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Vin Diesel in talks to headline Bloodshot movie

Mike Cecchini Jan 9, 2018

The Valiant cinematic universe takes a step closer, as Vin Diesel enters talks to headline Bloodshot.

We're moving closer to that Valiant Cinematic Universe. For quite some time now, Sony has been developing properties from Valiant Entertainment's excellent line of superhero and sci-fi projects, including Harbinger, Archer & Armstrong, a Quantum & Woody TV series (with the Russo Bros. involved), and Bloodshot. 

Bloodshot, the story of a nanite powered super soldier, will kick things off, to be followed by the Harbinger movie. And right now, Bloodshot is moving even closer to reality.

Bloodshot has a director (Dave Wilson) and an Oscar nominated screenwriter (Arrival's Eric Heisserer), and now Sony is looking to find the right star. The Wrap reports that Vin Diesel is apparently in talks for the title role. If Diesel ends up in the role, expect him to appear in Bloodshot, its sequel, and then a Harbinger Wars team-up film.
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Jessica Chastain’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix character name revealed

When Jessica Chastain was first announced as being in talks for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, initial reports claimed that she would be portraying the character of Lilandra, Empress of the Shi’ar Empire.

However, Chastain subsequently denied the report, with later rumours then suggesting that she’ll be portraying a Skrull character. That seemed to have been supported by a character description last month which described her as a “shape-shifter”, and now it has been revealed by Fox that Chastain’s character is called ‘Smith’.

Presumably the name Smith is an alias, although it remains unclear whether Chastain’s villain will indeed be a Skrull character. There has been some speculation that Smith could be a gender-swapped version of Jason Wyngarde / Mastermind, who played a crucial role in The Dark Phoenix Saga by manipulating Jean Grey using his mutant abilities to create complex telepathic illusions.

At this point though,
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X-Men Fan Theory Claims To Have Identified Dark Phoenix’s Big Character Death

If you’ve been keeping track of Dark Phoenix‘s production cycle – and if you’re reading this article, chances are you have – you’ll know that the forthcoming Fox prequel features a somber scene of four X-Men situated in a graveyard.

Subsequent reports have identified those characters to be Xavier (James McAvoy), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Scott/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), who appear to be mourning the death of a fellow mutant.

This picture in question (see below) originally debuted as part of Entertainment Weekly’s recent cover story, but a new theory compiled by the folks at Cinema Blend claims to have identified Dark Phoenix‘s major character death. And, well, it’s actually pretty obvious.

As you’ll notice, the power-hungry and egotistical Charles Xavier is joined by three of his closest mutants, which led many to believe that X-Men: Dark Phoenix will kill off
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Sophie Turner talks X-Men: Dark Phoenix, praises director Simon Kinberg

The latest – and potentially final – instalment of Fox’s main X-Men franchise is set to arrive in November 2018, as long-time franchise writer and producer Simon Kinberg takes a second stab at one of the most popular X-Men comic book arcs in X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Unlike X-Men: The Last Stand, Kinberg finds himself in the director’s chair this time around for what is his directorial debut, and actress Sophie Turner – who portrays the pivotal role of Jean Grey – has been full of praise for the filmmaker:

“Simon has been the brain behind X-Men for years, and it’s really exciting to have what feels like one of our own rise up and take hold of the franchise, and direct it in the way that he sees it,” said Turner. “I have to say he’s one of the best directors I’ve ever worked with. He’s so passionate and collaborative.
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Aims To “Revolutionize” The Superhero Genre As We Know It

Another year, another onslaught of superhero movies to peruse.

In 2017, audiences bore witness to Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Wonder Woman and a little-known crossover called Justice League, which struggled to leave a good first impression back in November. All four titles hailed from Marvel and DC – from Disney and Warner Bros. – and the next 12 months are filled with big-name tentpoles in the vein of Aquaman and Avengers: Infinity War.

Not to be outdone by cinema’s heavyweights though, 20th Century Fox is also gearing up for a huge 2018, what with The New Mutants, Deadpool 2 and Simon Kinberg’s star-studded X-Men: Dark Phoenix all on the horizon. And because of its status as a cult classic among comic book readers, the latter X-Men movie has piqued everyone’s curiosity, not least because of its “dark, gritty” approach to the famous Dark Phoenix arc.

New X-Men: Dark Phoenix Photos Tease Romance,
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Magneto's Looking Pretty Beat Up in This New Photo From X-men: Dark Phoenix

Thanks to Empire, we have a new photo from X-Men: Dark Phoenix featuring Michael Fassbender as Erik "Magneto" Lehnscherr, and he's not looking too good. It looks like he had the crap beat out of him. 

The Simon Kinberg-directed film is set in 1992, "roughly a decade after Apocalypse and finds the X-Men dealing with being heroes. An unfortunate side effect is how that fuels Charles Xavier's (James McAvoy) ego. He starts sending the team on more dangerous missions, including one to space that ends with Grey going to some very dark places."

