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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Offers First Look at Peter Dinklage’s Bolivar Trask and His Sentinels
Ever since ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ offered a brief cinematic rendering of a giant Sentinel robot with Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine slicing its head off in the danger room, ‘X-Men’ fans have been craving a full-body look at these mutant-hunting bots. Thankfully, prayers have been answered as these icons of the comic books have become the forefront of Fox’s marketing for ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’
We’ve known for a while that Sentinels would play a major part in Bryan Singer’s upcoming sequel to ‘X-Men: First Class,’ but Peter Dinklage only officially revealed he’d be starring as Bolivar Trask, creator of the Sentinels, at the ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Comic-Con panel. Now, both he and his fictitious Trask Industries are the new face of Fox’s viral marketing campaign for the film.
After digging around on the newly launched Trask-Industries.com, first look photos and video footage of his character and Sentinel robots have been revealed, along with this character description:
Even from his early years as a research assistant, Bolivar always maintained a particular interest in the origin and evolution of humanity. Following in the footsteps of Mendel, Watson and Crick, Trask made it his goal to unlock the mysteries of human DNA. What he did not anticipate was the discovery of the X-Gene, a genetic finding that would prove to be the most significant of the 20th century.
Trask soon hypothesized the impending extinction of the human race. His early theories were ridiculed by his contemporaries and with no one to fund his research, Trask cared enough about humanity to invest in the founding of Trask Industries in 1967.
Aside from the robots, the site also revealed that the X-Gene Inhibitor Collar, a device in the comics that blocks mutant abilities, will apparently be making an appearance in ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past.’ Of course, there are tons more goodies that await to be dug up, including more info on Trask Industries, but you can get your first look at Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask below, as well as the first official photos of the Sentinels. Enjoy!
‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ stars both casts of the original ‘X-Men’ films and ‘First Class,’ adapting the famous comic book story of the same name for the big screen. After the world is overrun by mutant-killing Sentinel robots, Wolverine must go back in time to warn the X-Men of the life-altering event that sets his apocalyptic future into motion. The film is set to hit theaters May 23, 2014.
Let me start off by telling AMC and Cinemit Thank you for my Screening passes! (Warning: This review contains some mild spoilers)
James Mangold’s “The Wolverine” is a whole lot better than the butchered 2009 film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”. But compared to this year’s blockbuster comic book films “Iron Man 3” and “Man of Steel”, it doesn’t quite measure up.
And that is not entirely a bad thing because who wants to see cities leveled to the ground again? Here, Logan (Hugh Jackman) is dealing with his actions in “X-Men: The Last Stand” that saw him kill Jean Grey (Famke Jannsen), whose consciousness had been controlled by the Phoenix Force.
We see Logan having regular visions of Jean and he seems content with things as it is until he is sought out by Yukio (Rila Fukushima) on orders of a certain Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi). Now the head of an empire in Tokyo, the once young soldier who Logan saved from an atomic bomb attack is dying and he has an offer for the adamantium-clawed mutant—a chance to live a normal life as a mortal.
Logan declines naturally and decides to walk away. As fate would have it, he ends up saving Yashida’s granddaughter Mariko (Tao Okamoto) who attempted to jump off a cliff and subsequently finds himself caught up in the family’s affairs.
“The Wolverine” has ninjas and the Yakuza so there shouldn’t be any buildings falling in this film and in that aspect, the story somehow feels a little smaller in scale as compared to the aforementioned titles. But in exchange, the beauty of Japan is very much given importance in the cinematography here especially in scenes outside the city. It can probably even pass of as a romantic film with Logan protecting the damsel in distress, only, he has metal claws protruding from his knuckles.
But even that doesn’t seem enough as an unexpected kiss hinders his mutant healing powers. At one point, he would have to rely on the Japanese’s weapon of choice to ward off his enemies.
What was shown as a glimpse in trailers was the presence of Jean but having her play a bigger role in the film came as a surprise.
“The Wolverine” doesn’t have any of the wow factors that the summer blockbusters brought though it was effective in moving the bigger story forward.
Logan, who would have ended up living the rest of his immortal life in the jungle if he had his way, is haunted by Jean and would not have been effective in case he would be needed once again to don his X-Men spandex suit. With nothing else to live for, he has every reason to want to join Jean in the afterlife. However, a resolution on his part at the end of the film results in him becoming a healed man once again—and even in an unexpected encounter with a familiar face.
This is the sixth time that Jackman has played the character and he will do so once again for “X-Men: Days of Future Past”. It was good seeing the super-hero experience the pain of a gunshot wound for a change instead of the Logan we got used to who would just brush everything aside with his six pointy claws.
By fleshing out one of Marvel’s most iconic characters, Mangold is off to a good start and hopefully, this minor detour in Wolverine’s story pays off not just for the studio, but for the loyal die-hard fans as well.
“The Wolverine” opens Friday in theatres from 20th Century Fox and is distributed by Warner Bros.
