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James Mangold Bashes Film Writer After Negative ‘Logan’ Tweet: ‘You Seem Pompous to Me’

James Mangold Bashes Film Writer After Negative ‘Logan’ Tweet: ‘You Seem Pompous to Me’
James Mangold is not hiding his distaste for Hollywood Elsewhere founder and writer Jeff Wells. The “Logan” director lashed out against Wells on Twitter after the film writer made a jab at Mangold’s latest Wolverine film by calling it “too violent.”

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Mangold replied to Wells by saying he could’ve predicted his negative reaction. Wells tried to amend his comment by linking to his article “Logan.” Wells’ piece isn’t exactly positive, although it does praise Dafne Keen’s breakout performance.

“Really? Jesus, Jeff. I’m gonna have to assume you have aspergers or otherwise I just can’t keep up the good will,” Mangold replied. “Aw, fuck it. Shove your self promoting links to your crooked prognostications up your pompous ass. And find a new hairstyle, that pomp is getting Trumpy.
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Ranking 2017's Superhero Movies From Worst to Best

Ranking 2017's Superhero Movies From Worst to Best
If 2017 begged the question, Is seven superhero movies in the same year too many superhero movies? then 2018's answers is: Hold my beer. Next year, Marvel Studios will release three more movies (Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp) as will Fox (The New Mutants, Deadpool 2 and X-Men: Dark Phoenix); Sony has two Spider-Man universe movies (Venom and the animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, separate from their Marvel universe-set Spidey films); Warner Bros. and DC have only one scheduled (Aquaman) and even Disney has The Incredibles 2.

But we're getting ahead of ourselves. Before we're inundated with another year's worth of Avengers and mutants and superheroes who can talk to fish, let's take a look back at the year that was, ranking each of 2017's superhero offerings from worst to best.

7. Justice League Warner Bros. Pictures

There wasn't much to love about DC's hesitantly anticipated, not-too-long in the making team-up flick. Sure, Ezra Miller's [link
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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders

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‘Blade Runner 2049,’ ‘Logan,’ and More: the Genre-Benders That Are Major Oscar Contenders
Every year, the studios take their best genre successes and try to push them beyond the technical ghetto. Oscar campaigners want to convince critics, guilds, and Oscar voters that their movie rises to the level of art. But it’s rare for fantasy, horror, thriller, action or comic-book movies to pass over to the Best Picture side.

When they do, it tends to be an exception like Peter Jackson’s fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy. All three films scored Best Picture nominations and technical wins: “Fellowship” scored 13 nominations and wins for Makeup, Visual Effects, and Cinematography; “The Two Towers” earned six and won Sound Editing and VFX; and then came the ultimate triumph for the finale “The Return of the King”: a grand sweep of all 11 nominations including Best Picture. But while “Lotr” fell into the fantasy genre, it was boosted by the literary pedigree of J.R.R. Tolkien.
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‘Agents of Shield’ Star Jeff Ward Talks Season 5 Time Jump, Star-Lord Comparisons & That Major Daisy Reveal

‘Agents of Shield’ Star Jeff Ward Talks Season 5 Time Jump, Star-Lord Comparisons & That Major Daisy Reveal
Turns out, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. aren’t just in space -- they’re in the future!

ABC’s Marvel series made the jaw-dropping reveal in their two-part season five premiere on Friday, as the agents learned that a mysterious new monolith had transported them not just into outer space, but far into a future where Earth has long-since been destroyed -- by one of their own, no less.

In this bleak new world, the Kree rule over what remains of humanity, who live out a desolate existence in a sector of a massive space station known as The Lighthouse. As the agents struggle to come to terms with where -- andwhen -- they are, they meet Deke (Jeff Ward) and Tess (Eve Harlow), citizens of The Lighthouse who end up becoming their unwitting guides to life in this dreary dystopia.

Et spoke with Ward over the phone a few days before the premiere to get a better
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‘Agents of Shield’ Is Going to Space! Newcomer Jeff Ward Dishes on His Character & What’s to Come in Season 5

‘Agents of Shield’ Is Going to Space! Newcomer Jeff Ward Dishes on His Character & What’s to Come in Season 5
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. are going intergalactic in their latest adventure!

After taking on Ghost Rider, Life Model Decoys and the Hydra-ruled Framework in their action-packed fourth season, the S.H.I.E.L.D. team finds themselves suddenly -- and unexpectedly -- in outer space in Friday’s season five premiere.