When talking about her character, Sophie Turner says, "It's about duality, darkness and light, this sense of her being a completely other person and struggling with that..." In the film, we'll see Magneto and Jean Grey form a relationship. It was previously explained:

"A confused Jean turns to Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), the rogue mutant who
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New images from X-Men: Dark Phoenix arrive online

Empire has revealed four new images in its latest issue for the next instalment in the X-Men movie franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix featuring Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Scott Summers/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), and Jessica Chastain in her unrevealed role; check them out here…

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After the X-Men team is dispatched to space for a rescue mission, a solar flare hits the X-Jet and the surge of energy ignites a malevolent, power-hungry new force within Jean – the Phoenix.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set for release on November 2nd, 2018. Simon Kinberg is directing a cast that includes franchise veterans Michael Fassbender (Magneto), James McAvoy (Professor X), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver) alongside new additions Jessica Chastain and Lamar Johnson.
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Production wraps on Tolkien starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins

Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced that filming has wrapped on Tolkien, director Dome Karukoski’s (Tom of Finland) biopic of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit author J.R.R. Tolkien, which stars Nicholas Hoult (Rebel in the Rye) as Tolkien and Lily Collins (Rules Don’t Apply) as his wife Edith.

“As a lifelong fan of J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, it is a privilege to bring one of the greatest writers in history to life,” says Karukoski. “Tolkien’s works teach us that even when we meet an obstacle the size of Smaug, with the support and fighting spirit of incredible friends, we can conquer monsters and create magic. Not only is that the story of Tolkien’s life, but it speaks to the making of this film. I am incredibly grateful to our crew and cast, including Nicholas who prepared for months. I will treasure this experience always.
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Celebrating Maze Runner: The Death Cure with our Top 5 Dystopias on Film

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Celebrating Maze Runner: The Death Cure with our Top 5 Dystopias on FilmCelebrating Maze Runner: The Death Cure with our Top 5 Dystopias on FilmAmanda Wood12/18/2017 10:00:00 Am

Dystopian worlds have always been a popular setting for films, but recent years have seen an onslaught of various hardened characters trying to survive post-apocalyptic landscapes.

Next month sees the release of the third film in another popular dystopic series with Maze Runner: The Death Cure. Based on the hit young adult novel by James Dashner, the third entry in the series finds series hero Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his pals searching for a cure for a terrifying disease. Series regulars Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Kaya Scodelario, and Giancarlo Esposito are back, along with Aiden Gillan, Patricia Clarkson, and Walton Goggins.

Whether the result of an environmental disaster, a nuclear war, or some horrific virus, the dystopias portrayed in film are generally bleak and
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix to focus on its female characters

Last week we got our first look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the next – and possibly final, following Disney’s takeover of Fox – instalment of the X-Men franchise, and now we have some further details on the film thanks to writer-director Simon Kinberg, who has revealed to Entertainment Weekly that the movie will see a heavy focus on its female characters.

“I really wanted to acknowledge the strength of the women in the comic and in the actresses that we have and the central storyline demands it,” said Kinberg, with the outlet going on to note that “at one point, Mystique actually jokes to Charles that the group should be renamed the ‘X-Women’ due to how often the female characters save the male ones.”

Jean Grey actress Sophie Turner also elaborated on Kinberg’s comments, adding: “It’s really exciting. I think there’s such a revolution in superhero movies. I
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Film News Roundup: Shooting Wraps on Nicholas Hoult’s ‘Tolkien’ Biopic

In today’s film news roundup, shooting has wrapped on “Tolkien,” the DGA honors two veteran members and Spotlight Cinema Networks moves into event programming.

Production Wraps

Fox Searchlight Pictures has wrapped principal photography on the J.R.R. Tolkien biopic “Tolkien,” starring Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins. Dome Karukoski is directing from a script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. Producers are Peter Chernin, Jenno Topping and David Ready of Chernin Entertainment, along with Kris Thykier of Archery Pictures. The film focuses on the orphaned author Tolkien, author of the “Lord of the Rings” books, as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school and serves as a British soldier in World War I.

DGA Honors

The Directors Guild of America has awarded Dwight Williams with the 2018 Frank Capra Achievement Award, which is given to an assistant director or unit production manager in recognition of career achievement in the industry and service
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Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?

Could Fox Acquisition Finally Make Disney an Awards Power Player?
Disney has been one of the least awards-focused studios in the game for decades. The Burbank-based company even made a concerted effort to eliminate the specialty side of its movie business, selling off Miramax Films for $660 million in 2010 and only deigning to dabble in awards season fare with a handful of recent prestige productions like “The Help” and “Lincoln” through its distribution pact with DreamWorks.

How ironic, then, that with an acquisition of 21st Century Fox’s film divisions, it could mark a whole new era for Disney on the circuit. Through “Big” Fox and subsidiary Fox Searchlight, the studio would have a whole other silo far more adept at the awards game…if that’s even of interest, that is.

