X-Men: Days Of Future Past: Nightcrawler Will Not Be Back

Anyone who's been paying attention to recent movie news knows that next year's monolithic mutant movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past will feature just about every actor and actress who's had even a passing connection to the collective film franchise. However, according to actor, Alan Cumming, it most likely will NOT include his popular character, Nightcrawler.

With franchise heavies like Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and the recently-self-confirmed Halle Berry on board, it seemed like anyone with an "X" on their film resume would be getting the fateful call from director, Bryan Singer to hop on board this time-bending bash of epic proportions. Yet, according to Cumming, that call never came. -- Not that it would have mattered anyway. According to the actor in a recent interview with Sirius XM:

"No, they haven’t [asked me to return]. Someone asked me that the other day and I said no. I know the one that’s coming up shoots this Spring, but I wouldn’t be available anyways. I don't think they have. I was gonna meet my manager for dinner later, I was gonna ask him, but no, I’m sure they would’ve told me, had they approached."

Thus, despite the fact that Days looks to be the most surreal fanboy-feast of fighting mutants, it will do battle with the giant robot Sentinels minus the presence of the smoke-shifting acrobatic blue-skinned badass, Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler, who practically stole the show in the 2003 sequel, X2. (Which is widely regarded as the best film in the series.)

The same grim news goes for the character of Azazel, who in the comic book canon, was the father of Nightcrawler. (With Mystique being his mother.) Actor Jason Flemyng, who played the red-skinned teleporter in 2011's X-Men: First Class, would also confirm his non-involvement in the film. The lack of Nightcrawler-esque activity may be a small price to pay for the embarrassment of mutant riches that is this cast, but it's still an unfortunate one.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (sans Nightcrawler) will nevertheless bamf its way to theaters on July 18, 2014.


Kick-Ass 2: Debut Trailer Goes For The Balls

The highly anticipated debut trailer of Kick-Ass 2 has finally arrived. This sequel has promised to come super-sized and loaded with a cadre of costumed crazies waging unapologetic, unyielding violence and, if this sneak peak is any indication, it does not disappoint.

After briefly toying with the idea of living a normal life, finishing school, dealing with teen problems and other boring stuff, the call of the vigilante lifestyle was just too much to resist for Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Mindy Macready (Chloe Grace Moretz) and they return to their nightly hobby of savagely slaying the city's seedy scum, respectively as Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl. However, the scene has changed dramatically since they last hit the streets as an array of costumed crime-fighting amateurs have run wild through the city, cleaning it with a proverbial broom bristled with bloody, hardcore justice. Led by a repentant former mobster known as Colonel Stars and Stripes (Jim Carrey, in what looks to be an amazing performance), Kick-Ass feels he may have finally found a group to which he can finally belong. -- Even though they interrogate criminals by having dogs bite them in the balls.

Unfortunately, the good times will be short-lived when Kick-Ass' old frenemy, Chris D'Amico (Christopher Mintz-Plasse) resurfaces, still harboring all the bitterness that goes with seeing someone shoot his mob boss father with a freaking rocket launcher. No longer known as Red Mist, he's reinvented himself purely for revenge against Kick-Ass as The Mother F**ker and he's also brought his own backup in a team of super-villains to counter Kick-Ass' new ghetto Avengers. It's going to be all out war...barring any overlaps in the participants' curfews.

Kick-Ass 2 tests the realistic limits of spandex at theaters on August 16. Check out the Red Band trailer (which is full of naughty, naughty words) and a brand new official poster just below.

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Robot Combat League featuring George “Star Wars” Lucas and his daughter!

Robot Combat League, SyFy’s killer new Tuesday night (10/9c) competition show where human controlled robots battle for dominance, features a special guest on tonight's episode who’s very familiar with robots: George Lucas! George’s daughter Amanda is part of the crew that controls a devastating robot called Robo Hammer and George drops by to offer some coaching tips.

Check out the clip below:

To learn more about SyFy’s Robot Combat League check out their official website. Have you seen this show yet? What do you think?

Star Wars: Episode VII: Billy Dee Williams Coming Back?

It seems that the news and rumor cycle for 2015's Star Wars: Episode VII, now fully cooking with Tibanna gas, has shifted its attention to the actor who played the galaxy's premiere mustachioed Lothario himself, Billy Dee Williams. According to a report, Williams confirmed that he has indeed been approached by the Disney-sized Lucasfilm to reprise his role as Lando Calrissian. -- He just hasn't decided if he will (or can) take the role.

