Following a few squabbles between Lionsgate and 20th Century Fox — all of which pertain to the schedule of Jennifer Lawrence — THR says that Matthew Vaughn will begin shooting X-Men: First Class 2 this January. Plans originally called for things to get underway in the fall, but Lionsgate was none too hot on altering Catching Fire‘s schedule for a movie they have, say, zero stake in; something about exercising the option on Lawrence‘s contract came up, Fox balked, and here we are.
With all that backstage arm-flailing over and done with, I’m glad to have some extra confirmation on one of the few superhero movies I hold an interest in seeing. First Class had a lion’s share of issues, sure, but it’s a plenty fun time that, with a sequel, will have its finest aspect — that being Michael Fassbender‘s portrayal of Magneto — get expanded. So, just think of this as a big-budget film that has him playing a mutant. You’ve got to be excited now.
Have you been anticipating a First Class follow-up?
One of the most highly anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festivals was unveiled this morning to a divisive response, Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives. As we said in our review, “set amidst an underground Muay Thai boxing club and glowing with hellish red lights from countless brothels, the mood and style is more [...]
With this year’s Cannes Film Festival halfway done, one of the clear highlights is Coens‘ 1960′s-set folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. Profiling a down on his luck musician (Oscar Isaac), whose natural talent indicates he is destined for success, the film is a vivid portrait of what it means to be a starving artist. In [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, staff writer Danny King, associate editor Nick Newman and I review J.J. Abram‘s new entry in his flagship franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness. Before that, though, we run down our top 3 most-anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, we take a look at the [...]
There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
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