Tuesday, November 27, 2012


McKellen & Stewart Return in X-Men: Days of Future Past

Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will reprise their roles as Charles Xavier and Magneto in Fox's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," director Bryan Singer announced this morning on Twitter. He also confirmed that stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult are returning for the sequel to 2011's "X-Men: First Class."

The follow-up takes it name from the classic 1981 Marvel comics story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne that depicts a timeline created by the X-Men’s failure to prevent the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants from assassinating a U.S. senator. In that alternate future, the giant robotic Sentinels have become the de facto rulers of the United States, where mutants are hunted down and placed in internment camps. How much the movie will borrow from that seminal storyline is unclear, but Fox's new Marvel creative consultant Mark Millar teased just last month that "Days of Future Past" is "'X-Men' meets 'The Terminator.' You’ve got robots, you’ve got time travel, you’ve got superheroes -- it’s got everything in one film.”

Although "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn had signed on for the sequel, he abruptly withdrew from the project in October, to be quickly replaced by producer Singer. Of course, Singer also directed Stewart and McKellen in 2000's "X-Men" and 2003's "X2."

Stewart's return to the franchise doesn't come as a complete surprise, as he let slip in September that there's "every possibility" he would be playing Professor Xavier again.

"X-Men: Days of Future Past" opens July 18, 2014.

Sunday, November 25, 2012


From the NY Post

Consider the utterly messed-up cinematic world we live in. Superhero movies have become so popular that someone is actually considering remaking “Condorman.” Meanwhile, nobody has yet figured out how to launch a viable franchise featuring the granddaddy of the entire spandex scene: Superman.

This could all change this summer when “Man of Steel” lands on screens and attempts to KO pretenders with a big Kryptonian right hook.

Little is known about the plot. It will mostly follow the familiar origin story: A baby travels to Earth from a distant planet, lands in Middle America and grows up to become a costumed hero who fights baddies — in this case, General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, a character that appeared in “Superman II.”

The one thing that can be gleaned from the single teaser trailer that’s been released is that this could be a darker, more humanistic take on the character than movies past.

“We tried to approach this as though there’s never been a Superman movie before, but at the same time respecting the canon and mythology,” director Zack Snyder tells The Post in an exclusive interview. “There are the pillars that you have to respect, and I’m not about to break them. But it is fun for me to bend them and mess with them.”

Christopher Nolan, the director of the recent Batman movies, was brought in by Warner Bros. as producer and godfather of the project.

“There’s a logic and concreteness that has to exist with Chris,” Snyder says. “You can’t just do stuff because it’s cool. He demands that there be story and character behind all of it, which I’m a big fan of.”

Henry Cavill, who becomes the first Brit to play the character, says he’s also a fan of the more down-to-earth approach.

“I liked the idea of the realism immediately,” Cavill tells The Post in an exclusive on-set interview. “Traditional Superman fans know what it’s all about, and they will hopefully love and associate with the character anyway. But the people who aren’t die-hard Superman fans still need to associate with the character, and that needs to have some realism in today’s world, certainly, in sense of a science as opposed to mythology attached to it as well.”

One of the obvious changes is with Superman’s costume. Gone is the flimsy spandex in favor of a slightly metallic, more armored look.

“The costume was a big deal for me, and we played around for a long time,” Snyder says. “I tried like crazy to keep the red briefs on him. Everyone else said, ‘You can’t have the briefs on him.’ I looked at probably 1,500 versions of the costumes with the briefs on.”

The final version is a brief-free, all-blue unitard with red boots and a red cape.

“If you look at the costume, it’s very modern, but the relationship to the original costume is strong,” Snyder says.

“You come onto a project like this, and you hear about modernization and you hear about bringing things forward to today, and all you can do is hope that it’s going to look cool and different from

anything you’ve seen before,”

Cavill says of the suit, which takes him 15 to 25 minutes to put on. “And I’m pretty sure it does.”

To fill out the costume, Cavill worked out intensely for two hours each morning, and consumed as many as 5,000 calories a day.

“I have been put through the ringer big time,” Cavill says. “An example of the workouts we’ve been doing, it was 100 front squats of body weight. There are kettle-bell workouts. It’s very hard work.”

If “Man of Steel” pays off, it will have been worth it. The film is already saddled with gigantic expectations.

“I heard one time that the Superman glyph is the second or third most recognizable symbol on Earth after the Christian cross,” Snyder says. “It’s this crazy responsibility.”

The film will also be expected to launch a new franchise, which 2006’s lukewarmly received “Superman Returns” failed to do. Cavill confirms he is signed up for three films. Snyder is mum about directing more.

“We approach the film as a single endeavor,” he says. “There are a lot of gears that have to turn in the world of commerce and the world of the mythology we create to facilitate more adventures for this character. We’ll see what happens.”

What’s perhaps most interesting about “Man of Steel” is that it might serve as the launching point for a DC Comics universe of films in the same way 2008’s “Iron Man” inaugurated Marvel’s interconnected movie world.

Warner Bros. is reportedly plowing ahead with “Justice League,” a superteam movie featuring Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and others, rumored to hit in 2015. Nolan’s Batman trilogy has concluded and bomb “Green Lantern” is likely to be disregarded, making “Man of Steel” the first film set in this new universe.

