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Act-pocalypse: 15 Awful On-Screen Performances That Ruined Popular X-Men

The late ’90s to early ’00s were an interesting period for superhero films. The Joel Schumacher Batman films still left a bad taste in viewers mouths, but the first Blade movie had brought hope for the future of the genre. Then, at the turn of the millennium, X-Men debuted in theaters and the industry changed almost immediately. For the first time in decades, superheroes were cool again, due in no small part to some of the best casting choices in cinema. Ian McKellen was sinister and sympathetic as Magneto, Patrick Stewart as Professor X made viewers look forward to exposition dumps, and Hugh Jackman as Wolverine remains one of the most inspired acting finds in the history of the industry.

But the unfortunate truth is that, as the franchise has grown, there are more bad X-Men films than good ones and for every actor giving a perfect performance, there’s
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10 Most Wtf Moments of Lifetime's 'A Tale of Two Coreys'

10 Most Wtf Moments of Lifetime's 'A Tale of Two Coreys'
How did it take so long to get a Lifetime movie about the Coreys? A Tale of Two Coreys is a tragic Hollywood rise-and-fall saga: two teen actors who make it big in the Eighties, complete with fire-hazard hair, drugs, groupies and pastel blazers. Corey Haim and Corey Feldman first paired up in the 1986 vampire classic The Lost Boys, and became inseparable BFFs, only to crash hard. In other words, it's a story made to order for a lurid low-budget Lifetime biopic, with a cast full of unknowns. But unlike
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HorrorCon UK announce new May convention guest

Taking place at the Magna Science Adventure Centre in Sheffield, HorrorCon UK is one of the highlights of the UK horror convention calendar. We’ve been to a number of the events since its launch in 2015 and this years event looks to be the greatest yet!

With genre icon Dee Wallace already announced to appear HorrorCon UK organisers have announced the latest guest in attendance this year – none other than actor Billy Wirth (pictured below). Wirth is probably best known for his iconic role, as the long haired biker vampire “Dwayne” in Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys (1987); but Wirth has also appeared in the films Body Snatchers, Boys on the Side, Echoes, Being Flynn, Seven Mummies, Powder Blue, Starlight, as well as popular TV series such as Charmed, Sex & the City, Tales from the Crypt, Chicago P.D. and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

For more info on the event, check out the official website: www.
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The Original Version Of Tim Burton’s Batman Returns Was Very Different

This holiday season, the DC fans among you may have rewatched Batman Returns for the umpteenth time, as the classic Dark Knight movie has become an alternative festive classic for superhero lovers since its release in 1992. However, things could have been very different if the original version had made it to the big screen.

As explained in the video below, the initial screenwriter for the pic was Sam Hamm, who previously penned 1989’s Batman. However, when Warner Bros. were left unhappy with Hamm’s efforts, Burton brought Heathers writer Daniel Waters on board to rewrite Batman Returns. Though there are some elements of Hamm’s script we’d be curious to see, you can mostly understand why WB decided to skip most of it.

Though it retained Penguin (Danny DeVito) and Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer), their villainous plot was very different. In Hamm’s version, Penguin – here named, for some reason,
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Elvis' Granddaughter Wants to Play Poison Ivy in Gotham City Sirens

Elvis' Granddaughter Wants to Play Poison Ivy in Gotham City Sirens
Riley Keough has informally thrown her name onto the list of hopeful actresses that want to play Poison Ivy on the big screen, with the character's next appearance scheduled for Gotham City Sirens. We haven't seen Pamela Isley in a movie since the disastrous Batman and Robin, from Joel Schumacher in 1997, when Uma Thurman took on the character. It's been over 20 years and fans should be able to wipe their collective memory of the campy portrayal. However, Fox's Gotham hasn't had the best track record with Poison Ivy on the small screen, either. That version of the character has gone through four changes since the show began, never finding the correct way to integrate Poison Ivy.

A fan on Twitter asked Elvis' granddaughter who she'd rather play in a movie, with a choice between Poison Ivy and Batgirl. The actress chose Poison Ivy and claimed that the character was her favorite,
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Hugh Jackman Thought X-Men Was Going to Be a Huge Bomb

Hugh Jackman Thought X-Men Was Going to Be a Huge Bomb
The role of Wolverine has made Hugh Jackman world famous, but according to the actor, it didn't originally look that way to some of the actor's friends in Hollywood. Fox has made 10 X-Men movies since then and all have had varying degrees of success. However, the first few movies were huge and Jackman was warned that he should jump ship before the first movie even hit theaters. Thankfully, Hugh Jackman did not take his friend's advice seriously and decided to stay on as the menacing Wolverine, becoming synonymous with the character.

