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  • X-Men Sequel Reveals Production Art, New Nightcrawler

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    Big news from the Apocalypse this week, or rather, X-Men: Apocalypse, the highly anticipated sequel to last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer tweeted some production art that raises more questions than it answers, a beautifully painted image of Wolverine being dwarfed by a giant machine? Another theory is that the figure is the title villain, the super mutant Apocalypse, and the mechanical work depicted is his intergalactic Ship.

    In other news, the sequel has added to its cast and continued its trend of recasting popular characters from the original trilogy with much younger stars. The role of Nightcrawler, the blue, devil-eared teleporter played in X-Men 2 by Alan Cumming has gone to Kodi Smit-McPhee, the young co-star of The Road, Let Me In, ParaNorman and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. He joins Oscar Isaac, star of Inside Llewyn Davis and the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII, as well as returning cast members Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult. Nightcrawler isn’t the only mutant getting a younger reboot—the film has already announced its recasting of Cyclops, Storm and Jean Grey with Tye Sheridan, Alexandra Shipp, and Game of Thrones’ Sophie Turner.

    The younger casting makes sense—the film will take place in the 1980s, before the timeline of the original X-Men trilogy, and following the 1960s and 1970s settings of X-Men: First Class and X-Men: Days of Future Past, respectively. Considering Days of Future Past also retconned the entire franchise’s history, we can expect other interesting casting announcements up until the release of the film in May 2016.

    February 18, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 1623

  • Jennifer Lawrence Out-Grosses Chris Pratt

    Jennifer LawrenceThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part1 has become the highest grossing domestic film for 2014, bringing in over $333 million. It managed to out-edge Guardians of the Galaxy by a slim margin of less than $10,000 in sales. And it did this without a 3D or IMAX run, which typically gives a boost to the sales numbers.

    Transformers: Age of Extinction still holds the number one spot for sales worldwide. But that hasn’t dethroned Lawrence as the highest grossing performer.

    Her two films (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 & X-Men: Days of Future Past) brought in a total of $1.4 billion worldwide. This out-grossed Chris Pratt’s two films (Guardians of the Galaxy & The Lego Movie) by a margin of about $200 million.

    Joining Lawrence and Pratt as one of the top grossing performers in 2014 is Scarlett Johansson, whose films Captain America: The Winter Solider & Lucy made $1.18 billion worldwide. Her indie film Under the Skin also made a dent in the earnings total.

    We have previously highlighted the gender wage gap in Hollywood along with its seeming improvement over the past year. If film earnings are any indication, this trend should continue.

    It is clear that viewers are more than happy to open their wallets to watch a female lead, as 2 of the top 3 grossing performers were women (and 4 of the top 10).

    January 23, 2015 • Entertainment News • Views: 2109

  • Gender Inequality in Film

    In light of the record-breaking opening of the female-led action film Hunger Games: Catching Fire this past weekend, the New York Film Academy decided to take a closer look at women in film and what, if any, advancements women are making. After reviewing the data, it is clear that Hollywood remains stuck in its gender bias. Of course, it’s not all disparaging news and there are a number of female filmmakers, characters, and emerging talent challenging the status quo. In addition, in the independent sphere, women made up roughly half of the directors at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, yet still struggle when it comes to films receiving a wide release. By shedding light on gender inequality in film, we hope to start a discussion about what can be done to increase women’s exposure and power in big-budget films.

    New York Film Academy's Gender Inequality in Film Infographic

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    November 25, 2013 • Infographics • Views: 301487