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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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Madam Secretary: A Daily Conversation with Sam Daly.

The legendary actor Sir Ian McKellen once said “Acting is a very personal process. It has to do with expressing your own personality, and discovering the character you’re playing through your own experience.”. Madam Secretary star Sam Daly puts a bit of himself in every character he plays in his 14-year career. I had the honour of interviewing him via telephone to pick his brain. That and find out about Win Barrington’s possible return to the show as well as his upcoming film projects. “Both of my parents are actors, so it was like second nature to me,” Daly said. “

Madam Secretary: A Daily Conversation with Sam Daly.
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‘Family Guy’ To Air First-Ever Extended Episode In March; Amanda Seyfried To Guest Star Later In Season – TCA

Updated with more news: Fox said today that it will air a first-ever extended-length Family Guy episode in the spring that will feature limited commercial interruptions. Details of the March 11 episode, titled “Send in Stewie, Please,” were unveiled today during Fox’s executive session on Day 1 of the TCA winter press tour in Pasadena. In the episode, Stewie gets sent to the office of his school's child psychologist, Dr. Cecil Pritchfield (Ian McKellen), after pushing one…
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Amazon's Just Add Magic: Season 2B Trailer Threatens to Undo Everything

For a show called Just Add Magic, there’s an awful lot of subtraction going on in the Amazon original’s latest trailer.

TVLine has an exclusive first look at the back half of the supernatural drama’s second season, which presents its main trio of spell-casting chefs — Kelly (played by Olivia Sanabia), Darbie (Abby Donnelly), and Hannah (Aubrey Miller) — with a mysterious new enemy who threatens to literally erase the magic from their lives.

Solving the mystery of their new foe requires the girls to go undercover, at which point they discover that they’re in more danger than they ever realized.
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Kate Beckinsale to Star in Amazon's Globe-Trotting Thriller The Widow

Kate Beckinsale to Star in Amazon's Globe-Trotting Thriller The Widow
Kate Beckinsale should check to make sure her passport is up-to-date for 2018.

The actress has signed on to star in The Widow, a globe-spanning drama series for Amazon, TVLine has learned. She’ll play Georgia Wells, who — as the title indicates — has lost her husband and is now living in seclusion. But when Georgia spots her supposedly dead husband alive and well on the news, she sets out to find out what really happened to him — a quest that takes her from the UK to the depths of the African Congo.

Harry and Jack Williams, who co-created the acclaimed Starz drama The Missing,
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The Gifted Season 1 Episode 11 Review: 3 X 1

The Gifted is back to wrap up its first season after the major events on the winter finale last month. 

The Gifted Season 1 Episode 11 focuses heavily on the Cuckoos sisters as the underground mutants have to decide whether or not to work with them.

Did anyone else get more pissed over Dreamer's death on The Gifted Season 1 Episode 10 after watching "3 X 1"? Because I sure did!

Don't get me wrong, the death was necessary to show stakes. But it also made this premiere incredibly emotionally charged. 

But at least the show did take some time to give the character a solid send-off. The sequences of the two funerals at the same time were refreshing as we see it from the POVs of the heroes and villains.

Speaking of villains, let's discuss the Cuckoos sisters....sigh. I always get a little nervous whenever a show introduces twins, triplets or even clones.

In this case,
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A Year To Forget: Will Greatness Elude Michael Fassbender?

Tom Jolliffe on a year to forget for Michael Fassbender, which leaves him at a potential career crossroads…

For years, Michael Fassbender proved a live-wire. An actor of fierce intensity, devotion and depth, unafraid to put himself into the most extreme roles. Whether it was Hunger or Shame, he bared everything (in every sense of the word). To many, the introduction to Fassbender would have come with a memorable role in Quentin Tarantino’s, Inglourious Basterds. To more mainstream audiences, he’s the young Magneto. To many an aficionado it seemed something of a travesty that this actor had never received recognition from the Academy before finally receiving his first nomination as supporting actor in 12 Years a Slave (which came in 2014). Two years ago he received another nomination for his portrayal of Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle’s acclaimed biopic.

