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First look at Paul Walker’s brothers in ‘Fast and Furious 7′

- April 21st, 2014

James Wan and his Fast and Furious 7 team may just pull off using Paul Walker’s brothers as stand-ins.

Following the death of Walker, director James Wan postponed production of the film as he and his team tried to figure out how to wrap the film up without their main star.

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Older brother Caleb (L), Vin Diesel (C), and younger brother Cody (R).
Courtesy Vin Diesel’s Facebook page.

After weeks of conversation and pitched ideas, Wan announced they would be bringing in Walker’s brothers Cody and Caleb as stand-ins for the final moments of the seventh installment.

The announcement was met with mixed reactions, but most agreed the idea seemed ludicrous and impossible to pull off.

Although, those hesitant concerns may be slightly eased after seeing the photo Vin Diesel, the franchise’s biggest actor, posted to Facebook early Monday morning.

In the photo reported by Badass Digest, Diesel can be seen talking to both brothers on the set of the new movie. Although younger brother Cody has more distinguished features, older brother Caleb is practically an identical twin.

He’s got a little more body fat on him than his late brother, but with some good old fashioned Hollywood exercise regime, Caleb may just be able to believably work some of his brother’s scenes.

Of course, we still don’t know just how much acting the two will actually have to do in the film, nor do we know just how much CGI will be used to make them look as eerily similar to their brother as they can.

Even amidst all of the speculation, it’s impossible to say how the movie’s going to turn out until we have the final product in our hands, so to speak. It could be a monumental moment in cinematic history, but it could also be one of the worst decisions made.

The question that really needs to be asked is what Wan plans to do for the future of the series? We can safely assume this is the end of Brian “The Buster” O’Connor, but what does that mean for Mia and their son? Are they out of the game completely? Is this the beginning of the end for the massive action franchise?

Only time will tell, unfortunately.

The seventh Fast & Furious movie is slated to be released on April 10, 2015.

‘Godzilla’ TV spot gives first look at monster

- April 20th, 2014

Ain’t she a beaut?

With Godzilla being released globally in just under a month, it’s about time director Gareth Edwards and his team over at Warner Bros. gave audiences more than just a shadowy glimpse of cinema’s biggest monster.

In the new TV spot for the film, we’re treated to exactly one second of Godzilla and its thunderous roar, but is that one second ever worth it.

Here’s what we can take away from the first official view of the monster: Edwards and his design team got it right.

They’ve clearly decided to style the 2014 monster after Ishiro Honda’s original 1954 Gojira instead of Roland Emmerich’s god awful 1998 remake tyrannosaurs-Rex looking abomination.

Edwards’ monster has stumpier legs and thick, tiny arms with a tiny head attached to a massive neck, similar to the original Gojira. It’s also been outfitted with numerous small scales that line its entire back and neck, instead of being spread out sporadically like its 1998 cousin.

The one second clip has single handily removed any lingering doubt still hovering around monster movie fans and summer blockbuster devotees.

Even though the first true appearance of Godzilla steals the entire commercial, it’s also the first time we’re getting some more information on the plot line.

godzailla-first-01We’re introduced to the intimate relationship between Elizabeth Olsen’s character Elle Brody and her husband Joe, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson.

From the way it’s being set up, chances are Joe’s not going to make it to the end of the movie, but that’s just a guess and I could be completely off base.

Although, it is a Godzilla movie, and someone crucial to the plot line is going to have to bite the bullet, right?

We’re also introduced to Joe Brody, played by Bryan Cranston, and his relationship to his wife, Sandra Brody, played by Juliette Binoche.

At the beginning of the trailer, Cranston starts off by saying that he couldn’t even say goodbye to her, that he couldn’t even find a picture to take with him, before the scene cuts to Sandra being placed in a space shuttle of some sort and evacuated from the immediate danger zone.

If Godzilla lives up to its hype, this could be one of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, and most importantly, the revival the monster genre has been in desperate need of for years.

Oh, and it looks like you’ll need tissues if you’re a crier. It’s going to get sad.

Godzilla will hit theaters on May 16.