As if to prove that point, Fox blasted out a press release Monday morning in the wake of this year’s Golden Globe nominations announcement, beaming over a field-leading 27 mentions for a slew of films including
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New Info Revealed Regarding Magneto's Role in X-men: Dark Phoenix

Thanks to EW, we have some new information on director Simon Kinberg's X-Men: Dark Pheonix. Specifically regarding Michael Fassbender's Erik Lensherrr a.k.a. Magneto's role in the story. Before we get into that, lets set it up with a rundown of what we already know. regarding the story. Last week the following story details were revealed:

Set in 1992, about 10 years after the events of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix opens with the X-Men, including Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), in a new, unexpected role: national heroes. Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) even lands on the cover of Time magazine. But his growing ego puts the team at risk.

Kinberg went on to explain the pride is starting to get the better of Xavier, and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions.” One of
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Simon Kinberg on course correcting the X-Men series with Dark Phoenix, confirms Genosha

After more than a decade serving as writer and producer on 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, Simon Kinberg now finds himself behind the camera for the latest chapter of the main series, X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Earlier in the week we saw some first look images from the movie – Fox’s second attempt at adapting The Dark Phoenix Saga after the disappointing X-Men: The Last Stand – and now Kinberg has been chatting to EW about the movie, stating that he intends on course correcting the series after mistakes made with the previous chapter, X-Men: Apocalypse.

“I think we took our eye off what has always been the bedrock of the franchise which is these characters,” said Kinberg. It became about global destruction and visual effects over emotion and character… One of the things I went into this film wanting to do is obviously focus on the characters and give them
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Simon Kinberg talks X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Jean Grey’s transformation

Following hot on the heels of yesterday’s first look images [which we have for you here], long time X-Men writer-producer and debut director Simon Kinberg has been talking to Entertainment Weekly about next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and more specifically Jean Grey’s transformation into the Phoenix.

“Jean absorbs those solar flares and then hurls them back out into space,” said Kinberg. “That’s what triggers, awakens, creates this Phoenix force and voice inside her. What appears to the world to be another heroic victory by the X-Men in saving stranded people in space we realize is the the thing that begins the unraveling of Jean and the unraveling of secrets Charles told her.”

So, while we’re getting to see the X-Men in space, it seems that – as with Kinberg’s first attempt at The Dark Phoenix Saga, X-Men: The Last Stand – the Phoenix will be part of Jean Grey, rather than the
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X-men: Dark Phoenix & Aquaman (2018): Sophie Turner and Jason Momoa First Look Images

  First Look X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Aquaman Images The first official movie images for X-Men: Dark Phoenix (2018) and Aquaman (2018) have been released by Entertainment Weekly. With the X-Men: Dark Phoenix movie photographs, the viewer gets a look at Jean Grey / Phoenix (Sophie Turner), Professor X (James McAvoy), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), [...]

Continue reading: X-men: Dark Phoenix & Aquaman (2018): Sophie Turner and Jason Momoa First Look Images
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Has a Huge Twist Fans Won't See Coming

X-Men: Dark Phoenix Has a Huge Twist Fans Won't See Coming
Following the new photos from X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which offered our first look at Jessica Chastain's villain character, new plot details have surfaced. The latest report from Entertainment Weekly teases that the movie will feature some of the biggest set pieces in X-Men franchise history, the mutants' first trip to outer space along with, according to EW, "a massive twist halfway through that will irrevocably change the course of the franchise." Sadly, no further details were given regarding said twist, but James McAvoy revealed that this is the darkest X-Men movie yet.

"This is probably the most emotional X-Men we've done and the most pathos-driven. There's a lot of sacrifice and a lot of suffering."

While nothing about this twist has been revealed, there was a rumor that surfaced last month which revealed that writer-director Simon Kinberg intends to show just how powerful the Dark Phoenix is, by having
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Blowout Points To A Major Character Death

Evidence continues to mount that X-Men: Dark Phoenix will bump off a major character come 2018.

As part of Entertainment Weekly’s red-hot cover story, the outlet has revealed that Dark Phoenix will contain a “massive twist halfway through that will irrevocably change the course of the franchise.” Time travel? X-deaths? The end of Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters? All three, perhaps?

Granted, there are naturally a ton of unanswered questions ricocheting around social media in light of EW’s media dump, but if there’s one photo that’s sparked heated debate – more so than even the cover image of Jean Grey becoming one with the Phoenix Force – it’s the graveyard scene featuring Xavier (James McAvoy), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Scott/Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee).

That tells us two things: one, X-Men: Dark Phoenix will include a major death scene, and two, it’ll likely involve
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Cool New Photos For X-men: Dark Phoenix Include First Look at Jessica Chastain as The Villain

Earlier today we got our first look at the return of Sofie Turner as Jean Grey in X-Men: Dark Phoenix on the cover of EW. Now the magazine has released a bunch of new photos from the film featuring our first look at various characters!

Those photos include our first look at Jessica Chastain as the villain Shi'ar Empress Lilandra Neramani. The character is described in the report as an “otherworldly shapeshifter who manipulates Phoenix for her own agenda” and it's also revealed that she’s “quiet but brutal.”

We also see a couple new images of Turner as Jean Grey, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, James McAvoy as Charles Xavier, and more.

Set in 1992, about 10 years after the events of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix opens with the X-Men, including Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters), in a new,
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