'Harry Potter,' 'X-Men' trailers ramp up excitement
April 28th, 2011
02:05 PM ET

'Harry Potter,' 'X-Men' trailers ramp up excitement

"Harry Potter" fans have literally been waiting years for an extended glimpse of the final battle between Harry and Voldemort, and they finally got it on Wednesday night when the trailer for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" was released.

The trailer promises non-stop action - with wands flying and enough explosions to rival a Michael Bay film - in the final showdown at Hogwarts between the boy wizard and He-Who-Must-Not -Be-Named.

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February 11th, 2011
10:55 AM ET

'X-Men' go retro in new trailer

After a long wait (and lots of refreshing on the movie's official Facebook page yesterday), fans are finally getting their first look at the prequel, "X-Men: First Class," due in theaters on June 3.

The trailer draws a direct connection between the first three "X-Men" movies (especially the first two, directed by Bryan Singer) and this, so it's not a reboot in the same way as the upcoming Andrew Garfield/Marc Webb version of "Spider-Man." This movie takes us back to the beginnings of the X-Men, during the Kennedy era (the comic book made its debut just a few months before his assassination).

We get to see James McAvoy ("Wanted") and Michael Fassbender take on the roles of Professor Xavier and Magneto, so memorably portrayed by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in the earlier films. Worth noting: Xavier is able to walk in this movie, and we also see Fassbender don the iconic Magneto helmet.

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July 16th, 2010
02:59 PM ET

Picture this: Taylor Lautner as Wolverine?

“Twilight” heartthrob Taylor Lautner makes a fine wolf, but could he play a Wolverine?

The upcoming “X-Men: First Class” chronicles the teen years of many of the Marvel Comics team’s most popular heroes, and while Hugh Jackman believes 18-year-old Lautner could be a good choice to portray a younger version of his razor-sharp character, he does have some concerns.

“My only question is, can he grow mutton chops?” 41-year-old Jackman joked to E! Online about the smooth-skinned actor, who has not been cast in the movie.

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August 14th, 2009
08:37 AM ET

Your pop culture cheat sheet

Stewie from Family Guy

"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane says that the character of Stewie is gay, according to The Los Angeles Times.

"We had an episode that went all the way to the script phase in which Stewie does come out,” MacFarlane told Playboy in an interview. "But we decided it’s better to keep it vague, which makes more sense because he’s a 1-year-old."

MacFarlane also revealed that radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh and former Bush administration strategist Karl Rove are set to play themselves on a future episode of the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Limbaugh previously made a cameo on the show in 2007.

It's full speed ahead for a sequel to this summer's "Wolverine."
Variety reports that Christopher McQuarrie, who worked on the first "X-Men" movie uncredited, has been tapped to write the film's script.

Meanwhile, Bryan Singer, the director of the first two "X-Men" will take on a feature film version of "Battlestar Galactica," according to Variety.

The heirs of Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel won a round in court against DC Comics and Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter. A judge ruled on Wednesday that they had recaptured rights to key portions of the character's origin story, including the first two weeks of the classic Superman comic strip.

At the box office this weekend: "District 9," "The Time Traveler's Wife," "The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard," "Bandslam" and "Ponyo."

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