Those years of intense independent character pieces, paved the
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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was originally going to set up a Gaston spinoff

In the wake of the box office success of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which grossed $1.264 billion earlier this year, Disney executive Sean Bailey revealed that while a sequel had been ruled out, the studio would be exploring “possible spinoff and prequel scenarios”.

Well, it seems the original plan was for the live-action movie to set up one such sequel, as revealed by screenwriter Evan Spiliotopoulos during a conversation with The Wrap:

“The idea was not that he died in the end, but the enchantress would come and he would be cursed as the new beast… [he would] run off into the world as the new beast, whether to be redeemed or come back as a villain.”

According to Spiliotopoulos, Disney made an “eleventh hour” decision to go with the traditional ending, seemingly putting an end to those particular spinoff plans.

See Also: Idris Elba auditioned to play Gaston in Disney
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The Cinematic 12 Days of Christmas

Matt Rodgers on the Cinematic 12 Days of Christmas…

Tis the season, you know the one, no matter your own belief system you’re going to be exposed to seasonal songs being pumped into your every waking hour by supermarkets, cinemas, and family members.

Here at Flickering Myth we’re not going to be a pre-ghosted Ebenezer Scrooge, we’re going to embrace the festivities like a skipping, dancing, Muppet carrying Michael Caine, by skewing one of the most beloved Christmas songs into a cinema themed run down. Ladies and gentlemen, here are the 12 Days of Christmas, movie style.

12 Drummers Drumming

There’s only one obvious place to go for the first selection of our Christmas congregation, and it’s not the Nick Cannon percussion classic Drumline. Instead we’ve opted for the Damien Chazelle film that should have won all the Oscars; Whiplash.

Memorable for the one it did pick
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Lord of the Rings: Sir Ian McKellen Wants to Play Gandalf in the Amazon TV Series

Ian McKellen wants to play Gandalf again. The Wrap reports the Lord of the Rings star is interested in reprising the role for Amazon's new TV series.As reported earlier, Amazon has ordered a TV series based on the Lord of the Rings books by J.R.R. Tolkien. McKellen played Gandalf the wizard in Peter Jackson's Oscar-winning film trilogy based on the fantasy novels.Read More…
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Films of the year: Logan

Juliette Harrisson Dec 27, 2017

In eighth place in our top ten films of the year countdown? That'd be Logan...

Films of the year 2017: Logan (8th place)

Spoilers for Logan lie ahead...

2017 was a great year for comic book movies – Thor: Ragnarok made the end of the world hilarious, Wonder Woman was great and finally put to bed the idea that bad films are bad because women are leading them, Spiderman: Homecoming proved that apparently we did want to go see yet another incarnation of Spidey, and Justice League... was a film that came out. However, one film stood out even in such an exciting crowd as a truly brilliant piece of film-making based on a comic book – the latest instalment in Fox’s X-Men universe, Logan.

It would be very easy to draw up a simple list of reasons that Logan is so good. It’s dark, it’s gritty,
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Unfinished Business? The Best and Worst of Deus Ex Machina

Deus ex machina. Translated simply as ‘god from the machine’, it’s a plot device used by storytellers whereby a seemingly unsolvable problem is overcome by the intervention of a new event, character, object or act. The history of entertainment is littered with these, which can often be controversial and is often seen as an underwhelming way for a writer to resolve an issue.

The term’s origins are Greek and were originally penned to describe its use in plays, where characters would quite literally be lowered from above or lifted from below the stage by a machine. They were used regularly in Greek mythology and have been ever since.

Indeed, Shakespeare regularly employed deus ex machina in his plays, most famously in As You Like It. Draped in a spoiler warning, let’s take a look at some of the most famous examples in cinema.

Shaun of the Dead
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'Lord of the Rings': Could Ian McKellen Reprise Gandalf for Amazon?

Ian McKellen's days playing Gandalf may not be over.

As Amazon Studios plots a TV series based on Lord of the Rings, the actor behind the 7,000-year-old character indicated in a new radio interview that he would be open to reprising his role from the Peter Jackson features.

"I haven't been asked," McKellen told British host Graham Norton when asked whether he'd been approached for the role of Gandalf in the planned two-season Lord of the Rings TV series.

