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The top 10 Michael Fassbender performances

The top 10 Michael Fassbender performances. By Simon Miraudo. With Michael Fassbender starring in what seems like eight or nine new releases each week, we thought it might be time to offer an early career retrospective on the 35-year-old Irishman. In the half-decade since he first broke into film, the Fass has emerged as one […]

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The top 10 prequels

The top 10 prequels. By Simon Miraudo. We know what you’re thinking: “There are 10 good prequels?!” To answer that question, we say, “Barely.” It was a bit of a slog putting together this week’s selection of features, but that was the task we set ourselves in honour of the cinema release of Ridley Scott‘s […]

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Aaron Johnson, Chloe Moretz, and Nicolas Cage in talks for Kick-Ass 2

We’ve trained ourselves to not believe a word that comes out of Kick-Ass author Mark Millar’s mouth, so you can imagine our surprise when Deadline revealed a sequel to his 2010 superhero flick was indeed in the works. Aaron Johnson and Chloe Moretz are currently finalising deals with Universal Pictures to appear in the second instalment as […]

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Kick-Ass 2 shooting this year?

That headline should be taken with not just a grain of salt, but perhaps an entire refinery. Comic author Mark Millar told Scotland’s Daily Record a sequel to Kick-Ass would begin shooting in the American summer. This would indeed be impressive, considering there are no stars attached, no screenplay, no director, and no formal announcement from studio Lionsgate. […]

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Matthew Vaughn to direct X-Men: First Class sequel

20th Century Fox has closed a deal with X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn to helm the sequel to their hit superhero reboot, Deadline reports. The announcement comes off the back of the news of Fox production president Emma Watts’ having her contract extended until 2015. As previously reported, Simon Kinberg will pen the untitled […]

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X-Men: First Class sequel in the works

20th Century Fox has recruited a screenwriter to begin work on a sequel to their hit reboot X-Men: First Class. Superhero Hype reports Simon Kinberg, who co-wrote First Class and X3: The Last Stand, will pen the flick. There has been no further confirmation regarding the return of director Matthew Vaughn or stars James McAvoy, […]

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‘The Fassbender’ wanted for Robocop reboot

There is nary a project out there in which X-Men: First Class‘ Michael Fassbender isn’t wanted for the lead role (and that won’t likely change after the release of Steve McQueen’s Shame, for which Fass is courting plenty of Oscar buzz). Brazilian director José Padilha (Elite Squad) spoke about his desire to score Fassbender (or […]

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See Michael Fassbender’s Magneto in drag

In our review of X-Men: First Class, we applauded the ultra-handsome Michael Fassebender not for his performance as Magneto (although he is very good), but rather for his ability to wear turtleneck sweaters. Sadly, as we have discovered from a newly released deleted scene, his gift of clotheshorsery does not extend to pulling off blue […]

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The 2011 Half-Year Report Card

The 2011 Half-Year Report Card. By Simon Miraudo. It’s that time again; when we all ask one another with the same vocal intonation, ‘Can you buh-lieve it’s July already?!’ (The trick is to squeak your voice on the final syllable.) Yep, 2011 is halfway over, and as the blockbuster season tapers away to make way […]

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Second rate – X-Men: First Class review

X-Men: First Class – Starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. Directed by Matthew Vaughn. Rated M. By Simon Miraudo. With The Dark Knight, we got the first great Batman movie. With Spiderman 2, we got the first great Spiderman movie. We’re still waiting for the first great X-Men movie. Although the mutant Marvel […]

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Trailer Debut: X-Men First Class

The feature trailer for X-Men First Class has debuted online, featuring new glimpses at the young mutants as well as some action sequences from the Matthew Vaughn directed reboot. So, a few noteworthy things here: 1) Nicholas Hoult (Beast) doesn’t have the best American accent in the world, but we already knew that. 2) Jennifer […]

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New X-Men First Class posters are crotchtastic!

Ah, Photoshop. The tool that gives amateur designers enough confidence to superimpose the head of Michael Fassbender over a silhouette of his own crotch, and convince a movie studio that it is worth releasing as a poster. Here are the new teaser posters for X-Men First Class. There’s really nothing else to say. X-Men First […]

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Vaughn to recruit Eastwood, Nicholson and Beatty as old superheroes?

