, but we don’t know much about how the character will be utilized in the follow-up.

We recently spoke with Days of Future Past and Apocalypse screenwriter Simon Kinberg about the DOFP post-credits scene and how it leads to the sequel, and the scribe revealed that the actor seen at the end of Days of Future Past won’t necessarily return for the follow-up and implied that X-Men: Apocalypse won’t be returning to the setting glimpsed in the post-credits scene.  Kinberg also discussed how they came up with the tease that became the post-credits tag.  Read on after the jump.  Obviously spoilers for the Days of Future Past tag follow.

Simon Kinberg Explains How the Ending of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Affects other X-MEN Movies

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is a time-travel movie, and as fans of time-travel movies know, if you change something in the past, you alter the future.  That’s the mutants’ plan in the movie: send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973 in order to change a future where humans and mutants has been nearly annihilated by the killer-robot Sentinels.  Wolverine’s very presence in the past alters the timeline, and the way the movie ends is a bit confusing.

We asked writer-producer Simon Kinberg to explain how the ending of X-Men: Days of Future Past affects the other X-Men movies.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.  Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Simon Kinberg Talks X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, Calling It a “Disaster Movie, Extinction Level Event”

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is off to a grand start with a $90+ million opening weekend, but screenwriter Simon Kinberg is already looking ahead to the follow-up film, X-Men: Apocalypse.  He’ll reteam with director Bryan Singer on the next X film, which aims to follow through with the timeline-altering events of the current mutant movie.  There’s a lot to keep track of over the entire slate of X-Men films, but it feels like the universe is ready to leave some of the confusion behind and move forward in a big way with the inclusion of what is arguably the comic series’ biggest bad.

Kinberg not only talked about the post-credits scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past and how it leads into X-Men: Apocalypse, he also commented on which characters will carry over and how they’ll impact the story, as well as the ambitious “extinction level event” they have planned.  Hit the jump to see what he had to say, but mind the spoilers.

TOP 5: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer, Gareth Edwards to Direct STAR WARS Spinoff, MAN OF STEEL Sequel Gets Official Title, LIFE ITSELF Trailer

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And just like that, my excitement for Marvel’s Ant-Man has been severely diminished. Understanding that making a film of this size is hardly the work of a single person, the loss of Edgar Wright from the director’s chair remains a huge subtraction nonetheless. I’m undoubtedly biased as Wright is one of my favorite working filmmakers, but I can’t see how you let a talent of his caliber walk away from a project that he’s been developing in one way or another for nearly a decade and cite “creative differences” as the culprit. I realize the film industry has brass at the top calling the shots like any other big business, but if I’m made to believe that there are two irreconcilable visions for Ant-Man (Marvel’s and Wright’s) then I can’t help but think that we’ll now be getting the lesser one next July. As unfair as it is, even if the finished product turns out great (which could very well happen), I’ll always wonder how it might have been with Wright at the helm.

All Ant-Man talk aside, this week’s Top 5 features our interviews for and review of X-Men: Days of Future Past, the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the news that Godzilla director Gareth Edwards will direct the first Star Wars spinoff, the lengthy official title for the Man of Steel sequel, and the first trailer for director Steve JamesRoger Ebert doc Life Itself. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

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