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"X-Men" - Enter 'Emma Frost'

14 hours ago | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

According to reports, Marvel Comics' "X-Men" mutant 'Emma Frost', played by January Jones in "X-Men: First Class" (2011) and Finola Hughes in "Generation X" (1996) will return, played by a new actress in an upcoming Fox "X-Men" movie:

'Emma Grace Frost' aka the 'White Queen', evolved from a foe of the "X-Men", to becoming a superhero and one of the X-Men's most central members and leaders...

...debuting in Marvel Comics' "Uncanny X-Men" #129 (January 1980) created by writer Chris Claremont and illustrator/co-scripter John Byrne...

...as a 'mutant' with telepathic abilities, including mind control, memory alteration and astral projection.

She is also capable of shape-shifting into a solid diamond with superhuman strength, durability and psychic immunity belonging to a subspecies of humanity born with superhuman abilities.

The character appears in many adaptations of "X-Men" properties....

...including video games, animated programs and live-action films.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek 'Emma Frost'. »

- Michael Stevens

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Relive The Beginnings Of The X-Men With This New Trailer

16 hours ago | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

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 »

- Christian Bone

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Matthew Vaughn and Stardust, 10 years on

18 October 2017 8:44 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Oct 19, 2017

We salute the 10th anniversary of Matthew Vaughn's wonderful Stardust...

“A philosopher once asked, 'Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?' Pointless, really. Do the stars gaze back? Now, that's a question.”

Comic book movies are Matthew Vaughn's speciality. Between Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and the Kingsman franchise, he's been a constant and eclectic presence as these films have boomed, and if reports are to be believed, his next film could be about either Flash Gordon or Superman.

But going back even further than Mark Millar or Marvel, Vaughn's first comic book movie was his adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust, which arrived in UK cinemas ten years ago this week. Before it was published as a novel in 1999, Gaiman conceived the postmodern fairy tale as a 'prestige' comic; the four-issue mini-series »

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Review

17 October 2017 12:45 AM, PDT | Age of the Nerd | See recent Age of the Nerd news »

Kingsman: The Golden Circle‘ is an interesting film. Not only is it Director Matthew Vaughn‘s first sequel to his own work, but it is also perhaps the least Vaughn-esque of his entire filmography, structurally speaking. If you look back on Vaughn’s movies, you’ll notice a structural through line that connects all of Vaughn’s and co-screenwriter/frequent collaborator Jane Goldman‘s scripts. “Stardust“, “Kick-Ass“, “X-Men: First Class“, and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” all share what is essentially a very refined version of The Monomyth, a.k.a. “The Hero’s Journey” told through Vaughn’s dynamic filmmaking style. If you hold films of his like “Kick-Ass” and “The Secret Service” next to each other, you begin to notice that Vaughn has essentially made the same film for the last few years, although each individual entry becomes augmented through the genre in which each story is being told. »

- Taylor Salan

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Comic Books Actually Exist! And Other Things I’ve Found Out

12 October 2017 1:18 AM, PDT | Age of the Nerd | See recent Age of the Nerd news »

Author Note: This original editorial was written in 2011, and several of the references are clearly dated, and more than that, in the past six years, my perspective has altered, changed, been tweaked,…, been re-examined (Shrugs) something to that effect- needless to say that this is the article written by a then-still young(er), still unknowing film school undergrad who had a more wide-eyed and bushy-tailed view of the subculture than I do now. My perspective as an outsider was more curious and intriguing at the time, and I think it’s important to have those kinds of initial thoughts documented, as much if not moreso than one’s current more-refined thoughts.  While I will update portions of this article at the bottom of the page, I ask that you keep in mind, the perspective in which it was written, and forgive what are obvious dated references to the time period. »

- David Baruffi

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Watch the Nycc trailer for Professor Marston & The Wonder Women

8 October 2017 1:06 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The final trailer for Professor Marston & The Wonder Women has been revealed at New York Comic Con ahead of the film’s this coming Friday, and we have it for you below, along with a new poster; check them out here…

