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Game of Thrones' Peter Dinklage was cast in a "key role" in X-Men: Days of Future Past: source. I haven't read the X-Men comic books so I have no idea whom he could be playing. Fans speculate though that he might be someone called Puck. ETA: Or, according to Filmonic, Gateway who "creates wormholes which allow travel through space, time and dimensions." Source. Which would make sense, wouldn't it?

Still not losing hope, despite the growing cast, considering the casting sheet said that most of the story's taking place in 1973, which means XMFC territory...
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Bryan Singer added more X-Men to his movie: Rogue (Anna Paquin), Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) and Iceman (Shawn Ashmore). Once again, I'm starting to get the feeling that the movie will be way, way over-crowded. Bryan Singer promised this movie would be HUGE but... I guess I would prefer something small and intimate?

What Bryan Singer has said about the movie so far...

“We’ve cracked [time travel] in a way that it makes sense. I had a two-hour conversation with James Cameron about time travel, string theory, multiverses and all that. You have to create your rules and stick with them. That’s why Terminator and Back To The Future work so well. And there are certain mechanisms in X-Men, certain powers, perceptions, and characters that make this possible.”


“It has a lot of aspects of the comic. The actual comic of Days Of Future Past had a whole ton of stuff going on, so it’s like any of these things; you have to distill it. But I think the fans will be pleased that some of the most exciting parts of Days Of Future Past are going to be connected to this movie.”


“I’m taking into account every movie – I’m not just grabbing my first two movies and First Class and smashing them together. I’m taking into account the entire universe as it’s been laid out so far on the screen, and really respecting it and trying to work with that. People took things in various directions, so there’s some clean-up. But ultimately I’m not just ignoring them either.”


I just... I just want a movie that's about Charles and Erik, first and foremost. Yes, XMFC made me greedy, I admit it, but Charles and Erik and their relationship are the things that really, really worked in XMFC. The fact that Singer produced XMFC gives me hope but... I really do wish they would now stop adding characters. Enough is enough.
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Mark Millar - who now oversees all X-Men movies and other comic book stuff for Fox - talked about X-Men: Days of Future Past a bit - link - and this part really gave me hope:

"If we are bringing in a character then it shouldn’t just be for a trailer or to get a picture up online, get people excited, it should actually have a point in the story. The trick with that is to try and keep the cast relatively small so that you actually care about them."

Yes, please! Please? I know that everybody has a favorite character they would like to see in the movie but some of them are so obscure that the general public has never even heard of them. Besides, XMFC set the board - keep it that way. X3 was a hot mess because of the huge number of characters (among other things, that is). What worked and what even the haters and naysayers praised was the relationship between Charles and Erik, possibly Charles, Erik and Raven. When you have actors as praised and lauded as James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart an Ian McKellen - use them and use them well! Do not let them disappear in a sea of useless, unnecessary stuff and too broad, unfocused storytelling.

Gosh, I can't wait for the filming to start, to see first spoilers and BTS pics pop up! I'm thrilled! \o/
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“I thought the biggest thing that X-Men: First Class gave the franchise was a real palpable sense of humor that wasn’t just for a couple of moments,” McAvoy admits. “It was running through the thing. And I hope that continues. I don’t know how easy it will be for me to be a part of that as my character’s going to be in a pretty [frick]ed up place. It’s a shame because I like the fact that Charles Xavier was witty and funny and a bit of a lecherous old guy trapped in a 30-year-old’s body.”

Although he played coy about Days of Future Past story details, James McAvoy did confirm that there will be an explanation as to why and how Prof. X will go bald, which the casting of Stewart, alone, affirms will occur. “[screenwriter] Simon Kinberg and I had a chat about it and we came up with a whole bunch of idea about how, why and where he might go bald. It’s got to be linked to the plot though. In the comics, he lost his hair as soon as his powers awakened, and we clearly didn’t follow the source material. It can’t just be that he looks in the mirror at the end of the film and goes ‘Oh [frick], I’m losing my hair’. Although that could be quite funny with all this shit going on... he goes ‘Arge, I’m really stressed...’”