At Comic-Con 2013, Joss Whedon appeared on stage at the Marvel to show a quick teaser trailer that revealed the title of ‘Avengers 2‘ – ‘Age of Ultron.’ The Comic-Con crowd went nuts but for those who are unfamiliar with the “Age of Ultron” crossover event in the Marvel comic books, we present a quick primer on the upcoming supervillain in ‘Avengers 2.’ Who is Ultron? Let’s find out!
Ultron was a creation of Dr. Henry Pym (Ant-Man) as he experimented with sentient robots. His creation was a little too successful and, inhabited with Pym’s own brain waves, became self-aware. While he possessed his creators supreme intelligence, he lacked any of his compassion and conscience and almost immediately became fueled with a hatred for Pym. He rebuilt himself four times, becoming increasingly more powerful. He eventually recruited a group of Avengers villains to form the Masters of Evil.
In the “Age of Ultron” crossover event in the comic books, Ultron had rebuilt himself so many times, he was powerful enough to take over the world. The actual story involves a number of characters not in the current ‘Avengers’ movie universe (including Spider-Man, Wolverine and She-Hulk) and involves a decent deal of time travel, so we’ll imagine it’s just a launching point for the film, rather than a straight adaptation.
But what ‘Age of Ultron’ will need is the introduction of Henry Pym/Ant-Man prior to Edgar Wright’s ‘Ant-Man’ film and Vision, a character created by Ultron. This is the time where we remind you that Vin Diesel has allegedly been dropping hints about discussing Vision with Marvel and could very well be a possibility.
Ultron’s powers include the Encephalo-ray, which places victims into a death-like coma and allows him to manipulate their minds (possibly only to be activated at a later time). Like Iron Man, he also has a number of blasts and repulsors, as well as super strength and the ability to fly at supersonic speeds. His outer shell is composed as adamantium (the same metal fused to Wolverine’s skeleton) and is virtually indestructible.
He is definitely one of the biggest foes of the Avengers and it’s not surprising he’s been added to the Marvel Cinematic Universe but perhaps surprising that it happened so quickly. Many assumed that ‘Avengers 2′ would focus on Thanos (and hints at the ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ panel would indicate that Thanos is still very much a part of this universe) but when the title of your film is ‘Age of Ultron,’ you would have to think he will be the main villain and Thanos could be shifted to a larger part in ‘Avengers 3.’
One of the scarier haunted house/demon possession movies in recent years, it brings to mind ’70s supernatural horror films such as The Exorcist with its stillness, steady build of suspense and handsome cinematography.
Director James Wan successfully imbues the film with a sense of foreboding. Along the way the sound effects, unsettling music and eerie mood keep viewers on edge.
While The Conjuring is said to be based on a true story, familiar supernatural thriller tropes abound. But the way Wan keeps the audience in a constant state of dread makes it effective.
A couple of ghost busters anchor the spooky saga. Married couple Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) lecture to rapt audiences about their experiences. Paranormal investigator Ed specializes in demonology and is the only non-priest to assist at exorcisms. Lorraine is clairvoyant. Sometimes the diabolical events she sees are simply too much — she’ll take to her bed for days at a time after a demon purging.
Meanwhile, in rural Harrisville, R.I., Roger and Carolyn Perron (Ron Livingston and Lili Taylor) have put nearly all of their money into a secluded centuries-old farmhouse. To most viewers it would spell haunted mansion, but to the Perrons it’s a healthy, spacious place to raise their five daughters.
Soon after moving in, the family experiences decidedly un-healthy goings-on. Things literally go bump in the night. Doors blow open or slam shut. Patches of rooms are icy cold. Pictures fling themselves off walls. The family dog barks worriedly and won’t enter the house. The style and degree of torment escalates.
Every nook is shot intriguingly. Long continuous takes, slow-moving zooms and odd camera angels intensify the fear factor. The camera alternately jostles during an unnerving confrontation or glides as if it were itself a spirit.
When the Warrens come to the Perrons to oust the evil spirits, they tote equipment only a bit more sophisticated than the claptrap in Ghostbusters. But the eerie mood counts for more than ghost-tracking instruments.
One of the film’s few flaws is that it doesn’t fully develop the Perrons’ back story. However, both Livingston and Taylor convey a believable parental presence, and Farmiga is topnotch, appearing both calmly in charge and mildly haunted.
Monstrous figures are shown sparingly, rendering them that much scarier.
The net result is an entertainingly frightening film that keeps the audience in a state of alarmed, but eager, anticipation.
‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘ is coming to Comic-Con, and it wants to show off Jamie Foxx‘s character Electro. So much so they’ve cut a little teaser for his appearance at the Con.
There’s not much here but a little marketing shock and awe, but for those worried that Foxx might look a little goofy in his costume and get up, this seems to erase those doubts. And with the announcement that it will be in Hall H on Saturday, it also suggests that this arrival isn’t something that will be kept within the walls of the convention center. We’d hazard a guess that there will be some sort of trailer coming out of the panel.