The specifics of the agents’ new adventure amid the stars have been kept tightly under wraps -- we can tell from the pulse-pounding trailer that it involves the Kree, a group of “true believers” and some creepy, demodog-looking aliens -- however, Et recently spoke with series newcomer Jeff Ward about what to expect from the upcoming season.

“It’s interesting, because the show is in a bit of reset this season, and it’s fun because all of the characters that everybody is so familiar with and likes so much, it’s kind of the first time that they’re in a situation where they are
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Pamela Anderson Says Harvey Weinstein's Accusers Shouldn't Have Been Alone with Him: 'You Know What You're Getting Into'

Pamela Anderson Says Harvey Weinstein's Accusers Shouldn't Have Been Alone with Him: 'You Know What You're Getting Into'
Pamela Anderson has stirred up controversy by suggesting Harvey Weinstein’s accusers shouldn’t have allowed themselves to be alone with him.

“It was common knowledge that certain producers or certain people in Hollywood or people to avoid, privately,” she told Megyn Kelly Thursday. “You know what you’re getting into if you’re going into a hotel room alone.”

Anderson, who has spoken out about her own experiences with sexual abuse, went on to explain that when she was a young actress, she used her “common sense” to avoid uncomfortable situations with certain producers.

“When I came to Hollywood,
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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer: Marvel Unleashes the Blockbuster to End All Blockbusters

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Trailer: Marvel Unleashes the Blockbuster to End All Blockbusters
Marvel fans were licking their wounds when news reached that a lucky few had seen footage from “Avengers: Infinity War” at the D23 Expo earlier this month, but the wait is finally over. Today, Marvel released the first trailer for its latest superhero mashup — and this one looks to just as wild a ride as its other beloved franchises.

Read More‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2’ Pulls Off the Impossible: Solving Marvel’s Villain Problem

The movie stars Marvel’s button-cute new Spider-Man, Tom Holland, as well as tried and true favorites like Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Brie Larsen as Captain Marvel, Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, and Chris Hemsworth as Thor. (So you finally have a chance to get all your Chrises straight
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5 Reasons Why ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Deserves an Oscar Nomination

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5 Reasons Why ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Deserves an Oscar Nomination
2017 has been an unequivocally weak year for animation. There wasn’t a new Laika movie, although strong Gkids titles like “The Breadwinner” helped fill the void. There wasn’t a new Studio Ghibli movie (although the forthcoming “Mary and the Witch’s Flower” is the next best thing). There were two offerings from Pixar, one of which was totally solid, and the other of which was “Cars 3.” By the summer, the situation was already so dire that something called “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie” was considered a merciful reprieve from the endless trash parade of soulless corporate dreck like “Despicable Me 3” and “Smurfs: The Lost Village.”

And yet, amidst all of this darkness, there was a glimmering bright spot. And that bright spot… was something even darker. Black. “All important movies start with a black screen.” Those are the first words we hear in Chris McKay’s “The Lego Batman Movie,
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‘Justice League’ Review: A Safer (and Far Less Interesting) DC Superhero Movie

‘Justice League’ Review: A Safer (and Far Less Interesting) DC Superhero Movie
Each movie in the Dceu can be parsed by its sound. Man of Steel remains — to me, at least — the best of the DC films so far; the theme at its core is simplistic, but it aches and it soars, and speaking on a broader level, it also comes closest to synthesizing the […]

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‘Justice League’ First Reactions: DC Assembles Uneven Superhero Movie

“…we’re hoping that people don’t think about how this movie was made when they go to see it, because these characters are bigger than any director, they’re bigger than any of us. We love and adore these characters,” “Justice League” producer Deborah Snyder said this week. With the embargo on social media responses lifting today, the studio is likely also hoping that audiences are willing to roll with a movie that many are saying is wildly uneven.

Continue reading ‘Justice League’ First Reactions: DC Assembles Uneven Superhero Movie at The Playlist.
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Lupita Nyong’o Calls Out Grazia Magazine For Photoshopping Her to Fit ‘Eurocentric’ Beauty Standards

Lupita Nyong’o Calls Out Grazia Magazine For Photoshopping Her to Fit ‘Eurocentric’ Beauty Standards
Lupita Nyong’o is calling out the women’s magazine Grazia UK for editing her appearance on the cover of the November 2017 issue. In a tweet posted November 9, Nyong’o said she was “disappointed” the magazine digitally removed and smoothed her hair in order to “fit a more Eurocentric notion of what beautiful hair looks like.” The Oscar winner attached a photo to the tweet that puts the Grazia UK cover side by side with the untouched photos.

