X-Men: Days of Future Past Sneak-Peeks

Let’s ease into this first day of the new year with some photos teasing one of the most anticipated films of 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Most of these images are new, but I peppered in a few from past weeks that I hadn’t run yet.

Assuming you can tear your eyes from that image of a stunningly gorgeous Jennifer Lawrence smiling at the camera and move on with your life — I know I had trouble doing that — you might spot director Bryan Singer in the mix; he’s wearing a plaid shirt and sitting on the hood of the car and standing next to Prof. X. This movie adapts a popular time-traveling storyline that sees Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travel into the past to try to prevent a dystopian, mutant-hating future from coming to pass.

The movie stars the cast from X-Men: First Class — including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Lawrence — and the cast from the earlier movie trilogy — Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Jackman and possibly Anna Paquin (but probably not) — playing versions of their characters at different ages.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23.

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…

Just When Is ‘Days of Future Past’?

dofpcoverWhile we all know that the next X-Men movie is adapting the time-traveling “Days of Future Past” storyline from the comics, it was never clear how the convoluted and somewhat contradictory timelines of the X-Men’s movie universe would be molded to fit together for the latest installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Well, now director Bryan Singer has told us how he’s going to do it. By setting it in two different futures — one of which is the past for some characters. Singer says:

“It takes place about 10 years, give or take, after X-Men 3; and in the past it takes place about 10 years after First Class… It’s its own story, inspired by ‘Days of Future Past.’ [Kitty Pryde is] the prime facilitator — it’s her power that enables [Wolverine to be sent into the past]. But it’s Wolverine who has the strength and the stamina to be able to go back on this journey. Charles [Prof. X] is in a very dark hole when we meet him, and Erik [Magneto] has been gathering his power. They’re in a radically different place.”

Yeah, I’m still not crystal-clear on how it’s all going to fit together — but it is implied that that’s part of the movie’s plot. And I’m not sure how Kitty sends Wolvie into the past unless she’s getting some new powers.

First Look at J-Law Reprising Mystique!

Mystique001This is what Hollywood “It Girl” Jennifer Lawrence will look like in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Director Bryan Singer Tweeted this photo of J-Law getting a makeup touch-up on the Montreal set of the latest X-Men movie. Eagle-eyed fans who… erm, study the photo closely will be hard-pressed to notice the difference in Jennifer’s costuming from X-Men: First Class, but there is a big one: In her first outing as the mutant shapeshifter, Jennifer wore little more than blue body makeup and strategically-placed bits of latex — but this time, she is donning a body stocking that gives the illusion of the same minimal coverage.

The reason for the switch is not some newfound modesty on the part of the newly-minted Oscar winner; no, it’s simply a concession to reduce her time in the makeup chair — reportedly six hours for First Class.

Pryde of the X-Men on the Set

kateprydeHere is the photo director Bryan Singer Tweeted from the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past featuring Ellen Page reprising her role as Kitty Pryde — or, for purposes of this film, should I say, “Kate Pryde.”

Looks like the black leather outfits are still in vogue, despite the success of the yellow uniforms in X-Men: First Class.

The latest X-Men movie, which adapts the classic comic book storyline, is slated for release on July 18, 2014.

Do you think Singer can pull together all the various incarnations of the X-Men and make a coherent movie out of an already-complicated, time-travelling plot?

11 Thoughts About 11 Films From 2011

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2

With just about two weeks of 2012 under our belts, I figure we now have a little perspective on 2011, so why not take a look back at some of the cinematic achievements — good and bad — of the year?

I limited this survey to 11 films because I don’t want to ramble on at length. Wherever relevant I linked to my full reviews of the movies mentioned. This is by no means an exhaustive list of the 2011 films I have opinions about; these are just the movies that leaped immediately to mind. There may be more where this came from. (I hope that sounds like a promise, not a threat!)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2 raked in $1.3 billion dollars at the box office last year, marking one of those rare times when a film’s financial success was commensurate with its artistic success. I really enjoyed this fun adventure flick, which seemed to contain all the action that was missing from the lugubrious Part 1. This movie reminded me of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King as far as being a suitable wrap-up to an epic series. The characters reached a natural end point, and viewers felt satisfied that a complete story had been told.
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11 Films I’m Looking Forward to in 2011

Since it’s 2011, you’ll be seeing lots of “Top 11” lists, so let me get in on the action right away, with the movies I am most looking forward to seeing this year. I know not every one will live up to expectations (Honestly, is they any way that Sucker Punch can be even half as fantastic as it looks?), but it’s the ones that do excel that make movie-going worth it. So here are my top 11:

1. Sucker Punch
2. Cowboys & Aliens
3. Thor
4. Captain America: The First Avenger
5. The Hangover Part II
6. Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
7. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II
9. X-Men: First Class
10. Green Lantern
11. Super 8
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