In a brief exchange with a friend of the FilmBuff Online, Williams fielded the inevitable question of all questions this past weekend at the Monster Mania convention in New Jersey with a surprisingly direct response:

"Billy Dee said, he has been asked, but hasn’t decided if he is going to do it or not yet."

With all the talk about the Original Trilogy Trifecta (Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher) returning through various unconfirmed reports, it was inevitable that the prospective return of Billy Dee Williams' smooth-talking former smuggler would be the next subject of the rumor mills. For the actor, who played Lando in 1980's The Empire Strikes Back and 1983's Return of the Jedi, the role has been one he's owned up to proudly over the years, supporting it with participation in various Star Wars-related projects and regular convention appearances before adoring fans. So, the willingness to return is likely there. However, as he rounds the age of 76 in a few weeks, perhaps the deciding factor will rest on the size and scope of the role and its potential physical demands.

Based on what little we know, the sequel films, kicking-off with director, J.J. Abrams' Episode VII, will likely focus on the next generation of main protagonists with the Skywalker and Solo children, who are heavily documented in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars comic books, novels, video games, etc. In essence, these movies will be THEIR story. Thus, it's hard to imagine that anything that would be asked of the original cast (in supporting roles) would be so physically taxing that it would warrant anyone not returning.

I don't know about anyone else, but I can't imagine a cast of returning Star Wars players without the Colt 45-consuming Cloud City Cassanova.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars Ends After Five Seasons

It appears that the long-running animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars has seen its last space skirmish...at least on Cartoon Network. After 5 seasons, it has been announced that the show's recent season finale episode would ultimately prove to be its final one as a series. However, there is hope for fans wishing for a proper wrap.

The fate of the highly-touted series was in question after Disney's takeover of the Lucasfilm property last fall, however, speculation seemed to point to the series living on by way of a move to Disney's more genre-oriented kid's channel, Disney XD. Nevertheless, it appears that the franchise's complete refurbishment, gearing-up for the sequel films means that the venerable series, which launched with a theatrically-released movie in 2008, going on to produce over 100 episodes, would come to an end. Additionally, a Star Wars-based comedy series by Seth Green, Matthew Senreich, and Todd Grimes called Star Wars: Detours, which previewed last year at Celebration VI, has been indefinitely postponed, due to consideration for the launch of the sequel films.

The official announcement would come by way of a video featuring the show's supervising director, Dave Filoni delivering the fateful dictation for the show's demise as a serial on Cartoon Network. However, it was promised that more was still more to come. Check out the video below, as well as a look at some cool new footage from what appears to be the Clone Wars swan song.

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Star Trek Into Darkness: A Look At The New Teaser

In a movie weekend dominated by a year-high performance from Oz: The Great and Powerful, a new teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness made its way to theaters and hit online.

While only clocking in at about 1:10, the teaser is probably the most intensity-driven one we've seen thus far. Yet, the dominant recurring theme that we've been seeing remains in regards to the cockiness of Chris Pine's James Kirk and his caution-deficient attitude, which may have bitten off more than he can chew. Indeed, the scene of Bruce Greenwood's Captain Pike chewing out Kirk over his latest haphazard happening seemingly resembles a cigar-smoking, black-coffee-chugging Precinct Captain frantically screaming at the protagonist's reckless ways in some 80's buddy cop movie. However, for Kirk, a much-needed lesson in humility may soon come in the form of the film's (still mysterious) grand villain in Benedict Cumberbatch's John Harrison; an ex-Starfleet officer who, in the wake of some horrific tragedy has gone off the deep end with an agenda of destruction on Earth, beginning with a 23rd century London.

This new teaser has packed in just about everything: Close shave escapes, space base-jumping, hot inter-species romance, demonstrations in flame-retardant fashion, and the Enterprise possibly doing its best maritime tribute to SeaQuest DSV. Check it out below...even if you've already seen it.

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Interstellar: Christopher Nolan's Next Film Gets Release Date

It appears that the directorial return of filmmaking visionary, Christopher Nolan now has a release date targeted. His next project, a sci-fi space thriller called Insterstellar has November 7, 2014 marked for its debut at standard and IMAX theaters.

While the essentials of the plot are still under wraps, the film will apparently be filled with themes based on the theories of world-renown physics professor, Kip Thorne, whose research on wormholes and their hypothetical use towards time travel inspired Nolan to get this project moving. While brother, Jonathan Nolan wrote an earlier version of the script, Christopher has reportedly bunkered-down to rewrite (or possibly just rework) the existing version.

