X-MEN: APOCALYPSE Teaser Introduces Many New Mutants [75 Screenshots]

The final chapter of the X-Men: First Class saga is coming to a close with the first trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse. As it has been foretold by writer/producer Simon Kinberg, this will supposedly be the last time we may see the recent portrayals of Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), and Professor X (James McAvoy) in action. But fear not, because this teaser is packed full of classic mutants that could potentially take over the franchise.

It may be hard to believe a mutant world without Charles Xavier, but the X-Men franchise has survived without the professor before – in the comics and the ’90s animated series. With how unstable the franchise had become after X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, First Class and Days of Future Past have done an incredible job bringing the franchise back into the forefront of superhero films.

X-Men: Apocalypse hosts a slew of new faces playing familiar characters, including Scott Summers aka Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Ororo Munro aka Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Warren Worthington III aka Angel (Ben Hardy), and Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee); all of whom could take on the mantle of the next group of mutants to hold down the franchise. There are also two new additions Marvel fans will be pleased to see join the X-Men Cinematic Universe such as Jubilation Lee aka Jubilee (Lana Condor) and Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock aka Psylocke (Olivia Munn). Evan Peters will also be returning as Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver.

As for the trailer itself, Apocalypse has always been one of the greatest threats to the X-Men and I am mostly excited by everything I have seen here. I’m curious to see how his world domination plans will affect our graduating First Class heroes and how their chapter will come to a close. Oscar Isaac (Ex Machina; Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Inside Llewyn Davis) is one of the best, working actors right now, but something has me worried about his role as Apocalypse. The makeup and outfit looks goofy as hell and super villain portrayals in film have never been that well regarded. I am keeping an open mind and I trust Bryan Singer with his direction.

Extended commentary:

  • I’m concerned Sophie Turner’s American accent will be awkward since we know her best from Game of Thrones.
  • Tye Sheridan looks like the perfect Scott Summers.
  • Speaking of which, I wonder how they’ll address his relationship to his brother, Alex Summers aka Havok (Lucas Till).
  • The new X-Men uniforms look pretty neat. It’s kind of funny how they’re more of an upgrade and sleeker than Singer’s first X-Men movie.
  • Magneto looks like a wandering lumberjack. So angsty.
  • Nightcrawler looks far better than his first look reveal in Entertainment Weekly.
  • It will be interesting to see how they bring Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) back after Xavier wiped her mind.
  • What are the odds that Wolverine appears?

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Here’s the motion poster that was released yesterday to tease the trailer:

Here’s the official plot synopsis for X-Men: Apocalypse, courtesy of 20th Century Fox:

Since the dawn of civilization, he was worshiped as a god. Apocalypse, the first and most powerful mutant from Marvel’s X-Men universe, amassed the powers of many other mutants, becoming immortal and invincible. Upon awakening after thousands of years, he is disillusioned with the world as he finds it and recruits a team of powerful mutants, including a disheartened Magneto, to cleanse mankind and create a new world order, over which he will reign. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Raven with the help of Professor X must lead a team of young X-Men to stop their greatest nemesis and save mankind from complete destruction.

Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse. The film is set to release on May 27, 2016.


Source: 20th Century Fox

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Olivia Munn Gets Psylocke Ready for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

When not deep throating hot dogs, Olivia Munn likes to share her other skills on Instagram. One of the most active cast members behind the scenes of the X-Men: Apocalypse production, aside from director Bryan Singer, Munn can be see training hard to ensure the mutant Psylocke is not to be taken lightly. The results are pretty badass, like this video showcasing her swordplay talents:

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Learned some new tricks…

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Her fiancé, Green Bay Packers’ quarterback, Aaron Rogers isn’t quite as skilled, but I’m sure he has mastered a different kind of sword to handle the actress if need and when need be. However, if Rogers ever falls out of line, Munn demonstrates that she’s more than capable if she is disarmed as well.

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Freestyle #latergram @karine_lmx

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I’ve never seen The Newsroom, but I can say that Olivia Munn’s roles in film have never really impressed me. Regardless, seeing her behind the scenes shows how committed to this role she is and deserves a lot of kudos. It takes a lot of discipline and training to be able to perform the stunts she is required, and it’s awesome that she’s learning to do it herself rather than opt-in for a stunt double.

And for hardcore fans worried whether or not Psylocke will have her psi-blade, there should be nothing to fear. In a recent Instagram post by her sister, Sara Potts, Munn was recorded doing some wire stunts with a stand in psi-blade.

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Directed by Bryan Singer, X-Men: Apocalypse stars Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto, Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme aka Mystique, Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy aka Beast, Evan Peters as Pietro Maximoff aka Quicksilver, Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse, Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers aka Cyclops, Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Alexandra Shipp as Ororo Munro aka Storm, Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Kurt Wagner aka Nightcrawler, Ben Hardy as Warren Worthington III aka Angel, and Lana Condor as Jubilation Lee aka Jubilee. The film is set to release on May 27, 2016.

