Oscar Isaac to Play Villain Apocalypse in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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20th Century Fox has found its villain for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse, and the studio has nabbed one of the best actors working today to bring the character to life.  Variety reports that Inside Llewyn Davis star Oscar Isaac has signed on to play the titular antagonist, a very old mutant who was considered a god during the time of ancient Egypt.  The crux of Apocalypse takes place in the 1980s and the film has been described as a “disaster movie”, so the powerful villain presumably acts as a formidable force for the X-Men team.  More after the jump.

Jennifer Lawrence Says Mystique Needs to be in Hiding in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE

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It was recently reported that X-Men: Apocalypse will focus on the romance between Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), but don’t expect any PDA from the two because during a recent interview, Lawrence noted that she’s had some conversations about where we’ll find Mystique in the upcoming installment and that “she obviously needs to be in hiding.”

X-Men: Apocalypse is expected to go into production in Montreal in April 2015 and is heading towards a May 27, 2016 release.  Director Bryan Singer is currently on the hunt for actors to take the roles of a young Cyclops and a young Jean Grey.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Looking at Actors for Young Jean Grey and Cyclops Roles; Chloe Grace Moretz and Elle Fanning in the Mix

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We kind of knew this was coming, but it looks like we now have confirmation that the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse will introduce young versions of even more mutants from the original X-Men series.  Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 film X-Men: First Class successfully rebooted the franchise with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence playing 1970s versions of Professor X, Magneto, and Mystique, respectively, and then Bryan Singer’s time-twisting follow-up Days of Future Past brought both casts together in a compelling and fun sequel.  However, Apocalypse moves away from the time travel aspect of DOFP and into the 1980s, so with Patrick Stewart, Sir Ian McKellen, etc. back out of the picture, Singer and Co. are looking to fill in the gaps with younger versions of some more mutants.

Which mutants, you may ask?  Well a new report unveils a list of actors that are being eyed to play a young Jean Grey and a young Cyclops.  More after the jump.

Blu-ray Deal: X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST AND WOLVERINE COLLECTION

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Amazon’s gold box deal of the day is the X-Men: Days of Future Past and Wolverine Collection Blu-ray for $31.98 (which is 68% off).  The set includes X-Men, X-Men 2, X-Men 3: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, X-Men First Class and The Wolverine for $5 and some change per movie.  Like all gold box deals, it’s only good while supplies last or midnight tonight, so don’t wait too long to buy.  Click here to pick up the set.

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE to Put Mystique and Magneto Romance Front and Center

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Thanks to the Hunger Games franchise, her Academy Award nomination for American Hustle and X-Men: Days of Future Past it may seem as though Jennifer Lawrence is working non-stop, but she actually hasn’t shot a single thing since filming the final two Hunger Games movies back to back.  However, that’s going to change big time come the New Year because not only will Lawrence likely lead David O. Russell’s Joy, but it’s also being reported that the romance between Mystique and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto is a big part of X-Men: Apocalypse.

Hit the jump for more on the status of Joy and what we can expect from Lawrence in X-Men: Apocalypse.

ROBOCOP Writer to Pen Script for Channing Tatum’s GAMBIT Movie Based on Treatment by Chris Claremont

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20th Century Fox is officially moving forward with the Gambit movie.  Word started to surface a few months ago that an X-Men spinoff featuring the card-wielding mutant was in the works with Channing Tatum set to star, and now Fox has hired screenwriter Josh Zetumer to get to work on a script while Tatum is indeed officially attached to lead the feature.  This isn’t the first movement on the project, however, as Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont apparently wrote the treatment for the Gambit movie, which will form the basis of the screenplay.  More after the jump.

Rumor: Tom Hardy Courted for Title Role in X-MEN: APOCALYPSE?

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Remember that Doctor Strange casting rumor we shared last night?  Buried right in the middle of the original report was another interesting bit of news; Tom Hardy “has recently been courted” for the title role in X-Men: Apocalypse, En Sabah Nur, the guy manipulating the pyramid in the X-Men: Days of Future Past post-credit scene.

On top of that, Warner Bros. is also going after Hardy for a role in the Suicide Squad movie, and apparently he’s close to signing on for that one.  Hit the jump for more on what Hardy may be jumping into next.

Nicholas Hoult Talks YOUNG ONES, EQUALS, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, X-MEN: APOCALYPSE, AUTOBAHN, KILL YOUR FRIENDS, and Much More

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Now available on VOD and playing in select theaters is director Jake Paltrow’s Young Ones.  The story takes place in a post-apocalyptic wasteland where water has become scarce and the only hope for a family becomes an irrigation pipeline that can revitalize their land.  This conflict sets off a battle between the family’s patriarch Ernest Holm (Michael Shannon) and a young man (Nicholas Hoult) looking to romance Ernest’s daughter Mary (Elle Fanning).  The film also stars Kodi Smit McPhee as Shanon’s son.  For more on the film, watch the trailer.

