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.

X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Becomes Highest Grossing Film of 2014 Worldwide—For Now

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We’re at the halfway point of 2014, and the year has a new worldwide box office champion—for now.  Fox’s X-Men: Days of Future Past has eclipsed Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the worldwide box office to become the highest grossing film of the year thus far with $712.7 million.  That solidifies the film as the highest grossing X-Men movie yet, demolishing the previous record of $459.4 million held by X-Men: The Last Stand.  Its worldwide total just barely surpasses that of the Captain America sequel, which closed out with $711.2 million.  Stateside, the Marvel pic is still tops with $257.2 million, followed by The LEGO Movie at #2 with $256.8 million and then X-Men at #3 with $223.4 million.

Hit the jump to get a look at the current worldwide Top 10 and for my prediction as to which film will end up the victor when 2014 comes to a close.

Kelsey Grammer Talks Appearing in X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST; Says He Hopes to Do Another X-MEN Film

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When the casting stories for X-Men: Days of Future Past began to hit, it became clear very quickly that director Bryan Singer was bringing back nearly every actor who had ever appeared in one of the proper X-Men films.  The split timeline of the superhero pic made it possible to use Patrick Stewart and James McAcvoy in the same movie, and towards the end of the film, even more actors popped up in some quick, exciting cameos.  Once such actor was Kelsey Grammer, whose first and only other appearance as Beast was in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand.

While speaking with Grammer in Hong Kong in anticipation of the release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, Steve also asked the actor about his appearance in X-men: Days of Future Past.  Grammer revealed that he actually called Singer personally to see if he could come back, and expressed his desire to play Beast again in another future X-Men film.  More after the jump.

Friday Box Office: THE FAULT IN OUR STARS on Track for Stunning $50+ Million Weekend with $26.1 Million Friday; EDGE OF TOMORROW Disappoints

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Summer doesn’t have to be all about superheroes and blockbusters, and this weekend’s box office is a refreshing reminder that not everybody wants Transformers all the time.  Fox 2000’s teen drama The Fault in Our Stars is off to a stellar box office debut,  as the adaptation of the beloved John Green book pulled in $26.1 million on Friday, putting the film on track for an incredible $50-$52 million opening weekend—at least; that’s a bigger opening day than Woodley’s large-scale sci-fi thriller Divergent.  The film is benefitting from positive reviews, excellent buzz, and the popularity of its lead actress Shailene Woodley, as director Josh Boone’s $12 million movie about two cancer patients who fall in love is proving to be the box office surprise of the summer.  We could see the mammoth opening coming over the past month or so, but even then early estimates were conservative, putting the opening weekend at somewhere between $35-$38 million.  Instead, the pic is overperforming, leaving the one and only Tom Cruise in its wake as his also-excellent sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow pulled in a so-so $10.6 million on Friday, putting the smart and thrilling pic on track for an opening weekend around $30 million.

Hit the jump for more on the Friday box office, including the full Top 5.

Superhero Box Office 2014: How CAPTAIN AMERICA 2, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, and X-MEN Stack Up to Previous Installments

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It’s no secret that superheroes rule the box office.  Studios are scrambling to tap into the genre with whatever comics characters they may have the rights to, and ever since The Avengers, the goal has now been to build interconnected superhero universes that tell stories across multiple films and characters.  The 2014 slate has its fair share of superhero blockbusters, but halfway into the year we’ve already seen most of them.  With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past having already opened in theaters, that leaves us with only Marvel’s August offering Guardians of the Galaxy and Disney’s animated Big Hero 6 in November.

Seeing as how the longevity of superhero adaptations is predicated upon how well the films do at the box office, we felt now would be a good time to take a look at how Cap 2, Spider-Man 2, and X-Men fared at both the domestic and international box office this year, and how they stack up to previous installments in their respective franchises.  Read on after the jump.

Weekend Box Office: MALEFICENT Rules with $70 Million; A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Stumbles in Third

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The final weekend in May had room for only one regent – and it wasn’t Seth MacFarlane.  Disney’s Maleficent ruled the box office with an estimated $70 million from 3,948 locations while MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West settled for a disappointing third place debut.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Maleficent $70,000,000 $70
2.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $32,600,000 $162
3.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $17,069,000 $17
4.  Godzilla $12,225,000 $174.6
5.  Blended $8,425,000 $29.6
6.  Neighbors $7,715,000 $128.6
7.  The Amazing Spider-Man $3,775,000 $192.7
8.  Million Dollar Arm $3,700,000 $28
9.  Chef $2,009,000 $6.9
10.  The Other Woman $1,425,000 $81.1

Full details after the jump.

