This movie is based on a real meeting between Elvis Presley and Richard Nixon in the White House in December 1970. The only details about this collision of two icons come from a few eyewitness accounts, as well as the photograph they took together. So the screenwriters have some fun with it, weaving in quite a bit of comedy that encourages actors to chomp merrily on the scenery. It's entertaining to watch, but the script misses the chance to add meaning on the situation.
Elvis (Michael Shannon) is the one who initiates this meeting, concerned about the growing protests on the streets of Washington, DC. So he flies to Los Angeles to collect his long-time friend Jerry (Alex Pettyfer) then heads to the capital to meet with his nutty colleague Sonny (Johnny Knoxville) and pitch himself to President Nixon (Kevin Spacey) as an undercover FBI agent who can infiltrate the nation's youth. Since it's obvious that all Elvis wants is a federal ID badge, Nixon brushes the whole idea of a meeting aside until his advisors (Colin Hanks and Evan Peters) convince him that it would be a great PR move. So just before Christmas, the two men finally meet up, and they discover that they have more in common than either expected.
Because of the absurdity of the set-up and the wackiness of the period styles, the movie feels rather a lot like an extended sketch comedy that's largely improvised by an up-for-it cast. These two men are both such big personalities that a meeting like this would be hard to believe if it weren't for the photographic evidence. The conversation between Presley and Nixon is surreal and hilariously random (and largely fictionalised). Shannon and Spacey are having a great time prowling around each other, pouncing with a punchline at every opportunity, so watching them is riveting. Mercifully, they underplay the impersonations, capturing the men with tiny details of movement and vocal inflection rather than relying on lots of make-up. Although Shannon does have that hair and costume.
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This closing chapter of the First Class trilogy falls into the same trap as The Last Stand, the final part in the original X-Men trilogy: it shifts the focus from character detail and social commentary into a more standard effects-heavy action brawl. There's still a lot of strong character detail, and a big story that can't help but be entertaining. But it's impossible to escape the feeling that the film's scale is far bigger than it needed to be.
It's now 1983, and while Professor X (James McAvoy) works with Hank (Nicholas Hoult) to set up his school for young mutants, his old friend and nemesis Erik (Michael Fassbender) has started a family in a rural corner of Poland. But he can't hide forever. Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) is roaming the world helping mutants where she can, meeting the teleporting Kurt (Kodi Smit-McPhee) in Berlin before heading to Cairo. There, CIA operative Moira (Rose Byrne) has just uncovered a bizarre underground cult that has revived the ancient super-mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), who immediately sets out on a quest to cleanse the planet and start over again. He needs four assistants, and the question is which of the X-Men will go over to the dark side.
This is the third comic book movie in a row about superheroes fighting each other, after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America: Civil War. And it's similarly enormous (all three films are around two-and-a-half hours long), with mammoth battles that don't quite make logical sense but are compelling enough that the audience goes with them. This film has a bit more emotional depth, including back-stories that have been developed with unusual complexity. But some characters fall through the cracks.
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Mutants and humans alike are familiar with the story of Apocalypse, he was the first mutant and began harnessing his power in ancient times. Now, millions of years after his reign, Apocalypse is reborn and finds himself in the middle of a modern society and shocked by the direction both human and mutant life has taken.
Feeling there are few options left, Apocalypse calls on the help of Magneto and a group of other mutants to help 'cleanse' the earth of all the citizens who have contributed to its downfall. The Horsemen of the Apocalypse - headed by Magneto - start to wreak havoc around the world and it looks like the X-Men's attempts to save it are all but lost - especially when their team is badly hurt by the loss of one member.
Things are going to get really, really evil in ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’.
‘American Horror Story’ co-creator Ryan Murphy was a surprise guest at show’s Comic-Con panel over the weekend, with the writer revealing some juicy details about the series' upcoming fifth season. Titled ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’, FX has been keeping tight-lipped over what’s in store for the show’s fans with ony a few details getting out, until now.
Details on Lady GaGa’s American Horror Story: Hotel’s character have been revealed.
Murphy described the new season as the show’s darkest and spookiest yet, revealing that it will featuring many of ‘AHS’s’ best loved characters turing bad. According to the writer everybody on the panel, which included Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, and newbie Matt Bomer will be 'bad boys and girls’ this season.
'Freak Show' star Finn Wittrock reveals why he's excited about Lady Gaga's appearance in the fifth season.
