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Marvel vs. DC at the Box Office: One Comes out on Top — but Not by Much

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Marvel vs. DC at the Box Office: One Comes out on Top — but Not by Much
With DC Entertainment’s “Justice League” opening Friday, we have a rare confluence: two films, each from rival comic-book universes, opening within two weeks of each other. For the first time since “The Green Lantern” debuted two weeks after “X-Men: First Class” in June 2011, two heavyweights will compete directly.

These films’ comic-book sources have fervent and vocal fan bases. Arguing the relative value of each is impossible (and inadvisable), but it is possible to look over their respective box-office histories and assess their relative popularity.

Since DC Comics presented “Superman” in 1997, there have been a combined 77 theatrical released films from DC and rival Marvel. We’ve taken their grosses (adjusted to 2017 ticket prices) and compared their box-office performance.

Spoiler alert: There’s a lot more Marvel movies than DC movies, and they made a lot more money. Marvel has produced 48 movies, which grossed $11.8 billion in North America. (All numbers adjusted.
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Ten Terrible Movie Posters

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Movie posters are an important advertising element for a film. But what happens when they don't do such a great job in promoting their film?

Movie posters are supposed to be the first and most prominent promotional tool of a film. Many times movie posters may be the first official material released for a film production as well as the first opportunity that the film has to reach its potential audience. That makes them very important. Like trailers, they are meant to capture your attention. Unlike trailers, they are not supposed to give too much away. There are various techniques that have been used over the years to accomplish this task including bright colors, eye-catching fonts, and the prominent inclusion of big name stars’ faces. Graphic design as well as a general nod to the production design of the film are important components for every movie poster. Before the advent of computers,
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Rotten Tomatoes Reveals The 50 Best Superhero Films Of All-Time

Superheroes: fictional characters doing impossible things in implausible costumes. Why is society so fascinated by them, though?

Well, for one, they inspire us, reassure us, and certainly entertain us. They also provide a platform for storytelling that’s epic in scale – often allowing for sweeping sci-fi or historical drama, alongside intimate tales of relationships and familial bonds. As such, it’s hardly surprising that the world of film adopts – and occasionally spawns – so many of these characters as its own.

The potential for these crusaders to draw in audiences has been explored and expanded further than anyone could have imagined back when Superman And The Mole-Men became the first superhero movie to hit cinemas in 1951. Since then, filmmakers have continually mined the realms of comic books, graphic novels, animation, TV, and even conceived their own original creations, all in search of that most elusive of achievements: A good superhero flick.
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9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Annabelle Wallis

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9 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Annabelle Wallis
She's worked with everyone from Tom Cruise to Madonna, she counts Oscar winning actors and fashion designers as close friends, and she's got a résumé that covers everything from gross-out comedies to horror films. You've seen Annabelle Wallis in something, be it Peaky Blinders, The Mummy, or even X-Men: First Class. Over the past few years, she's been slowly rising up the ranks to stardom, and it's time you learned a little more. Here are nine fun facts that'll help you get to know the British actress and fashionista.
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Why Hugh Jackman Is Excited About Recasting Wolverine

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Why Hugh Jackman Is Excited About Recasting Wolverine
Fans knew long before 20th Century Fox's Logan hit theaters this spring that it would be Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine performance, closing out his 17-year run as Wolverine. While it isn't clear when exactly it will happen, it seems inevitable that, at some point, 20th Century Fox will reboot the franchise with a younger actor as Logan, and while most fans may not be ready for that yet, Hugh Jackman has already come to terms with another actor portraying his iconic character. As it turns out, it was some advice given to him during production of the very first X-Men movie that has prepared him to say goodbye to this character.

What some fans may not know is that, we were almost quite close to having a much different Wolverine. British actor Dougray Scott was originally cast as Logan/Wolverine in the original 2000 film X-Men, but he was forced
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'Emma Frost' Live Action

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According to reports, Marvel Comics' "X-Men" mutant 'Emma Frost', played by January Jones in "X-Men: First Class" (2011) and Finola Hughes in "Generation X" (1996) will return to the "X-Men" movie franchise: 

'Emma Grace Frost' aka the 'White Queen', evolved from a foe of the "X-Men", to becoming a superhero and one of the X-Men's most central members and leaders...

