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15 Famous Scottish Actors

September 18th, 2014 10:58am EDT
15 Famous Scottish Actors
As the citizens of Scotland decide whether or not to declare independence from the United Kingdom, we're saluting some of the best actors from the country known for wonderful things such as kilts, scotch, bagpipes and Loch Ness monster.

Gerard Butler was born in Glasgow and was raised in the town of Paisley. One of his first roles was for the Scottish Youth Theater in a production of "Oliver!" He later put his acting ambition aside and enrolled in a law program at Glasgow University. After graduating, he moved to Los Angeles, Calif., and kicked off his showbiz career as an extra in "The B...
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Blu-ray Review: 'Filth'

August 26th, 2014 11:10am EDT
Blu-ray Review: 'Filth'
Ready to see James McAvoy get some dirty deeds done dirt cheap? Then follow us as we check out the new to Blu-ray flick "Filth" out now from Magnolia Home Entertainment. We review the good in being bad below.

Title: "Filth"

Grade: 4

Cast: James McAvoy, Jamie Bell, Eddie Marsan

Director: Jon S. Baird

Rating: R

Runtime: 98 minutes

Release Company: Magnolia Home Entertainment

Website: www.magpictures.com

The Flick: I said it in the theatrical review and I’ll say it again – there is some dirty good fun to be had within "Filth." Taking a page out of the "Trainspotting" book of ...
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Review: Sick And Satisfying Flick 'Filth' Gives Civilized A Swift Kick In The Nuts

May 30th, 2014 12:30pm EDT
Filth
Anyone who knows the dark and irreverent work of writer Irvine Welsh knows the scribe pulls no punches. His most prolific cinematic go around the uber-famous adaptation of his novel "Trainspotting," which Director Danny Boyle and Oscar nominated screenplay writer John Hodge arrestingly brought to the big screen, was a pure shot of drug-addled insanity. This time around it’s the book titled "Filth" that gets the big screen treatment and it’s no less sinfully shocking and satisfying. Taking a page from the "Trainspotting" book of going for broke, the picture is gloriously riddled with ever...
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Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, And James McAvoy Dance To 'Blurred Lines'

May 4th, 2014 4:03pm EDT
Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy
What do you do when you get a trip of Hollywood’s hottest leading men? Have them dance to one of the hottest tunes!

Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, and James McAvoy were the Graham Norton Show to promote their upcoming film X-Men: Days of Future Past. It was there they told a story explaining how difficult it was to get Michael to leave his trailer.

Hugh said, "Michael is one of those actors you have to coax out of the trailer. He'll wait in there for hours and hours.

"To get him out, there was only really one song. We used to get the sound guy to play it very loud in the studio just s...
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Old & New 'X-Men' Casts Unite At Comic Con For 'Days Of Future Past'

July 21st, 2013 11:48am EDT
Hugh Jackman
Fans of Marvel's X-Men got a huge treat at Comic Con on Saturday as director Bryan Singer brought together the casts of the original trilogy and their younger counterparts from last year's prequel X-Men: First Class and upcoming sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past during the panel to promote the forthcoming film.

Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart and Anna Paquin came face to face with James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore and Peter Dinklage, sending fans into a frenzy.

"Walking by Hall H as the entire 'X-Men: Da...
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From 'Hunger Games' To The 'Twilight' Saga: The Best & Worst Book To Film Adaptations

March 18th, 2012 3:00pm EDT
Lions Gate Entertainment
The Hunger Games hits theaters Friday in what looks to be a battle for box office gold (it’s already sold more pre-sale tickets than any of the Twilight movies, according to Fandango). And while it’s current 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes is reassuring, anxious fans still have a week to go before they’ll know for sure if director Gary Ross paid good enough tribute to Suzanne Collins’ literary franchise.

Before then, let’s take a look back at Hollywood’s best and worst popular franchise adaptations...

