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Too Romantic? Bryan Singer Made 'Superman Returns' For The 'Devil Wears Prada' Crowd?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 25, 2011 8:15 AM
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Ahh, "Superman Returns," the prickly, uncomfortable thorn in the comic book movie geek's side. Far better than say, half of the 20th Century Fox films -- "Daredevil," "Elektra," "Fantastic Four," "Ghost Rider" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" -- or half the super hero movies ever made including "Punisher," "Catwoman," "Jonah Hex," "Swamp Thing," "Batman Forever," "Batman & Robin," etc., etc. The film is admittedly uneven and somewhat unsatisfying, but there's something about its DNA that really riles up some particular comic book movie fans.

Ian McShane Gets Regal In Bryan Singer's 'Jack The Giant Killer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2011 12:59 PM
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The new lease on life that Ian McShane's career seems to have found in the last decade or so never stops being amusing to those of us who best remember him as the roguish, massively-coiffed East Anglian antiques dealer in the 1980s/1990s BBC TV series "Lovejoy." Of course, most audiences are entirely unaware of his past, despite his career stretching back half a century that has seen the actor appear in "Magnum P.I" "Roots" and "Dallas" in addition to his extensive stage work.

Eleanor Tomlinson Wins Role Of Isabella In Bryan Singer's 'Jack The Giant Killer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 2, 2011 3:01 AM
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Beating out a field that included Juno Temple, Lily Collins and Adelaide Kane, the arguably least known of the contenders, Eleanor Tomlinson -- who had small roles in "Alice In Wonderland" and "The Illusionist" -- has landed the role of Isabella, the princess, in "Jack The Giant Killer" according to Deadline.

Ewan McGregor In Talks For Bryan Singer's 'Jack The Giant Killer'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 25, 2011 1:37 AM
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Adelaide Kane and Eleanor Tomlinson Latest Names Mentioned For Female LeadAfter a pair of scorching lead performances in two Danny Boyle films, "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting," it looked as though the world would be Ewan McGregor's oyster -- he was picked by George Lucas to play the key role of the young Obi-Wan in the Star Wars prequels, and it seemed as though a star had been born. But outside of those films, and the role he'll perhaps be best remembered for in future generations, as the lead in "Moulin Rouge" (which this writer believes wouldn't work anywhere near as well without the tonal dexterity displayed by the Scottish actor), he never stuck the landing: for the most part, his Hollywood leads in pictures like "The Island" and "Down With Love" were disappointments, and he made patchy choices away from the tentpole world too -- see, or rather don't, "Stay" and "Incendiary."

Nicholas Hoult Climbs Up The Beanstalk For 'Jack The Giant Killer'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2011 5:02 AM
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That was quick. Just after it was revealed yesterday that Nicholas Hoult was the frontrunner for the role of Jack in Bryan Singer's "Jack The Giant Killer," he's now looking over paperwork to land the gig.

Still Without A Lead 'Jack The Giant Killer' Adds Stanley Tucci As Villain; Bill Nighy & John Kassir

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2011 8:34 AM
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Nicholas Hoult Said To Be The Frontrunner For The Role Of JackWhile Bryan Singer's "Jack the Giant Killer" still needs to lock down a lead actor, the filmmakers are confidently moving ahead and have slotted some major roles in the film.

Bryan Singer To Direct Bob Fosse Biopic For HBO

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 20, 2011 2:23 AM
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Every director wants to make a musical at some point in their lives -- it's one of the great challenges available in the profession, and helmers from Steven Spielberg to Edgar Wright have all expressed an interest in the genre at some stage and now it looks like one more big-name director is set to throw his bowler hat into the ring, albeit in a roundabout way.

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.

Aaron Johnson, Juno Temple, Nicholas Hoult Testing For Bryan Singer's 'Jack The Giant Killer'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • December 1, 2010 3:44 AM
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Lilly Collins, Aneurin Barnard & Adelaide Kane Also Vying For Parts In Singer's Modern Day Fairy TaleLooks like those reports that ran earlier this year saying Bryan Singer has been leveraging "Jack The Giant Killer" casting -- his upcoming new project for New Line -- as a way to also look out for "X-Men: First Class" actors -- the Matthew Vaughn-directed project he's producing and wrote the treatment for -- ran both ways.

Bryan Singer OK With Being Off 'Superman'; Jon Hamm Laughs Off 'Man Of Steel' Rumors

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 12, 2010 3:41 AM
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Patrick Wilson Says He Wouldn't Mind A Crack At Supes RoleThe last few days have landed a few interesting bits of "Superman"-related news.

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