...debuting in Marvel Comics' "Uncanny X-Men" #129 (January 1980) created by writer Chris Claremont and illustrator/co-scripter John Byrne...

...as a 'mutant' with telepathic abilities, including mind control, memory alteration and astral projection.

She is also capable of shape-shifting into a solid diamond with superhuman strength, durability and psychic immunity belonging to a subspecies of humanity born with superhuman abilities.

The character appears in many adaptations of "X-Men" properties....

...including video games, animated programs and live-action films.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Emma Frost'...
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Relive The Beginnings Of The X-Men With This New Trailer

The X-Men will return next year in Simon Kinberg’s Dark Phoenix, but before that happens you can now relive the story of the past three movies with this new trailer for the release of the X-Men Beginnings Trilogy boxset.

Though the franchise began on the big screen back in 2000, the series got a new lease of life in 2011 when X-Men: First Class dived back into the past to explore how the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants were formed. Though the likes of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen cast long shadows, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast successfully made the iconic roles their own and are apparently happy to keep on playing them indefinitely.

In the trailer above, arguably the five fan favourite mutants from the trilogy are highlighted. Clips from First Class take us back to Charles Xavier’s younger years as
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Matthew Vaughn and Stardust, 10 years on

Mark Harrison Oct 19, 2017

We salute the 10th anniversary of Matthew Vaughn's wonderful Stardust...

“A philosopher once asked, 'Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?' Pointless, really. Do the stars gaze back? Now, that's a question.”

Comic book movies are Matthew Vaughn's speciality. Between Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and the Kingsman franchise, he's been a constant and eclectic presence as these films have boomed, and if reports are to be believed, his next film could be about either Flash Gordon or Superman.

But going back even further than Mark Millar or Marvel, Vaughn's first comic book movie was his adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust, which arrived in UK cinemas ten years ago this week. Before it was published as a novel in 1999, Gaiman conceived the postmodern fairy tale as a 'prestige' comic; the four-issue mini-series
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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle‘ is an interesting film. Not only is it Director Matthew Vaughn‘s first sequel to his own work, but it is also perhaps the least Vaughn-esque of his entire filmography, structurally speaking. If you look back on Vaughn’s movies, you’ll notice a structural through line that connects all of Vaughn’s and co-screenwriter/frequent collaborator Jane Goldman‘s scripts. “Stardust“, “Kick-Ass“, “X-Men: First Class“, and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” all share what is essentially a very refined version of The Monomyth, a.k.a. “The Hero’s Journey” told through Vaughn’s dynamic filmmaking style. If you hold films of his like “Kick-Ass” and “The Secret Service” next to each other, you begin to notice that Vaughn has essentially made the same film for the last few years, although each individual entry becomes augmented through the genre in which each story is being told.
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Comic Books Actually Exist! And Other Things I’ve Found Out

Author Note: This original editorial was written in 2011, and several of the references are clearly dated, and more than that, in the past six years, my perspective has altered, changed, been tweaked,…, been re-examined (Shrugs) something to that effect- needless to say that this is the article written by a then-still young(er), still unknowing film school undergrad who had a more wide-eyed and bushy-tailed view of the subculture than I do now. My perspective as an outsider was more curious and intriguing at the time, and I think it’s important to have those kinds of initial thoughts documented, as much if not moreso than one’s current more-refined thoughts. While I will update portions of this article at the bottom of the page, I ask that you keep in mind, the perspective in which it was written, and forgive what are obvious dated references to the time period.
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Watch the Nycc trailer for Professor Marston & The Wonder Women

The final trailer for Professor Marston & The Wonder Women has been revealed at New York Comic Con ahead of the film’s this coming Friday, and we have it for you below, along with a new poster; check them out here…

See Also: Read our review of Professor Marston & The Wonder Women here

In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises.
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X-Men producer reveals why the Hellfire TV series was abandoned

If you cast your mind back to October 2015, you may recall the announcement that Fox and Marvel were teaming up for two X-Men-themed TV shows in Legion and Hellfire.