BEST: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Before Peter Ja...
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James McAvoy Mixed Up About Christmas

December 26th, 2011 10:30am EST
James McAvoy
Scottish actor James McAvoy has mixed feelings about Christmas because he grew up believing Santa Claus threw gifts down the chimney and always answered children's letters.

The Arthur Christmas star was convinced St. Nick dashed around the world on Christmas Eve, dropping gifts, and he was disappointed when he discovered that wasn't the case.

McAvoy tells WENN, "I thought Santa had a big sleigh. I thought there was one reindeer. I didn't realise there were many reindeer. I thought he threw the presents down the chimney. I didn't know Santa went down the chimney with the presents.

"I also...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Muppets,' 'My Week With Marilyn,' 'Hugo' & More

November 21st, 2011 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk
This week Jason Segel brings back everyone’s favorite puppets in The Muppets, Martin Scorsese gives 1930s Paris life in Hugo, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung feud in A Dangerous Method, Simon Curtis gives us an intimate look at Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, Santa’s son Arthur embarks on an adventure in Arthur Christmas, and a silent film star deals with the arrival of talking pictures in The Artist.

MY PICK FOR THE WEEK: The Muppets

THE MUPPETS

Three huge Muppet fans Gary, Mary, and Walter (Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and voice of Peter Linz) help reunite the Muppets to save their...
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Angelina Jolie Had To Put Up With James McAvoy's Farting On 'Wanted' Set

October 31st, 2011 8:58am EDT
James McAvoy
James McAvoy was forced to apologize to his "Wanted" co-star Angelina Jolie after he suffered a bad bout of flatulence on-set.

The actor bulked up for his role in the 2008 action film by eating a lot of meat and drinking protein shakes, but the diet had an unpleasant side effect and he was left red-faced after breaking wind in front of the glamorous actress.

He tells TV host Graham Norton, "There was a lot of eating too much meat and drinking too much protein shake... They (producers) leave you on set shooting a scene in a car for three days... Which is fine... but eventually you have to ...
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Blu-ray Review: 'The Conspirator'

August 22nd, 2011 9:55am EDT
The Conspirator pic
Ready to get some historical insight courtesy of an all-star cast? Then look no further then the current release "The Conspirator," now available on DVD and Blu-ray from Lionsgate. Check out the specs of old below!

Title: "The Conspirator"

Grade: 3 1/2

Cast: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline

Director: Robert Redford

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 122 minutes

Release Company: Lionsgate

Website: www.lionsgatebluray.com

The Flick: With a very slow and arduous start, "The Conspirator" emerges as a pretty riveting little piece of history. Starting with the assassination of ...
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Summer Superhero Recap: What Worked, What Didn't, What Comes Next

July 25th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Summer Superhero Recap 2011
Now that Captain America has slung his mighty shield across the cineplexes, 2011’s summer superhero quadrumvirate—Thor, X-Men: First Class, Green Lantern and Cap—is ripe for a recap: What worked, what didn’t, and most importantly, what comes next? (Oh, and even though they bested all four DC and Marvel characters at the box office, we’re not counting the Transformers or Harry Potter, okay?)

THOR

Released: May 6. Worldwide box office to date: ~$444 million. Rotten Tomatoes rating: 6.7/10

Marvel Comics’ God of Thunder kicked off the superhero summer in a film directed by the Shakespeare...
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'X-Men: First Class' Named The Most Blunder-Filled Movie Of 2011, So Far

June 28th, 2011 11:27am EDT
X-Men: First Class
X-Men: First Class is leading a Hollywood list of shame - it's the most mistake-filled film of 2011 so far.

At the halfway stage of website MovieMistakes.com's annual rundown of blunder-full pictures, the superhero blockbuster - starring James McAvoy - leads the field with 24 errors.

