Are You Ready for Mystique: the Movie?

MystiqueAccording to Lauren Shuler Donner, who has been producing X-Men movies since the beginning, the time could soon be right for Jennifer Lawrence’s shapeshifting Mystique to get a spin-off solo movie.

Donner told Entertainment Weekly:

“I love what Jen Lawrence has done with [Mystique], and I feel like because she is in such a crowded ensemble, there’s so much more opportunity if you were to follow her solo.”

In fact, Donner envisions a number of solo X-Men titles:

“There was a regime [at the studio] that didn’t see the worth in [spin-offs], and the current people who run Fox understand, embrace it, and we’re going to do right by it. I’d like to do Gambit. I’d like to do Deadpool. We’ll see. There’s a lot of really great characters.”

A solo Mystique movie would be great, but only if they let her be bad — and I don’t really see that happening. Blue-skinned mutants must be proper role models, doncha know…

Personally, I’ve never really liked Gambit in the comics — not his power, not his costume, not his staff, not his patois and not his personality. And on film — in X-Men: Origins — Wolverine — he came across as even shallower. And don’t get me started about Deadpool, a joke character that ended up taking on a life of its own.

The Battle Over Oscar (Sorta) Rages On!

Yeah, yeah, yeah — so Ellen DeGeneres’ “selfie” with Meryl Streep and about 100 other A-listers during last night’s Oscars telecast was retweeted so many times it “broke” Twitter. And, yeah, it’s a cute picture, as you can see.

But my favorite photo set came from the extraordinarily talented 2013 Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and newly-minted Best Supporting Actress Lupita Nyong’o (for 12 Years a Slave), who staged a fake fight over the golden boy backstage (J-Law was nominated in the same category, for American Hustle.)

Bonus: That’s Best Supporting Actor winner Jared Leto in the background, talking to Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey.

Natalie Dormer Takes It (Half) Off for Mockingjay

British actress Natalie Dormer showed up at Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards with half her head shaved for her role as Cressida in this fall’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 and next year’s Mockingjay — Part 2.

As a fellow head-shaving enthusiast, I think the absolutely gorgeous Dormer looks even sexier with this shorn style!

“The hair department was very supportive,” Dormer said on the SAG red carpet. “I was ready to do the whole head but we decided it was more stylistic — more Capitol — just to do half the head.”
Continue reading

Nominations for the 86th Annual Academy Awards

jlawhustleHere is a complete list of the nominations for the 2014 Oscars, which will be handed out on March 2 in Los Angeles.

Best Picture:
  American Hustle
 • Captain Phillips
 • Dallas Buyers Club
 • Gravity
 • Her
 • Nebraska
 • Philomena
 • 12 Years a Slave
 • The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Director:
 David O. Russell, American Hustle
 • Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
 • Alexander Payne, Nebraska
 • Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
 • Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Christian Bale, American Hustle
 • Bruce Dern, Nebraska
 • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
 • Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
 • Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Amy Adams, American Hustle
 • Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
 • Sandra Bullock, Gravity
 • Judi Dench, Philomena
 • Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Continue reading

Katniss Kills… and Kills… and Kills….

Here’s a fun little video mashup that blends footage of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games with clips from dozens of other films (plus TV’s GAME OF THRONES and THE WALKING DEAD) to deliver a hilarious body count when “Katniss Everdeen Kills Everything”:

One can only hope that Katniss will get to use her bow and arrow just as much in the big-screen adaptation of Catching Fire, which opens Nov. 22.

‘Final’ Trailer for ‘Catching Fire’ Looks Pretty Hot

If you’re like me and you hate the Boston Red Sox with the fiery passion of 10,000 suns (or maybe you just don’t like baseball), then you also weren’t watching the World Series last night when Lionsgate unveiled what it’s calling the “final trailer” for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

It’s the best trailer so far because it actually contains some footage from the arena for the very first time. It would be a shame to miss it, so here it is:

Sadly, the new fan favorite (and mine) from the novel, Johanna Mason (Jena Malone), is hardly in it — she can be glimpsed at the 0:57 mark, over Peeta’s left shoulder as he’s talking to Katniss.

The other novel fan fave, Finnick Odair (Sam Claflin), and Mags (Lynn Cohen) are just barely recognizable at the 0:46 mark, running through the jungle.

New Images, Video for Catching Fire

As we draw closer to the Nov. 22 opening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (advance tickets are already on sale online!), the promotional campaign is starting to pick up steam. Here have the latest images released — including the official final poster and some scene stills of the tributes, among them Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence), Peeta (Josh Hutcherson), Finnick (Sam Claflin) and my fave, Johanna (Jena Malone).

In addition, there is a behind-the-scenes featurette that focuses on the IMAX filming but contains lots of new footage.

Looks pretty exciting…

Mystique’s Still Naked in X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Mystique001Jennifer Lawrence is reprising her role as the shape-shifting (and clothes-shunning) blue mutant Mystique in next year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, and while her costuming has advanced — she’s wearing a body stocking instead of just blue paint and glued-on bits of latex — so has her character’s attitude.

Lawrence told SciFiNow:

“I’m naked. But when I do get to wear clothes, I love the ’70s outfits. Some of the Mystique look is a little different, but we’re still using the same paint. But she’s different in this film too. [In First Class] she was struggling – like a lot of normal humans – with the way she looked, and she was covered up a lot in the first movie, but this time she is mutant and proud.”

So she’s secure enough in herself to go without all that superfluous clothing. Plus, she’s played by Jennifer Lawrence, so there’s another reason to skimp on the wardrobe…