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Awesome First Pictures From the Kingsman Sequel Are My Heart’s Desire

Do you recall how excited we were about Kingsman: The Golden Circle's promo poster? Well, now we have our first peek at Taron Egerton's Eggsy, Channing Tatum's all-American agent, Jeff Bridges looking badass, and a fabulously bespectacled Halle Berry as Merlin's U.S. equivalent. Yesss.

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The Kingsman Sequel Has a New Poster and a Cast Beyond My Wildest Dreams

Mind. Blown.

Matthew Vaughn's 2014 movie Kingsman: The Secret Service—a smart, silly, hyper-violent, and stylish spin on the British super-spy trope—was well-received, so it was only a matter of time before a sequel. A new promotional poster for Kingsman: The Golden Circle is out, and it lists an eye-popping cast, along with seeming to settle the Colin Firth question.

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Channing Tatum to, Quote, Get “All Up in” That Kingsman: The Golden Circle

We've been getting so many intriguing updates on the production of Kingsman: The Golden Circle recently that I was almost becoming jaded—but then Channing Tatum rode his pony aboard.

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Kingsman 2 Gets Official Title, Will Head to America

Kingsman 2: Damn Yankees

In an interview with Empire, director Matthew Vaughn dropped a lot of details on what Kingsman fans can expect from the second film in the franchise.

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[UPDATED] Kingsman: The Secret Service Getting a Sequel, Lexi Alexander Would Be Down to Direct

Kingsmenz

According to "individuals with knowledge of the project (aka spies!)," The Wrap reports that a sequel to February's Kingsman: The Secret Service is currently in development at Fox.

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Gordon’s Alive! Matthew Vaughn in Talks to Direct Flash Gordon Movie

We're as surprised as Prince Vultan.

News has been quiet on the upcoming Flash Gordon film reboot, but now it's been reported that X-Men: First Class's Matthew Vaughn is looking to direct.

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Matthew Vaughn Responds to Concerns Over Kingsman Sex Scene, Blames Humorless Feminists

Kingsmansplaining?

Well, this is a bummer. Spoilers ahead if you haven't watched Kingsman: The Secret Service yet, or if you prefer to not sully your day with some grossness.

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Review: Kingsman: The Secret Service Is The Sexiest Valentine’s Day Movie Of All

This guilt-free spy parody is perfect for '90s nostalgia.

I've noticed a theme in 2015: the movies I've had no hope for, based on their marketing, have turned out to be infinitely better than the movies I thought held some promise. First Paddington, then Spongebob, then Black Sea - and now Kingsman.

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X-Men: Days of Future Past – I’m Not Sure I Want Your Future

Review

The follow-up to Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class had a lot weighing on its shoulders. Not just as a Hollywood blockbuster, but with fans of the Chris Claremont storyline from The Uncanny X-Men comics and subsequent animated television series adaptation. It also had to live up to the "new" mutant universe created for the 60s-era film while paving the way for continuing success with subsequent films in the Fox franchise. While Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past may have great success at the box office (like most superhero films these days), fans may have a few things to say to the director when all is said and done.

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I Have a Good Feeling About This: Star Wars: Episode VII Might Be Getting a Female Protagonist and a New Release Date

May The Force Be With You

And with the confirmation that J.J. Abrams is directing Star Wars: Episode VII, the rumor mill begins spinning anew. What's the latest on the first installment in the sequel trilogy? Two things. One, it might be coming out later than 2015. And two: Rumors about a female protagonist just got a little more weight to them. Yay to both things!

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Rogue, Kitty Pryde, and Iceman Returning For X-Men: Days Of Future Past

Excelsior!

Oh, it is officially ON for X-Men: Days of Future Past

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Things We Saw Today: The X-Women

Things We Saw Today

X-Men? Try X-Women. By DeviantArtist Snareser. (Project: Rooftop)

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Welcome Back, Singer. X-Men and X2 Director Officially Returning for Days of Future Past

I Guess I Can't Argue With That

It looks like the rumors are true: Bryan Singer, director of X-Men and X2, will be returning to the X-director's chair for X-Men: Days of Future Past, expected to come out in Summer 2014. Look, I'm just going to put "X-" in front of everything. That's how these X-posts work.

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Matthew Vaughn is Leaving X-Men: Days of Future Past, Might be Replaced by Bryan Singer (!!!)

Consider the Following

X-Men: First Class director Matthew Vaughn has stepped down as the director of its upcoming sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Deadline reports that there's a rather interesting candidate being considered to replace him: Bryan Singer.

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Mark Millar Kinda Sorta Says Sentinels Will Be In X-Men: Days Of Future Past [Please Be True]

My Spidey Sense Is Tingling

One of my biggest disappointment with the X-Men movie franchise so far has been the lack of Sentinels, the mutant-hunting robots from the Marvel Universe. Sure, we got a quick shot of a Sentinel in X-Men: The Last Stand's danger room sequence but it was merely a taste. Now there's talk of the giants playing a big part in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Is it too good to be true? See for yourself. 

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Some Concerns About X-Men: First Class

Mutatis Mutandis

This is not a review. If you'd like to know whether I recommend X-Men: First Class I can say simply: It was good. You should go see it. Matthew Vaughn manages to put together the cerebral, subtextual X-Men film that we've been missing since 2003. First Class moves through it's paces swiftly, deftly, and though by the end of the film I wanted to take its musical composer aside and explain that not every use of mutant powers in the movie needs to have all the string and brass instruments in the orchestra thrown at it, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. But precisely because First Class was good, and because it played the allegorical stand in for prejudice-targeted-minorities the X-Men were meant to be like a fine aria, it is also important to point out the places where it fell short of the mark with actual, real, prejudice-targeted groups. (The rest of this post contains spoilers.)

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Brett Ratner Bashes Matthew Vaughn Over X-Men: First Class, Might Be Jealous

Oh Hollywood

Looks like someone is a little bitterpants this morning. Brett Ratner, who directed the X-Men: The Last Stand, took to Twitter this morning to post a series of links comparing the box office numbers of his movie to those of Matthew Vaughn's just-opened X-Men: First Class. You may recall that Ratner's movie, which he would love to remind us all was successful at the box office, got pretty awful reviews. Meanwhile, X-Men: First Class has been getting mostly positive reviews. (Right now, it has an 87% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. X-Men: The Last Stand boasts a comparatively sad 57%.) So, the moral of the story according to Brett Ratner: His craptastic movie is superior to that good movie because it made more money. So it shall be written. So it shall be done.

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Geekolinks: 8/7

Matthew Vaughn is Directing X-Men: First Class in a Year

It's official: Matthew Vaughn, director of Kick-Ass and Stardust, is at the helm of X-Men: First Class, the reboot of the X-Men movie franchise. This new prequel film (a long the same world-exploring lines as Wolverine: Origins) will "chart the epic beginning of the X-Men saga," which probably means Professor X and Magneto as young rebellious allegory-for-civil-rights-leaders.

This dashes our dreams of watching a movie where the X-Men sit at the front of an airplane for two and a half hours, enjoying complementary drinks.

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