Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Official: Aronofsky on The Wolverine | Movie & TV News | News | Marvel.com

Official: Aronofsky on The Wolverine | Movie & TV News | News | Marvel.com

Fox Filmed Entertainment has signed Darren Aronofsky and his production company Protozoa Pictures to a new two-year, overall deal, it was announced today. Under the deal, Protozoa will develop and produce films for both Twentieth Century Fox and Fox Searchlight Pictures.

Aronofsky’s debut picture under the pact will be "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman. Written by Oscar-winner Christopher McQuarrie, the film is scheduled to begin production in April next year.

The deal solidifies Fox’s relationship with Aronofsky, whose recent films--this fall’s critically acclaimed psychological thriller, "Black Swan," was produced and distributed by Fox Searchlight, which also distributed Aronofsky’s 2008 award-winning film "The Wrester." "Black Swan" opened this year’s Venice Film Festival, and has since screened at such major festivals as Telluride, Toronto and London to great acclaim. The film arrives in theaters beginning December 3.

“Darren’s vision has brought audiences some of the most original and memorable stories and characters in recent motion picture history,” said Fox Searchlight heads, Steve Gilula and Nancy Utley. “We at Fox witnessed this first hand with his work on "The Wrestler" and "Black Swan," and now, on "The Wolverine," which will be an exciting take on that iconic figure and on the genre itself. We can’t wait to see what else Darren has in store for us.”

Added Emma Watts, president of production, Twentieth Century Fox: "We're excited Darren is going to bring his unique vision to "The Wolverine" and we take great satisfaction that Fox, irrespective of the size of his films, continues to provide a home for his extraordinary talent."

Monday, 20 September 2010

Mutant Villain Riptide Cast In X-Men: First Class

Mutant Villain Riptide Cast In X-Men: First Class
By Ryan Matsunaga

Mutant Villain Riptide Cast In X-Men: First Class The X-Men: First Class cast is really starting to shape up nicely. James McAvoy is Charles Xavier, across from Michael Fassbender as Magneto. Kevin Bacon, January Jones, Jason Flemying, Rose Byrne and others have also been cast, bringing together a top notch ensemble. Now here’s one more addition. Earlier today we received word from Blog De Superheroes that Álex González has been cast as 'Riptide,' a mutant who can spin at incredible speed, releasing calcium-growth from his bones at high speeds.

The character of Riptide first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #211, and has subsequently been featured in a number of X-Men comics. The villain was originally member of the Marauders, a team of villains brought together by the mutant thief Gambit at the request of Mister Sinister. He's since died on at least three occasions, only to have been brought back through cloning. As he was never featured during First Class's era of canon, this doesn't really reveal much on how the character will be utilized in the film.

Álex González has had roles in a number of Spanish language productions, and is probably best known for his part in the film Sunday Light.

X-Men: First Class will be directed by Mathew Vaughn (Layer Cake, Kick-Ass), and will be a prequel to the X-Men trilogy. The movie takes place during the 1960s and will parallel the history of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcom X using Xavier and Magneto. The original team, with the exception of Beast, will not appear.

I see Ian McKellen joined in the anti-Pope march in London to... on Twitpic

I see Ian McKellen joined in the anti-Pope march in London to... on Twitpic
I see Ian McKellen joined in the anti-Pope march in London to... on Twitpic

Friday, 17 September 2010

How would Daken have turned out if Wolverine raised him? | Marvel.com News | Marvel.com

How would Daken have turned out if Wolverine raised him? | Marvel.com News | Marvel.com

If there's one person who shouldn't raise a child, it's a berserker killing machine. In the regular Marvel Universe, Logan wasn't there for Daken, and his son grew up to become the murderous Dark Wolverine. But what would have happened if Logan had known of Daken's existence as a child, and had taken him under his wing from his first moments? Can a child with Logan's blood running through his veins ever turn his back on murder? Can Logan find redemption and be a good father?

Monday, 23 August 2010

X-Men: First Class Casting Update

X-Men: First Class Casting Update
Catch up on all the recent casting announcements for X-Men: First Class!

Take your seats, True Believers, because things have continued to get more exciting for the cast of "X-Men: First Class."

The film, set to debut June 3, 2011, will follow the formative years of the X-Men and the relationship between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, a.k.a. Magneto.

Deadline Hollywood had news earlier this week that January Jones, the Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actress who plays Betty Draper on AMC's "Mad Men," will play Emma Frost. Jones will undoubtedly bring a chilly air to the telepathic villainess-turned-X-Man also known as the White Queen!

Also reported was Rose Byrne, set to play Moira MacTaggert, Xavier's longtime love interest in the X-Men comics. Byrne, who stars in the TV series "Damages" also seen in "28 Days Later," "Sunshine" and "Knowing," will undoubtedly make things interesting for the young Professor X, played by James McAvoy.

The demonic Azazel will be brought to the silver screen by British actor Jason Flemyng. Having previously worked with "First Class" director Matthew Vaughan on "Layer Cake," "Stardust" and in a brief cameo in "Kick-Ass," the two have clearly developed a rapport that will continue here!

Mystery surrounds Oliver Platt's Man in Black-in fact, we can't even tell if he'll help or hurt our merry band of mutants! Given Platt's stellar performances in "Frost/Nixon" and Showtime's "Huff," though, you can bet he'll wow audiences no matter how malicious or heroic his character!

The young Zoe Kravitz joins the cast as Angel Salvadore, a character who first appeared in Grant Morrison's run on NEW X-MEN. Kravitz may not have many credits to her name just yet, but she's sure to make an impression on moviegoers and comics fans alike with her turn as this interesting mutant!

And on an even younger front, Bill Milner and Morgan Lily will portray Young Magneto and Young Raven, but as to just who the latter is we can't say!

The latest cast members will join James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Caleb Landry Jones (Banshee), Edi Gathegi (Darwin), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Lucas Till (Alex Summers) and Kevin Bacon, who will play an as-yet-unrevealed villain that will menace the young mutants.

Keep your eyes on Marvel.com for the latest news on "X-Men: First Class" as we prepare for its release on June 3, 2011!

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Zoe Kravitz And January Jones Join X-Men: First Class; Is Kravitz Secretly Playing Storm?

Zoe Kravitz And January Jones Join X-Men: First Class; Is Kravitz Secretly Playing Storm?

Given the limitless roster of mutants in the X-Men universe I wouldn't be surprised if the casting process for X-Men: First Class really did go on until the end of time. As production gets ready to start at the end of the month we're getting a new announcement seemingly every hour, and now here are two big ones-- Deadline reports that January Jones will play Emma Frost and Zoe Kravitz will play Angel.

