X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Fast and Furious 7 PosterRelease Date: May 23, 2014

Directed by: Bryan Singer

Written by: Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn, Jane Goldman

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage

Synopsis:

The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

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Time and evolution are two perfect concepts for X-Men: Days of Future Past to explore, not only because we get to see how a franchise has shifted 14 years after its modern debut, but also because we’ve now spent half a century with these characters. On that first front, it’s especially important that Bryan Singer has returned to reclaim his directorial authority. A kind of full circle that promises to keep spinning . On the second front, it’s amazing to see how fresh and young these 50-year-old mutants really are. The second full trailer for the film seeks a balance of those characters — showing off all the major players and some incredibly tall, robot bad guys.

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There was once a time when superhero movies weren’t scheduled a decade in advance. That time is gone forever. Now, you wanna make a movie where a guy in a cape punches another guy who’s probably also wearing a cape, you schedule that thing out years in advance. And Fox would very much like to continue making movies about cape-adorned man punches (and, on rare occasions, cape-adorned woman punches), so they’ve submitted their future schedule for all to see. Via the Twitter of BoxOffice.com, we now know when each of Fox’s various Marvel movies will debut, all the way through 2018. Here’s what their full superhero slate looks like: X-Men: Days of Future Past – May 23, 2014 Fantastic Four – June 19, 2015 X-Men: Apocalypse – May 27, 2016 Untitled Wolverine Film – March 3, 2017 Fantastic Four 2 – July 14, 2017 Untitled Fox/Marvel Film – July 13, 2018

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The holiday season is finally upon us. A time to reflect on days gone by and days yet to come. A time spend with friends and loved ones. A time to scream yourself hoarse at a computer screen because an X-Man is being left out X-Men: Days of Future Past. Although I guess “X-Woman” is a little more accurate, technically speaking, because the character getting the boot is Anna Paquin‘s Rogue. Director Bryan Singer recently revealed to EW that an action sequence featuring Paquin and a few of her X-cohorts has been cut from the film (Singer explains it in less-than-thrilling terms: “Through the editing process, the sequence became extraneous”). Yet this particular chunk of celluloid made up the entirety of Paquin’s role in Days of Future Past, so with a flash and a puff of smoke, she’ll disappear completely from the finished film.

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Fifty years after his assassination, the circumstances behind the death of President John F. Kennedy has yet another conspiracy theory that can be added to the pile thanks to Bryan Singer and the gang behind X-Men: Days of Future Past. Forget a second shooter or even Lee Harvey Oswald’s true guilt: a new viral video and website entitled The Bent Bullet claims that Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto (Michael Fassbender), is the man behind Kennedy’s murder back in 1963. The Warren Commission determined, after placing Magneto at the Grassy Knoll, that he bent the trajectory of Oswald’s bullets and manipulated the assassination, making him the true killer. While it might be easy to implicate the mutant for the crime, the report suggests that maybe it was too easy — making Magneto a patsy in a time where a nation was struggling to find someone, anyone to blame for the assassination, and already experienced a deep-seated fear and prejudice toward those with mutant abilities. Could it be that Magneto was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, or did he really kill JFK?

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Yesterday the long-awaited trailer for Bryan Singer’s upcoming, time travel heavy melding of Fox’s two X-Men franchises, X-Men: Days of Future Past, finally hit, and while it didn’t include the money shot of a full-sized Sentinel in action that many fans were hoping for (likely because they’re too early in the effects process to have much to show off), it did include such a cornucopia of new characters, old characters, and dramatic moments that it was enough to get most fans of the property salivating at the idea of finally getting to see the movie. People who aren’t X-Men freaks, who haven’t been following all of the casting reports and who haven’t read the comic book source material that this story is being based off of, could have been a little bit confused watching what we were given yesterday though. Who are all of these new characters? How are mutants from the original trilogy interacting with characters from the First Class film, which took place in the 60s? And, perhaps most importantly, what’s up with old Magneto and old Professor X wearing those goofy outfits and hanging out in a location that looks like it’s right out of Stargate? MTV News got Singer on the phone to explain some of what we see in the new trailer, and then they helpfully laid his comments on top of the footage, creating a sort of trailer commentary track. If you found yourself feeling like you were somewhat in the dark while watching […]

