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Movie roundup: ‘Ted 2′ gets release date, ‘Thor 3′ happening and ‘X-Men’ artifacts

- August 17th, 2013

Couple of interesting tidbits for your weekend reading.

First up. Seth McFarlane has announced on Twitter that Ted 2 will be hitting theatres during Passover 2015.

Funny that he used a religious holiday considering he is an atheist. In 2015, Passover starts on April 3 and runs until April 11.

Ted, a surprise comedy hit last summer, grossed over $540 million worldwide and followed the antics of Mark Wahlberg and his animated, foul-mouthed teddy bear. The sequel is scheduled to go before cameras next May. In an interview last year with Collider, Wahlberg raved about Ted 2 saying, “Seth’s ideas for the second one are sick. He comes from the world of episodic television so he knows how to tell the stories, man, in a way that most people don’t.”

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Next, we have some news that won’t really come as a surprise to anyone: Thor 3 is happening.

When E! asked Natalie Portman about her co-star Anthony Hopkins wanting to make a third Thor film (the second Thor: The Dark World is due out Nov. 8), she replied: “Yeah, well I think they are going to make a Thor 3, so I think Anthony will be pleased.”

Marvel has several blank dates in its release schedule, so it could be coming May 6, 2016, July 8, 2016 or May 5, 2017.

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Lastly, director Bryan Singer has tweeted that today marks the last day of shooting on X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Singer tweeted the photo below writing, “Loving my monitors today. #MichaelFassbender #XMen #DaysOfFuturePast #Secondtolastdayofprincipalphotography.”

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He also posted an image of his mutant memorabilia, including Magneto’s helmet, Havoc’s suit and Angel’s wings (there’s a fourth thing there too). The picture was simply titled, “Artifacts.”

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Days of Future Past is an X-Men mash-up that will find cast members from the original trilogy and First Class joining forces. The storyline deals with an alternative future in which mutants have been gathered and put in internment camps. A trailer that leaked online earlier this week, revealed that a future version of Wolverine travels back in time to warn the present-day X-Men.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on July 18, 2014.

Leaked ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ trailer hits web

- August 12th, 2013

UPDATE: It looks like FOX has blocked access to the leaked Days of Future Past trailer. I will update as soon as another becomes available. In the meantime, if you missed it, you can read my summary below and watch the video ad for Trask Industries.

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So, this ad isn’t actually out yet – and who knows how long it’ll last online – but thanks to an X-Men fan who attended the recent Fantasia Festival in Montreal, we’re getting an early look at the trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

The audio isn’t the greatest, but the minute-and-a-half spot opens with the flashing Marvel logo and then Patrick Stewart’s Charles Xavier asking Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), “What’s the last thing you remember?”

If you’re just joining us, Days of Future Past is an X-Men mash-up that will find cast members from the original trilogy and First Class joining forces. The storyline deals with an alternative future in which mutants have been gathered and put in internment camps. At this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, director Bryan Singer revealed that a future version of Wolverine travels back in time to warn the present-day X-Men. In the 1981 comic book on which the film is based, Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) is the one who does the time travelling.

“Basically the notion is that Hugh of the future is sent… his consciousness is sent into his younger self [and] Hugh gets to play both parts because [Wolverine] is ageless,” Singer said.

“I’ve had a glimpse into the past,” Professor X says to Wolverine, before adding, “You have to do for me what I once did for you.”

“So, I wake up in my younger body and then what?” Wolverine asks.

“Find me…lead me, guide me, be patient with me,” X says as images of his younger self, played by James McAvoy flash on the screen.

“Patience isn’t my strongest suit,” comes Wolverine’s reply as we get glimpses of Michael Fassbender’s younger Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique and Nicholas Hoult’s Beast.

The trailer ends abruptly, but from what we see here, the film looks very promising. Check it out (I’ve included two embeds) as well as a viral video ad for the villainous Trask Industries that trumpets 50 years of the Sentinel program.


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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ viral video surfaces

- July 30th, 2013

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Usually, it’s Bryan Singer’s Twitter account that has been pulling PR duties for next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. That changed today when 20th Century Fox unveiled a promotional site for the upcoming sequel.

If you’re just joining us, Days of Future Past is an X-Men mash-up that will find cast members from the original trilogy and First Class joining forces. The storyline deals with an alternative future in which mutants have been gathered and put in internment camps. A future version of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) travels back in time to warn the present-day X-Men.

In addition to a video ad for Trask Industries that trumpets 50 years of the Sentinel program, the new site includes full breakdowns of the X-Gene (most of which that hint at the characters appearing in the film) and a history of Trask Industries founder Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage).

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“The mutant threat is the defining issue of our time. We can choose to stem the impending tide of extinction or we can stand by passively and allow it to wash away any remnants of our species.” – Founder, Bolivar Trask – 1973

 

Also included is a rather puzzling timeline, which might shed some light on the film’s time travel plot. In 1973, we learn that Trask Industries unveiled the Sentinel Program. In 1974, Sentinels were dispatched to the top five most densely populated cities in the U.S. By 2020, Trask Industries is on to the Sentinel Mark X program.

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The poster below says it all: Mutants are the enemy.

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Other goodies on the site reveal that Trask Industries isn’t just about the Sentinels. They’ve developed a Mutant Detection Device and Inhibitor Collars.

There’s lots to pour over. In the meantime, visit Trask Industries and let us know what you think in the comments.

New ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ pics show Nixon, Vietnam and a blue Jennifer Lawrence

- June 4th, 2013

Bryan Singer continues to be a one-man hype machine for next summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

After tweeting out new pics featuring Jennifer Lawrence in her Mystique outfit, the director is giving us a look inside the Oval Office, and if you look closely you can spot Tricky Dick. Singer tweeted the photo with the line, “Pivotal meeting.”

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He also tweeted a photo that implies that Days of Future Past will at least touch on the Vietnam War (no surprise as it is set in the 1970s). He tagged this one: “GOOD MORNING VIETNAM!”

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If you haven’t seen the new pics of Mystique and Hugh Jackman and Nicholas Hoult, I’ve included them below.

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Days of Future Past brings together the casts from the original trilogy and 2011′s First Class prequel. The storyline deals with an alternative future in which mutants have been gathered and put an internment camps. A future version of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) travels back in time to warn the present-day X-Men.

Singer has also announced that Quicksilver (in the form of American Horror Story star Evan Peters) is joining the new film, which could pose a problem for Joss Whedon’s rumoured plans for that character in The Avengers 2.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on July 18, 2014.

James McAvoy looks groovy in new ‘X-Men’ photo

- May 13th, 2013

Bryan Singer has given us our first look at James McAvoy on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past and I think we can safely say his Professor Charles Xavier looks like he just stepped out of a ’70s porn by way of Grease and Taxi Driver.

The director tweeted the shot with one word: #Serpico.

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Days of Future Past brings together the casts from the original trilogy and 2011′s First Class prequel. The storyline deals with an alternative future in which mutants have been gathered and put an internment camps. A future version of Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) travels back in time to warn the present-day X-Men.

In case this pic wasn’t evidence enough, the film will reportedly be set in the 1970s.

X-Men: Days of Future Past will be released on July 18, 2014.