This news is confusing in many different ways, so let me start from the beginning-- we've been presuming for months now that Alice Eve had the role, to the point that she was included in nearly every casting roundup, but apparently she never made a deal and was handily replaced by Jones instead. Kravitz is far trickier-- not only is the character of Angel male and played by Ben Foster in X3, but the character was introduced as having had no contact with the other mutants in the past, and as we know this is a prequel. It's possible Kravitz won't be playing Angel at all, and instead this is another one of those casting misdirects we warned you about in July. Feel free to speculate all you like about who Kravitz might really be playing, but I'll wager something substantial she's stepping in for Halle Berry and playing Storm.

Two more names figure into the piece, one of which, Morgan Lily, we told you about earlier. The other is Bill Milner, a 15-year-old who will play a younger version of Magneto. No, I have no idea how a teenage Magneto is going to fit into this story, nor why we don't have casting for an equivalent teenage Professor Xavier. For all I know Milner is playing Cyclops and this is a total misdirect.

X-Men First Class’ The White Queen is Not Out of January Jones’ League | BeyondHollywood.com

X-Men First Class’ The White Queen is Not Out of January Jones’ League | BeyondHollywood.com

Despite reports that Alice Eve (“She’s Out of My League”) had all but been cast as Emma Frost aka The White Queen in Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming “X-Men: First Class”, that turned out to not be the case after all. Premature casting, perhaps.

In any case, Deadline reports that “Mad Men’s” January Jones (left) has snagged the role from Eve. Emma Frost (below, in all her minimal clothing glory) is a potentially pivotal role in the film, if rumors prove true and Kevin Bacon, long announced as the film’s main villain, turns out to be a member of the Hellfire Club, of which Frost is a main member.

Also added to the cast: Zoe Kravitz as Angel, Bill Milner as Magneto Jr., and Morgan Lily as young Raven.

Two notables here: casting Kravitz as “Angel” is interesting, because the only Angel I know from X-Men lore is the male, winged flying one. So does this mean they’ve switched up Angel’s gender? (Zoe Kravitz is the daughter of Lenny Kravitz FYI.) Also, “Young Raven” could be a younger version of Mystique, whose real name is Raven Darkhölme.

The new faces join James McAvoy as Professor X, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, Lucas Till as Havoc, and Edi Gathegi as Darwin.

Earlier this week, other castmembers were announced, including Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert, Jason Flemyng as Azazel, and Oliver Platt as an unidentified Man in Black.

Shooting on “First Class” begins next week in London.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Kevin Bacon's 'X-Men: First Class' Role 'Will Surprise You,' Says Matthew Vaughn

Kevin Bacon's 'X-Men: First Class' Role 'Will Surprise You,' Says Matthew Vaughn

Last month, it came as a bit of a surprise when it was reported that Kevin Bacon was in talks to play the "X-Men: First Class" villain. Which villain would he play? Would it be a known or unknown character?

These were the questions I posed to "X-Men: First Class" director Matthew Vaughn when I spoke to him earlier this month about the DVD release of "Kick-Ass," and while the filmmaker was careful not to reveal too much about Bacon's role, he did say that the actor being cast in the film wasn't the only surprise coming out of his involvement.

"I don't think it would be right to give that away, but he's really going for it," said Vaughn when asked about Bacon's character in the film. "He's really up for it, and he's going for it. I'm just thrilled that we could get him."

Vaughn heaped praise on the "Footloose" actor, and confessed to being a fan of Bacon's work "for as long as I can remember. Calling Bacon "a proper legendary actor," the director hinted that revealing anything more about the film's villain would spoil some big moments in the story — namely, his character's entrance.

"He will surprise you," said Vaughn. "I'll put it that way: He will surprise you with the kind of things he will do in this movie. He's not going to be what you expect at all when you first meet him in the film, you will be surprised that it's him."

Not too long after Bacon was confirmed for the film, we offered up our own suggestions regarding the role he should play. With even more "X-Men: First Class" casting news hitting the wire today, are we any closer to knowing which character Bacon will play?

Jason Flemyng and Rose Byrne Join X-Men: The First Class

Jason Flemyng and Rose Byrne Join X-Men: The First Class

Jason Flemyng has officially signed on for Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming superhero film X-Men: First Class, according to Empire. The British actor will portray Azazel, the father of Nightcrawler, in the X-Men universe. Here’s an excerpt from the site’s article.

“Matthew showed me my costume just the other day. Now I swore I’d never be in heavy make-up again, but this role is going to involve it. But at least they said, “Don’t worry, we’ll add the tail in post”. I am Azazel, and I can teleport by waving my arms [gestures like a cross between a flamenco dancer and a Bollywood star].”

The site was also able to confirm that Flemyng’s Azazel will be red, as opposed to Nightcrawler’s blue-skinned character. It wasn’t clear at this time how big Flemyng’s role in the film will be. In other news, apparently Rose Byrne will be playing the role of Moira MacTaggert, a scientist and an authority on genetic mutation. She’ll be the love interest of James McAvoy, who plays mutant telepath Charles Xavier. We thought this role had already been cast with Rosamund Pike set to play this character, but apparently that was premature. Thanks Production Weekly, for being wrong. Byrne is known for her role in the hit FX show Damages, but recently was seen as Jackie Q in Get Him to the Greek.

We are not clear on how big these roles will actually be in the film, but it seems as if Vaughn’s film will be very mutant-heavy with all the various castings happening. Presumably we will see Mystique being played by Jennifer Lawrence giving birth to her son, eventually dubbed as Nightcrawler.

Here is the current cast as we know it so far:

- James McAvoy — Professor Charles Xavier

- Michael Fassbender — Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto

- Alice Eve – Emma Frost

- Nicholas Hoult — Dr. Hank McCoy/Beast

- Caleb Landry Jones — Sean Cassidy/Banshee

- Kevin Bacon — Mr. Sinister (rumored role)

- Edi Gathegi — Darwin

- Jennifer Lawrence — Mystique

- Rose Byrne – Moira McTaggert

- Jason Flemyng — Azazel

We are still waiting on casting confirmations on mutants like Storm, Cyclops, and Jean Grey as part of the First Class, but also what other big ones will show up based on the origin set-up by the previous Wolverine film, such as Sabretooth and Gambit.

Jane Goldsman has penned the script, along with Ash Miller & Zack Stentz, based on the idea by Bryan Singer. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men. Regarding the film’s story, Vaughn said, “The story that Bryan Singer came up with is very, very smart … It’s very clever when you see how he has integrated the characters into the time period where the film is set. I’ll put it that way. I just don’t want to give it away. … It’s a very clever way of getting these characters involved in recent history, in recent world events.” It has also been confirmed that it is a prequel to the first three movies.

Rose Byrne will be Prof. Xavier's love interest in 'X-Men: First Class'

Rose Byrne will be Prof. Xavier's love interest in 'X-Men: First Class'

Mutant scientific expert Moria MacTaggert makes it to the big screen.

Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class" is only a few weeks away from shooting, but there are a number of key roles that still need to be cast. So far, the prequel has recruited an impressive list of actors including James McAvoy (Charles Xavier), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Kevin Bacon (possibly Mister Sinister), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicolas Hoult (Hank "Beast" McCoy) and Alice Eve (Emma Frost, aka The White Queen). Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Rose Byrne is in negotiations to join the group as mutant scientist Moria MacTaggert, a longtime character from the "X-Men" comic book series.

First appearing in Uncanny X-Men #96 way back in 1975, MacTaggert is a former flame of Xavier's who lead a Mutant Research Center on the fictional Muir Island off the coast of Scotland. A supporter of mutant rights, she has a long history with many of the "X-Men" characters including Jean Grey, Magneto and Banshee. How she will fit into the cinematic "X-Men: FIrst Class" remains to be seen.

Byrne is best known for her Emmy and Golden Globe nominated role in the series "Damages" (she recently received her second Emmy nod for the series), but has also appeared alongside Russell Brand in "Get Him to the Greek," "28 Days Later" and "Troy." She's currently shooting the comedy "Bridesmaids" for Universal.

Oliver Platt Joins 'X-Men: First Class'

Oliver Platt Joins 'X-Men: First Class'

EXCLUSIVE: Add Oliver Platt to the cast of X-Men: First Class, the Matthew Vaughn-directed spinoff that 20th Century Fox puts into production next month in London. I'm told that Platt will play a role called The Man in Black, who is not a mutant. The film stars James McAvoy as Xavier, Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Alice Eve as Emma Frost, Nicholas Hoult as Beast, Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, Caleb Landry Jones as Banshee, Lucas Till as Havoc, and Edi Gathegi as Darwin. Kevin Bacon is playing the villain and Rose Byrne will play McAvoy's love interest Moira MacTaggert.

Platt stars with Laura Linney in the new Showtime series The Big C, and next stars opposite Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway in the Ed Zwick-directed Love and Other Drugs. WME made his deal.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Robert Rodriguez nearly confirmed for Deadpool | TotalFilm.com

Robert Rodriguez nearly confirmed for Deadpool | TotalFilm.com

Predators producer Robert Rodriguez is finally in negotiation to helm the big screen version of Deadpool.

Though rumours have been surfacing and then deep sea diving like a very confused killer whale, official reports have at last confirmed that the Planet Terror director is in talks for the flick.

Say the LA Times:

“After a few weeks of dancing, Rodriguez and studio Fox are negotiating. There's no deal yet, and the sides need to agree on a number of key points, but it's moved beyond the casual discussion stage and into the more substantive realm of deal points.”

What do we think of that? Well, hallelujah! Rodriguez would be perfect for Deadpool, his past works proving that he can handle both hyper-stylised action violence and tongue-in-cheek humour – two key ingredients that Deadpool would most certainly involve.

First, though, Rodriguez has to shoot (snore) Spy Kids 4: Armageddon, while Fox are also badgering him for ideas for a Predators follow-up.

One bit of definite good news, though: superhero hogger Ryan Reynolds is still attached to star, even though he’s currently busy wrapping up shooting Green Lantern while also looking for space in his busy schedule to film R.I.P.D

Think Rodriguez and Deadpool are a match made in heaven?

Source: [LA Times]

Thursday, 1 July 2010

'X-Men First Class' Adds A Banshee

Fox enrolled two mutants in Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class this week. Yesterday, we learned Emma Frost will indeed be part of the "mutants old and new", though it looks like Rosamund Pike lost the job to Alice Eve. (I'm actually disappointed. As much as I dislike that character and am perplexed by her appearing in First Class, Pike was the perfect Emma.) Now, Latino Review reported that Caleb Landry might be playing Sean Cassidy, also known as the mutant Banshee.

Landry is a big unknown to the majority of moviegoers. You Friday Night Lights fans might recognize him (that show is becoming a go-to for mutants) but he's probably best known as being "that kid on a bike" from the end of No Country for Old Men. That probably qualifies him to fight anything mutant haters can throw at someone. If you talk to Anton Chigurh and survive, then what else is there?

Rumor Has It! Caleb Landry Jones Could Play Banshee In X-Men: First Class | SciFi Mafia

Rumor Has It! Caleb Landry Jones Could Play Banshee In X-Men: First Class | SciFi Mafia

Caleb Landry Jones (The Last Exorcism) is reportedly up for the role of Banshee in director Matthew Vaughn‘s (Kick-Ass) forthcoming X-Men film, X-Men: First Class. Landry Jones will be seen in the upcoming horror flick, The Last Exorcism produced by Eli Roth and the young actor played the pivotal role of “Boy on Bike” in No Country for Old Men back in 2007.

According to Latino Review’s trusted sources, “Caleb Landry Jones is the top contender to bag the role of Sean Cassidy aka BANSHEE.” If the rumor holds true, Landry Jones would join a cast that includes Michael Fassbender (Inglourious Basterds), Benjamin Walker (Flags of Our Fathers, The War Boys), James McAvoy (Wanted) and possibly Alice Eve (She’s Out of My League), Amber Heard (Zombieland, Drive Angry 3D) and Rosamund Pike (Surrogates).

X-Men: First Class is slated to hit theaters on June 3rd, 2011.

Josh Hutcherson NOT Yet Offered Spider-Man Role, May Be Cyclops in 'First Class'

Josh Hutcherson NOT Yet Offered Spider-Man Role, May Be Cyclops in 'First Class'

Despite report that he has been cast as the lead actor in the 'Spider-Man' reboot, sources say Hutcherson has not been offered the part.

A lot of buzz come from the casting process of untitled Spider-Man reboot lately. Blue Sky Disney recently claimed Josh Hutcherson has been chosen to play Peter Parker in the upcoming film after he followed several test shoots. The site stated their sources informed that helmer Marc Webb and Sony bosses think the "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D" actor is the best for the role and Hutcherson has accepted the job.

However, on Wednesday, June 30, CHUD debunked the report, stating Hutcherson has not been offered the part. Though there is still a chance that he could get the offer, the site suggested it is unlikely that the 17-year-old star will be cast in the film. However, the site did not further mention a reason for this doubt.

Hutcherson, in the meantime, has confirmed that he joined audition to play the superhero in the upcoming "Spider-Man" movie. "I think a lot of people are auditioning and talking about it, so it's an honor to be considered on the same list with some of these actors that I'm up against," he told Coming Soon. "It would be an honor to play that role, it's a big thing, it's a total game changer. I really want to play a comic book hero."

While rumor about him playing in the web slinger film is yet to be over, CHUD has sparked another casting report mentioning Hutcherson's name. It is said that the depicter of Walter in "Zathura" is a favorite to play Cyclops in another big project, "X-Men: First Class".

"Spider-Man" reboot, which will see Peter Parker during his high school age, is slated for July 3, 2012 release in the U.S. Meanwhile, "X-Men: First Class", which will be directed by Matthew Vaughn and chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, secures June 3, 2011 as the U.S. release date.

Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Marvel Video Games | Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk and all Marvel Video Game News, Trailers, Pics, Previews and more

Marvel Video Games | Iron Man, Spider-Man, Hulk and all Marvel Video Game News, Trailers, Pics, Previews and more

It's been nearly a year since we revealed that Marvel was coming to "LittleBigPlanet," the smash-hit PS3 game.

Now, finally, we can share with fans far and wide what the Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains will look like when the first Marvel DLC (downloadable content) hits "LittleBigPlanet" on July 6! Oh, and before you ask, yes--all Marvel costumes will be compatible with the upcoming "LittleBigPlanet 2"!

You've seen the Iron Man and Thing "LBP" costumes, but where are the Sackgirl outfits, you say? Here's the first--the deadly shape-shifting mutant Mystique!


Friday, 25 June 2010

Michael Fassbender is Young Magneto

From: Totalfilm.com

X-Men: The First Class has landed itself a leading man for Magneto – and yep, Michael Fassbender will be the one donning the tin can helmet.

A few weeks back, Fassbender was reportedly considering whether or not to join First Class as Magneto, or take on other Marvel franchise Spider-Man in an unspecified villain role.

Well, it seems he’s made the right decision, opting to work with hot ticket Matthew Vaughn on his prequel comic book movie, which will dig into the past of our favourite X-Men to establish their origins – y’know, before Bryan Singer’s origins movies, that is.

Fassbender was no doubt enticed by the prospect of working with Vaughn, as well as James McAvoy, who will be sharing time with him as a younger version of Professor X.

Other actors who have recently signed on are Benjamin Walker as Beast, Rosamund Pike as Emma Frost, and rumours abound that Amber Heard could be the new Mystique.

X-Men: First Class is set to hit cinemas on 3 June, 2011.

Source: [Showbiz 411]

Thursday, 24 June 2010

iX-Men/i Prequel Just Keeps Getting Handsomer

iX-Men/i Prequel Just Keeps Getting Handsomer

This new Class of mutants is really turning into a sexy Beast.

The latest casting info on superhero prequel X-Men: First Class has Benjamin Walker taking on the role of Hank McCoy (aka Beast), alongside James McAvoy's Professor X and Rosamund Pike's Emma Frost. Rumors are still swirling that...

Amber Heard (Pineapple Express) could grab the role of Mystique, and Michael Fassbender might portray Magneto, but who knows. But that would definitely make for a smoldering cast in Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn's take on "young X-Men."

Walker's best-known for his stage work. He's current playing Andrew Jackson in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, at New York's Public Theatre, and was part of the 2005 cast of the Tony Award-winning musical Spring Awakening.

What do you think? Was it a good idea to cast an actor with more of a theater background? And who else would be a hot addition to the franchise prequel?

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Ilan Eshkeri to score X-Men: First Class

Ilan Eshkeri to score X-Men: First Class

According to XMF Ilan Eshkeri is in final talks to compose X-Men: First Class for Mattew Vaughn and 20th Century Fox. Eshkeri has worked with Vaughn before on Kick-Ass, Layer Cake and Stardust, so this news was expected. Eshkeri has also composed the scores for Ninja Assassin, Hannibal Rising and The Young Victoria, so he has range when it comes to crafting music.

Each of the X-Men films has had a different composer which has resulted in the X-Men not really having a theme or continuity with the music. Spider-Man had the ’swinging theme’. Batman has Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard doing their thing, so I think its about time the X-Men got a theme.

You can listen to some of Ilan’s work [MORE]

Will X-Men: First Class Feature a Kick-Ass Student? - UGO.com

Will X-Men: First Class Feature a Kick-Ass Student? - UGO.com

Kick-Ass star Aaron Johnson was recently spotted with X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn creating buzz about a possible role in the mutant-filled movie.

When you're a director of comic book films, any actor friends you keep company with will always be suspect for future casting. When one of these "friends" starred as the title hero in one of your recent films, then any rendevouzis a potential audition, even if its for the birth of your child.

In this case its director Matthew Vaughn, who helmed Kick-Ass and the upcoming X-Men: First Class, and his pals Aaron Johnson and James McAvoy were spotted heading to the hospital to welcome Vaughn's baby girl into the world. Filmonic.com pointed out that Aaron Johnson could be a potential candidate for Cyclops, since James McAvoy is set to play Charles Xavier.

It might not be too far-fetched. As The Playlist stated, the age difference works. With James McAvoy at 31 and Aaron Johnson at 19, the foundation for a teacher/student relationship is set up quite perfectly. After all, Johnson was convincing as a superhero with zero powers, so playing one with optic energy beams shouldn't be too difficult for the actor.

Is this just a case of friends meeting for a special occassion, or is First Class in session? Let us know what you think.

Sir Patrick Stewart Boldly Goes Under the Sword

Sir Patrick Stewart Boldly Goes Under the Sword

Captain's log: let it be known his name is Sir Patrick Stewart now.

The thespian best known for playing Captain Jean-Luc Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation, earned a major promotion today, after Queen Elizabeth II officially made him a knight in a ceremony at Buckingman Palace.

The 69-year-old Stewart earned his title for doing more than dealing with Klingons and the Borg.

Considered one of Britain's greatest stage actors of his generation, Stewart is a core member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, which he joined when he was 26. He has appeared in more than 60 productions and like many of his legendary forebears at the company, the residency helped launch an enterprising career in TV and movies.

"It was an unlooked-for honor but as I grew up as a child, falling in love with the theatre and Shakespeare, my heroes were Sir Laurence Olivier, Sir John Gielgud, Sir Alec Guinness," said Stewart.

"The knights of the theater represented to me not only the pinnacle of the profession but the esteem in which the profession was held. And now to find myself, to my astonishment, in that company is the grandest thing that has professionally happened to me."

Which is saying a lot, considering his Emmy and Tony Award nominations and such acclaimed roles stateside as Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men movies and the leads in the TV movies A Christmas Carol and Moby Dick.

Keep going boldly, Sir Patrick!

Friday, 28 May 2010

News : McAvoy Is The Young Professor X In X-Men Origins

News : McAvoy Is The Young Professor X In X-Men Origins

The young Scot will star in Matthew Vaughn's reboot of the popular comic book franchise

Matthew Vaughn - director of the brilliant, independently produced comic-book adaptation of Kick-Ass - has signed up his fellow Brit James McAvoy to play the young Charles Xavier (also known as Professor X) in X-Men: First Class which is currently in pre-production over at Fox Studios.

First Class will tell the story of the beginnings of the saga, before the extant X-Men trilogy, and therefore before Charles Xavier and Eric Lensherr took on their alter-egos of Professor X and Magneto, before they became sworn enemies, when they were close friends who worked together with other mutants to protect the world from the greatest threat it had ever known.

Bryan Singer - director of the first movie will be producing and has conceived the story which should please fans ahead of this re-boot but what we all really want to know is whether McAvoy will be sporting a shiny shaved noggin a la Patrick Stewart who played Professor X in the trilogy.