Awesome. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME! I'm so glad to hear that Simon Kinberg allows James some input. I'm curious as to where they want to take Charles. It sounds like an interesting arc awaits him in the next movie! Sweet!
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According to various sources, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine is now officially confirmed to appear in the XMFC sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Well... I like Jackman's Wolverine, I just hope he won't take over the story - because that's what happened with the first 3 X-Men movies and now there are two Wolverine-centric films... Can't this series, XMFC and its (possibly more than one) sequel, be Charles and Erik centric? It's starting to feel like Bryan Singer's flooding the movie with characters a la X3. I don't want a repeat of THAT. THAT would break my heart into itty-bitty pieces.
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Bryan Singer teased the XMFC sequel with this quote: "As new species are formed through natural evolution, others will become rarer and rarer, and finally extinct. The forms which stand in closest competition with those undergoing modification and improvement will naturally suffer most." Source.

Sir Patrick Stewart said about the XMFC sequel:

Bryan let the cat out of the bag on Twitter, and it included announcing that Sir Ian and myself were going to be in this movie. We are, you know, under contractual oath with 20th Century Fox to say nothing about any prospective X-Men movie including the old team. I use “old” advisedly.

So it’s a kind of awkward position, because lovely Bryan Singer just blurted it all out there. For me the big thrill is knowing that Bryan Singer is attached to this movie, because not only is he a brilliant director, but also I adore him and hope that it might be true and that we do work together at some point in the future. But I’m not being coy. I know nothing about this project. And I’m hoping that might change in the future.

I have not signed a contract yet. I know there is a project in development, but we have no dates. No detailed casting. Thrilled to hear that my dear friend and colleague Ian McKellen is on board, but I’m sorry, you know, you need to understand, I’m not being cute. I know nothing.


It sets my heart aflutter to hear him say "my dear friend" about Sir Ian McKellen. It's so cute!

Hugh Jackman talks about Wolverine and the XMFC sequel: source. I didn't know he was such good friends with Russell Crowe. Interesting. But I hope his bit in the XMFC sequel will be kept at minimum. There are enough movies that focus on his character already.

Sir Ian McKellen talks about Michael Fassbender's stint as Magneto:

What did you think of Michael Fassbender as Magneto in "X-Men: First Class"?
Yeah! I thought he was exactly that: first class. Excellent.

You never thought, Hey, I've got my eye on you. That's my part.
[Laughs] No. No. I thought he was better than me. But, we weren't quite playing the same character because he was so much younger than me. And the scope of Magneto, one day a Jewish actor will play it. Clearly, he's Jewish. We first meet him in at Auschwitz and there's scope for all sorts of people to pay Magneto. But, I was just the lucky guy who got to play him first.


Not exactly X-Men related but - James McAvoy won't star in the Julian Assange movie with Benedict Cumberbatch after all. He had to drop out because of a scheduling conflict with XMFC: source.
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OMG! Bryan Singer just confirmed that we will see these two...

... BUT ALSO these two...

... in X-Men: Days of Future Past: source!

Eeeeeeeeep! Seriously! How awesomely fantastic is that? To see both of these iconic duos in one movie?! *rolls in the pretty* That so, SO made my day! Is it 2014 already? \o/
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According to Collider - link - rumor has it that Matthew Vaughn dropped out of directing the XMFC sequel because he was offered Star Wars VII! Can you imagine it? Matthew Vaugh directing the new SW movie? That would be cool, so cool! On the other hand, I'm still miffed that he won't be directing X-Men: Days of Future Past :(
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After Matthew Vaughn dropped out of directing the XMFC sequel - a fact I still mourn ;_; - my only wish was for Bryan Singer to replace him. If not Vaughn, then Singer. The X-Men are his baby and the less involved he is - X-Men: The Last Stand & X-Men Origins: Wolverine - the worse they are, even downright terrible. So it filled me with glee when it was revealed yesterday that Bryan Singer WILL be directing the sequel! He WILL! Matthew Vaughn will be taking over Singer's position as producer, basically, they are switching roles. Source. Awesome!
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Well, damn. According to Deadline.com, Matthew Vaughn won't be directing X-Men: Days of Future Past after all. He just stepped down. He will still be producing the movie and he wrote the outline that Simon Kinsberg's turned into a script, but he won't be directing it. It's possible that he and Bryan Singer, who directed the first two X-Men movies, will just switch places - Singer produced XMFC - but Fox might bring in someone new.