Review: ‘Slow West’

Slow West 2015 Movie Review

As far as Westerns are concerned, until this week, I thought I’d seen it all. With such films like The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Dances with Wolves, Unforgiven, High Noon, and Once Upon a Time in the West among others, what more could filmmakers draw from this genre that hasn’t been said already? Enter Slow West. What I would consider more of a dark, comedic tragedy, the movie embarks on an original story that has little to say, but presents itself in such a manner that leaves you forgetting you’re watching a Western. Continue reading

Universal Releases ‘Steve Jobs’ Teaser Trailer Starring Michael Fassbender and Seth Rogen [15 Screenshots]

Universal Pictures has released its first teaser trailer for Steve Jobs, their answer ‘Deep Impact’ to Open Road Films’ Armageddon Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher. This version of the Apple founder’s biopic stars Michael Fassbender as Mr. Jobs. The screenplay was written by Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network; Moneyball) and directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire; 28 Days Later; 127 Hours). There are already clear differences in this short teaser compared to the 2013 film. Watch the Steve Jobs trailer below and the Jobs trailer a bit further.

So first up we have Universal’s new Steve Jobs. I like how every actor looks vastly different and then there’s Jeff Daniels being Jeff Daniels. It’s kind of hard to mask Fassbender’s succinct accent, but he definitely nails the look of Jobs with that black turtleneck. I know he’ll crush it as he typically does. However, I’m more interested in what Seth Rogen can bring to the table; here he plays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Rogen’s buddy Jonah Hill has amassed two Oscar nominations that began with a screenplay from Mr. Sorkin, and with Danny Boyle’s direction could we see the same happen for Rogen?

The 2013 Jobs film never claims to be based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography of the Apple founder whereas this feature does. Ashston Kutcher did OK work in the film and Josh Gad played Wozniak. The film is passable, but it isn’t told in any captivating way. For your scientific analysis, here’s the first trailer for Open Road’s Jobs starring Ashton Kutcher:

It’s much more targeted for a younger audience with it’s trendy music and colorful palette. From this teaser, Steve Jobs I find would appeal to a more sophisticated audience based on the vibes I’m getting from it. Boyle and Sorkin are two powerhouses that can easily pull off some big Academy attention with Fassbender leading the charge. This trailer has a tone comparable to The Social Network (written by Sorkin and directed by David Fincher), a film that in my opinion should have overtaken The King’s Speech for Best Picture back in 2011. Here’s the teaser trailer for The Social Network:

What do you think? Can this hit the ground running early this awards season or stumble like the first Jobs movie?

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Here’s the official plot synopsis for Steve Jobs courtesy of Universal Pictures:

Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.

Directed by Danny Boyle, Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogen, Jeff Daniels, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Katherine Waterston. This movie will be out in theaters October 9, 2015.


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Bryan Singer Confirms Olivia Munn as Psylocke for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’

Bryan Singer Confirms Olivia Munn as Psylocke for X-Men Apocalypse

As production ramps up for the highly anticipated X-Men: Apocalypse, Bryan Singer took to Instagram, as he does, to announce that Olivia Munn (The Newsroom) has been cast for the role of Elizabeth “Betsy” Braddock aka Psylocke. Munn is among the many new faces joining the X-Men world for this film, alongside Kodi-Smit McPhee, Lana Condor, and Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner. See Singer’s announcement and learn more about Psylocke after the break. Continue reading

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Will End ‘First Class’ Movie Storyline

X-Men: Apocalypse Will Most Likely End Trilogy

With their most recent success, X-Men: Days of Future Past, it’s no wonder 20th Century Fox would be anxious for a sequel. But according to DOFP writer-producer Simon Kinberg, the next film, X-Men: Apocalypse will most likely be the last chapter in the X-Men: First Class series. With Bryan Singer returning to direct, Apocalypse should be a grand finale for Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy. Learn more after the jump. Continue reading

Bring Home the Award-Winning ‘12 Years a Slave’ on Blu-ray and DVD March 4

‘12 Years a Slave’ on Blu-ray and DVD March 4

I’m predicting the future, and what I foresee is that 12 Years a Slave will win Best Picture at the Oscars on March 2 and the home video sales will skyrocket once it releases on March 4, the following Tuesday. That’s perfectly timed isn’t it? 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment announced today the big release date for one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2013 – it was in my top 5 that’s for sure. Check out all of the special features, along with the box cover art after the break. Continue reading

‘X-Men Days of Future Past’ Characters Featured on 25 Separate Empire Magazine Covers [Updated]

'X-Men Days of Future' Characters Empire Magazine Covers

In an exclusive first-look, Empire Magazine will be revealing 25 different covers today –  one every hour – each featuring a different character from Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. As of 11 am, almost half of the covers have already been uploaded to the Internets in what will be a very big day for Days of Future Past. Check out the first 10 all 25 covers after the jump as they become available which feature many of Matthew Vaughn’s First Class X-Men and some big new bads. [UPDATED] (We’ll be compiling them all as the become available) Continue reading

Say Hello to David in ‘Prometheus’ Viral Marketing

Michael Fassbender David Prometheus

There is something eerie about Michael Fassbender and having him play the role of an android. In Prometheus, his portrayal of David feels like the perfect fit for him. An incredible viral marketing video has been uploaded to help us understand where David comes from and how he will relate to Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel. Continue reading

‘Prometheus’ Has a Teaser Trailer and Poster

Prometheus Teaser Trailer

Ridley Scott is finally returning back to his sci-fi roots with next Summer’s Prometheus, written by Damon Lindelof (LOST; Cowboys & Aliens) and Jon Spaihts (The Darkest Hours) . Now this may or may not be the prequel to Alien as once assumed, but now with a complete teaser trailer on our hands, the likelihood that it may be true is looking more like a fact than fiction. You may see for yourself in this highly anticipated first look at the teaser trailer for Prometheus. Continue reading