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Do New Images Of X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Offer A Glimpse Of The Scarlet Witch?

Posted on 24 February 2014 by William Gatevackes

So, people were wondering that since Fox stole Marvel’s thunder by putting Quicksilver in X-Men: Days of Future Past before Marvel could use him in The Avengers: Age of Ultron, would they do the same for his twin sister, Wanda aka the Scarlet Witch? According to French site Les Toiles Heroiques, they might have done just that.

If you click on that link, you’ll see a whole bunch of new still from and behind the scenes looks from the new movie. But one pic stands out in particular:
XMenDaysofFuturePast022414_4That, of course, is Evan Peters, who is playing Quicksilver in the Bryan Singer directed film. That little girl? Cinema Blend seems to think that the French site is saying that that is Quicksilver’s sister Wanda. So that is how the Scarlet Witch will look in this film.

It appears that, unless there is a plot point where one matures slower/faster than the other, the pair in this film are no longer twins. Fox should be thankful then that Marvel is going to present the pair in a way that more matches up with the comics, because that will only mitigate the fan outrage that would have hit if this was the only version of Wanda on film.

Of course, this might not be Wanda. It could be that Quicksilver runs an afterschool babysitting service for the parents in his neighborhood. We’ll see in May when Day of Future Past opens.

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Sentinels, Quicksilver And More On Empire’s DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Cover Variants

Posted on 27 January 2014 by Rich Drees


To celebrate their 25th anniversary, Britain’s Empire Magazine is unveiling 25 cover variants for their anniversary issue, each featuring a character from the upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Many of the covers feature heroes and villains we’ve already seen throughout the X-Men Franchise – Magneto, Professor Xavier, Beast, Mystique, etc. But there are a few covers featuring our first good looks at several new characters including the speedster Quicksilver and the robotic Sentinels. Empire is still rolling these out on their website at a rate of one per hour, so we’ll update should more new characters make their appearance.



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New DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Character Portraits Including Bishop And Colossus

Posted on 19 July 2013 by Rich Drees

Twentieth Century Fox is certainly pushing out the information about next summer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past this week. Yesterday, they unveiled what the robotic, mutant hunting Sentinels will like in the film at San Diego Comic Con and now we have the release of a number of character portraits from the film.






From top to bottom we have Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Omar Sy as Bishop, Daniel Cudmore as Colossus, Sir Ian McKellen as Magneto and Patrick Stewart as Professor Xavier.

Why the info blitz? I would imagine that this is Fox just warming up for their presentation on the movie at San Diego Comic Con later this weekend. We’ll see.

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Here’s That Matt Damon ZERO THEOREM Picture Again… Sort Of

Posted on 19 June 2013 by Rich Drees

So on Monday, we posted a picture of Matt Damon in costume in Terry Gilliam’s upcoming science-fiction thriller The Zero Theorem. And yesterday, I received a polite note requesting that we take the picture down, which we promptly did.

Well, just a few minutes ago, Gilliam himself posted a slightly altered version of that picture on Facebook, so I am assuming that it is OK to share with the rest of you. Gilliam also supplied the accompanying explanation-

This picture was printed in Variety yesterday claiming it was Matt Damon in The Zero Theorem and immediately spread round the web. It has now been removed from most of the websites that carried it. For legal reasons, we do not admit that Matt is in the film, so I have removed the part that might have got somebody in hot water.


I am unsure as to what “legal reasons” there are for not admitting that Damon is in the film. He admitted it himself back in October. If he wanted his appearance to be a surprise or go uncredited, perhaps he shouldn’t have mentioned anything back then? I am reasonably sure that if there is a problem with identifying Damon with the film, I just may hear about it shortly.

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Posted on 05 June 2013 by Rich Drees

Marvel Studios has released five new photos showcasing both in front of and behind the cameras at their upcoming Thor: The Dark World. There’s some views of Chris Hemsworth returning at the titular God of Thunder as well as our first really good look at Christopher Eccelston as the film’s main villain Malekith.






In addition to Hemsworth and Eccelston, Thor: The Dark World also star Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Stellan Skarsgård, Idris Elba, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Kat Dennings, Ray Stevenson, Zachary Levi, Tadanobu Asano, Jaimie Alexander, Rene Russo, and Anthony Hopkins.

Marvel’s official synopsis of the film is as follows –

Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s Thor and Marvel’s The Avengers, Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos…but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Thor: The Dark World opens November 8th.

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First Look: Evageline Lilly As HOBBIT’s Elf Warrior Tauriel

Posted on 05 June 2013 by Rich Drees


Like his three-film adaptation of the The Lord Of The Rings before it, the first part of director Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit has drawn some criticism from die-hard fans of the book’s author, J. R. R. Tolkien. It’s understandable to an extent that fans may be protective of their love, but it does ignore the fact that story-telling in film sometimes has different needs than story-telling in novels does.

