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On this day in pop culture history: the first ‘X-Men’ movie opened in theaters

14 July 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

16 years ago today was (arguably) the beginning of the modern superhero movie era. Even if you give that distinction to Spider-Man or Iron Man, it’s undeniable that the first X-Men movie paved the way for the proliferation of caped heroes in Hollywood today. In 2000, the only other superhero movies released were negatively received comedies The Specials and Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV, and M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable — a superhero movie in a time before they could be baldfaced superhero movies. Now, everyone wants in on the superhero genre, which is now producing the buzziest and most lucrative blockbusters of 2016. The ninth and most recent X-Men movie, Apocalypse, ultimately delivered disappointing numbers in the ever-more-crowded superhero line-up, but that didn’t stop Fox from ordering a pilot for what looks to be a series based in the X-Men world. Other notable July 14 happenings in pop culture history: • 1966: »

- Emily Rome

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Show Boat Screens Saturday Morning at The Hi-Pointe

8 May 2016 8:46 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“There’s still not enough room on this boat for the two of us!”

Show Boat  (1951) is one of Hollywood’s most beloved musicals and you’ll have a chance to see it on the big screen at St. Louis’ fabulous Hi-Pointe Theater this weekend as part of their Classic Film Series. It’s Saturday, May 14th at 10:30am at the Hi-Pointe located at 1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117. Admission is only $5.

Show Boat (1951) a colorful version of the Edna Ferber novel  may not be held in as high regard  as the 1936 adaption directed by James Whale and starring Irene Dunn and Paul Robeson, but is a big, fun musical nonetheless.

The songs by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein are considered some of the best either ever composed and are sung by those talented performers Kathryn Grayson and Howard Keel. Both do excellent work both musically and dramatically even »

- Tom Stockman

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Become a Travel Show Host and 3 More Opportunities

23 March 2016 9:40 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Today’s top casting notices include a chance to travel and showcase your improv skills, a New York City musical, and more! Check out these four notices and see if any are right for you! Travel And Lifestyle Show, Co-host And EDITORHave a knack for improv and love to travel? Bring your two passions together for this travel show moving across the United States and Europe, from San Francisco and Miami to Austria, Spain, and beyond. This job pays $100 per day plus meals and (of course) travel. Submissions are being sought from several American cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Honolulu. “Show Boat”Auditions are March 23 and 24 for male and female Equity performers who can move and sing well. Nonunion actors who are hired will be given a competitive stipend. Rehearsals begin May 24. “Zen Love Story”Three leading actors (two male, one female) are needed for a five-minute music film »

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