Shooting kicks off in London this summer with the production eyeing up a June 3, 2011 US release.

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Announcing X-Men Day on July 8

A new era for the X-Men begins on Thursday, July 8 with the release of X-MEN #1 and Marvel is proud to celebrate with the inaugural X-Men Day! In the first X-MEN #1 in almost 20 years, Marvel's mighty mutants enter the Heroic Age to face a deadly new threat, courtesy of fan favorite creators Victor Gischler and Paco Medina! Mark your calendars and be the first person on your block to score great X-Men Day commemorative items like the exclusive limited-edition cover print featuring Paco Medina's "We Are The X-Men" images, exclusive variants, mini-posters and more! Plus, fans can't miss the chance to add their own heroes to the X-Men lineup by sketching on the X-MEN#1 BLANK VARIANT!

The Weekly Watcher: May 21, 2010

Alexa Mendez recaps the latest news on the continued success of "Iron Man 2," the new Super Hero Squad game, and much more!

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Deadpool & Friends


Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Jane Goldman brought in to rewrite X-Men: First Class | Filmonic

Jane Goldman brought in to rewrite X-Men: First Class | Filmonic

As with most directors Matthew Vaughn likes to work with the same people. He has used Ben Davis as his cinematographer for all of his films, as well as composer Ilan Eshkeri. Another member of the Vaughn team is Jane Goldman who co-wrote both Stardust and Kick-Ass.

Last week we heard from Thor writers Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller who had been working with Bryan Singer on the latest draft of X-Men: First Class, so it seemed the scripting side of things was pretty much sorted. However, a recent tweet from Goldman’s husband suggests otherwise.

From Jonathan Ross’ (UK TV/radio host) Twitter:

G;night all. The wife is away writing X Men 4 so I am off to bed with little Sweeney alone

Also, for those who need to know, my wife IS currently writing X men First Class. It’s just referred to as X men 4 around the house…

I am afraid I better not answer any more queries re X Men First Class for fear of spoilers and also possible divorce. Thank you.

On May 5th Ross tweeted saying that his “wife has just taken on a big new exciting movie. So I’ll be doing the cooking for the next 10 weeks. Wish the kids luck…”. All of this suggests that Vaughn has brought in Jane Goldman to rewrite X-Men: First Class with him, which is pretty cool. As a duo they work well together (both Stardust and Kick-Ass have 76% on Rotten Tomatoes) so it is looking likely that we will be getting an above average X-Men movie!

No word on whether Zack Stentz and Ashley Edward Miller still have script writing duties, or whether Jane will now be taking over as head writer. What we do know, however, is that 20th Century Fox is giving Vaughn creative freedom. With X-Men 3 and Wolverine Fox gave the writers notes and they had to form a script around them (hence the suckage), but now it seems Vaughn and Bryan Singer are in control of the story with Fox just providing the funds. I hope that’s the case anyway.

With filming expected to begin in less than 2 months time we can expect casting news over the upcoming weeks.

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

X-Men: First Class Director, Release Date and Plot Revealed | WorstPreviews.com

X-Men: First Class Director, Release Date and Plot Revealed | WorstPreviews.com

Since "Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn previously declined to helm 20th Century Fox's "X-Men: The Last Stand," it was assumed that he was also going to decline the chance to helm "X-Men: First Class." It turned out that he did, but as soon as Fox started having talks with other directors, Vaughn reconsidered and returned to negotiate a deal.

The studio is now happy to announced that Vaughn has been signed to direct "First Class" and that the new movie will hit theaters on June 13th, 2011 (less than thirteen months from now). In addition, Fox has also unveiled the official plot synopsis for the film.

Plot: "X-Men: First Class," following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X's X-Men.

Source: 20th Century Fox

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Pick Your Cameo: 'X-Men: First Class', or 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2' | CinemaSpy

Pick Your Cameo: 'X-Men: First Class', or 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2' | CinemaSpy

As part of a recently-announced charity auction, one lucky winner will have their choice of a walk-on cameo in either X-Men: First Class, or X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2. The auction, which benefits Worldwide Orphans, is being managed by Charitybuzz, and the text at their site suggests Wolverine is the more likely option.

"Although cast info has not yet been announced, the next 'X-Men' film will likely find the series' previous stars returning for more action packed thrills," states the release. "This once-in-a-lifetime experience will also give the winner a chance to meet some of the actors who may be on set that day."

One thing to bear in mind: the Wolverine sequel starring Hugh Jackman looks to be further along in the production process than First Class, and the press release does say filming is anticipated to begin in 2011.

Either way, whoever submits the winning bid on April 1 will have helped children in need, and that’s more important than any movie role (unless it’s Batman, of course).

‘Kick-Ass’ director in negotiations to helm ‘X-Men: First Class’

‘Kick-Ass’ director in negotiations to helm ‘X-Men: First Class’

As anticipated, Kick-Ass Director Matthew Vaughn is in negotiations to direct X-Men: First Class for Twentieth Century Fox. Vaughn had received an offer last week but creative control concerns stymied the progress of the deal. Over the weekend, however, those issues were resolved and talks resumed for Vaughn to helm the movie, which tells the story of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and the other X-Men in their younger years, played by younger actors (no word yet on whether Hugh Jackman would reprise his role as Wolverine since his character doesn’t age as the others do). The script comes from Jamie Moss based on Bryan Singer’s treatment.

The deal is surprising because Vaughn turned down directing X-Men: The Last Stand back in 2005 after he had negotiated a pact with the studio. Fox later hired Brett Ratner to helm the most successful of all X-Men films while Vaughn went on to direct the disappointing Stardust for Paramount and, just three weeks ago, released the fanboy favorite Kick-Ass.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

'X-Men' Exclusive: Fox offers Matthew Vaughn 'X-Men: First Class'

'X-Men' Exclusive: Fox offers Matthew Vaughn 'X-Men: First Class'

In a move that may tilt the axis of fanboys worldwide, Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn is in talks to direct X-Men: First Class for Twentieth Century Fox. Why is this so bizarre? Because Vaughn is the very director who turned down directing X-Men: The Last Stand back in 2005 after he had already negotiated his deal with the studio. (Fox later hired Brett Ratner to helm the most successful of all X-Men films.) Vaughn went on to direct the disappointing Stardust for Paramount and, just two weeks ago, released the well-reviewed R-rated Kick-Ass.

Of course, considering Vaughn’s history with the X-Men franchise, he could very well turn down the First Class offer, as well (sources say the studio is also speaking with other possible directors). Should a deal come together, however, Vaughn would be helming an origin story of the X-Men crew, one that tells the story of Cyclops, Jean Grey, and the other X-Men in their younger years, played by younger actors. (No word yet on whether Hugh Jackman would reprise his role as Wolverine since his character doesn’t age as the others do.) The script comes from Jamie Moss based on Bryan Singer’s treatment. Though the studio had wanted Singer to direct once again, the director is only signed on to produce, since he’s preoccupied with directing Jack the Giant Killer for Warner Bros.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

After 10 years of waiting, here it is,...

