A raft of thespians really made the effort to become unrecognisable for roles in 2016, whether through over-eating (McConaughey), heavy prosthetics (Downton’s Dan Stevens for ‘Beauty and the Beast’) or simply just bad eyebrows (John Travolta in ‘The People Vs O.J. Simpson). Here are a few more of the best. Image credits: Reuters/Disney/Lionsgate/BBC/Associated Press/Cover Media/Warner/Universal/Deadline/Fox/Sony/Focus Features/FameFly/Instagram/AFP/FX/US Weekly/WENN/GC Images
Kenneth Lonergan’s new drama, Manchester by the Sea, is an emotionally devastating and powerful film about family, loss, and forgiveness. Imagine then how the subject matter affected the cast, which spent weeks filming Manchester. “It was painful,” Casey Affleck told Yahoo Movies (watch above).
20th Century Fox are in a bind with the ‘X-Men’ franchise following the underwhelming performance of Apocalypse earlier this summer. Because while it has been reported by The Hollywood Reporter that a reboot of the franchise is currently “in the works” at the studio, the publication also revealed that, according to their sources, this could end up being just a reconfiguration. There’s just one problem. ‘Apocalypse’ was the last film of the actors’ three-picture deals with the studio on ‘X-Men’, meaning that if they were to return they’d be after a huge pay increase.
Depending on your point of view, 2016′s summer of blockbusters can be described as a number of things, with titles like ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, ‘Captain America: Civil War’, ‘Jason Bourne’, ‘Star Trek Beyond’, ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘The BFG’, ‘Ghostbusters’, and ‘Finding Dory’ pleasing movie goers to varying degrees as well as being divisive with critics. Over at comScore, the numbers have been tallied and, according to The Wrap, 108 days after the first Friday in May 2016 summer films are ahead of 2015′s but only narrowly. Annual box office takings are up nearly 5%, which is largely down to a few big-hitters from the likes of Disney and Marvel, not to mention some consistent numbers from Warner Bros. too.
The superhero gathering that comic book fans have been dreaming of for years is reportedly one step closer to happening, because it’s been alleged that 20th Century Fox are considering a deal with Marvel Studios to pair up some of their characters.
Well played 20th Century Fox’s marketing team. Because with ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ due for release in Japan at the start of August they decided to give the blockbuster an extra promotional push by calling in Ryan Reynolds and Deadpool to cameo in the trailer. After ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’’s trailer comes to an end it then abruptly cuts to Deadpool sat in a director’s chair, and the masked vigilante then launches into a hysterical diatribe that pokes fun at Fox and then proceeds to riff on the X-Men family.
‘Independence Day: Resurgence’ is the latest movie to have arrived amid a general shrug of the shoulders (and that’s at best… at worst, many critics have taken it to pieces). Prior to this is was 'X-Men: Apocalypse’, generally considered to be a low point in the 'X-Men’ series, with poor reviews and a pretty serious lack of interest at the box office. There’s not an analyst in Hollywood who could call that a successful box office salvo, particularly when you consider its predecessor, 'X-Men: Day of Future past’, pulled in nearly $250 million more.
Following its recent advertising campaign debacle, it appears that ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ could be running into a spot of bother at the box office too.
A storm is brewing over billboard posters promoting ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ in the US which show Jennifer Lawrence’s character being strangled. The huge ads feature the strapline 'Only The Strong Will Survive’, and show Oscar Isaac’s Apocalypse choking Mystique. Actress Rose McGowan is among those who have torn into the studio, sharing a post on her Facebook page which has slammed 20th Century Fox for using the image, declaring 'f**k this s**t’.
Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ is the latest superhero movie to come out at the cinema, and new addition Olivia Munn has revealed her gruelling regime for getting fit for the role. Munn recently spoke to Women’s Health about preparing for the intense role as Psylocke - one of Apocalypse’s (Oscar Isaac) sword-wielding mutants he recruits to destroy the planet.
