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Ian McKellen Says Gay People are ‘Disregarded’ By Hollywood
Ian McKellen Says Gay People are ‘Disregarded’ By Hollywood
Ian McKellen Says Gay People are ‘Disregarded’ By Hollywood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts may have announced sweeping changes to their membership and governing board that will take effect next year, but that hasn’t changed much about the state of this year’s Oscar race, or the conversation around its lack of diversity. Ian McKellen is the latest actor to weigh in on the controversy surrounding 2016’s nominees and their total and all-consuming whiteness. He had some very powerful things to say.
Why Ian McKellen Almost Didn’t Play Gandalf and Magneto
Why Ian McKellen Almost Didn’t Play Gandalf and Magneto
Why Ian McKellen Almost Didn’t Play Gandalf and Magneto
Thanks to his roles in the X-Men and Lord of the Rings franchises, Ian McKellen has become an iconic part of mainstream pop culture, earning him notoriety with geeky fans he may never have had if he’d stuck to theatre and more serious, prestige roles. And if Tom Cruise had his way, McKellen might not have taken those roles and become the pop culture icon he is today.
‘Mr. Holmes’ Trailer: Ian McKellen as an Aging Sherlock Holmes
‘Mr. Holmes’ Trailer: Ian McKellen as an Aging Sherlock Holmes
‘Mr. Holmes’ Trailer: Ian McKellen as an Aging Sherlock Holmes
At this point, prequels are pretty well played out. They’re frustrating to begin with, since by their very nature they tell backstories instead of stories, and after being inundated with Hollywood prequels for several years in the late 2000s and early ’10s, whatever appetite audiences had for them is long gone. So maybe the future is in postquels; movies set long after the adventures of heroes we know. If so, Mr. Holmes could be the start of a whole new trend.
'Beauty and the Beast' Adds Ian McKellen
'Beauty and the Beast' Adds Ian McKellen
'Beauty and the Beast' Adds Ian McKellen
This live-action Beauty and the Beast movie is assembling a rather impressive cast so far: Emma Watson is playing Belle opposite Dan Stevens’ hunky Beast, which is exciting enough before you even get to the supporting cast. Joining our two leads now is Sir Ian McKellen — your favorite Magneto and mine — as Cogsworth, the castle’s butler who is transformed into a talking clock.
'X-Men: Apocalypse' Won't Have Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart
'X-Men: Apocalypse' Won't Have Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart
'X-Men: Apocalypse' Won't Have Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart
Here’s what we know about ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’: Bryan Singer’s follow-up to ‘Days of Future Past’ will focus more on the ‘First Class’ cast facing off with Oscar Isaac’s titular comic book villain Apocalypse (perhaps the most formidable villain in X-Men history), and Singer is looking to cast younger versions of Cyclops, Storm, and Jean Grey. Given that the film focuses more on the younger versions of the characters, it’s not entirely shocking to learn that two of the most beloved, older cast members won’t be returning.
There and Back Again: Revisiting the ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy in 2014
There and Back Again: Revisiting the ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy in 2014
There and Back Again: Revisiting the ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy in 2014
There seem to be two paths for monumentally popular pieces of art and entertainment once the initial excitement around them begins to wear off. Either they become a cultural touchstone, and become a part of the fabric of everyday communication, or they become a footnote, a piece of trivia relevant only as nostalgia and an occasional answer at bar trivia. I revisit Peter Jackson’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ trilogy every few years, because I desperately want it to be the former and not the latter.
‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ Review
‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ Review
‘The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies’ Review
Having gone on an unexpected journey and endured the desolation of Smaug, Peter Jackson’s bloated adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ finally comes to ‘The Battle of the Five Armies,’ which is less of a climax to this trilogy than a distended epilogue. After spending two movies and 330 minutes building up the dragon Smaug (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) as the ultimate antagonist, he’s eliminated from the story completely in the first ten minutes. He’s literally gone before the title appears onscreen.
'Hobbit 3' Trailer: The Middle-Earth Saga Ends With a War
'Hobbit 3' Trailer: The Middle-Earth Saga Ends With a War
'Hobbit 3' Trailer: The Middle-Earth Saga Ends With a War
The final 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' trailer has arrived and, well, it looks like another 'Hobbit' movie. If your faith in director Peter Jackson's vision of Middle-Earth remains unshaken, prepare to get excited. If the previous two films have muted your excitement for the series, prepare to see...more of the same.
Epic 'The Hobbit 3' Poster Chronicles the Final Blowout
Epic 'The Hobbit 3' Poster Chronicles the Final Blowout
Epic 'The Hobbit 3' Poster Chronicles the Final Blowout
The new 'Hobbit 3' banner is basically a "Top 10"-y list of things to look forward to in the film. Taking the same storyboard format as previous key art for the earlier installments, this latest poster chronicles some of the epic moments to come, including a fiery showdown with the dragon Smaug and one blood-spattered battle.

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