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Olivia Munn On Why She Chose To Play Psylocke Instead Of Being In ‘Deadpool’
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X-Men: Apocalypse starring Olivia Munn

20th Century Fox’s X-Men film universe is their comic-book shared universe flagship. Two successful film franchises have come out of its success, with another one titled New Mutants, from director Josh Boone, to come. Since Deadpool‘s success at the box office, fans have expressed their interest in seeing more R-rated comic book film adaptations. Even star Ryan Reynolds wanted to see an R-rated version of the X-Force, which sees notable X-Men teammates like Deadpool, Wolverine, Nightcrawler, Archangel, and Psylocke unite to take a more proactive stance against threats to mutant kind. Most of these characters will appear in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse. And that brings us to Olivia Munn, who is now talking about how she turned down a role to be in Deadpool and ended up being in Apocalypse. More on the story below.

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Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War
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Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War, starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr.

Captain America: Civil War
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Screenwriter: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures | Marvel Studios
Rated PG-13 | 147 Minutes
Release Date: May 6, 2016

“United we stand. Divided we fall.”

In 2011, Super Soldier Steve Rogers made his debut in Joe Johnston’s Captain America: The First Avenger. Influenced by Raiders of the Lost Ark and Johnston’s own 1991 film, The Rocketeer, The First Avenger was designed as a ’40s adventure serial. 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, was a ’70s political thriller in the vein of Three Days of the Condor and All the President’s Men.

The Russos’ follow-up, Captain America: Civil War, is influenced by movies like The Godfather Part II and The Empire Strikes Back, sprawling sagas that tell intricate stories where every character has an arc. And like those enduring classics, Civil War is a gripping, emotionally resonant film that enriches and deepens a mythology and our connection to it. Its greatness lies in the groundwork laid by its predecessors; twelve films that comprise an unprecedented experiment in long-form storytelling, the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Geek Peek: First ‘Power Rangers’ Image Shows Team In New Iron Man-Inspired Suits
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Power Rangers

The Power Rangers have been a fixture of children’s television since the early 1990s. Now, the long-running TV series is about to get a movie revival that reimagines the first team with a new look for our heroes and villains. Of course, when you go from TV to film, you tend to ditch the low-budget suits and upgrade with a higher budget, one that befits a film. That’s what we are getting in the first image of the five rangers: singer Becky G as Yellow Ranger Trini, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Black Ranger Zack, newcomer Dacre Montgomery as Red Ranger Jason, Naomi Scott (Lemonade Mouth) as Pink Ranger Kimberly, and RJ Cyler (Me And Earl And The Dying Girl) as Blue Ranger Billy.

Check out the first image of the team here below.

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Disney In Depth: Revisiting Even More Favorite Columns
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Last year, I shared with you readers some of my favorite editions of Disney In Depth over the course of the past several years. But those selections only scratched the surface. I take pride in each piece I write, though some, of course, especially excite me. Let’s revisit some more editions that take us from Disney-related destinations across the country, to areas within our own lives and recollections.

More below.

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Your Watch Has Begun. Blizzard’s ‘Overwatch’ Launches Open Beta
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Overwatch Characters

As Overwatch inches closer and closer to it’s late May release date, the time has finally arrived for the final beta test of the product. May 5th through 9th, players on PC, PS4, and XBOne can play the game for free. And as a small bonus, Blizzard posted shortly ago that the servers are live already, so players can start downloading and protecting the Earth.

More below.

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TV Review: Supernatural 11.20 “Don’t Call Me Shurley”
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Season 11 Episode 20: “Don’t Call Me Shurley”
Created by Eric Kripke
Directed by Robert Singer
Written by Robbie Thompson
Starring Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark Sheppard, Ruth Connell, Mark Pellegrino
The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 9:00pm

Supernatural is winding down its 11th season, and it has been all about the darkness named Amara (Emily Swallow). God’s sister had been trapped for eons, until Sam and Dean Winchester (Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) mucked it up and let her out. They gambled with some bad beings, as usual, but Crowley and Lucifer and Rowena (Mark Sheppard, Mark Pellegrino, Ruth Connell) put together could not stop her. The brothers are trying to figure it out, but are still doing one-off cases in small town America – just another hunting day.

Spoilers for 11.20 “Don’t Call Me Shurley” below.

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There’s A “Strong” Chance Marvel Studios Could Have An LGBT Character
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Disney-owned properties are no stranger to progression and diversity, and as such it can create a stir of controversy. Disney’s Zootopia wasn’t afraid to talk about idealized acceptance and has become a hit. However, there are still those who are upset at progressive changes like having a Black stormtrooper, a female lead the future of the Star Wars franchise, and a new Disney animated movie featuring the studio’s first Polynesian princess. But in a day and age where it isn’t enough just to talk about these issues, studios are finding that they can talk about them head on through their films.

While these risks can pay off, it certainly may not sit well with those with opposing ideals, not only here in the U.S. but other nations around the world as well. And now, one of the bigger questions is when we will see a LGBT character play a role in a franchise film. Well, The Russo Brothers have an answer to that. According to them, the chances of a LGBT character appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is strong.

More on the story below.

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Russell Crowe To Join Tom Cruise In ‘The Mummy’
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Darren Aronofsky's Noah Starring Russell Crowe Mummy

Shared universes are all the rage, and studios are in the midst of locking in A-list stars for these films, sometimes for multiple pictures. Disney has Star Wars and MCU. Warner Bros has the DCEU. Paramount is starting to build their Hasbro Shared Universe. And Universal Pictures is putting their Shared Monsters Universe into motion.

Tom Cruise will be starring in the reboot of The Mummy, and it appears the film will not be short on star power as there are reports coming in saying that Russell Crowe will be joining him, and could possibly be in more films.

More on the story below.

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TV Review: Arrow 4.20 “Genesis”
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Season 4 Episode 20: “Genesis”
Directed by Gregory Smith
Written by Oscar Balderrama & Emilio Ortega Aldrich
Created by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg
Starring Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, John Barrowman, Paul Blackthorne
The CW
Air Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016, 8:00pm

Last week on Arrow, the team was reeling from the loss of Laurel (Katie Cassidy) – Diggle (David Ramsey) blamed himself, Lance (Paul Blackthorne) was in severe denial, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) blamed herself too, and Oliver (Stephen Amell) was stoic, but sensible. He is not going to let Darhk (Neal Macdonough) off the hook though. A fake Black Canary was running around town, marring Laurel’s work, but they stopped her easily. Oliver then announced Laurel’s superhero identity at her funeral to protect her legacy.

Spoilers below.

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Star Wars Day: And Then There Were Seven
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Star Wars The Force Awakens Title Card

I have had a tough time this year coming up with a topic for this most important date, May The 4th, aka Star Wars Day. So I’m going to just speak from the heart about the tragedy that befell my family thanks to my own selfishness and thoughtlessness. Beware, for this could happen to you, too!

A year ago, I wrote a piece about how my daughter had recently discovered and become enamored with Star Wars, or at least the six films we had at that time. I fixated, yes I chose that word correctly, on her love of the franchise and how I felt vindicated in raising this amazing little mini-me. I spoke longingly of that which once was and my hopes of what might be. All of this happened over half a year before the new film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, came to theaters near us all. I wrote how I respected creator George Lucas for his vision, if not for his revisions. I did all of this before I saw the new film. The new film that Disney created.

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