'X-Men: First Class' — Featurette

Via 20th Century Fox, here’s a special featurette from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
Directed by Matthew Vaughn, the 1960’s-set Marvel movie stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, Morgan Lily, and Zoe Kravit.
Opens June 3rd, from Marvel Studios and 20th Century Fox.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes — Trailer

Here’s the first look at the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES trailer, and it’s a whole different vibe than I expected.
Starring: James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow, Brian Cox, Tom Felton, David Oyelowo, and Andy Serkis
Directed by Rupert Wyatt, screenplay by Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa
Due out August 5th from 20th Century Fox. (Not yet rated.)
Via Bleeding Cool

Aronofsky Leaves 'The Wolverine'

darren AronofskyDarren Aronofsky announced he was leaving Twentieth Century Fox’s Marvel superhero movie THE WOLVERINE.
Aronofsky explained his decision:

“As I talked more about the film with my collaborators at Fox, it became clear that the production of ‘The Wolverine’ would keep me out of the country for almost a year. I was not comfortable being away from my family for that length of time.
I am sad that I won’t be able to see the project through, as it is a terrific script and I was very much looking forward to working with my friend, Hugh Jackman, again.”

The film, with a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie was set to take place in Japan, based on one of the comic book mini-series storylines.
Twentieth Century Fox made the following statement:

 “While we are of course disappointed that Darren can’t do ‘The Wolverine’, we also understand and respect his reasons. Having done both ‘The Wrestler’ and ‘Black Swan’ with Darren, we know he is an extraordinary talent and we look forward to working with him on other projects in the future.
Hugh Jackman and Fox both remain fully committed to making ‘The Wolverine’. We will regroup and move forward aggressively.”

(via Superherohype)

Fox Develping 'Daredevil' Sequel (of Sorts)

daredevil_1According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox is planning a new DAREDEVIL movie, a belated follow-up of sorts to their 2003 film, which starred Ben Affleck.
Producers  Peter Chernin (RISE OF THE APES)  and Dylan Clark (ROBIN HOOD, 2010) of Chernin Entertainment are resurrecting  the Marvel Comic character  for Fox and Regency Pictures.
David Slade (30 DAYS OF NIGHT, TWILGHT: ECLIPSE)  is in negotiations to develop and direct the project, which does not have Affleck attached. The impression given is that it will be a stand-alone film that references the first movie, making it a kind of sequel.
(Much in the way of SUPERMAN RETURNS being a follow-up to SUPERMAN II, I would imagine.)
Unamed sources tell the site that the storyline may be based on the Frank Miller/ David Mazzucchelli ‘Born Again’ sequence of the comic book, in which the Kingpin discovers Matt Murdock is the Daredevil, and proceeds to destroy his life.

'Promethus': Theron In Talks, Fassbender Reveals

According to The Hollywood Reporter ,  Charlize Theron (AEON FLUX) is in final negotiations to play one of the female leads in 20th Century Fox’s PROMETHEUS.
Noomi Rapace (THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO) is already signed for the other role in the  Ridley Scott science fiction thriller, which began as a prequel to the ALIEN films.
Over at MTV, the also signed Michael Fassbender (X-MEN: FIRST CLASS) revealed (or at least re-confirmed) that some link to the ALIEN films does in fact remain, as seen in the video.

“There’s a definite sort of connecting vein, it’s just that, you know, you realize you’re part of something else, but yeah, it’s definitely in keeping with the old ones.
When I read it I was like, ‘Well, okay, another ALIEN. Where do you go with this idea?‘ And then I sort of read the script, and it’s new, yet it’s in keeping with the old traditions as well. But there’s a whole new revelation within this film.”

Charlize Theron

Rumor has it that one of the characters may be an android, and/or the first film’s deceased “Space Jockey’s” alien race or their technology will be involved.
Prometheus, we remember, was the titan who stole fire from the gods, and gave it to humans—a mixed blessing.

X-Men: First Class — Trailer

Well, here it is — the first trailer for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.
Well, I can see why 20th Century Fox didn’t air it durning the Super Bowl: Downbeat and turgid, with no charm and surprisingly little  energy, despite the action bits shown.
It looked (to me) like a sci-fi/fantasy spin on a self-important Cold War political thriller.
Hopefully, the finished film will play better, paying off on the moments that seemed more interesting in the trailer. 
It does look like it’s well photographed.
Now of course,  an advance trailer is no clear sign of the quality of a feature. Some movies have great trailers and turn out poorly, and vice-versa.
I’m sure plenty of X-Men fans were thrilled by the very serious and portentous tone of this preview.

Sneak Peek at Magento

Entertainment Weekly is offering this shot of Magneto (Michael Fassbender) from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

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We’ll have to be satisfied with the mutant leader’s back, at least until tomorrow, when 20th Century Fox will release the official trailer for the film on its Facebook Page.

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, directed by Matthew Vaughn  (KICK-ASS) is set for release June 3rd.

Fassbender for 'Prometheus'?

Fassbender_edenlake_CropVariety reports that Michael Fassbender (X-MEN: FRIRST CLASS) is in talks with 20th Century Fox for Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS. 
Fassbender is up for the role of “David” and would join the already signed Noomi Rapace.
PROMETHEUS’s release date has been shifted from March 9th, 2012 to June 8th.
There’s some talk that Scott’s ‘non-ALIEN prequel’ might indeed still be tied into that franchise, though nothing solid has been reported. 
I’m going to err on the side of caution for now.

'X-Men: First Class Pic'—Jones on Hellfire Club

20th Century Fox released this cast picture from X-MEN: FIRST CLASS.

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Looks like  the costumes are intended to actually resemble the ones from the comics. Imagine that.
Over at IGN, they’re featuring an interview with January Jones (MADMEN). Among other things, they ask her about the Hellfire club and the period setting. 

“…I  can say that it doesn’t feel like a period movie. There’s obviously historical aspects in the storytelling and some of the props and stuff, but I think it feels very modern. It does take place in 1962.
One of the things that’s brought in from that time, the Hellfire Club aspect especially, is that it’s pretty — I dunno, the Bunnies and the Playboy clubs. It’s really cool. You’d think Sinatra was there. The sets are really cool and the vibe of the whole thing is really neat.”

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is due in  theaters on June 3rd.
It stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, Kevin Bacon, Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence, Caleb Landry Jones, Lucas Till, Edi Gathegi, Jason Flemyng, Oliver Platt, Morgan Lily, and Zoe Kravitz.
Matthew Vaugh directs, from a screenplay by Jane Goldman,
Ashley Miller, Jamie Moss, Josh Schwartz  and Zack Stentz. Story by Bryan Singer, based on the Marvel Comics characters.