One of the changes that Tolkien fans have expressed the most concern about is the inclusion of a new character in the upcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug in the form of an elf warrior named Tauriel and being played by Lost‘s Evangeline Lilly. While we have seen Lily in bits of behind-the-scenes footage that have been released, we have not yet seen an official look at the character until now.


Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Lilly described the character as “slightly reckless and totally ruthless and doesn’t hesitate to kill.”

Tauriel is the head of the Elven Guard. She’s a Sylvan Elf, which means she’s of a much lower order than the elves we all became acquainted with in The Lord of the Rings. She doesn’t hold the same kind of status that Arwen or Galadriel or Elrond or Legolas do — she’s much more lowly. She sort of goes against the social order of the elves a little bit. She will definitely have a love story. I can’t give away too much about it. It’s not a huge focus but it is there and it is important and it does drive Tauriel and her story and her actions.

I can already hear the outrage over that love story possibly involving Lord Of The Rings‘s Legolas (Orlando Bloom) and Lilly doesn’t do much too either confirm or dispel that line of thought.

Tauriel’s relationship with Legolas is significant. They’ve known each other since they were children, and Legolas’ dad, [Elven king] Thranduil, has a soft spot for Tauriel and sees something very special in her. So if you grow up side by side, and your dad has a very special spot in his heart for this young woman who’s a fantastic warrior, I think it’s hard not to notice her. That’s probably as much as I can say.

Currently it is rumored that we will see the first trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug in front of Man Of Steel next weekend. Will we see Lilly in action then?

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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Starts Shooting, First Pic Released

Posted on 08 April 2013 by Rich Drees


Marvel Studios’ has announced that production on Captain America: The Winter Soldier has started today in Los Angeles. Further shooting will take place in Cleveland, Ohio (Perhaps doubling for Manhattan they way it did for parts of The Avengers?) and Washington DC.

To note the start of filming, Marvel has released the first production photo from the project – a simple behind-the-scenes shot showing Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America at some SHIELD office/installation/helicarrier. Click on the picture for a larger version. Marvel’s press release is below.


Following in the footsteps of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ release, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” production on the highly anticipated release, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has commenced in Los Angeles, Calif., with production also including locations in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington D.C. Directing the film is the team of Anthony and Joe Russo (“Welcome to Collinwood”) from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) & Stephen McFeely (“Captain America: The First Avenger”). Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” returns Chris Evans (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Marvel’s The Avengers”) as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America, along with Scarlett Johansson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man 2”) as Nick Fury. In addition, film icon Robert Redford has joined the all-star cast as Agent Alexander Pierce, a senior leader within the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release in the U.S. on April 4, 2014.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will pick-up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C.

Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” features an outstanding supporting cast that includes Sebastian Stan (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Black Swan”) as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie (“The Hurt Locker,” “Million Dollar Baby”) as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Cobie Smulders (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “How I Met Your Mother”) as Agent Maria Hill, Frank Grillo (“Zero Dark Thirty”) as Brock Rumlow and Georges St-Pierre (“Death Warrior”) as Georges Batroc. Rounding out the talented cast are Hayley Atwell (“Captain America: The First Avenger”) as Peggy Carter, Toby Jones (“Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Hunger Games”) as Arnim Zola, Emily VanCamp (“The Ring 2,” “Revenge”) as Agent 13 and Maximiliano Hernández (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Thor”) as Agent Jasper Sitwell.

Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (“Elysium,” “District 9”), production designer Peter Wenham (“21 Jump Street,” “Fast Five”), editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. (“Star Wars: Episode 7,” “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”) and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (“The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”).

Marvel Studios’ upcoming release schedule includes “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013, and “Thor: The Dark World” on November 8, 2013. The studio most recently produced the critically acclaimed “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which set the all-time, domestic 3-day weekend box office record at $207.4 million. The film, which shattered both domestic and international box office records, is Disney’s highest-grossing global and domestic release of all time and marks the studio’s fifth film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide.

In the summer of 2011, Marvel successfully launched two new franchises with “Thor,” starring Chris Hemsworth, and “Captain America: The First Avenger,” starring Chris Evans. Both films opened #1 at the box office and have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. In 2010 “Iron Man 2,” starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Mickey Rourke and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury took the #1 spot in its first weekend with a domestic box office gross of $128.1 million.

In the summer of 2008, Marvel produced the summer blockbuster movies “Iron Man” and “The Incredible Hulk.” “Iron Man,” in which Robert Downey Jr. originally dons the Super Hero’s powerful armor and stars alongside co-stars Terrence Howard, Jeff Bridges, Shaun Toub and Gwyneth Paltrow, was released May 2, 2008, and was an immediate box office success. Garnering the number one position for two weeks in a row, the film brought in over $100 million in its opening weekend. On June 13, 2008, Marvel released “The Incredible Hulk,” marking its second number one opener of that summer.

