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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
If you’re going to tour the Universal Studios Lot, why not do it in style with the king of blockbusters himself, Steven Spielberg? All right, you can’t actually do that, but you can watch a video of someone doing it with him. With The Bfg opening this Friday, Spielberg has given a guided tour of his “ancestral home” at the Universal Studios Hollywood lot.
In the video, he talks about sneaking in as a teenager, where he’d watch the filming of TV shows and movies, seeing Hitchcock in person, and getting kicked off the Torn Curtain set by a third Ad. He shows, among others, locations used for Back to the Future, which he executive produced, the infamous Bates Motel, “the best used back lot” for Westerns in the ’50s and ’60s, and, of course, the set used for Jaws, part of which he utilized after the »
- Mike Mazzanti
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3 items from 2016
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