Comics on Film: ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Is One Step Forward and Two Steps Back for the Long-running Series


Two years ago, Bryan Singer returned to what you can reasonably classify as the original “modern” superhero franchise. With the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Singer and his collaborators corrected the course on a film series that had spent at least eleven years painting itself into something of a corner. By employing classic comic book continuity tropes and by adapting (albeit loosely) one of the most well-regarded X-Men stories in history, Days of Future Past was a massive breath of fresh air for a franchise that, before, looked as if it had run out of gas.

Releasing today, X-Men: Apocalypse attempts to build on the refreshed standard of the series established by its predecessor...

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Today in Movie Culture: Vanilla Ice Brings Back “Ninja Rap,” Gillian Anderson as James Bond and More


Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture:

Movie Premiere Performance of the Day:

Vanilla Ice made an appearance at the premiere of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows to perform “Ninja Rap” from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze(via Geek Tyrant):

Movie Promotion of the Day:

Speaking of TMNT, it takes a big fan to want to stay in this apartment that Paramount turned into a re-creation of the Ninja Turtles’ lair and made available to rent via AirBnB — with free pizza delivery. See more photos at Geekologie.

Movie Franchise Takedown of the Day:

Honest Trailers puts down all the X-Men movies in its half-assed celebration of X-Men: The Animated Series:

Celebrity Tweet of the Day:

Fans want Gillian Anderson to be the new ...

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Netflix’s Iron Fist Adds Jessica Jones Star Carrie-Anne Moss


Marvel’s Iron Fist, coming soon to Netflix, just got some extra legal expertise with the addition of Carrie-Anne Moss to the cast! Moss will reprise her role as lawyer Jeri Hogarth, first seen in Marvel’s Jessica Jones before also appearing in the Season 2 finale of Marvel’s Daredevil, to provide Danny Rand (Finn Jones) with help as he returns to New York. Here’s what Jeph Loeb, executive producer and Head of Marvel Television, had to say about the casting in a statement.

“Carrie-Anne has fast become a fan-favorite part of our street level saga, and we share our viewers’ excitement in bringing her intoMarvel’s Iron Fist. As Marvel fans know, Hogarth in the comics plays a critical role in the life of Danny Rand so it seems only fitting that Carrie-Anne join in.”

In Marvel’s Iron Fist, Dann...

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9 Ways Suicide Squad Will Crush Captain America: Civil War


9 Ways Suicide Squad Will Crush Captain America: Civil War

The late, groundbreaking producer Julia Philips referenced the following saying in her book You’ll Never Eat Lunch In This Town Again: ‘If you can’t be the best, be first’. By this logic, the cinematic smack-down between Captain America: Civil War and Suicide Squad is already over. Why? Well, Civil War comes out May 6 and Suicide Squad drops August 5.

To that end, considering that the films come out three months apart, this really isn’t a fair fight. We’ll only know which film did better by the box office receipts that are tallied. At present, word of mouth on Captain America: Civil War is quite good. Suicide Squadhas had decent word of mouth, but it seems that there are many things working against it.

First of all, it is has to live up to Heath Ledger’s Joker...

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Stephen Amell Talks Arrow Season 5 Villain and Supergirl Crossover


Stephen Amell Talks Arrow Season 5 Villain and Supergirl Crossover

In just a few short days, the beloved superhero series Arrow will wrap up Season 4 with the season finale Schism set to air on Wednesday, May 25. Each season, Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) has had a new villain to contend with, with Olly getting set to confront this year’s primary villain Damien Darhk (Neal McDonough), as teased in the new photosreleased earlier this week. While we still don’t know for sure who the Season 4 villain will be, Stephen Amell dropped some tantalizing hints after The CW’s upfront presentation last week.

The show was already renewedback in March, along with the network’s other superhero programs The Flash and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, although nothing has been revealed about the new season quite yet...

