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

     May 24, 2014

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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.

1. X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE Past Interviews and Review

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I won’t have the chance to see X-Men: Days of Future Past until Memorial Day which means I can’t grace the site with my reactions to the film this week. You’re crushed, I’m sure. To make up for my lack of critique, I offer you Matt’s review, our “What Did You Think?” post where you can feel free to dive into spoiler territory to discuss the film’s merits in the comments, and Steve’s video interviews with Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender & James McAvoy, Peter Dinklage, screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg, and producers Lauren Shuler Donner & Hutch Parker.

2. New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trailer

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James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy keeps looking better and better. The first trailer was great and the new trailer that premiered this week is even better. I fully trust that Chris Pratt is going to nail the role of Peter Quill / Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon will probably end up being the star of the summer movie season. In case you share my anticipation for the pic and the new trailer isn’t enough GOTG, I also recommend checking out the highlights from the movie’s Facebook Q&A with Gunn, Kevin Feige, Vin Diesel, Karen Gillian, and Dave Bautista, and over 45 images from the new trailer.

3. GODZILLA’s Gareth Edwards to Direct First STAR WARS Spinoff

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It’s been a big week or so for Godzilla director Gareth Edwards. Last weekend, his take on the King of the Monsters scored the largest May opening in Warner Bros. history and almost immediately had a sequel greenlit. This week, he landed the directing gig for the first Star Wars spinoff which is tapped for a December 2016 release. In the grand scheme of things you could have a worse couple weeks, right?

4. MAN OF STEEL Sequel Titled BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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It may be hard to believe based on how commonplace it was to call the film Batman vs. Superman, but Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel was still technically untitled prior to this week. Now we know the official title and it’s a mouth full that could only be more unsubtle if it were called “Justice League Prequel”. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

5. First Trailer for the Roger Ebert Documentary LIFE ITSELF

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One of my most anticipated docs of the year is director (and fellow Saluki) Steve James’ Roger Ebert documentary Life Itself. Adam gave the film an “A-” in his review from Sundance calling it a “heartbreaking tribute” to the beloved film critic. The first trailer for the film debuted online this week and it looks every bit as life-affirming as I had hoped it would be. I can’t wait to check it out for myself when it hits theaters and VOD on July 4th.

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