James McAvoy

When Bryan Singer’s X-Men opened twenty years ago, few expected a mid-budget superhero team-up to spawn two direct sequels, spin-offs, a reboot, and three sequels to the reboot (not to mention re-energizing the superhero genre), but it did, but like all good things – or all things in general – it had to come to an end, but nothing then or now said it had to end with a flaccid, turgid, ultimately pointless entry like the much-delayed, less-than-anticipated Dark Phoenix. A second go-round in bringing Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s classic comic-book storyline to the big screen – Dark Phoenix drops the “mutant cure” storyline that undermined and ultimately neutered Brett Ratner’s -Men: The Last Stand thirteen years ago – replacing it with a woefully underwritten, under-motivated central arc, Jean Grey’s transformation from troubled mutant with telekinetic and psychokinetic powers, to a rage-filled superpowered, near godlike super-mutant, but repeatedly fails to make her – and by extension, Dark Phoenix: the Movie – intrinsically or organically compelling, let alone passably watchable. Another missed opportunity, another misfire isn’t how nostalgia-prone X-fans wanted to see the series end before the Disney Industrial Complex folds the X-Men into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but that’s what Dark Phoenix delivers. (more…)

It’s been 17 years since M. Night Shyamalan‘s Unbreakable quietly began building a cult following. The under the radar superhero movie is a classic look at the origins of both the hero and the villain with Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson delivering stellar performances as David Dunn and Elijah Price/Mr. Glass. Shyamalan did it again with James McAvoy in Split which connects with Unbreakable… opps… spoiler warning. You can check out Shyamalan’s twitter announcement below. (more…)

Now this looks interesting. Charlize Theron is kicking ass in this Red Band Trailer for Atomic Blonde. Not only is she dishing out the beatings, but taking quite the beating herself. There’s no acrobatics and wrapping her thighs around some guys neck to flip him, no, she is just punching and kneeing and kicking the crap out of the bad guys as she takes what they can dish out and then gives it back with a vengeance. Check out the red band trailer below. (more…)


After a brief struggle in the middle of the franchise, 20th Century Fox has really regained their stride with the X-Men movies. Later this month, the third movie in what could be thought of as a prequel trilogy (consisting of X-Men: First ClassX-Men: Days of Future Past, and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse) will be released. These prequels have explored the history of the X-Men through the 60’s and 70’s and this newest movie is appropriately set in the 80’s. Throughout these movies, many questions have been answered to explain the state in which we find the heroes at the beginning of the first X-Men, but one big question remains to rankle the curiosity lobes of cinematic X-Men universe historians: How did Charles Xavier go bald? Well, a newly released featurette shows how it happens (in the real world, anyway) as James McAvoy shaves his own head with Patrick Stewart watching on via Facetime with director Bryan Singer. Enjoy.



Bryan Singer‘s latest crack at bringing Marvel’s mutants to the big screen, X-Men: Apocalypse, has its first official trailer making the Internet rounds today and there is a hell of a lot to look at. Hardcore fans might still be having issues with Apocalypse’s look, but you can’t argue that Singer is making him as big a threat as he ever was in the comics. Take a look. (more…)


20th Century Fox has released the first trailer for director Paul McGuigan‘s (Lucky Number Slevin, Push) retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic tale of mad science and monsters, Victor Frankenstein. James McAvoy plays Victor along with Daniel Radcliffe as Igor. Now this time around Igor isn’t the hunchbacked creepy guy, in fact he is Igor Strausman, the equally brilliant scientific protegé of Frankenstein. Check out the first trailer after the jump. (more…)


Producer Simon Kinberg, tweeted this photo today featuring Pop Music Mega Star Taylor Swift hanging out with X-Men: Apocalypse stars James McAvoy (Professor X) and Sophie Turner (Jean Grey). Look at McAvoy’s head shine, he must have just touched up that chrome dome with a razor that morning. Now this could just be an on set visit from a celebrity X-Men fan, but could this be something much more? (more…)


We all know that Olivia Munn is playing Psylocke in the upcoming mutant movie X-Men: Apocalypse, but what are some of the distinguishing things about that particular X-Woman? Well, she’s got telepathic powers complete with a “thought knife” she can use to directly invade the thoughts in your head. She’s an expert martial artist. Her brother is Captain Britain. And, perhaps most strangely, she’s an English woman trapped in an Asian woman’s body. Psylocke, AKA: Elizabeth Braddock, does have another trait that sets her apart from the pack, a certain follicle affectation that immediately makes her noticeable as the X-Men’s tertiary telepathic character. So know that it begs the question, what is Olivia Munn hiding under that hood. (more…)


The X-Men may be mutants, but they do have a number of human allies, and their biggest one is Moira MacTaggert. Moira has appeared in two of the X-Men movies so far, played by Olivia Williams in X-Men: The Last Stand, and then played by Rose Byrne in X-Men: First Class. Moira had to sit out Days of Future Past, but it’s been revealed that she’ll be back for more mutant adventures in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. In other news, Apocalypse screenwriter Simon Kinberg confirmed that this coming X-Men movie would be the final chapter of the storyline started in First Class, which makes the presence of Moira all the more important, and insightful, as we look towards the next film. (more…)