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Cool New X-Men: Days Of Future Past Split Magneto & Xavier Movie Posters

Gotta give credit to Fox and Bryan Singer, since the start of Comic-Con promotion for X-Men: Days Of Future Past has really blasted off.

Now as Comic-Con concludes the promotion doesn’t stop as Fox has released a pair of “split” promotional posters for Magneto and Xavier.

We see on one side the original X-Men movie actors with Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan, and on the other the “new” with James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender.

X-Men: Days of Future Past has a May 23, 2014 release date starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, ShawnAshmore, with Hugh Jackman reprising as Wolverine, and returning cast members Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.

Updated: With higher-res pics.





X-Men: Days Of Future Comic-Con Trailer Description & Panel Recap


Fox Studios just held their panel at Comic-Con where Hugh Jackman was featured for The Wolverine.

The actor then said they had a surprise and introduced X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer who stated they still have a month of shooting left but he has brought some footage with him – in 3-D.

The footage stars off with original X-Men movie characters shown with Professor X stating that he had a glimpse into the past.

Magneto is then shown talking to Wolverine telling him Wolverine will have to do for Magneto what he once did for Wolverine “side by side to end this war before it ever begins.”

Then the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past takes to the stage (see pic below).

More footage is then revealed with Wolverine getting sent through the past with Prof. X warning Logan that he was a different man back then and to be patient with him.

The 70s are shown with Nixon and the Oval Office, and then James McAvoy is shown with Cerebro.

Jennifer Lawrence is shown as Mystique in a military uniform and at times crying.

McAvoy’s Xavier then says that he “doesn’t want your suffering; doesn’t want your future.”

Last of the footage shows Patrick Stewart pleading “please, we need you to hope again” to McAvoy.

Peter Dinklage confirms he is playing Trask with Evan Peters remarking that Quicksilver is a spaz.

Ian McKellan jokes that it’s glad to be back in California and mentions he is looking for a husband, turning to Michael Fassbender.

Halle Berry is there, too, and makes a joke about wanting more love for Storm and glad Singer is back.

“Storm is the earth mother of the group — in addition to being a badass when she needs to be,” Berry said.

Omar Sy is introduced, and the crowd explodes! He says Bishop is a guy from the future fighting to survive like all of us.

“I get to play Bishop, and it’s from the future. He fights for survival — like we all do,” Sy said.

“It’s amazing to be back with old friends – Anna & I were teenagers for the first movie. There’s some really cool stuff people haven’t seen or have been waiting a long time to see,” Shawn Ashmore added.

Anna Paquin offered, “I got cast in these movies when I was 17, so it’s really, really exciting to get to come back!”

Fan QnA time is next, and the first question is about Deadpool. Singer says anything is possible.

“The X-Men universe is every bit as large as the remaining Marvel universe and the DC universe,” Singer said.

Next, Jackman remarks about Wolverine taking on Iron Man, that he would love to do it, but it’s not up to him.

Fan question about Rogue and Gambit with Singer said they are exploring all their options.

Remark about using Quicksilver from another fan with Singer saying the characte was always a part of the story.

Evan Peters adds that Quicksilver is impatient, moves and talks quick.

Fassbender cuts in and says Quicksilver has “great DNA” and laughs.

Fan remarks about Hugh Jackman singing as Wolverine with the actor actually doing so. “I’m gonna slice ‘em. I’m gonna dice ‘em,” Jackman sang. Also said he wandered around the Con floor in his costume, but no one noticed or stopped him. “I walked around all day at Comiic-Con in my full Wolverine outfit and a guy said ‘eh, not bad.”

“I have a sweet Tom Selleck-looking mustache in this one,” says Dinklage.

Fans ask about their favorite characters with Stewart stating he wishes he could play a female X-Men so he could get win an Academy Award.

Same footage of X-Men: Days of Future Past is then shown.

Update: Blink is in the movie and she is shown against a wall getting fired upon and in a battle stance.

Trask was shown at a Senate hearing.










X-Men: Days of Future Past has a May 23, 2014 release date starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, ShawnAshmore, with Hugh Jackman reprising as Wolverine, and returning cast members Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.


Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy & Peter Dinklage In The 70s From X-Men: Days of Future Past Images

Two new images have surfaced for X-Men: Days of Future Past featuring the 1970s versions of Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy & Peter Dinklage.

