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James McAvoy Talks 'Arthur Christmas,' Danny Boyle's 'Trance' & His Secret Love for 'Santa Claus: The Movie'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • November 21, 2011 11:41 AM
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Michael Fassbender Says He’s Not Part Of ‘Prisoners,’ Says He’s Still Waiting To Hear More About Jim Jarmusch’s Vampire Movie

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 11, 2011 5:58 PM
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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.

'Wolverine' Sequel May Have To Wait Several More Months for Hugh Jackman (Maybe Summer 2012)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:53 AM
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Matthew Vaughn Expected To Return For Another 'X-Men: First Class Sequel'While making the rounds to promote the home video release of the surprisingly fun "X-Men: First Class" (tomorrow is "First Friday" or something, 20th Century Fox is making a huge over-done fuss out of this release in hopes to drum up some more revenue, sheesh), producer Lauren Shuler Donner -- who we're sure is a nice lady but on the special features portion of the Blu-ray disc looks like some kind of horrifying wax sculpture brought to life by dark magic to inflict deadly harm on the land of the living -- let loose some details about other projects set within the "X-Men" universe.

Weekend Box Office: 'Cars 2' Continues Pixar Formula, 'Green Lantern' Plummets

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 26, 2011 5:27 AM
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The numbers on “Cars 2” don’t actually matter, except for the stat-hounds regularly following the weekly box office noise (us!). “Cars 2” exists to facilitate Disney’s biggest merchandising cash cow, a multi-billion (annually!) property that needs no further justification. As Pixar seems like a studio that hopes to branch out into more ambitious directions (in theory), they will need something to keep the lights on when, and if, they should fail. Even if the reviews continue to be the worst ever received by a Pixar film, the “Cars” franchise will live on.

Weekend Box-Office: Is 'Green Lantern' The End Of The Superhero Gravy Train?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 19, 2011 5:34 AM
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Perspective is necessary. $53 million is a whole lotta money. $53 million could buy several houses, it could feed many people, it could save lives. $53 million is also a pretty good opening for a somewhat higher-budgeted film, provided advertising isn’t through the roof and there aren’t a massive amount of back-end benefactors involved. But for “Green Lantern,” which cost upwards of $200 million before a massive ad campaign even by superhero standards, this is not a strong opening.

Weekend Box Office: 'Super 8' Is A Super Performer For Paramount, 'Judy Moody' Has A Bummer Summer

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 12, 2011 6:53 AM
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Call this one a victory for Paramount, and a big one at that. “Super 8,” which opened to $37 million, was advertised with only the slightest of peekaboos, an ad campaign that played less coy and more stubbornly mysterious. While the film was pitched on the name of Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker has his name on a lot of projects annually, and the wealth of offerings has become so consistent that it no longer tilts the needle.

Bryan Singer Says 'X-Men: First Class' Sequel Could Be Set During Vietnam Or The Civil Rights Era

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 9, 2011 3:32 AM
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(For Real This Time)Maybe Bryan Singer should be directing these films? Perhaps one of the biggest beefs, we, and other discerning audiences had with Mathew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class," was all this talk about the film being set in the heart of the civil rights era and Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender) being surrogate figures for Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

'X-Men: First Class': The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 6, 2011 5:47 AM
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By this point, it's more than likely that you've checked out "X-Men: First Class" (although its underwhelming box office suggests that there were fewer of you than we thought). And, if the film's strong exit scores are anything to go by, you, like most of The Playlist team, found it as entertaining a superhero movie as any in the last few years: fresh, exciting and well-directed, with a brace of star-making performances, it's certainly given a much-needed kick up the ass to a franchise that's had two awful entries in a row.

Brett Ratner Quietly Fights Back On Twitter After Matthew Vaughn Trashes 'X-Men: The Last Stand'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 6, 2011 3:23 AM
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Update: Snarky or sincere? Brett Ratner tweeted today, "I was the first one on line to see X Men First Class and I loved it.. I thought Matthew. Vaughn did a briliant job!! Congrats." Please note, the avant garde punctuation is all Ratner.

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