“X-Men: First Class” sequel pushed back to accomodate Jennifer Lawrence and “Catching Fire”


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Fans are going to have to wait half a year longer to see the planned “X-Men: First Class” sequel, and it’s all the fault of those darn “Hunger Games.”

At least, that’s the case according to The Hollywood Reporter. The outlet is reporting that 20th Century Fox has changed their planned shooting start date for the “X-Men” sequel to accommodate Jennifer Lawrence‘s filming schedule on “The Hunger Games” sequel, “Catching Fire.”

If Fox had wanted to, they could have made Lawrence film the untitled “X-Men” sequel first. She signed a sequel clause in her contract before she came on board “The Hunger Games,” so technically Fox had first dibs. The plan originally was to have the follow-up to “X-Men: First Class” start lensing in the fall, but now Lionsgate is planning for “Catching Fire” to go in front of the camera in August or September. Instead of having a fuss about it, Fox has opted to start shooting “X-Men” in January 2013.

The big difference between the two movies is that “Catching Fire” already has a set release date, while “X-Men” does not. The second “Hunger Games” film will hit theaters on November 22, 2013, Lionsgate announced back in August. It’s unclear how long it will take for Fox to turn around their as-yet-untitled film, but our guess is that it will also likely get a late 2013 release date.

It makes sense why Fox doesn’t want to pick a fight with Lionsgate right now. “The Hunger Games” is currently the top-grossing movie of the year and has made over $377.9 million worldwide in it the two weeks it’s been in theaters. We’re happy that both studios found a way to get along, as we couldn’t be more excited about both upcoming sequels.

Are you glad that “Catching Fire” and “X-Men: Second Class” won’t conflict? 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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