“I don’t know how ‘Justice League’ is going to be handled. Honestly, I don’t,” Snyder says. “But ‘The Man of Steel’ exists, and Superman is in it. I don’t know how you’d move forward without acknowledging that.”

When asked whether he had conversations with the studio about integrating “Man of Steel” into a larger superhero universe, Snyder treads carefully.

“Um, how can I answer that?” he wonders. “I can’t really say anything to that, because that’s a big spoiler. I will say, yeah, they trust me to keep them on course.”

Wildly speculating, it sounds entirely possible that “Man of Steel” will mention another costumed crime-fighter — maybe in a post-credits sequence — that leads into another superhero film. Universe launched.

For now, Cavill is focused on this one movie and trying to handle the expectations.

“There have been a couple of times where people have been explaining all of these Superman cookies and ice creams . . . and there was a second where I went, ‘Wow, this is massive!’ ” Cavill says. “You’ve got to ignore that and not let it get it to you, otherwise you’ll be focusing so much on the pressure as opposed to dealing with the important thing of doing justice to the character.”

Justice will be served June 14.

Saturday, November 24, 2012


From KISSonline.com

Twenty one years ago today, our friend Eric Carr passed away after losing his battle with cancer. Over the eleven years Eric spent with KISS, he played over 800 concerts to millions of fans around the world, and he brought joy to and touched the lives of so many people.

Thursday, November 22, 2012


From CosmicBookNews.com

Next summer in Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim will see humanity under siege by legions of monstrous creatures known as the Kaiju. These humongous beasts are so dangerous that their decomposing bodies melt cities, which is in itself a weapon of mass destruction.

To answer this threat, mankind creates gigantic beasts of their own, massive robots called the Jaegers.

A promotion video for Guillermo Del Toro's production company has landed online which may give us out first look at the Jaegers.

It's also thought that the Pacific Rim trailer will debut on December 14th with The Hobbit.

The Jaeger footage hits around the 1:15 mark.

Pacific Rim opens July 12th, 2013, directed by Guillermo Del Toro, starring Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, and Ron Perlman.

When legions of monstrous creatures, known as Kaiju, started rising from the sea, a war began that would take millions of lives and consume humanity's resources for years on end. To combat the giant Kaiju, a special type of weapon was devised: massive robots, called Jaegers, which are controlled simultaneously by two pilots whose minds are locked in a neural bridge. But even the Jaegers are proving nearly defenseless in the face of the relentless Kaiju. On the verge of defeat, the forces defending mankind have no choice but to turn to two unlikely heroes - a washed up former pilot (Charlie Hunnam) and an untested trainee (Rinko Kikuchi) - who are teamed to drive a legendary but seemingly obsolete Jaeger from the past. Together, they stand as mankind's last hope against the mounting apocalypse.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


We're Back

Yes we are back, due to a number of reasons work, health issues among other things I did not have time unfortunately to keep the site updated but I will be updating the site again, possibly a little slow at first but should be up to full speed so to speak soon. Thanks to everyone who views and supports this blog.


From CosmicBookNews.com

While it has been announced that Star Trek Into Darkness footage will premiere with both the IMAX and regular showings of The Hobbit, we still don't have much of a clue as to what the movie is really about.

Paramount and J.J. Abrams only released the actual Star Trek title a few weeks ago -- and that's all we really know.

We also know that Benedict Cumberbatch is the Star Trek 2 villain, thanks to Abrams who recently let out that tidbit, and the two best guesses as to Cumberbatch's identity are either Khan or Gary Mitchell, with the latter being the most recent favorite.

Gary Mitchell is the friend of Captain Kirk and a Lt. Commander on board the Enterprise serving as a helmsman. In the original Star Trek television episode, "Where No Man Has Gone Before," Mitchell becomes an all-powerful being when he comes in to contact with strange energies from the Galactic Barrier, an energy field composed of negative energy.

Now, in a rather interesting interview, Captain Kirk, Chris Pine, offers details about a scene with Benedict Cumberbatch that he describes as featuring "heavy science-fiction" and is a "really hard, hard scene."

Could Chris Pine be describing Benedict Cumberbatch's transformation into the all-powerful Gary Mitchell?

"There’s one scene in it that’s like, you know… in all kinds of heavy science fiction there’s got to be the exposition scene where it’s like, what the hell’s going on?" Pine offers to RadioTimes.com. "It’s a really, really, really hard scene. Not for me, for Benedict - and watching him handle that and to make something that I think, on paper, could have been a death trap for an actor and to see how he [deals with it]…"

Pine continues with mention of just how great an actor Benedict Cumberbatch is, specifically with mention of Cumberbatch's body and voice. More clues to the transformation?

"I think, also, I know that he did Frankenstein. I never got a chance to see it, but his sense of body and voice… he has great command of his instrument or whatever the hell you want to call it. He’s formidable as an actor and as a character in the story. He’s formidable. He’s a great actor,” he said.

Star Trek Into Darkness has a May 17th, 2013 release date in 3D, is directed by J.J. Abrams and stars Chris Pine as Capt. James T. Kirk, Zachary Quinto as Spock, Karl Urban as Leonard "Bones" McCoy, Zoe Saldana as Nyota Uhura, Simon Pegg as Scotty, Anton Yelchin as Pavel Chekov, John Cho as Hikaru Sulu and Benedict Cumberbatch as an unnamed villain.
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