Hugh Jackman recently sat down with Variety to promote The Greatest Showman and revealed that a friend in Hollywood gave him some pretty bad advice before the first X-Men movie made its debut in the theaters. According to Jackman's friend, there were bad things being said about the movie at the time, which may have more to do with director Bryan Singer than anything.
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2 Generations of Fans Debate 'The Last Jedi'

2 Generations of Fans Debate 'The Last Jedi'
[Warning: This story contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi]

The following is a conversation about The Last Jedi held between two friends, one a spry, 30-year-old Millennial, and the other a wizened, but freakishly handsome 38-year-old Gen X kind of a guy. Both men love Star Wars, but in different ways. The main difference between their perspectives comes to some extent from their age differences, but also what emotional connections, and expectations they came to writer/director Rian Johnson's follow-up to The Force Awakens with. There are a lot of spoilers — and some discussion of Joel Schumacher's Batman movies, and the prequels — ahead, so...
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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Team Dug Into Their Hero’s Deepest Fears, from Intimacy to the Joker

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‘The Lego Batman Movie’ Team Dug Into Their Hero’s Deepest Fears, from Intimacy to the Joker
What’s it going to take for “The Lego Batman Movie” to redeem the franchise with an Oscar nomination after “The Lego Movie” was snubbed in 2015? The movie will need to get more respect for its brick animation style, inside-out take on the Caped Crusader, and self-reflexive wit.

Of course, it didn’t help that the Annie voters left “The Lego Batman Movie” off its list of best animated feature nominations on Monday, but there’s still time to coax the Academy into an Oscar nomination. IndieWire critic David Ehrlich passionately argued his case, but nobody gets more animated about “Lego Batman” than director Chris McKay.

What Lego Does Best

“We look for things that other movies can’t do,” McKay said. “That’s our job in making a Lego movie. What story can you only tell with this medium? And I wanted to do an emotional story about Batman
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Get your first look at Brenton Thwaites as Robin in Titans TV series

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Unless you count Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character in The Dark Knight Rises, you'd have to go all the way back to Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin for the last live-action take on the character, which was twenty years ago. Earlier this year, DC announced that it would be launching their own digital streaming service, you know, because everyone needs their own at this... Read More...
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New Mini-Documentary Bites Into the History of The Lost Boys

1987’s The Lost Boys is a classic vampire movie, no two ways around it. When people think of 80’s horror, the Joel Schumacher-directed film often ranks as one of the best that the decade had to offer. But for those of you who thoroughly enjoy the movie, how much do you actually know about it? […]

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‘The Wall’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, John Cena, Laith Nakli | Written by Dwain Worrell | Directed by Doug Liman

Review by Matthew Turner

Director Doug Liman follows up Edge of Tomorrow with this stripped down Iraqi sniper thriller that plays like an Iraq War version of Joel Schumacher’s Phone Booth.

Set in 2007 – at the tail-end of the war, with Bush having declared victory – the film effectively takes place at a single location. When Army Ranger sharpshooter Sgt Shane Matthews (WWE star John Cena) and his spotter, Sgt Allen “Eyes” Isaac (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) arrive at the scene of a distress call, they discover eight bodies (including civilians and their military liaison officers) lying dead near an unfinished pipeline. After observing the area from a distance for the past 24 hours, Matthews believes it is safe and approaches the bodies, only to take a hit from an unseen sniper that leaves him severely wounded.

Isaac rushes to help,
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Bye bye Batman: should Ben Affleck bow out as the caped crusader?

Justice League’s weak box office performance spotlights Affleck’s tricky position – whether to limp on, or join the order of failed dark knights

If there is a “Batman curse” affecting those who have pulled on the cape and cowl on the big screen, it is not always a lasting one. George Clooney recovered from portraying a detested version of Gotham’s dark knight for Joel Schumacher in 1997’s Batman & Robin to become one of Hollywood’s most celebrated actors and film-makers. Christian Bale is rarely out of the awards season spotlight for long, and Michael Keaton is currently experiencing a gilded career revival that has even seen him return to superhero movies.

It would be fair to say, however, that the role can be something of a poisoned chalice. Clooney was perhaps fortunate to recover from the critical drubbing handed to Schumacher’s film (his co-star Chris O’Donnell
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Batman Forever Gets the Honest Trailer Treatment

Batman Forever was an interesting film. I feel like it took almost a complete 180 compared to Tim Burton’s previous Batman films. After two dark, Burton-y Batman movies, Joel Schumacher definitely puts a different spin on the films. The Honest Trailer team over at Screen Junkies is not afraid to point out how ridiculous most of the movie is (why doesn’t Val Kilmer ever close his mouth?!) but maintains (as it should) that it’s still not as bad as Batman and Robin. As Screen Junkies commented:

.Before Justice League comes out this week look back on the Batman movie that changed Batman.....Forever - It’s Batman Forever!.
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Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame

Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame
It’s been nearly a decade since the tragic death of former child actor Brad Renfro. During his too-short career he made over 20 movies, the last one being 2008’s The Informers, where he starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Winona Ryder. The Apt Pupil star was a gifted actor who battled several off-screen demons, which ultimately ended the life of the 25-year-old.

