Dark Phoenix could be Disney’s first X-Men film
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Dark Phoenix could be Disney’s first X-Men film

Disney’s merger with 20th Century Fox is getting closer and closer, and superhero fans have been wondering about the future where the MCU and X-Men universes both live under one roof.

The first step towards the union of Avengers and mutants may be underway, with The Hollywood Reporter claiming that X-Men: Dark Phoenix could be the first Fox-Marvel movie to be released by Disney. Dark Phoenix was recently delayed from February to June, a date – as the report observes – that won’t clash with any upcoming Disney releases.

In DARK PHOENIX, the X-MEN face their most formidable and powerful foe: one of their own, Jean Grey. During a rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed when she is hit by a mysterious cosmic force. Once she returns home, this force not only makes her infinitely more powerful, but far more unstable. Wrestling with this entity inside her, Jean unleashes her powers in ways she can neither comprehend nor contain. With Jean spiraling out of control, and hurting the ones she loves most, she begins to unravel the very fabric that holds the X-Men together. Now, with this family falling apart, they must find a way to unite — not only to save Jean’s soul, but to save our very planet from aliens who wish to weaponize this force and rule the galaxy.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix will be released on June 7, 2019.

Check in our gallery some pictures of James on set while re-shooting his scenes last month, plus screen captures from the trailer.

‘His Dark Materials’ Gets Season 2 From the BBC
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‘His Dark Materials’ Gets Season 2 From the BBC

The BBC has committed to a second season of Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials,” with the first season still in production.

“We are making two series of Philip Pullman’s ‘[His] Dark Materials,’” BBC director general Tony Hall said Tuesday during an appearance before a government committee. “The cost per episode is high – it’s really ambitious.”

Based on Pullman’s bestselling trilogy of young-adult fantasy novels (“The Golden Compass,” “The Subtle Knife,” “The Amber Spyglass”), the show is produced by Bad Wolf with New Line Cinema for the BBC, in association with BBC Studios Distribution and Anton Capital Entertainment. It is currently in production at Bad Wolf’s studios in Cardiff, Wales. Like the first season, the second season will consist of eight episodes.

Hall revealed plans for a second season while speaking before lawmakers about the BBC’s finances. He was responding to a question about whether the pubcaster could be in danger of being priced out of the high-end drama market by deep-pocketed streaming platforms such as Netflix and Amazon.

Hall suggested that the disparity in resources offered the BBC an opportunity to focus “on what we do best, which is U.K. content, dramas about big U.K. issues, finding new talent or giving existing talent its voice to do things they might not otherwise do.” He said “His Dark Materials” was “the sort of piece the BBC should make.”

“We’re showing ambition on that,” said Hall, adding that the fantasy series was expensive for the BBC because of the high cost of its visual effects, which are being handled by Framestore.

The production marks New Line’s first foray into British TV production. International distribution is being handled by BBC Studios.

It stars “Logan” actress Dafne Keen as young protagonist Lyra, who embarks on a dangerous journey of discovery in a parallel universe. James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ruth Wilson lead the adult cast.

Oscar-winner Tom Hooper serves as lead director on the series, handling the first two episodes, with Dawn Shadforth and Otto Bathurst already announced to direct later episodes of the first season. Tony- and BAFTA-winner Jack Thorne adapted the books for television. Laurie Borg serves as producer.

The ensemble cast also features Clarke Peters, Ian Gelder, Will Keen, Ariyon Bakare, Georgina Campbell, Anne-Marie Duff, James Cosmo, Lucian Msamati, Mat Fraser, Geoff Bell and Simon Manyonda. The young cast includes Lewin Lloyd, Daniel Frogson, Tyler Howitt and Archie Barnes.

“His Dark Materials” is executive produced by Dan McCulloch, Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf; Deborah Forte, Toby Emmerich and Carolyn Blackwood for New Line Cinema; Ben Irving and Piers Wenger for BBC One; and by Pullman, Hooper and Thorne.

