Back in 1963, The X-Men first debuted in Marvel comic books, revealing five teenaged "mutants" who were granted superpowers due to their genetic makeup and were shunned by society. 50 years later, the X-Men are not only one of Marvel's most popular comic book characters, but also a multimillion dollar movie franchise to go along with several cartoon adaptations, toys and video games. But how close are mutants to becoming a reality? If some reports are to be believed, it could be only 30 years before human beings are able to control the weather or shoot beams of energy out of their eyes. Are mutants on their way? >> Posted 03.13.13 by Ryan
"I'm a woman and can't be taken for granted. Life's a bitch, now so am I."
Robert Rodriguez made us wait an agonizingly long seven years before he felt that the script for the follow-up to Sin City was good enough to go into production, but the extra three months it took for him to choose the actress to play the femme fatale in the movie were almost unbearable. It was recently revealed that Eva Green has been selected to play Ava Lord in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, inspired casting that already has fans of the original movie and of the comic books created by Frank Miller salivating for opening day.
You can't have a great hero without a great villain. After all, it's the dastardly actions of the villains that provide the necessary obstacles for the heroes to overcome to achieve their greatness. But, just because a villain is evil to the core, that doesn't mean that she can't also be incredibly sexy. Help us choose the movies that have the hottest, the sexiest, the deadliest female villains.
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Posted 02.27.13 by BrentJS
Comic book legend Stan Lee first started working for Marvel Comics in 1939, back when it was still known Timely Comics, eventually co-creating Marvel's most enduring characters, including the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man and the Avengers, to name a few. Still going strong at 90 years old, many might be surprised to know that Lee hasn't worked at Marvel Comics for years, as he is still seen as a figurehead for the comic book company. Lee continues to field questions and comments on Twitter, where he has a huge following, and continues his association with Marvel through his many cameos in Marvel movies.
Lee made his first onscreen cameo in the 1989 TV movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, and would go on to appear in 2000's X-Men, all four Spider-Man, 2003's Daredevil and Hulk, both Fantastic Four movies, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, both Iron Man movies as well as 2011's Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger and last year's The Avengers (but not, inexplicably, 2003's X2: X-Men United or X-Men: First Class). Lee's entire, chronological cameo history has been compiled into a single video (via Mary Sue), including most of our ten favorites (sorry, Mallrats doesn't count) and excluding Lee's voice over work from Marvel's animated series. watch the video >> Posted 01.09.13 by Ryan
We love movies and we especially love movies with great ensemble casts. There's nothing better than seeing our favorite actors and actresses sharing screen time with one another, feeding off of each others' performances and upping each others' game. With a decent script and the right director, a great ensemble cast can create cinematic gold.
It's because of our love for movies with great ensemble casts that we are eagerly anticipating writer-director Martin McDonagh's (In Bruges) new black comedy, Seven Psychopaths. The plot is a bit out there, but with a cast that includes Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell and Woody Harrelson, we're sure to be treated to some combustible onscreen chemistry. Seven Psychopaths doesn't come out until next week, so help us pass the time until its release by rating the Top 10 Great Ensembles in Good Movies.
Rate the Top 10 Great Ensembles in Good Movies >> Posted 10.01.12 by BrentJS
Actor Ian McKellen has played a variety of roles in his long career, but two of his most iconic have been the mutant leader Magneto in the X-Men trilogy and the wise wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. McKellen is reprising the role of Gandalf in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the upcoming, two-part prequel to The Lord of the Rings, and it's hard to imagine anyone else in the role (thankfully, we don't have to for now). However, during an interview the December issue of Empire (via New Zealand Herald), however, McKellen revealed that he initially turned down the role of Gandalf.
How did mckellen end up as Gandalf? >> Posted 11.12.11 by Ryan
At the time I was about to play Magneto in the X-Men film in Toronto. I was already committed to that ... and it meant I couldn't get to New Zealand in time. So I had to tell [writer-director-producer] Peter [Jackson] I could no longer do Gandalf.
In the recent issue of Empire Magazine, X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner discussed future X-Men projects beyond June's X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class.
One of the most discussed X-Men movies is Deadpool, which sees Ryan Reynolds reprising his role from 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine. While Reynolds admitted last September that he may not be able to fit Deadpool into his jammed schedule, the actor said earlier this month that Deadpool was "still in the works" and that he "wants it to happen." Shuler Donner told Empire (via The Playlist) that Reynolds was still very much involved in the Deadpool adaptation.
MORE >> Posted 03.29.11 by Ryan
He’s very involved, Ryan. He’s working with the writers on the screenplay and it is [his] as much as it is ours. I’m tellin’ ya, it’s true to the comic. You’ll see all of them. You’ll see Wade Wilson, the good-looking Ryan Reynolds! You’ll see Deadpool in his costume and you’ll see the cancer-scarred face.
Disney made a surprising and calculated move last year by acquiring Marvel Entertainment for a cool 4 billion dollars. Marvel scored huge hits with Iron Man and Iron Man 2. WithThor, Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers on the horizon, Disney stepped in on Marvel's wide array of characters and storylines. However, the House of Mouse isn't satisfied that they don't have the movie rights to every Marvel character. Does Disney have a chance? >> Posted 10.20.10 by Ryan
Director Brett Ratner has a very hot-and-cold relationship with comic book movies. On the "hot" side, his turn at directing Marvel Comics' X-Men in their last franchise adventure, X-Men: The Last Stand, was the most profitable of the three movies, easily doubling its $210 million budget. On the "cold" side, The Last Stand was the most poorly reviewed of the X movies, with many fans blaming Ratner for the collapse of the franchise. With the recent return of Bryan Singer to the X fold, it's unlikely Ratner will ever get another chance to work on another X movie, but he recently told MTV that he's looking forward to starting his own comic book movie franchise with Youngblood, a big-screen adaptation of Rob Liefeld's comic book of the same name. More Youngblood, and Ratner gets defensive about his bona fides >> Posted 05.13.10 by BrentJS
After a negotiation that saw director Matthew Vaughn go from hired, to declined, and finally back to hired again, Fox wasted no time in confirming Vaughn will in fact direct their upcoming X-Men: First Class prequel. The talks came after Bryan Singer had been brought back to the franchise to direct the movie, but was forced to drop out as director and stay on only as a producer. read more about the director drama and the movie's tight timeframe >> Posted 05.05.10 by Ryan
It appears that comic book movie fans are not going to get a chance to see Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn's take on the young X-Men after all. Vaughn, who was initially signed on to direct X-Men: The Last Stand but dropped out at the last minute, was recently reported to be in talks to direct Fox's X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class. Now, however, Deadline, citing "sources close to the director," has reported that Vaughn's discussions with Fox have broken down and he "won't be directing the movie." with Vaughn out, who's in the running? >> Posted 05.02.10 by BrentJS