Best Visual Effects Oscar Shortlist Includes GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES, and INTERSTELLAR

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the 10 films that will advance in the race for the Best Visual Effects Oscar for the upcoming 87th Academy Awards.  Standard franchise fare like Transformers: Age of Extinction and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies make the cut, as do two Marvel movies—Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier—as well as Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar.  The only noticeable absence here is Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah, which didn’t make the cut, nor did Ridley Scott’s own Biblical adaptation Exodus: Gods and Kings.  No surprise, though, that Dawn of the Planet of the Apes appears to be the standout.

Check out the full Best Visual Effects Oscar shortlist after the jump, along with a bit of analysis.

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.

New to Blu-ray: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, FARGO Season 1, Steven Spielberg Director’s Collection, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include one of the biggest superhero movies of the year, two very popular—and very different—cable TV series, a collection of Steven Spielberg films, a Ben Stiller comedy classic, and more.  Briefly:

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.

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.

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.

Uncover the Details of RFK’s Secret Mutation Prior to the X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST DVD Release

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Thanks to X-Men: Days of Future Past we know that President John F. Kennedy was a mutant.  Magneto (Michael Fassbender) tried to save him, but he was apprehended before he could stop Lee Harvey Oswald’s bullet.  When Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor X (James McAvoy), Beast (Nicholas Hoult) and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) broke him out of a Pentagon prison, Magneto insisted that he tried to save JFK because he was “one of us.”

What if Robert F. Kennedy was a mutant as well?  According to the X-Men viral campaign, “Kennedy Curse,” he was and he was assassinated because of it.  Hit the jump to see more from RFK’s “Mutants Are Among Us” file.  X-Men: Days of Future Past is currently available digitally and will arrive on DVD and Blu-ray on October 14th.

New X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Viral Video Teases Quicksilver’s Parentage

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The viral marketing for the DVD and Blu-ray release of X-Men: Days of Future Past continues today with another social media post from “Peter Maximoff” aka Quicksilver.  The character as played by Evan Peters was an undeniable highlight of the X-Men sequel earlier this year, and 20th Century Fox is capitalizing on his popularity with a series of viral videos that tease the home video release of Days of Future Past.  While I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the film again and thumbing through the extras, Fox has already announced that an extended cut of the movie will hit home video next summer.  The question then becomes, to double dip or not to double dip?

Watch the new X-Men: Days of Future Past viral video after the film, and click here to pre-order the film on Blu-rayDays of Future Past will be released on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on October 14th and is currently available on Digital HD.

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.

Quicksilver Runs to Social Media for the X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Blu-ray

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I think many of us can agree that Quicksilver (Evan Peters) was one of the best and surprising aspects of X-Men: Days of Future Past.  20th Century Fox is now seizing on the character’s popularity by sending him on to social media.  Please don’t ask me why a character from the 1970s is on Instagram and Vine.  They don’t show his face in this “post” so I guess you could say it’s an adult Peter Maximoff making sure to Instagram and Vine his movements?  I will say Vine is probably the best medium for someone who does a lot with not much time.  Look for more updates from Evan Peters over the next week.

Hit the jump to check out the video.  X-Men: Days of Future Past will be available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD on October 14th.  Click here to pre-order.  The film is currently available to own on Digital HD.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Gag Reel Has Dancing, Flubs, and Good Times All Around

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X-Men: Days of Future Past is due out on Blu-ray/DVD in a few weeks, so naturally the special features are starting to leak online.  The first piece of bonus material is the five-minute gag reel, which is fairly entertaining.  It has the its fair share of flubs and mugging into the camera, but it’s still charming.  More importantly, it has actual jokes, and perhaps to no one’s surprise, the best one comes from Sir Patrick Stewart.

Hit the jump to check out the X-Men: Days of Future Past gag reel, and click here to pre-order the Blu-ray/DVD, which will be released on October 14th.

Update: The video has been removed from Vimeo. When it’s back online we’ll re-post.

Why Summer 2014 Never Had a Shot at the Box Office

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The holiday box office totals are in and, frankly, they’re not good.  We had three new wide releases make their way into over 3,000 theaters this weekend, but they still couldn’t top last weekend’s top contender, Transformers: Age of Extinction.  As noted in our weekend box office recap, Tammy took $21.2 million, Deliver Us From Evil claimed $9.5 million and Earth to Echo kicked off its run with just $8.3 million.  Even if you add up all three of those opening totals, that’s only about $39 million and even that pales in comparison to last year’s Independence Day weekend top earner alone, Despicable Me 2, which posted an impressive $83.5 million to start.

Sure, you could blame the weak holiday weekend on the fact that the new releases aren’t all that good or perhaps because July 4th fell on a Friday, but this isn’t the only problematic weekend of summer 2014.  The box office is down significantly for the summer season overall.  Why is that?  The answer is actually pretty obvious.  Find out what it is after the jump.

Kelsey Grammer Talks TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, Michael Bay, the New IMAX 4K 3D Digital Camera, THE EXPENDABLES 3, X-MEN, and More

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Kelsey Grammer is having a great summer.  Not only did the talented actor return to the X-Men franchise for an awesome cameo in X-Men: Days of Future Past, he’s got a role in The Expendables 3, and he got to play one of the villains in Michael Bay’s  Transformers: Age of Extinction.  And this doesn’t count all of his other roles in upcoming films.

As a fan of Grammer’s work for what feels like my entire life, it was a really cool to get to talk to him last week in Hong Kong the day after the world premiere.  He  talked about what it was like to work with Michael Bay, working with new technology like the new IMAX 4K 3D digital camera, how he got involved in X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Expendables 3, and more.  Hit the jump to watch and click here for all our Transformers: Age of Extinction coverage.

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