While the former has since aired, with its second season now in production, the latter – focussing on the villainous Hellfire Club from the X-Men comics – failed to make it to the pilot stage.

Well, speaking to Entertainment Weekly, producer Lauren Shuler Donner has revealed why the project ever managed to get off the ground, stating simply that: “it was too many characters and not enough depth of character.”

With Hellfire falling apart, Fox and Marvel turned its attention to another X-Men project, The Gifted, which premiered to decent ratings and reviews this past Monday.

If you’re unfamiliar with The Hellfire Club, they are a secret society of wealthy individuals who seek to influence world events, and count the likes of Sebastian Shaw,
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Jennifer Lawrence Covers "Elle"

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Sneak Peek new images of actress Jennifer Lawrence aka "X-Men" mutant 'Mystique', posing for the September 2017 issue of "Elle" (France) magazine, wearing 'Christian Dior' and a whole lot more, photographed by Stas Komarovski:

'Mystique', created by writer Chris Claremont and illustrator David Cockrum, debuted in Marvel Comics' "Ms. Marvel" #16, (1978)...

...as a member of a subspecies of humanity known as 'mutants', who are born with superhuman abilities. 

Mystique is a 'shapeshifter' who can mimic the appearance and voice of any person...

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...with her natural appearance including blue skin and yellow eyes.

Throughout most of her history, Mystique has been a supervillain, founding her own 'Brotherhood of Mutants'...

...and killing key political people involved in mutant affairs.

Admitting she is over 100 years old, Mystique is also the mother of the villain 'Graydon Creed', "X-Men" hero 'Nightcrawler' and adoptive mother of 'Rogue'.

Mystique appears in six of the "X-Men" films,
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Spy caper Kingsman: The Golden Circle still on top as Flatliners flatlines

Horror adaptation It remains second ahead of Goodbye Christopher Robin, while Spice World: The Movie gets a nostalgia UK screening

Declining a relatively slim 32% in its second frame, Kingsman: The Golden Circle added another £4.19m at the weekend in the UK for a 12-day tally of £15.6m. That compares with £8.25m for predecessor Kingsman: The Secret Service after two weekends of play. The original Kingsman film went on to achieve a lifetime total of £16.6m in the UK, so The Golden Circle is only £1m behind it. Director Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass maxed out at £11.8m, Stardust at £15.0m, and X-Men: First Class at £15.1m, so The Golden Circle is a dead cert to become his biggest ever UK hit. (The Golden Circle is also ahead of films that Vaughn produced but didn’t direct such as Snatched and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.)

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‘The Gifted’ Review: Fox’s ‘X-Men’ Series Would Benefit from a ‘Legion’ of Better Ideas

‘The Gifted’ Review: Fox’s ‘X-Men’ Series Would Benefit from a ‘Legion’ of Better Ideas
Perhaps the main issue with “The Gifted” is the same one facing most TV spinoffs of bigger properties: It feels like “X-Men”-lite.

Despite solid direction from Bryan Singer, who first successfully brought Wolverine, Cyclops, and Storm to the big screen in 2000, and above-average dialogue from creator Matt Nix, the pilot episode of Fox’s new superhero side story still comes across like it’s trying to be bigger than it really is, while simultaneously feeling far too familiar.

Read More:‘The Last Man on Earth’ Review: Season 4 Starts with a Bang, a Cameo, and More Familiar, Twisted Tricks

The Gifted” tells two stories that soon merge into one. First up, there’s a group of rebellious mutants on the run from a government that wants to take them off the streets. They’re members of the aptly titled Mutant Underground, an organization living in the shadows that came to
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‘The Gifted’ Review: Fox’s ‘X-Men’ Series Would Benefit from a ‘Legion’ of Better Ideas

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‘The Gifted’ Review: Fox’s ‘X-Men’ Series Would Benefit from a ‘Legion’ of Better Ideas
Perhaps the main issue with “The Gifted” is the same one facing most TV spinoffs of bigger properties: It feels like “X-Men”-lite.

