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Bryan Singer Teases ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ On Instagram

By | Monday June 30, 2014 @ 12:30pm PDT

Bryan Singer Teases ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ On InstagramBryan Singer has teased another glimpse of his next pic in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse, slated for a May 27, 2016 release. His X Men: Days Of Future Past has grossed more than $712 million worldwide since it opened last month. Check out the instagram pic below of the X Men: Apocalypse script monologue dated 06.6.14 that Singer posted earlier today:
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Hot Clip: ‘X-Men:Days of Future Past’ Composer & Editor John Ottman Talks

By | Saturday May 31, 2014 @ 12:14pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: John Ottman is arguably one of the hardest working guys in post-production, continually performing double-duty as both the editor and film composer throughout Bryan Singer‘s canon.  In this clip he talks about his process on X-Men: Days of Future Past: balancing the two post-prod crafts, working a touch of ’70s analog synths into the score as well as drawing inspiration from Dr. Charles Xavier (played by James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart in the film).  Ottman first met Singer when he was a PA on a student film. This led to Ottman co-directing, editing and handling the sound design for Singer’s 1998 short Lion’s Den starring Ethan Hawke. However, it was on Public Access, Singer’s first feature, that the director asked Ottman to score. Their partnership has spawned eight films directed by Singer including Public Access, The Usual Suspects, Apt Pupil, X2, Superman Returns, Valkyrie, Jack the Giant Killer and the current X-Men sequel.

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Deadline Awards Watch 71: The L.A.-Francais Fest Podcast

By and | Thursday April 24, 2014 @ 6:07pm PDT

Deadline Awards Watch ep 71In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond and host David Bloom look at highlights from that other big French film festival, City of Lights – City of Angels, which opened this week in Los Angeles. They also discuss the potential business impact of sexual-abuse allegations against Woody Allen and Bryan Singer on Fading Gigolo and the new X-Men sequel and catch up on next year’s Oscar producers and this year’s possible Emmy host(s). Pete also gives his take on the weekend’s notable movie debuts, which include the three-woman comedy The Other Woman, the one-man suspense film Locke with Tom Hardy and the WWII drama Walking With The Enemy, starring Ben Kingsley in another fine supporting role.   

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Bryan Singer X-es Himself Out Of ‘X-Men’ Publicity As He Defends Self Against Sexual Abuse Allegations

Mike Fleming

BREAKING: After pulling out of a scheduled appearance to promote X-Men: Days Of Future Past at last singerbryweekend’s WonderCon, director Bryan Singer has announced he’s not going to participate in the launch publicity for the Fox tentpole because of the allegations of sex abuse that are the subject of a civil lawsuit and allegedly occurred in 1999. This case is sordid, and has been a challenge for some news outlets because Singer was among several names named, with no evidence so far. He originated the X-Men franchise for Fox, directing the first two stellar films, and this was expected to be a triumphant return. But though unsubstantiated at this point, the allegations are serious, the scandal is growing, and it is not surprising to see him bow out. Here is a statement that Singer issued through his publicist:

‘The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false,” Singer said. “I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past. This fantastic film is a labor of love and one of the greatest experiences of my career. So, out of respect to all of the extraordinary contributions from the incredibly talented actors and crew involved, I’ve decided not to participate in the upcoming media events for the film. However, I promise when this situation is over, the facts will show this to be the sick twisted shake down it is. I want to thank fans, friends and family for all their amazing and overwhelming support.” Read More »

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‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Launch Plan Puts Focus On Stars: Video

XMenMarketingFox is pulling out all the stops for the global launch of X-Men: Days Of Future Past, with stars Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy stepping up to bat for a week’s worldwide premiere tour billed as the “X-Men X-Perience.” The trio — who respectively play Wolverine, young Magneto and young Dr. Charles Xavier in the film — made a web video announcement today (see below). After the New York premiere, they will be joined by castmembers Jennifer Lawrence, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Fan Bingbing, Omar Sy and Nicholas Hoult for tour stops including London, Moscow, Singapore, Melbourne, Beijing and Sao Paulo — though who will wind up where is still a secret. The X-Men franchise has morphed into a cash cow overseas, with the most recent titles — last year’s The Wolverine and 2011′s X-Men: First Class – pulling in well over 60% of their global box office haul from territories outside the U.S. and Canada. This is a marketing move typical of 20th Century Fox’s prowess in foreign markets, and since the days of Titanic and Braveheart it has always globetrotted talent in an effort to raise a film’s profile and maximize moolah. X-Men: Days Of Future Past opens day and date worldwide May 25.