McKellen, who played the wizard in all three Lord of the Rings features as well as prequel The Hobbit, seemed...
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‘Shape of Water’ And ‘It’ Snubbed As Oscars Reveals Makeup And Hairstyling Shortlist

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the seven finalists for the Makeup and Hairstyling Oscar and there were some surprising omissions. Left off the list were “It,” “Logan,” Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” “The Post,” “Blade Runner: 2049” and “Beauty and the Beast,” among others. The biggest snub of all, however, has to be Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water.”

Guillermo del Toro says Richard Jenkins’ “Shape of Water” character written for Ian McKellen [Interview]

The Best Picture contender is expected to compete with “Dunkirk” for the most nominations for a single picture and to many this category was a given.

Continue reading ‘Shape of Water’ And ‘It’ Snubbed As Oscars Reveals Makeup And Hairstyling Shortlist at The Playlist.
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If Gandalf Returns for That ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series, Ian McKellen Wants In

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Amazon made headlines when they dished out a ridiculous amount of money to snag the rights to a Lord of the Rings TV series, and Ian McKellen wouldn’t mind getting a little cut of that action. The actor, who played the wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings trilogy (and also those bad Hobbit films) suggested that […]

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Ian McKellen Says Women In The Early ’60s Would Offer Sex To Directors For Work

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Sir Ian McKellen alleged that early in his career, some women were not beyond sleeping their way to the top. “The Hobbit” actor said as such while visiting Oxford Union to discuss the sexual assault and sexual harassment accusations sweeping Hollywood. Related: Ian McKellen Wants To Reprise Role As Gandalf “People must be called out and […]
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Lord of the Rings: Sir Ian McKellen Hints at Reprising Gandalf for Amazon Series

Lord of the Rings: Sir Ian McKellen Hints at Reprising Gandalf for Amazon Series
Amazon shall not pass… on bringing Sir Ian McKellen to its Lord of the Rings series.

McKellen, who portrayed wizard Gandalf in the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, recently hinted that he’d like to reprise the role for Amazon’s forthcoming adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s novels.

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In a radio interview with McKellen, British host Graham Norton asked the actor if he finds it “annoying that there’s going to be another Gandalf in town,” prompting McKellen to ask, “What do you mean, ‘another Gandalf’?”

Upon being
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Sir Ian McKellen Interested in Playing Gandalf in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series

Recently, Sir Ian McKellen was interviewed on a BBC Radio 2 show where he was asked about whether it would irritate him to see someone else play the role of Gandalf on Amazon’s new Lord of the Rings series. Instead of saying either “Yes” or “No,” McKellen answered, “What do you mean, another Gandalf?” A response that brought a lot of joy to a lot of people out there who remember his performance from The Lord of the Rings movies with fondness. Granted, McKellen followed up by stating that he hasn’t been asked about reprising his role as Gandalf before

Sir Ian McKellen Interested in Playing Gandalf in Amazon’s Lord of the Rings Series
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Ian McKellen Hints at Possible Gandalf Reprise in Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series

Ian McKellen Hints at Possible Gandalf Reprise in Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Series
Ian McKellen has dropped a strong hint that he would like to reprise his role as Gandalf in Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” series, stepping back into the shoes of the wizard he immortalized in the film adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy epic.

The star was asked about the prospect of “there being another Gandalf in town” in the mega-bucks TV series. Speaking to Graham Norton on his BBC Radio show, McKellen replied: “What do you mean another Gandalf?” He added: “I haven’t said yes because I haven’t been asked, but are you suggesting someone else is going to play it? Who would be suitable?”

McKellen, who played Gandalf in the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” movies, went on to say that at 78 he was still young for the role. “Gandalf is over 7,000 years old, so I’m not too old,” he told Norton.

Amazon has made
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Ian McKellen seems downright insulted by the idea of someone else playing Gandalf

Ian McKellen isn’t the only person to ever play Gandalf (and we defy anyone but the most dedicated Ralph Bakshi fan to name his voice actor in that animated movie), but he certainly made the role his own—and not just because he played that particular wizard in six movies and five video games. Now, though, with Amazon…

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