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Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver sign up for paranormal activity. Hot Hollywood Trend: Psychics!

Sigourney-De-NiroImage Credit: Bob Charlotte/PR Photos; Kevin Winter/Getty ImagesYes, moviegoers, Mr. Taxi Driver is talking to you — WITH HIS MIND. The two-time Oscar-winning actor has signed a deal to play a psychic in the movie Red Lights, directed by red-hot Buried helmer Rodrigo Cortés, Variety reports. The film — which will begin shooting in February — also stars Weaver as a shrink, who will no doubt be all skeptical and wet blanket-y about De Niro’s supernatural flair.

Psychics of all sorts seem to be pretty popular these days. Matt Damon is courting Oscar buzz with his turn as a spectral communicator in Clint Eastwood’s new movie Hereafter, opening tomorrow. Meanwhile, on the telly, Simon Baker plays a former fake psychic who uses his supreme mental powers to help solve crimes on CBS’ The Mentalist. And over on ABC, Kay Panabaker plays a teenaged mind-reader on the superhero family drama No Ordinary Family. Coming next year, my favorite comic book telepath — Professor Charles Xavier, leader of The X-Men — returns to the big screen in director Matthew Vaughn’s franchise prequel reboot (title: X-Men: First Class) starring James McAvoy as the mind-scanning mutant. Why so many psychics right now? It probably has something to do with our deep yearning for blah blah blah during these blah blah blah times. Actually, it’s probably a coincidence or just lazy Hollywood trend chasing. But feel free to overthink this and post an alternative suggestion below.

Read more:
Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon, and tsunamis: Is ‘Hereafter’ too soon or right on time?
‘No Ordinary Family’ recap: Liar, Liar, Secret Identity
James McAvoy signs on to ‘X-Men: First Class’

Ryan Reynolds says Deadpool could beat Wolverine. Who is the ultimate X-Man?

Deadpool-WolverineImage Credit: James Fisher(2)Rough estimates indicate that there are an estimated 547,000 characters who are considered “X-Men.” I am not effing with you. (And that doesn’t count future selves, alternate-reality duplicates, and omniscient trans-universal bird clones.) And X-Men fight each other all the time: because of mind control, because of puberty, or because they just plain don’t like each other. None of the fights are ever particularly decisive — they’re a family, after all — but it still takes some serious mojo for Ryan Reynolds to unilaterally announce that Deadpool could kick Wolverine’s shiny adamantium butt. After all, unless I’m forgetting anything, Deadpool has fought Wolverine in comic books, movies, and television, and always lost. (Although who ever really loses when both characters can heal from decapitation?) Still, Reynolds’ cheerleading can’t help but make you wonder: Which X-Man would stand triumphant in a knock-down drag-out fight?

You may disagree, but I think this comes down to three contenders whose powers are not based on line-of-sight (to counter telepathy): READ FULL STORY

'All-Star Superman' will get animated. Does this mean we're finally done with gritty superheroes?

dark-knight-supermanImage Credit: Stephen Vaughan; DC ComicsThe formula for superhero movies hasn’t really changed that much since Bryan Singer’s X-Men ten years ago. Make it grim and gritty. Remove all primary colors. Tell the actors to scowl. Don’t put anyone in a costume unless you have to. The post-Matrix vogue for bleakly dystopian action movies merged with the post-Frank Miller trend of “realism” in comic books, and the result was Batman’s Alec-Baldwin-with-strep-throat voice.

Friends, there is another way. Look no further than Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s epic All-Star Superman, a miniseries that supercharges all the hokiest elements of an unabashedly hokey character – Bizarro talking funny! Time-traveling Superman from the future! Kryptonite in every color! Jimmy Olsen! – and becomes a funny, sad, world-beating epic. According to The Hollywood Reporter, All-Star Superman is next in line for DC’s well-regarded series of direct-to-DVD animated movies. (Christina Hendricks is voicing Lois Lane, and I’m already sweating.) A DVD-movie intended for kids ain’t exactly a blockbuster, but could we be witnessing the end of the Grim Superhero era? READ FULL STORY

