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‘Game of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage joins new ‘X-Men’

- February 14th, 2013

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Bryan Singer has added Peter Dinklage to his star-studded X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Singer, who is currently promoting Jack the Giant Slayer, tweeted the news yesterday.

After a series of character roles, Dinklage shot to fame thanks to his role as Tyrion Lannister on the hit HBO series Game Of Thrones.

Singer didn’t announce which character he’ll be playing, but rumours have Dinklage pegged as Puck – a member of the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight.

The film, which is a sequel to 2011′s X-Men prequel, will be based on a 1981 arc from the comic book series that has elements of time travel woven into the story. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult, who all appeared in First Class, will be joined by original X-Men stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres in July 2014.

You can watch the trailer for Singer’s Jack The Giant Slayer below.

Shatner calls J.J. Abrams a ‘pig’ for doing ‘Star Wars’

- February 14th, 2013
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William Shatner is seen at the Juno Awards in this 2012 file photo. Darren Brown/QMI Agency

 

While many Star Wars fans did a happy dance following news that Star Trek helmer J.J. Abrams is directing Episode VII, there’s at least one person who isn’t thrilled with Disney’s choice for overseeing the revered franchise.

Speaking to Movie Fanatic, Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the original TV series and subsequent films, had some choice words for Abrams.

“He’s being a pig… He’s collecting the two franchises, and holding them close to his vest. He’s probably the most talented director of that ilk we have. But, he’s gone too far this time.”

Shatner, who was joking – I think, added that he thinks of the director as his friend, and then suggested he might try taking Abrams out for Sushi.

“It’s time for J.J. and I to have another Sushi (so) I can put him straight about two of the largest franchises and not employing him in either one of them.”

In the months leading up to the release of Abrams’ 2009 reboot of Star Trek, Shatner lamented the fact that his version of Kirk was not included in the film.

“I couldn’t believe it. I’m not in the movie at all. Leonard, God bless his heart, is in, but not me,” he told The Associated Press.

A time travel storyline enabled Leonard Nimoy to reprise Spock, but Abrams did not include Shatner’s Kirk because he had been killed off in 1994′s Star Trek: Generations.

So, what do you think? Is it a mistake to let Abrams control two of the biggest sci-fi franchises of all time? Will he be as successful rebooting Star Wars as he was Star Trek? And, most of all, should Shatner’s Kirk have been given a role in Abrams’ Star Trek films?

Let us know in the comments.

Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson return in ‘The Internship’

- February 14th, 2013

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It’s been eight years since Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson’s comedy classic, The Wedding Crashers. Now after a few highs (Vaughn’s Fred Claus and Couples Retreat, Wilson’s Midnight in Paris) and lows (The Watch, Hall Pass), the duo are reuniting for The Internship.

The pair play a couple of salesmen who get the pink slip after their company closes its doors. Desperate, they get an internship at Google and find themselves going up against people decades younger for full-time gigs.

Sounds more or less like 9-5 reality for most people these days.

The trailer takes product placement to new highs – I can picture Justin Long and John Hodgman lining up for an Apple movie now – but I love Owen best when he collabs with Vaughn and Stiller.

Are you psyched about the pair getting back together? Let us know in the comments.

The Internship opens June 7.