The man who played psychopath Dandy in the fourth series of 'American Horror Story' has given his thoughts on Lady GaGa's guest appearance in this year's chapter of the blood-spattered anthology.
Finn Wittrock's portrayal of Dandy was a highlight of 'Freak Show'
Speaking to Variety, actor Finn Wittrock recalled his reaction when he first heard the 'Bad Romance' singer would be guest starring in 'American Horror Story: Hotel' later this year.
After three years together Emma Roberts and Evan Peters are no more.
Emma Roberts and her boyfriend of three years, Evan Peters have reportedly ended their engagement. The ‘American Horror’ Story co-stars began dating in 2012, after meeting on the set of indie movie Adult World, and became engaged in December of last year.
The couple star together in ‘American Horror Story’.
The news of split was first reported by Just Jared on Friday with an insider telling the site, "Their three years together just ran its course. They have so many great memories together but couldn't make it work in the end. The breakup was amicable—there was no drama whatsoever. Emma and Evan are even still friends!”
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Evan Peters will star in 'American Horror Story: Hotel'. The 28-year-old actor has starred in the past four seasons of the hit FX show from creator Ryan Murphy.
Evan Peters is returning to American Horror Story: Hotel. The series' creator, Ryan Murphy, announced the news on Twitter on Friday (24th April). "This season, Evan Peters will be waiting for you in Room 64. #AHSHOTEL," Murphy wrote.
Evan Roberts has been cast in American Horror Story: Hotel.
Rose Byrne will reprise her role as CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'.
Rose Byrne will be rejoining the X-Men cast in the 2016 instalment of the Marvel franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse. The 35-year-old Australian actor played CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert in the 2011 film X-Men: First Class as a potential love interest of James McAvoy's Professor Charles Xaviar. Apocalypse writer, Simon Kinberg, in a recent interview has refused to divulge how Byrne's character will return but promises there's a "rich relationship" with Prof. X to "mine" into.
Rose Byrne will reprise her role as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse.
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Zoe is part of a group of scientists with the goal of bringing people back to life. Having being testing the Lazarus Serum (an injectable substance and the instrument of resurrection) on animals and successfully reviving a dog, they start to believe anything is possible - despite accusations that they are immorally 'playing God'. When the dog starts behaving strangely and dangerously, they discover that there's way too much neural activity going on its brain, but before they can investigate further, Zoe is electrocuted to death. Determined not to lose her, her partner Frank injects her and brings her back to life - with terrifying consequences. Zoe appears to have gained paranormal powers and reveals that she has come back from hell. Now the scientists have the job of keeping the dead dead, lest they unleash a destructive evil unto the world.
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Continuing to be the most original and resonant of the Marvel superhero franchises, the X-men return in the capable hands of director Bryan Singer, who again stirs plenty of meaty subtext beneath the thrilling action. He also has one of the best casts imaginable, including Oscar winners, cinema royalty, rising stars and matinee idols.
Best of all, Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) returns to the fold after two less-than-thrilling solo adventures. He's at the centre of everything here, as Professor X and Magneto (Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen) ask Kitty Pryde (Ellen Page) to send Wolverine's consciousness back 50 years to 1973. His mission is to prevent Dr Trask (Peter Dinklage) from inventing mutant-hunting robots, because they will go out of control and cause a present-day dystopia in which mutants and anyone who sympathises with them are killed. But Wolverine's biggest task will be to get the then-feuding Professor X and Magneto (James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender) to work together to keep renegade mutant Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) from making everything worse.
Thankfully, Simon Kinberg's script doesn't worry too much about the whole time-travel thing, shrugging off dubious logic by keeping the focus on the characters. And there are a lot of people to keep an eye on, which makes the film sometimes feel a bit crowded and leaves some characters barely on-screen at all (blink and you'll miss Anna Paquin's Rogue). The best newbie is Evan Peters' Quicksilver, who gets the film's most entertaining sequence as he races around tweaking an action sequence frame by frame. Other set-pieces are grippingly darker, and some don't quite make sense (why does Magneto feel the need to levitate an entire stadium?).
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Emma Roberts, Evan Peters and Grace Nickels - Emma Roberts tries to go undetected with boyfriend Evan Peters and her half-sister Grace Nickels, as the group arrives at The Fat Cow in West Hollywood for dinner - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 24th March 2013
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