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FIRST LOOK: Marvel vs. Capcom 3
After 10 years of waiting, here it is, your first look at 'Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.'

Get your fighting fingers ready, Marvel gamers. "Marvel vs. Capcom 3" is official and coming soon!

Yes, you read that correctly. This is no belated April Fools' Day prank. This is no cruel, cruel joke. This is reality.

Headed to Xbox 360 and PS3 in Spring 2011 as a full-fledged retail release, "Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds" tornado whirlwind kicks the blockbuster series--dormant for 10 years aside from the 2009 digital re-release of "Marvel vs. Capcom 2"--into the 21st Century with massively updated graphics, new characters, new levels, a new story...almost new everything! Don't worry though, many old favorites return with "MvC3." But before we tell you more, hold onto your seat and watch the teaser trailer for "Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds."


Saturday, 17 April 2010

Animated Exclusive: Iceman Concept Art

See concept art featuring the coolest character from ''Wolverine & The X-Men'': Iceman!

Sunday, 11 April 2010

The celebrated artists returns to...

From: marvel.com
Written by: Marc Strom

Whilce Portacio made his triumphant return to UNCANNY X-MEN last month, helping series writer Matt Fraction bring Kitty Pryde back to Earth in issue #522; now he will usher the X-Men into a new, post-Second Coming era when he illustrates an arc on the series beginning with July's issue #526.

The artist, who first co-wrote and drew Marvel's mutants in a brief but definitive run on UNCANNY X-MEN in the early 90's that introduced the character of Bishop, attributes his journey back to the fans.

"Every time I go to a convention fans are constantly asking when I'm coming back to the book that sent my career into warp drive," relates Portacio. "I am constantly bombarded by stories of how one of those issues [I drew] was the first comic book they ever read and got them hooked into comics. So, for the last few years, it has always been in the back of my mind floating there: what would I do if I ever got the call to come back to my favorite book?

Who's joining the team?

From: marvel.com

X-Men editor Nick Lowe: "Pslocke is a psychic ninja who can cut your mind in half with her psi-sword seconds before she cuts your body in half with a katana. You do not want to mess with her.

"The friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is picking up a new neighborhood: San Francisco. Will the hero who gets no respect joins the species that gets no respect?"

Find out more during Marvel's X-Men panel at the inaugural C2E2 expo on Sunday, April 18.at 2:45pm.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Ryan Reynolds Joining The RIPD

From: empireonline.com
He’s on for another comic book hero

Just how many characters based on comic book titles can one man play? Ryan Reynolds, who is already hard at work on Green Lantern, is attempting to snatch the record, signing up to star as one half of a deceased cop team who keep ghosts in line for RIPD.

Producer Neil Moritz, talking to the ever-vigilant Frosty over at Collider, has revealed that Reynolds will take on two roles for him – one he’s already been announced for (body swap comedy The Change-Up for David Dobkin) and RIPD.

So what’s the 411 on RIPD? “It’s terrific - based on the graphic novel," says Mortz. "It’s about two cops, one recently dead and a gunslinger who’s been dead for hundreds of years that work on the Rest in Peace department - which is the police department of the dead. It takes place on a normal day and it’s about trying to keep the spirits quiet.”


Friday, 2 April 2010

Marvel Hotline: Axel Alonso and Nick Lowe

Marvel Editors Axel Alonso and Nick Lowe call into the Marvel Hotline to talk about X-MEN: SECOND COMING #1!

The Weekly Watcher: March 26, 2010

Alexa Mendez talks all things 'Iron Man: Extremis', 'Iron Man 2: The Videogame,' and Tim Gunn!

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Anna Paquin: "I'm Bisexual"


Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Lipton Ice Tea with Hugh Jackman, Full Version.

Lipton Ice Tea Ad, featuring Hugh Jackman. The longer (and better) Version. Directed by Michael Gracey.

Monday, 22 March 2010

EXCLUSIVE: What other film could keep Bryan Singer from directing 'X-Men: First Class'?

From: hitfix.com
Written by: Drew McWeeny

HitFix has exclusively learned, from multiple sources, that Bryan Singer may not be directing "X-Men: First Class" despite recent press reports to the contrary, and that 20th Century Fox is actively searching for directors to step in and helm the film, with discussions with at least two other filmmakers as recently as last week.

The filmmakers that they're approaching now about directing "X-Men: First Class" are good names, guys who either have real experience in the comic book movie medium or who have heavy credibility with fan audiences. Names that would make fanboys happy from the first moment they're announced. I'm curious to see who else they meet with in the next few weeks now that their first few choices have passed. Those meetings, exclusively reported by HitFix, make it seem like no matter what public face they're putting on things, Fox is making plans as if Singer will not be free.

This is particularly interesting if you consider the timing of the interview with Geoff Boucher of The Los Angeles Times, who sat down with Lauren Shuler Donner and Bryan Singer for a story that's running in this weekend's Calendar section. Much has been made of the "confirmation" in the story that Singer's directing "X-Men: First Class." Here's the section of the story that is the most interesting:

"Before Singer can dive into casting, he has a rather large problem -- the fact that Warner Bros. has the filmmaker on the hook to direct 'Jack the Giant Killer.' Fox, flush with money from 'Avatar,' is eager to move forward with its mutant franchise in all of its permutations, so there are negotiations that need to be done.

Shuler Donner also has pitched Singer on doing a fourth installment of the previously established 'X-Men' franchise and Jackman had that lunch with Singer to coax him into a project as well, which may or may not be a 'Wolverine' film, which Jackman has said will be set in Japan and released in 2011. 'I wish I could be four people,' the director said with a moan. 'I could make everybody happy.'"

That "rather large problem" is an important one for Singer, and a pivotal one for Fox, who has a definite timetable for this "X-Men" reboot in mind. Singer is already scouting locations for "Jack The Giant Killer." He's deep into pre-production on the picture now, and it would seem almost actionable if he were to drop out at this point. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures are counting on Singer to deliver this big-budget fairy-tale, and the earliest he's going to be free to start work on another large-scale picture will be 2012. There's no way Fox wants to wait for either "X-Men: First Class" or "Wolverine 2" for that long, so my guess is that Singer will be involved in those films as a producer of some sort, but not directing either one.

It sounds like "X-Men 4," the next full adventure of the original cast, is going to be the earliest place in the story arc where Singer's going to be able to get behind the camera again, which raises the question of why they sat for this story and what games are being played here. It's interesting... when Singer was waiting for Fox to make his deal on "X-Men 3," a process that took over a year due to some hardball negotiation, Warner Bros. took advantage of that and dangled the "Superman" in front of him. It was an awkward moment for Fox and led to some seriously difficult feelings between Singer and the studio. I'm sure Fox would be happy to undercut Warner on a big fantasy film by stealing Singer away, but this is not the same situation. Singer's already signed and in process on "Jack The Giant Killer," and I would hope he stays to see that one through before running back to the studio that treated him with such powerful contempt at least once before. Fox may be whispering sweet nothings to him now, but this is the same studio that had him thrown off the lot over "X-Men 3" a week before they had to allow him back on the lot to make the "House" pilot.

