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July 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The characters of “X Men,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar” could be singing and dancing their way across the Broadway stage.  That's because 20th Century Fox has joined forces with Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum (“Rent”), film producer John Davis (“Predator”) and Crossroads Media's Tom McGrath to turn the studio's films into staged productions on the Great White Way. McGrath will run the daily operations of the new venture. Over the next four years, the foursome will dip into Fox's deep well of movie titles and develop at least nine musicals based upon the studio's films.
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April 16, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Hugh Jackman's clawed hero Wolverine has the unenviable task of traveling back in time to try to save the world in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and the final trailer finds him following in the grand movie tradition of assembling his team. His first recruit in the film, which unites the casts of the original "X-Men" trilogy with the 1960s-set prequel "X-Men: First Class," is none other than a young Professor Xavier (James McAvoy). As the trailer makes clear, the telepathic professor and his school for mutants have both seen better days.
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May 20, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jennifer Lawrence returns as Mystique in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and she's got a costumed photo to prove it. Director Bryan Singer is bringing new meaning to the phrase "behind the scenes," using social media to pique fan interest for his next film in the comic book franchise, due in theaters July 18, 2014. He's already showcased Halle Berry as weather-manipulating mutant Storm and shared teaser photos and videos of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan on the set. But now he seems to be targeting the new generation of fanboys and fangirls by bringing Lawrence into the mix. "First look: #JenniferLawrence as a vengeful #Mystique.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin
The characters of “X Men,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “Avatar” could be singing and dancing their way across the Broadway stage.  That's because 20th Century Fox has joined forces with Tony-winning producer Kevin McCollum (“Rent”), film producer John Davis (“Predator”) and Crossroads Media's Tom McGrath to turn the studio's films into staged productions on the Great White Way. McGrath will run the daily operations of the new venture. Over the next four years, the foursome will dip into Fox's deep well of movie titles and develop at least nine musicals based upon the studio's films.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2011
'X-Men: First Class' MPAA rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes Playing: In general release
ENTERTAINMENT
March 16, 2008
"IRON MAN" looks great ["A Hero Complex," March 9]. Marvel Studios looks like a winner. But Geoff Boucher overlooked the single biggest reason for Marvel's rebirth in Hollywood: the highly rated, 1992-97 TV show, "X-Men: The Animated Series." For 30 years Marvel Comics had had no luck translating its "serious" vision to film or television. Networks and studios didn't get it, or it was dumbed down. Then Fox Kids TV executives Margaret Loesch and Sidney Iwanter pushed through and supervised the first series that respected the creations of Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and their colleagues.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 2011 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It would take a brain far more telepathically powerful than that of Professor X to untangle what went wrong with "X-Men: First Class," but misplaced and misplayed ambition, to say nothing of a massive misspent budget, comes to my nonmutant mind. The latest edition of the sprawling action-comic-fantasy epic takes us back to the future with moments of greatness. But those flashes of amazing are fleeting, ultimately undone by a frustrating mire of multiple plots, overreaching special effects, leaden ancillary players and world-ending military standoffs that have all the tension of a water balloon fight.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2001 | From Bloomberg News
Saying that Marvel Enterprises Inc. is sponging off the success of last year's "X-Men" movie with a thinly disguised copycat, News Corp.'s 20th Century Fox sued to stop production of Marvel's planned "Mutant X" television show. In turn, Marvel filed suit against Fox in federal court in Manhattan on Tuesday, just 13 minutes after Fox filed its complaint. In its suit, the comic book publisher and toy maker says "Mutant X" is "totally different" from the X-Men.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2009 | Associated Press
Fox News columnist Roger Friedman is out after posting a review of a leaked full-length work print of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." Fox News said Monday that the company's representatives and Friedman "mutually agreed to part ways immediately." Friedman had contributed to FoxNews.com for 10 years. He wrote in his Fox 411 column Thursday that downloading the 20th Century Fox superhero prequel was "so much easier than going out in the rain" and that the movie "exceeds expectations at every turn."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2000 | ROBERT W. WELKOS
Fox overestimated by $3 million on Sunday, but when final box-office figures came in Monday, "X-Men" had grossed $54.5 million. Had the initial numbers held, "X-Men" would have had the fourth-biggest three-day opening of any film, but the new numbers place it in sixth place in that department. Meanwhile, the overall box office is 5.8% ahead of last year at this time.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 20, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Jennifer Lawrence returns as Mystique in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," and she's got a costumed photo to prove it. Director Bryan Singer is bringing new meaning to the phrase "behind the scenes," using social media to pique fan interest for his next film in the comic book franchise, due in theaters July 18, 2014. He's already showcased Halle Berry as weather-manipulating mutant Storm and shared teaser photos and videos of Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellan on the set. But now he seems to be targeting the new generation of fanboys and fangirls by bringing Lawrence into the mix. "First look: #JenniferLawrence as a vengeful #Mystique.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