Read More:Lupita Nyong’o Reviews ‘Wonder Woman’: ‘A Superhero Movie Like None I Have Ever Seen’

Nyong’o is hardly the first actress of color to call out a magazine for a photoshopped cover. “Scandal” star Kerry Washington made headlines in April 2016 when she put on Instagram her April cover for AdWeek and wrote, “I was taken aback by the cover… It felt strange to look at a picture of myself
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Proves that Sex Is Sorely Missing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Proves that Sex Is Sorely Missing from the Marvel Cinematic Universe
If almost three complete phases of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have taught us anything — and let’s not rush to assume that’s the case — it’s that superhero movies don’t need to have sex in order to reproduce. “Thor: Ragnarok” marks the seventeenth feature in the film world’s most ubiquitous franchise, and not a single one of its characters has verifiably gotten laid since Tony Stark seduced a Vanity Fair reporter just prior to becoming Iron Man.

Yes, we know that Pepper Potts has been promoted from overqualified secretary to under-appreciated partner, and it’s safe to assume that Jane Foster had a few electric nights with the God of Lightning before she was written out of existence, but sex is strictly an off-screen activity in the McU. It’s almost never seen, seldom implied, and often not even acknowledged.

Captain America is a virgin. Spider-Man is a virgin.
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi Confirms ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Sequel

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Director Taika Waititi Confirms ‘What We Do in the Shadows’ Sequel
Before becoming one of Hollywood’s hottest directors by injecting comedy and color into Marvel’s third “Thor” movie — opening in theaters tomorrow — Taika Waititi was first known for bringing the same brand of irreverent humor to horror films with the much beloved “What We Do in the Shadows.” Waititi co-directed, co-wrote, and co-starred with Jemaine Clement (“Flight of the Conchords”) in the faux-documentary, horror-comedy about a group of vampires who live together in suburban New Zealand. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and went on to become an indie box office success ($7 million).

In an hour-long interview with the Build series while out promoting “Thor: Ragnarok,” Waititi confirmed the rumors that not only would there be a sequel, but that he would reunite with Clement to co-write and co-direct the film. “The rumor is true,” said Waititi. “[Jemaine’s] been hounding me to do this [sequel].”

This time around the
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Luca Guadagnino Reveals What He’d Need To Direct A Superhero Movie

It says something about our times that every filmmaker interview usually broaches the subject of whether or not they’d direct [insert popular franchise here]. David Fincher has probably been the most candid, recently sharing the risks involved in taking on something massive like “Star Wars.” But at the end of the day, most moviemakers are open to the idea, as long as they’re just not a cog in a machine where they’re ultimately powerless creatively.

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Kevin Feige Reveals How Women Could Contribute to the Marvel Universe After Phase Three

Kevin Feige Reveals How Women Could Contribute to the Marvel Universe After Phase Three
As the Marvel Cinematic Universe readies for its Phase Three finale — the culmination of what will end up being a 22-film run of interconnected feature films, starting with 2008’s “Iron Man” and concluding with its still-unnamed fourth Avengers feature, set to open on May 3, 2019 — the multi-billion dollar blockbuster machine is already looking to the future.

But even with a pair of “post-Phase Three” films already on the docket, including a Spider-Man sequel and a third Guardians of the Galaxy film, the future of the McU still looks overwhelmingly male, and Marvel’s bent towards superhero (not heroine)-dominated features doesn’t seem to be changing directions. Yet.

Before Phase Three wraps, the McU will finally roll out its first superheroine-centric feature: the Brie Larson-starring “Captain Marvel,” which will open just before that final “Avengers” film. The long-rumored feature will also mark another sea change for the company, as it
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Thor, Save Us! Why the New Marvel Movie Won’t Rescue Our Box-Office Universe

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Thor, Save Us! Why the New Marvel Movie Won’t Rescue Our Box-Office Universe
Remember when Warner Bros.’ surprise smash “It” seemed like it might augur the revival of a near-dreadful box-office year? While “It” now stands at $315 million, that second wind didn’t happen — and looking ahead, there’s little hope of another film worthy of that optimism. Of course, in two weeks we have a new movie from the Marvel conveyor belt in “Thor: Ragnarok,” which could open above $100 million. However, even at that level, it may not rise to savior status.

