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How ‘X-Men’ Became One of TV’s Best Animated Series (Flashback)

How ‘X-Men’ Became One of TV’s Best Animated Series (Flashback)
“Mankind has always feared what it doesn’t understand.”

Spoken by Ian McKellen’s Magneto in the first X-Men feature film adaptation in 2000, that pivotal theme has always illuminated a character’s stance in every medium of this particular Marvel universe. In 1992, an approximate version of the line was uttered by Storm (voiced by Iona Morris) in the pilot of the X-Men animated series, which premiered 25 years ago in October.

The Fox series’ influence also included pushing comic book stories into mainstream pop culture, as well as preparing future audiences with a story structure that challenged growing minds. As if pulling this off wasn’t a large enough challenge, X-Men concurrently offered hope and emotional refuge from the adolescent anxieties of its young viewers, which we all know (now) simply turn out to be simply less advanced versions of later adult anxieties.

The X-Men comics, originally created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1963, were a part of
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Amazon Bag Global TV Rights To ‘The Lord Of The Rings’; Prequel Series On The Way

After some speculation last week, it is now official. Amazon has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, based on the celebrated fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment. The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be produced by Amazon Studios in cooperation with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line Cinema, a division of Warner Bros. Entertainment. The series is expected to debut exclusively on Prime Video in 2020.

The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, Head of Scripted Series, Amazon Studios. “We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.
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Film News Roundup: ‘Topless Prophet’ Strip Club Movie in Development

In today’s film news roundup, strip club saga “Topless Prophet” gets set up as a movie, Westwood’s Crest Theatre gets sold, and BidSlate partners with Filmhub.

Movie Rights

Producer Ron Senkowski and his production company Symply Entertainment have bought feature film rights to the book “Topless Prophet: The True Story of America’s Most Successful Gentleman’s Club Entrepreneur.”

The deal was made with author Alan Markovitz, a pioneer operator of gentleman’s clubs based in Detroit. The book, published in 2010, includes a murder-for-hire plot hatched by his business partner at the time, testifying against the mob, winning First Amendment court battles, creating the first-ever topless airline, and surviving two separate gunshot incidents. He made international headlines in 2013 after purchasing the home next to that of his ex-wife, whom he had caught cheating, and erecting on his property a 12-foot-tall statue of a middle finger.

The Symply Entertainment acquisition includes the “Topless Prophet” book
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The Lord of the Rings: Amazon Orders Multiple Seasons of New TV Series

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Because the movies aren't quite long enough, Amazon has ordered The Lord of the Rings TV show to series. According to the press release, the series order is for a multi-season adaption of the Jrr Tolkien fantasy novel series, and some storylines will precede the first book, The Fellowship of the Ring. As reported last week, Warner Bros. had been shopping the series around and Amazon's Jeff Bezos was personally involved in the negotiations. Originally a sequel to Tolkien's novel, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings book series is divided into three novels, The Fellowship of the Rings, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. The feature film trilogy, from director Peter Jackson, stars Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin, Cate Blanchette, John Rhys-Davies, Billy Boyd, Dominic Monaghan, Orlando Bloom, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Miranda Otto,
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Amazon Officially Announces The Lord Of The Rings Prequel Series After Acquiring Worldwide TV Rights to the Franchise

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Are you ready to go back to Middle-earth? Amazon has acquired worldwide TV rights to J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings franchise and is moving forward with a multi-season prequel TV series that will take place before the events of The Fellowship of the Ring (with a potential spinoff series also in the works):

We have the official press release with more details below. There's no word yet if any of the characters from Peter Jackson's The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings films will appear in the TV series, but we'll be sure to keep you posted on further updates.

Press Release: Seattle--(Nasdaq: Amzn)—Amazon today announced it has acquired the global television rights to The Lord of the Rings, based on the celebrated fantasy novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, with a multi-season commitment. The upcoming Amazon Prime Original will be produced by Amazon Studios
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'McKellen: Playing the Part': Film Review | Rome 2017

'McKellen: Playing the Part': Film Review | Rome 2017
Human beings, reflects Sir Ian McKellen in Joe Stephenson’s winsome new doc McKellen: Playing the Part, are acting all day long. It’s not yourself you offer to the world, but part of yourself. This insight is characteristic of a film that continually racks focus to the man behind the famous actor who, at the age of 78, has thought deeply about his work and life and whose attitude toward himself appears bracingly unpretentious and down-to-earth. After making its bow at the Rome Film Festival, where McKellen also gave a master class, the film should join the small circle of high-level...
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Lord of the Rings: Expensive Tolkien TV Series Being Shopped

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Is Lord of the Rings coming to the small screen? Variety reports Warner Bros. and Amazon are in talks to develop a TV show based on the J.R.R. Tolkien novels.The fantasy story, which follows the hobbit Frodo Baggins on his journey to destroy a powerful ring, were adapted into an Oscar-winning film trilogy in the early 2000s. The cast included Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Viggo Mortensen, Liv Tyler, Sean Astin, Christopher Lee, and Orlando Bloom.Read More…
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‘Borg McEnroe,’ Starring Shia Labeouf, Triumphs at Rome Film Festival

‘Borg McEnroe,’ Starring Shia Labeouf, Triumphs at Rome Film Festival
Rome — Danish director Janus Metz Pedersen’s “Borg McEnroe,” the story of one of the great tennis rivalries of all time, is the winner of the Bnl People’s Choice at the Rome Film Festival which wrapped its twelfth edition on a positive note with ticket sales up 13%.