Despite solid direction from Bryan Singer, who first successfully brought Wolverine, Cyclops, and Storm to the big screen in 2000, and above-average dialogue from creator Matt Nix, the pilot episode of Fox’s new superhero side story still comes across like it’s trying to be bigger than it really is, while simultaneously feeling far too familiar.

Read More:‘The Last Man on Earth’ Review: Season 4 Starts with a Bang, a Cameo, and More Familiar, Twisted Tricks

The Gifted” tells two stories that soon merge into one. First up, there’s a group of rebellious mutants on the run from a government that wants to take them off the streets. They’re members of the aptly titled Mutant Underground, an organization living in the shadows that came to
See full article at Indiewire »

Exclusive: On the set of Jason Flemyng’s ‘Eat Locals’

As far as vampire films go, audiences of the 21st century have a built-in expectation for the fanged creatures. We’ve now been subjected to Twilight, a multitude of meaningless Underworld sequels, and everything in between. What we didn’t expect when visiting the set of Jason Flemyng’s Eat Locals, was to be sitting in a cold Hertfordshire farm staring at severed body parts in jars.

This strange and unusual experience was a good way to set the tone for the film. Flemyng, full of positivity and enthusiasm, was, of course, making his directorial debut in the film. It was quickly apparent that he was keen to make a good impression for his upcoming horror feature, and he managed it effortlessly. The cockney gentleman’s friendly nature easily overshadowed his frantic and busy schedule that day.

Flemyng is one of the most recognizable faces in the British film industry.
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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Just More ‘Kingsman,’ and That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

One of the biggest surprises at the 2015 box office was just how good Kingsman: The Secret Service was. Sure, it was directed by Matthew Vaugh – already lauded as one of this generation’s best action directors – and written by Jane Goldman – who had previous teamed-up with Vaughn to pen the scripts for Kickass, X-Men: First Class and Stardust – but that was all that the movie seemingly had going for it ahead of release. It was released in the cinematic dead zone of February, opposite of Fifty Shades of Grey, which it was clearly counter-programming against. Its

Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Just More ‘Kingsman,’ and That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing
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American Made Review

Whether it’s the challenge of playing against type or the allure of wowing audiences with their range, some of Hollywood’s most bankable stars have often turned to roles as lovable crooks to keep their careers fresh. Think Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, a tour-de-force performance that saw the hero of Titanic and Inception not simply play a villain but a morally bankrupt real-life stockbroker. That film ultimately earned DiCaprio critical raves and an Oscar nomination. So, one can hardly blame Tom Cruise for taking on the life of airline-pilot-turned-drug-smuggler Barry Seal in his latest film, American Made.

Reteaming Cruise with director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), the film chronicles Seal’s rise and fall as he’s recruited by a mysterious CIA agent (Domhnall Gleeson) and becomes increasingly embroiled in the Medellín drug cartel. Along the way, he earns the attention of numerous government agencies,
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Kingsman: The Golden Circle movie review: deliver us from “edgy”

MaryAnn’s quick take… Save us from male artists who think they are dangerously, uniquely innovative. This stew of toxic masculinity and CGI-cartoon violence is nothing but tediously mundane. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, mostly

I’m “biast” (con): hated the first film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Here’s a phrase I do not recall from Kingsman: The Secret Service: “independent intelligence agency.” This is uttered in Kingsman: The Golden Circle in connection with the American counterpart to Kingsman: Statesman, to which we are introduced here. But what does that mean, precisely? It means they’re mercenary spies, doesn’t it? I have a vague recollection of Secret Service mentioning something about Kingsman being funded by the crown heads of Europe, which at least offers a veneer of governmental authority and fealty to law and order — though of course there
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