next x-men movie

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of the X-Men movie series getting its second wind. While X-Men: Apocalypse was a critical and financial disappointment, Deadpool proved that there was still plenty of life in the mutant superhero world. Logan looks like it will prove this further when it opens in a few weeks (the early reviews have been mostly raves). And that’s before we even talk about FX’s Legion series, which has been very intriguing so far. Audiences have made themselves clear: they love the X-Men, especially when they’re delivering something off the beaten path…which means it’s time for the core series to get with the program and try something different.

And is Simon Kinberg, a veteran writer and producer with a long history of working on the X-Men movies, the guy for the job? According to the latest rumors hitting the internet, he’s lining up to direct the next X-Men movie.

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Woody Allen's next movie

Another period piece is coming our way from writer-director Woody Allen. We know little about his latest movie, titled Wonder Wheel, which is typical of Allen’s movies. Rarely are character and plot details shared early on. But we do know his latest film stars Justin Timberlake, Kate Winslet, and Juno Temple and it takes place in the 1950s.

Below, check out the first photo from Woody Allen’s next movie.

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doctor strange visual effects

In an age where most superhero movies are guilty of ending with giant portals opening in the sky and cities being completely obliterated, you’ve got to hand it to Doctor Strange: its climactic action scene puts a fine and clever twist on the “giant sky portal, city completely obliterated” formula. A new reel showing off how Industrial Light and Magic brought this sequence to life has arrived online and it’s very cool…and loaded with shots from the film’s final 20 minutes. So if you missed Doctor Strange in theaters, be wary of spoilers.

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Stephen King Castle Rock Series

After plowing through several of his novels and short story collections, all Stephen King readers eventually come to a realization: all of his stories take place in the same universe. Well, more specifically, a multiverse. Some stories take place in the same town, while others take place in alternate dimensions. Characters from disparate stories cross paths. People with the same names appear in different places and die different deaths, suggesting alternate realities and timelines. All of this chaos orbits the Dark Tower series of novels, which tie King’s massive bibliography together in one intentionally untidy package. You can read the King oeuvre for the genre chills or you can read it to find those secret and not-so-secret connections.

And considering everyone’s obsession with “shared universes” these days, Hulu’s upcoming Castle Rock series was inevitable. We’ve already seen a trailer, but thanks to a new press release, we now know more about what this show will offer. Specifically, it will be the first onscreen Stephen King project to acknowledge that all these stories take place in the same realm.

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black mirror season 4

When we were assembling our list of favorite moments of 2016, it was decided late in the process to exclude television and focus solely on movies. The decision was made to keep the list manageable, but it also meant we didn’t get a chance to pay tribute to the third season of the science fiction anthology series Black Mirror, which contains my absolute favorite piece of pop culture anything to come out of last year: the episode “San Junipero.” While the season had its ups and down, those highs were remarkably, deliciously high. Nothing abuses my soul quite like the pitch-black world of Black Mirror and it always leaves me begging for more.

So it’s only natural that director John Hillcoat, a man whose filmography is built entirely on movies where nasty and awful things happen to just about everyone unfortunate enough to enter the frame, has reportedly signed on to direct an episode of the upcoming fourth season. He’ll fit right in.

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Ramsay Bolton (Iwan Rheon) in Game of Thrones

Marvel’s Inhumans TV series has found the first member of its royal family in the far-off lands of Westeros. Iwan Rheon, last seen inspiring a thousand thinkpieces as sadistic Ramsay Bolton on Game of Thrones, will be joining the ABC drama set to debut this fall. Click through for more details, including which character he’s playing.  Read More »

Supreme Leader Snoke in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Star Wars: the Force Awakens introduced Supreme Leader Snoke to Star Wars canon, and over a year later, we still don’t know much about this mysterious figure. The new book Star Wars Aftermath: Empire’s End might give us some new information on the inexplicable power behind the First Order. Hit the jump to learn more about how Empire’s End may reveal Snoke’s origins.

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Rogue One - Grand Moff Tarkin - Visual Effects

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • It looks like we now know when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will hit Blu-ray and DVD.
  • Cinefex dedicates their next cover story of Rogue One‘s digitally recreated Tarkin…
  • …as ILM releases a video showing off their process in creating him.
  • A new rumor claims to know who Benicio del Toro is playing in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
  • Lupita Nyong’o talks about Star Wars secrecy.
  • The cover of the next issue of the Poe Dameron comic teases new (but familiar) Star Wars ships.
  • And more!

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van helsing reboot

Universal’s last Van Helsing movie didn’t do any favors for the monster hunter’s name, but the stench of that misfire is now long gone. While director Stephen Sommers made Helsing’s world largely ridiculous and low on scares, screenwriters Jon Spaihts (Passengers) and Eric Heisserer (Arrival) are interested in grounding the character. As Heisserer recently put it, he wants to make Van Helsing someone with no extraordinary powers saving the day in a story that’s “as scary as possible.”

Below, read what else the Academy Award nominated screenwriter had to say about the new Van Helsing movie.

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han solo cast photo
Disney and Lucasfilm have released the first photo of the cast of their upcoming Star Wars stand-alone movie starring a young Han Solo, celebrating the start of filming on February 20th, 2017 at Pinewood Studios in London. Hit the jump to see the first Han Solo movie photo, which features the cast on board the Millennium Falcon, ready to take off and begin filming this epic adventure.
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