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Forget all the 'X-Men: First Class' casting rumors: What mutants are YOU hoping to see?

x-men-mutantsImage Credit: Marvel EntertainmentThe casting decisions surrounding Fox’s forthcoming blockbuster X-Men: First Class have been coming at us faster than a speeding bullet. (Yes, that is a DC Comics reference. Deal with it.) First there was Professor X. Then Magneto. Then Emma Frost. Then Beast, Banshee, and Havok. It seems like every time I turn around, a new mutant has been cast, and much like Deadpool at the end of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, my head is spinning (Though, still attached). For now, I’m just trying to ignore all the casting rumors. I don’t know who is going to end up in the final movie. I don’t know if Fox is trying to mislead the media and keep their superhero lineup under wraps. All I know is that there are a few X-Men I’m dying to see on the big screen, and I haven’t heard anything about them yet!

DISCLAIMER: The X-Men universe is pretty flexible. READ FULL STORY

'X-Men: First Class': Alice Eve in talks to play the White Queen

emma-frostImage Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images; Marvel EntertainmentX-Men: First Class confuses me. I’m excited for it, of course. (With Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn at the helm, how could you not be?) I guess I’m just more surprised that the movie was greenlit at all. It’s an X-Men movie, but there’s no Wolverine, and the two most important roles have been recast with considerably younger actors. Also, First Class is simultaneously a prequel and a reboot (preboot?). That’s a rough mixture to pull off, though the results can be incredible.

So far, every piece of news has left me dizzy with anticipation. I’m stoked to see James McAvoy play a young Professor X, I know Michael Fassbender will be great as young Magneto, and I like everything that the movie’s four credited screenwriters have worked on. Now, we’ve got some more advance news to add to the pile. According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Heat Vision Blog, She’s Out Of Your League‘s Alice Eve is currently negotiating to star as the White Queen, the blonde British bombshell with a penchant for instigating telepathic melodrama. READ FULL STORY

In shirtless hunk news: New 'Conan the Barbarian' still released

conan-Nu-Boyana-studiosIn the grand tradition of shirtless warriors — see: Brad Pitt (Troy) and Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) — today we add a new hunk to that list: Jason Momoa as Conan the Barbarian 2.0. The founding father of muscle, Governor Schwarzenegger, originated the role in the 1982 film, about a child sold into slavery who must avenge the massacre of his tribe.

This is the first still the studio has released for the film (due out next year), and judging by the long hair, biceps, and steel-cold face, I think Momoa fits the part quite nicely. For those of you less focused on his pecs, what do you think of this first image? Does it fit the bill for you?

Photo: Nu Boyana Studios

'Black Panther' exclusive first look: Djimon Hounsou in Marvel's animated comic

Djimon-HonsouImage Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.comMarvel’s Black Panther widely credited as the first-ever mainstream black comic book superhero — may not yet have his own feature film adaptation, but he is finally getting his own animated series. Black Panther: Who is the Black Panther? will premiere June 23 as a 12-episode weekly “motion comic” series on iTunes, Xbox Live, Microsoft Zune, and the PlayStation Network. Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) voices the title hero, also called T’Challa, the warrior king of the fictional African country of Wakanda, a resource-rich nation threatened with invasion by a cabal led by the assassin known as Klaw. (Because, in comics, why use the letter “C” when “K” is clearly much sexier?) Kerry Washington (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Alfre Woodard (Desperate Housewives), and Carl Lumbly (Alias) also lend their voices to the project, as well as Black Panther’s creator, the inimitable Stan Lee.