It'll be interesting to see how this plays out, but for fans who are celebrating his return to the series, you may want to put the hysteria on hold for a few, since it's far from a guaranteed thing at this point.

The Weekly Watcher: March 19, 2010

Alexa Mendez rocks out with the AC/DC live in Las Vegas sweepstakes, the C2E2 'Iron Man' auction, and much more!

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Hugh Jackman @ The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 03/16/2010

Hugh Jackman @ The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 03/16/2010 Part 5

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Airdate: 03/16/2010
Hugh Jackman; Betty White. Also: Collective Soul perform.

The Jay Leno Show Hugh Jackman Betty White Collective Soul premiere new guest perform "part 1" "part 2" "part 3" "part 4" "part 5" part 01 "episode 01" episode season part nbc variety star tonight "tonight show" talk humor people scandals David Letterman Craig Ferguson Jimmy Kimmel Talk Shows Celebrities NBC USA Comedy Current Events Interview Music Talent "the jal leno show" exclusive March 16 2010 03/16/10

Rorschach and Deadpool (Marvel/DC/Buddy Cop Parody)

ItsJustSomeRandomGuy — Is this what a buddy cop comedy would look like if the buddies were Rorschach and Deadpool? Of course not! It's a parody! It says so right in the freakin' title! How could you miss that? Whatever. Nobody ever reads these descriptions, anyway... (Marvel/DC/Buddy Cop Review/Parody)

Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?! Ep. 11 "Deadpool: For Your Consideration"

Award season fever has affected everyone from armchair movie critics to taco-loving, world-renowned, wise-crackin' assassins with healing factors and unnatural affinities for swords and grenades.

When Deadpool falls asleep while watching the 82nd Annual Movie Film Awards, his bruised-too-many-times brain sends him to a slumberland plagued with dreams most bizaare!

For your consideration, we present the finest Deadpool movie moments that never happened, courtesy of Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?!

Watch Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?! Ep. 11 "Deadpool: For Your Consideration" now!

Marvel Hotline: X23 nr.1

Writer Marjorie Liu discusses the X-23 one-shot, on sale March 15!

Deadpool is "The Man Your Man Should Never Be Like... EVER" in C2E2 Video #3

Visit http://www.C2E2.com for more info on C2E2, the 2010 Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, April 16-18! This is the first of four videos JustSomeRandomGuy made for the 2010 C2E2, with more to follow!

Ryan Reynolds as a Super Hero

Jeff Daniels and Ryan Reynolds in Paper Man.

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Sunday, 31 January 2010

WXM: Fate of the Future Clip 1

This February, Marvel Animation and Lionsgate bring Wolverine fans the fourth DVD installment from Nicktoons Network's hit animated series Wolverine And The X-Men. Check out this preview clip featuring Nightcrawler and the Scarlet Witch as they fight their way through Mojoworld from the upcoming DVD!

The Weekly Watcher: January 29, 2010

Alexa Mendez rocks out to the new AC/DC video filled with Iron Man 2 footage, an exclusive after-hours tour of the Marvel HQ, and much more!

News on season 2 of Wolverine and the X-Men

Looks like fans are in for a long wait for season 2 of Wolverine and the X-Men, they only have 8 scripts ready so far.
More info on production and the introduction of new characters in the video below.

Wolverine and the X-Men Season 2 update Kate Jewell's interview with Marvel Animation's Josh Fine.

Friday, 29 January 2010

Reynolds Collaborates with Deadpool Writers Every Day - Superhero Hype!

Reynolds Collaborates with Deadpool Writers Every Day - Superhero Hype!
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MTV talked to Green Lantern star Ryan Reynolds at the Sundance Film Festival where he revealed that he talks every day to Zombieland screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick about Wolverine spin-off Deadpool.

"Tonally, they got it," said Reynolds. "They just [understood 'Deadpool'] right off the bat. They're fans of the character and they were so excited. We couldn't have done any better [than Reese and Wernick]."

You can watch the interview segment using the player below.

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

The Weekly Watcher: January 22, 2010

Alexa Mendez delivers info on the Iron Man movies and animated series, comics coming out in April, the "Planet Hulk" DVD and much more!

'Oh My God' Trailer feat. Hugh Jackman

Explores the relationship between man and what man thinks God is, irrespective of religious or geographic boundaries.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Shawn Ashmore talks 'X-Men' future

Comics - News - Shawn Ashmore talks 'X-Men' future - Digital Spy
From: Digitalspy.co.uk
Written by: Ian Mason

X-Men trilogy star Shawn Ashmore has spoken out about Bryan Singer's return to the film franchise with X-Men: First Class.

Ashmore, who played Iceman in the first three films - the first two of which were directed by Singer - admitted that it is unlikely he will ever get to reprise the role but has not given up hope.

He told Movieline: "Those films are always a blast to make, and working with Bryan is amazing. It’d be awesome to do another X-Men film and it’s too bad that there probably won’t be a role for me, but who knows?

"The universe is huge and they keep making those films. You never know - hopefully, I’ll get the chance to play Iceman one more time."

Ashmore added that fans should be confident about Singer's take on the early days of the X-Men.

He said: "Bryan is clearly very, very passionate about the X-Men films and the characters, so you know he’s going to a good job with whatever the story’s going to be."

X-Men: First Class is currently in pre-production.

Stan Lee tweets his thoughts about Disney/Marvel Merger

From: Comicbookmovie.com

... and a Stan Lee tweet is not complete without him mentioning his cameos in CBM movies
or in this case movies in General. So here are Stan "the Man" Lee tweets:

Some of you think Marvel's heroes will be "Disneyfied." No way! Dis is too hip! It's more likely Mickey & Minnie'll be :"Marvelfied!"

It may sound as if I like those Disney guys. Damn straight! I've worked with them. I've worked with Marvel. Couldn't be a better match!

Of course, everything depends on whether I get a cameo in their next "Pirates of the Caribbean!" We may need a write-in campaign!


Monday, 18 January 2010

Deadpool Movie Writers Confirmed

Deadpool Movie Writers Confirmed

20th Century Fox has hired Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (Zombieland) to write the screenplay for its “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” spinoff, “Deadpool.”

Ryan Reynolds, who played the wisecracking mercenary character in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and is slated to reprise it, has a window in his schedule after wrapping Martin Campbell’s “Green Lantern” this summer. The story is expected to stay true to the mythology of “Deadpool” as Reynolds is a huge fan and protector of the property

Reese and Wernick have previously written a draft for the “Venom” spin-off, which is another Marvel property. They have also been working on the “Zombieland” sequel.