James spot on set of “It: Chapter 2”
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James spot on set of “It: Chapter 2”

James schedules seems to be crazy lately. With X-Men: Dark Phoenix re-shoots taking place in Ontario and “His Dark Materials” currently being shoot in Cardiff (Wales), he was spot on set of “It: Chapter 2” earlier today alongside co-star James Ransone.

Last week /Film shared an interview with screenwriter Gary Dauberman, in which he talks about the sequel. Read it below:

“Like I said with the first one, it’s really this embarrassment of riches. It was trying to do your best job of taking what Stephen King wrote so beautifully all those years ago and try to translate it to the script page,” Dauberman shared with SlashFilm. “For me it was just really fun to be able to revisit these characters and see what they’re up to 27 years later. There was a challenge trying to get all those character introductions and “here’s where we are so far” which is fun to tackle. How can we find an elegant solution to introduce this many characters again to the audience?”

In the original novel and in the 1990 miniseries, the narrative takes place in the “present,” with the adult characters coming together to honor an oath they made as children, while using flashbacks to explore their various connections to one another. Director Andy Muschietti decided to fracture the timeline so that audiences can connect exclusively with the young characters in the first film, making for a more fulfilling emotional journey in the follow-up film.

“In the first one, they’re all together in school so you see them in a bunch but 27 years later, I don’t think it’s a spoiler they’re sort of scattered all over the country,” Dauberman noted. “So we see pieces of who they’ve become which I think is really exciting. Then of course it was great to see them return to Derry.”

The Losers’ Club reunites for the first time at a restaurant, making it a memorable scene for audiences in both the book and miniseries.

“The Jade of the Orient is such a defining and iconic scene in the book. That was something I remember as a thing I was writing towards,” the writer confessed. “It was like, ‘Okay, coming up is Jade of the Orient. That’s going to be super cool.’ It was a nice signpost to write towards which I dug.”

Writing the film wasn’t an entirely joyful experience, with Dauberman noting, “The ending I think will satisfy the audience and maybe break their hearts a little bit.”

Check the HQ images in our gallery:

BBC’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Series Starts Production
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BBC’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Series Starts Production

BBC and Bad Wolf have officially announced the start of production on their His Dark Materials adaptation in Wales today. In addition, the remaining cast members that will be rounding out the cast of the series were officially confirmed, according to ComingSoon.

Author Philip Pullman says: “I’m delighted that the production is under way, and I’m looking forward immensely to seeing how it looks. Bad Wolf has assembled a wonderful cast and I’m sure every HDM reader is as keen as I am to see it all coming together.”

Dafne Keen (Logan) will be playing the main character Lyra with Lin Manuel-Miranda (Hamilton, Mary Poppins Returns) as Lee Scoresby, James McAvoy (Split) as Lyra’s uncle, Lord Asriel and Clarke Peters (The Wire) playing The Master who trains Lyra. Ian Gelder (Queers) who will be portraying Librarian Scholar Charles, Ruth Wilson (The Affair) as the glamorous Mrs. Coulter, Will Keen (Wolf Hall) as Father MacPhail, Ariyon Bakare (Life) as Lord Boreal, and Georgina Campbell (Black Mirror) as journalist Adele Starminster.

New additions to the series include Anne-Marie Duff (Suffragette) as Ma Costa, James Cosmo (Game of Thrones) as Farder Coram, Lucien Msamati (Richard II) as John Faa, Mat Fraser (Cast Offs) as Raymond Van Geritt, with Geoff Bell (War Horse) as Jack Verhoeven, and Simon Manyonda (King Lear) as Benjamin de Ruyter.

The young actors joining the cast include Lewin Lloyd as Roger Parslow, Daniel Frogson as Tony Costa, Tyler Howitt as Billy Costa and Archie Barnes as Pantalaimon.

The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper will direct the eight-part series. The His Dark Materials adaptation will be produced by Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner’s Bad Wolf with New Line Cinema for BBC One.

