Louise Simonson’s total awesomeness is noted everywhere — except the end credits of X-Men Apocalypse

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This New York magazine profile of the great Louise Simonson found universal acclaim when it appeared yesterday. Not only is Weezie one of the nice people of the world, but an immensely talented writer/editor whose impact on comics history is undeniable, from co-creating Power Pack to co-creating Cable and Apocalypse and Steel and editing some […]

INTERVIEW: Joe Casey talks Sex, his indie Officer Downe film and why comics are not like Van Halen

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  [Recently Joe Casey conducted an email interview with a writer for a now deceased site. I expressed an interest in running it on the Beat, but was unable to contact the original writer despite repeated attempts. As its general internet principle that the interviewee owns the written answers, I agreed to run Joe’s answers, as he’s […]

X-MEN: APOCALYPSE on track for $80 million over the 4-day weekend

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The verdict is in from audiences and X-Men: Apocalypse has found itself garnering an estimated $65 million over its opening weekend, with its total racking up to $76-80 million for the 4-day holiday. Two years ago, X-Men: Days of Future Past opened in the same slot and grossed $110.5 million. While 80 is nothing to […]

X-Men Apocalypse of Continuity: Who did what to who and when now?

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I wasn’t expecting much from X-Men Apocalypse when I went to a screening the other night. Our own Kyle ha-ha-hated it, and so did most other reviewers. And, literal truth, I’ve been on a sleep starved schedule this week and in the comfy theater seat and womblike 3d darkness, for about the first hour of […]

Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously to premiere on Vimeo in June

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Respect Films new documentary following Neil Gaiman’s life and work and Ocean at the End of the Lane tour is called Neil Gaiman: Dream Dangerously. The movie was made over the last few years with NEil’s cooperation. Director Patrick Meaney also made the Image Revolution, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts and Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods […]

Reviews for X-Men Apocalypse are awful — but it is just a vast Disney/Marvel conspiracy?

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I think we were all pretty shocked when we learned that Warner Bros. execs were blindsided by the bad reviews for Batman v Superman; they thought they had a crowd pleasing winner on their hands. However, it seems Fox execs may have been equally over-optimistic about X-men: Apocalypse, the new Bryan Singer directed mutant fricassee. The film doesn’t open here until May 27th, but reviews all went live earlier this week, usually a sign that the studio thinks the film will get great buzz. But, the buzz was…not great.