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It looks like Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is getting some buzz in Hollywood. With the addition of Matthew Vaughn as a producer, there are reports that up and coming actress, Allison Williams is in the lead of a short list of actresses for a major role in Fantastic Four. Currently, Williams is probably most well known for her role in the very popular Girls (I don’t know why…). If Williams is in the running for the lead in Fantastic Four, we can only speculate that it’s for the role of Sue Storm AKA The Invisible Woman. It looks like Tranks is looking for an actress that has both beauty and acting skills unlike Jessica Alba… Yeah, I said it. The Fantastic Four reboot is written by Jeremy Slater (with a little tinkering by Seth Grahame-Smith) and it is described to be more grounded than the earlier films. I’m hoping for the best.

Fantastic Four is set to drop on March 6, 2015.

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TERRIBLE NEWS CITIZENS! TERRIBLE NEWS! It has been reported that director Matthew Vaughn has stepped down as the director of X-Men: Days of the Future Past. After his highly successful stint as the writer and director of X-Men: First Class, Vaughn will be handing off the franchise he helped revive to take on other projects. It is already well known that Vaughn is very selective on what projects he wants to take on and has already passed on films such as Thor and even First Class at one point. One positive bit of news from this tragedy is that Matthew Vaughn will stay on as the producer and it is possible that director/producer, Bryan Singer who is responsible for bringing the X-Men to the big screen (and served as producer on First Class) may take back his seat as the main man in the X-Men franchise. While Singer is a brilliant director (minus Superman Returns), Vaughn’s unique vision and form of storytelling and the team he surrounds himself with is what made First Class as great as it was. With Vaughn only as a producer, will Days of the Future Past be able to find the same success as First Class and build on it? What does this mean about Vaughn and his longtime cohort, Jane Goodman’s involvement in the story and screenplay? Will Goodman stay on? Is enough of the groundwork laid out for Days of the Future Past that Singer can pick up where Vaughn left off? Even with all these questions and only few answers, we hope that Singer and Vaughn’s relationship in the making of First Class will hold and bring the same magic to Days of the Future Past.

X-Men: Days of the Future Past is scheduled to drop on July 18, 2014.

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Hey 20th Century Fox! How is it that you can create some of the WORST movie posters EVER made, yet you are still able to create such an awesome trailer for ‘X-Men: First Class’? This brand spankin’ new trailer just reinforces my belief that ‘X-Men: First Class’ might be the sleeper of the year (in the category of comic based movies). While everyone is talking about ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’, not much thought is being given for Matthew Vaughn’s little movie. A lot of people were concerned about the new storyline and how it will work out, but from the looks of it, the action, special effects, and story seems to be top notch. It also helps that Michael Fassbender is so damn ruggedly handsome. I’m not going to go and analyze this trailer, because I want you to check it out and make up your own minds. Whats the point of reviewing a trailer?

Hit the jump and check out the new trailer for ‘X-Men: First Class’

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Geez. 20th Century Fox just can’t seem to get it right can they? First, Fox released a set of INSANELY terrible poster where it’s the silouhette of Xavier and Magneto with their heads floating around their crotch, and now Fox released a poster in the United Kingdom featuring the cast of First Class that looks like an amateur graphic artist did while drunk on a liter of tequila. The poster features the cast randomly placed around the poster which look innocent enough, but if you look closer, it seems like each character is lit from different light source from each other. Sure, they have the same reflection, but whats up with the brightness and contrast between Xavier and Magnetos versus Emma Frost and Dr. Moira MacTaggart? It’s obvious that the poster was created from multiple different pictures and the artist didn’t take the time to make sure each picture looked similar to each other. Come on Fox. Even I could do that and I suck on Photoshop. Please create a poster that is fitting to the amazing trailer you released before. You’re doing it wrong. If I ever see a graphic designer’s resume or portfolio and see that they worked on the ‘X-Men: First Class’ poster, I’m going to kick them in the shin and laugh at them.

Hit the jump and check out the hideous ‘X-Men: First Class’ UK version poster

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For couple weeks now, SuperPunch held a contest that asks their readers to create a new “stylish and sexy” ‘X-Men: First Class’ poster that the movie deserves. Well, one of the best of the group was indeed not a poster or illustration, but a fantastic fan-made title opening sequence by Joe D! Joe D!’s awesome retro-style opening features beautiful illustrations and visuals similar to mix between a ‘James Bong’ opening and the art of Saul Bass.