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5 Directors Who Could Take Over Godzilla 2


5 Directors Who Could Take Over Godzilla 2

With Gareth Edwards exiting Godzilla 2, Warner Bros. currently needs to fill the director’s chair, and there are some really great candidates who may be up to the challenge. Last week, Warner Bros.announced that they were bumping back the release date for Godzilla 2nine months from June 8, 2018 to March 22, 2019. And very shortly after the date shifted, the studio announced that director Gareth Edwards would be exiting the project as a result. The split with Edwards and the studio was reportedly mutual and there are no bad feelings on either side of the table. Edwards went from working on Godzilla to directing the first Star Wars anthology film, the upcoming Star Wars: Rogue One and has other offers on the table that are clearly too hard to pass up.

Though not everyone loved 2010’s Americ...

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Yes, That ‘Big Trouble in Little China’ Remake Is Still Happening


Roughly one year ago, it was announced that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was in talks to star in a remake of John Carpenter’s classic, Big Trouble in Little China, for 20th Century Fox. At the time it was announced that X-Men: First Class writers Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz were writing the script, and that Johnson was going to play the Jack Burton role made famous by Kurt Russell in the 1986 original.

In that film Russell plays a blue-collar truck driver who finds himself roped into a centuries-old battle with an evil sorcerer. The divisive remake — Big Trouble is one of those properties fans hold near and dear to their hearts — will likely update that story and contemporize it with a more modern-day spin, utilizing all the latest special effects. That’s if it’s still happening at all.

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Movie News: See New ‘Star Wars’ Artwork; Original ‘Fast & Furious’ Returning to Theaters, Plus ‘Fast 8’ Hints


2016 Star Wars Celebration Europe

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: The key art for the upcoming Star Wars Celebration in London features cast members from the upcoming eighth Star Wars installment as well as the spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. We also get our first look at Death Troopers, Shoretroopers and a transport vehicle known as AT-ACT. Check out The Star Wars Showvideo below for more details. [Slashfilm]

2016 Star Wars Celebration Europe

Furious 7

The Fast and the Furious:The first film in a franchise that is still going strong, The Fast and the Furious will be returning to select theaters on June 22. Visit Fandango for more information. Meanwhile, Hiram Garcia, one of the producers of the eighth installment of the series, says that Hobbs, the character played by Dwayne Johnson, will play a larger role in the story than in Furious 7 (above)...

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Supergirl, Flash & Arrow Team Up in The CW’s Superhero Sizzle Reel


Supergirl, Flash & Arrow Team Up in The CW's Superhero Sizzle Reel

Though many DC Comics fans have had trouble with what’s happening on the movie side of things over at Warner Bros. following Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, The CW has really found a formula that seems to work. And they are doubling down for their 2016-2017 fall schedule. The network recently announced their full upcoming line-up for advertisers and media in New York City, and in addition to some brand new series, they also firmed up plans for their DC superheroes, which will now include Supergirl. To celebrate, The CW has put together a pretty great sizzle reel consisting of The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and of course, the latest newcomer, Supergirl.

Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl was on CBS for its first season, but rumors had been persisting for quite some time that the show c...

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Box Office Report: Who Is Angrier at the Box Office — the Birds or the Superheroes?


Here’s your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releasesbolded):

1. The Angry Birds Movie – $39.0 million ($39.0 million total)

2. Captain America: Civil War – $33.1 million ($347.3 million total)

3. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising – $21.7 million ($21.7 million total)

4. The Nice Guys – $11.2 million ($11.2 million total)

5. The Jungle Book – $11.0 million ($327.4 million total)

6. Money Monster – $7.0 million ($27.1 million total)

7. The Darkness – $2.3 million ($8.4 million total)

8. Zootopia – $1.7 million ($334.4 million total)

9. The Huntsman: Winter’s War – $1.1 million ($46.6 million total)

10. Mother’s Day – $1.1 million ($31.2 million total)

The Big Stories

This weekend’s numbers begins a fascinating question about this most important season for Hollywood and its studios: Just h...

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