The sports history dramatisation toplining Sweden’s Sverrir Gudnasson and Shia Labeouf in the title roles — which was the Toronto Film Festival opener in September — is among many crowdpleasers and upcoming awards-season hopefuls that screened during the non-competitive Eternal City event. Pic will open in Italy on Nov. 9 via distributor Lucky Red.

Austrian director Adrian Goiginger’s first feature “The Best of All Worlds,” about a heroin addict contending with motherhood, won the top prize in the fest’s independently-run Alice in the City section for younger audiences.

On Saturday David Lynch held one of many high-caliber onstage conversations that have become a trademark of the big city fest
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Bid Farewell to the Steve Allen Theater + More L.A. Actor Events This Week

If you’re just crawling out of your candy coma, now’s a good time to get back in the swing of things with a few events that will inspire you. But nothing too strenuous, right? After the craziness of Halloween—not to mention your rigorous rehearsal, auditioning, and workshop schedule—you deserve to low-key hone your craft and relax. Bid farewell to a beloved performance space.Named for the late-night legend who was a predecessor and inspiration to everyone from Johnny Carson to Jimmy Fallon, the Steve Allen Theater made its own mark on Los Feliz, housing small productions and now-famous comedians like Louis C.K., Bob Odenkirk, and more. Earlier this year, it announced it was closing to make way for a new development. Join performers like Bruce McCulloch, Jerry Minor, and Kristian Hoffman for “The Last Night at the Steve Allen Theater” on Nov. 3 and say bon voyage
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Ian McKellen Talks Gay Rights Activism, Documentary About His Life

Ian McKellen Talks Gay Rights Activism, Documentary About His Life
Ian McKellen, 78, is considered one of the greatest living Shakespearean performers. And while that description may box in other actors, he has also starred in not one, but two franchise mega-hits: as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings series and as Magneto in the X-Men films.

It’s a dichotomy that would make for any best-selling celebrity memoir. Yet after McKellen declared he would not be writing his own life story, he settled for the next best thing, by allowing a young British filmmaker to tell his story on screen.

In the new documentary: McKellen: Playing the Part, director...
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Theatre Review: ‘The Exorcist’ (West End)

The Exorcist theatre review: The classic 1973 movie is adapted for the London stage for a West End run, booking until March 2018.

The Exorcist theatre review by Andrew Gaudion.

The Exorcist theatre review

Dare you enter the Phoenix Theatre from now until March to see John Pielmeier and Sean Mathias’ stage adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist? If you, like one of many, have been chilled to the bone by the film/the book/ the real-life inspiration that has come to embody The Exorcist over time then you may be wondering if your poor soul can truly take anymore. If you decide against it, you would be missing out on a devilishly fun time at the West End!

Those familiar with The Exorcist will be surprised how much of the film and the book has made it to the stage. While most of the action takes place within the
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Kevin Spacey: You Cannot Hide Your Shame Behind Our Pride — Analysis

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Kevin Spacey: You Cannot Hide Your Shame Behind Our Pride — Analysis
Kevin Spacey’s sexuality has long been “an open secret” in Hollywood — a phrase that took on elevated meaning in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Now, the reverberations of that news story have led to another one with Spacey at its center. With the allegations that Spacey sexually assaulted “Star Trek” actor Anthony Rapp in the ’80s while he was underage, Spacey made the jarring decision to simultaneously apologize for his actions and come out. Needless to say, that decision came as quite a shock to many in the Lgbtq community, paired with a feeling of betrayal by a man who wasn’t doing much good for them in the first place.

While everyone has a right to come out in their own time, Spacey somehow found the worst possible time to do it, besmirching an entire community and threatening to drag the progress for Lgbtq identity in
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Sam Smith Confirms He's in a Relationship After Pda-Filled Outings with Brandon Flynn

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Sam Smith Confirms He's in a Relationship After Pda-Filled Outings with Brandon Flynn
Sam Smith is officially off the market.

The British singer-songwriter confirmed he is in a relationship during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Tuesday after being spotted out on Pda-filled dates in New York City earlier in the month with 13 Reasons Why star Brandon Flynn, 24.

“I’m not , which is crazy,” said Smith, 25, whose upcoming second studio album The Thrill of It All is out Nov. 3. “It’s weird bringing out an album and not being single. Because when I brought In the Lonely Hour, I was so lonely. But now I’m singing songs about another guy, but
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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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Family Guy Sneak Peek: Witness the Birth of a New Giant Chicken Feud

Family Guy Sneak Peek: Witness the Birth of a New Giant Chicken Feud
Why should the guys have all the fun?

