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Trailer Watch: X-Men: Days of Future Past official trailer 2

Via the official X-Men Movies YouTube channel comes the latest trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, joining the cast of the original X-Men movies with that of X-Men: First Class.

X-Men and X2: X-Men United director Bryan Singer returns to the director’s chair (he also produced X-Men: First Class, but Matthew Vaughn directed that puppy). In this new trailer, it looks like Bryan Singer’s gotten better at action, though some of the effects are kind of goofy. (In all likelihood, the Beast will never look good with practical make-up.) The story and the emotional beats that come with it will be the star, though, and that’s where Singer shines.

What do you think?


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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes (to the Multiplex website)

Those of you playing along at home will know that thanks to the Patreon backers passing the $600/month Milestone Goal, I’m redesigning the website to remove all third-party ads entirely and to accommodate larger strip images.

There is good news and bad news about that, though. First, the vegetables: The complete site redesign is going to be a little delayed. It’s a bit more work than I have time for, because of grad school, unfortunately. But I will get to it as soon as possible.

BUT… the good news is that as a temporary measure, I’ve removed the third-party ads from the comics pages (including the homepage), although they remain on other pages of the site because removing them would break the site layout. They’ll disappear in due time, though. This temporary redesign was the simplest solution, and it removes the ads from the vast majority of the website.

I’ve also increased the size of the current — and future — strips to 900px. That’s 25% bigger! I’ll be updating the older strip images, too, as time permits. This benefits ALL Multiplex readers, whether they read on the website, the RSS feed, or the Multiplex iOS appThe Milestone Goal was announced for 900px images, but I’ve settled on 960px wide for the new site. 900px is just the largest I can make them with the current site design. Other features of the new website include a responsive layout (to play better with mobile devices) and retina display detection (to provide even larger images to displays capable of showing them).

Thank you VERY much to all of the patrons at Patreon for helping make this happen, thank you to my programmer Daniel Farrelly for devoting so much of his time and work to Multiplex, and thank you for reading!

UPDATE: I’ve updated all of Chapter 34 to the 900px size now.


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Trailer Watch: Zhang Yimou’s Coming Home

…or “Homecoming” as it’s called in the trailer, but I’m guessing they changed it because “homecoming” has different connotations here in the States. It amounts to the same thing, of course.

Zhang Yimou is a favorite of mine, though I prefer his smaller, heart-achingly human films like Happy Times and Not One Less to his emotionally colder forays into larger-scale cinema (Hero notwithstanding, because that movie is awesome). Incidentally, Yimou was almost going to be the subject of Jason and Lydia’s conversation in Multiplex #896, but Wong Kar-wai fit better, and I realized that I hadn’t seen enough of Yimou’s most recent films.

Anyway. Coming Home has no domestic release date yet, but it should premiere at Cannes in May, followed by its Chinese release.

In the film, Gong Li reunites with Yimou for the first time since 2006’s Curse of the Golden Flower). Chen Daoming stars as a Chinese dissident “who is forced into a marriage, flees to America and is sent to a labor camp when he returns to China.” (via The Playlist)


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Trailer Watch: Fucking awesome new Godzilla international trailer

In the fucking awesome new trailer for Godzilla, we get some familiar footage, a few new glimpses of everybody’s favorite personification of the atomic bomb, and a pretty sweet shot of our first… nah, I’ll let the trailer spoil it for you. (Unless you want to go in as blank as possible, in which case… spoiler warning!)

So. Fucking. Awesome.

You can tell I’m excited about this movie, right?

Anyway. Godzilla returns to theaters courtesy director Gareth Edwards (and Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures) on May 16, 2014.


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