See Also: Read our review of  Professor Marston & The Wonder Women here

In a superhero origin tale unlike any other, the film is the incredible true story of what inspired Harvard psychologist Dr. William Moulton Marston to create the iconic Wonder Woman character in the 1940’s. While Marston’s feminist superhero was criticized by censors for her ‘sexual perversity’, he was keeping a secret that could have destroyed him. Marston’s muses for the Wonder Woman character were his wife Elizabeth Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, two empowered women who defied convention: working with Marston on human behavior research — while building a hidden life with him that rivaled the greatest of superhero disguises. »

- Amie Cranswick

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X-Men producer reveals why the Hellfire TV series was abandoned

7 October 2017 7:33 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

If you cast your mind back to October 2015, you may recall the announcement that Fox and Marvel were teaming up for two X-Men-themed TV shows in Legion and Hellfire.

While the former has since aired, with its second season now in production, the latter – focussing on the villainous Hellfire Club from the X-Men comics – failed to make it to the pilot stage.

Well, speaking to Entertainment Weekly, producer Lauren Shuler Donner has revealed why the project ever managed to get off the ground, stating simply that: “it was too many characters and not enough depth of character.”

With Hellfire falling apart, Fox and Marvel turned its attention to another X-Men project, The Gifted, which premiered to decent ratings and reviews this past Monday.

If you’re unfamiliar with The Hellfire Club, they are a secret society of wealthy individuals who seek to influence world events, and count the likes of Sebastian Shaw, »

- Gary Collinson

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Jennifer Lawrence Covers "Elle"

5 October 2017 7:36 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new images of actress Jennifer Lawrence aka "X-Men" mutant 'Mystique', posing for the September 2017 issue of "Elle" (France) magazine, wearing 'Christian Dior' and a whole lot more, photographed by Stas Komarovski:

'Mystique', created by writer Chris Claremont and illustrator David Cockrum, debuted in Marvel Comics' "Ms. Marvel" #16, (1978)...

...as a member of a subspecies of humanity known as 'mutants', who are born with superhuman abilities. 

Mystique is a 'shapeshifter' who can mimic the appearance and voice of any person...

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...with her natural appearance including blue skin and yellow eyes.

Throughout most of her history, Mystique has been a supervillain, founding her own 'Brotherhood of Mutants'...

...and killing key political people involved in mutant affairs.

Admitting she is over 100 years old, Mystique is also the mother of the villain 'Graydon Creed', "X-Men" hero 'Nightcrawler' and adoptive mother of 'Rogue'.

Mystique appears in six of the "X-Men" films, »

- Michael Stevens

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Spy caper Kingsman: The Golden Circle still on top as Flatliners flatlines

3 October 2017 6:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Horror adaptation It remains second ahead of Goodbye Christopher Robin, while Spice World: The Movie gets a nostalgia UK screening

Declining a relatively slim 32% in its second frame, Kingsman: The Golden Circle added another £4.19m at the weekend in the UK for a 12-day tally of £15.6m. That compares with £8.25m for predecessor Kingsman: The Secret Service after two weekends of play. The original Kingsman film went on to achieve a lifetime total of £16.6m in the UK, so The Golden Circle is only £1m behind it. Director Matthew Vaughn’s Kick-Ass maxed out at £11.8m, Stardust at £15.0m, and X-Men: First Class at £15.1m, so The Golden Circle is a dead cert to become his biggest ever UK hit. (The Golden Circle is also ahead of films that Vaughn produced but didn’t direct such as Snatched and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.)

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- Charles Gant

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‘The Gifted’ Review: Fox’s ‘X-Men’ Series Would Benefit from a ‘Legion’ of Better Ideas

2 October 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Perhaps the main issue with “The Gifted” is the same one facing most TV spinoffs of bigger properties: It feels like “X-Men”-lite.

Despite solid direction from Bryan Singer, who first successfully brought Wolverine, Cyclops, and Storm to the big screen in 2000, and above-average dialogue from creator Matt Nix, the pilot episode of Fox’s new superhero side story still comes across like it’s trying to be bigger than it really is, while simultaneously feeling far too familiar.