Initial returns for “It” set records, single-handedly reversed several weeks’ worth of low ticket sales, and threatened to make a real dent in the 6 percent decline in grosses. Unfortunately, other films haven’t joined that rebellion. Sony’s “Blade Runner 2049” may not even see a worldwide gross to equal its production and marketing costs.

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’: The One Thing Marvel Head Kevin Feige Needed From Taika Waititi’s Sequel

‘Thor: Ragnarok’: The One Thing Marvel Head Kevin Feige Needed From Taika Waititi’s Sequel
When it came time to build a third standalone “Thor” feature, Marvel brass had a few different elements that they felt were necessary for inclusion, all the better to bolster the superhero’s solo power after the relative disappointment of “Thor: The Dark World.” Mostly, there needed to be more humor, the kind that could capitalize on star Chris Hemsworth’s growing acclaim as a comedian, but not feel out of place in the McU as a whole. And perhaps the big guy needed a buddy, too, a fellow superhero also capable of teasing out both humor and pathos.

As Marvel president Kevin Feige explains, the franchise found an unlikely connection between those aims and a favorite piece of comic book lore. First up, though, “Thor: Ragnarok” needed to be its own thing, and get away from a predecessor that didn’t quite tap into what makes the Asgardian god
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‘Susanne Bartsch: On Top’ Review: Behind the Gay Nightlife Queen Who ‘Picked Up Where Warhol Left Off’

Susanne Bartsch picked up where [Andy] Warhol left off,” RuPaul Charles says of his friend, the woman he says set him down the path to become Supermodel of the World. He’s not the only one: Performance artist Joey Arias credits Bartsch with encouraging him to try drag, transgender pioneer Flawless Sabrina speaks of her in the same breath as Warhol, and fashion historians trace London style’s expansion to New York and Tokyo in the ’80s to Bartsch.

As for the woman herself, she’s still throwing parties.

While dressing for one of her fabled Tuesday night parties at Meatpacking district club Le Bain, Bartsch was fretting over the colors for one of her outstanding looks: “It’s not really pink,” she says. “I mean, I know it’s pink, but it’s not a pink that I feel pink in.”

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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Post-Credits Scenes: What They Are and What They Mean For the Rest of the McU

‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Post-Credits Scenes: What They Are and What They Mean For the Rest of the McU
In the grand scheme of Marvel Cinematic Universe post-credits scenes, the two sequences that close out Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok” are relatively slim and mostly expected. (Remember when “Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2” had five of them? Those days are apparently already over.) But they still manage to pack in Waititi’s signature humor — one element that, according to early reviews, is among the best parts of the new McU feature — and a tantalizing hint as to what we can expect in from the rest of the so-called McU Phase Three, set to play out in five more films over the next two years.

(Spoilers ahead for both “Thor: Ragnarok” and its post-credits scenes.)

Read More:‘Thor: Ragnarok’ First Reactions Praise Taika Waititi as the Savior of the ‘Thor’ Franchise

Waititi’s film doesn’t shy away from the implications of its title: in Norse mythology — from which the
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’12 Strong’ Trailer: Michael Shannon and Chris Hemsworth Go to War Against the Taliban

’12 Strong’ Trailer: Michael Shannon and Chris Hemsworth Go to War Against the Taliban
January has become a destination for opening Afghanistan War dramas, from the nationwide expansions of “American Sniper” and “Lone Survivor” to the release of Michael Bay’s “13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi.” “12 Strong” will join the club next year. The film, formerly titled “Horse Soldiers,” is based on Doug Stanton’s non-fiction book of same name and stars Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Pena, and “Moonlight” breakout Trevante Rhodes.

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“12 Strong” is set in the immediate aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. Hemsworth plays Captain Mitch Nelson, who joins other Us Special Forces members on a mission to Afghanistan to fight against the Taliban. The drama marks the directorial debut of Nicolai Fuglsig, who previously worked as a photojournalist covering the Kosovo War. Jerry Bruckheimer is one of the film’s producers.

The war drama opens in theaters on January 19 via Warner Brothers.
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