Posts Tagged ‘x-men: first class’

Today’s Links: James Bond Has A New Q, Men In Black 3, The Lizard, Angelina Jolie Interview and More

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Today's LinksA collection of links from across the web that may be film, TV and or entertainment related.

  • Ben Whishaw is the new Q in the James Bond film Skyfall. [thr]
  • The first Men In Black III teaser poster spotted. [image]
  • Watch a red-band clip from Young Adult. [traileraddict]
  • Riddick secures new financing and resumes production. [tmz]
  • Design for the Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man seen on Pez Dispenser. [cbm]
  • Tom Hanks to star in WWII Hitler drama In The Gardern of Beasts. [thr]
  • Fox wants Matthew Vaughn back to direct the sequel to X-Men: First Class. [shh]
  • Michael Chiklis, Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, and Common team up for thriller Pawn. [deadline]

The Angelina Jolie 60 Minutes Interview, watch it below:

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Box Office Report: Not So Bright Weekend For New Releases

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

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Green Lantern with all its bad reviews and word of mouth had a three day opening of just $52.6M.  Should be interesting to see if Warner Brothers tries to spin that one.  Jonah Hex memories?  Me thinks so.  On the other hand, Batman Begins debuted with $48.7M, that was with great critical response yet no 3D ticket prices.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins earned $18.2M, on par with Jim Carrey’s latest efforts [see].  Super 8, last weekend’s number one film dropped to second place holding onto it’s audience.

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Box Office Report: The Secret’s Out, Super 8 Takes It

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

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Super 8 took the top spot this weekend with an estimated $37M to push the X-Men to second place with $25M just a day or so away from crossing the $100M mark.  To me Super 8 should have done better, especially with the crazy push the studio gave it over the last week.  It was also one of the best of year according to my review.

1. Super 8 – $37M
2. X-Men: First Class – $25M ($98.8M)
3. Hangover Part II – $18.5M ($216.5M)
4. Kung Fu Panda 2 – $16.6M ($126.9M)
5. Pirates 4 – $10.8M ($208M)
6. Bridesmaids – $10M ($123.9M)
7. Judy Moody – $6.2M ($6.2M)
8. Midnight in Paris – $6M ($14.2M)
9. Thor – $2.3 ($173.6M)
10. Fast Five – $1.7M ($205)

[MORE: Box Office Mojo, The-Numbers]

X-Men is still moving slower than the previous mutant films, but as I said last week, this film was a much harder sell and should merit a sequel when all is said and done.  The Hangover Part II broke the $200 million mark on Friday and soon after became the top-grossing film of 2011.  Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris expanded into 944 locations and still holds in the top 10.

Next weekend, Green Lantern…anyone heard of it?

Box Office Report: A First Class Top Spot

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

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A lot of people are going to compare X-Men First Class’s performance to earlier films in the franchise (which you can do below as well) but I don’t think that would be a fair comparison.

X-Men: First Class was never a guaranteed hit, a lesser known cast, no Wolverine and let’s face it, audiences are stupid and having a film set in the 60′s today just turns them off.  The previous two X-Men films (that were hated for the most part by critics and moviegoers) were X-Men Origins: Wolverine and X-Men: The Last Stand are also a reason for people to be turned off.  This is the best reviewed X-Men since X2, that’s something isn’t it?

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1. X-Men: First Class – $56M
2. Hangover Part II – $32.4M ($186.8M)
3. Kung Fu Panda 2 – $24.3M ($100.4M)
4. Pirates 4 – $18M ($190.2M)
5. Bridesmaids – $12.1M ($107.2M)
6. Thor – $4.2M ($169M)
7. Fast Five – $3.2M ($202M)
8. Midnight in Paris – $2.9M ($6.9M)
9. Jumping the Broom – $865K ($35.9M)
10. Something Borrowed – $835K    ($36.6M)

[MORE: Box Office Mojo, The-Numbers]

For those Fast Five fans, FF passed the $200M mark in the US,  the first film of 2011 to do so.  Next weekend we see director JJ Abrams  Super 8, I will have a review up ASAP.

Cut To The Chase: X-Men: First Class (2011)

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

A quick review of X-Men: First Class

Cut To The Chase Reviews from The City of Films are spoiler free ‘Reviews Abridged For Your Pleasure’. Quick, concise, and sometimes entertaining opinions on the go!

X-Men: First Class is the definitive follow up to the original X-Men film released 11 years ago. With superb action and fast paced storytelling the 2 hours and 20 minutes that this flick runs will fly right by. Centered around the origins of Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr’s (Magneto) discovery of their mutant powers, they are pitted together against a common foe.

