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X-Men: Days of Future Past

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

The X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class in a battle that must change the past – to save their future.

X-Men: Days of Future Past is an upcoming 2014 American superhero film, based on the fictional X-Men characters appearing in Marvel Comics and on the 1981 Uncanny X-Men storyline “Days of Future Past” by Chris Claremont and John Byrne.

Directed by Bryan Singer, it is the seventh film in the X-Men film series and the third X-Men film directed by Singer after 2000′s X-Men and 2003′s X2. It stars an ensemble cast including Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, and Ian McKellen. The story is written by Simon Kinberg, Matthew Vaughn and Jane Goldman, with Kinberg writing the screenplay.

Days of Future Past acts as a sequel to both 2006′s X-Men: The Last Stand and 2011′s X-Men: First Class, as well as a follow-up to 2013′s The Wolverine. Principal photography began in April 2013 in Montreal, Canada and ended in August 2013. The film was shot in 3D and is scheduled to be released on May 23, 2014.

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Cast and Characters

Hugh Jackman as Logan / Wolverine

A mutant with accelerated healing, enhanced senses, adamantium-laced skeleton and retractable bone and adamantium claws. Director Bryan Singer stated that “Hugh of the future is sent, his consciousness is sent into his younger self [and] Hugh gets to play both parts because [Wolverine] is ageless.” Writer Simon Kinberg explained in an interview why Wolverine is the time traveler and he stated “We made the decision for a lot of reasons… One reason is that he’s the protagonist of the franchise, and probably the most beloved character to a mass audience.”

James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart as Charles Xavier / Professor X

The world’s most powerful telepath. Singer described the younger Xavier as being “a very different beast from First Class’ feckless playboy. He’s a wounded animal, bearded, long-haired, filled with rage at the way the world has treated him.” According to Stewart, there will be an explanation for Professor X’s return after he was vaporized by Jean Grey in X-Men: The Last Stand. Professor X’s return was previously alluded to during a post-credits scene in X-Men: The Last Stand and a mid-credits scene in The Wolverine.

Michael Fassbender and Ian McKellen[10] as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto

A mutant with the ability to manipulate metallic objects. Singer described McKellen’s role as “also a fixture in the future war, facing an enemy so monstrous that it forces former foes to band together.”

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Halle Berry as Ororo Munroe / Storm

A mutant with the ability to manipulate the elements. Singer described Storm as “one of the last surviving X-Men in this post-apocalyptic world”. Berry stated that “there’s something very revealing and shocking about Storm in this movie. There are some things you find out about her that I think give you much more insight into who she is.” When asked about if her pregnancy affected Storm’s role, she replied “I wasn’t in as much as I was meant to be. My ever-growing belly was posing a constant challenge! What I could do was getting more limited so the role that I play is so different from what it could have been, due to my surprise pregnancy.”

Jennifer Lawrence as Raven Darkhölme / Mystique

A mutant with the ability in shape-shifting. Singer stated that Mystique “is less innocent, evolved, getting closer to where Mystique was in X-Men 2.” Lawrence revealed that Mystique is split off from Lensherr and Xavier and she has one mission of trying to assassinate somebody. She added “we’ve seen her [Mystique] in the future and what she becomes and this is kind of a turning point for her.”

Anna Paquin as Rogue

A mutant with the ability to absorb the mutant abilities of anyone she touches.

Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde

A mutant with the ability to phase through solid objects. Singer described Pryde as the prime facilitator and that Pryde’s phasing ability enables time-travel to happen.

Peter Dinklage as Bolivar Trask

A military scientist and the head of Trask Industries who created a range of robots called Sentinels whose purpose is to hunt and destroy mutants. Dinklage stated that Trask “sees what he’s doing as a good thing — [his ambition is] definitely blind and he’s quite arrogant. He’s strove all his life for a certain respect and attention.” He also stated that Trask is up against Richard Nixon.

Nicholas Hoult as Hank McCoy / Beast

A mutant with super-strength, agility and speed.

Shawn Ashmore as Bobby Drake / Iceman

A mutant with the ability to create and manipulate ice. When Ashmore was asked about what can be expected to see how his character’s relationship with Rogue has evolved since X-Men: The Last Stand, he replied “they’re constantly having these relationship issues so we’ll see what happens.”

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X-Men: Days of Future Past

Directed by: Bryan Singer
Starring: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart
Screenplay by: Simon Kinberg
Production Design by: John Myhre
Cinematography by: Newton Thomas Sigel
Film Editing by: John Ottman
Costume Design by: Louise Mingenbach
Set Decoration by: Gordon Sim
Music by: John Ottman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: May 23, 2014

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Taglines: In heroes we trust.

Two years after the events of The Avengers, Steve Rogers resides peacefully in Washington, D.C., struggling to adapt to contemporary society. However, after a S.H.I.E.L.D. compatriot is assailed, Steve becomes entangled in a mystery that may endanger the globe. Together with Natasha Romanoff, Captain America attempts to uncover the growing machination while fending off hired hit men. When the entire scheme is discovered, Captain America and the Black Widow must recruit the aid of the Falcon and soon encounter an unanticipated and powerful adversary — the Winter Soldier.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the sequel to 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger and the ninth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The film was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, and Samuel L. Jackson. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America and the Black Widow join forces to stop a covert enemy that is hiding in Washington, D.C.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

About the Story

Two years after the Battle of New York, Steve Rogers works in Washington D.C. for the espionage agency S.H.I.E.L.D. under Director Nick Fury, while adjusting to contemporary society. Rogers and Agent Natasha Romanoff are sent with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s counter-terrorism S.T.R.I.K.E. team, led by Agent Rumlow, to free hostages aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel from Georges Batroc and his mercenaries.