A Star on the Rise

The Knoxville, Tennessee native was only 10-years-old when he was discovered by director Joel Schumacher to play Mark Sway, a young witness in a Mafia case, in his 1994 movie The Client. In the film,
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‘Batman Forever’ Honest Trailer: The Worst Movie You’ve Seen 30 Times

‘Batman Forever’ Honest Trailer: The Worst Movie You’ve Seen 30 Times
Justice League hits theaters this coming weekend, bringing us Ben Affleck‘s take on Batman again as he rounds up the DC Comics superhero team on the big screen for the first time ever. But it was a long road to get here with a couple sizeable speed bumps courtesy of director Joel Schumacher. After Batman […]

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Poll: Who’s Your Favorite Batman Actor?

Poll: Who’s Your Favorite Batman Actor?
When “Justice League” debuts this weekend, Ben Affleck will make his return as the Caped Crusader, which first arrived in 2015’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

And when a new actor dons the pointy-eared cowl, it’s bound to draw comparisons to past Batmans/Bruce Waynes. For many, it’s the late Adam West who set the standard when he starred in ABC’s “Batman” series in the 1960s, embodying the superhero for generations to come.

A couple of decades later came Warner Bros.’ initial “Batman” film series, starring Michael Keaton in the Tim Burton-directed “Batman” and “Batman Returns” in 1989 and 1992, respectively. Val Kilmer took over the role, as the directing reins went to Joel Schumacher, for “Batman Forever” (1995), before George Clooney became Batman for “Batman & Robin” in 1997.

After the first series, a new millennia ushered in a new trilogy. Christian Bale starred in Christopher Nolan’s critically acclaimed movie series comprised of “Batman Begins,” “[link
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10 Things About Heath Ledger's Joker You Never Knew

10 Things About Heath Ledger's Joker You Never Knew
The Dark Knight is widely considered one of the greatest comic book movies ever and regularly ranks toward the top in fan polls about the greatest movies, period. Part of the reverence for the film revolves around the legendary performance of Heath Ledger, who passed away before the release of the film that earned him an Oscar. It's well known that Ledger's commitment to the iconic role was complete down to the way he famously kept a Joker diary while developing the character in isolation. Today, we look through the history of his performance, and investigate ten things that most fans don't know about his role in the movie.

Heath Ledger was the only actor offered the role.

The arrival of Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime was teased at the end of Batman Begins, Christopher Nolan's well-received reboot of the Caped Crusader. Several actors pursued the role. Adrien Brody
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‘Star Wars,’ ‘Carrie’ Editor Paul Hirsch on Working with George Lucas, Brian De Palma

‘Star Wars,’ ‘Carrie’ Editor Paul Hirsch on Working with George Lucas, Brian De Palma
With more than 40 films to his credit, spanning genres from comedy to suspense and sci-fi, Oscar-winning editor Paul Hirsch has much to offer in counsel to younger filmmakers as he visits Camerimage Film Festival for his award for “unique visual sensitivity.”

Having jumped into editing with no formal training on 1970’s “Hi, Mom!” for Brian De Palma, soon leading to work with George Lucas on the first “Star Wars” film – for which he won an Oscar along with Marcia Lucas, and Richard Chew – Hirsch says he’s always focused on rhythm and the structure of music as guiding forces in his work.

“Music and film are the only art forms where time is involved,” he says. “There are rhythms involved in architecture and poetry, of course. And I suppose dance is sort of grafted onto music.”

The graduate of the High School of Music & Art and a native New Yorker has employed his sense of staccato and counterpoint
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10 Things About The Dark Knight You Never Knew

10 Things About The Dark Knight You Never Knew
The Dark Knight is one of the greatest comic book movies of all time, ranked among the popcorn cinema elite in fan polls as one of the best movies ever. The penultimate chapter of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy saw Christian Bale's Batman go up against the Joker, portrayed with haunting villainy by the late Heath Ledger, who won a posthumous Oscar for the role. Ledger's commitment to the character is the stuff of legend. But there were plenty of other cool facts behind the scenes, as well.

Katie Holmes skipped the sequel to make a terrible comedy.

Memento filmmaker Christopher Nolan rescued the World's Greatest Detective from the train wreck of glossy camp that was Joel Schumacher's Batman and Robin with 2005's Batman Begins, a serious minded reboot adored by fans and critics. Katie Holmes co-starred as Bruce Wayne love interest Rachel Dawes, but the Dawson's Creek
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Robert Getchell, 'Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore' Screenwriter, Dies at 81

Robert Getchell, who received Oscar nominations for his screenplays for Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Bound for Glory, has died. He was 81.

Getchell died Oct. 21, according to a funeral home in Monterey, California. No other details of his death were available.

Getchell also co-wrote Mommie Dearest (1981), starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, and John Badham’s Point of No Return (1993), and he did adapted screenplays for Stella (1990), starring Bette Midler; This Boy's Life (1993), starring Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio; and John Grisham's The Client (1994), directed by Joel Schumacher.

Getchell’s first screenplay...
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