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VIDEO: Watch the Latest ‘X-Men’ Trailer

The latest trailer for the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past has been released, and it will make you wish May 23rd was here already!

Continuing where Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class left off, Days of Future past - helmed by Bryan Singer - combines the prequel's cast as well as those from the first three X-Men films (the first two of which were directed by Singer): Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Ellen Page. Chris Evans also appears doubling up his Marvel superhero duty as Quicksilver from 2005's Fantastic Four

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Ian McKellen Ceased Elijah’s Punk Music on ‘The Hobbit’ Set

Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, and Peter Jackson on the set of 'The Hobbit'Ian McKellen made a deal with Elijah Wood to stop him playing punk rock songs when they were filming The Hobbit.

The 73-year-old screen legend wasn't a fan of the 31-year-old actor's choice of music when they were in the make-up trailer together, so had to find a compromise which worked for them both.

"We brokered a deal, where he could have 15 minutes of music, then I could have 15 minutes of no music," McKellen told Empire.

The star had a great time reprising his role as Gandalf the wizard for the movie - a prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy - but admits some of the modern shooting techniques left him in tears. In the film, Gandalf is a huge man and in order to make the scenes with the diminutive hobbits and dwarves look convincing McKellen had to film his scenes on his own, and the process depressed him:

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: September 14, 2010

Prince of Persia DVDHere are some of the options available today:

  • Delicatessan: Blu-ray
  • Jacob’s Ladder: DVD, Blu-ray
  • James and the Giant Peach: DVD
  • Just Wright: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Letters to Juliet: DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers: Blu-ray
  • Monster House: Blu-ray 3D
  • My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done?: DVD
  • Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Seven: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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David Yates Rumored to Direct The Hobbit

David YatesDavid Yates is being lined up as the new director for .

The filmmaker is reportedly the top replacement choice for studio MGM, as they search for a suitable candidate to oversee the highly-anticipated two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy tales - a prequel to The Lord of the Rings movies.

Previous director Guillermo del Toro pulled out of The Hobbit last month after continued delays with production, believed to be caused by studio MGM’s financial difficulties. Since then, David has been cited as the best candidate to replace him.

The English director has worked on the final three movies in the wizard franchise ,which he will continue working on until next year. This is expected to give MGM enough time to raise funds ahead of his involvement.

Meanwhile, Sir Ian McKellen - who is due to reprise his role as Gandalf in the fantasy prequel - took to his account recently to reassure fans the film won’t be affected by the change of director: “Hobbit sets are ready, script ready and movie is casting this month. Fans are not to worry. The films will get made. I suspect we’ll start shooting at end of this year. (sic)”

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Director Signed to New X-Men Project


X-Men: First Class, which is scheduled for a June 3, 2011 release, now has a confirmed director. Matthew Vaughn, best-known for bringing audiences the recent flick , is now part of the franchise. Vaughn’s other credits include Stardust and Layer Cake.

The flick will show audiences the story behind friends-turned-mortal-enemies Professor X and Magneto, played in past installments by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, respectively.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: April 6, 2010

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans DVDHere are some of the options today:

  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Cocoon: Blu-ray
  • Dreamscape: Blu-ray
  • Flight of the Intruder: Blu-ray
  • Jade: Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings (1978 animated version): DVD, Blu-ray
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy: Blu-ray
  • The Natural (Director’s Cut): Blu-ray
  • Poseidon: Blu-ray
  • The Relic: Blu-ray
  • The Thomas Crown Affair: Blu-ray

Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Sequel News: Austin Powers, Final Destination and More


Austin Powers: The Shrek films may be coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean Mike Myers can’t tread into familiar territory. According to director Jay Roach, it’s quite possible we’ll be seeing another Austin Powers film. “You know, I hope so,” Roach said when asked about a sequel. “Mike’s working on ideas for it, people are definitely talking about it and I’m always good for it. I love those characters.”

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Ian McKellen Too Old For X-Men

Ian McKellen as MagnetoSir Ian McKellen thinks that he’s too old to star in another X-Men film.

The Hollywood veteran, who has played mutant villain Magneto in three of the comic book movies, says it is unlikely he will reprise the role for a spin-off film about the character because of his wrinkles.

“There’s meant to be a Magneto script floating around, but I’ve not read it, so I suspect it wouldn’t involve me—I think it would be about the younger Magneto, and the most I could hope for would be to top and tail that. They can’t have someone whose face is as lined as mine any longer!”

However, the 70-year-old actor was impressed by his 69-year-old friend Patrick Stewart’s appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine earlier this year: “He was very pleased with himself that he was going in to be in Wolverine. It was only an hour’s work! We were working on Waiting For Godot at the time!”


Sequel News: Mission Impossible, Haunting in Connecticut and More

Mission Impossible 3

Here’s the latest scoop on the sequel buzz spreading across Hollywood:

Mission Impossible: Even though he could do just about anything he wants these days, Star Trek‘s J.J. Abrams will be returning to familiar territory. Three years after the debut of MI:3, the director has agreed to reteam with Tom Cruise on a fourth installment. (Apparently the actor wasn’t listening when I said he should stay away from this project.) Although they are both only listed as producers at this point, things could change for the busy men once a script is finalized. Paramount is currently aiming for a 2011 release.

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Dominic Monaghan Talks About the Lord of the Rings Prequels


While he’s quick to point out that The Hobbit is “not Lord of the Rings,” told MTV that he is open to joining the upcoming adaptations.

Monaghan, who played Merry in the three LOTR films, said neither the fans nor his former coworkers should worry about their popular trilogy being diluted. “It’s being produced by Peter Jackson, who obviously made the first films, and his special-effects company are making it,” he explained. “It’s directed by Guillermo del Toro, who I think, outside of , would be the number-one person to give this any amount of the tenderness that it deserves. Obviously, Ian McKellen’s going to be back for it, and Andy Serkis is going to be back for it.”

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