After the jump, check out an exclusive first look at the trailer for the series. READ FULL STORY

Joseph Gordon-Levitt turns action hero, Stan Lee searches for real-life 'X-Men' (Excess Hollywood)

  • Hipster hero Joseph Gordon-Levitt ((500) Days of Summer) is in final negotiations to star in action flick Premium Rush, and may star in the thriller Looper. My guess is that Gordon-Levitt will have a tough time getting away from the bad guys though, because it’s really difficult to run in skinny jeans. [THR]
  • Nerdgasm alert: Stan Lee is teaming with the History channel for Stan Lee’s Superhumans, a show that follows the comic book icon as he discovers people whose genetics give them remarkable abilities. That sound you just heard was Sheldon exploding. [THR]
  • Sam Rockwell will play a bar owner in search of aliens in Jon Favreau’s adaptation of Cowboys and Aliens. Well, that’s a step up from expendable crewman No. 6, right? [THR]
  • Can you handle the truth? This one’s pretty easy to take in: Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz will present at the MTV movie awards to promote their summer flick Knight and Day. [People]
  • Motion Picture Corporation of America has acquired rights to a 2004 Vanity Fair article co-written by Hunter S. Thompson. The article focused on a miscarriage of justice, when Lisl Auman was charged with murder and handed a life sentence for a crime she clearly was not present to commit. Johnny Depp, Jack Nicholson, Benicio Del Toro, and Woody Harrelson helped overturn her sentence in 2005. Are they the new League of Extraordinary Gentlemen? [THR]
  • Spike TV is in the midst of developing comedy projects with John Schneider, Danny Masterson, and Denis Leary, who is acting as producer on Rebel League, a show about a team of misfit hockey players. Since the foul-mouthed Leary’s behind it, it really should be called The Mighty F—ks, right?[THR]
  • Speaking of: Alex Holdridge (In Search of a Midnight Kiss) is in talks with Fox Searchlight to direct a rom-com called The F-Word. Mmm…fudge… [L.A. Times]

'Big Bang Theory' recap: Stan Lee meets everyone, but only likes Leonard and Howard. Excelsior!

big-bang-theoryImage Credit: Cliff Lipson/CBSOK, Big Bang theorists, I’ve been waiting pretty much the entire season to trot out this (quasi-)mathematical joke in one of my recaps of The Big Bang Theory, and finally the writers have provided an episode filled with all the right elements to make it worthy of said joke’s (questionable) distinction. [Rolls up sleeves] So here goes (seriously) nothin’: If there was ever a secret formula for a first-rate episode of The Big Bang Theory, it could easily look something like this:

(T-shirt  +  speaker)  x  (Comic book store  +  Stuart)  x  Stan Lee
Sheldon in a plaid suit

Okay, the math doesn’t really compute at all, and I am most certainly teetering precariously into Epic Start Of Recap Fail territory here, but I think y’all gather my point, right? Comic book legend Stan Lee’s visit with the boys and girl of Big Bang was one tightly constructed, laugh-packed, firing-on-all-cylinders episode, easily one of my favorites of the season. There were actually so many things to love about it, that I couldn’t fit them all in the preceding totally ingenious example of mathemati… oh hang it all, let’s just get to all my favorite parts, shall we? READ FULL STORY

Bryan Singer to return to 'X-Men': Will the mutants rise to greatness once again?

And now for some news that will make you drop your coffee mug to the floor in slow motion: Bryan Singer is returning to X-Men!  According to the Hollywood Reporter, Fox has confirmed that the The Usual Suspects director will be back to take on the next installment in the blockbuster series.

This is a smart move. The first two X-Men movies, helmed by Singer, adhered to the golden rule of superhero franchises, namely that the second film will be better than the first. Cleverly, Singer hoped to avoid the other golden rule, that the third film will suck eggs, by hop-skipping from Marvel to DC and making Superman Returns. (But he forgot something key: Returns is meant to follow Richard Donner’s Superman II , a superior super-sequel, making it technically the third film in that series. Nobody but nobody escapes the curse.) READ FULL STORY

Who are decade's highest grossing actors?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest grossing actress of the aughties 2000s I-don’t-know-what-to-call-’ems is Emma Watson. All six of her live-action films this decade just happen to be the six Harry Potter films, which have conjured $5.4 billion worldwide, or roughly $900 million per film. (Guinness actually only measured the first five Potter films, but PopWatch is a full service pop-culture blog. You’re welcome.)

But if you want to know who Guinness believes is Ms. Watson’s male counterpart as the decade’s highest moneymaker, you’re out of luck. For some reason, the famed record keeping crew simply proclaims Samuel L. Jackson as the world’s Highest Grossing Actor, full stop, no time-frame included.