Interestingly enough, the part of this story which seems to have blown the minds of the industry trades is the fact that the film will serve as an unprecedented co-production and co-distribution between two of the biggest studios. Paramount Pictures will distribute it domestically, while Warner Bros. Pictures will do so for the international release. Additionally, Warner will forgo involvement this time with its usual partner, Legendary Pictures, breaking a tradition that was shared on all of Nolan's major pictures in the last decade from his Batman trilogy to even the upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel, which Nolan is producing. What does that mean? Well, possibly that it may have taken a historical series of compromises among the industry big dogs to amicably divide this super-juicy piece of Nolan steak.

While (arguable) rumors continue to swirl, placing Nolan as the next grand overseer of Warner's Justice League crossover film franchise, for now, the director's attentions are fully focused towards Interstellar. Just as Nolan followed up his monumental superhero epic, The Dark Knight with a completely different project in the mind-bending hit, Inception, it could be the case that Interstellar may serve to cleanse his genre palette after last year's The Dark Knight Rises with what seems to be a fascinating scientifically-oriented project. Could this mean that he intends afterwards to get back into the swing of things with another entry in the world of DC Comics' proposed movie universe?


After Earth: New Trailer Gets Emotionally Unpredictable

A brand new trailer for this summer's Smith-starring sci-fi survival spectacle, After Earth has hit.

While not a radical departure from the debut trailer from last December, this one manages to depict the framework of the film's plot a little more effectively. Taking place a millennia after a monumental disaster forces humanity to abandon Earth for another planetary settlement, the film follows a crash-landed military-bred father/son duo surviving amidst the hostile new species of an Earth reclaimed by nature. While the spectacle of the planet's vicious wildlife is still very much the film's main attraction, the new trailer also manages to bring the duo's fractured relationship into focus.

The trailer's new insight is especially helpful when it comes to understanding the young protagonist, Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith), whose headstrong and impulsive nature has made him a wash-out as a Ranger cadet, labeled as "emotionally unpredictable" by his superiors. While his dad, Cypher Raige (Will Smith) is a legend among the Rangers and known as a hero to humanity in wars against irate aliens, he has been an absent father to Kitai. In the process of taking a trip together to make some proper paternal memories, their spaceship crash-lands on humanity's hostile former home, which has become overrun with maliciously-evolved species of wildlife with varied taxonomical levels of cruelty. -- Also, there's giant eagles that snatch tigers. (Remember the time when all giant eagles were friendly and just happily ran errands for Gandalf the Grey? Not anymore.)

After Earth fluctuates temperatures dangerously at theaters on June 7.

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Star Wars: Episode VII: George Lucas Claims Originals Will Return

In an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, Star Wars creator and recent seller, George Lucas discusses the whole process of transitioning his $4 billion empire to Disney. However, it was his comments on the status of the prospective return of the Original Trilogy cast that has lit some sparks.

The rumor mills for 2015's Star Wars Sequel Trilogy kick-off, Episode VII are churning beyond capacity, in fact, almost to the point of frustration. Indeed, the latest debacle with Carrie Fisher's supposed confirmation of her return followed by a bizarre retraction is a prime example of an atmosphere giving the impression that either the Disney/Lucasfilm coalition are trying way too hard to keep a tight lid on weak secrets or that someone amongst them just enjoys trolling the entertainment news cycles. For George Lucas, however, who has essentially washed his hands of the whole thing, his gig as a creative consultant may not constrain his words as much. When asked the inevitable question about the return of Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher, Lucas implied that the deal was already done. (With the key word being "was."):

“We had already signed Mark and Carrie and Harrison—or we were pretty much in final stages of negotiation. So I called them to say, ‘Look, this is what’s going on.’ ” He pauses. “Maybe I’m not supposed to say that. I think they want to announce that with some big whoop-de-do, but we were negotiating with them.” Then he adds: “I won’t say whether the negotiations were successful or not.”

Now, this COULD be taken as a "slip" of some kind regarding the status of the returning cast. However, it's important to keep in mind that Lucas has openly said in the past that mere months before Disney acquired the franchise last October, he was close to finalizing a deal to bring the Original Trilogy trifecta back for his proposed version of the sequel films. Yet, while circumstances have changed since then, those changes wouldn't seemingly affect their incentive (or lack thereof) to return. (Unless Disney planned on making Leia into CGI cyborg Sith who shoots lightsaber bullets out of her boobs.)