Read More:‘The Last Man on Earth’ Review: Season 4 Starts with a Bang, a Cameo, and More Familiar, Twisted Tricks

The Gifted” tells two stories that soon merge into one. First up, there’s a group of rebellious mutants on the run from a government that wants to take them off the streets. They’re members of the aptly titled Mutant Underground, an organization living in the shadows that came to »

- Ben Travers

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‘The Gifted’ Review: Fox’s ‘X-Men’ Series Would Benefit from a ‘Legion’ of Better Ideas

2 October 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Perhaps the main issue with “The Gifted” is the same one facing most TV spinoffs of bigger properties: It feels like “X-Men”-lite.

Despite solid direction from Bryan Singer, who first successfully brought Wolverine, Cyclops, and Storm to the big screen in 2000, and above-average dialogue from creator Matt Nix, the pilot episode of Fox’s new superhero side story still comes across like it’s trying to be bigger than it really is, while simultaneously feeling far too familiar.

Read More:‘The Last Man on Earth’ Review: Season 4 Starts with a Bang, a Cameo, and More Familiar, Twisted Tricks

The Gifted” tells two stories that soon merge into one. First up, there’s a group of rebellious mutants on the run from a government that wants to take them off the streets. They’re members of the aptly titled Mutant Underground, an organization living in the shadows that came to »

- Ben Travers

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Exclusive: On the set of Jason Flemyng’s ‘Eat Locals’

1 October 2017 10:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

As far as vampire films go, audiences of the 21st century have a built-in expectation for the fanged creatures. We’ve now been subjected to Twilight, a multitude of meaningless Underworld sequels, and everything in between. What we didn’t expect when visiting the set of Jason Flemyng’s Eat Locals, was to be sitting in a cold Hertfordshire farm staring at severed body parts in jars.

This strange and unusual experience was a good way to set the tone for the film. Flemyng, full of positivity and enthusiasm, was, of course, making his directorial debut in the film. It was quickly apparent that he was keen to make a good impression for his upcoming horror feature, and he managed it effortlessly. The cockney gentleman’s friendly nature easily overshadowed his frantic and busy schedule that day.

Flemyng is one of the most recognizable faces in the British film industry. »

- Ben Read

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Just More ‘Kingsman,’ and That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing

30 September 2017 6:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

One of the biggest surprises at the 2015 box office was just how good Kingsman: The Secret Service was.  Sure, it was directed by Matthew Vaugh – already lauded as one of this generation’s best action directors – and written by Jane Goldman – who had previous teamed-up with Vaughn to pen the scripts for Kickass, X-Men: First Class and Stardust – but that was all that the movie seemingly had going for it ahead of release. It was released in the cinematic dead zone of February, opposite of Fifty Shades of Grey, which it was clearly counter-programming against.  Its

Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Is Just More ‘Kingsman,’ and That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing »

- Brian Hadsell

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American Made Review

29 September 2017 8:12 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether it’s the challenge of playing against type or the allure of wowing audiences with their range, some of Hollywood’s most bankable stars have often turned to roles as lovable crooks to keep their careers fresh. Think Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, a tour-de-force performance that saw the hero of Titanic and Inception not simply play a villain but a morally bankrupt real-life stockbroker. That film ultimately earned DiCaprio critical raves and an Oscar nomination. So, one can hardly blame Tom Cruise for taking on the life of airline-pilot-turned-drug-smuggler Barry Seal in his latest film, American Made.

Reteaming Cruise with director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), the film chronicles Seal’s rise and fall as he’s recruited by a mysterious CIA agent (Domhnall Gleeson) and becomes increasingly embroiled in the Medellín drug cartel. Along the way, he earns the attention of numerous government agencies, »

- Robert Yaniz Jr.

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle movie review: deliver us from “edgy”

25 September 2017 7:43 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Save us from male artists who think they are dangerously, uniquely innovative. This stew of toxic masculinity and CGI-cartoon violence is nothing but tediously mundane. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, mostly

I’m “biast” (con): hated the first film

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Here’s a phrase I do not recall from Kingsman: The Secret Service: “independent intelligence agency.” This is uttered in Kingsman: The Golden Circle in connection with the American counterpart to Kingsman: Statesman, to which we are introduced here. But what does that mean, precisely? It means they’re mercenary spies, doesn’t it? I have a vague recollection of Secret Service mentioning something about Kingsman being funded by the crown heads of Europe, which at least offers a veneer of governmental authority and fealty to law and order — though of course there »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Matthew Vaughn interview – Kingsman: The Golden Circle, X-Men: First Class, Kick-Ass

23 September 2017 7:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Duncan Bowles Sep 25, 2017

Matthew Vaughn chats to us about director Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Stardust, X-Men, Kick-Ass and more...

