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‘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.


(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.


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.



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.

‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ final trailer lays it all out

- April 16th, 2014

The final X-Men: Days of Future Past trailer is exactly what everyone’s been anxiously waiting for.

Unlike the first two trailers, the last international look at the film before its released in a couple of weeks gives fans their first real view into the actual story line.

Better yet, it actually shows off some of the bantering and witty comebacks used by the extraordinarily large cast…and it’s funny! It’s actually pretty funny, so wipe that dripping, concerned sweat off of your forehead.

In the final trailer, the backdrop is set for the gigantic war the X-Men are gearing up to fight in.

“In the beginning, the sentinels were just targeting mutants. Then they began targeting everyone. I’ve come a long way to guide us, to bring us together. The X-Men. We need your help,” Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine tells a bewildered looking, young Charles Xavier.

Although we already knew the sentinels were going to be the biggest nemesis the X-Men would have to take down, this was the first time we’ve received more than just a quick glimpse of the destructive path they’ve left behind in their wake.

In this trailer, the sentinels actually feel like a tangible enemy for the genetically enhanced mutant army instead of a projection of darkness the two previous trailers portrayed the robot class as.

More interesting, however, was the glimpse into the trek Wolverine embarks on to bring the rowdy group of miscreant misfits together in order to stop the sentinels.

“It’s going to take all of us to end this war,” Ian McKellan’s Magneto tells the modern day Xavier, and that’s exactly what the trailer shows off.

Wolverine goes from house to house, state to state to collect the different mutants he needs. From his old pal Beast, the wickedly tough Mystique, and the criminally insane mastermind Magento, the trailer finally gives some insight into how director Bryan Singer is going to mesh the two worlds together.

Singer and his crew also provided fans with a little more footage of Evan Peters’ Quicksilver, one of the characters people were most concerned about after seeing his cyberpunk costume they decided to go with. When he’s got his goggles off, he doesn’t look nearly as terrible, and he’s retained his razor sharp wit. An aspect fans of the franchise will appreciate.

The history, woven together with some incredible action sequences and mutant power close ups, makes this trailer the most exciting one to date. Let’s see if Singer can bring the magic back to one of comics’ most beloved groups.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on May 23.

Paul Walker’s brothers to help finish ‘Fast and Furious’ scenes

- April 15th, 2014

The filmmaking team behind Fast & Furious 7 have asked Paul Walker’s brothers to complete some of his final scenes in the upcoming sequel.

The announcement was made on the film’s Facebook page Tuesday afternoon. At the time of his death last November, Walker had completed roughly half his scenes and was slated to appear in Fast VIII, IX and possibly X.


Universal Pictures, director James Wan and writer Chris Morgan opted to “retire” his character, Brian O’Conner, and will presumably continue on with the franchise. After noting that “Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action” for the new film, the Facebook message announces that his brothers Caleb and Cody will “complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production.”

It had been reported last month that Walker’s final Fast 7 scenes would be CGI’d using body doubles and voice effects.

Fast & Furious 7 opens April 10, 2015.

Opening scene for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ released

- April 15th, 2014

If this one-minute sequence from the opening battle scene in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is any indication, this could be the comic book movie to beat this summer.

In the brief clip, we see futuristic Sentinel robots trying to kill Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat), Iceman (Shawn Ashmore), Blink (Fan BingBing), Warpath (Booboo Stewart), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), Sunspot (Adan Canto) and Bishop (Omar Sy), who are all hiding out in an underground bunker. It’s possibly one of the only action scene they appear in since shortly afterwards, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is sent back in time to stop the future destruction of mutants.

The final trailer for the sequel will debut on Conan O’Brien tonight.

X-Men: Days of Future Past, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Peter Dinklage, Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender, hits theatres May 23rd.