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Cruise, or McAvoy, to join Del Toro “At the Mountains of Madness”

Collider is reporting that filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, that kid in a candy store now that he’s free from “The Hobbit,” will take a stab at a pet project, “At the Mountains of Madness”.

It’s an H.P. Lovecraft tale of supernatural horror set in the Antarctic.

And that the two stars he’s considering for this project are James McAvoy, whom the producing studio wants, and Tom Cruise, whom Del Toro has entertained the idea of working with for an earlier gig.

James Cameron will produce, it’ll be in 3D, and will take forever to shoot and cut and trick out with effects. Who has more time on his hands, Tom Cruise or James McAvoy? I say Tommy boy.

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Categories News X-Men: First Class

Bryan Singer Reveals Major “X-Men: First Class” Details

Ever since Bryan Singer gave his first major interview about Fox’s prequel to its “X-Men” movie franchise, “X-Men: First Class”, fans have been clamoring for more information about the project. Singer was initially going to direct “First Class”, but he had to back out due to other commitments, which opened the door for Matthew Vaughn (“Kick-Ass”) to take the helm. Still involved as a co-producer, Singer subsequently revealed that the plot would revolve around the early relationship between Prof. Charles Xavier, aka Prof. X (to be played by James McAvoy), and Erik Lehnsherr, aka Magneto (Michael Fassbender), but that still left many questions. Now, Singer has provided several major details about First Class, including the time period the movie will be set in, if the young mutants will wear costumes, and what villain Kevin Bacon will be portraying.

According to AICN, Singer revealed during a recent phone conversation that First Class will not follow the comic book origin of the X-Men, but it will be set during the time period when the comic book was originally published.

The film takes place in the 1960’s…. There is a spirit of a hopeful future that was prevalent in that time. We will see how Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr met—and how they dreamt of a future with Mutant & Human kind. They’re going to be in their late twenties. Xavier—as played by James McAvoy will not be in his wheelchair to begin the film — but we will see how he wound up in a wheelchair…. We’ll see McAvoy and Fassbender’s Magneto formulate what it is they are attempting by creating the X-Men.

Singer also revealed that, unlike the “Matrix”-inspired black leather costumes the X-Men wore in the original movie trilogy, the costumes in “First Class” will be “far more comic bookish” in design, with some costumes revealed “in about a month, if not sooner.” Singer also said that the technology used by the X-Men will be “inspired by James Bond’s tech of the time.”

What is sure to be disappointing to many fans of the comic books and of the original movie trilogy is the fact that Scott Summers, aka Cyclops, and Jean Grey, aka Marvel Girl, two of the original five founding members of the X-Men, will not be appearing in the movie. However, Singer revealed for the first time that Kevin Bacon will be playing Sebastian Shaw, the Black King of the secret society known as the Hellfire Club.

Although screenwriter Jane Goldman recently said that principal photography on “First Class” was “about three weeks” away, which would have put the start date in the first week of September, Singer apparently told AICN that the start date would be August 31st. The initial setting will be Oxford University, but the production will shoot in both England and the United States, with other locales represented, including Russia, for a more “international flavor” in keeping with the “James Bond vibe” that Vaughn is going for.

Next Showing: “X-Men: First Class” opens June 3, 2011

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Categories Site

New Layout!

At last, a brand new layout here at James McAvoy Fan. What does everyone think? I absolutely love this shoot of James, and felt it was about time that the site had a bit of a revamp whilst James has some time off. I’m slowly but surely revamping and adding content, and aim to have a nice media archive up and running very shortly.

Stay tuned for more updates as they occur!

Categories News

McAvoy And Blunt Campaign To Save UK Film Council

More than 50 British actors including James McAvoy, Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy have teamed up to fight a decision to shut down the UK Film Council (UKFC).

The UKFC, which was established to develop and promote British cinema, has fallen victim to massive spending cuts as the country’s new government attempts to curb spiralling debt.

But the stars credit the organisation with their career successes – and claim axing the council will destroy the “backbone” of Britain’s film industry.

A joint letter from the stars to Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reads: “We all owe any success we have had in our acting careers, to varying degrees, to films supported by the UK Film Council.

“But it is not out of personal gratitude that we are dismayed that the UKFC is facing the axe; it is because we fear the impact on the British film industry as a whole.

