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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.
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 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
Many Friday The 13th fans have been wondering what the long delay is with the Friday The 13th sequel that so many people want to see happen. Delays and rights issues seemed to be at the forefront of the problems, but some huge news just broke today that lends a little insight into why! Check out the bomb that the Hollywood Reporter just dropped on everyone.
When Paramount and Warner Bros. teamed up on Christopher Nolan’s latest movie project,Interstellar, in January, some wondered how Warners made its way on board a project set up at a rival studio.
Now, months later,The Hollywood Reporter has learned more about the price that Warners had to pay in exchange for half the Nolan project. The cast of characters includes Friday the 13th villain Jason Voorhees as well as the foul-mouthed kids from South Park.
Warners, which released Nolan’s megagrossing Batman movies and maintains an overall deal with his Syncopy label, wanted in on Interstellar so badly it gave Paramount its rights to co-finance the next Friday the 13th horror film as well as its portion of a future South Park movie. Also part of the deal was an agreement to let Paramount co-finance a to-be-determined A-list Warners property.
Warner Bros. and Paramount declined to comment on the arrangement.
However, there is a catch: Sources say Paramount only enjoys the rights for both titles for the next five years and has that amount of time to make follow-up movies.
UPDATED: This is huge! I bet we see a new Friday The 13th film coming very, very soon with Paramount having a 5 year window to fully finance their own Friday The 13th film! More details coming soon.