Adjust your spectacles, adhere those dentures and ready your walking frames. Writer/director/producer Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class) has the elderly in his sights. Vaughn has told Deadline London that a major Hollywood studio has shown interest in his next project, The Golden Age, about a retirement home for old superheroes. Based on an unpublished […]

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Trailer Debut: X-Men First Class

Remember that time when mutant superheroes prevented the Cuban Missile Crisis? No?! Fear not; if the trailer is any indication, Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class will act as the preeminent text on the topic. Yes, the long-awaited teaser for the 1960’s-set series reboot has debuted online, offering us a glimpse of young Professor X (James […]

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>X-Men: First Class: More pics of Magneto and Xavier

>Yesterday we posted the first official pictures from X-Men: First Class, Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming reboot of the Marvel comic saga. The director kindly sent Slashfilm a few more pictures; this time highlighting Michael Fassbender in his Magneto gear, and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier. As you can see, Fassbender’s outfit is a little more lo-fi […]

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>First look at X-Men: First Class

>The L.A. Times’ Hero Complex blog has given us our first official look at Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming superhero prequel X-Men: First Class, featuring Michael Fassbender as Magneto and James McAvoy as Charles Xavier. X-Men: First Class takes place in the 1960s, and follows many of our favourite X-people in their younger years. Among the new […]

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Kick Ass 2 is happening, says wild exaggerator.

Mark Millar has built a reputation for himself as one of the entertainment industry’s least reliable sources of information. Therefore, we take his declaration on BBC Radio that Kick Ass 2 has been greenlit with a pinch of salt. Millar is, of course, the creator of the Kick Ass comic, and a pathological exaggerator (lest […]

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January Jones joins X-Men: First Class

The casting announcements for Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class keep on coming. According to THR, Mad Men‘s January Jones has signed on to play the telepathic Emma Frost. Alice Eve had been circling the role for some time, but it looks like she missed out! Jones joins (extra deep breath) Michael Fassbender as Magneto, Nicholas […]

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Rose Byrne and Oliver Platt join X-Men: First Class

The cast of Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class seems to be growing exponentially. Australia’s own Rose Byrne and character actor Oliver Platt have signed up to star in the heavily anticipated prequel to the blockbuster X-Men franchise. According to THR, Byrne will star as Moira MacTaggert, a scientist and the love interest of Professor Charles […]

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Inception gives X-Men: First Class script the kick

X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has scrapped a significant chunk of his upcoming film’s script in the wake of Inception‘s release. Vaughn told the L.A. Times that he and co-writer Jane Goldman had intended on featuring similar dreamy action-sequences as those in Christopher Nolan‘s mind-bending blockbuster. “I saw ‘Inception,’ which I loved…But my heart […]

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Nicholas Hoult is young Beast in X-Men: First Class

Sorry Taylor Lautner! Deadline are reporting that About A Boy star Nicholas Hoult has been cast as Beast in Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming X-Men: First Class. He is now the fourth major actor from the U.K. to score a role in the production. And he may not be the last if those rumours of Aaron Johnson […]

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Fox considered Taylor Lautner for X-Men: First Class

Breathe a sigh of relief fanboys. If Fox had their way, First Class would be a lot more shirtless. We’ve been following rather closely the casting of Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men prequel First Class. We already know that James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Alice Eve have joined the cast (as Professor X, Magneto and Emma Frost […]

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The Rundown: June 28 – July 2

Which lucky young actor was cast as the new Spider-Man? Why are all the new horror movie trailers particularly unscary? And how come Hollywood keeps casting those pesky Brits in all the plum roles?! Find out the answers to all these questions and more in this week’s Rundown! So, what did we learn this week? […]

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Alice Eve joins X-Men: First Class?

Alice Eve, the wonderful British actress who played the titular “she” in She’s Out of My League and the offensively objectified nanny in Sex and the City 2, is reportedly in talks to star as Emma Frost in X-Men: First Class. According to Mike Fleming at Deadline, Eve is negotiating with Fox to play the […]

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Michael Fassbender is Young Magneto

Michael Fassbender has cast the die and accepted the role of Erik Lensherr (a.k.a. Magneto) in Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men: First Class. Showbiz 411 have confirmed that Fassbender picked the role over that of the lead-villain in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Previously: Michael Fassbender is, without a doubt, one of the best and most exciting actors […]

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‘Basterd’ Fassbender considering roles in Spider-Man; X-Men

Michael Fassbender is, without a doubt, one of the best and most exciting actors working today. He blew us away in Steve McQueen‘s Hunger and Andrea Arnold‘s Fish Tank, and became the all-time most badass on-screen movie critic in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglourious Basterds. He’s now being courted by two major studios for starring roles in […]

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James McAvoy cast as Professor X in X-Men: First Class

James McAvoy has signed on to play a young Professor Xavier in Matthew Vaughn‘s upcoming X-Men: First Class. Professor Xavier was portrayed by Patrick Stewart in the first three X-Men films. He also appeared briefly in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Of course, seeing as X-Men: First Class takes place much earlier than any of these other […]

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Kick Ass director to helm X-Men: First Class

Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, Layer Cake) is reportedly in negotiations to direct X-Men: First Class for Fox Studios. UPDATE (May 5): It’s been confirmed! Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class will open June 3, 2011. Now, back to the story! Entertainment Weekly revealed last week that Vaughn was being courted by Fox to direct the long-gestating film, […]

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