TOP 5: MALEFICENT, ANT-MAN Director Search, New SNOWPIERCER Trailer, A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST, LEFT BEHIND Trailer Starring Nicolas Cage

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I’m a week late to the game on this one but I’m going to share my thoughts on X-Men: Days of Future Past today nevertheless. While not on par with the excellent X-Men: First Class, I found DOFP to be a worthy follow-up that does an admirable job of bringing continuity to the movie tapestry while mercifully retconning X-Men: The Last Stand out of the discussion almost entirely. Also, for all of the cynicism I threw the film’s way over Quicksilver’s costume design, Evan Peters steals the show during his all too brief screen time. Without giving away too much to those who still haven’t caught the movie, his primary scene is the best that DOFP has to offer and tops Nightcrawler’s attack on the White House in X2 which is not praise that I heap lightly. While not without its flaws (the scenes set in the future are far less compelling than the story playing out in the past), DOFP is still a solid entry in the series that has me looking forward to X-Men: Apocalypse.

All DOFP reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features our Maleficent interviews and review, Marvel’s ongoing search to find someone/anyone to direct Ant-Man following Edgar Wright‘s departure, the new trailer for Snowpiercer, Matt’s review of A Million Ways to Die in the West and an interview with Seth Macfarlane and Charlize Theron, and Nicolas Cage starring in the first trailer for the new Left Behind film because he can. Keep reading for brief recaps and links for all of the above.

Friday Box Office: MALEFICENT Casts a Spell; A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST Misfires

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On its first day in theatres, Disney’s Maleficent earned an estimated $24.2 million from 3,948 locations, including $4.2 million from Thursday evening previews.  That puts PG-rated fantasy on track for over $60 million through Sunday, which is in line with pre-release expectations.  Maleficent pushed last weekend’s X-Men: Days of Future Past into second place.  The all-star mutant sequel picked up a few large format theatres formerly held by Godzilla, but was still down 73% on Friday.  The X-Men are expected to earn about $30 million in their sophomore frame, bringing their global cume close to $400 million.

Which brings us to A Million Ways to Die in the West.  The Seth MacFarlane Western earned an estimated $6.1 million from 3,158 locations on Friday – well below even the lowest projection for the R-rated comedy.  Though Westerns have had a hard time breaking through at the box office, Universal hoped that MacFarlane’s success with Ted would be enough to secure at least $25 million for his follow-up’s first weekend.  Instead, A Million Ways to Die in the West may bring in under $15 million in its first three days – about what Adam Sandler’s Blended opened with one week ago. Ouch.

 Title Friday Total
1.  Maleficent $24,248,000 $24.2
2.  X-Men: Days of Future Past $9,400,000 $138.8
3.  A Million Ways to Die in the West $6,100,000 $6.1
4.  Godzilla $3,305,000 $165.7
5.  Neighbors $2,400,000 $123.2

Patrick Stewart and Ellen Page Talk X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Ian McKellen, How the Project Came Together, Future X-MEN Movies, and More

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Now playing in theaters around the world is director Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.  As most of you know, Days of Future Past finds Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) having his consciousness sent back to 1973 in order to help Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), and the rest of the X-Men: First Class crew stop the rise of the Sentinels, giant robots programmed to exterminate mutants.  The film also takes place in the future, so we’re going to see the original X-Men cast and what will happen if Wolverine fails.  For more on the film, watch these five clips and nine minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, read Matt’s review, or  click here for all of our coverage.

At the New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Patrick Stewart and Ellen Page.  They talked about how the project came together, deleted scenes, whether they want to do another X-Men movie, Stewart’s friendship with Ian McKellen, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

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.

Composer/Editor John Ottman Talks X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, Deleted Scenes, Writing the Music, Big Last-Minute Changes, and More

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Over the past two decades, whenever Bryan Singer made a movie, he usually turned to John Ottman to compose the score and edit the film (the only exception being the first X-Men movie).  During their fruitful partnership, the two have enjoyed success in multiple genres, culminating most recently with X-Men: Days of Future Past, which is currently the number one movie around the world.

Last week, I landed an exclusive video interview with John Ottman.  He talked about his home studio, when he learned he would be working on Days of Future Past, his writing process, the difficulties of scheduling all the actors for their scenes, how the change in release dates affected his editing process, his composing schedule, what scene they had to alter at the very last minute, deleted scenes, the level of excitement on set and reuniting with the X2 cast, and so much more.  It’s a great interview so check it out after the jump.

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.

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