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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.

Matthew Vaughn Hated The Leaked Image Too & More From The Cast Of 'X-Men: First Class'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2011 2:56 AM
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Michael Fassbender & Kevin Bacon Talk Shop; Also, Jennifer Lawrence Is All Kinds Of AwesomeTalk about dominating the news cycle: after months of relative inactivity, the 20th Century Fox promotional machine went into full gear yesterday -- perhaps a bit before was originally intended -- in support of the still-filming "X-Men: First Class," with set visits, official stills and a poster all hitting the net, hot on the heels of the underwhelming first look at the cast in full costume/make-up. Now, some of the members of the cast have been talking about the film as well, with Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Kevin Bacon (villain Sebastian Shaw) and Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) all discussing the film with various outlets.

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.

Charlize Theron Passes On 'J. Edgar,' Eyes 'Alien' Prequel; Naomi Watts & Amy Adams For Open Role?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2011 3:48 AM
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Ed Westwick Joins 'J. Edgar'Looks like some folks at William Morris Endeavor are going to need to be apologizing and sending Charlize Theron some flowers. Vulture reports the actress, who even Clint Eastwood believed would be joining his upcoming biopic "J. Edgar," wasn't as keen as everybody thought she was in joining the film and has backed away and set a big budget franchise in her sights.

Michael Fassbender Eyeing Lit World Drama 'Genius' With Sean Penn

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2011 9:46 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: Back last summer, it was revealed that Sean Penn was in talks to star in "Genius," an adaptation of the National Book Award-winning non-fiction work "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius" by A. Scott Berg. Written by John Logan ("Gladiator") (the script made the Black List back in 2007), the film would find Penn playing the legendary Perkins, a Scribner's editor who worked with giants like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Thomas Wolfe. And it appears one of the hottest rising young actors is now taking a look at the gestating film.

New Look: Lone Scherfig's 'One Day' & Cary Fukunaga's 'Jane Eyre'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • December 22, 2010 2:14 AM
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New photos have been unveiled from two of Focus Features 2011 release slate-- Lone Scherfig's rom-com "One Day" starring Jim Sturgess and Anne Hathaway as well as Cary Fukunaga's "Jane Eyre" starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.

Felicity Jones & Riley Keough Among Frontrunners For Lead In 'Snow White & The Huntsman'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 14, 2010 2:23 AM
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Newcomers Bella Heathcote and Alicia Vikander Also Linked To Role It's been a few months since there was any news on the duelling 'Snow White' projects set up at Universal and Relativity -- the former has newcomer Rupert Sanders attached to direct, the latter visual stylist Tarsem, and while both have had names rumored to be involved, no solid word has come out for some time. But suddenly, the floodgates have opened, with news coming in last night that Relativity want Julia Roberts to play the evil queen in their project, "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," while, as rumored, Charlize Theron is on the verge of signing on for the equivalent role in Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman."

Charlize Theron May Join ‘Snow White Huntsman’; Tarsem Wants Julia Roberts For His Snow White'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 14, 2010 1:00 AM
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Michael Fassbender The Frontrunner To Play The Huntsman In Universal's Version Of ProjectHollywood loves its dueling projects racing to get to the screen first. They make for a good story, and generally who ever gets there second doesn't get there at all. See Baz Luhrmann's "Alexander The Great" project with Leonardo DiCaprio that was basically shuttered because Oliver Stone's "Alexander" arrived first, and Toby Jones' "Infamous" that limped unnoticed into theaters when "Capote" and Philip Seymour Hoffman's Oscar-winning performance stole all its heat.

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).

Confirmed: Carey Mulligan Joins Michael Fassbender In Steve McQueen's 'Shame'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2010 6:57 AM
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So, apparently we've been a little too snarky lately and have been coming off like "haters," so here's a reversal: we're totally excited for Steve McQueen's next effort "Shame" which is being led by two of our favorite thesps, Michael Fassbender and the confirmed Carey Mulligan.

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