M. Night Shyamalan Debuts First ‘Glass’ Trailer
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M. Night Shyamalan Debuts First ‘Glass’ Trailer

M. Night Shyamalan is back with his highly anticipated comic-book thriller Glass.

The upcoming flick brings together the narratives from 2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split, featuring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy.

Anya Taylor-Joy will also return and Sarah Paulson will join the cast as a psychologist who studies people who believe they are superheroes.

Glass is set to hit theaters January 18th, 2019.

‘Glass’ First Look
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‘Glass’ First Look

Entertainment Weekly has the first look of Glass on its preview issue, out this week.

Eighteen years after “Unbreakable,” Bruce Willis’ David Dunn and Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price will finally share the screen together once more in M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass.” The actors will be joined by James McAvoy’s Kevin Crumb, who appeared in Shyamalan’s “Split.” “Split” famously ended by revealing itself as existing in the same universe as “Unbreakable,” and now Shyamalan will bring his two films together and finish off his surprise trilogy.

McAvoy spoke to the publication about learning during rehearsals what Shyamalan really had planned for the movie. The actor hilariously admits that he didn’t even know what the director was talking about at first when he told him he would be adding David Dunn into the film.

We were chatting and he said, ‘Well, maybe if this one does well, we’ll do another one,’?” McAvoy said. “I was like, ‘Really? We’re going to do a sequel to “Split”?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, you know, bring back David and all that.’ And I was like, David? Oh, wait a minute…

“Glass” is set to open nationwide January 18, 2019 via Universal Pictures and the actors are going to Comic-Con for promoting the movie.

Check in our gallery scans and more.

James attends Universal presentation at CinemaCon 2018
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James attends Universal presentation at CinemaCon 2018

James attended today the CinemaCon 2018 in Nevada, alongside his Glass co-stars Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Bruce Willis and director M. Night Shyamalan, for the Universal pictures presentation. We have the first pictures added in our gallery:

James McAvoy Joins Elton John & David Furnish for ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Screening
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James McAvoy Joins Elton John & David Furnish for ‘Sherlock Gnomes’ Screening

James McAvoy attended earlier today (April 22) a Sherlock Gnomes London Family Gala held at Cineworld Leicester Square in London, England, hosted by Elton John and husband David Furnish.

The movie will be released in the UK on May 11, and is already in theaters in the USA. Be sure to check it out!

‘Submergence’ is out on Theaters and Digital HD
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‘Submergence’ is out on Theaters and Digital HD

James’ new film Submergence (with Alicia Vikander) is finally on limited theaters and it’s also available on Digital HD from Amazon Video and iTunes. DVD and Blu-ray release date is set for May 15, 2018.

In a room with no windows on the eastern coast of Africa, a Scotsman, James More, is held captive by jihadist fighters. Thousands of miles away in the Greenland Sea, Danielle Flinders prepares to dive in a submersible to the ocean floor. In their confines they are drawn back to the Christmas of the previous year, where a chance encounter on a beach in France led to an intense and enduring romance.

I’ve got my own digital copy and made screen captures – which obviously have spoilers if you still didn’t see the movie yet. Also additional stills are added, so, enjoy!


James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander form a deep connection in Submergence clip
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James McAvoy and Alicia Vikander form a deep connection in Submergence clip

“I love the smell of sweat.”

It’s a strange pick-up line, but it works for Dani (Alicia Vikander) when she meets James (James McAvoy) at a French seaside hotel and they begin an intense romance in the new Wim Wenders drama Submergence (in theaters today). Dani is a deep-diving marine scientist, and James is a spy who goes to Somalia and is captured by jihadist fighters, and as the two risk their lives for their work, they must hold on to their memories of each other.

In the exclusive clip above, we witness the couple’s first meeting, before their lives begin to unravel. With the character of James, McAvoy adds another soldier/spy to his docket (Atomic Blonde, Atonement), and EW called him up to get the low-down on what keeps calling him back to these roles, how the similarities and differences between them inform his work, and the challenges of playing a character who faces repeated psychological abuse.

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