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“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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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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