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Accusations Prompt ‘X-Men’s Bryan Singer To Skip This Weekend’s WonderCon Fanfest

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 6:57pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Bryan Singer WonderCon CancelEXCLUSIVE: In the wake of shocking allegations of sexual abuse against Bryan Singer that surfaced five weeks before the launch of the new X-Men film, Singer has cancelled a scheduled appearance at this weekend’s WonderCon in Anaheim, Deadline hears. Fox instead will send Simon Kinberg as the studio prepares to launch the Singer-directed blockbuster X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Kinberg wrote and produced the film and has been a part of the X-Men universe since the beginning.

WonderCon logoSinger had been scheduled to be on hand to do interviews for the film that Fox opens May 23. It seems fairly obvious that right now he’s not going to get the kind of questions that will help the movie, or that he could answer. Singer had been scheduled to represent X-Men among a bunch of big Fox movies vamping this weekend, appearing along with Andy Serkis, Keri Russell, Gary Oldman and director Matt Reeves from Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes; Jay Baruchel and writer-director Dean DeBlois from How To Train Your Dragon 2; and Dylan O’Brien, writer James Dashner and director Wes Ball from The Maze Runner.
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ABC Pulls Promos For New Series ‘Black Box’ Featuring Bryan Singer’s Name Amid Controversy

By | Thursday April 17, 2014 @ 4:50pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

With Hollywood director Bryan Singer at the center of accusations ofblackbox molesting a minor 15 years ago, his name will not be used to promote new ABC drama series Black Box. A small portion of the promos in circulation for the series, which premieres next Thursday, featured the X-Men director’s name. They have now been pulled, at least for the time being, according to sources. Former House executive producer Singer serves as an executive producer on the straight-to-series drama starring Bryan Singer USCKelly Reilly as a famous neuroscientist who is bipolar. Below is the official long trailer for the show, widely available online, in which Singer is indirectly referenced as Black Box being “from the executive producer(s) of House.”

Related: ‘X-Men’s Bryan Singer To Skip This Weekend’s WonderCon

In addition to Black Box, Singer also executive produces the upcoming CBS drama series Battle Creek, from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore. On that direct-to-series project he also directed the opening episode. Singer just completed work on the pilot, which has been getting good early response. CBS is yet to start airing promos for Battle Creek, which is not slated to launch until fall. On the feature side, Singer has his next movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, opening in five weeks.

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Hot Trailer: ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’

By | Tuesday April 15, 2014 @ 9:24pm PDT

Don’t let the title fool you: This ain’t no night in white satin with the Moody Blues. (It’s even spelled differently.) But if it’s action you crave, well, it’s got that. Here’s the final trailer for Fox/Marvel’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past, wherein Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine goes back in time 50 years to alter history and prevent some really rotten stuff from happening. Butt-kicking ensues. The cast also includes James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Halle Berry, Michael Fassbender, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Fan Bingbing, Omar Sy, Nicholas Hoult and plenty of others. Bryan Singer is back to direct his first film in the franchise since 2003′s X-Men 2, working from a script by Simon Kinberg. It opens May 23 — until then, enjoy:

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Bryan Singer To Direct & Exec Produce CBS Series ‘Battle Creek’ From Vince Gilligan & David Shore

By | Monday March 3, 2014 @ 2:00pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Bryan Singer USCBryan Singer directed the pilot for David Shore‘s hit Fox medical drama series House, which the two executive produced for its entire eight-season run. Now they are reuniting on Shore’s follow-up series, CBSBattle Creek. The straight-to-series project, written by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and Shore, centers on cbs-logo__120711164808__121116195436__130108233101__130716162250__130926192712Detective Russ Agnew (Dean Winters) and FBI agent Milton Chamberlain, who have different worldviews but are teamed up to clean up the semi-mean streets of Battle Creek, MI. Gilligan, who created Battle Creek several years ago, and Shore, who will serve as showrunner, will executive produce with Singer and Mark Johnson. Jason Taylor of Singer’s banner Bad Hat Harry will serve as a producer alongside Erin Gunn of Shore’s Shore Z. Singer is the second House alum to join Battle Creek, along with co-star Kal Penn. This is the second straight-to-series drama WME-repped Singer is executive producing; he also serves in the same capacity on ABC’s upcoming Black Box. On the feature side, he is putting final touches on his third X-Men movie, X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

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Berlin Briefs: Nicolas Cage In Talks For ‘Men With No Fear’; Tom Berenger Stars In Western ‘Lonesome Dove Church’

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 8:39am PST

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BerlinFilmFestival_badgenicolas-cageWriter-director Paco Cabezas’ heist thriller Men With No Fear is coming to Berlin’s European Film Market this month, with Nicolas Cage in negotiations to star  and The Exchange setting a deal to finance and sell worldwide rights. Bryan Singer and Jason Taylor of Bad Hat Harry Productions are producing. The movie centers on Marty ‘The Mule,’ newly released from prison after being set up by his former boss Frank, a smalltime neighborhood crook. While Mule was locked up, Frank went big time and became a ruthless drug kingpin. But Frank also took Mule’s most precious item — his son, raising him like his own. But now Mule is back on the streets and ready for revenge. Read More »