Taking place during the Cold War era, X-Men: First Class offers a dark and dramatic mood, while at the same time appearing lighthearted and filled with comic relief at moments. It does not shy away from telling the ugly side of some of Marvel’s most favorite antagonists and protagonists in a time when the whole world was on edge. Beyond the main cast that we are all aware of from the trailers for this movie, there are several mutants from Marvel lore who pop up throughout the film; sorry no Juggernaut. (Link has semi NSFW language oddly enough) Which turn out to be good tributes to previous incarnations of X-Men, both from the comics and from the small and big screen.

While there are a few moments of dialogue that may have you cringe, and some awkward split screen camera shots straight out of an old school 80′s montage, X-Men: First Class is a hit. By and large when you compare this to all of the other super hero movies coming out these days whose names are not Batman, this one is a good origin story and the pace was fantastic. For die hard fans, for casual film fans, First Class will help wash away the train wreck of a memory that was X-Men: The Last Stand.

Score: 4/5

Update, a fun music video for my fellow mutants.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8JjKTcpfj8&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

A funny X-Men: First Class comic brought to you by Penny Arcade.

The CoF Weekend Preview: Pretending X-Men Last Stand Didn’t Happen

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

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Welcome to The CoF Weekend Preview where we take a look at what’s going on this weekend in entertainment. Check back Sunday night for the Box Office Report and return Monday for The City Strip.  Don’t forget to check out the CoF Summer Movie Guide 2011 for what else is coming soon to theaters. And Here We…Go!

X-Men: First ClassIMDBRT (87%)

Ryan will have a review up tomorrow, and I have a feeling it’s going to be a positive one.  I hope so anyways, so we can all be happy with a great X-Men trilogy (X-Men, X2 and First Class).  What’s The Last Stand?  I SAW NOTHING!  Anyways, having some of the best reviews of the year should help its case and could possibly take the box office top spot away from The Hangover II.  See the trailer we posted here.

Submarine (limited release) – IMDBRT (91%)

I’d like to bring attention to this film because it not only looks like a great coming of age story, but it was also written and directed by Richard Ayoade, who plays Moss on The IT Crowd.  The IT Crowd is a comedy from the UK that isn’t for everyone, it’s a great blend of typical comedy and fresh ideas and situations, I recommend it.  Oh yes, Submarine, one of the best-reviewed movies of the year and it includes Paddy Considine, sold.  Trailer here.

AND SUCH:

Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO, Friday) – Bill and his roundtable guest include Shaun Donova, Adam McKay, Larry King, Melissa Harris-Perry and Rick Lazio.

MTV Movie Awards (MTV, Sunday) — Jason Sudeikis is hosting, so it might be good.

The City of Films Summer Movie Guide 2011

Friday, May 6th, 2011

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The 2011 Summer Movie Season is on and The City of Films has put together a guide to the must-see movies including a record number of sequels, highly anticipated blockbusters and lesser known movies. Grab a cold one as we take a look at this summer’s hot releases.  Note: Dates are subject to change – COF will keep it updated.

Theatrical Trailer: ‘X-Men First Class’, More Kevin Bacon

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

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I can’t help but admire the work that has gone into making X-Men First Class a ‘classy’ looking movie.  This trailer shows off a lot of great looking action and expands more on the story.  Director Matthew Vaughn‘s X-Men First Class will look at he rise of  Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender), also known as leaders Professor X and Magneto.  The first trailer we posted is worth a watch too.

The movie hits us June 3 and thanks to Yahoo Movies for the trailer.

Synopsis: X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

Trailer: X-Men: First Class

Thursday, February 10th, 2011
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X-Men: First Class, directed by Matthew Vaughn (kick-Ass), is a prequel to the first three movies.  Set during the 1960s, it will focus on the relationship between Professor X (James McAvoy) and Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the origin of their groups, the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants.   X-Men: First Class is scheduled for release on June 3, 2011.  We have the first logo/poster to view and the first trailer below.

Synopsis: X-Men: First Class charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga, and reveals a secret history of famous global events. Before mutants had revealed themselves to the world, and before Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Not archenemies, they were instead at first the closest of friends, working together with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to prevent nuclear Armageddon. In the process, a grave rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.

I enjoyed the first two X-Men films; I thought the third film fell apart quickly and never recovered.  I didn’t see Wolverine but it also looked like a mess, something made by people who had no idea what they were dealing with and what they could do.  Hopefully Darren Aronofsky’s The Wolverine can resurrect the best of the X-Men characters and others can put away the notion of making a spin-off for everyone.  The trailer below does a good job at calming down fears that we wouldn’t see a lot of action from the mutants.  Leave your thoughts in the comments.