Last week in New York City I landed a fantastic interview with Nicholas Hoult.  During our wide ranging conversation we talked about what the past few years have been like, the process of making Young Ones, working with Michael Shannon, what it was like making Mad Max: Fury Road with George Miller, working on Drake DoremusEquals with Kristen Stewart, Comic-Con, X-Men: Apocalypse, Autobahn, Kill Your Friends, if he still has to audition, what he collects, what he’d like to do in the future, and so much more.  If you’re a fan of this very talented actor, I promise you will dig this interview.

Shawn Ashmore Talks THE FOLLOWING Season 3, Having a New Showrunner, X-MEN, and More at NYCC

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With The Following showrunner Kevin Williamson leaving after last season to head up his new CBS series, Stalker, the show upped writers Brett Mahoney and Alexi Hawley to executive producers alongside director Marcos Siega, the series’ long-time on-set executive producer.  While some shows suffer when a new leader takes control, The Following wrapped up the long running storyline of the first two seasons in the recent finale, which makes season three able to start anew.  Of course the show will still be dealing with the ramifications of Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), but the new showrunners can take the keys knowing they can plot their own course.

Last weekend at New York Comic-Con, I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with Shawn Ashmore where he talked about The Following season 3.  He discussed how the first episode will reveal the mysterious character in the last scene of season 2, if he likes to know the full arc before the season, his experiences with a new showrunner, his twin brother (who is also an actor), wanting Iceman to be part of X-Men: Apocalypse, and more.  Hit the jump for what he said.

James Marsden Talks THE BEST OF ME, Playing a Romantic Lead Worth Rooting For, HBO’s WESTWORLD, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, and More

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Based on the best-selling novel by author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of two former high school sweethearts, Dawson (James Marsden) and Amanda (Michelle Monaghan), who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart.  In their hometown for the funeral of their beloved friend, they are suddenly forced to face the love that they’ve never forgotten, as well as the life that got in their way.  The film also stars Luke Bracey, Liana Liberato, Caroline Goodall, Sebastian Arcelus, Jon Tenney and Gerald McRaney.

At the film’s press day, actor James Marsden spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about playing the romantic lead that the audience is rooting for (unlike in his last Nicholas Sparks film), sharing the role with Luke Bracey, getting the first kiss right, and how much he enjoyed working with Michelle Monaghan.  He also talked about how he kept his appearance in X-Men: Days of Future Past a secret, as well as what attracted him to the highly anticipated HBO sci-fi/Western series Westworld, how Jonah Nolan sold him on the project, the terrific cast (which includes Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Rodrigo Santoro and Miranda Otto), and how he hopes that it goes to series so that he’ll get to do more.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Exclusive X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Blu-ray Clip Shows Cerebro Bringing Generations Together

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is now available on Blu-ray, and today we’re pleased to bring you an exclusive clip from the special features.  The clip points out fourteen years have passed between the original X-Men and the latest installment, and how that gulf has been bridged not only by the DOFP‘s plot, but by the actors in between.  In the clip, Hoult explains how walking through Cerebro alongside Hugh Jackman is his “childhood come to life”, and Jackman reminds us that the very first thing he ever shot for the X-Men franchise was a scene that took place inside Cerebro.

Hit the jump to check out the X-Men: Days of Future Past Blu-ray clip, and click here here to order the Blu-ray.

Marvel’s Vendetta against Fox Continues; Comic Writers No Longer Allowed to Create New X-MEN Characters; FANTASTIC FOUR Comics to End Next Year

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While Sony Pictures and Marvel might be able to work out a deal to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the bitter rivalry between Marvel and 20th Century Fox continues.  Fox owns the screen rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, and Marvel has retaliated by undermining those properties.  According to Marvel Comics writer Chris Claremont [via Bleeding Cool], the company has forbidden the creation of new X-Men characters because those characters could then be used by Fox.

Hit the jump for more on how Marvel is trying to hurt Fox’s profits even if it means canceling comics.

Rumor: Fox May Be Developing a Live-Action X-MEN TV Show

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One of my favorite TV shows growing up was X-Men: The Animated Series.  It had all the hallmarks of a great kids cartoon, and the massive lineup of the X-Men themselves seemed like the perfect fit for a long-running television series.  As Marvel Studios has now started dipping its toe into the television waters (on network TV with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter and on Netflix with Daredevil), it appears that Fox may be wanting to bring its own Marvel property to the small screen as well.  If a new rumor is to be believed, 20th Century Fox is looking to bring the mutants back to television by way of a new live-action X-Men TV show.  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.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Digital HD Edition Is a Worthy Addition to Your Digital Catalog

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In the near future, our world will undergo two drastic changes: firstly, mutants will be hunted to near extinction, and secondly, everyone will download movies to watch in Digital HD.  The heroes of Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past do their best to prevent that first change from happening, but the excellent audio/visual quality of the film’s digital edition will help to ensure that second change still takes place.  Let’s be honest, it’s for the best.  Boasting a clear, crisp picture that is indistinguishable from watching a Blu-ray, along with instant access to special features and behind-the-scenes bonuses, it’s quite apparent that Digital HD downloads are the way of the future.  Hit the jump for my X-Men: Days of Future Past review in this particularly convenient format.

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