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Sundance: Bryan Singer Among Fest Jurists; Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally To Host Awards Gala

By | Thursday January 9, 2014 @ 1:30pm PST

bryan singerOver 20 years after his debut feature Public Access was the co-winner of the Dramatic Grand Jury Prize, Bryan Singer is returning to the Sundance Film Festival. The X-Men: Days Of Future Past director was named today as one of this year’s jurists at the Utah-based festival. Singer will serve on the U.S. Dramatic Jury along with critic Leonard Maltin, producer Peter Saraf, writer-director Lone Scherfig and Slate.com critic Dana Stevens. Jurists in the U.S and World Cinema Sundance2014_badgeDocumentary sections as well World Cinema Dramatic, Short Film, and Science In Film categories were announced too (see the full list below). Additionally, the fest revealed today that Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally will front the Feature Film Awards ceremony on January 25 in Park City. This isn’t the only appearance by Offerman and Mullally at Sundance this year. The Parks & Recreation star tops Nick Offerman: American Ham which premieres January 23 in Salt Lake City, and Mullally is one of the voices in the animated pic Ernest & Celestine, which is being screened January 18. The fest’s 30th anniversary edition runs January 16-26. Here’s the full release:

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sundance-2014__131210193644__131217201040__131219181337__140108195842Park City, UT — Sundance Institute announced today the members of the six juries awarding prizes at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah. Short Film Awards will be announced at a ceremony on January 21 at Park City’s Jupiter Bowl. Feature film awards will be announced at a separate ceremony on January 25 in Park City, hosted by husband-and-wife duo Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally and livestreamed at www.sundance.org/live. Offerman headlines the film Nick Offerman: American Ham in the Festival’s Premieres section. Mullally voices a character in the English-language version of Ernest and Celestine, which will have its world premiere in the Festival’s new Sundance Kids section.

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Bryan Singer Teases Another ‘X-Men’, Produces Micro-Budget Thriller ‘The Taking’

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 2:03pm PST
Mike Fleming

singerBryan Singer has shaken up the Twittersphere by announcing he’s planning to do another X-Men film, titled X-Men: Apocalypse, to be released May 27, 2016.

 

At the same time, Singer has shepherded production of The Taking, a Adam Robitel-directed thriller shot quietly in North Carolina this week. The film, written by Robitel (The Bloody Benders) and Gavin Heffernan (The Steaks), centers on the supernatural happenings in a small Southern community. Further plot details are being kept under wraps. Singer kept The Taking quiet. It’s Robitel’s feature directing debut, a character-driven project that Singer produced through his Bad Hat Harry shingle. Jeff Rice is also a producer, and executive producers are Jason Taylor and Jonathan Stein, Lati Grobman and Christa Campbell, Rene Besson, Luke Daniels, Alex Cutler and Dana Guerin. Nu Image/Millennium Films is handling worldwide sales.

Singer wrapped X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which brings together the casts from his original X-Men movies with the younger versions from X-Men: First Class. Fox releases the tentpole May 23, 2014.

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Bryan Singer’s ‘Spooked’ Digital Series Sets Director, Rounds Out Cast For 2014 Premiere

By | Friday November 8, 2013 @ 9:00am PST

EXCLUSIVE: Bryan Singer’s Bad Hat Harry has begun production on Spooked, a new digital comedic series announced at San Diego Comic-Con and set to premiere on Geek & Sundry early next year. X-Men‘s Singer and Felicia Day (The Guild) exec produce the series directed by Richard Martin and written by Michael Gene Conti. Julian Curtis (Captured), Neil Grayston (Eureka), Ashley Johnson (The Killing), Derek Mio (Greek) and Shyloh Oostwald (In Time) star. Spooked follows the misadventures of Paranormal Investigation Team (P.I.T.) as they struggle, often comically, through investigations into alleged paranormal phenomena at reportedly haunted locations across the country. Spooked is set to premiere on the Geek & Sundry network in early 2014, with additional distribution to be announced.