DamndamnDAMN. I really loved Vaughn's style, that he allowed both Fassbender and McAvoy have their say in how Charles and Erik's relationship would be portrayed. I'm not sure if a new director will give them the same freedom - they are both deeply interested in keeping the characters' integrity which might clash with the new director's vision. Very disappointing news :(

Also, it looks like Wolverine will be set after X3.
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Lately, Patrick Stewart has been teasing his return as Prof. Charles Xavier in the XMFC sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past: source. And considering the storyline of the comic book on which this movie is based, it wouldn't be a surprise. And it would also fit my idea that it'll be Charles who will send his consciousness back in time to save mutantkind, not Kitty Pryde. That would be all kinds of rocking awesome!

XMFC fanart

Sep. 8th, 2012 09:31 pm
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[personal profile] keire_ke decided to work on a fusion between XMFC and the animated show called The Moomins and painted a wonderful, simply beautiful picture of moomin!Charles:

Larger version here.

If you like it, go and tell her so, encourage her to draw more. This picture is one of the sweetest things I've ever seen!
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Last night, [personal profile] keire_ke asked me where I stood on the whole thing with Charles and Raven and telepaths in general. Honestly, I didn't even know this was an "issue" in the fandom - thank the gods above I'm not a part of that circle of crazy! - and it got me thinking. There's no doubt that Charles is a dangerously naive know-it-all and that he fumbled his relationship with Raven terribly, on the other hand...

In my head canon, telepaths use their telepathy as another sense, just like sight or hearing, so to ask them NOT to use it is like muffling a normal person's ears and then forcing them to communicate. With time, they will learn but there will always be things they won't get, nuances they will miss. For telepaths, reading surface thoughts, using their telepathy is a natural state of being - like for Raven being blue - and because of that, they never learn to understand people - see Charles and his communication with anybody but Raven or with Erik with his helmet on: when he's able to use his telepathy, he knows how to help, how to soothe and prop. When his gift is muffled, he flounders and says and does stupid things.

I also think that telepathy is all noise, all the time, telepaths just learn to build shields around their mind that deflect that noise - or they focus on one person exclusively while shutting out everything else - again, see Charles when he "taps" a person, his eyes go completely blank, in that moment, you could sneak up on him and shoot him in the head and he wouldn't notice. I also think that he uses his telepathy on everybody who didn't ask him not to do it - but only to read surface thoughts - you can see it in the scene where he explicitly asks Erik if he can go deeper.

And his relationship with Raven. He doesn't want her running around naked - see the scene in the kitchen, where he asks her to put some clothes on. What's wrong with that? She might be a bit scaly, that doesn't make her any less naked. Does he as her brother really need to see her genitalia on display? This is me being a prude, I guess, but look at Hank: would you want to see his hairy cock dangling right there, in front of you? There's no difference between hairy!Hank and scaly!Raven in that regard.

I agree that he should have shown Raven that he accepted her the way she was, blue-skinned and golden-eyed. Though I have to wonder, when did his reservations start? When she asked him not to read her mind? Because, honestly, she wants him to accept her as a blue shapeshifer, yet she cannot accept him as a mind-reading telepath. Does that mean that some mutants are "more acceptable" than others?

Food for thought...

Bah humbug!

Sep. 1st, 2012 11:07 am
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I'm thrilled that there will be 3 Hobbit movies. I'm over the moon! I can't wait to see them and I hope we get more Legolas and at least a scene or two with him and Thranduil. The movies will be called: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again. Source.

But! And that's where the "bah humbug" thing comes in...

The Hobbit: There and Back Again will be released on July 18 2014. So? It's the same FRICKIN' day X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out! What a shitty move, WB. The rest of the month is completely free so far and they put their movie against the XMFC sequel. X-Men will be pummeled, stomped on and ground to dust! Even if Fox moves it back or forth a week, it'll be still flattened like a pancake by The Hobbit.

Darn it all to hell and back. I want X-Men to do well. I always want my favorite actors to do well at the cinema. The way Premium Rush is getting pummeled right now is depressing. It has great reviews, 10% better than Lawless, yet it's flopping because Sony kept changing its release date and did almost no marketing for it. If Looper ends up the same way, I might throw a tantrum.

