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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.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

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

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