The howlers include a wrongly-dated Nazi coin, a character's hand changing position after it has been stabbed and pinned to a table with a knife, and an actress' hairstyle changing mid-scene.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is second in the list, with 13 mistakes including a plateful of cream ...
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'X-Men: First Class' Cast Retreat Was Haunted

June 9th, 2011 11:40pm EDT
James McAvoy
The Berkshire, England mansion that doubled up as a retreat for the X-Men in new prequel First Class was full of spooks.

James McAvoy, who plays the young Professor X in the film, reveals he and his castmates spent almost five weeks on location at Anglefield House - living with the ghosts of past residents.

He tells WENN, "The oldest part of that house goes back to 800 AD... There was a hell of a lot of ghosties running about in there, but the only ghost I actually came across was the ghost of Sir Patrick Stewart haunting me for playing his character badly."

Stewart portrayed Professor...
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'X-Men: First Class' A Lot Like The First Film... But In All the Right Ways

June 7th, 2011 3:38pm EDT
X-Men: First Class
Unlike most superhero/comic book movies, there’s an overabundance of story in “X-Men: First Class. There are points in its 132-minute running time when it feels far more like an epic miniseries than a summer blockbuster. It’s surprisingly willing to downplay its big action sequences in order to focus on character development; the action is there, but it just doesn’t feel terribly important.

And yet, for the most part, “First Class” doesn’t feel overstuffed and rushed, or overlong and talky. There are a lot of characters to introduce after all, though director Michael Vaughn wisely capit...
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'X-Men: First Class' Topples 'Hangover Part II' At Weekend Box Office

June 6th, 2011 9:19am EDT
X-Men First Class
The new "X-Men" prequel has stormed to the top of the box office with a $56 million opening weekend.

The Marvel film, starring Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy and featuring split-second cameos from original "X-Men" Hugh Jackman and Rebecca Romijn, toppled "The Hangover Part II," which dropped a spot to two with a second-weekend haul of $32.4 million.

The comedy has taken in $190 million in just 10 days.

"Kung Fu Panda 2" and "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" round out the new top four.
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Michael Fassbender Finally Hits The Big Time With ‘X-Men: First Class’

June 3rd, 2011 3:00pm EDT
Michael Fassbender X-Men: First Class
Though he is still relatively unknown to most audiences right now, after this weekend Michael Fassbender will officially be one of the biggest movie stars in the world. He stars as Erik Lehnsherr a.k.a. Magneto in the comic book origin story “X-Men: First Class.” His performance as the metal-bending, vengeance-seeking mutant will definitely be the performance people will be talking about after seeing the movie.

The German-born actor had his big break in the TV mini-series “Band of Brothers” which was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Fassbender continued working steadily in Briti...
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Review: 'X-Men First Class' 'Two Jews On Film' Just Like Prof X & Magneto Go Their Separate Ways (Video)

June 3rd, 2011 10:04am EDT
X-Men First Class
By Joan Alperin Schwartz: Right off the bat, I have to say that I gave 'X-Men First Class' 5 bagels out of 5. I absolutely loved it. The director, Matthew Vaughn did the 'X Men' franchise proud.

'X-Men First Class' is a prequel. Before Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) was Professor X and Eric Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) became Magneto, they were just two mutant guys discovering their powers and figuring out how to use them. Charles and Eric were also on the same side.

Charles is your typical nice guy...goodlooking, brilliant, and super rich. He's also an Oxford graduate whose sp...
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'X-Men First Class' Earns An 'A' And Resurrects Sinking Franchise

June 1st, 2011 11:00am EDT
X-Men First Class Earns An  A And Resurrects Sinking Franchise
“X-Men: First Class” has the pop and style and comic book action and humor beloved in this genre. Director Matthew Vaughn, who cut his chops on the hyper-visceral, hyper-violent “Kick-Ass” has accomplished something sort of great here. He’s resurrected a sinking franchise.

