“I think a lot of women and men hate me” because of dating Nicholas Hoult, Jennifer Lawrence says without irony in Vogue UK. More
Topic: X-Men First Class
Considering all the plot holes in X-Men: First Class, Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy are gonna need time travel to make their movie make sense again. More
What do Scarlett Johansson, Liam Hemsworth, and Aaliyah all have in common? Plenty of new parents were obviously reading celebrity sites (maybe even ours!) and watching movies when they decided on what to name their kids. Our favorite guessing game is figuring out which celebrity scandals, cult TV shows, and reality-show children influenced the top baby names of 2011. More
It’s pretty easy to set some clips to “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” — only the greatest song from Disney’s Mulan – and make a moderately funny video. It’s extremely difficult to a) find a movie that actually fits the training song and b) edit the clips so that they actually match the song’s beat. This X-Men: First Class video does both beautifully. More
There is one thing I remember vividly from the early days of X-Men movies. It was a sound byte from John Stamos, who was at the time married to Rebecca Romijn, and it was with regard to Rebecca’s crazy blue Mystique makeup. I’m paraphrasing a bit here– it’s been years since I read that article and I’m not even entirely sure where I found it anymore– but the quote went a little something like this: “You have NO IDEA the places where I keep finding blue makeup on her after she comes home from work.” That quote alone was enough to make me never want to play a character in any kind of film, television, or theatrical pursuit that required heavy makeup or prosthetics EVER IN MY LIFE. Funny, then, that ten years later, another sound byte involving a totally different actress, but still involving the same character would drive that point home as if it had never been made before. Want to see what Jennifer Lawrence had to go through in the makeup chair in order to become Mystique in this summer’s X-Men: First Class? Check this out: More
How did Michael Fassbender in a strappy blue dress and red wig end up on the cutting room floor? More
Shortly after the release of X-Men: First Class, YouTube user TheWarpZone wrote an absolutely hilarious X-Men themed parody of Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.” He also issued a challenge: If the video of him just playing the song on an acoustic guitar in his room got enough views, he’d make a full video for the song. Lo and behold, he has apparently received sufficient viewing figures, because earlier in the week, this glorious piece of work emerged. I don’t know about you guys, but there’s something about a supremely awkward Magneto holding an electric guitar (did you notice that it floated up to him via his amazing magnetic powers?) and surrounded by dancing girls that really does it for me. There’s a lot of in-jokes for fans here, too; a variety of X-Men make appearances, and it’s kind of fun to play Spot-the-Mutant. I found Juggernaut, Gambit, Jubilee, Wolverine, Banshee, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Pyro, Professor X, Mystique, and Jean Grey; did you catch anyone I missed, readers? More
When you think of Hugh Jackman, it’s usually in a big way: He’s a presence on the silver screen, playing growly fighters like Wolverine and dreamy rebels like in Australia. And even though he’s starring in Real Steel this fall, what’s most caught our attention are the brief, unexpected cameos he’s made in two recent movies. More
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Michael Fassbender‘s a pretty big deal these days, eh? What’s that? You don’t know who Michael Fassbender is? Recall: Lt. Archie Hicox from Inglorious Bastards and Magneto from X-Men First Class. Yep, that devastating hunk of a human. Here are five things to know about the 34-year-old actor. More
Zack Stentz agrees with my theory that Magneto and Professor X are secretly in love! Well, sort of. When Alyssa Rosenberg put out an essay painting the X-Men series as a continuing allegory for LGBT rights, at least one commenter fought back, reprimanding her for putting a queer lens on the movie. Then in came Stentz, one of the four writers of X-Men: First Class, who easily corroborated Rosenberg’s viewpoint. More
This is amazing: Upon seeing X-Men: First Class, geek scribe Damon Lindelof tweeted, Emma Frost’s THREE mutant powers: Telepathy, Transformation to Solid Diamond and last but not least, Sucking at Acting. While it’s a great putdown, and we’ve never been January Jones fans, I’m surprised that a Hollywood star who’s not an actor would say something negative about another actor. More
Whereas I might have been the only person to see the love connection going on between The Rock and Vin Diesel in Fast Five, there is so much HoYay* going on between super-best-friends Erik Lensherr and Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class that it’s astonishing that them being lovers isn’t canon. More
This’ll be another week where you see two Fan Service columns, because scheduling kept me from writing this one last week. Part of the fun of a prequel film like X-Men: First Class is the in-jokes that reward viewers for having seen the movies that were released years ago but, chronologically, take place after the prequel. It’s almost like we can see into the future: We know the fates of a lot of the characters profiled, which allows us to better connect with them in the prequel. I won’t be able to get into any more detail without mentioning spoilers, so beware. More