Sunday’s Family Guy (Fox, 9/8c) flips the script on Peter’s long-running feud with Ernie the Giant Chicken, giving Lois a chance to go mano a mano with his wife Nicole — and TVLine has an exclusive sneak peek of their intense(?) encounter.

RelatedFamily Guy: Sir Ian McKellen Cast as Stewie’s [Spoiler]

At the very least, we can all learn a lesson from this: If your husband is involved in a blood feud with a giant chicken, it’s best not to befriend him — especially if he’s a married giant chicken.
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Indiana Jones Voted Greatest Movie Character of All Time

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Indiana Jones Voted Greatest Movie Character of All Time
There have been a ton of great movie characters in the history of film, but only one can be the best. According to a new poll, we now know who people feel that character is. Harrison Ford's iconic, whip cracking, snake fearing adventurer Indiana Jones was recently named the greatest movie character of all time, according to a poll conducted by Total Film Magazine. Jones is someone who should definitely place in the top 5, but coming out on top of a poll like this is pretty impressive.

The poll also features another iconic Harrison Ford character, with Han Solo coming in third place. Though, it's easy to imagine that he could have just as easily taken the top spot. Batman, with no particular Batman being mentioned, came in second place. The first female character on the list is Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley from the Alien franchise, who placed fourth.
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The Link and I

Link time. Here we go...


/Film Deadpool 2 and X-Men Dark Phoenix have both wrapped, both due in 2018

/Film Turns out Beyoncé was offered Plumette before Gugu in the recent Beauty & The Beast movie. Insane that they offered Beyoncé a teensy part when Belle was right there. Wtf, Bill Condon?

Coming Soon Gong Li will lead Martin Campbell's next thriller Ana -- the tone is said to be similar to La Femme Nikita.  We'd be super excited because Gong Li is always welcome in leading roles but Campbell's new one The Foreigner with Jackie Chan isn't exactly winning raves

Film Society Helen Mirren named as the honoree at next spring's Chaplin Award Gala in NYC. Robert De Niro was the honoree earlier this year


Into Todd Haynes talks about Wonderstruck and about meeting with Barbra Streisand to talk Gypsy !!!

Variety it's official The Current War has moved to
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Sir Ian McKellen Is The Voice Of The Demon In ‘The Exorcist’ On The West End Stage

Sir Ian McKellen has joined the cast of The Exorcist stage production coming to the West End later this month. The legendary stage and screen actor will feature as the voice of the demon in the production, which will arrive at the Phoenix Theatre in London from October 20th. The uniquely theatrical experience is directed by Sean Mathias and adapted by John Pielmeier.

Widely considered the scariest movie of all time, the film adaptation of The Exorcist sparked unprecedented worldwide controversy when it was released in cinemas in 1973. Winner of two Academy Awards, William Friedkin’s masterpiece saw audiences petrified to the point of passing out and went on to become one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time.

Here’s the official synopsis for the new production:

“Oh please, Mother, make it stop!”

When the medical profession fails to provide answers to young Regan’s strange
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12 Adorable Ways Celebs Have Helped Fans Pop the Question

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12 Adorable Ways Celebs Have Helped Fans Pop the Question
Marriage-hopefuls feel plenty of pressure to dream up an unforgettable proposal. But there is always one surefire way to make the big moment truly memorable: roping in your significant other’s favorite celebrity.

Lucky for all the ultra-romantic Romeos and Juliets out there, many stars are totally game for helping their fans create a super special moment.

Katy Perry

The “Swish Swish” singer made her Brooklyn Witness tour stop especially memorable for one pair of fans.

She invited the couple, Becky and Katy, onto the stage where a star was conveniently waiting for a wish to be made. “You said you had a wish.
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Rome Film Festival Lineup Packed With Crowd-Pleasers

Rome Film Festival Lineup Packed With Crowd-Pleasers
Rome – The Rome Film Festival has announced a lineup full of crowd-pleasers, many out of Hollywood, that span a wide range of genres. The fest’s 12th edition opens with Scott Cooper’s brutal Western, “Hostiles.”

Though world premieres are scarce, they include Japanese director Junji Shimizu’s manga pic “Mazinger Z Infinity” (pictured), produced by Toei Animation to mark the 45th anniversary of the “Mazinger” franchise, which has a global following. Its creator, manga artist Go Nagai, will be on hand.

The closer will be the world premiere of Italian title “The Place” by Paolo Genovese, whose “Perfect Strangers” was a mega-hit at the home box office and has sold widely around the world.

Sandwiched in between are lots of Hollywood awards-season hopefuls, including Kathryn Bigelow’s “Detroit,” Craig Gillespie’s “I, Tonya,” Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying,” Steven Soderbergh’s “Logan Lucky,” and Netflix’s “Mudbound” by Dee Rees.

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