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X-Men: First Class was a genuine shock — not because of the people involved or the story they chose, but because Fox managed to get out of its own way to deliver a solid comic book movie. X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006 had been cringe-worthy, they’d punted on X-Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009, and going back in time for a prequel seemed desperate. Fortunately, the clean slate worked. The anticipation leading to X-Men: Days of Future Past is now completely different. No longer the slumping underdog, Xavier’s gifted students are coming off a hell of an introduction, and the latest Wolverine-focused installment was a success at the box office, while 5/6ths of it was a triumph of storytelling. Bringing in old faces like Ellen Page and Hugh Jackman alongside new players like Peter Dinklage to share time with Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and James McAvoy is a potent power play that has stacked the cast being led by director Bryan Singer. It’s still only potential at this point, though. This was a massive undertaking, so the question still looms large as to whether they’ve pulled off a difficult, fan-loved story, but the first full trailer might just have an answer:

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If the Instagram teaser teaser weren’t enough X-Men: Days of Future Past for you to sink your teeth into, Entertainment Weekly has a new crop of photos from the time traveling mutant flick that might provide a better look at what’s to come. Though there’s still no real sign of mutant on Sentinel action to be seen, we do get to see some of the characters wearing funky seventies attire. I know you’re not convinced that this is a comparable stand-in, but that’s only because you haven’t seen Peter Dinklage with a mustache yet. As Dr. Bolivar Trask, Dinklage is working the full handlebar paired with one of the putrid brown suits that seem to be so popular in that era, and he’s killing it. Another image depicts Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) doing something futuristic as they descend a staircase, while their ’70s counterparts James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender spend some quality time staring intently at something in the distance with Logan/Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) in a different photo. Jennifer Lawrence also makes an appearance in her full Mystique regalia, which while  beautiful and highly impressive, I hate to say is also looking a little puff paint-y.

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With Marvel Studios dropping a full trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier today, it isn’t likely that the other studios are going to be able to do much to speak above the sound of all the buzz they’ve created for a while. That hasn’t stopped Fox from trying to steal a couple headlines by putting up the first footage from Bryan Singer’s upcoming mutant epic X-Men: Days of Future Past though. Those marketers over there are scrappy. Before you get too excited about all of the inevitable mutant on sentinel mayhem that this movie is going to contain, know that we’re not yet getting a real trailer for the film. Instead, this is just a few seconds of sizzle footage put out on an Instagram video, which some may find to be so much of a tease that it annoys rather than arouses. For others though, the hunger for more mutant movies is so strong that we’ll take whatever we can get, and these few seconds do provide some tasty morsels. Decide which side of the fence you come down on, and then proceed accordingly.

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Bryan Singer has been very generous during the production of X-Men: Days of Future Past about letting us normal people see behind the scenes photos of the coolest aspects of the film. From tweeting a sneak peek at a full-sized sentinel, to even showing glimpses of character concepts (we’re very into X-Men), Singer is all about letting fans know what they’re getting with this movie.

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Those in charge of marketing X-Men: Days of Future Past have been subjecting their audience to a long succession of teases, poking and prodding but never revealing anything of substance. That trend continues today with a blueprint of a Sentinel head, showing all the inner workings of the X-Men’s robotic nemeses. On the one hand, this is a cool little piece of marketing. On the other, I’d really like to see a Sentinel in action, and a diagram of a Sentinel head’s Flair Control (with radar!) doesn’t really compare. But hey, for all we know, this blueprint might have some plot significance that no one’s realized it. Maybe the secret to stopping the Sentinels lies in their “Visor Style Variable Only on Model S6″ (or maybe it’s “56″- kinda hard to tell). Eventually, a real trailer will be released, and we’ll finally see Wolverine meet his swingin’ 70s counterparts, a mustachioed Peter Dinklage warn of the mutant menace and Magneto held powerless against a giant purple robot that I’m assuming is made of plastic. But for now, those clamoring for some Sentinel action will have to make do with the little scraps we’ve been given, like the film’s viral site and some Sentinel head and body shots. And if you’re really desperate, go take a look at the Trask Inhibitor Collar that’s also up on the official X-Men twitter page (link below). That should provide momentary relief. X-Men: Days of Future Past stars Dinklage as well as Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, James […]