Certainly when the Sequel Trilogy films were announced, it was inevitable that the keepers of secrets would have the media chasing their own tails for a while. (Even the national media got hoodwinked by the Carrie Fisher story.) So, much like the other "unconfirmed, but likely true" rumors we've been hearing, we'll just have to keep investing in grains of salt with which to take this stuff. -- Yummy grains of salt, which, ironically enough, the interviewing publication's namesake may try to outlaw in New York City.


Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes: Keri Russell Lands Lead

The upcoming ape apocalypse sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has now procured its leading lady. Actress, Keri Russell has nabbed a co-starring spot alongside the recently-added Jason Clarke.

The actress, who became a 90's icon on Felicity, currently seen in horror thriller, Dark Skies and as a late Cold War-era Soviet sleeper agent on FX's The Americans, now joins this film whose details are still somewhat hush-hush. Also included in this cast are Gary Oldman, Terry Notary, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and a returning Andy Serkis who reprises his role as principal of the primates, Caesar from 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Nothing as of yet was revealed about Russell's role, however, the assumption is that she will be the love interest or spouse of Jason Clarke's still-unnamed main protagonist character, possibly amongst a group of scientists holed-up in a near-future San Francisco overrun by apes. (Although they could just blow our minds and have her throw on a motion-capture suit to play Caesar's eyelash-batting monkey lover.)

While this sequel to the surprisingly-successful prequel/reboot takes a bit of a gamble by moving forward without its previous film's stars, James Franco and Freida Pinto, the return of Serkis, whose amazingly unforgettable performance as Caesar was the film's main attraction, should bring back most of the fans who made Rise a $482 million worldwide hit.

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes looks to do worse damage to America than the time Felicity cut her hair when it hits theaters on May 23, 2014.


Iron Man 3: New Poster With A Dash Of Pepper

Yet another new poster for Iron Man 3 has been released. Just after the debut of a spectacular, redefining new trailer, it's safe to say that the week's movie news cycle effectively belongs to the Avenger's solo sequel.

One glance upon the new image and it's immediately clear that this is a variant of the pre-trailer teaser poster released last week. (Possibly earlier than planned, due to it leaking.) The theme is essentially the same: Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark is beat to hell, armor in shambles, but nevertheless appears to be in command of his brand new Iron Army, looking to make Ben Kingsley's The Mandarin and his Extremis-enhanced underlings pay for wrecking his awesome cliff-side crib. Indeed, it seems that the shadowy schemes of that pusillanimous player-hater will come back to bite him in a big and satisfying way.

So, what's the difference here? This time, in true classic Hollywood fashion, he stands triumphantly above the remnants of his epic ass-kickery with his gorgeous gal, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) securely in his arm. Of course, he still has one of his repulsor beams cocked, locked, and ready to rock just in case any more hapless hooligans want to get close and creepy.

Iron Man 3 gets ready to blast some AC/DC while taking self-proclaimed "teacher," The Mandarin to school at theaters on May 3.

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Star Wars: Episode VII: Carrie Fisher Confirms Return

It appears that 2015's Star War: Episode VII will see the return of a gun-toting, bikini-clad, princess without a planet. In a recent interview, actress, Carrie Fisher has confirmed that she will indeed reprise her role as Princess Leia Organa in the upcoming sequel trilogy kick-off.

While the substance of this strong confirmation will likely send chills down the spines of Original Trilogy fans, the news should hardly come as a huge surprise, given the buzz around news cycles in recent months. At this point, Harrison Ford is, at least according to a yet-to-be-confirmed report, already locked-in to return as Han Solo and Mark Hamill recently revealed that he was indeed in talks to once again fill the role of the ultimate Star Wars protagonist, Luke Skywalker. Thus the addition of Fisher returning as Leia seemed all but inevitable.

After fielding the all-important Star Wars question with a powerfully-blunt "yes," Fisher would then go on to describe how she believes this older version of Leia will come across in the film.

"Elderly. She’s in an intergalactic old folks’ home [laughs]. I just think she would be just like she was before, only slower and less inclined to be up for the big battle."

If the film does indeed follow the guidelines of the path set for her future in the Expanded Universe of Star Wars novels and comic books, then it should see this Skywalker twin as the mother of another set of fatefully force-sensitive, tragedy-destined twins fathered by husband, Han Solo named Jacen and Jaina. While the certainty of that scenario still remains up in the air, Fisher's older version of Leia will undoubtedly find herself as a matriarch of some kind in the newly-threatened post-Imperial galactic order.

