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‘Logan’ Is Also the Last Ride for Patrick Stewart’s Professor X

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

Hugh Jackman isn’t the only one saying goodbye to the X-Men. Sir Patrick Stewart has decided that Logan will be his last appearance as Professor Charles Xavier as well, after appearing as the character in six other X-Men movies.

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Here We Go Again: ‘X-Men’ Producer Simon Kinberg Says ‘Gambit’ Could Film in 2018

Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics

News of Channing Tatum’s Gambit movie has become redundant, what with all the times it was allegedly going to “begin filming early next year.” Today, X-Men series producer and writer Simon Kinberg offers another update on the delayed spinoff, assuring fans that it’s still very much in development and they have every intention of hopefully, maybe, possibly filming it next year — but hey, ask again in six months and we’ll see what’s up then.

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Ask Chris #329: The Official Handbook Of Extremely Obscure Batman Villains

Ask Chris #329, background art by Kevin Nowlan
Ask Chris #329, background art by Kevin Nowlan

Q: Hey, so in The Lego Batman Movie, there's a character called The Mime. What's the deal with that? — @comicsfan4life

A: That signal, shining in the sky --- someone needs me to explain an extremely obscure Batman villain to them! I have been training for this day my entire life.

It might come as a surprise, but I actually haven't seen The Lego Batman Movie yet --- although I definitely want to. As I understand it, though, the Mime is only one of several c- to z-list Batman foes who show up and somehow also manage to get toys out of the deal. So my question is, why stop with the Mime?

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Hayao Miyazaki Is Coming Out of Retirement… Again (Again [Again])

Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli

How do you say “psych!” in Japanese? Master animator and Studio Ghibli cofounder Hayao Miyazaki dun got us again, totally convincing us that he was really retiring this time by saying things like “I am done making movies” and “This time is for real.” We believed him like a bunch of fools when he announced a “semi-retirement” following the completion of Princess Mononoke, we believed him when he said he wanted to call it quits after Spirited Away, and we believed him back in 2013, when he declared The Wind Rises to be his final feature. The Boy Who Cried Not Making Any More Movies has pulled the same trick on us all again, with the news that he’ll un-retire one more time for a new feature called Boro the Caterpillar.

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‘My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea’ Trailer Is Exactly What It Sounds Like

GKIDS
GKIDS

What with social cliques, homework, and hormones, high school is tough enough already. Add to that a massive natural disaster, and it’s a different sort of catastrophe entirely. My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea is both exactly what it sounds like and much more than that, an animated riff on the likes of San Andreas that adds an eccentric sense of humor to the genre. The newly unveiled trailer offers a sample of the thrills (jumping across shark-infested waters!) and the laughs (the bookcase-amputation joke is aces) to be had in this odd little festival favorite.

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Yes, Hugh Jackman Is Done with Wolverine… Unless the Avengers Need a Hand

Logan
20th Century Fox

Logan works on many levels, mostly as a swan song for Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine. We’ve known for ages that this would be his last run playing the character, and Logan gives him an appropriately melancholy, moving send-off. But, had Marvel and 20th Century Fox been able to reach some kind of deal before Jackman made the decision not to sign on for another movie after this one, his Wolverine might have stuck around.

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Rob Zombie Will Have a Cameo in ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Marvel

With movies about aliens come lots of aliens, and with lots of aliens come lots of voiceovers. Yesterday, James Gunn revealed that none other than Rob Zombie has just finished up some voiceover recording work for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

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‘Deadpool 2’ Script Is Getting Some Help from Drew Goddard

20th Century Fox
20th Century Fox

Recovering from a pretty weird start, Deadpool 2’s pre-production is currently underway with Deadpool scriptwriters Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick back for a second go-round. Now, we’ve learned that the writing team is getting an assist from Daredevil writer and Cabin in the Woods writer-director Drew Goddard.

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DCEU Refuses to Slow Its Roll, Adds ‘Nightwing’ Movie From ‘LEGO Batman’ Director

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In yet another sign that Warner Bros. has learned almost nothing from its recent misfires, the studio has reportedly added a Nightwing project to its upcoming DCEU slate, with The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay in final negotiations to helm. Although the studio recently hit some speed bumps with Ben Affleck’s Batman film, and there are still clearly some (fairly significant) wrinkles being worked out with their superhero universe, it seems that WB is determined to keep plowing through this thing one way or another.

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Matt Reeves Will Officially Direct ‘The Batman’ for Ben Affleck

Batman vs Superman R Rated 3 Hours
Warner Bros.

After a brief and weirdly intense game of will they / won’t they, it looks like Matt Reeves will direct The Batman for Warner Bros. and Ben Affleck. Following reports late last week that negotiations had broken down between the Planet of the Apes director and the studio comes a reversal, as Reeves has officially signed on to helm the upcoming solo Bat-project, which was previously intended as a directing vehicle for Affleck himself.

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