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China Orders X-Men Actress to Pay Massive Fine

'I am unworthy of the trust of society,' Fan Bingbing says in social media post

(Newser) - Chinese tax authorities have ordered X-Men star Fan Bingbing and companies she represents to pay taxes and penalties totaling $130 million, ending speculation over one of the country's highest-profile entertainers since she disappeared from public view three months ago, the AP reports. Of the total amount, Fan is being... More »

This Is Not Your Typical Superhero Movie

Hugh Jackman's latest turn as Wolverine is fantastic in 'Logan'

(Newser) - After 17 years as Wolverine, Hugh Jackman is apparently calling it quits. If so, critics love his finale. In Logan , Wolverine believes himself to be one of the world's last remaining mutants. Then he meets a mute girl with claws just like him. Here's what critics are saying:... More »

Why Rose McGowan, Others Are Outraged Over X-Men Billboard

Using violence against women to market movie is not OK, critics say

(Newser) - Billboards advertising X-Men: Apocalypse are raising hackles because they depict a scene in the superhero movie in which the villain, Apocalypse, played by Oscar Isaac, chokes the character Mystique, played by Jennifer Lawrence. "There is a major problem when the men and women at 20th Century Fox think casual... More »

Cue the Apocalypse: Mutants Rule

And more bad news for Johnny Depp

(Newser) - X-Men: Apocalypse romped at the box office this Memorial Day weekend, with the franchise's latest installment pulling in $65 million for the three-day weekend, reports USA Today. That number was projected to climb to $80 million when Monday is added to the Friday-to-Sunday totals. The box office held more... More »

The X-Men Franchise May Have Just Imploded

It's a 'hollow, unfocused mess'

(Newser) - Critics predicted 2014's X-Men flick would be a tough act to follow—and they were right. There's plenty of explosions, plus star power from James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, and Jennifer Lawrence, but X-Men: Apocalypse just doesn't measure up. Here's what critics are saying:
  • Director Bryan Singer'
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Jackman Surprises Young Fan With 'Wolverine Pose'

Radio show video will warm your heart

(Newser) - In case you weren't already a little bit in love with Hugh Jackman, this should do the trick: The X-Men star recently surprised a 9-year-old boy with Cystic Fibrosis who was visiting KIIS 1065's Kyle & Jackie O Show . Domenic, whose visit was arranged by the Make A... More »

X-Men Artist Goes Missing in Caymans

Comic book inker Norman Lee disappears while swimming

(Newser) - A comic book artist who has worked on the likes of X-Men and the Avengers has gone missing in the Cayman Islands after swimming near Grand Cayman's east coast. While snorkeling about 250 yards from shore on Thursday morning, Norman Lee and his wife got separated, MyFoxBoston reports. Though... More »

Critics Totally Wowed by Latest X-Men

It may be tough to follow, but who cares?: reviews

(Newser) - The superheroes are back again in X-Men: Days of Future Past and boy, do they impress as they time-travel back to the 1970s. Critics are throwing the film a 93% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes as of this writing, and audiences are even more generous. So what's there to... More »

The Wolverine Claws to No. 1

Opens with $55M domestically, $86.1M internationally

(Newser) - The Wolverine, the latest cinematic installment in the sprawling X-Men franchise, sliced and diced its way to the top of the box office this weekend, opening with $55 million, the AP reports. That's actually $10 million less than it was expected to make, notes the Hollywood Reporter , though it... More »

The Wolverine Franchise Heals Itself

Critics say Hugh Jackman's latest is much, much better than X-Men Origins: Wolverine

(Newser) - Apparently the X-Men franchise has a healing factor. The Wolverine opens today, and while it's not perfect, critics seem to agree that it's a return to form for everyone's favorite clawed mutant. Here's what people are saying.
  • Rest easy, fans: "The Wolverine is a whole
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X-Men to Have Comics' First Gay Wedding

Now that New York has legalized gay marriage, Northstar's getting hitched

(Newser) - First the president embraced gay marriage, and now some perhaps even more powerful people are doing so: The X-Men. In next month's Astonishing X-Men #51, Canadian X-Man Northstar will tie the knot with longtime boyfriend Kyle Jinadu, Marvel announced today, with a preview in Rolling Stone . Northstar, aka Jean-Paul... More »

We're All Mutant X-Men

We're all chock-full of mutations, scientists find

(Newser) - Wolverine’s not so different from you and me: Scientists have found that each person has as many as 60 mutations in our genomes—portions of our DNA that aren’t matched in either of our parents. Mutations happen in both eggs and sperm cells, and neither cell’s mutations... More »

X-Men Finally Bounces Back

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender star in Matthew Vaughn's film

(Newser) - Critics are largely impressed with the latest installment in the X-Men series: X-Men: First Class is certainly an improvement over the last few. A sampling of reviews:
  • “After a close call with franchise death, the X-Men film series has bounced back to life with its fifth installment, rescued with
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Lady Gaga Plans Blockbuster Movie

Pop star wants to follow in Michael Jackson's footsteps

(Newser) - Not content with entrancing Bill O'Reilly , Lady Gaga is planning her next pop-culture triumph: a blockbuster movie. "Gaga wants to emulate what Michael Jackson did during the 80s. You can already see that with her music videos," a source tells the UK tabloid News of the World ... More »

Get the Freaking Phone! Jackman Stops Play for Fan's Cell

Actor steps out of character to confront audience member

(Newser) - Don't mess with the wolverine. Miffed Hugh Jackman stopped his Broadway play in its tracks to tell an audience member to turn off his cell phone. Jackman suddenly pulled out of character and asked the errant cell-phone user: "Do you want to get that?" while the the gadget rang.... More »

Disney to Buy Marvel for $4B

(Newser) - The Walt Disney Co. says it is acquiring Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion in cash and stock, bringing characters like Iron Man and Spider-Man into the Disney family. Under the deal, Disney will acquire ownership of 5,000 Marvel characters. Marvel shareholders will receive $30 per share in cash plus... More »

Disabled Identify With Heroes at Comic-Con

'You have legs, you can become a warrior,' says fan at SD convention

(Newser) - It’s no accident that some of Comic-Con's most popular heroes are X-Men’s wheelchair-bound professor and Daredevil’s blind avenger. Many of the San Diego convention’s 125,000 guests say they relate to the struggles of their favorite superheroes, the Los Angeles Times reports. “You feel like... More »

The Top Arcade Classics

Star Wars impressed, but Donkey Kong was barrels of fun

(Newser) - They may seem primitive alongside your Wii, but lest we forget the glory days of arcade games, Peter Hartlaub counts down the best in the San Francisco Chronicle. The top five:
  1. Donkey Kong: 30 years on, “they’re making documentaries about this incredible video game,” whose barrel-throwing gorilla
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Wolverine Bites Into $87M Box Office

(Newser) - Wolverine tore the box office apart this weekend, clawing in $87 million, USA Today reports. Though that’s less than the debuts of last summer’s opener (Iron Man, $98.6 million) and the top-grossing X-Men film (The Last Stand, $102 million), it still bodes well for a blockbuster season.... More »

A Tough Guy for Everyone

Why Wolverine has had such lasting appeal

(Newser) - Wolverine has endured. The character has two comic-book series, a new blockbuster movie, and his own exhibit at New York’s comic museum 35 years after being introduced as a sidekick. Why has Wolverine had such long lasting appeal? With a dark, mysterious past, and a “penchant for berserker... More »

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