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Simon Kinberg on course correcting the X-Men series with Dark Phoenix, confirms Genosha

After more than a decade serving as writer and producer on 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise, Simon Kinberg now finds himself behind the camera for the latest chapter of the main series, X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Earlier in the week we saw some first look images from the movie – Fox’s second attempt at adapting The Dark Phoenix Saga after the disappointing X-Men: The Last Stand – and now Kinberg has been chatting to EW about the movie, stating that he intends on course correcting the series after mistakes made with the previous chapter, X-Men: Apocalypse.

“I think we took our eye off what has always been the bedrock of the franchise which is these characters,” said Kinberg. It became about global destruction and visual effects over emotion and character… One of the things I went into this film wanting to do is obviously focus on the characters and give them
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The 10 Must-See Movies At Sundance 2018

Ben Robins on the ten must-see movies at Sundance 2018…

The ridiculously celebrated indie festival to end all indie festivals will return for another banner year in January, and it’s no doubt set to be another big one. Having kicked off the careers of everyone from the Coen Brothers to Tarantino to most recently, Whiplash and La La Land’s Damien Chazelle, it’s a fairly reliable way to get a heads-up on the brightest and boldest new filmmakers in the biz, so it only makes sense to take a closer look at what’s coming up.

We don’t have much to go on – synopses and the occasional still picture – so lets let the casts and crews speak for themselves.

American Animals (dir. Bart Layton)

Written and directed by documentary vet Layton (the BAFTA winning filmmaker behind 2012’s seriously ace The Imposter), American Animals not only boasts an already
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Everything You Need to Know About Pose, Ryan Murphy's Groundbreaking New Show

If you didn't know about New York City's underground ballroom community, a safe haven for Lgbtq+ youth of color to express themselves creatively, you will now - through Ryan Murphy's upcoming anthology drama series, Pose. This show, created by Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Steven Canals, really has the potential to be something great for a community that has constantly been attacked, exploited, overlooked, and undervalued. Production for the show has just begun, but we can already see that it will be groundbreaking. Here's why: A Record-Breaking Cast While the show stars some big names, - frequent Ryan Murphy collaborator Evan Peters, James Van Der Beek, Kate Mara, and Tatiana Maslany - the reason Pose will be like no other show is the fact that it'll feature the highest number of transgender series regulars ever. So far, five transgender actors have been confirmed to appear: Hailie Sahar, Indya Moore, Dominique Jackson,
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Simon Kinberg talks X-Men: Dark Phoenix and Jean Grey’s transformation

Following hot on the heels of yesterday’s first look images [which we have for you here], long time X-Men writer-producer and debut director Simon Kinberg has been talking to Entertainment Weekly about next year’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix, and more specifically Jean Grey’s transformation into the Phoenix.

“Jean absorbs those solar flares and then hurls them back out into space,” said Kinberg. “That’s what triggers, awakens, creates this Phoenix force and voice inside her. What appears to the world to be another heroic victory by the X-Men in saving stranded people in space we realize is the the thing that begins the unraveling of Jean and the unraveling of secrets Charles told her.”

So, while we’re getting to see the X-Men in space, it seems that – as with Kinberg’s first attempt at The Dark Phoenix Saga, X-Men: The Last Stand – the Phoenix will be part of Jean Grey, rather than the
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'The Pirates of Somalia': Film Review

'The Pirates of Somalia': Film Review
The story of how an aspiring reporter with no journalism training became a leading authority on a subject few Western news outlets dared to cover, Bryan Buckley's The Pirates of Somalia entertainingly adapts the nonfiction book of the same title by Jay Badahur. Though the world's attention has moved on to other geopolitical hotspots and to domestic issues more terrifying than kidnappings off the Horn of Africa, this stranger-in-a-strange-land adventure has enough appeal to sustain its limited theatrical release, where the popularity of star Evan Peters (of American Horror Story) should help compensate for a seemingly miniscule promotional campaign.

Peters...
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X-Men: Dark Phoenix Has a Huge Twist Fans Won't See Coming

X-Men: Dark Phoenix Has a Huge Twist Fans Won't See Coming
Following the new photos from X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which offered our first look at Jessica Chastain's villain character, new plot details have surfaced. The latest report from Entertainment Weekly teases that the movie will feature some of the biggest set pieces in X-Men franchise history, the mutants' first trip to outer space along with, according to EW, "a massive twist halfway through that will irrevocably change the course of the franchise." Sadly, no further details were given regarding said twist, but James McAvoy revealed that this is the darkest X-Men movie yet.

"This is probably the most emotional X-Men we've done and the most pathos-driven. There's a lot of sacrifice and a lot of suffering."

