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Matthew Vaughn's 'X-Men: First Class' Trailer Arrives; Much More Somber & Classy Then We Expected

  • By Edward Davis
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  • February 10, 2011 10:51 AM
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It has arrived. The trailer for "X-Men: First Class" has landed (finally) and as expected, it takes us back to the beginnings of the superheroes charting the origins of Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) as they discover their powers and find their friendship tested.

'Gnomeo & Julet' Director Kelly Asbury Talks the Narrative Quality of Elton John Songs

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 10, 2011 4:33 AM
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Plus: His Take on the Nearly Endless Development Process & Why Everyone Gets Uptight About the Movie's EnglishnessDisney and Rocket Films' "Gnomeo & Juliet," opening nationwide this Friday, has had a storied production history that could be its own compelling film. The story of star-crossed lawn ornaments was set up as a joint Disney/Rocket Films production in the first part of the aughts, under the supervision of "Beauty and the Beast" co-director Gary Trousdale, with Kate Winslet and Ewan McGregor attached (they're now replaced by Emily Blunt and James McAvoy). The project fell apart, only to regain steam and be cut down again when Pixar's John Lasseter was installed, as the head of Disney's animation division (this was around the time he axed Chris Sanders' "American Dog," before neutering it and turning it into the toneless "Bolt"). The project was finally rescued by executive Dick Cook, who set it up not at Disney Animation proper, but with Miramax instead. Of course, with Miramax since being sold, Walt Disney are now taking on distribution duties for the film. At the end of all the back and forth, this take on the Shakespearean classic, thankfully, did not end in tragedy.

The Trailer For Robert Redford's 'The Conspirator' Arrives

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 27, 2011 1:42 AM
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The trailer for Robert Redford's Civil War-era drama, "The Conspirator," has arrived. The drama, set in 1865, centers on the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. She is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

James McAvoy Says He Knows Nothing About Guillermo Del Toro's 'Mountain Of Madness,' Yet

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 24, 2011 2:32 AM
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Despite being rumored to be in a showdown with Tom Cruise for the lead role in Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming 3D adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's "At The Mountain Of Madness" and even being touted as the early studio favorite, James McAvoy has now revealed he's heard nothing regarding the Del Toro project let alone anything about an offer to take the lead role of Dyer.

Director Matthew Vaughn Compares 'X-Men: First Class' To 'Twilight' & James Bond Films

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 23, 2011 4:57 AM
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Director Reveals Plot Details: CIA Joins Forces With X-Men, Magneto Like Sean Connery Bond, Professor X A WomanizerIf you're anything like us you generally only like (and sometimes can only tolerate) realistic super-hero films. Granted, men and (sometimes) women running around in tights battling crime or fighting super villains is never "realistic," but the films that can manage to suspend our disbelief the most -- "The Dark Knight," "X2" -- tend to be our favorites.

Now That's Muuuuch Better: More Realistic 'X-Men: First Class' Photos Appear Online

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 19, 2011 11:29 AM
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Director Matthew Vaughn Says He's Never Felt This Much "Pressure" On Making A MovieOK, this is muuuuuch better. Recent photos of Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class" leaked on the Internet with the cast in costume and well, they essentially looked like cast off test images from Brett Ratner's "X-Men: The Last Stand" -- definitely not anyone's favorite of the "X-Men" franchise. Heralded as a back-to-basics prequel set in the '60s, the leaked image -- apparently it wasn't ready for public consumption, but once it's out it's out -- seemed to be antithetical to the idea of a group of mutants first finding one another and eventually becoming part of a school of mutants and then a super hero team.

Tom Cruise Not Quite Set For 'Mountains Of Madness'; Slowly Inching Forward To 'Rock Of Ages'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • January 14, 2011 4:52 AM
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Cruise Not Officially Signed On To Either Project Yet; Seth Rogen Denies His Musical InvolvementOK quickly, two things. While Tom Cruise will probably sign on to star in the musical "Rock of Ages" eventually, the man is notoriously picky so he must be asking for the script to be tweaked slightly or something because he's been in discussions to take a supporting part in Adam Shankman's new film for what feels like more than six months now (OK, it's more like four).

Rumor: Anne Hathaway & James McAvoy Casting Possibilities For 'Pride & Prejudice & Zombies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2010 3:15 AM
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It's been a few weeks since we heard any casting speculation about "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" and the paucity of talk around the film means it's time for some new rumors to begin.

First Synopsis For Matthew Vaughn's 'X-Men: First Class' Unveils Armageddon As Villain? Doubtful

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 12, 2010 4:46 AM
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Armageddon Revealed As Villain? It Remains To Be SeenA synopsis, allegedly the official one to Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class," has been making the rounds online, and if correct, it provides confirmation of the story's plot while, at the same time, hinting to audiences at other details of the story (emails to 20th Century Fox to verify the synopsis were not answered over the weekend).

So Hot Right Now, Pt. 1: The Go-To Guys On Everyone's Casting Wishlists

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 19, 2010 7:56 AM
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Get Ready To Hear These Names Again and Again and Again, For Roles They May Or May Not TakeSomething odd's been going on in Hollywood in recent months. If you're a regular reader of this site, or indeed, any site, you'll have noticed a number of big stories cropping up with lengthy lists of actors and actresses all up for high-profile roles in the likes of "Spider-Man," "Captain America," "Gravity" and "The Great Gatsby."

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