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Will Bryan Singer Be Back For The X-Men Director’s Chair? Filmmaker Tweets Out ‘Apocalypse’ Tease

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 30, 2014 4:35 PM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
As scandals go, Bryan Singer seems to have weathered the sexual abuse allegations aimed at him from earlier this year, rather well. In fact, because there’s been little movement on the case, most of that controversy has been forgotten. At least for now. It probably doesn’t hurt that his “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” is now the highest grossing movie of 2014 worldwide ($712 million), having surpassed “Captain America The Winter Soldier” this past weekend (and it has $11 million to go to unseat “X-Men: The Last Stand” as the highest grossing film in the series domestically). The narrative is fully on the side of all things positive. But in April, when the sex-abuse allegations were in full swing, multiple lawsuits filed and negative media attention swirling, things weren’t looking so bright for the filmmaker.

Simon Kinberg Says 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Credits Tease Provides "Deep Back Story" For 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 27, 2014 5:27 PM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Who knew, after “Iron Man” came out in 2008, that post-credit sequences would eventually be present in almost every subsequent superhero film? There used to be a time when a post-credit scene would usually be relegated to a comedy, like a Zucker-Abrams-Zucker film. Now, they’re used to parlay important information about an upcoming sequel, or in the recent case of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” an advertisement for a completely different franchise. “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is no stranger to this practice, and with the film creating a huge amount of buzz this past weekend, naturally its post-credit sequence has garnered quite a bit of attention as well.

The Best & Worst Of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 27, 2014 2:42 PM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Well, knock us down with a feather. We'd been positively fearing "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" from afar. It had a been a while since the franchise peaked, and on paper, the giant cast list seemed to promise another "X-Men: The Last Stand"-style mess at best. Plus director Bryan Singer's last film, "Jack The Giant Slayer," was by some distance the worst of his career, and early marketing materials made it look like 'DOFP' had a tiny scope that belied its budget (the second most expensive in Fox's history, after "Avatar"), and made it seem like some kind of mid-'90s vision of the future.

Simon Kinberg Talks Potential 'X-Men' TV Series, Bryan Singer Says Scarlet Witch Cut From 'Days Of Future Past' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2014 10:40 AM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
With Warner Bros. formally announcing plans for "Justice League" last night, the name of the game around Hollywood is to make your comic property even bigger and better than whatever Marvel is doing. Or at least try to. And Fox is pushing forward hard with their mutant universe that will continue to expand with "X-Men: Days Of Future Past." And, just like Marvel, a small screen future could be in the playbook.

'West of Memphis' Director Amy Berg Developing Hollywood Sex Abuse Doc Linked To Bryan Singer Allegations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2014 6:08 PM
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Amy Berg
Earlier this week, some bombshell allegations rocked Hollywood, when 31-year-old Michael Egan filed a federal lawsuit accusing "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him on numerous occasions in 1999. Singer's lawyers swiftly denied the allegations, and have announced plans to countersue. But the story has now taken another turn, and one that goes beyond the court proceedings.

Watch: Final Trailer For 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' Gets Unleashed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2014 11:01 PM
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X-Men Days Of Future Past
Don't be fooled. While Fox is touting this as the final trailer for "X-Men: Days Of Future Past," there is still a long month ahead before it hits theatres. And in that time, we're sure there will be no shortage of featurettes, clips, Instagram vids, Vines, skywriting and more for Bryan Singer's ambitious franchise entry. But before that, yes, it's the final trailer for the movie.

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Will Be "Bigger" Than 'Future Past' And Deal With "Ancient Mutancy"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2014 11:03 AM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
There's over a month still to go until "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" arrives in theatres. And because we live in the era of franchises and sequels, that means it's time to start discussing the inevitable followup, "X-Men: Apocalypse," already slated for 2016. And Singer along with producer/writer Simon Kinberg has teased some details about what to expect from the movie that will be "somewhat" based on 1990 comic run, "Age Of Apocalypse."

New EW Cover & Featurette Reveal More Plot Details Of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 9, 2014 3:26 PM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Evidently Bryan Singer’s “X-Men Days Of Future Past” is one of the most expensive movies 20th Century Fox has ever made. I think this is the biggest movie Fox has made that James Cameron didn’t direct,” writer/producer Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: First Class”) told Entertainment Weekly in this week’s ‘DOFP’ cover story. “We have to deliver, and that’s really hard. Plus, we don’t use guns, we use powers. The power is a visual effect. So by its very nature, it’s going to be pricey,” producer Lauren Schuler Donner added.

Watch: Bryan Singer Leads Tour Through ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Locations & Timeline In 6 New Clips

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 3, 2014 9:00 AM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
A gap across time is bridged in Bryan Singer’s latest comic book entry “X-Men: Days of Future Past," which means the director has the dominating task of doubling his cast of mutants while keeping the film narratively taut. We’ve heard of various ways he might tackle this issue, but today we’ve also got several new behind-the-scenes clips taking us deeper into the film’s dizzying timelines, locations, and approach.

12 Indie Directors Who Jumped To Blockbuster Budgets

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 26, 2014 2:24 PM
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Noah, Russell Crowe, Aronofsky
This week sees the release of “Noah,” and it’s notable for a number of reasons. For one, it’s that it’s a relatively rare Biblical movie not aimed principally at religious audiences (which may or may not pay off). For another, it’s the latest film from “Requiem For A Dream” and “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky. But perhaps more than anything else, it’s a movie that costs $125 million, almost four times as much as the director’s most expensive previous film, “The Fountain,” the helmer having been given the keys to Paramount’s war chest after the surprise smash success of “Black Swan,” which made nearly $300 million worldwide.

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