The pic of Dinklage is rather interesting as it seems to suggest the actor is a part of the 1970s timeline due to the attire, haircut and mustache.

We’ve seen a recent pic of Trask Industries as well, which suggest Sentinels, but does Dinklage’s character time hop?

Or is Dinklage just a part of the 1970s storyline with the beginning of the Sentinel program (assuming he is Bolivar Trask)?

X-Men: Days of Future Past has a July 14, 2014 release date starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, ShawnAshmore, with Hugh Jackman reprising as Wolverine, and returning cast members Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.

(via Lainney Gossip)




First Look At James McAvoy In X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer has revealed a first look at James McAvoy as Charles Xavier in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

If you recall at the end of X-Men: First Class, Xavier was left paralyzed and wheel chair bound.

X-Men: Days of Future Past has a July 14, 2014 release date starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, ShawnAshmore, with Hugh Jackman reprising as Wolverine, and returning cast members Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.



The Wolverine Gets Another Surprise X-Men Cameo


We get our second surprise X-Men cameo possibly in James Mangold’s The Wolverine.

Previously it was rumored and then proven true that Famke Janssen would appear in the film, and now we have another mutant to add to the mix.

Spoiler warning.

JoBlo has it that Professor Xavier will appear in The Wolverine, though it is unknown if it’s Patrick Stewart or James McAvoy.

According to the report, Wolverine and Xavier are shown walking together into an airport then going into a “freeze frame.”

It’s said the scene was a re-shoot and could be the film’s post-credit scene.

Similar to the Jean Grey scene, this could be another flashback as The Wolverine is said to take place after X-Men: The Last Stand where Prof. X seemingly died.

It’s also quite possible it could hook in with Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past of which Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine.

The Wolverine has a July 26th, 2013 release date, also starring Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, and Hiroyuki Sanada.


Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.


X-Men: Days of Future Past: Alan Cumming Mentioned As Returning As Nightcrawler

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:6064:]]Another member might be returning to X-Men: Days Of Future Past as word comes this time about Alan Cumming reprising as Nightcrawler.

In a recent interview, James McAvoy mentioned a list of names in the film with Alan Cumming amongst them.

“It’s huge, the cast is huge,” McAvoy told Heat Radio. “You got me, [Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender,] Nicholas Hoult will be back, and he’s just blossoming massively over [in America]. Patrick Stewart, Ian Mckellen, Halle Berry, Alan Cumming, Peter Dinklage I hear mentioned — I don’t know if that’s happening — ‘Huge’ Jackman is coming by, he’s massive, 7’5″ and muscley.”

Cumming played Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler in X-Men 2 in 2003.

(via XMenFilms)

X-Men: Days of Future Past has a July 14, 2014 release date starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, ShawnAshmore, with Hugh Jackman reprising as Wolverine, and returning cast members Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.


X-Men: Days of Future Past May Not See James McAvoy Meet Patrick Stewart

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:5860:]]We know that X-Men: Days of Future Past deals with time travel and alternate realities so there is a real possibility that some of the characters could meet some of their other worldly selves.

Well, if what James McAvoy is saying is true it doesn’t look like Charles Xavier will meet Professor X, Patrick Stewart.

Speaking with Empire Magazine (via Collider), McAvoy states:

It’ll be cool, but I don’t think [Patrick Stewart and I] get any scenes together, sadly. I don’t think there’s any future self talking to past self.

McAvoy could be attempting to throw us off as a meeting between the two minds is most likely expected as well as wanted amongst the fans.

Perhaps that’s just it, they won’t be seen in any scenes together, but we’ll hear their shared thoughts.

Update: CBN’s resident X-pert, Assistant M.E. Chris Bushley, says the two do not cross paths in the comic book story, so at least it shouldn’t come as that much of a surprise.

X-Men: Days of Future Past has a July 14, 2014 release date starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, ShawnAshmore, with Hugh Jackman reprising as Wolverine, and returning cast members Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.


X-Men: Days of Future Past Confirmed For 2013 San Diego Comic-Con

I think we have our first official movie confirmation for the upcoming San Diego Comic-Con with Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Singer tweeted the following image with, “How many days until Comic Con?”