But Sony and everyone involved seems to think they have a winner on their hands, and considering the recent Entertainment Weekly magazine cover, they want to build the hype for the movie starting now even though the film isn’t due out until next summer. They’re planting seeds, which — after the mixed reception that ‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘ got — is smart.
We’ll be covering the panel this weekend, but expect that we’ll offer any and all updates as soon as they’re available. Stay tuned as we bring you more information straight from Comic-Con 2013.
The official Godzilla Twitter account has just released a new poster for the upcoming film, revealing more of Godzilla than they previously have. Don’t forget to check out our report on the Godzilla Experience at San Diego Comic-Con by clicking here.
Godzilla will have its own panel this year at the San Diego Comic-Con (this Saturday at 10:45 AM PST) and we will be there to cover it, so check back here on Saturday for live updates from the panel. Cast members in attendance for the panel will include Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston.
Opening in theaters and IMAX on May 16, 2014, the Gareth Edwards-directed film also stars Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, and Sally Hawkins.
Paranormal Activity 5 pushed to January 2014
Paramount Pictures made a surprising change to its release slate today, pushing Paranormal Activity 5 from its October 25, 2013 release date to January 3, 2014.
The sequel will now face off with Fox’s horror-thriller Devil’s Due in the first weekend of January. No reason was given for the release date switch, but it’s possible that the studio wants to exploit the early January success of last year’s thriller The Devil Inside. This will be the first October since the Paranormal Activity franchise launched in 2009 that a sequel won’t be in theaters.
Our first and only story on this sequel was back in November, when Paramount confirmed the October 25, 2013 release date it was just bumped out of. The studio has not revealed a writer, director or cast members as of yet, and, of course, no story details were given.
That report from November also revealed that Paramount was planning a Latino-themed spin-off, set for release sometime in 2013, but it seems likely that isn’t happening until next year as well.
Paranormal Activity 5 comes to theaters October 25th, 2013
Marvel has released ‘Captain America 2‘ poster in anticipation of the film’s panel and preview at Comic-Con 2013. And though we won’t get to see what ol’ Cap’s been up to until 2014, this poster promises that he’s been pretty busy.
The first ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ poster is here and we’re digging the simplicity. It’s just Cap’s shield on a black background but there’s something different about his shield — it’s battle-worn and faded, indicating that Cap’s been through some pretty tough times while defending his country from harm. That’s re-assuring, no?
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ follows Cap as he struggles to simultaneously find his place in our modern world and embrace the present, while teaming up with Black Widow to fight a new and mysterious enemy in Washington D.C.
The film stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie (The Falcon), Toby Jones, and Frank Grillo. S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) will also be making appearances.
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ will give us a sneak peek at Comic-Con on Saturday, July 20, and hits theaters on April 4, 2014. Check out the poster in full below.
‘Fast and Furious 7′
Spoiler alert! If you’re a fan of the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise but haven’t seen ‘Fast and Furious 6,’ you’re kind of out of luck. We’ll be delving into ‘Fast and Furious 7′ a bit here, specifically in regards to Jason Statham‘s impending bad guy. So if you fall into that unlikely group, stay away.
Everyone else certainly remembers how the end of ‘Fast 6′ saw the reveal of Jason Statham as Owen Shaw’s (Luke Evans) brother, a man bent on revenge after the death of his sibling. Intriguingly, Statham was originally offered the role of Owen, but turned it down. Apparently, he didn’t want to be a villain if the character wasn’t good enough. So what changed?
Here’s what he told Empire Magazine about the bad bloke he’ll be portraying in ‘Fast and Furious 7′:
I didn’t really want to play the villain, but there are certain moments where you think it might be a good time to do that. I’m not saying I’m the full-blooded … I’m not going to tell you too much about what I’m going to do in the film, but if it’s a good villain, there’s obviously some consideration to be made, but there are some really bad villains out there, and I don’t want to get myself wet with that shit.
It’s just not written that well sometimes, and it’s always about the writing. So we’ll see. But I am excited to be a part of it, it’s got some of the best car action I have ever, ever seen. Justin Lin has just been exceptional with what he does with that vehicular action.
As Empire notes, Statham makes it sound like he’s not the uber-bad guy we were assuming he was. (Notice how he hesitates after saying, “I’m not saying I’m the full-blooded …”) This also jives with a previous statement he made in an interview with ComingSoon: ”‘Wait, are you gonna be the villain? The guy who threatens the world and wants to blow everything up?’ No.”
We’ll see just how bad “The Stath” is when ‘Fast and Furious 7′ comes out July 11, 2014, but at least his work here won’t interfere with filming ‘Expendables 3.’ “We’ve worked it out,” he said. “I’m gonna be able to do the two back-to-back.”