Monday, January 28, 2013

Random Movie Stuff - 1/28/13

- Anna Paquin (Rogue), Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde) and Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) will all be back for X-Men: Days of Future Past.  It features an alternative future for the mutants where they're all being hunted by Sentinels.  Hugh Jackman (Wolverine), Patrick Stewart (Professor X), James McAvoy (young Professor X), Ian McKellen (Magneto), Michael Fassbender (young Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (young Mystique), and Nicholas Hoult (young Beast) will return as well.  Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, will be back.  It will open July 18, 2014.

- Paul Giamatti is in talks to play the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  He'd join Jamie Foxx, who's playing Electro, as the two villains Spidey must face.  Meanwhile Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) will play Mary Jane Watson and Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) will play Harry Osbourne.  Felicity Jones (Hysteria) is in an undisclosed role.  Andrew Garfield (Peter), Emma Stone (Gwen), and Sally Field (Aunt Mae) are returning.

- Since JJ Abrams has signed on to direct Star Wars 7, he won't be able to direct Star Trek 3 but will remain on as a producer.  Star Trek into Darkness opens this May.  Abrams will also produce Mission Impossible 5 with Tom Cruise.

- Lucasfilm has decided not to release Star Wars Episodes 2 & 3 to the big screen in 3-D.

Coming in the next few months:

- Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) is returning to his crime-drama roots with Trance, starring James McAvoy as an auctioneer named Simon who helps steal some priceless art for a mob boss (Vincent Cassel) but after getting knocked unconscious, Simon can't remember where he hid the art.

- Quvenzhane Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild) will next appear in Twelve Years A Slave, based on a true story about a mid-18th century New York educated free-man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who was kidnapped and sold for slavery in the South.  Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard and Benedict Cumberbatch co-star.

- Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd will star in They Came Together, a parody of You've Got Mail and romantic-comedy trappings in general.  Michael Shannon, Ed Helms and Cobie Smulders co-star.

- This Is the End will open June 14.  It's written and directed by Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen (Superbad).  It stars Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson as fictional versions of themselves, trapped in Franco's house after "a series of cataclysmic events" destroy Los Angeles. Something tells me at some point they all smoke pot.

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