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Watch: ‘Chappie’ trailer with Hugh Jackman

- November 4th, 2014

Sony has just released its first trailer for Chappie, the sci-fi actioner from District 9 writer-director Neill Blomkamp.

Sharlto Copley plays a robot who, with the assistance of a young scientist played by Dev Patel, learns to paint and pen poetry. “He’s like a child; he has to learn,” Patel’s character says in a voiceover.

The film also features a villainous Hugh Jackman, who plays an anti-technology zealot. “The problem with Artificial Intelligence is it’s way too unpredictable,” he says in one scene.

The official plot synopsis is as follows:

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone else: he is a robot. The first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. His life, his story, will change the way the world looks at robots and humans forever.

Chappie opens March 6, 2015.

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‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ will feature members of original cast

- May 29th, 2014

Days of Future Past may be top of the box office right now, but most X fans are already salivating about the next X-Men film – Apocalypse – due out May 27, 2016.

That film was teased in DOFP’s end credits scene when we see the mutant villain Apocalypse as a young boy in Egypt building pyramids with his mind. In the comics, Apocalypse is one of the X-Men’s greatest adversaries. But the real question, or at least the one I’ve been wondering, is which cast would the upcoming sequel use? Would it be the First Class stars, namely James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast), with some new additions, or would we see Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine and some of the other originals that were teased at the end thrown into the mix as well?

Turns out screenwriter Simon Kinberg has shed some light on that in a recent interview with The Daily Beast.

“(Apocalypse) will focus primarily on the First Class cast, but it will certainly have some of the original cast involved, too,” Kinberg said.

The film is rumoured to take place in the ’80s and director Bryan Singer is expected to return.

Kinberg also talked about Rogue’s deleted scene in DOFP. “When I was crafting the script, I wanted to create a subplot for old Charles and old Eric—Patrick and Ian—to have a mini-mission together, one final adventure. And that’s what the Rogue sequence was—that they went to retrieve Rogue… It was a narrative detour, and in a film with this much momentum and narrative flow, you can’t afford any detours.”

Next summer’s Fantastic Four reboot was also addressed, with Kinberg promising a film that “will feel as unique as when you saw Iron Man, X-Men, or Batman Begins for the first time.”

It won’t be goofy, he promises. Thank goodness for that.

Head over to The Daily Beast to read more from Kinberg’s interview, including what is happening with the recently-announced Gambit movie.

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.

‘Wolverine,’ ‘Fantastic Four’ sequels announced

- March 21st, 2014

So it turns out that it’s not just Disney and Warner Bros. that can make comic book movie noise. 20th Century Fox is staking its claim to the Marvel properties the company owns with announcements for a Fantastic Four sequel, a new Wolverine and an untitled Marvel film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Fantastic Four 2 will open July 14, 2017, while a Wolverine sequel will open March 3, 2017. Fox will also release a untitled Marvel film July 13, 2018.

Fox owns the rights to X-Men and Fantastic Four, so the 2018 title could be a crossover superhero film.

This follows news that the studio will release X-Men: Apocalypse May 6, 2016.

James Mangold will direct the sequel to The Wolverine. And while Hugh Jackman does not have a deal in place to reprise the character beyond this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, he’s expected to return. Mangold announced on Twitter this week that he would be filming Wolverine 2 after X-Men: Apocalypse was completed.

Fox’s Fantastic Four reboot hits screens June 19, 2015, and features Michael B. Jordan (Human Torch, Kate Mara (The Invisible Woman), Jamie Bell (The Thing) and Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic) taking on the roles of the superhero team. Josh Trank (Chronicle) will direct.

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‘Wolverine 2′ to film after ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

- March 17th, 2014

Wolverine will be back this summer in X-Men: Days of Future Past, but if you are wondering when your favourite adamantium-clawed mutant will be back for his own standalone film, you’re going to have a bit of a wait.

James Mangold, director of last year’s The Wolverine, has revealed on Twitter that his sequel will shoot after Bryan Singer completes his next X-Men film – Apocalypse – which is due out May 6, 2016. So the earliest we’ll see Logan shredding baddies in glorious 3D (or hologram or however else we’re watching films by then) will be 2017 or ’18.

Mangold has since deleted the tweet, but it seems that Jackman has a pretty busy schedule with Neill Blomkamp’s Chappie, Joe Wright’s Pan and The Greatest Showman on Earth on his docket. Still he has indicated his willingness to return to the role that made him a star.

“There are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you,” he told EW last fall, “but that would be giving away a secret that is not even [fully] formed yet.”

“I love [Wolverine], he’s kind of like a best friend to me, and I don’t ever want to take [him] or the fans for granted. … I think we’ve got a great opportunity to make something really cool, but it has to be great. That’s what we’re all working toward.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past hits theatres May 23, 2014.

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