Recent news includes the addition of Peter Dinklage, thought to be the movie’s main antagonist.

Tickets for the SDCC also sold out in about an hour and a half.

X-Men: Days of Future Past has a July 14, 2014 release date starring Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, with Hugh Jackman reprising as Wolverine, and returning cast members Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan.



Christopher Nolan To Executive Produce Wally Pfister’s Transcendence; Starring Johnny Depp


Remember the cinematographer that came out and said that The Avengers movie was appalling?

Well, that was the same DP on Inception, Wally Pfister, who will see his directorial debut with the sci-fi movie Transcendence.

Currently, Johnny Depp is in talks to star in the movie, with Inception and The Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan on as executive producer along with wife, Emma Thomas.

PrometheusNoomi Rapace is also in talks to play the female lead with either James McAvoy or Tobey Maguire in talks for another male leading role. Christopher Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) is also said to be offered a role.

The plot is said to center on a man (Johnny Depp) who gets sucked into a computer that develops some kind of evil awareness, described as “the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey and Inception.” 

I’m thrilled and feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Johnny,” Pfister told THR. “He is a creative and intelligent artist whom I feel will bring great depth to the character and the overall narrative.”

Transcendence looks to begin filming next year from Warner Bros.


Lawrence’s Fantasy Draft: Robotech: Nolan, Fassbender, McAvoy, Neeson

(Editor’s Note: The following is part of The First Cosmic Book News Fantasy Hollywood Draft; keyword being “fantasy”)



Macross City

By: Lawrence Napoli

My fantasy Hollywood film is a live action adaptation of Robotech.  This film is a sci-fi/action/war genre hybrid that I would prefer to be rated R for adult content, but PG-13 is negotiable.  There has been so many rumors concerning a live action adaptation of Harmony Gold’s IP for years, and none of them have produced didley-squat in terms of real commitments and actual production.  For some odd reason, the rumored adaptation was tied to one Tobey Maguire because somebody got it in their head that he is “the perfect Rick Hunter.”  That statement couldn’t be less accurate unless it was compared to something like “Tobey Maguire is the perfect Shaft.”  Long story short, Maguire is not right for the Macross Saga done correctly: Namely taking it seriously, making social commentary about the human condition in regards to racism, war, and genetic manipulation and being able to distinguish true evolution from technological advancement. 

I only envision two films to get Robotech: Macross City to end with the events that culminate within the Force of Arms episode of the series (a massive invasion of Earth, the destruction of 90% of it, while the SDF-1 and allies survive).  The only circumstance I’d consider a trilogy for is if we take Hunter, Hayes and the original crew on the SDF-3 to depict their expedition to find the Robotech Masters on their home turf.

I love the story of Robotech because despite all the great action, technology and transforming robots, the story is rooted in heavy drama, deep character development and is driven forward by intense emotions like love, despair, rage, serenity and loyalty.  It’s also a story about the bubbles humanity chooses to live in various degrees because of our professions, our acquaintances, our gender and every other possible way we divide ourselves.  This irony is ultimately defeated in Robotech because the humanity contained within the SDF-1 sets aside its collective BS amongst themselves and those considered “aliens” which allows them to succeed.    

Here’s the breakdown for my draft picks as well as my supplemental cast:


Chris Nolan (Director) #3 overall pick

This man is arguably, the best director in the game right now not just because he directs critically acclaimed and commercially successful films, but because he also writes them.  Nolan is known for edgy grit and anchoring even fantastic scenarios in the real world with real consequences (see his Batman trilogy).  He is the most important addition to this production because the stakes will be even higher (the survival of the human species) and with all the transforming mecha running around in space, the tone of this film needs to stay disciplined in drama.  Nolan can insure that happens and I would think he would be interested in helming a production that goes to space.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1874:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1876:]]Rick Hunter played by James McAvoy, #26 overall pick

Rick is the main character of the Macross Saga and James McAvoy has considerably more impressive acting chops than Tobey Maguire.  The original animation goes out of its way to present Rick as a naive boy in the beginning and this is something I’d like to tone down in my vision for Rick.  Yes he’s still a rookie, yes he loves to fly, yes he’s not too keen on killing, but his need to protect (specifically Minmei) allows him to overcome his ignorance/apathy of the Zentraedi invasion that evolves into his own personal sense of duty to his mentor Roy Fokker, his Vermillion squadron, the women he loves (Lisa and Minmei) and the SDF-1 in general.  McAvoy is on the extremely short list of actors that can turn vulnerability into strength, plus he’s got those baby blue eyes.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1877:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1878:]]Roy Fokker played by Michael Fassbender, #31 overall pick