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By far the most exciting thing about X-Men: Days of Future Past, other than the possibility that its time travel plot could be used to wipe away all of the missteps made in X-Men: The Last Stand, is that it’s adapting a story from the comics that relied heavily on the presence of one of the X-Men’s coolest reoccurring villains—the gigantic, robotic, mutant-hunting Sentinels. Whether it has been for budget reasons, feelings that the special effects weren’t quite there, or just that nobody had balls big enough, we have yet to see a proper Sentinel appear in any of the eleventy-billion X-Men movies Fox has made. But this time around they’re going to be forced to finally give us our robot on mutant action, right? Yep, and today Bryan Singer tweeted out a picture that gives us our best look at how awesome the Sentinels in his film are going to be to date: a full-size, physical prop that shows off just how massive they are and proves that they won’t just be appearing in the film as possibly shoddy, shadowy CG effects. Click through to see the beautiful thing in all its glory.

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The X-Men are one of those comic books properties where the bad guys are often as cool as the heroes you’re supposed to be rooting for. Whether you’re talking about the righteous and unbending metal manipulator, Magneto, the detached and empty shape-shifter, Mystique, or even the twisted and sociopathic geneticist, Sinister, chances are any given X-Men story is going to engage you just as much with its villainy as it does with its heroics. For some reason, there has just never been an X-Men villain that works as well as the giant, faceless, mutant-hunting robots the Sentinels though. Not only is it a lot of fun to watch mutant powers tear apart big ass robots, but there must be something to the way this particular robot design is able to embody the all-powerful and unfeeling hand of “the Man” that really makes them resonate, as well. Given fans’ fascination with the Sentinels, and given the fact that we haven’t gotten a real representation of them on the big screen yet, Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past has probably become the most anticipated X-Men movie of all time, because it has promised to be full of the metal monstrosities. And now a pretty slick viral site the film has launched is giving us all our first look at what they’ve cooked up in regards to the iconic baddies. Click through to get the info, and to watch a fun video.

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Comic-Con may be over, but the hype train keeps on rolling for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Today’s new X-Men development comes in the form of two new posters that show off the film’s time-travel hook. Magneto is one part Ian McKellen and one part Michael Fassbender; Charles Xavier is one part Patrick Stewart and one part James McAvoy.

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Did you hear that this weekend is Comic-Con? It’s true! It’s weird that no one told you. Fortunately, this week’s show features a visit to San Diego where our sentinels Robert Fure and Jack Giroux will tell us all the crazy stuff that’s happening on the ground there in geek paradise (which happens to be a hotel room that’s missing a bathroom door). Plus, Geoff and I disagree wildly in our reviews of the new season of The Newsroom, and we prepare for the possibility of Spike Lee’s retirement by discussing his legacy and forcing him to autograph old football paraphernalia. You can follow Robert Fure (@robertfure), interviewer Jack Giroux (@jackgi), the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) for more fun stuff on a daily basis. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Download Episode #25 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes

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Part of the upcoming buzz around Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past is the inclusion of a few new, long pined-for characters from the mutant universe. Chief among the fan wish list are the Sentinels. Products of Trask Industries and Doctor Bolivar Trask (played in the film by Peter Dinklage), the Sentinels are designed to keep mutants under control. This sort of thing always comes with some sort of marketing campaign, so there’s also propaganda involved. Said propaganda has made it’s way to the streets of Comic-Con, where a Sentinel head has been put on display and various posters have been handed out. It appears that Trask Industries has been busy. It also appears that 20th Century Fox may be tipping their hand as to what their promised “surprise” movie will be when they take the stage this weekend with Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Wolverine. But that remains to be seen.