For those of us up late at night concerned about Halle Berry's high-risk pregnancy at age 46, fear not. It appears that the pregnancy, at the very least, will not affect her role in the upcoming "X-Men" film. As if that makes anything any better. Director Bryan Singer teased fans with Berry's return to the franchise in a tweeted photo of the Oscar-winning actress smiling in her all-black costume. Berry confirmed her appearance in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" on "The Tonight Show" in March, and she'll reprise her role as the weather-manipulating mutant Storm.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 29, 2012 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Plans for "X-Men: Days of Future Past" continue to be unveiled as director Bryan Singer's follow-up to "X-Men: First Class" takes shape. The latest news? Hugh Jackman could join the film as Wolverine. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Jackman is in talks to reunite with Singer on the new film. This follows the announcement earlier this week that Patrick Stewart would be returning as Professor X and Ian McKellen would be back as Magneto. Both Stewart and McKellen sat out the previous "X-Men" installment, "First Class," and Jackman made only a cameo appearance.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2011 | By Mark Olsen
In the Chinese import "Magic to Win," a bumbling university professor is also secretly a wizard of water, one of a select group whose powers also extend to gold, wood, fire and earth. It's awkward enough when he accidentally transfers his abilities to an unwitting coed, but then another wizard (evil, of course) arrives looking to harness the power of all five elements. At times "Magic to Win" flirts with being a playful "X-Men" story that just stays at the Academy for Weird Teenagers, sort of a Superhero Valley High that mixes light teen melodrama with explosions and flying what-nots, some demographic mutant created to appeal to girls and boys in equal measure for maximum furtive movie-theater hand-holding opportunities.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2011 | By Noel Murray, Special to the Los Angeles Times
X-Men: First Class 20th Century Fox, $29.98; Blu-ray, $39.99 The X-Men franchise gets a stylish reboot with "X-Men: First Class," which jumps back to 1962 to explore the friendship between a young professor Charles Xavier and Erik "Magneto" Lehnsherr as they work together and train mutants under the auspices of a skeptical federal government. Director Matthew Vaughn and a team of producers and screenwriters aim for a retro spy-movie cool, only with costumed, superpowered heroes and villains.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 5, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
In a surprise move, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has chosen Brett Ratner, director of such popcorn films as "Rush Hour" and "X-Men: The Last Stand," to produce the 2012 Oscar telecast along with veteran producer Don Mischer, academy President Tom Sherak announced Thursday. The 42-year-old Ratner's youthful movies often do well at the box office but are panned by critics. He produced the R-rated summer comedy "Horrible Bosses" and will see his next directorial effort, the Ben Stiller film "Tower Heist," hit theaters in November.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
For those of us up late at night concerned about Halle Berry's high-risk pregnancy at age 46, fear not. It appears that the pregnancy, at the very least, will not affect her role in the upcoming "X-Men" film. As if that makes anything any better. Director Bryan Singer teased fans with Berry's return to the franchise in a tweeted photo of the Oscar-winning actress smiling in her all-black costume. Berry confirmed her appearance in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" on "The Tonight Show" in March, and she'll reprise her role as the weather-manipulating mutant Storm.
NEWS
March 24, 2010 | By BY GEOFF BOUCHER
Those first moments in "X-Men" -- the Auschwitz scene is not from any of the comics -- set the film apart from Hollywood convention and opened the door to a new era of fanboy cinema, which has since dominated the box office and elevated San Diego's Comic-Con International into something resembling a Cannes for capes. "The opening, it really was a declaration of intent," said producer Lauren Shuler Donner. "It said to the audience, 'This is a serious film, grounded in the realistic and the historic and somewhat dark.
BUSINESS
July 29, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Comic book publisher Marvel Worldwide Inc. has won a federal court ruling in a dispute over the rights to such popular characters as the Fantastic Four, X-Men, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk. The heirs of comic book artist Jack Kirby had sought to assert their rights to the characters in 2009, shortly after the Walt Disney Co. announced it would acquire Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion. Kirby's estate wanted control over the characters they said he created from 1958 to 1963, under a provision of copyright law that allows creators to revoke rights granted to corporations after a certain number of years.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2011 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Of all the superhero films to fly into theaters so far this summer, "Green Lantern" wielded the least power over moviegoers in its opening weekend. The 3-D film starring Ryan Reynolds as the popular DC Comics character opened to $52.7 million in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, according to an estimate from its distributor, Warner Bros. That figure fell below even the studio's modest expectations of $55 million, as well as industry projections, which indicated the film would make up to $65 million upon its debut.
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