Yes, I realize I have transplanted the 2 main characters from X-Men: First Class, but the relationship between McAvoy and Fassbender’s characters is reversed in this adaptation.  Lieutenant Commander Roy Fokker is the best pilot in the RDF; a real hot shot when it comes to killing proficiency and style while doing it.  He also has personal history with Rick having flown in Hunter’s aerial circus in his younger days.  It is the reason Rick refers to Roy as “big brother” throughout the saga as Roy acts as a guiding mentor for the talented young pilot.  Roy is 50% hubris and 50% disciplined duty and that’s exactly how I’d classify Fassbender’s acting prowess and general demeanor.  Roy knows he’s the best, but that is not what drives his sense of duty.  Being able to temper arrogance with responsibility is Fassbender’s calling card.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1879:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1882:]]Lisa Hayes played by Sasha Alexander, supplemental pick

Commander Hayes is the first officer on the bridge of the SDF-1 and is the third person in a love triangle with Rick Hunter and Lynn Minmei.  A career military woman and quite beautiful to boot requires an actress that has more than a pretty face.  Thus I present Rizzoli and Isles Sasha Alexander (you’ll remember her as Pacey’s hot sister from Dawson’s Creek).  The scientific and procedural demeanor she displays on Rizzoli and Isles proves she can carry herself in an equally disciplined, military manner while the softer side she showed on Dawson’s proves she can open up an insecurity in an attempt to pursue the younger Rick Hunter with whom she has become attracted to for his intense bravery and skill in defending the SDF-1.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1883:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1885:]]Lynn Minmei played by Hikaru Utada, supplemental pick

Minmei is easily the most complex character to cast for because as one of the few civilians featured prominently in Robotech, her contributions to the war effort are derived from the character’s ability as a singer and actress.  A better known actress having her singing sequences dubbed over simply will not do.  Thus, I present Hikaru Utada (the signature voice behind the Kingdom Hearts theme songs) and quite a lovely Asian flower with whom Rick Hunter could easily be enamored with as another character in the love triangle.  Minmei represents an immature, yet extremely attractive budding pop star that becomes the SDF-1’s number one celebrity, but her singing ability introduces the Zentraedi race to the concept of true beauty (non-physical) which is so foreign, shocking and upsetting to them as individuals, their ability to assault the SDF-1 is severely diminished.  Hikaru may need additional support from Nolan with her acting performance (as it gets intimate with Rick), but her focus must remain within song.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1886:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1887:]]Breetai played by Liam Neeson, #12 overall pick

Breetai is the commander of the invading Zentraedi armada who is known for his ruthlessness as well as a somewhat honorable dissection of the enemy in combat.  As I projected the kinds of actors for my cast, Neeson seemed to fit this violent combination quite well, but he was also the biggest “name” on my list, so I took a bit of a gamble by drafting him before my main characters.  Like all Zentraedi, Breetai is a hard man shut off from most of his emotions, but the song of Minmei eventually turns him into a believer that the Micronians (Earthlings) must control “the proto-culture” or the combined genetic, technological and behavioral means to evolve life to a higher plane of existence.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1888:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1889:]]Captain Henry Gloval played by Gary Oldman, #17 overall pick

Veteran actors seemed to be going like hotcakes early in the draft so I was compelled to go after my first choice for the captain of the SDF-1 earlier rather than later. Oldman, a veteran actor capable of producing a satisfactory Russian accent seemed the obvious choice for the leader of the isolated slice of human civilization aboard the SDF-1. Gloval’s distinguished military record designates him as a warrior but his priorities shift to more of a statesman when simply surviving the relentless Zentraedi pursuit is the only course of action. Oldman has a commanding presence making him an appropriate foil to Breetai, but his ability to pull back on the intimidation makes him an ideal actor to portray Gloval as also a man of peace.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1890:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1891:]]Maximillion Sterling played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, #40 overall pick

