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'X-Men: The Last Stand' Writer Simon Kinberg Hired To Write 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 3, 2011 11:46 AM
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Just to show that studio thinking is not really ever easily understood, this summer's "X-Men: First Class" was not only one of the better superhero movies of the summer, it also was a big relief to fans who saw the franchise on the verge of collapsing after Fox fumbled with both "X-Men: The Last Stand" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," widely regarded as two of the worst entries in the series. But Matthew Vaughn, along with a crack cast led by Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy, delivered a clever, involving, and gritty origin story reboot of sorts with 'First Class.' One that took the superheroes back to their '60s beginnings, and pitted them against a real life threat, giving the movie the kind of raised stakes realness, that none of the other movies could claim to have. So you would think that it would just be a no brainer to bring back the same creative team as the first film to ensure a repeat success for the sequel, but it isn't that easy.

James Mangold Calls 'The Wolverine' A Dark Character Piece Like Eastwood's 'The Outlaw Josey Wales'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 29, 2011 2:21 AM
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'Walk the Line' Director Also Likens It To 'Chinatown,' Calls It A Foreign-Language Super-Hero Drama, Film-Noir & Detective Story; Reveals He Spoke With AronofskyEvidenced by his success with “Cop Land,” “Walk the Line,” “3:10 To Yuma” and “Knight and Day,” James Mangold has a knack for turning populist entertainment into personal expression. But when 20th Century Fox announced that Mangold would be taking on “The Wolverine,” a sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” his fans seemed concerned he might be overwhelmed by the enormity of a franchise sequel, and the constant scrutiny that seems to come with one. (Never mind the fact that he’s directed critical and commercial darlings alike with Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise, and came away with fun, interesting pictures that still feel like they belong to him.) But Mangold told The Playlist that he thought that a sequel was the best place for him to be able to imprint his personality on the property, since he’s unencumbered by the requirements of an ensemble piece or an origin story.

Is He Just A Cop Or Something More? Pics Of Joseph Gordon-Levitt In 'The Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2011 9:19 AM
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Sorry 99%, Christopher Nolan Won't Be Shooting In Zuccotti ParkSo "The Dark Knight Rises" production hit New York City this week and as usual, everyone with a camera is taking pictures of whatever they can, and while we haven't kept up with the minutia of set photos this seems to be something fresh. Or not. But anyway, when Joseph Gordon-Levitt was first cast in the film it was said that he was playing a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty by Commissioner Gordon. Many assumed this was a ruse and that he was secretly playing someone much more important, but as these pics bear out...well, he's a beat cop. And it looks like he's assigned to protecting Bruce Wayne. MAYBE HE'LL BECOME ROBIN! Or maybe he's secretly the Joker's brother. Or maybe he's just a Gotham City beat cop assigned to special duty by Commissioner Gordon. We'll find out eventually.

'The Dark Knight Rises' 6 Minute Preview Confirmed, But Only On 70mm Capable IMAX Screens

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 1:58 AM
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Not In Those Tiny, Digital IMAX TheatersLast week word spread like wildfire around the interwebs that a lengthy, six-minute prologue from “The Dark Knight Rises” would be unspooled in front of screenings for “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.” While the news seemed legit, we had our doubts and wondered why Legendary Pictures and Warner Bros. were putting a massive teaser for easily the biggest film of next summer in front of a rival studio's film. But it turns out there is a big caveat for those who want to see it which may mean buying your tickets well in advance and scouring to find out which theater in particular near you will even be capable of showing it.

Matthew Vaughn Eyes Adaptations Of Mark Millar's 'Superior' & 'The Secret Service'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 12:31 PM
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Even though "X-Men: First Class" was a big hit, earning over $350 million worldwide, Matthew Vaughn has kept a low profile since the summer with barely a peep out of the director. He's likely been recharging his batteries after a whirlwind production and press tour that saw him rushing to get the superhero movie locked in time, all while talking to basically everybody on the planet about the film. While there was much talk of a '70s or '80s set 'First Class' sequel in the run up to the film's release, that chatter has pretty much died off. While Fox has "The Wolverine" on deck for their next trip in to the 'X-Men' franchise, Vaughn is beginning to consider what he'll do next and he's looking to "Kick-Ass" creator Mark Millar once again, with two potential projects lining up as possibilities.

6 Minutes Of 'Dark Knight Rises' Will Reportedly Play Before 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2011 10:38 AM
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Of all the nerdy bits and bobs surrounding "The Dark Knight Rises" over the past weeks and months, this is actually pretty exciting, though at this point, not officially confirmed. That said, according to sources at /Film, ticket holders for "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" will be in for a treat in December, as a six-minute preview/prologue/sequence/something from "The Dark Knight Rises" will apparently unspool before the movie starts. If it sounds too good to be true, it's not without precedent.

Michael Moore & 'The Dark Knight Rises' Inspired By The Occupy Wall Street Protests

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 5:25 AM
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Despite (some of) the mainstream media coverage of the Occupy Wall Street protests painting the participants as a bunch of unemployed, left wing socialists who hate America, for anyone who has actually been down to Zuccotti Park (or to the various places where demonstrations have been taking place worldwide), they know that it's a remarkably wide ranging group of people. From teenagers to the elderly, with parents bringing their young children to see free speech in action, it's pretty inspiring stuff to witness first hand and it seems Hollywood is taking notice, albeit in some completely different ways.

NYCC: Kevin Feige Says 'Iron Man 3' Is The Beginning Of "Phase Two" Leading To 'The Avengers 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 2:33 AM
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It just wouldn’t be Comic-Con without Marvel. New York Comic Con welcomed Marvel Studios to present footage from Joss Whedon‘s “The Avengers,” with comedian Chris Hardwick hosting a panel of Marvel head Kevin Feige and actors Colbie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddelston, Chris Evans and surprise guest Mark Ruffalo.

'Attack the Block' Director Joe Cornish Says He Declined 'Die Hard 5' Because It Was Too Big A Step

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 15, 2011 5:35 AM
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Compares 'Die Hard With A Vengeance' With 'Slumdog Millionaire'; Gives A Small 'Ant-Man' Update (Sort Of)We got to sit down this afternoon at the New York Comic Con with Joe Cornish, who made one of our very favorite movies of the year, the alien invasion romp "Attack the Block." There will be more from our interview in the next few days, but while we were chatting with him we had to ask if the recent rumors were true – that he was shortlisted to direct Fox's next "Die Hard" entry, the hilariously titled "Good Day to Die Hard." Our interest was further piqued after Nicholas Winding Refn, who was also supposedly up for the job, told us that he had never been approached.

'Thor 2' Changes Dates, Will Now Land In Theaters On November 15, 2013

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 4:14 AM
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Update: Patty Jenkins has been formally announced by Marvel to direct "Thor 2."

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