January Jones is the White Queen in 'X-Men: First Class'

Half of the attractive actors in Hollywood have already been cast in X-Men: First Class, next year’s Matthew Vaughn-directed preboot about the salad days of Professor X and Magneto. Now we can add the former Mrs. Draper to the swelling mutant ranks: Mad Men‘s January Jones will play Emma Frost, a.k.a. the White Queen, a.k.a. the mercilessly hot WASP telepath with a preference for skin-baring outfits. (She also occasionally turns into a diamond form, so yes, she would be a high-maintenance girlfriend.) The character was originally a supervillain but later became an endearingly amoral superhero: it’s not clear which way she’s leaning in First Class, but given that Jones’ de facto expression can best be described as “Icy Disregard for Lesser Beings,” I’m expecting the moral compass to point towards Evil, Evil, Evil.

I’m pretty optimistic. READ FULL STORY

Who is the ultimate Sexy Beast? Semifinals begin with Damon from 'Vampire Diaries' vs. Wolverine from 'X-Men'!

Hugh-Ian-sexyImage Credit: (FROM LEFT: Wolverine, Damon) Michael Muller; Bob Mahoney/The CWIf a picture really is worth a thousand words, I should probably just stop typing, right? Yes, folks, we are down to the final four contestants in EW.com’s Sexy Beast single-elimination bracket tournament, and today we throw X-Men‘s Logan/Wolverine into the steel cage against The Vampire Diaries‘ Damon Salvatore, and watch them compete for a coveted spot in the finals.

So stop what you’re doing and click through past the jump to vote for your favorite and to get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. (Eliminated beasts have their names crossed out…so much beautiful carnage!) Plus, you can click here to see the entire 64-player bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view). Polls are open for 72 hours only, so support your candidate in battle, and help him advance to the final showdown! [Related: To get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

Who is the ultimate Sexy Beast? The quarterfinals begin with 'Vampire Diaries,' 'True Blood,' and 'X-Men'

sexy-beast-round-15-aImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Eric, Damon, Logan, Storm) John P. Johnson/HBO; Bob Mahoney/The CW; Michael MullerJon & Kate: Plus 8. Octomom. Eight Is Enough. Eight-Legged Freaks. Jennifer Eight. These are deeply unsexy pop-culture phenomena involving the number eight. But on the flip side, we present to you the quarterfinals of EW.com’s Sexy Beast single-elimination bracket game. We’re confident in saying that never before has the world seen an octet this undeniably attractive. Yes, folks, we’ve got three vampires and two mutants, plus an alien, a werewolf, and a machine left to battle it out for the ultimate title. And your votes will determine the winner.

Today, we’re going to the polls for the first half of the quarterfinal bracket, where a pair of X-Men hotties will duke it out, and a True Blood sensation will face off against a Vampire Diaries antihero. So click through past the jump to vote for your favorites, and to get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. (Eliminated beasts have their names crossed out… because two beasts enter, one beast leaves!) Plus, you can click here to see the entire 64-player bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view). Polls are open for 48 hours only, so support your favorites in battle, because we’re so close, and yet so far, from the finish line! [Related: To get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

EW's Sexy Beast tournament: Round of 16 continues with 'Twilight,' 'X-Men,' 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Buffy,' and more!

sexy-beast-round-14-aImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Damon, Angel, Cameron, Leeloo) Bob Mahoney/The CW; Frank Ockenfels/The WB; Jill Greenberg/FoxThey’re too sexy for this Earth/ Too sexy to wear shirts/ So sexy it hurts/They’re not human, if you know what we mean/ As they do their little turn on the catwalk…

Okay, okay, we’ll stop with the Right Said Fred homage! As long as you promise to participate in EW.com’s Sexy Beast single-elimination bracket tournament. Yes folks, our roster of 64 players has been cut in half, then cut in half again, and the second portion of our Sweet Sixteen battles includes players from The Vampire Diaries, Buffy/Angel, The Fifth Element, Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles, X-Men, Charmed, Twilight, and Interview With the Vampire. So click through past the jump to vote for your favorites in a quartet of smoldering showdowns, and to get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. (Eliminated beasts have their names crossed out… because two beasts enter, one beast leaves!) Plus, you can click here to see the entire 64-player bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view). Polls are open for 48 hours only, so support your favorites in battle, lest they fail to make the quarterfinals! [Related: Voting is still open for the first half of the Sweet 16 here; To get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