So, with Leia seemingly confirmed, Han and Luke looking likely, could the announced return of Anthony Daniels' C-3PO, Kenny Baker's R2-D2, and Pater Mayhew's Chewbacca be far off? Perhaps we may even soon break open a Colt 45 to celebrate the return of Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian?

*UPDATE: Apparently Fisher's rep has told CNN that "she was joking," reiterating that "nothing has been announced." We could take this to mean that the news actually was true and the retraction was just damage control or that...you know, she was joking.


Resident Evil 6 Gets Release Date

The sixth and final entry in the Resident Evil film series now has a release date set. Fans of the venerable video game and film franchise can mark the date, September 12, 2014 on their calendars for the series' dead-destroying denouement.

Certainly, the idea of a sixth Resident Evil film should come as no surprise to fans of the franchise since director and grand maestro, Paul W.S. Anderson previously stated that 2010's Resident Evil: Afterlife (the fourth film) would be the first of a trilogy finale, which was eventually continued with last year's Resident Evil: Retribution, and soon to be concluded with the yet-to-be-titled sixth film.

The success of this series is actually an unsung tale in the modern film industry as it has seemingly garnered so much fan loyalty, evidenced by consistent box-office numbers. While most people (even some of those fans) will attest that they are not masterpieces, each iteration continually defies odds that are usually stacked against films adapted from video game titles. Now, in appropriate fashion, the loyalty of those fans who have made this film franchise a nearly $1 billion dollar cashcow will get a proper send-off. Milla Jovovich's once-again-super-powered shambling-slayer, Alice and company, now in a shaky alliance of mutual convenience with Shawn Roberts' Albert Wesker, will look to finally end this viral zombie apocalypse by physically uninstalling the sinister super-computer, The Red Queen. -- Certainly with twists and turns along the way.

While not much of anything is known about the film's specifics, as evidenced by the previous film's wistful revival of dead characters as clones, this does seem to be a series that's in touch with its own decade-plus history. Thus, the finale will certainly be an epic cavalcade of carnage, while likely looking to bring things full circle back to its roots in certain ways.


G4 To Be Rebranded As The Esquire Network On April 22nd

Add two new original series to Esquire Network's growing slate of content, with six episodes each of How I Rock It and Risky Listing ordered and set to premiere this summer.

How I Rock It follows host and NBA superstar Baron Davis as he profiles the athletes, musicians, celebrities, designers, influencers and street-style icons whose careers, lives and lifestyles are setting a stylish new standard for today’s modern man. These are the leading tastemakers at the forefront of a men’s style revolution, from the sartorial to the culinary, from home decor to personal technology and more, who all share one thing in common: a passion for expressing themselves through personal style.

Docuseries Risky Listing goes behind the velvet rope to meet the high-end listings agents who wheel and deal in the exclusive, intensely competitive world of New York nightlife real estate. The series will follow along with the agents as they cut deals for the hottest bar, restaurant and nightclub spaces -- and try to stay on top in the city that never sleeps. The playground of New York’s coolest crowds may be their office, but in a cutthroat business, with millions on the line, will they toast their success or get cut off before last call?

The new series join previously announced originals Knife Fight, an underground, after-hours cooking competition series hosted by Top Chef winner Ilan Hall and The Getaway, which features travel-loving, well known personalities who take viewers to their favorite city on the planet.

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Iron Man 3: New Trailer Brings A Lot Of Backup

Iron Man 3 has released a brand new trailer chock full of amazing new footage and a scene with an army of Iron Men that might just force some fanboys to change their drawers.

Likely serving as the final preview trailer before the film's May 3 release, this sneak peak has certainly saved the best for last; a welcome revelation, especially after the recent footage-lacking Super Bowl spot fell flat. Indeed, this is the mother of all Iron Man 3 trailers, giving us not only a look at some eye-popping effects spots that were previously just concepts to us, but an insightful delve into the film's mysterious plot.

Up until now, we've known that Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark has somehow become the hapless target of the mysterious militant puppet master of The 10 Rings in Ben Kingsley's The Mandarin. However, despite all the monumentally malicious machinations of the guru-like hyrbid of the comic book villain, this trailer finally gives us a look at what happens when you decide to pick a fight with a billionaire genius jacked-up on Extremis energy and his legion of autonomous armors. Well, what you get is, as Tony himself says, "No politics, here. Just good old fashioned revenge."

Enough talk. Talking is for people without nanites in their bloodstream to control armies of Iron Men. The stage is set, check out the brand spanking new Iron Man 3 trailer below in all its glory.

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