Bah humbug!
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Yeah, yeah, these are old pictures but I just discovered them so hush and let me enjoy them! *_*

These make me wish so desperately that the writers were a bit braver and actually made Charles and Erik a couple. Even star-crossed lovers would be enough. Just... something. Because if anybody out there still thinks that Professor X and Magneto are just friends, said person needs to have their eyes checked.

Just gimme my Charles/Erik romance! *grabby hands* Gimme! GIMME!
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It's official! Bryan Singer officially confirmed that the XMFC sequel will be called Days of Future Past! Source.

In an interview with IGN, Bryan Singer flat out confirmed the actual title of ‘X-Men: First Class 2‘ and touched upon his and the studio’s desire to go all-out with the next X-Men movie. (...) "It’s going to be very ambitious. It’s called Days of Future Past and it deals with aspects of that comic but also, some very new things."

Sounds really good. Though I hope that what Simon Kinsberg said still stands, that they plan to focus on the 4 to 5 main characters from XMFC, that they don't plan to flood the movie with mutants like they did in X3.

What I wish to see? The horrifying future where Beast builds a special Cerebro to send Charles' consciousness back in time to warn the team of what's to come. I don't think Kitty Pryde is necessary for this plot to work and it would be better if they stuck to characters we know, it would smooth out and straighten the storylines without unnecessary and convoluted explanations.


Jul. 29th, 2012 09:50 pm
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The plan for the sequel — which he says "is unlike the other X-Men movies" — is to do some unexpected things with Xavier and Magneto. Source.

To which the usual response was: "So, they are finally going to fuck?" That made me LOL! I mean, why the hell not? Both actors would be perfectly okay with that as they proved time and time again in their interviews and most fans think they are in love anyway.

Wishful thinking, I know. Still, I'm very curious what the "unexpected things" are... *_* Yes, XMFC and Charles & Erik are still making me very, very happy, thanks for asking :P
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This is a pic from "House of M" - and it gives me FEELINGS! Why is it always Charles who dies on Erik time and time and time again in comic books, movies, animated series...? It's so incredibly sad to see Erik mourn Charles.
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“I wish I could tell you about it, but literally, it’s like the most guarded state secret I’ve ever been around. I can tell you that it’s going really well, and I can tell you that I’ve been working closely with Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman on the script of the movie and that we hope to be shooting in Spring of next year to come out in July of 2014 and that I’m really excited about it, because the only thing I can say, because I have to be extraordinarily vague about it, because the last time I talked to anybody about it, I got in trouble…big trouble…what I can tell you is [that] it’s extraordinarily ambitious. It is unlike the other X-Men movies and yet very much a celebration of the X-Men movies.”

“I don’t know enough of what he [Vaughn] has or hasn’t talked about. I can tell you it’s been a very fluid process in the sense of we really went into it, Matthew, Jane and myself, just wanting to create a movie that was as…I’m very proud of First Class…as dramatic as that movie, I think it is as dramatic as that movie, but more epic, mythic in a way as well. So, there are ideas that we’ve started with that haven’t survived, there are ideas that we started with from conversations we had from making First Class that are going to be in the sequel. So, it’s vague but…”

“It’s one of those movies that, because it’s such a big deal for the studio, they have some sense of what it is that we’re writing and they are ambitious about the movie, too. I don’t know what the budget’s going to be, we’ve got to finish the script before we have a budget, but I would assume that it is a bigger movie than the last in physical scope, and that we have the license to do that because of the success of First Class. And because I think Fox has had success with interesting movies in the last couple of years in the genre, like Planet of the Apes was a really good movie, Chronicle was a cool movie, First Class, they’re just narratively or creatively a little bit more ambitious. So they’ve encouraged us to do that with the sequel.” Source

That? Actually makes me nervous. What worked best in XMFC was the small stuff, the relationships. I just hope that, if they do adapt "The Days of Future Past", they don't let the movie enfold in both time periods, in the past and in the future. And that they don't bring in the mutants from X1-X3 to make the "We want Jean and Ororo and..." fans happy. Considering it's Simon Kinberg, the writer of the overcrowded train-wreck that was X3, speaking... *cringes*

I desperately cling to what Matthew Vaughn said, that he wants to bring in just one new mutant. And that Simon Kinberg himself promised us more focus on the personal relationships between Erik and Charles and between Raven and Hank. Just... after the clustercrap of X3, EPIC and X-MEN in one sentence make me nervous.


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