April 11, 2001 |
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.
July 24, 2000 |
For we longtime comic book fans, there has been no villain quite as cruel or canny as Hollywood. Every few years, movie moguls (they even sound like super villains, don't they?) pluck their next story line from a beloved comic book and promise silver screen magic. What they usually deliver is heartbreak and a lump of box office kryptonite. "The Punisher," "Howard the Duck," "Swamp Thing," "Judge Dredd" . . . the list goes on and on.
July 18, 2000 |
It's one of those classic Hollywood ironies: A movie chief gets fired, and, bam, his next release is a smash hit. Sure, Bill Mechanic had his share of wrong bets during his nearly seven-year tenure as head of 20th Century Fox, including the recent costly animated flop "Titan A.E." But, as with other studio honchos who were fired and left lucrative movie franchises in their wake, Fox has Mechanic to thank for its latest: "X-Men."
July 17, 2000 |
The great turnaround of summer 2000 continued over the weekend with the most X-cellent debut of 20th Century Fox's "X-Men," starring Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen. The mutant heroes leaped to life with an estimated $57.5 million on 3,025 screens, beating the most optimistic predictions by a mile to become the biggest July opening ever, according to box-office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations. Despite mixed reviews, the lure of the well-known title drew viewers of all ages to the multiplex.
July 14, 2000 |
To be a teenager is to feel different, misunderstood, perhaps even a bit of a mutant. It was the gift of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the creators of the Marvel comic decades ago, to realize with "X-Men" that conflicted twentysomething and teenage superheroes would tap into that universal "I don't belong" feeling and raise it to another level.
July 13, 2000 |
Ryan Zacchio can hardly contain his excitement when he talks about the X-Men. The 15-year-old Huntington, N.Y., resident gushes when he describes the Marvel Comics world of Professor Charles Xavier and his band of good mutants, who fight to protect the humans who shun them. He can't help but grin when imagining what it will be like seeing the ferocious Wolverine, with his miraculous healing powers and lethal admantium claws, come to life Friday in "X-Men."