Mid-mission, Rogers discovers Romanoff has another agenda: to extract data from the ship’s computers for Fury. Rogers returns to the Triskelion, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s headquarters to confront Fury and is briefed about Project Insight: three Helicarriers linked to spy satellites, designed to preemptively eliminate threats. Unable to decrypt the data recovered by Romanoff, Fury becomes suspicious about Insight and asks senior S.H.I.E.L.D. official Alexander Pierce to delay the project.

On his way to rendezvous with Maria Hill, Fury is ambushed by assailants led by a mysterious assassin called the Winter Soldier. Fury escapes to Rogers’s apartment, and warns Rogers that S.H.I.E.L.D. is compromised. After handing Rogers a flash drive containing data from the ship, Fury is gunned down by the Winter Soldier. Fury dies in surgery, and Hill recovers the body. The next day, Pierce summons Rogers to the Triskelion. When Rogers withholds Fury’s information, Pierce brands him a fugitive.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier - Scarlett Johansson

Hunted by S.T.R.I.K.E., Rogers meets with Romanoff. Using data in the flash drive they discover a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker in New Jersey, where they activate a supercomputer containing the preserved consciousness of Arnim Zola. Zola reveals that ever since S.H.I.E.L.D. was founded after World War II, Hydra has secretly operated within its ranks, sowing global chaos with the goal that humanity would willingly surrender its freedom in exchange for security. The pair narrowly escape death when a S.H.I.E.L.D. missile destroys the bunker.

Rogers and Romanoff enlist the help of former USAF pararescueman Sam Wilson, whom Rogers befriended, and acquire his powered “Falcon” wingpack. Deducing that S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Jasper Sitwell is a Hydra mole, they force him to divulge that Zola developed a data-mining algorithm that can identify individuals who might become future threats to Hydra’s plans.

The Insight Helicarriers will sweep the globe, using satellite-guided guns to eliminate these individuals. Rogers, Romanoff, and Wilson are ambushed by the Winter Soldier, who kills Sitwell. During the fight, Rogers recognizes the Winter Soldier as Bucky Barnes, his friend who was captured and experimented upon during WWII. Hill manages to extract the trio to a safehouse where Fury, who had faked his death, is waiting with plans to sabotage the Helicarriers by replacing their controller chips.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

After the World Security Council members arrive for the Helicarriers’ launch, Rogers broadcasts Hydra’s plot to everyone at the Triskelion. Romanoff, disguised as one of the Council members, disarms Pierce. Fury arrives and forces Pierce to unlock S.H.I.E.L.D’s database so that Romanoff can leak classified information, exposing Hydra to the public. Following a struggle, Fury shoots Pierce dead. Meanwhile, Rogers and Wilson storm two Helicarriers and replace the controller chips, but the Winter Soldier destroys Wilson’s suit and fights Rogers on the third. Rogers fends him off and replaces the final chip, allowing Hill to take control and have the vessels destroy each other.

Rogers refuses to fight the Winter Soldier in an attempt to reach his friend, but as the ship collides with the Triskelion, Rogers is thrown out into the Potomac River. The Winter Soldier rescues the unconscious Rogers before disappearing into the woods. With S.H.I.E.L.D. in disarray, Romanoff appears before a Senate subcommittee and Fury, under the cover of his apparent death, heads to Eastern Europe in pursuit of Hydra’s remaining cells. Rogers and Wilson decide to find the Winter Soldier, while Rumlow, who was a double agent for Hydra, is hospitalized following the Triskelion’s destruction.

In a mid-credits scene, Baron Wolfgang von Strucker, at a Hydra lab, proclaims that the “age of miracles” has begun as scientists examine an energy-filled scepter1 and two prisoners: one with superhuman speed, the other with telekinetic powers. In a post-credits scene, the Winter Soldier visits a Bucky memorial at the Smithsonian Institution.

Filming Captain America

Principal photography began on April 1, 2013, at the Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios in Los Angeles, under the working title Freezer Burn. Scenes taking place on the “Lemurian Star” were filmed on the Sea Launch Commander, docked in Long Beach, California. In early May, Dominic Cooper confirmed he would return as Howard Stark. On May 14, 2013, production moved to Washington, D.C. with filming taking place at the National Mall and the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge. The following day, Garry Shandling was spotted on set reprising his Iron Man 2 role of Senator Stern. Other filming locations in Washington, D.C. included the Willard Hotel and Dupont Circle.

Filming in Cleveland began on May 17 and was scheduled to last until mid-June with locations scheduled on the West Shoreway, the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant in Cuyahoga Heights and the Lakeview Cemetery Dam. Cleveland was chosen as a stand-in for Washington, D.C, with the city’s East 6th Street doubling as 7th and D Streets in Southwest D.C. Other locations in Cleveland included the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, the Cleveland Public Library, Cleveland State University, the Cleveland Arcade, Tower City Center, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Western Reserve Historical Society. Interior shots were also filmed inside private homes and the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Tremont. Filming in Cleveland concluded on June 27, 2013.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Poster

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Jenny Agutter
Screenplay by: Ed Brubaker, Jack Kirby, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Joe Simon
Production Design by: Peter Wenham
Cinematography by: Trent Opaloch
Film Editing by: Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt
Costume Design by: Judianna Makovsky
Set Decoration by: Leslie A. Pope
Music by: Henry Jackman
MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout.
Studio: Paramount Pictures, Marvel Pictures
Release Date: April 4, 2014

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