Who is the ultimate Sexy Beast? Our Top 16 begins with 'True Blood,' 'Twilight,' 'Underworld,' 'V,' 'Doctor Who,' and more!

sexy-beast-round-13-bImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Storm, Grendel's Mother, Selene, Edward) Nels Israelson; Kimberley French; Paramount ; Egon EndrenyAccording to the philosopher Miley Cyrus, “It’s always gonna be an uphill battle/ Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose.” But Miley Cyrus is a mere human, and therefore does not speak the same language as the combatants in EW.com’s Sexy Beast single-elimination bracket tournament. Yes folks, our roster of 64 players has been cut in half, then cut in half again, and the first of our Sweet Sixteen battles include players from True Blood, V, Doctor Who, X-Men, Beowulf, Twilight, and Underworld. And for the first time in Sexy Beast history, we’ve got lady beasts facing gentlemen beasts! So click through past the jump to vote for your favorites in a quartet of bodacious bouts, and to get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. (Eliminated beasts have their names crossed out: Let’s have a moment of sexy silence for ‘em now!) Plus, you can click here to see the entire 64-player bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view). Polls are open for 48 hours only, so support your favorites in battle, lest they be relegated to a prison where Miley Cyrus music is on repeat loop! [Related: To get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

Help elect the ultimate Sexy Beast: Vote in our final set of Top 32 matchups!

sexy-beast-round-12-aImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Man in Black, Angel, Seven of Nine, Cameron) Mario Perez/ABC; Frank Ockenfels/The WB; Jill Greenberg/Fox; Everett CollectionRelease the Kraken! Wait, on second thought, don’t: He’s not sexy enough! That’s right, only the hottest of the hot are invited to participate in EW.com’s Sexy Beast single-elimination tournament, and temperatures continue to rise as we approach our Sweet 16 round. Today’s final set of Top 32 showdowns includes characters from Angel, Lost, Star Trek: Voyager, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Twilight, and Underworld, and it’ll be especially tough for fans of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, who’ll have to choose between two fetching franchise players. So click through past the jump to vote for your favorites in a quartet of delectable duels, and to get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. (Eliminated beasts have their names crossed out: May they rest in sexiness!) Plus, you can click here to see the entire 64-player bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view). Polls are open for 48 hours only, so support your favorites in battle, lest they get locked away…with the Kraken! [Related: Polls are still open from Monday's matchups (including a down-to-the-wire battle between Neytiri and Leeloo; To get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

Sexy Beast showdown: Round 2 begins with 'Twilight,' 'X-Men,' 'True Blood,' and more!

sexy-beast-round-9-aImage Credit: (CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Eric, Alcide, Anna, Number Six) John P. Johnson/HBO (2); Justin Stephens/SyFy; Bob D'Amico/ABCThings are starting to get ugly in EW.com’s Sexy Beasts summer showdown! Yes, folks, as we enter round 2 of our single-elimination tournament, we’re pitting characters from True Blood, X-Men, and Twilight against their own franchise teammates, and just so our alien buddies don’t feel left out, we’ve matched up a Battlestar Galactica babe against a hot little number from V. From this round of 32, only 16 will advance to Round 3. So click here to see the entire 64-player bracket (then click again on the image for a zoomed-in view) and after the jump, vote for your favorites in four bodacious battles, plus get a look at lists of the 16 seeded players (and the actors who portray ‘em) in all four of our beastly divisions. Polls are open for 60 hours only, so support your favorites in battle, lest they meet a hideous fate! [Related: Check out Round 1 polls from Day 6; Day 7; and Day 8; and to get updates on every Sexy Beast bracket, follow me on Twitter @EWMichaelSlezak!] READ FULL STORY

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