Starting in sunny Nazi occupied Poland, we meet the young Erik as he is ripped away from his mother by SS officers. So desperate to be with her, Erik unleashes his magnetic powers for the first time, mentally bending and contorting the metal fence keeping them apart.

Immediately after this feat, Erik is greeted by SS of...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'X-Men:First Class,' 'Beginners,' & More

May 31st, 2011 11:00am EDT
X-Men
Last week I had the opportunity to see “The Hangover Part II,” the sequel to the wildly successful 2009 hit comedy. Director Todd Philips does not really change the formula for the film or the format in which he tells the story, but there are still plenty of laughs to be found. Check out my review if you haven’t already.

This week you’ll have the chance to see what Professor X and Magneto used to be like in the prequel “X-Men: First Class,” you could follow along with Ewan McGregor as he deals with his father’s coming out in “Beginners,” you can laugh as the teenager Oliver Tate atte...
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Michael Fassbender 'Nearly Killed' On Set Of 'X-Men: First Class'

May 26th, 2011 11:23pm EDT
Michael Fassbender
Actor Michael Fassbender had a lucky escape on the set of X-Men: First Class - James McAvoy "nearly killed" his movie co-star with a golf cart.

The Last King of Scotland star was messing around behind the cameras when a cart ride went dangerously awry, but guilt-ridden McAvoy is refusing to tell all about the incident.

He reveals to ETonline.com, "I nearly killed Michael Fassbender one day in a golf cart. The rest of that story shall remain with me."

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James McAvoy Feared 'X-Men: First Class' Would Suck

May 26th, 2011 8:36am EDT
James McAvoy
James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender are breathing a sigh of relief after giving their approval to the final cut of their new movie "X-Men: First Class" because they feared it would turn out "really bad."

"The Last King of Scotland" star portrays Professor Charles Xavier in the prequel, while Fassbender plays mutant superhero Magneto alongside a cast which includes Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Bacon and January Jones.

But McAvoy and Fassbender admit they were "worried" about how the movie would come together on the big screen, because comic book adaptations are usually either b...
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James McAvoy: 'We Dumb Our Movies Down Because We Want Americans To Understand Them'

May 25th, 2011 11:48am EDT
James McAvoy
Actor James McAvoy fears for the future of the British film industry, because he is convinced U.K. moviemakers are "dumbing down" to satisfy the American market.

McAvoy, who will next been seen in superhero blockbuster X-Men: First Class, believes British directors are making too many compromises and he is adamant simplifying scripts is "patronizing" U.S. viewers.

He tells Britain's Sky News, "We dumb our movies down because we want Americans to understand them. The Americans watch it and go 'This is a really unsophisticated dumbed down movie. Why would we want this? Why do we like this...
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New 'X-Men: First Class' Online Exclusive Trailer Released (Video)

April 21st, 2011 1:00pm EDT
X-Men First Class
A new 90-second web only preview of the upcoming X-Men prequel, X-Men: First Class, hit the web - and you can watch it right here.

The upcoming prequel stars James McAvoy as Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr (aka Magneto), two friends discovering their extraordinary powers for the first time before mutants became commonplace in the world.

The two band together with others like them to help avert nuclear Armageddon, but in the process have a falling out and become bitter enemies.

The film also stars Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Lucas Till, Jason Flem...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Scream 4,' 'Rio,' & More

April 11th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Scream 4
After seeing both “Arthur” and “Your Highness” last week, I could not believe how many other critics assigned them either the same score, or gave “Your Highness” a better grade. I found “Arthur” to be quite enjoyable, playing to Russell Brand’s strengths as my review states; while I thought “Your Highness,” was an immature comedy which fails to use raunchy humor effectively.