While nothing about this twist has been revealed, there was a rumor that surfaced last month which revealed that writer-director Simon Kinberg intends to show just how powerful the Dark Phoenix is, by having
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‘Dabka’ Film Review: A Scraggly Evan Peters Teams Up With Barkhad Abdi in Somalia

‘Dabka’ Film Review: A Scraggly Evan Peters Teams Up With Barkhad Abdi in Somalia
The pleasingly self-aware and fast-paced “Dabka” begins with narration by journalist Jay Bahadur (Evan Peters) telling us that he hates movies where the main character narrates because that means that the screenwriters haven’t done their job to make the story work on a visual basis. While that may be true in some cases, “Dabka” itself is a movie where the brash but insecure voice of Bahadur grounds the story we are watching, and this voice also gives it some tension because we are never sure if his over-confidence might lead to disaster. Based on a true story, “Dabka” begins in.
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Jessica Chastain’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix Villain Seemingly Revealed As New Images Surface

As Hollywood’s leading studios begin to promote their assets leading up to 2018 (see: Infinity War, Fallen Kingdom), Entertainment Weekly has officially blown the lid off X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Simon Kinberg’s all-star tentpole that’s poised to ship the mutants off to space in November.

It’s a story that largely revolves around the young Jean Grey (Games of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner), who is left at the mercy of a blistering solar flare while on board the famous X-Jet, which, in turn, triggers a powerful transformation within the unsuspecting Jean. And it’s one that threatens to rock Professor X’s mutant school down to its very foundations.

Then again, while Sophie Turner’s character is primed for a huge and potentially tragic arc in Dark Phoenix – the film has been described as the “most emotional” entry in Fox’s prequel saga – there’s another entity to consider: Jessica Chastain’s mystery villain.
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First-look images from X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Following o from its cover reveal, EW has now posted a batch of first-look images from next year’s X-Men sequel X-Men: Dark Phoenix, which includes shots of Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Professor X (James McAvoy), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), director Simon Kinberg and Jessica Chastain’s as-yet-unrevealed shape-shifting villain.

“[Mystique] has grown up a lot,” states Jennifer Lawrence. “She’s more maternal which surprised me. She starts to get more protective of the [school] children and Charles wants to push them to prove to the world that mutants can be good for humanity and I just see them as small children.”

“I would call Dark Phoenix a drama,” Lawrence continues. “We have really great action scenes and we go to space like within the first five minutes of the movie. So it’s definitely exciting but emotionally all these characters are taking the biggest,
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Here’s Your First Look At ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’

Entertainment Weekly has provided us with our very first look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the 1990s-set X-Men movie coming to screens next year courtesy of Simon Kinberg. The outlet has provided us with a number of photos from the production, a film which takes place ten years after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse.

“Pride is starting to get the better of him, and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions,” director Simon Kinberg says of James McAvoy’s returning Charles Xavier.

“This is probably the most emotional X-Men we’ve done and the most pathos-driven,” star McAvoy adds. “There’s a lot of sacrifice and a lot of suffering.”

Also starring is Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique), Nicholas Hoult (Beast), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops), Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Evan Peters (Quicksilver) and Sophie Turner (Jean Grey), who appears in most of the first look images, all
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First X-Men 7 Photos Reveal Dark Phoenix

First X-Men 7 Photos Reveal Dark Phoenix
There's not a whole lot of information about the upcoming 2018 release of X-Men: Dark Phoenix, but we now have our first sneak peek and it looks pretty awesome. Dark Phoenix will hit theaters on November 2nd, 2018, and will have Simon Kinberg at the helm. This will be his second time writing within the iconic storyline, as his first try was in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. Though he wrote the screenplay for Last Stand, he did not direct it, so this will be the director's debut in the storyline and it's something that he holds close to his heart. Sophie Turner is featured on the cover of the new Entertainment Weekly and it's our first look at Jean Gray's turn to the dark side.

The famous comic book arc of Jean Gray going dark was dabbled with in 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand with Famke Janssen as Jean Grey, but
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Sophie Turner Is on Fire (No, Literally) in the First Look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix

You might want to grab a bucket of water, because the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands Friday, is on fire. Or rather, Sophie Turner is the one aflame, and we couldn't be more excited about it. The cover is our first look at the Game of Thrones actress in the upcoming mutant superhero film, X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Turner will be reprising her role from 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse as a young Jean Grey in the Simon Kinberg-directed movie, which will see a "malevolent, power-hungry new force" awaken in Jean when a solar flare hits the X-Jet during a rescue mission in space. The surge of energy replaces the kind-hearted telepath we know and love with the Phoenix, making her both hero and villain. Read on to see all the other details we've been able to scrape together ahead of the film's 2018 release. The Cast Joining Turner is Jessica Chastain in an as-yet-unnamed,
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EW Unveils Fiery First Look At Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey In X-Men: Dark Phoenix

Update: Several more photos from the film have been released by EW and can be seen in the gallery down below.

The Phoenix has awoken.

Entertainment Weekly has today unveiled a fiery first peek at Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey as she’ll appear in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the star-studded 2018 blockbuster coming by way of Simon Kinberg (The Twilight Zone).

Held up as the “most emotional, pathos-driven” X-Men movie of Fox’s ongoing prequel saga, Dark Phoenix takes place roughly 10 years after the events of Apocalypse, at a time when our core group of mutants – namely Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), and Quicksilver (Evan Peters) – are celebrated as national heroes. But there’s trouble afoot.

