“X-MEN: FIRST CLASS charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events.
Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop Armageddon.
In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men. “
NYmag.com reports that Hugh Jackman seems to have confirmed that Darren Aronofsky will be directing WOLVERINE 2.
Regarding Aronofky’s darker approach to filmmaking Jackman said:
“This is Wolverine, this is not Popeye. He’s kind of dark. But, you know, this is a change of pace. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote THE USUAL SUSPECTS, has written the script, so that’ll give you a good clue… There’s going to be some meat on the bones. There will be something to think about as you leave the theater, for sure.
This is, hopefully for me, going to be out of the box. It’s going to be the best one, I hope. Well, I would say that, but I really do feel that, and I feel this is going to be very different.”
Interviewed at a function for Elton John’s Enduring Vision Foundation, the actor also spoke about getting into training for the film, saying he’ll be back to eating six meals a day to bulk up.
Also coming out on home video this week: A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, CAPRICA SEASON 1.0, STARGATE UNIVERS: COMPLETE FIRST SEASON, THE SECRET OF KELLS, GRINDHOUSE SPECIAL EDITION BLU-RAY, and DOCTOR WHO: DREAMLAND
Tuesday, October 5 is overflowing with horror, fantasy, and science fiction titles of all shapes and sizes arriving on home video in various formats: DVD, Blu-ray, and iTunes downloads. The best of the new releases is SPLICE, which arrives in two versions, DVD and Blu-ray. When it hit theatres earlier this year, Vincenzo Natali’s sci-fi horror opus was a bit misrepresented by its advertising campaign, which suggested a SPECIES-type monster movie. Instead, audiences got a thoughtful science fiction film with an overlay of dark satire.
Also out this week is A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, the unnecessary (and unnecessarily dull) remake of writer-director Wes Craven’s 1984 classic. The new version is slickly made but typically soulless. Somewhat less typically, it is also almost entirely devoid of shocks and suspense. Give this one a pass.
This is one of those rare weeks when classic titles are overwhelming new releases, thanks to some deluxe editions that surpass and eclipse previous home video versions. Horror fans disappointed by the ELM STREET remake can take solace in Warner Brothers Home Video release a two-disc Blu-ray of THE EXORCIST (1973), which includes the original theatrical cut and the so-called “Extended Director’s Cut,” plus three new documentaries. The film is also being made available for download via iTunes for the first time. The extended cut is just a new name for the 2000 theatrical re-issue of the film, which at the time was dubbed “The Version You ‘ve Never Seen” – a sobriquet that hardly makes sense ten years later. Even if (like me) you have previously purchased both versions of the film on DVD (including the excellent 25th anniversary edition), you will find much worth viewing on this disc, thanks to previously unreleased behind-the-scenes footage that provides an amazing glimpse at the making of this horror classic.
If your tastes run more toward fairy tale fantasy, you are in luck: Walt Disney Home Video is releasing a 3-disc Diamond Edition of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, their 1991 Oscar-nominated blockbuster, which has been unavailable in any form since 2003. (This combo pack will be followed seven weeks later by a 2-Disc standard definition DVD on November 23.) The 3-disc set includes one DVD and two Blu-rays. The DVD features an all-new digital restoration, three versions of the film, sing-along mode (with subtitles for the lyrics), and an audio commentary. The first Blu-ray disc includes the DVD bonus features and the three versions of the film (in high-def, of course), plus more extras, including previously unseen alternate opening and a deleted scene. The second Blu-ray disc offers the bonus features from the old Platinum Edition DVD, plus some new Blu-ray extras, including “Beyond Beauty – The Untold Stories,” “Enchanted Musical Challenge Game,” and “Bonjour, Who is This” – a game in which you use your phone to receive secret messages and guess players’ identities before they guess yours.
In a move no one could ever have expected, the abysmal TROLL 2 receives a Blu-ray release this week; the format seems altogether too refined by the cheezy little movie, which has gained some cult notoriety this year, thanks to the art house release of BEST WORST MOVIE, the documentary tracing the lives and reunion of some of the TROLL 2 cast members.
MGM Home Video offers the MGM Sci-Fi Movie Collection. Unfortunately, the company’s 1956 classic FORBIDDEN PLANET is nowhere to be seen. Instead, we get one (WAR GAMES) and a bunch of forgettable duds (SOLAR BABIES, ALIEN FROM L.A. with Kathy Ireland, HACKERS with a young Angelina Jolie film, SPACE CAMP, and a WAR GAMES sequel).
Apparently, bargain days have arrived this week, with several previous available titles re-released in two-packs: GROUNDHOG DAY and SO I MARRIED AN AXE MURDERER, HANCOCK and GHOST RIDER, THE GRUDGE and SILENT HILL, BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA and WOLF, FANTASTIC FOUR and X-MEN, THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL and I ROBOT, plus several others.
But wait, there’s more! Also on store shelves this week:
- CAPRICA: SEASON 1.0 on DVD
- SGU: STARGATE UNIVERS – THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON on DVD and Blu-ray
- THE SECRET OF KELLS on DVD and Blu-ray
- GRINDHOUSE two-disc collector’s edition on Blu-ray
- THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE COLLECTION on DVD
- DOCTOR WHO: DREAMLAND on DVD
- DELGO on DVD and two-disc Blu-ray and DVD combo
- THE EVIL/TWICE DEAD, a two-pack of Roger Corman Cult Classics
- FINGERPRINTS on Blu-ray
- THE YEAR WITHOUT A SANTA CLAUS, a deluxe edition
- THE RIG
- SISTERS on Blu-ray (no not the Brian DePalma original but an unnecessary remake)
And the list goes on and on… All are available in the Cinefantastique Online Store. Click the links below to check them out, or go here.
