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.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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