Universal Tell Us All What We Already Know, Monster Movies Have Been Failures

- 11-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Derek Robertson

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As it stands, we have Marvel and Disney making lucrative business with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox have the lucrative X-men to branch out on (recently announced Deadpool movie) and Sony have Spiderman (however, things aren’t looking too hot business wise with that franchise as Venom has been cancelled). So it’s only natural that Universal were planning on expanding their Monster Movie Universe. But here’s the kicker, the past couple of movies have performed rather poorly at the box office. The original monster movies’ are what Universal studios were built on. With the success of movies such as Frankenstein, The Invisiable Man, Dracula and The Mummy that originated from the 1930s, helping Universal become the mammoth studio it is today. However, it seems like Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley has conceded defeat. (more…)

Robocop Scribe Shuffles His Way to Writing ‘Gambit’ Film

- 11-03-14Comics, Film Posted by Jed Harris-Keith

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Whatever else you might want to say about actor Channing Tatum, you have to at least give this to him: The man goes after he wants with the vigor and passion of the X-Men’s favorite staff-wielding rapscallion. In his audition for the role of Gambit, card-throwing mutant and unfortunate Cajun stereotype, Tatum came loaded for bear in full costume, determined to snatch the part faster than you can say, “Clear product of the 1990s.” Already confirmed for an appearance as Gambit in X-Men: Apocalypse, Tatum’s dream of a Gambit solo film is moving forward, with more key pieces of the X-puzzle falling into place, including snagging a high-profile writer. (more…)

Quicksilver Invading Future X-Films, Possibly Even Solo

- 10-23-14Comics, Film, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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If you’re a fan of X-Men: Days of Future Past, then you likely got a kick out of Evan Peters’ portrayal of one of the fastest men alive, Quicksilver. Apparently, he charmed his way into audience’s hearts enough that 20th Century Fox is feeling like he needs more screen time. And while we could all expect him to make at least a cameo appearance in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, it seems as if he may be getting his own solo flick as well. Read on for the juicy details. (more…)

NYCC: Bendis on No New Mutants and Other X-Men Questions

- 10-14-14Comics Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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At New York Comic Con over the weekend, the big Marvel Comics news was that the publisher is cancelling Fantastic Four in the new year, just months before the new FF movie is released in theaters everywhere. Many pundits and fans are taking the move as an “Eff You!” on the part of Marvel Comics to a rival company that owns the license to make movies based on their characters and won’t give it back. The X-Men are in the same boat, so the question was asked at NYCC, or at least one related to the issue of whether or not Marvel likes other people getting to play with their toys. The rumor’s been persistent, so one dedicated fan asked, “Why doesn’t Marvel make any new mutant characters?” (more…)

No New X-Men Characters?!? Aw, Say It Ain’t So, Marvel!

- 10-07-14Comics, Film, Uncategorized, WTF? Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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Yesterday, we reported that the Marvel temper tantrum that resulted in the cancellation of the Fantastic Four comic book series’ was no more than the internet’s best way to avoid blaming itself.  Rather than accepting that low sales killed FF, many fans are blaming Marvel’s decision to pull the plug on the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.  If these fans are to be believed, Marvel is actively trying to sabotage the film’s success by removing any products that they consider advertising for the 20th Century Fox reboot.  This notion seemed completely ridiculous and implausible, considering the fact that Marvel really has nothing to fear from any other studio at this point.  Well, as much as I hate to think it, we just received some news that lends more credibility to rumor. (more…)

Will The Solo ‘Deadpool’ Movie Exist in a 20th Century FOX X-Men Cinematic Universe?

- 10-06-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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When the Deadpool movie test footage leaked last month creating an Internet avalanche of support that prompted FOX executives to do a one hundred and eighty degree reversal and fast track the production by announcing a release date, a lot of fans wondered how it would fit into the rest of FOX’s Marvel properties, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. Now Simon Kinberg, the man with a three-year deal to oversee the future of the X-men and Fantastic Four movies has weighed in on the future of Deadpool. (more…)

Rogue Fans Are in for a Treat, Sugah! The Southern Belle Will Get Her Due Next Summer

- 09-26-14Comics, Film Posted by Jed Harris-Keith

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While I loved watching this summer’s X-Men: Days of Future Past, I felt like I had been, in part, been  robbed. The aggressive marketing campaign would lead viewers to believe that all of the characters  featured in the posters, on the magazine covers, and even the dollar store toys and novelty cups would  have at least some bit of screen time. Most of us knew going into the film that the reality was that with  a film with so many X-folks, the bigger guns—Xavier, Magneto, that clawed fellar—would capture more  screen time than the little fish like Blink and Bishop. However, with the release date of Days on Blu-ray  and DVD just next month, it looks like Rogue and the other X-Men who got the short shrift will get their  due in an extended version of the film next summer. (more…)

Bryan Singer Confirmed as ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ Director–Writer Simon Kinberg Spills Plot Deets

- 09-22-14Comics, Film Posted by James Daniels

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Bryan Singer–director of X-Men, X2, and X-Men: Days of Future Past–has at last been confirmed by 20th Century Fox as director of the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse.

This announcement (reported originally by Deadline) will come as a real surprise to precisely no one, as Singer has been attached to the project since it was first announced, but legal troubles reportedly caused the studio to have second thoughts about hiring Singer to helm his 4th X-Men flick. More after the jump: (more…)

Success! The Leaked Test Footage Proved to Fox that ‘Deadpool’ was Viable

- 09-22-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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There’s been a lot of movement on the Deadpool movie in the last couple of weeks. After years of waiting, and wanting, Twentieth Century Fox finally announced last week that the “Merc with the Mouth” was not only greenlighted for his own solo adventure, but it’s also got a release date set in just one and a half years time. To what do we owe this sudden interest in a big screen Deadpool? Well, one could point out the test footage that was released this past summer, and the excitement it generated with fans, as the primary cause, but can it really be that simple?  Actually, it can. And Rob Liefeld says it is. (more…)

‘X-Men: Apocalypse’ To Film In Spring 2015

- 09-04-14Comics, Film Posted by Rush Urbalejo

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X-Men: Days of Future Past was one of the most enjoyable superhero movies this year and in a landscape that pits pretty much any superhero movie against Marvel Studios, that’s saying something. Right before the release of the movie, the superhero franchise was tarnished a bit by allegations that the man behind the lens, Bryan Singer, had abused a minor years ago. Now that the suit has been dropped, 20th Century Fox is ready to get moving on their next entry in the rejuvenated X-Men franchise, and it looks like filming will begin in April of 2015. (more…)