Deadline.com reports that Rose Byrne (28 DAYS LATER) and Oliver Platt (2012) have joined the cast of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
Byrne (pictured) will play Moira MacTaggert, reportedly Charles Xavier’s (James McAvoy) love interest in the film.
Oliver Platt’s role is said to be a new, non-mutant character, referred to as The Man in Black.
Jason Flemyng (CLASH OF THE TITANS) will portray the teleporting mutant Azazel, the future father of the X-Man Nightcrawler, as reported earlier today.
X-MEN:FIRST CLASS is a 20th Century Fox film, directed by Matthew Vaughn (KICK-ASS). Production begins this September in England.
TWILIGHT fans will remember actor Edi Gathegi’s portrayal of vampire Laurent, but now he’ll be slipping into an entirely new role. Deadline New York says Gathegi will join Matthew Vaughan’s X-MEN: FIRST CLASS as the mutant Darwin.
For those not familiar with the character, Darwin has the ability to adapt to any environment, called “reactive evolution” (thus his name). Some question whether the X-Men franchise needs more mutants packed into one film, while others will invariably love the idea. What say you?
It was revealed at Comic Con that the cable channel G4 will be the exclusive American TV network to air Marvel Entertainment’s four new Anime series.
IRON MAN, X-MEN, WOLVERINE, and BLADE will all be getting 12 episode arc, 30 minute length animated programs. The shows will be largely set in Japan and the Far East, and done in an Anime style.
Award-winning comics writer Warren Ellis oversaw the animated productions, produced by Madhouse and Marvel Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan.
They will make their exclusive U.S. TV Premiere on G4 in 2011.
Sony Pictures Television will be the distributor.
Read more at G4TV.com
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Alice Eve (BIG NOTHING) is in talks with 20th Century Fox to play Emma Frost in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
In the comics, Emma Frost began as a villainess called The White Queen. Her powers include telepathy, mind control, and psychic assaults. Later, she was given the ability to make herself into a kind of living diamond, nearly invulnerable and with enhanced strength, though without her mutant mental abilities in that form.
Emma Frost is also known for wearing extremely abbreviated and sexually provocative outfits as The White Queen — even by comic book standards. Eventually, she was rehabilitated and became a teacher at Xavier’s School for Gifted Students, and a member of the X-Men.
In the apparently not directly connected X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE (2009), Tahyna Tozzi played a younger version of Emma Frost.
The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Vinnie Jones
(X-MEN: LAST STAND) has joined the cast of NBC’s
THE CAPE as a regular.
Jones will play a freakish criminal named ‘Scales’ on the series, a man with a skin condition that looks like green and gold scales.
A snake-man? A Killer Croc clone?
Guess we’ll have to tune in to find out.
Vinnie Jones joins a cast that includes stars David Lyons (ER), Summer Glau (FIREFLY) along with Keith David (SPAWN) and James Frain (INVASION).
The series is produced by Gail Berman (BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER [TV]), Lloyd Braun (VIRTUALITY), and Tom Wheeler (EMPIRE) for Universal Media Studios.
EW’s Hollywood Insider reports that James McAvoy (WANTED) has been cast as Charles Xaiver (Professor X) in 20th Century Fox’s X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
The 30-ish actor will play a younger version of the MARVEL Comics character, as the film is described by Fox as charting “the epic beginning of the X-MEN saga.”
“Before Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known.
In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.”
Matthew Vaughn (KICK-ASS) is directing from a screenplay by Jane Goldman (KICK-ASS), Jamie Moss, and Josh Schwartz (CHUCK).
No word on who’ll be playing the young Magento as yet, with no other firm casting announced.
X-MEN film franchise creator Bryan Singer will produce with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.
Filming is planned to begin this summer in England, for a June 3rd, 2011 release.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Matthew Vaughn (KICK-ASS, STARDUST) has finally, after lots of back-and-forth, signed on to direct superhero origins tale, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. Vaughn has been rumoured to be circling the project for the last couple of weeks but has now sealed the deal with the studio, who are hoping to get the film out by June 3, 2011.
The date is shockingly close for a film of this scale, a blockbuster film loaded with special effects, but the studio are feeling confident since reading a rewrite of the script by Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz (THOR, TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES) and securing Vaughn as director. According to Fox FIRST CLASS will,
“Chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were the closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.”
Almost everything about this project sounds dodgy. First off, do we really need another X-MEN film? LAST STAND and WOLVERINE were both pretty poor and I’d rather see them leave the franchise alone. Secondly, the plot sounds a lot like the terrible cartoon series, X-MEN: EVOLUTION, and seems like another excuse for Hollywood to carry on the teen-centric trend which is currently plaguing our screens. Thirdly, a year to cast, shoot and edit the thing? Really Fox? That’s just pushing it.
Fourthly, (yes, fourthly) while Vaughn isn’t a bad director, he’s certainly not remarkable and I’d much rather Bryan Singer (who directed the first two X-MEN films, conceived the story for FIRST CLASS and was originally going to direct the film before leaving it for JACK THE GIANT KILLER) come back to the franchise if it’s to carry on at all. Also, how is Vaughn going to fit in the newly announced KICK-ASS: BALLS TO THE WALL, which is meant to hit cinemas in 2012?
Whatever your view on the film, X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is due to hit cinemas on the 3rd of June, 2011.