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We’re a little bit exhausted by the summer of 2013. To take a break from it, we wanted to look into the future, and even though there’s a giant conversation to be had about Untitled Marvel Studios Movie hitting in 2016, we figured we’d keep it simple by only jumping ahead a year. So we’ll be getting excited about the bursting-with-potential summer movies of 2014, and Geoff will answer a listener’s screenwriting question focused on which character romantic comedies should focus on. Plus, we’ve got an outstanding piece of orchestral music fresh out of a Warner Bros. studio to share with you. It’s from a promising young composer with a Reddit-worthy story. For more from us on a daily basis, follow the show (@brokenprojector), Geoff (@drgmlatulippe) and Scott (@scottmbeggs) on the Twitter. And, as always, we welcome your feedback. Download Episode #23 Directly Or subscribe Through iTunes

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What is Casting Couch? A compiling of the day’s casting news that today has word of new gigs for Elizabeth Banks as well as some good news for a couple of the former cast members of Party Down. How many A-list actors does it take to make a movie about a string of child murders in Soviet-era Russia? Apparently one more, because Deadline is reporting that Philip Seymour Hoffman is the latest big name to join the already impressive cast of director Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44. His addition to the film sees him rubbing elbows with the already cast Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman, and Joel Kinnaman, and it will quite possibly give us a chance to finally see him wearing one of those furry Russian hats, which seems like something that should have happened years ago.

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There sure was a lot to talk about with a certain summer blockbuster this week. So much that this week’s Reject Recap is nearly half-filled with highlights of stuff written on Star Trek Into Darkness. And yes, the villain’s name comes up. It’s not a spoiler anymore. Everyone knows. And it doesn’t even matter if you know or not. Just like it doesn’t matter if Alice Eve has a gratuitous underwear scene or Benedict Cumberbatch has a shower scene if neither of them is otherwise an interesting character — and that’s a more worthwhile debate for this particular film, too. Anyway, I’ve spread the Trek links a bit, giving them the even alternating slots because there used to be (no longer, apparently) that rule that even-numbered Trek films were the good ones. Anything else happen in the past seven days? Well, our man in Cannes, Shaun Munro reviewed I think 400 movies, give or take a few. Arrested Development is returning this weekend so we had something fun to share related to that. And filmmaker Sean Hackett (Homecoming) shared a personal essay in the hopes of helping bullied movie fans out there. Two highlights come from outside the FSR gates this week, and as usual I invite you to suggest great writing on film to include here in the future. Because we can’t always cover everything, and I can’t always read everything. Oh, and one more great thing from the past week, which we humbly didn’t highlight among the ten: […]

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What is Casting Couch? Today it’s the last bits of casting news coming in for the week. That’s it, it’s the weekend, it’s time to see movies that are out, not read about movies that haven’t been made yet. Before we go though, let’s cap things off with news about Bond Girl Rosamund Pike. As sad as everyone is over Jon Stewart taking a 12 week hiatus from The Daily Show, the silver lining in the story is that he’s taking the time off to try his hand at directing movies, so at least we’ll get to see what a Jon Stewart-directed movie looks like. So far what we know is that it looks like a dramatization of the life of Maziar Bahari, a journalist who was imprisoned and tortured in Iran for 118 days, and that it’s going to be called Rosewater, because that’s what the guy doing the torturing smelled of. The new news here is that we now also know what Stewart’s version of Bahari is going to look like, because The Wrap is reporting that he just cast Gael Garcia Bernal in the role. Who he’ll cast as Jon Stewart in the scene where Bahari goes on The Daily Show is anybody’s guess, but I vote Jason Momoa.

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