Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender & More Featured In New ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Pics
From Total Film comes three new stills from ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Acting as a sequel to both ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men: First Class,’ ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ includes cast members from both: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Ellen Page, and Daniel Cudmore return from ‘X-Men: The Last Stand,’ while James McAvoy, Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Lucas Till return from ‘X-Men: First Class.’
Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Adan Canto, Evan Peters and Josh Helman round out the film’s principal cast. Co-written, produced and directed by Bryan Singer, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is based on the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. The film is scheduled to hit both 2D and 3D theaters on May 23rd.
Four Los Angeles singles get a thorough workout in the ups and downs of today’s dating world. On yet another night of playing wingman to his loud-mouthed best friend Bernie (Kevin Hart), kind-eyed Danny (Michael Ealy) meets Debbie (Joy Bryant), a beautiful, smart and successful woman who is as skittish about relationships as he is. When the chemistry proves to be undeniable, they end up falling into bed together that night …then another night, and another night.
Against the advice and warnings of Bernie, not to mention Debbie’s precocious best friend Joan (Regina Hall), Dan and Debbie make an attempt to navigate life as a couple. What these starry-eyed lovers soon find is that despite their good intentions and genuine feelings for each other, what started out as a casual and intoxicating intimacy quickly falls prey to the usual trappings of togetherness and monogamy. ‘About Last Night’ arrives in US cinemas on February 14th and in UK from March 21st.
What in particular was it about this story and your character that appealed to you when you first read the script?
Joy Bryant: I thought the script was great, it’s funny as hell, but also sweet. It’s definitely a romantic comedy. I love the fact that they added more comedic elements to this version than the original ‘About Last Night,’ so that it can stand on its own. It’s a great date movie. I think ladies are going to love it for many reasons. The dudes are going to love it for many reasons. They can go together, and everyone gets a little something out of it. We can all relate to one night stands and/or being in love, or being disappointed in relationships, being driven crazy. Those are just human, natural things that transcend race, cultures, class, all of those things. So if you want to see a good movie that’s funny about people, this is the movie for you. I really got that from the script.
20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have set loose this Valentine’s Day poster for ‘Rio 2,’ which is pencilled in for a April 4th release. Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Jemaine Clement, will.i.am, Tracy Morgan, George Lopez, Leslie Mann, Rodrigo Santoro, Brazilian singer Bebel Gilberto, Jake T. Austin and Jamie Foxx are all returning with new cast members set to include Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno, Amandla Stenberg, Rachel Crow, Pierce Gagnon and Natalie Morales. Carlos Saldanha, who was inspired to create ‘Rio’ based upon his experiences growing up in that city, is back as director, as are producers John C. Donkin and Bruce Anderson.
In ‘Rio 2,’ we find Blu, Jewel and their three kids living the perfect domesticated life in that magical city. When Jewel decides the kids need to learn to live like real birds, she insists the family venture into the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in with his new neighbors, he worries he may lose Jewel and the kids to the call of the wild. Brazilian music legend and ‘Rio’ executive music producer Sergio Mendes also returns along with composer John Powell. ‘Rio 2′ will feature new Brazilian artists and original music by Janelle Monáe, who also voices a role in the film, and The Wondaland Arts Society.
“Two Journeys” Featurette For ‘About Last Night’ – Starring Kevin Hart, Regina Hall, Michael Ealy, Joy Bryant…
Screen Gems has revealed this new behind-the-scenes featurette for Steve Pink’s ‘About Last Night.’ The film follows four Los Angeles singles as they get a thorough workout in the ups and downs of today’s dating world. On yet another night of playing wingman to his loud-mouthed best friend Bernie (Kevin Hart), Danny (Michael Ealy) meets Debbie (Joy Bryant), a beautiful, smart and successful woman who is as skittish about relationships as he is. When the chemistry proves to be undeniable, they end up falling into bed together that night …then another night, and another night.
Against the advice and warnings of Bernie, not to mention Debbie’s precocious best friend Joan (Regina Hall), Dan and Debbie make an attempt to navigate life as a couple. What these starry-eyed lovers soon find is that despite their good intentions and genuine feelings for each other, what started out as a casual and intoxicating intimacy quickly falls prey to the usual trappings of togetherness and monogamy. ‘About Last Night’ arrives in US cinemas on February 14th and in UK from March 21st. Paula Patton and Christopher McDonald co-star.
Variance Films has acquired the acclaimed American Civil War drama ’The Retrieval.’ They will roll out the fil with a special preview run beginning March 14th in Atlanta. The pic will open at New York City’s Film Forum on April 2nd before expanding to additional theaters beginning April 18th. Expect word on international dates shortly. Chris Eska‘s film premiered last year at SXSW where Tishuan Scott won the Grand Jury Prize for Acting.
Written and directed by Chris Eska (August Evening), ‘The Retrieval’ is set in 1864, near the end of the Civil War. It focuses on Will (Ashton Sanders), a fatherless 13-year-old boy, who survives by working with a white bounty hunter gang that sends him to earn the trust of runaway slaves and wanted freedmen in order to lure them back to the South. On a dangerous mission into the free North to find Nate (Tishuan Scott), a fugitive freedman, things go wrong, and Will and Nate find themselves on the run. As the bond between them unexpectedly grows, Will becomes consumed by conflicting emotions as he faces a gut-wrenching final decision: to betray the father figure he’s finally found, or risk being killed by his gang.
Acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, known not only for dramas such as ’Raise the Red Lantern’ but for epics such as ‘Hero’ and ’House of Flying Daggers,’ is reportedly in negotiations to direct ‘The Parsifal Mosaic,’ Universal’s adaptation of the 1982 Robert Ludlum novel. David Self wrote the adaptation, which tells of a U.S. intelligence agent who witnesses the assassination of his lover, a KGB double agent. When he later sees her alive in Rome, it begins a quest that leads him to unravel a conspiracy with a mole named Parsifal as the tessera at its center.
Zhang Yimou’s next film, ‘Coming Home’ is expected to hit the big screen later this year. He last directed ‘The Flowers of War,’ a war drama that was both in English and Chinese and starred Christian Bale set against the backdrop of 1937′s rape of Nanking. Zhang Yimou has won numerous awards and recognitions, with Best Foreign Film nominations for ‘Ju Dou’ in 1990 and ‘Raise the Red Lantern’ in 1991, Silver Lion and Golden Lion prizes at the Venice Film Festival, Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and the Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Zhang directed the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, which received considerable international acclaim.