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Matthew Vaughn to direct “X-Men: First Class” sequel


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Good news, “X-Men: First Class” fans: Matthew Vaughn has officially signed on to direct the film’s sequel.

Deadline has the news, which also confirms that Bryan Singer will be back as producer and Simon Kinberg will be writing the script. That last bit makes us a little nervous as Kinberg previously wrote the screenplay for “X-Men: The Last Stand,” which was arguably the worst of all of Fox’s “X-Men” movies. But Kinberg was also producer on “First Class” and has written the scripts for “Sherlock Holmes,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” since, so we’ll try to focus on those instead of his screenplays for “Jumper” and “This Means War.”

It’s unclear what the upcoming “First Class” sequel will be about, but hopefully it will expound on an idea put forth by Vaughn last year. “I thought it would be fun to open with the Kennedy assassination, and we reveal that the magic bullet was controlled by Magneto. That would explain the physics of it, and we see that he’s pissed off because Kennedy took all the credit for saving the world and mutants weren’t even mentioned,” he said according to /Film.

The cast is all likely to come back on board for the sequel, but this does mean bad news for “Kick-Ass” fans. Having this movie in the line-up means it’s even less likely that a “Kick-Ass” sequel will be made, at least with Vaughn at its helm. Honestly, we’d be happier with that standing on its own than with someone else trying to come in and direct “First Class 2” in Vaughn’s wake.

There are three other news items worth noting in the Deadline story. First is that Fox is pegging “Chronicle” director Josh Trank to helm their reboot of the “Fantastic Four” franchise. We’ve heard rumors of this before, but this current news story seems very sure of itself. And speaking of the “Chronicle” team, Max Landis’ upcoming screenplay for “Frankenstein” will likely be directed by Shawn Levy under Fox. Finally, the Deadline story says that Fox is continuing to move forward on a big screen version of “24” starring Kiefer Sutherland that will start filming in the late spring. We’ll believe it when the production officially wraps.

Are you glad Vaughn is on board for the “X-Men: First Class” sequel? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.