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Danny Boyle Wants Colin Firth and Scarlett Johansson To Join James McAvoy In 'Trance'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 4, 2011 10:27 AM
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Zoe Saldana and Mélanie Thierry Also In Contention, Michael Fassbender Definitely OutIf there was every any doubt, after work like "Shallow Grave," "Trainspotting" and "Sunshine," Danny Boyle has firmly planted his feet among the A-list of directors: he's had two Best Picture nominees in a row, with the first of them, "Slumdog Millionaire" winning a Best Director Oscar; he's scored a big stage hit in "Frankenstein"; and he's been handed the responsibility for the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. While the latter will take up most of Boyle's next year, he's not going to be totally absent from the film world; it was announced a few months ago that he's planning a new heist thriller, "Trance," a remake of the 2001 British TV movie.

Good News/Bad News: 'X-Men: First Class' Blu-Ray/DVD Will Feature 13 (Short) Deleted Scenes

  • By Matthew Newlin
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  • July 1, 2011 3:00 AM
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"X-Men: First Class" has grossed $132 million since its June 3rd release, so why wouldn't 20th Century Fox start leaking details about the eventual Blu-ray/DVD release? According to Bleeding Cool, via Cinema Blend, the "First Class" Blu-ray and DVD will include 13 deleted scenes which is enough to make the front of any fanboy's pants tighten. That's the good news. The bad news is the scenes will total less than 14 minutes of additional footage. Yes, that is the sound of wind being taken out of your sails.

James McAvoy Wants To Get In A 'Trance' For Danny Boyle

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2011 8:29 AM
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Update: Fox Searchlight has corrected Variety's story telling us James McAvoy is up for a different role than the one Michael Fassbender was circling. There is no word yet on whether or not Fassbender is still involved in the picture, but fingers crossed the duo reteam for Boyle's film.

Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire' Gets January 20, 2012 Release Date

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 15, 2011 12:23 PM
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Relativity Media Will Distribute in U.S.Well, that's one film we can take out of awards contention for 2011. One of Steven Soderbergh's upcoming films "Haywire" won't be released till January 20, 2012. As we've been saying all along, Relativity Media has retained the domestic rights, with Lionsgate holding on to the foreign rights. Lionsgate was all set to release in the U.S. as well, until restructuring gave partner Relativity its own domestic arm for distribution. The initial date was April, 2011, which Soderbergh confirmed himself, but it was never officially announced; the restructuring deal points took much longer than anyone expected. Then August, 2011 became the next date everyone was zeroing on, but they too lost that window of opportunity when the deal pushed back the chance to release trailers and posters.

'X-Men: First Class': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 6, 2011 5:47 AM
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By this point, it's more than likely that you've checked out "X-Men: First Class" (although its underwhelming box office suggests that there were fewer of you than we thought). And, if the film's strong exit scores are anything to go by, you, like most of The Playlist team, found it as entertaining a superhero movie as any in the last few years: fresh, exciting and well-directed, with a brace of star-making performances, it's certainly given a much-needed kick up the ass to a franchise that's had two awful entries in a row.

Weekend Box Office: $56 Million 'First Class' Opening Isn't X-actly What Fox Had In Mind

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 5, 2011 5:16 AM
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As the only major opening of the week, it was not a surprise to see “X-Men: First Class” reign with a $56 million total. For those keeping track at home (why are you doing this?), this is the lowest-scoring opening weekend for any of the four films in the “X-Men” series save for the eleven-year old first entry, and not a particularly impressive start for the only new wide release in town. This isn’t even taking into account a summer that has seen the fifth and fourth installments of the “Fast And The Furious” and “Pirates Of The Caribbean” achieve great success.

Matthew Vaughn Was A Yeller, Already Thinking Sequels & 18 Things Learned About 'X-Men First Class'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 3, 2011 6:47 AM
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"X" marks the spot! (Sorry, had to go there.) After a long wait, at least quality-wise, the mutants are back and "X-Men: First Class" has arrived and opens in theaters nationwide today. This super hero film also lands with a rather huge sigh of relief to three distinctly different groups of people. 1) The fans: after having to endure two mediocre to abysmal installments of the 'X-Men' series ("X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine"), the Matthew Vaughn-directed "X-Men: First Class," is a nice return to form and almost on-par with Bryan Singer's much beloved "X2" (read our positive review) 2) The non-disastrous quality of the film is also a huge sigh of relief to the cast who were expecting something else. 'First Class' was shot, edited and finished in a lightning-fast 10-month period and actors have already publicly admitted that the uber-rushed-production of the film made them worry they were putting their efforts into polishing a turd. So a remarkably steady picture -- also considering the myriad story threads -- is not only a major comfort, it's a major surprise. 3) The studio: Trying to get their blockbuster brand back to health, 20th Century Fox gambled big time with the rushed schedule of "X-Men: First Class," but thanks to Vaughn they rolled snake eyes. This should be precipitating whoops and cheers from the execs, frankly.The film wasn't cheap to make, the actual production was one huge question mark, but now their franchise is back in good standing with critics (and soon to be fans) and sequels will surely be on their way (and yes, everyone in the cast is signed up for a trilogy, as is de rigueur these days). The film's arrival is good news to everyone.

First Reactions To 'X-Men: First Class' Suggest It's The Summer Home-Run We've Been Waiting For

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 23, 2011 1:02 AM
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Since the start of the year, we haven't been shy about our opinion that "X-Men: First Class" seemed to be the most promising of the four superhero entries landing this summer. The cast is great, Matthew Vaughn looks ready to step up a level, and the trailers have been among the best-cut of the year. But things haven't all been rosy: rumors of a lengthy, chaotic shoot have been rife, and the posters have been as bad as the trailers have been good, while the most recent clip for the film seemed rushed and weightless.

Michael Fassbender, Tilda Swinton & Mia Wasikowska To Star In Vampire Film From Jim Jarmusch

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 16, 2011 11:38 AM
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John Hurt Also In CastThe idea of the vampire, that of the undead creature that survives by feeding off the blood of living people -- is an enormously resilient, resonant one, so it makes sense that there continue to be dozens of stories about them -- barely a year has gone by in the history of cinema without at least one example. But the last few years, it's gotten ridiculous: from blockbusters like "Twilight" and the upcoming "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," to indies like "Let The Right One In" and its American remake, to TV series like "True Blood" and "The Vampire Diaries," the damn things are everywhere, and we can't be the only people who are sick of them. At this stage, it would take a really, really interesting line-up of talent to make us interested in a vampire flick again.

Steve Coogan & Robert Sheehan Join Michael Fassbender In Punk-Rock Biopic 'Good Vibrations'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 12, 2011 4:57 AM
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Bronagh Gallagher Also On Board; Liam Cunningham Exits?Steve Coogan and Robert Sheehan aren't exactly strangers to the exploration of real life musical figures on film, having both starred in "24 Hour Party People" and "Killing Bono" respectively, and it looks like they're set to go down a similar path once again. The two actors have joined "Cherrybomb" co-directors Glenn Leyburn and Lisa Barros D’Sa's "Good Vibrations," the story of Northern Ireland's godfather of punk, Terri Hooley.

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