This week you’ll have the opportunity to see the long-awaited Wes Craven horror sequel “Scream 4,” the Carlos Saldanha animated adventure “Rio,” the off-beat Keanu Reeves comedy “Henry’s Crime,” and "The Conspirator"...
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'Anna Karenina' Cast Takes Shape

April 9th, 2011 8:00am EDT
Keira Knightley
Moviemaker Joe Wright appears to be re-assembling his "Atonement" cast for his ambitious movie adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's masterpiece "Anna Karenina" - Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed to join Kiera Knightley in the project, while James Mcavoy and Saoirse Ronan are still negotiating roles.

Knightley, Aaron Johnson and Jude Law were previously confirmed for roles, while "Sherlock Holmes" star Cumberpatch and "Trainspotting" actress Kelly MacDonald have just been added to the all-star cast.

Wright tells ThePlaylist.com, "Kelly Macdonald's confirmed, Benedict Cumberbatch is confirmed. I'm ...
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Elton John Slams Disney For Shunning 'Gnomeo & Juliet'

March 2nd, 2011 12:31pm EST
Elton John
Elton John has taken aim at Disney bosses for resisting his plans for Gnomeo & Juliet and failing to throw their full support behind the animated movie.

The singer spent more than 10 years trying to convince executives to greenlight the project, which is based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and features the voices of James McAvoy and Emily Blunt as the star-crossed lovers in gnome form.

The 3D family favorite has gone on to top the U.S. box office, but Elton is convinced it would have been even more successful with the support of everyone at Disney.

He tells Canada's Marilyn Denis S...
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Review: 'Gnomeo & Juliet' 'Two Jews On Film' Discover Their Inner Gnome (Video)

February 11th, 2011 10:18am EST
Gnomeo & Juliet
Can two young teenagers find love despite their warring families? Well, we all know how Romeo and Juliet ended up. However in the 3D version of 'Gnomeo & Juliet' directed by Kelly Asbury, things don't turn out quite as tragic for our lovers.

'Gnomeo & Juliet' takes place in contemporary Stratford-onAvon, Shakespeare's birthplace. Miss Montague (voice of Julie Walters) and Mr. Capulet (voice of Richard Wilson) are neighbours and they absolutely hate each other.

Their respective collection of garden gnomes, the Reds and the Blues view each other with hostility as well. After Blue Gnomeo...
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'X-Men: First Class' Trailer to be Released Today Via Facebook (Watch It Here!)

February 10th, 2011 3:30pm EST
XMen
The wait is almost over: Fox is releasing the trailer for X-Men: First Class, the latest comic book summer blockbuster, this afternoon on the film's Facebook page.

The film follows the early years of Charles Xavier (Professor X., played by James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender), before the events of the original X-Men movie trilogy. The two team up to defeat a power that is attempting to conquer the world, before an event rips the two apart and makes them enemies.

X-Men: First Class is due in theaters June 3, 2011.
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Just Go with It,' 'Gnomeo and Juliet' & More

February 7th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Just Go With It
Last week I did not catch anything new in theaters, but I had the opportunity to see Ben Affleck’s Boston crime thriller “The Town” and the noir drama “Winter’s Bone” on Netflix. Both turned out to be quite enjoyable, although I found “Winter’s Bone” slightly more captivating than “The Town.”

Despite some obvious similarities to Michael Mann’s “Heat,” Affleck manages to spin this tale about robbers from the working-class neighborhood of Charlestown into a compelling movie. His focus on the people from this community is what propels the story. There are frantic bank heists, memorable cha...
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Clint Eastwood Tries To Save UK Film Council

August 8th, 2010 4:08pm EDT
Clint Eastwood
Actor/Director Clint Eastwood is the latest star to fight a decision to shut down the UK Film Council (UKFC) - he's written a personal letter appealing against the plan.

The UKFC, which was established to develop and promote British cinema, has fallen victim to massive spending cuts as the country's new government attempts to curb spiralling debt.

More than 50 British actors, including James McAvoy, Emily Blunt and Bill Nighy, have signed a letter calling for a reversal of the decision, and now Eastwood has penned his own appeal to British politician George Osbourne.

He writes, "I cannot...
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