“It is our camera crews, lighting experts, set builders and a whole host of other skilled people who give our film industry such an edge.

“Their expertise and experience, which the UKFC has done so much to foster, is the main reason why so many top Hollywood directors choose to make films here in Britain.

“We should think long and hard about getting rid of one of the major factors behind a great British success story.”

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Categories News

Empire 100 Sexiest Movie Stars

Congratulations to James for being placed at #27 in Empire’s annual 100 Sexiest Movie Stars list!

What is it about this diminutive Scot? Even as a bloody Narnian fawn, he managed to exude charisma, magnestism and, dare we say it, a big dollop of sex appeal. So when he used that twinkly eye to devastating effect in the heartbreaking Atonement, that was it.

Sexiest Moment
Rough but oh-so tender sex in the library with Keira Knightley. “Atonement” raises the bar on movie eroticism.

Did You Know…?
Before he went into acting, McAvoy wanted to join the Navy.

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Categories News The Conspirator

“The Conspirator” Among Toronto Fest Debuts

Robert Redford’s Lincoln assassination tale “The Conspirator” will premiere at September’s Toronto International Film Festival.

A showcase for potential Academy Awards contenders, the Toronto festival announced many of the titles Tuesday that will have their world premieres at the event Sept. 9-19.

Director Redford’s “The Conspirator” stars James McAvoy, Robin Wright Penn, Kevin Kline and Evan Rachel Wood in a tale of a union war hero defending a woman accused of aiding her son in Lincoln’s assassination.

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Categories Gallery The Last King of Scotland

“The Last King of Scotland” DVD Extras

I have just added all the DVD extras from “The Last King of Scotland”, including deleted scenes, a theatrical trailer, and a few interesting featurettes. Caps from the film will be up soon – enjoy!

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Categories News Rumours

Is James McAvoy Headed to “Cloud Atlas”?

In a story from Production Weekly, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, James McAvoy, Ian McKellen and Natalie Portman have all been offered roles in “Cloud Atlas”.

The film is being directed by Tom Tykwer (“The International”). He is presently writing the screenplay. It is based on the book by David Mitchell. The plan is for the film to go into production next spring.

“Cloud Atlas” intertwines history, science, suspense, humor and pathos through six separate but loosely related narratives. Each of theses narratives takes place in a different time and place, each is written in a very different prose style, and each is broken off mid-action and brought to conclusion in the second half of the book.

There isn’t any word yet on which actor will tackle what role but as usual, when we know we will be sure to post that information.

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Categories News Rumours X-Men: First Class

James McAvoy Is Professor X In ‘X-Men: First Class’

Since Fox hopes to get “X-Men: First Class” up and registered by this summer with Matthew Vaughn at the head of the class, you can expect a lot of furious casting between now and August. The first big pick is out now, as according to THR’s Heat Vision, James McAvoy will be Professor Charles Xavier.

McAvoy is a good pick to replace Patrick Stewart, but he’s awfully young to be teaching anyone. But remember, this isn’t really about the first class of X-Men the way we thought it would be. “X-Men: First Class” would be an origin story for Professor X and Magneto. In this film, young Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr will discover their powers, hone them, and take on their cool aliases. They will then join with fellow mutants “some familiar, some new” to stop a global threat. Their friendship fractures, and creates the rift between Magneto’s antagonistic Brotherhood of Mutants and Professor X’s peaceful X-Men.

It’s unclear who these mutants will be. (Beyond a Wolverine cameo, of course.) Are they actually going to be young Jean Gray, Cyclops, and Storm? If so, it’s nice to see Fox sticking to their resolve of continuing to throw their X-Men continuity out the window. You can’t exactly have a movie featuring young Jean Grey or Cyclops, if the Professor X and Magneto we saw interacting with them (in “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”, respectively) were the older and wiser figures of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. Perhaps they’re going to haul out those amnesia bullets again to explain the discrepancies.

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Categories Band of Brothers Gallery

“Band of Brothers” Screen Captures

A big thank you to Amanda for sending us captures of James’ appearance in 2001 TV series “Band of Brothers”. He is only in the one episode, but it is a great vintage edition to the gallery. I am also in the process of uploading over 1,000 HQ event photos to the gallery, so keep checking back as I’m adding them whenever I can.

I have also set up a Twitter account so you can get the latest news and updates as soon as they happen – follow us @jamesmcavoyorg.

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