After appearing on British chat show ‘The Graham Norton Show’ on Friday (13 May), Hollywood A-lister Jennifer Lawrence revealed her rather awkward encounter with the legendary Harrison Ford. Joining ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ co-star James McAvoy and comedian Jack Whitehall on the sofa, Lawrence shared an amusing but humiliating tale about the time she met superstar Harrison Ford and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ director J.J. Abrams. “For the first time ever in my career – I never assume anyone knows who I am – I saw Harrison Ford and J.J. Abrams, and was like, ‘Yeah this is fine, we’re all co-workers….
A petition has been launched calling for Disney to stop paying critics, which some corners of comic-book movie fandom genuinely believe it does. It’s thought that there’s a conspiracy abound that the Mouse House actually pays critics to hammer movies outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which it has owned since 2009, and leave the MCU alone. “Disney has been continually paying critics to attack Non MCU movies,” reads its supporting statement.
Anyone hoping that ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ was going to be a franchise high point might have to think about scaling back their expectations. The reviews are in, and they’re really not great. Forbes magazine has even gone as far as calling Bryan Singer’s sixth outing in the series a 'franchise-killing disaster’.
There’s not long until ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ reaches cinemas, so what better time for director Bryan Singer to unveil the first look at The Blob.
The next ‘X-Men’ movie may be just around the corner, but the previous instalment, ‘Days of Future Past’, needed the help of James Cameron to get it right. Speaking after almost two months of shooting ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ (and according to Cinema Blend), director Bryan Singer revealed he sought out the ‘Terminator’ director’s help in order to get the ending spot on. The outcome we see in ‘Days of Future Past’ concludes with Wolverine having saved the day and woken up in his own, shaped timeline.
When James McAvoy recently appeared on ‘The Graham Norton Show’, not only was he charming alongside ‘Victor Frankenstein’ co-star Daniel Radcliffe, he gave us some new info on upcoming flick ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’. While the next ‘X-Men’ movie will have to be pretty epic if Bryan Singer wishes to better ‘Days of Future Past’, the interesting possibilities for the plot (comicbook fans might have a better ideas than most) remain a talking point. “Maybe, or maybe not…I just s**t myself because I know Fox Studios who own me might be angry with me for sharing that.” It’s OK, James, we won’t tell anyone.
‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ is a film that’s packed with to the brim with tremendous set pieces. Peters revealed, “Yeah, Quicksilver does his thing again. While you’d expect Evan Peters to try and ramp up anticipation for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ by insisting that the sequence is infinitely better than the one in ‘Days Of Future Past’, he went on to reveal another slice of information that suggests it actually almost certainly will be.
‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ just got even more enticing, because it’s been confirmed that the teaser trailer for ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ will debut before the blockbuster. Simon Kinberg, who is ‘X-Men Apocalypse’s’ producer and writer, made this revelation to Collider, while 20th Century Fox later confirmed this would be the case with a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “Our first trailer will be on ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’,” Kinberg declared to the website. Kinberg then added further information regarding what we can expect to see in the trailer, even teasing its run time. - Marvel Studios Has X-Men / Fantastic Four Plans?
‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ has been somewhat overshadowed by ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’ and ‘Captain America: Civil War’, all three of which are going to be released in summer 2016. Coming off the huge success of ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ - it was the highest grossing of the series as well as being easily the best reviewed – ‘Apocalypse’ is still expected to excel when it is ultimately released in just a couple of months time. - Marvel Studios Has X-Men / Fantastic Four Plans?
Having played Wolverine for seven films now you’d have thought that picking a favourite ‘X-Men’ scene as the beloved character would prove to be impossible. Speaking to Digital Spy, Jackman admitted, “I think, ultimately, my favourite moment is the came in ‘First Class’.” - Jurassic World Makes $1 Billion Internationally - King Kong VS Godzilla Movie In The Works - Could A Zombie Apocalypse Really Happen? The scene in question sees Wolverine sat at a bar enjoying a tipple when Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) walk in and prepare to ask him to join their growing gaggle of mutants.