"X-Men: First Class" Gets a "Kick-Ass" Director and a Release Date! 


20th Century Fox has confirmed that "Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn will be helming "X-Men: First Class." The studio has also announced that the comic book adaptation will be released on June 3, 2011. Bryan Singer, the guy who gave us the first two "X-Men" films, conceptualized "First Class" but must leave production to direct "Jack the Giant Killer." He's still attached to co-produce with Lauren Shuler Donner and Simon Kinberg.

Ashley Miller and Zack Stents, the scriptwriters of Marvel Studios' "Thor," are doing rewrites on the script, and production is set to start this summer. No official word on the cast yet, or whether Patrick Stewart will return as Professor Charles Xavier or Hugh Jackman will reprise his role as Wolverine. But, our friends at ComingSoon.net has posted the logline:

"X-Men: First Class, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men."

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JJ Abrams' Mystery Film is a Secret, Until "Iron Man 2" Opens This Friday 


So apparently, a film called "Super 8" will be attached to the "Iron Man 2" screenings starting Friday. JJ Abrams' name is attached to "Super 8," but he did not direct the film according to HitFlix. Instead, this is a sequel or a prequel to "Cloverfield" and it tells the story of a group of teenagers from the 70s or 80s who are shooting a movie using a Super 8 camera (Did you have one of those, I did, and they're fantastic! And since it's a Super 8 camera, I'll assume that it's a bunch of 70s kids, the 80s kids will have their bulky camcorder). So when the kids get their film developed, they noticed an image of an alien in the film, tan dan dan...

Oooooh....sounds fantastic and intriguing, I'll watch "Iron Man 2" again this weekend just for the "Super 8" trailer! :happy

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Get Ready for "Die Hard 5" 


"Live Free or Die Hard" made $378 million worldwide, so it's no surprise that Fox wants another "Die Hard" film and they want it now, The Hollywood Reporter exclusively learned.

Screenwriter Skip Woods ("X-Men Origins: Wolverine," the upcoming "The A-Team") is in negotiations to write the new "Die Hard" script. Yes, Bruce Willis aka John McClane is returning to utter the words, "Yipee Ka-Yay Motherf......" one more time.

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Ho-Hum..."Nightmare on Elm Street" to get a 3D Sequel 


Yay or nay? Are you excited that "Nightmare on Elm Street" is getting a sequel in 3D no less, or are you tired of New Line butchering the Freddy Krueger you grew up with? I'm with the Team Nay, but I thought you'd like to hear that Freddy Krueger, the 2010 version, will get a 3D sequel.

After all, the remake made $32.2 million during its first weekend, I'm not surprised that "Nightmare" is getting a sequel.

Now tell a better story next time will ya, my lovely New Line folks?

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Twihards -- Director Bill Condon Wants You to Love Him! Read His Open Letter to You! 


Last week, we told you about Summit Entertainment hiring Bill Condon to direct the final chapter of the famous vampire franchise, "Twilight." I was excited that Condon will add gravitas to "Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn."

But apparently, Condon felt that he needed to make a plea to Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob, and Team Switzerland (I'm not making that up!). The Academy Award-winning writer wrote a self-deprecating but oddly sentimental and truly entertaining letter to Twihards, Twifans, and so on...

He took to Facebook to state his case, but gosh darn it, no musical numbers? Argh :happy

Greetings Twihards, Twifans, Twilight Moms, Team Edward, Team Jacob and Team Switzerland,

I just want to say hello to all of you and let you know that I'm stoked to be getting underway on the adventure of making BREAKING DAWN. As you've probably heard, I've been given a very warm welcome by Stephenie and Team Summit - who are super-focused, as you know, on getting these movies right.

I'm pretty busy bringing myself up to speed on what you already know by heart: I've read BREAKING DAWN twice, rewatched Catherine's and Chris's movies 2-3 times each, have all four CDs playing in my car, and have Catherine's notebook, Mark Cotta Vaz's companion books, and even Volume 1 of the graphic novel here on my desk - a corner of my office is starting to look like Hot Topic. I realize that this barely qualifies me for "newborn" status in the universe you've been living inside for a few years now, but a guy's gotta start somewhere.

Like many of you, I've always been slightly obsessed with vampires, dating back to the prime-time series DARK SHADOWS, which I followed avidly as a kid. But that alone hadn't been enough to get me interested in making a vampire movie, even though my early screenwriting and directing efforts grew out of a great love for horror movies and thrillers. Since making GODS AND MONSTERS thirteen years ago, however, I've been yearning for a return to a story with Gothic overtones.

The wonderful world that Stephenie has created has obviously struck a chord with you, and I don't think it's difficult to see why. For me, her characters are simultaneously timeless, yet very modern. Rooted in a beautiful, real landscape with a great sense of place, Bella, Edward, Jacob, and the rest of the Forks/La Push menagerie, experience emotions that are primal, and universal: desire, despair, jealousy - and it all comes to fruition in BREAKING DAWN. This is a final chapter in the best sense; not just wide in scope and scale, but emotionally charged and intense throughout.

I'm a huge admirer of the already-iconic Kristen, Robert, and Taylor, and wanted to be the one to work with them as they face the challenges of bringing your beloved characters to the end of their journeys. Really, what could be more fun than that?

Please feel free to ask questions in the comments section below, and I'll do my best to answer them. I hope that this will be the first of many occasions I'll get to check in with you as we set to work bringing BREAKING DAWN to the screen. I am excited and grateful to have all of you alongside me for my TWILIGHT journey.

All best,

Bill Condon

P.S. Answer #1: No, there won't be any musical numbers


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