Max is an up-and-coming ace pilot under the command of Rick Hunter who demonstrates nerves of steel, but is uncharacteristically polite and well-mannered for a soldier of his caliber. Although he’s become a seasoned actor, Gordon-Levitt can still sell a boyish charm vital for Max as a character. His somewhat receding hairline is somewhat of a concern for me seeing how I’d need his hair to be closer to what it was during his Third Rock from the Sun days. His hair would look fine in a shade of blue.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1892:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1893:]]Miriya Parina played by Olivia Wilde, #45 overall pick

Miriya is the stone-cold ace pilot of the Zentraedi fleet who puts Roy Fokker’s arrogance to shame. Unbridled confidence is the name of the game for Miriya and Olivia Wilde has got that all over! She must also demonstrate an ability to shift to humility as Miriya is bested on the battlefield by Max with whom she becomes obsessed with assassinating for the only defeat she has suffered in life. This humiliated obsession turns into attraction when she infiltrates the SDF-1 looking for Max. Miriya then becomes adorable for her desire to fit in on the SDF-1 despite her ignorance of Micronian culture. I’m pretty sure Olivia pulls off “adorable” quite well (see Tron: Legacy).

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1894:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1895:]]Exedore played by Tim Roth, #54 overall pick

Exedore is the quirky Minister of Affairs for the Zentraedi fleet and is Breetai’s chief consultant who has an intimate knowledge of the concept of “proto-culture,” the understood ultimate goal for all Zentraedi third to war and conquest. Tim Roth has got “quirky” in the bag, but his past roles called for combining that with extreme violence (Planet of the Apes, The Incredible Hulk). The challenge for Roth will be to substitute the violence with a scientific, deductive paranoia that allows Exedore to be constantly questioning Micronian tactics to the point that he too becomes a believer in Earthling “proto-culture” and a proponent for peace. Roth will have to tap into the same kind of charm he demonstrated as “Pumpkin” in Pulp Fiction.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1896:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1897:]]Khyron played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers, supplemental pick

Khyron is yet another arrogant leader within the Zentraedi armada who gets called up as the first wave of reinforcements to capture the SDF-1. Rhys Meyers has all but perfected the art of ruthless arrogance (see his work on The Tudors), but he’ll have to work in a little incompetence to his performance because Khyron’s ability as a commander and combatant is not what one would classify as “marquee.”

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1898:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1899:]]Claudia Grant played by Zoë Saldana, supplemental pick

Claudia is the second bridge officer of the SDF-1, best friend of Lisa Hayes and current lover tied to Roy Fokker. Ms. Saldana is strictly playing a support role that exists to provide a more mature counter-point to the opinions expressed by Lisa and Roy so confidence tied with casual friendliness is the order of the day for Claudia.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1900:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1901:]]Azonia played by Vera Farmiga, supplemental pick

Azonia is the leader of the female battalion of the Zentraedi forces who gets called up by Breetai as additional reinforcements and as a means of getting Khyron’s shenanigans under control. If Vera could duplicate the same level of commanding indifference she displayed in Source Code, she nails this support role.

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:1902:]][[wysiwyg_imageupload:1903:]]Ben Dixon played by Jason Segel, supplemental pick

For some reason, everyone on the internet sees Ben Dixon as the token funny fat guy of Robotech, so naturally everyone wants Seth Rogen to play this role. WRONG! Sure, Ben is a big lug that has many cheesy lines, but that needs to be reined in a bit and Jason Segel is the man for the job. Segel can be as loud and obnoxious as the rest, but Ben is a character that puts up that front to mask his genuine fear of the overwhelming odds the SDF-1 faces. Scaling back the absurdity to a degree of seriousness is something I see Segel doing quite well, plus his tall stature in relation to Rick Hunter (McAvoy) and Max Sterling (Gordon-Levitt) makes him more physically appropriate for the role.


X-Men: First Class Character Movie Posters

Check out two “International” movie posters for the Matthew Vaughn directed X:Men: First Class via MovieWeb.

The first features Michael Fassbender as Eric Lensherr, the Master of Magnetism – Magneto.

The second – James McAvoy as Professor Charles Xavier ie Prof. X.

Hate to say it, but the more images I see from this film the worse it looks.