Inspired by classic Sixties movie titles and prompted by John Struan of Super Punch fame, I’ve built a 1960s style title sequence for the upcoming X-Men: First Class film.
Set during the midst of the Cuba Missile Crisis, X-Men: First Class tells the story of the first team coming together, before they would become the heroes and villains we know from the original X-Men Trilogy.
This sequence was designed to give a very brief primer on the time period, the setting, as well as show the relationships of the characters in this film, as they are very different from the previous movies and audiences shouldn’t be confused as to why Professor X and Magneto, enemies in the original trilogy, are the best of friend in this prequel.
Super Punch held a contest redesigning the posters for the film, which played it safe by sticking very close to the correlation to the original trilogy, and winding up rather mundane compared to the slick trailer rife with espionage, red fear, and 60s hair. Several people were quick to make posters in the Mod, Saul Bass, and James Bond style that I had in mind, so it was decided that I’d make a title sequence instead.
And yes, that music is a very melancholic rendition of the 90s cartoon theme song.

I have to admit that pretty much every single fan-made poster/illustration for Matthew Vaughn’s ‘X-Men: First Class’ is far more superior than what 20th Century Fox released which was a pile of crap. This is a perfect example of the fans knowing more about the subject matter and what looks good than the Hollywood honchos that are racking in seven figure salaries. Shame on you Hollywood.

Hit the jump and check out Joe D! awesome ‘X-Men: First Class’ opening sequence

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Originally, I thought the US released trailer for Matthew Vaughn’s ‘X-Men: First Class’ was amazing. I was dead wrong. The international trailer for Russia is far superior to that of what we got over here. Chock full of new clips, the Russian version features a closer look into Magneto and various other mutants of the X-Men. We get a glimpse into Erik’s time as a child in a concentration camp during World War II (which was only shown briefly during the opening of Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men’) and we see the struggle within Magneto due to his nighmare-ish past. We also get to see a small glimpse into Alex Summer AKA Havok’s power of generating plasma blasts and flight and the transformation of Hank McCoy into what we know as “The Beast”. I would have to say that the score featured on the Russian trailer is much better than the US version as it makes it feel a bit more epic in nature. Whats even cooler is the development of the SR-71 Lockheed “Blackbird” which becomes the advanced “X-Men Blackbird” of the future. What I can take from this trailer is three things. 1. Movie trailers sounds so much more amazing in Russian. 2. Magneto is not going to be the “good guy” we all think he going to be in First Class. 3. Damn, I am really excited about ‘X-Men: First Class. I wish someone would sub this trailer so I know what the heck is going on!

‘X-Men: First Class’ opens on June 3rd, 2011. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for ‘Люди Икс: Первый класс’

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Finally, the trailer for Matthew Vaughn’s ‘X-Men: First Class’ is out! There has been so much speculation on when the trailer will hit the web and the official Facebook page announced yesterday that the trailer will be released mid-afternoon today! Well, Fox did say they will release the trailer in the afternoon (in the Pacific Time Zone), but even after 2:00PM, there was no update. X-Men fans everyone were getting pretty anxious and impatient. It was a sad fact that Marvel, Fox, and Facebook had a lot of us by the balls for a few hours today. Now the sucker is finally here and from what I have seen so far from the trailer and photos I am quite excited. Michael Fassbender (Inglorious Basterds) looks amazing as a young Magneto and James McAvoy (Wanted) looks the part as the young and wheelchair-less, Professor Xavier. The visuals were simply brilliant and the score was beautiful. Ian McKellen forever will be Magneto in my heart, but Fassbender gave me the chills when I saw the trailer. This film just may be Bryan Singer’s “welcome back” party to Marvel and he deserves our forgiveness for leaving the doors wide open for the franchise to be raped by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour). There is little I can complain about the trailer. Beast looked awesome and you can tell that a lot of effort went into this movie to make it believable within the X-Men fan base. Unfortunately, ‘Wolverine 2′ is going to get the short end of the stick because it will most likely be shit compared to First Class. Also, one of the things that really caught my eye was January Jones (Mad Men) as Emma Frost. Did you see her costume? Ba-zoombas.

‘X-Men: First Class’ is out June 3rd, 2011. Hit the jump to check out the trailer!

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