Between Charles Xavier’s (James McAvoy) inflated ego – hell, he even lands on the cover of Time magazine – and the X-Jet being at the mercy of a potentially deadly solar flare,
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Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey featured on EW’s X-Men: Dark Phoenix cover, first plot details revealed

Entertainment Weekly has unveiled the cover to the latest issue of its magazine, which features a first look at Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey for the next chapter in 20th Century Fox’s main X-Men franchise, X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Check it out here…

The site also offers up the first official plot details, confirming that the X-Men will be going cosmic, as well as potentially confirming those rumours about the Skrulls making an appearance:

After the team is dispatched to space for a rescue mission, a solar flare hits the X-Jet and the surge of energy ignites a malevolent, power-hungry new force within Jean – played by Game of ThronesSophie Turner – the Phoenix. While Jean is both the hero and villain, Dark Phoenix also introduces an other-worldly (and for now, top secret) shape-shifter (Jessica Chastain), who attempts to manipulate Phoenix for her own agenda.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix is set for release on November 2nd,
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Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi Seek to Educate Audiences With Premiere of 'The Pirates of Somalia'

Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi Seek to Educate Audiences With Premiere of 'The Pirates of Somalia'
The stars of The Pirates of Somalia, including Evan Peters, Melanie Griffith and Barkhad Abdi, gathered Wednesday night at Hollywood's Tcl Chinese Theatre for the film's premiere. 

The drama is based on the real-life story of Canadian rookie journalist Jay Bahadur, who moved to Somalia in 2008 to join the local pirates and write stories about the men's lives. Bahadur penned a book on his journey, also titled The Pirates of Somalia, which was released in 2011. 

Peters, known for his shape-shifting roles on TV's American Horror Story, portrays Bahadur and faced many of the same challenges as the journalist...
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Critics' Choice Awards 2018: Netflix, FX's Feud Lead TV Nominations

Critics' Choice Awards 2018: Netflix, FX's Feud Lead TV Nominations
Nominees for the 23rd annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced Wednesday, setting the stage for a clash of the small-screen titans next month.

Though Netflix is leading the pack with 20 total nominations, it’s FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan that emerged as the most-nominated show, with five of its performers also scoring individual nods. FX’s Fargo and HBO’s Big Little Lies also fared well, earning five nominations a piece.

The winners — including those in the film categories, which you can read here — will be announced during a live ceremony airing Thursday, Jan. 11 at 8/7c on The CW.
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Movie Review – The Pirates of Somalia (2017)

The Pirates of Somalia, 2017.

Written and Directed by Bryan Buckley.

Starring Evan Peters, Barkhad Abdi, Melanie Griffith, Russell Posner, Mohamed Mohamud Hossein, Mohamed Abdikadir, Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, Abdi Sidow Farah, Mohamed Osmail Ibrahim, Sabrina Hassan, Mohamed Barre, and Al Pacino

Synopsis:

In 2008, rookie journalist Jay Bahadur forms a half-baked plan to embed himself among the pirates of Somalia. He ultimately succeeds in providing the first close-up look into who these men are, how they live, and the forces that drive them.

I wouldn’t say the recent Tom Hanks thriller centered on the hijacking of important overseas cargo by Somalian pirates Captain Phillips is mandatory viewing before watching this parallel narrative that takes place during the same timeframe and more importantly, the heart of Somalia itself, but having perspective from both land and sea imbues viewers with more understanding and education of the country’s delicate, often misunderstood inner conflict.
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Emma Roberts & Evan Peters Have a Karaoke Thanksgiving

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[[tmz:video id="0_2x3lyn2v"]] Emma Roberts and Evan Peters are still going strong ... so much so, they're belting out sappy Enrique Iglesias love songs together in public. The formerly on-again, off-again couple spent part of Thanksgiving weekend doing duets during drag queen karaoke in Provincetown, Ma. Evan and Emma belted out Enrique's "Be With You" during their night out at Governor Bradford Restaurant. Emma was also on the mic for Sir Mix-a-Lot's classic -- you know the one
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Rumour: X-Men: Dark Phoenix to feature a major death

Despite filming wrapping last month and the film being less than a year away from release, we’ve had absolutely nothing in the way of marketing materials or official plot details for the next chapter of 20th Century Fox’s main X-Men series, X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

However, while we await some official news, That Hashtag Show has posted a rumour claiming that the movie will feature the death of a major X-Men character at the hands of Sophie Turner’s Jean Grey as she is overcome by the Phoenix Force. Apparently Jean will impale the character, with the site claiming that the victim will be either Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Professor X (James McAvoy) or Beast (Nicholas Hoult).

See Also: Rumour: The Skrulls to appear in X-Men: Dark Phoenix

One would assume if you know how a character dies, you’d probably be able to narrow it down to which character it is,
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American Horror Story: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Eight on FX?

Vulture Watch How long will terror reign? Has the American Horror Story TV show been cancelled or renewed for an eighth season on FX? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of American Horror Story season eight. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the FX cable channel, American Horror Story, season seven, stars Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Alison Pill, Adina Porter, Billie Lourd, and Cheyenne Jackson. Season seven of this anthology horror drama follows the events of the 2016 Us presidential election. A cult is terrorizing a Michigan suburb. Read More…
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