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After the failure of Fantastic Four, I imagined 20th Century Fox would’ve thought twice about working on a sequel before their newest comic book adaptation, Deadpool, even opened in theaters. A Deadpool sequel was reported on before opening day, but this time, the studio’s confidence paid off. The comic book character was a huge hit for audiences and critics, having made over $300 million worldwide thus far.

Deadpool 2 will happen, and screenwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick are already discussing it.

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Reynolds and Jackamn

20th Century Fox had a very fine weekend. The studio’s wild card, Deadpool, wildly exceeded box-office expectations. The critical and fan darling has already grossed over $150 million. For a fairly cheap superhero movie — and one the studio wasn’t in a rush to make for a long time — that’s about as fantastic of an opening weekend that the filmmakers could’ve hoped for.

And the studio has another movie coming out soon featuring another one of their heroes. Hugh Jackman stars in Eddie the Eagle, and to promote the film, Reynolds and Jackman got together for a highly informative discussion about the art of acting.

Watch the video below.

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Ryan Reynolds in Safe House

You’ve got to hand it to Ryan Reynolds for sticking around as long as he has. His resume is littered with expensive stinkers that might’ve sunk a less talented or less charismatic actor, from X-Men Origins: Wolverine to Green Lantern to R.I.P.D. But not only has he managed to bounce back each time, he’s hotter than ever this week thanks to the record-breaking success of Deadpool.

So now that Deadpool has put him back at the top of everyone’s most-wanted list, what’s his next move? Apparently, reuniting with some of the folks who made Deadpool happen in the first place. And we’re not just talking for Deadpool 2. He’s joining forces with Deadpool screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese for Life, a sci-fi adventure also starring Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation breakout Rebecca FergusonDaniel Espinosa, who previously worked with Reynolds on Safe House, is directing.  Read More »

deadpool review

If we’re going to be entirely honest with one another, I was kind of dreading Deadpool. I love superhero movies and I have often enjoyed the character of Deadpool in the pages of Marvel comic books, but I had so little faith in any attempt to bring him to the screen. I figured the film would be one joke repeated for two hours, that Wade Wilson was too weird to exist in a movie.

I was wrong and chances are strong that you also know how wrong I was, as the film opened to a record-shattering $135 million at the box office over the weekend. Deadpool is a hoot, a film that coats the typical superhero movie template with a satisfying combination of ultra-violence, immature jokes, and satire. Director Tim Miller has orchestrated a hurricane of a movie – it’s a force of chaos and destruction that leaves nothing standing, but it’s contained and controlled and follows a very direct and purposeful path. That’s easier said than done.

And since you’ve all seen this movie already, it’s time to take a slightly deeper dive into the movie, to break it into a few component parts and take a look at what works and what doesn’t. Spoilers follow, naturally.

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Deadpool red-band trailer

Screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese are feeling good. After years and years of waiting, the screenwriting duo is finally seeing Deadpool reach the big screen. The screenwriters behind Zombieland have been working on the profane, sweet and funny Marvel character for a long time, and not only did the movie get made, it’s also doing well with fans and critics.

So, for a variety of reasons, Wernick and Reese have plenty to be feeling good about.

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criminal trailer

The first trailer for director Ariel Vromen‘s Criminal looks familiar, but in an oddly comforting way. After watching this footage, you can assemble the entire plot of the film in your head, predict every character arc, and call every twist, but it still feels perfectly fine. This is the kind of mid-range, slightly predictable thriller that we need in our lives, a vehicle for good actors to remind your why you like them. If Criminal lives up to its trailer, it will be a perfectly serviceable stepping stone between event movies. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

Plus, it features Ryan Reynolds‘ brain being directly injected into that of Kevin Costner, which is just weird enough to garner your attention for two minutes.

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Deadpool Sequel

After years of waiting, Deadpool is finally opening in theaters, and so far most critics agree the wait was worth it. The Marvel character was once looked upon as an underdog, struggling to get his own movie made, but now the 20th Century Fox project, after plenty of clever marketing, is tracking to open big this weekend. Feeling confident, the studio already has a Deadpool sequel in the works.

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x-force movie

One of the downsides to most of the X-Men movies so far has been the has been the focus on Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. Sure, Jackman’s take on the adamantium-clawed mutant superhero is one of those vital foundational blocks upon which the entire comic book movie genre has been built, but it’s been a little suffocating. With the exception of X-Men: First Class, most of the films in the series have been Wolverine movies that also happen to feature some other X-Men. His solo films have been a little redundant. 20th Century Fox’s insistence on focusing on one character while avoiding the vast X-Men corner of the Marvel universe and its deep, wild bench of characters has been frustrating.

But with Deadpool about to storm the box office gates this weekend, that looks like it’s about change… and Ryan Reynolds is already talking about an X-Force movie, a project that has seemingly been on life support for a few years.

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Deadpool Script

The Deadpool embargo is no longer, and the R-rated 20th Century Fox project has garnered mostly enthusiastic reviews. The film is both a conventional and unconventional superhero movie. When its tropes are familiar, it’s still plenty of fun, but it’s the unexpected sweetness and the honest relationship that makes Deadpool stand out amongst the herd. Tim Miller‘s film finds spectacle in character, not so much massive set pieces.

While I was interviewing Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, it became clear the budget restraints are actually the reason why audiences are seeing a genuine Deadpool movie in theaters this weekend. Read what they had to say below.

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DEADPOOL

It took seven years, thousands of noisy fans, an unusually persistent leading man, and some fortunately leaked footage to get Deadpool from his inauspicious big-screen debut in X-Men Origins: Wolverine to his own solo feature. Based on the marketing, it’s already pretty clear that this latest iteration of the Merc with a Mouth is much more faithful to the spirit of the comics than the last one was. But does that make him worth all the time, money, blood, sweat, and tears that have been poured into this film?

The first Deadpool reviews hit the web over the weekend, and you long-suffering fans can breathe a sigh of relief. While his gleefully profane, unapologetically juvenile sense of humor hasn’t proved to be everyone’s cup of tea, by and large the critics are digging this R-rated take on the superhero genre. We’ll have much, much more to say about the film in the comic days and weeks, but in the meantime, see a Deadpool review roundup after the jump. Read More »