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A Look At An Older Beast From X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

Posted on 05 April 2013 by William Gatevackes

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Who needs X-Men: Days of Future Past spoilers when Bryan Singer has a Twitter account?

The director is at it again, this time tweeting an image of everyone’s favorite furry scientist, the Beast.

As we can see above, we can tell this is an older version of the Beast by the patches of white and grey mixed in with the blue fur. But it looks like he is still part of the team (as we can see by the snatch of yellow on his shoulder) and it appears that it is Nicholas Hoult playing him. Well, it’s hard to tell with the make-up, but the shape of the face looks like Hoult’s.

It certainly doesn’t look like Kelsey Grammer. As we know, Grammer played the older Beast in X-Men: The Last Stand, and while Ellen Page made the jump from that film to Singer’s latest, perhaps this means that the Fraiser actor won’t.

Or this could just be a work up of some potential make-up and I am reading far too much into it.

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A Look At Peter Jackson’s Online Sneak Peek Of THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG

Posted on 24 March 2013 by Rich Drees


This afternoon, Peter Jackson hosted a live streaming even that offered a bit of a sneak peek at the upcoming The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, the second installment in his three-film adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic fantasy novel The Hobbit. As expected with the film more nine months away, there were a lot of scenes that were still kept underwraps, either to preserve their surprise in the film or because the visual effect work needed to bring them to life was nowhere near done. So if you were hoping to get a glimpse at the dragon Smaug itself, you were out of luck.

But we did see a number of things that we haven’t seen before. Joined by Jeb Brophy, who portrays the dwarf Nori in the films, Jackson took viewers on a short tour of the post-production facilities where the film is being readied for its December release. We see a brief glimpse of some motion capture work being done for the orcs. But it is once we get to the editing suite that we get to see some real glimpses of the upcoming film.

Spoilers ahead.

First off was a scene set on a boat in which Bard (Luke Evans) is taking Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman) and the dwarfs towards Laketown following their escape from the wood elves of Mirkwood. In the scene, which they showed from a number of different filmed angles to demonstrate the choices available to Jackson when editing, Bilbo is expressing aggravation again at having been drug out on an adventure, recalling a Hobbit saying about never traveling to the East. Interestingly, Freeman plays the scene a number of different ways, leaving Jackson with a variety of choices in where Bilbo’s frustration level lies.








Jackson then turned his attention to the wood elves of Mirkwood who will be part of the film’s story. We already know that Legolas (Orlando Bloom) will be returning from the Lord Of The Rings films and will be joined by his father Thranduil, the wood elf King (Lee Pace), whom we have seen briefly in the opening prologue of the first Hobbit film last December. Here we got to see more of them both separately and together. I love how Thranduil’s throne in the first picture echoes the horned moose-type mount we saw him riding in the first film.



Jackson also gave us a look at some production art of how both Mirkwood and the elvish kingdom therein will look once the green screens in the background are replaced.





We also see a bit of the confrontation between Thorin and Thranduil, whom as we know from the first film are not on the best of terms. (Though I will confess that I am a bit mystified by the lack of height discrepancy between the dwarf Thorin and the human-sized elf Thranduil.)


Jackson also introduced us to the elf Tauriel who is played by Evangeline Lily. She is a character invented by the filmmakers as one of the elvish king’s guards and it looks like she’ll be seeing plenty of action in the film.




Among the further images Jackson previewed included more of Bard, whom it looks like they’re beefing up his role considerably from the books –


…the Master of Laketown as portrayed by Stephen Fry…



… the dwarfs arrival at Laketown…


… The dwarfs on the side of the Lonely Mountain…


… And Martin Freeman filming a portion of his initial confrontation with Smaug.


The event ended with the presentation of a short, completed sequence featuring Gandlaf (Ian McKellen) investigating the origin of the sword of the Witch King of Angmar found by Radagast the Brown (Sylvester McCoy) in the haunted, abandoned fortress of Dol Guldor. He finds himself in the tomb that the evil king had been entombed and, along with Radagst, makes a disturbing discovery. The tombs weren’t broken into, they were broken out of.





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Posted on 15 November 2012 by Rich Drees

The first teaser image for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes has shown up somewhat briefly online.

The image below appeared briefly on the official Rise Of The planet Of The Apes Facebook page earlier this afternoon, but seems to have disappeared off the page since then. It was accompanied by the phrase “Evolution becomes revolution.” The new film will be directed by Matthew Reeves, taking the reigns from Rupert Wyatt.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes is set for a Memorial Day 2014 release.

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