Though Matthew Vaughn might have had his career take off after producing Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels (like many of the people he’s continued to work with over the years), it’s as a director that he seems to have found his true calling. Much Like Tarantino, he takes time over his next project and the result has been quality over quantity, with Vaughn making some of the most beloved movies from the last decade.

As you may have already spotted from the Kingsman coverage over the last week, we’ve always championed Stardust at this site, possessing such a superb cast, cracking pace and warm heart, but before that he’d made a pre-Bond Daniel Craig the magnetic core of Layer Cake and then gave us the sublimely controversial Kick-Ass – ah, »

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Jane Goldman interview - Kingsman: The Golden Circle, Stardust and more

23 September 2017 6:31 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Duncan Bowles Sep 26, 2017

Jane Goldman chats to us about writing Kingsman, Stardust, The Walking Dead and more...

Ever since teaming up with Matthew Vaughn a decade ago to adapt and write Stardust, Jane Goldman’s profile as a writer has been on the rise and rightly so. As has already been stated many times in our interviews for Kingsman 2 over the last week, with both Mark Strong and Vaughn himself – the films they’ve made together have been fantastic and highlights of each of the genres they’ve represented, whether fantasy (Stardust), comic book (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), or spy (Kingsman).

We sat down with Jane Goldman for a chat about her love of film and writing process and found her in fine spirits, full of laughter and happily enthusing about variety of topics close to our hearts, ingratiating herself further into the realms of geekdom, as we started »

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Matthew Vaughn Blames ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ for Delay of His ‘Flash Gordon’ Remake

22 September 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Matthew Vaughn signed on to direct the “Flash Gordon” remake in 2015 and there’s kind of been radio silence since — now, the “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” director says he’s still developing the project but a recent blockbuster threw a monkey wrench into his idea. “Yeah, we’ve been working on it,” he told Collider. “For me, the only problem with ‘Flash Gordon’ is ‘Guardians ’ kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it.” The filmmaker, whose credits include 2010’s “Kick-Ass” and 2011’s “X-Men: First Class,” said that it’s taking him a bit longer than he. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Update: Matthew Vaughn wanted to make a young Wolverine movie before X-Men: Days of Future Past

22 September 2017 8:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class breathed new life into a franchise in dire need of resuscitation after the fiasco that was Brett Ratner’s X-Men: The Last Stand. By going back to where it all started, Vaughn was able to flesh out the stories of the series’ two cornerstone characters: Charles Xavier and Magneto. What resulted was a very satisfying film that focused a lot on character.

Strangely, after the success of X-Men: First Class, Matthew Vaughn opted out of any further sequels. One of the biggest reasons, of course, is that Bryan Singer wanted to take back control of the franchise. However, speaking to Uproxx, Vaughn reveals another surprising reason:

“The reason I haven’t done sequels in the past is they just weren’t exciting me. And on Days of Future Past, even though I co-wrote the bloody thing, the reason I bailed out of it is two things: First, »

- Jordan Jones

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Kingsman: The Golden Circle – Review

21 September 2017 7:43 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Everything seems to be on track for cinema’s final months of the year. Sure, that demented clown ruled the box office for a couple of weeks, but Ben and Jake are here now with some real “Oscar bait” flicks that will usher in the season of serious film works. Hmm, not so fast. Looks like another comics-inspired franchise is blasting into the multiplex. Now, the Jla and Thor are still many weeks away, but this series is more Bond and Bourne than Marvel and DC. Oh, and it’s from graphic novel/ movie adapter veteran Matthew Vaughn. He injected most welcomed energy to the Marvel mutants with X-men: First Class in 2011, just a year after spicing up that genre with the R-rated Kick-ass. His follow-up in 2014 was the “origin/training” tale of a super-secret (“veddy veddy” hush-hush, you know) organization whose operatives are impeccably dressed, well-mannered gentlemen (think TV’s John Steed… »

- Jim Batts

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