Lauren Shuler Donner (X-Men, X-Men: The Last Stand, X-Men Origins: Wolverine) is producing “Deadpool.”

Deadpool Makes The Point About The Last Three Star Wars Movies

Deadpool Makes The Point About The Last Three Star Wars Movies

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The Weekly Watcher: January 15, 2010

Alexa Mendez discusses all things "Thor" movie-related, the return of Kitty Pryde and more in this episode "The Weekly Watcher."

Astonishing X-Men MC: Behind the Scenes 6

Get the Astonishing X-Men Motion Comic on iTunes: http://bit.ly/48se19

Take a look behind the scenes of the hit Motion Comic with creator and superstar artist John Cassaday!



‘Wolverine’ Sequel To Shoot In 2011?

From: MTV.com
Written By: Blair Marnell
‘Wolverine’ Sequel To Shoot In 2011?

According to Hugh Jackman, the sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” may begin shooting in 2011.

"Wolverine's going to be back,” said Jackman during a backstage interview at the People’s Choice Awards. “He's going to Japan. We shoot that probably in a year, year-and-a-half, something like that."

As Jackman has previously indicated, the “Wolverine” sequel will be based upon the classic Chris Claremont and Frank Miller “Wolverine” story that finds Logan facing off against a Japanese crime lord and falling for his daughter, Mariko.

Last summer, screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie signed on to pen the "Wolverine" sequel. While a director has yet to be named, Gavin Hood — the director of the first “Wolverine” film — has expressed his interest in returning for the sequel.

Back in October, “Wolverine” producer Lauren Shuler Donner hinted that the sequel may be filmed in Japan to capture a sense of authenticity. She also stated that the film would showcase several new fighting styles for Wolverine.

"Wolverine will be fighting in a different style to what we've seen before," said Donner. "Mariko's father has this stick-like weapon, so Wolverine will have to fight against that. There'll be samurai, ninja, katana blades, different forms of martial arts — mano-a-mano, extreme fighting."

In addition to the “Wolverine” sequel, Bryan Singer’s “X-Men: First Class” adaptation and Ryan Reynolds’ “Deadpool” spinoff are also in active production.

9 Unessential X-Men Action Figures

From: ToplessRobot.com
Written by: Brian Heiler

Much liked the ruled the comic shops of the '80s, the X-Men dominated the toy stores of the '90s. As kids grew disinterested in '80s mainstays like G.I. Joe and Transformers, the X-Men -- thanks to a very long-running and shockingly comics-accurate cartoon -- took over the space with countless Wolverines, Cyclopses, and Jean Greys (mostly Wolverines, though). Because of the show's longetivity and how much it borrowed from its source material, not only countless X-characters were made into toys, but Toy Biz scrambled to figure out new ways to repackage the main X-Men for more sales. Some of these worked. Some of them didn't. Here are 9 utterly unessential X-Men figures that don't need to be in anybody's collection.

Continue reading...

Saturday, 9 January 2010


Alexa Mendez returns for the first "Watcher" of 2010 with a host of 2010 first looks, SIEGE info and more!

Hugh Jackman Firemaker!

Hugh Jackman Firemaker! Jay Leno Show (6 january 2010)

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Hugh Jackman: People’s Choice Awards 2010

From: JustJared.com

Hugh Jackman accepts his award for Favorite Action Star at the People’s Choice Awards 2010 held at the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday (January 6) in Los Angeles.

The 41-year-old Wolverine actor joked about what he’ll be doing next now that he’s won.

“Between being an action star and foreign born, there’s only one thing left for me to do,” Hugh joked after accepting his award. “And that’s run for governor of California.”


Hugh Jackman has fun in the snow

A Norwegian site posted some pictures of Hugh Jackman taking part in a snowball fight and some fun in the snow. Check it out here, click the numbers on top to run through them.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Top 10 Heroes of the Decade

Marvel picks their 10 Heroes of the decade!
Every week, a secret cabal of Marvel staffers gathers to discuss the best of the best when it comes to the House of Ideas.

In a decade that has seen the Avengers Disassembled, Civil War break out, a Secret Invasion thwarted, and a Dark Reign fall and much more, the Marvel Universe's stalwart heroes have stood strong, doing whatever it takes to see that justice ultimately prevails.

This week, the Secret Cabal pays tribute to Marvel's greatest heroes from 2000 to 2009.

As always, these picks reflect the personal choices of the Secret Cabal, not the official opinion of Marvel or Marvel.com, and can be considered subjective at best. Enjoy!


‘First Class’ Advice For Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men’ Return

‘First Class’ Advice For Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men’ Return
by Josh Wigler

It's official, folks — Bryan Singer is returning to the mutant movie franchise he built up in the first place with "X-Men: First Class."

Singer's filmmaking journey has had its ups and downs — leaving the "X-Men" series for "Superman Returns," only to find that his vision didn't quite fly with mainstream moviegoers — but all of those experiences should only help the director as he settles back in for his take on Cyclops, Jean Grey and Professor Xavier's other gifted youths.

Still, here's hoping that Singer keeps the following few things in mind as he begins preparations on "First Class."

CHANGING HISTORY: While "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," set decades before Singer's first film, reflected the continuity of the initial "X-Men" trilogy, I hope that Singer realizes he doesn't have to adhere to that cinematic continuity. Story should come first and foremost, whether or not that means he has to break away from the universe established in the first three "X-Men" films.

ROSTER SHAKE-UPS: In an interview with Variety, Singer said that "First Class" would feature some familiar mutants, though he wasn't ready to reveal which ones. I'm all for the director swapping out some of the expected mutants — Cyclops and Jean, for example — if it serves the plot, but he shouldn't be afraid to include them, either. Singer doesn't have to be married to the previous casting of actors like Tim Pocock as Scott Summers, if he doesn't feel they have the right stuff to carry a film.

FALL OF THE LEADERS: Singer also said that "First Class" would depict the formative years of Xavier's school and his subsequent falling out with Magneto, the both of them aged in their late 20s, which essentially means that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen have to sit this one out. I'm fine with that, actually. It would be far too expensive to de-age Stewart and McKellen for an entire film; that budget could be spent far better elsewhere, which brings us to...

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION: A major criticism against Singer's "Superman" was an extraordinary lack of action-packed moments. That same mistake cannot be made on Singer's return to "X-Men." This is a franchise with a lot of heart and story potential, yes, but let's not forget we're talking about mutants with mutant powers. Singer is an amazing action director when he lets himself go — that absolutely has to be the case on this film.

MOST OF ALL: This is a young "X-Men" tale, so Singer has the freedom to have fun and keep things light — while taking the subject matter seriously, of course. Lauren Shuler Donner's suggestion of taking a "Harry Potter" approach is an amazing guideline that the returning filmmaker should keep mindful of. However he wants to make this movie — new team members, recasting characters, what have you — the most important thing Singer has to do is have some fun and make an enjoyable movie.