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Hot Trailer: ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’

By | Tuesday October 29, 2013 @ 6:40am PDT
Mike Fleming

BREAKING: 20th Century Fox has just gone live with a new trailer for the eagerly awaited X-Men: Days Of Future Past, the film that brings back original X-Men director Bryan Singer and mashes together both casts from its X-Men and X-Men: First Class franchises. We saw a preview close to this trailer during Fox’s killer panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and it introduces a Terminator-esque time-travel storyline. The fan reaction to the trailer, and to the appearance of both casts at Hall E, was thunderous, to the point that some fans who got up to ask questions could barely get them out because they were crying. Here’s the trailer for the May 23 release:

Related: Comic-Con: Fox Vamps ‘X-Men Days Of Future Past’

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Bryan Singer To Produce Modern Monster Drama Project For Syfy

By | Friday September 20, 2013 @ 11:28am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Bryan Singer USCEXCLUSIVE: Syfy has teamed up with X-Men director Bryan Singer and his Bad Hat Harry Prods. (House) for Creature At Bay, a drama series project, which will be developed as a 90-minute pilot script. It will be written by John Cabrera, co-creator of Warner Bros.’ award winning sci-fi digital series H+, also produced by Bryan Singer. Creature At Bay is set in the wake of the US military taking down a giant, rampant creature — a modern-day “Kaiju” monster – just off the Northern California coast. A middle-management Undersecretary from the California Emergency Management Agency is charged with leading the clean-up efforts as the small town becomes the focus of the entire world. Universal Cable Prods. is producing, with Singer and Bad Hat’s Jason Taylor executive producing and John Cabrera co-executive producing. WME-repped Bad Hat Harry Prods. also has ABC’s straight-to-series The Black Box, and a Twilight Zone reboot in development at CBS TV Studios. H+ is in pre-production on a second season.

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Lucas Till Returning For ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’

By | Monday July 15, 2013 @ 2:33pm PDT

Lucas Till will be rejoining the mutant corps in Bryan Singer‘s upcoming X-Men: Days Of Future Past, the director revealed today via Twitter. The actor appeared as young superhero Alex Summers AKA Havok in 2011′s X-Men: First Class and will fall in with a sprawling cast comprised of returning thesps from multiple X-Men film generations, including Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Anna Paquin, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Shawn Ashmore, Daniel Cudmore, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. Fox releases the pic May 23, 2014.

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ABC Gives 13-Episode Order To Drama ‘The Black Box’ From Amy Holden Jones, Bryan Singer, Ilene Chaiken, Oly Obst & Bold Films

By | Friday June 7, 2013 @ 10:37am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that ABC is finalizing deals for a 13-episode, straight-to-series order to The Black Box, a drama project written by The Relic and Mystic Pizza scribe Amy Holden Jones. She is executive producing with The L Word creator Ilene Chaiken, who will serve as showrunner, X-Men director Bryan Singer, 3 Arts’ Oly Obst (The Invention Of Lying), and Anne Thomopoulos (Borgia). The Black Box centers on Elizabeth Black, world renowned neuroscientist who appears to have it all but is constantly haunted by her own struggle with mental illness. And that is not the only secret she’s kept locked away from her family and her new fiancé.

The series is produced by independent film finance and production company Bold Films (Legion) in its first foray into TV production, with Sierra Engine handling international distribution. No premiere date has been set yet but I hear the series is being eyed for midseason, possibly January. This marks the first international package deal for WME, which reps Jones, Singer and Chaiken. I hear the agency took an old spec written by Jones after it was reverted to her, attached Singer, brought in Bold and Sierra Engine, pre-sold the series internationally and then took it to the U.S. marketplace where it landed at ABC after a bidding war. Bold Films is the latest independent studio/financier … Read More »

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Bryan Singer Adds Fan Bingbing To Play Blink In ‘X-Men’ Pic

By | Friday March 15, 2013 @ 2:19pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Bryan Singer just tweeted that Fan Bingbing has been set to play Blink in X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Bingbing recently starred in the Li Yu-directed film Double Exposure, which broke a box office record for an art film in China, and the Xu Zhen-directed film Lost In Thailand, which also broke a box office record of all Chinese films in China.

She can next be seen in F… I’m Pregnant by China/U.S. director Eva Jin, and The Bride With White Hair, by Hong Kong director Jacob Cheung. Later in 2013, Bingbing will be shooting The Lady In The Portrait, The Moon & The Sun and Empress Wu Ze Tian. She is also in negotiations to star in the sequel of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

She is repped by WME and Timothy Mou of FBB Studios.

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‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Adds Omar Sy Of ‘The Intouchables’

By | Saturday March 2, 2013 @ 5:25pm PST

Bryan Singer tweeted today that “the brilliant” Omar Sy of the French film The Intouchables has joined the cast of 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Today’s news about Sy follows a stream of tweets from the director about other castings for the followup to X-Men: First Class including Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Hugh Jackman. Deadline also recently reported that Singer was keen on adding Peter Dinklage for a key role. Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart will also return as Magneto and Professor Xavier. Nothing concrete about Halle Berry yet, however.

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