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Kate Mara Says 'The Fantastic Four' Movie Won’t Be Based On The Comic Book

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 15, 2014 2:20 PM
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Kate Mara House Of Cards
The upcoming reboot of the “The Fantastic Four” movie has been described by the screenwriter, Simon Kinberg as “real, gritty and grounded.” The writer/producer even said the Josh Trank-directed movie was akin to “Batman Begins.” Now if you know the original “Fantastic Four” movies with Chris Evans and Jessica Alba, you know those films are nothing like “Batman Begins.” They’re much more in line with the comic—a bit goofy, broad and silly (which is why Tim Story’s movies might be terrible, but they were in the spirit of the comics).

Simon Kinberg Says Ridley Scott’s Next Film Is ‘The Martian’ With Matt Damon & Shoots This Fall

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 24, 2014 6:10 PM
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Ridley Scott To Direct ‘The Martian’ With Matt Damon In The Lead
When Ridley Scott’s “The Martian” was announced with Matt Damon in the lead a few months ago, it sounded like it had a lot of heat and would be next for the prodigious and eclectic filmmaker. And according to writer Simon Kinberg, it is, and it’s shooting this fall.

'X-Men: Apocalypse' Is Set In 1983, But Why That Year?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2014 4:00 PM
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"X-Men: Days Of Future Past" did what it was intended to: thanks to the all-star cast and surprisingly strong reviews, the film was by far the biggest hit of the series, with the film closing on $700 million worldwide, elevating it far above its predecessors, and justifying Fox's decision to spend more money on the picture than any other film except "Avatar." As such, the already-announced plans for "X-Men: Apocalypse" are moving forward at speed, and writer Simon Kinberg has just spilled some beans on it.

So If Lawrence Kasdan Is Writing The Boba Fett Movie, What's Gareth Edwards' 'Star Wars' Spin-Off About?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 4:32 PM
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Gareth Edwards, Star Wars
Another day, another "Star Wars" rumor, but one that, if it turns out to be true, would throw an interesting twist into the developing details over the grand Disney plan over the next few years. At this point, we know that "Episode VII" is coming out at Christmas 2015, with at least "Episode VIII" and "Episode IX." to follow at some stage. We also know that "Godzilla" director Gareth Edwards is directing the first of the stand-alone spin-off movies, to be written by "The Book Of Eli"'s Gary Whitta, and scheduled for release in December 2016, and that "Chronicle" and "Fantastic Four" helmer Josh Trank will do another spin-off at some point after that.

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 Compares 'The Fantastic Four' Reboot To 'Batman Begins'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 27, 2014 1:17 PM
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Fantastic Four Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan, Kate Mara & Jamie Bell
While the comic world is still buzzing about "Ant-Man" and the exit of Edgar Wright, another big comic property is coming next summer, and so far, details have remained tightly under wraps. Fox is rebooting "The Fantastic Four," entrusting Josh Trank to erase the memory of the 2005 and 2007 films, and update the characters for the current era of tentpole superheroes. But so far, all we know is that Miles Teller (Reed Richards/Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (Johnny Storm/Human Torch), Kate Mara (Sue Storm) and Jamie Bell (Ben Grimm/The Thing) are leading the cast, with Toby Kebbell as the villain Dr. Doom. But what about the tone? Well, forget about the goofy predecessors.

Simon Kinberg Has "Regrets" About 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' Confirms Quicksilver For 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 21, 2014 11:25 AM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
Promotion for “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is in the fullest of swings ahead of this weekend's release. There are digital posters on the London Underground counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds until release, which more than anything are sort of stressful to look at: meanwhile on the internet are all manner of clips and things, including a bunch more of the character-focused “power pieces” that we saw last week. These three focus on the future freedom fighter (sort of: it's complicated, like damn near everything X-related these days) Bishop (Omar Sy), new to the franchise, and two returning characters: cold-powered Iceman and Russian strognman Colossus, played by Shawn Ashmore and Daniel Scudmore respectively, both of whom we last saw in “X-Men: The Last Stand” (i.e. the last in the original trilogy).

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.

'Star Wars' Sequels Will Stick With Cinematic Canon, Won't Include Elements From Expanded Universe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 21, 2014 2:47 PM
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Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi
Yeah, we know. If you're a diehard "Star Wars" fan, this is not really news at all, but confirmation of what you already know. But for the more casual viewer, or those who were perhaps hoping that the upcoming sequels would roll the dice with the established worlds and timelines laid out in George Lucas' six "Star Wars" movies, this bit of info is probably worth knowing.

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