Always one to keep his Twitter followers in the loop, Bryan Singer has posted this sneak peek photo of the wheelchairs Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy will use for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ playing Professor Charles Xavier. Late last week the director announced that the ‘Game of Thrones’ star Peter Dinklage is the latest actor to join the ever-growing cast of ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Further reports bring word that the Emmy and Golden Globe Award winning actor will play the main antagonist in the film. Singer posted the following with the above image: “Hello old friends
With Bryan Singer merging past and present ‘X-Men’ actors for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ the director recently announced that Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde), and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) will be joining the film – which is ostensibly a sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class,’ but will prominently feature actors from the first ‘X-Men’ trilogy. That casting news follows the announcements that Hugh Jackman will be playing Wolverine again, and that Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are to reprise their roles as Magneto and Professor X, with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy returning to play younger versions of the same characters in the film. Seeds of a tie-in between the trilogies were sown when Jackman hilariously cameoed as Wolverine in ‘X-Men: First Class.’ Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult have also been confirmed to star.
‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is up for eight Academy Awards at this Sunday ceremony, including Best Picture and Best Director for David O. Russell, in addition to achieving the rare feat of being nominated in all four acting categories: Best Actor (Bradley Cooper), Best Actress (Jennifer Lawrence), Best Supporting Actor (Robert De Niro), and Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver). Adapted from the best-selling novel by Matthew Quick, ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ is a touching, one-of-a-kind comedy about love and second chances. Pat Peoples (Bradley Cooper) is a man always trying to look on the bright side of life – the title of the story takes it’s name from the expression that “every cloud has a silver lining.” Released from the hospital after losing his wife to another man, Pat believes this age-old adage is just the ticket to trying to win her back and get his life on track. Trying to remain resolutely undiscouraged, Pat moves back in with his parents and devotes himself entirely to becoming the man his wife always wanted him to be. But it’s an uphill battle. Until Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), a beautiful young woman whose life also has not turned out the way she wanted. Together, the couple will try and navigate through their lives and stay true to who they are.
Speaking to Bradley about ‘Silver Linings Playbook,’ he was telling me that much of the story and character dynamics came from the actors working with David O. Russell and each other on set, exploring different avenues….
Jennifer Lawrence: Yeah. It was like a blossoming, growing organism. It’s beautiful. Reading the script, I really loved my character, then working with David she slowly started evolving. And then finally watching the film, I knew that it would be funny, but I didn’t realise it would be as heartwarming – that was something that David did completely on his own. It was this lovely, heartwarming beast and I’d always seen it as sarcastic and a dark comedy kind of thing. I just think that it’s a beautiful love story that we really haven’t seen, and every scene in the film while we were filming, it just felt so different – it came alive as we were making it. I mean, it’s beautifully written, but I would have never have guessed that ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ would end up like it did, it’s not what I read.
Mariah Carey has unveiled her ‘Almost Home’ song for Sam Raimi’s fantastical Wizard Of Oz spin-off, ‘Oz the Great and Powerful.’ ‘Almost Home’ will be released as a single by Carey’s label, Island Def Jam, on February 19th. Award-winning photographer/director David LaChapelle will direct Carey in the music video for the song. The two long-time collaborators are reuniting in what LaChapelle describes as “a duet between Mariah and the movie.” LaChapelle photographed Carey previously for album covers, and directed her in the music video ‘Loverboy.’ Carey is currently working on her new studio album to be released this spring.
Alongside James Franco as the titular Oz, ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ stars Rachel Weisz as Evanora, a powerful, evil witch who intends to rule the land, Michelle Williams in the role of Glinda, and Mila Kunis as Theadora. Zach Braff and Joey King also star. The story follows Oz, a young illusionist with a grandiose attitude who is forced to flee a travelling circus. His hot air balloon is swept up by a tornado to the magical land of Oz. ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ is pencilled in for a March 8th release – fingers crossed it’s a good’n! Check out the full production notes and official synopsis for ‘Oz The Great and Powerful’ below Mariah Carey’s ‘Almost Home.’
Doaly has put together this excellent set of posters for Zack Snyder’s highly anticipated Superman film, ‘Man of Steel.’ Doaly added the following description for his batch of ‘Man of Steel’ posters: “The Man of Steel poster set charts the journey young Clark makes from childhood to adulthood using poignant quotes from the 2013 movie. I’ve been toying with idea for a while, it feels great to final get it down on paper.”
Besides Henry Cavill in the dual role of Superman/Clark Kent, ‘Man of Steel’ stars three-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Oscar nominee Michael Shannon as General Zod, Academy Award winner Kevin Costner as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive father Jonathan Kent, Oscar nominee Diane Lane as Superman/Clarke’s adoptive mother Martha Kent, Oscar nominee Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Ayelet Zurer as Superman’s Kryptonian mother Lara Lor-Van, Christopher Meloni, Harry Lennix, Michael Kelly, Richard Shiff, and Academy Award winner Russell Crowe as Jor-El; Superman’s Kryptonian father.
Black Film has set loose this new poster for Ryan Coogler‘s much acclaimed Sundance winner ‘Fruitvale.’ The film chronicles the true story of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, a Bay Area resident who was detained on New Year’s Day 2009 by the Bay Area Rapid Transit police and shot in the back and killed. The event was captured by many cell phone cameras, with the ensuing trial and its verdict causing protests and riots against police brutality in Oakland.
‘Fruitvale’ took home the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival as well as the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film. Michael B Jordan, memorable in ‘The Wire,’ ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Chronicle,’ plays the lead role of Oscar, while the likes of Octavia Spencer, Melonie Diaz, Ahna O’Reilly, Kevin Durand, and Chad Michael Murray co-star. ‘Fruitvale’ is 26-year-old Ryan Coogler’s feature directorial debut, and Forest Whitaker is among the producers. Look out for the film later this year.
‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Passes $300 Million At The US Box Office; Almost At $1 Billion Worldwide
Exhibitor Relations (via CBM) bring word that ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ today became the fifth movie of 2012 to surpass the hefty $300 million mark in North America, joining Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ ($623M), ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ ($448M), ‘The Hunger Games’ ($408M) and ‘Skyfall’ ($303M). The first movie in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy recently received three Academy Award nominations for Best Visual Effects, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, and Best Production Design. Currently sitting at $959,760,000 million earned worldwide, expect ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ to pass the colossal $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office by March. As of today, the film is at $300,160,000 million in North America and $659,600,000 million internationally.
‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ will arrive on Digital Download on March 12th, and will then be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack and 2-Disc DVD Special Edition on March 19th. Additionally, Peter Jackson will host a live first look at ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ on March 24th at 3:00PM Eastern/Noon Pacific. Content will be streamed live and an edited version will be archived on the Trilogy’s official website. Access to the live event will be limited to holders of an UltraViolet code available by purchasing ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack or 2-Disc Special Edition DVD. Select digital retailers will issue access codes upon purchase of the film. Visit www.thehobbit.com/sneak for more information.