Even if this is true for all time, the idea that Jackson was tops for the last ten years seemed…doubtful to me, so I crunched the numbers, courtesy Box Office Mojo. (We’re full service, I tells ya!) Indeed, thanks in part to the fact that he’s starred in practically every other movie released in the last ten years (okay, more like two dozen films, but that’s still more than two flicks a year), Mr. L. Jackson’s movies (excluding voice-over work) have raked in a most impressive $3.3 billion in global box-office. But that does not make him the decade’s highest grosser — not even close. Johnny Depp — a.k.a. Capt. Jack Sparrow, a.k.a. Willy Wonka, a.k.a. Sweeney Todd, a.k.a. EW’s Best of the Decade cover boy — has pulled in $4.2 billion in box-office doubloons this decade, but he isn’t tops either. Neither is Sir Ian McKellan, even though his work helped The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the X-Men trilogy, and The Da Vinci Code rake in an astronomic $4.8 billion worldwide.

Nope, best I can figure, the highest grossing male actor is…drumroll please… READ FULL STORY

Bryan Singer and 'X-Men': You CAN go home again

Bryan-Singer_lThere’s a German word called schadenfreude, which has no direct translation into English but means something like “taking joy in the misfortune of others.” Now, I’m not saying that’s the Deutch wort that was floating through director Bryan Singer’s head when X-Men: The Last Stand — directed by Brett Ratner, who stepped in after Singer left the X-world he started to make Superman Returns — premiered to scorn from the fan and critical communities, but it’s only human to take a secret joy in getting empirical proof that one is the best at what they do. Especially if what they do is making X-Men movies — and, so we’re all clear, X2: X-Men United is one of the best superhero movies ever made.

So it’s good news that Singer is in talks to return to the world of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), Professor X (Patrick Stewart), and a bunch of other interchangeable young mutants — I say that because Jean Grey and Scott Summers are dead, and you know Halle Berry isn’t coming back for a fourth attempt at giving an Oscar-worthy standing-in-the-background performance. While I wish Singer had gotten to close out the Dark Phoenix storyline in a manner that didn’t suck, I’m curious to see what he takes on. Will it be the next Wolverine flick? The still-simmering Magneto origin story? X-Men 4 — which, one can only hope, would feature the Hellfire Club (because what everyone needs is more superheroes in corsets)?

Does this bode well for the X-Men franchise? Or would new blood be a good thing?

Photo Credit: Everett Collection

'X-Men': Will fans follow Deadpool's new direction?

Deadpool_wolverine_dlI was ecstatic when I heard that some of my favorite mutants were finally going to get some screen time in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, especially Deadpool. However, I was utterly confused (and my fangirl heart was horrified) when Deadpool arrived on screen sans his greatest asset: his wisecracking mouth. So now that there’s a Deadpool spinoff in the works, I’m worried that it’s going to continue on with this tangent, rather than return back to the comic book character’s roots.

Deadpool has always been the most satirical of the X-Men, often making fun of his own stereotypical comic book plotlines and breaking the fourth wall to directly address the readers (which was vaguely alluded to in one of Wolverine’s post-credit scenes). But in the movie, the character who is nicknamed the "Merc with a Mouth"…doesn’t even have a mouth, rendering him speechless. That’s on top of the shiny katana swords that he has attached to his arms — a far cry from the comic book character, whose only powers are regeneration and his personal knowledge of fighting skills. So what will happen in a Deadpool movie? Is seems as if they’re setting that film up to be about the character’s rise as an X-Men supervillian,which is a completely new storyline not in tune with the comic book. I’d muchrather a film based on the original Deadpool — the comical, mentallyinsane assassin whose snide remarks tend to get him into trouble.

Of course, I know I’ll end up watching the movie. I just hope it doesn’t stray so far from thecomics. What about you, PopWatchers? Will you be watching the Deadpool movie if it is not completely true to the original storyline or are you keeping your minds open and your mouths shut until the final product is here?

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