Anna Paquin’s Rogue to appear in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’

- April 17th, 2014

Last December, reports surfaced that Anna Paquin’s Rogue character had been cut from Bryan Singer’s time traveling X-Men mash-up, Days of Future Past.

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According to Entertainment Weekly, the one scene in which Rogue was set to appear was a rescue sequence involving Magneto (Ian McKellen), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore).

“Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous,” Singer told EW. “It’s a really good sequence and it will probably end up on the DVD so people can see it. But like many things in the editing process, it was an embarrassment of riches and it was just one of the things that had to go. Unfortunately, it was the one and only sequence Anna Paquin was in, the Rogue character was in. Even though she’s in the materials and part of the process of making the film, she won’t appear in it.”

That sequence may have been cut, but it turns out that Paquin’s Rogue will still appear in the new film. After a sharp-eyed editor at BuzzFeed noticed her name in the credits of the trailer, they reached out to Fox for comment. “Essentially, [it’s] a cameo,” a rep said.

Sounds like there isn’t much to her part, but I’m glad to see that she’s back in there.

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres May 23rd.

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ news: AT-AT’s may be back

- April 16th, 2014

Well that didn’t take very long.

Just weeks after it was announced that J.J. Abrams and his Star Wars crew would be heading to Abu Dhabi to film the Tatooine segments of Episode VII, leaked photos from the set have been published online.

According to Screen Crush, who reported the story late Wednesday night, the giant circular object seen in the photo below is more than likely one of the four wheels used in the construction of an AT-AT.

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(Screen Crush)

AT-AT’s, the gigantic robot walker capable of leaving a highly destructive path in its wake, were first introduced in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back on the snowy planet of Hoth.

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The question circulating throughout the internet now, however, is whether Abrams and his production team plan to bring the walkers over to Tatooine in the upcoming addition to the series or if they’ll be using Abu Dhabi to recreate Hoth as well.

Screen Crush suggests that Abrams has brought the AT-AT’s to Tatooine, and in doing so, added an interesting angle on just what happened to the universe in between Episode III and the current film.

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(Imgur)

Regardless of whether the giant circular stone is actually being used to reconstruct the AT-AT’s or Abu Dhabi is being used as the set for both Tatooine and Hoth, the fact that photos have begun to leak and circulate already means fans may not have to wait very long to get their first glimpse at the movie.

Just think, all of this is happening before the cast has even been finalized.

Star Wars: Episode VII is scheduled to be released on December 18, 2015.

Huge post-credits X-Men/ Spider-Man news

- April 16th, 2014

Huge spoiler alert! Okay, maybe that’s overdoing it. If you don’t want to know anything about the post-credits scene in Amazing Spider-Man 2, stop reading now. I’m going to insert the trailer just below this, so no one accuses me of ruining their day.

You’re back? Good. According to Empire, a clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past will run after the credits in Amazing Spider-Man 2. For the uninitiated, the Spidey and X-Men films are owned by Sony and Fox respectively, and there are no plans for a crossover (Fox is rumoured to be working on a team-up with its other Marvel franchise, The Fantastic Four). So placement of a scene from Days of Future Past seems weird, unless they are just trying to acknowledge a shared Marvel universe.

Disney obviously doesn’t feel the same way. It opted to use Aaron Taylor-Johnson to play Quicksilver in The Avengers: Age of Ultron (the character appears in Days of Future Past, but is played by Evan Peters). Although, the Oscorp building almost appeared in the New York skyline of The Avengers, so maybe they just didn’t like Fox’ choice to play Magneto’s son.

According to Empire, the scene at the end of ASM2 shows Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique, Lucas Till’s Havok and Evan Jonigkeit’s Toad taking on William Stryker (Josh Helman) and his military men. “Without wishing to spoil anything,” they write, “let’s just say that Mystique once again demonstrates her formidable fighting skills in the brief segment.”

An update from Variety indicates that the X-Men clip was negotiated by Fox because Spider-Man director Marc Webb “owed” them another film following 2009′s 500 (Days) of Summer.

What do you think about this news? Would you like to see a grand Marvel crossover involving characters from all the films, or are you happy to keep the universes separate? Sound off in the comments.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2nd, while X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres on May 23rd.