Public Access is a 1993 American drama film directed by Bryan Singer in his feature film debut. Singer wrote the screenplay with Christopher McQuarrie and Michael Feit Dougan; the film was shot in 18 days for US$250,000. It was screened at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, where it was a joint winner of the Grand Jury Prize. Critics praised the technical direction of Public Access but did not lend similar praise to the film's story and the characters. A clean-cut drifter ends up in a small town called Brewster. Getting wind of the local public-access television cable TV station, the man decides to host his own show called Our Town, which becomes a focal point for town citizens to call in and voice their problems anonymously. However, things start to get ugly and tensions rise for the show, which begins to elevate the man's signature catchphrase "What's wrong with Brewster?" into an new subject for the people of Brewster, when the town becomes embroiled in a mess it has created, driven by a man whose intentions might be far more sinister than he appears to be.
Bryan Singer, Christopher McQuarrie, Michael Feit Dougan wrote the screenplay for Public Access. Singer directed the screenplay in 1992 with a schedule of 18 days; the crew used leftover film stock from Hoffa. The director recalled the production experience, "Chris and I wince a little. Part of our reaction is, ` Wow, look, it was so small and undeveloped.' Part of it is reliving the circumstances of the days. This production was fraught with 100 times more turmoil than Usual Suspects—every day was a crisis, and we feel nostalgic about it." Singer compared Public Access's themes to his follow-up film The Usual Suspects, "The two films are similar in the notion of things not always being what they seem. They're about audiences' projections on a stranger. In many ways, Verbal in The Usual Suspects is an extension of Whiley, by being a foil for our projections. Both films are about telling stories and provoking, which segues into my style—using sound and images and music to create tension." When Public Access screened at the 1993 Sundance Film Festival, it was one of the two films to win the Grand Jury Prize in dramatic competition, sharing the award with Ruby in Paradise.
It screened at the 1993 Florida Film Festival and won the Audience Award for best feature film. Despite the recognition, the film did not secure a theatrical distributor. Variety called Public Access a "technically proficient" film considering its small budget and schedule; the trade paper observed, "What Singer and his co-scenarists seem to be getting at is a critique of Reagan-era greed and antihumanism, as well as a commentary on the power of the media and its ability to distract the public from issues with attractive surfaces." It summarized, "This low-budget study of malaise lurking beneath the tranquil surface of a typical small American town is serious-minded and bounces around some provocative ideas, but is vague about important matters as key story points and overriding theme." Newsweek wrote, "The 27-year-old Singer's a real talent, but the moody'Public Access' needed a stronger script. After an intriguing buildup, in which a mysterious stranger enters a small town and stirs up trouble on public-access TV, the story self-destructs."Time Out Film Guide described Public Access as "this chilly little parable taps into the poisonous well-springs of the middle-American psyche".
The magazine reviewed, "The film is overly measured, with lots of slow zooms and slow motion, but it's engrossing, Marquette is a genuinely scary customer, a dry-cleaned all-American sociopath." In contrast, The Hollywood Reporter's Henry Sheehan wrote of Public Access as "a virtuosically stylish independent feature, as full of flourishes as it is devoid of meaning". Sheehan found the film "visually... ingenious" and that the soundtrack had "an inventive sophistication". Despite the highlights, he felt that Public Access's characters were "mere exigencies" and that the film could be "in the service of a more coherent or articulate story". Mottram, James. "The Changing Faces of Sundance: Public Access and Spanking the Monkey". The Sundance Kids: How the Mavericks Took Back Hollywood. Faber & Faber. Pp. 37–50. ISBN 0-86547-967-4. Public Access on IMDb Public Access at Rotten Tomatoes
X-Men: Apocalypse is a 2016 American superhero film directed and co-produced by Bryan Singer and written by Simon Kinberg from a story by Singer, Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris. The film is based on the fictional X-Men characters that appear in Marvel Comics and is the ninth installment in the X-Men film series, it is the sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past and stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Oscar Isaac, Nicholas Hoult, Rose Byrne, Tye Sheridan, Sophie Turner, Olivia Munn, Lucas Till. In the film, the ancient mutant En Sabah Nur / Apocalypse awakens in 1983 and plans to wipe out modern civilization and take over the world, leading the X-Men to try to stop him and defeat his team of mutants. Stan Lee appears in a cameo with his wife Joan, her last appearance in film before her death soon after; the film was announced by Singer in December 2013, with Kinberg and Harris attached to develop the story. Casting began in October 2014, while principal photography commenced in April 2015 in Montreal and ended in August of the same year.
X-Men: Apocalypse premiered in London on May 9, 2016, was released in North America on May 27 in 3D and 2D, in IMAX 3D in select international markets. It received mixed reviews from critics, with praise given to its themes and acting performances, while the Apocalypse character was faulted. A sequel titled Dark Phoenix is set for release on June 7, 2019. In 3600 BCE the powerful mutant lord En Sabah Nur rules ancient Egypt until he is entombed alive by a rebellion. Awakening in 1983, he believes. Aiming to destroy the world and remake it in the image he sees fit, he recruits Ororo Munroe and upgrades her power. In East Berlin shape-shifting mutant Raven frees Kurt Wagner, a teleporting mutant from an arena and requests black marketeer Caliban to transport him to America. En Sabah Nur recruits Psylocke and Angel, enhances both of their powers. Alex Summers takes his brother Scott to Professor Charles Xavier's educational institute, hoping that Xavier and Hank McCoy will teach him to control his mutation for shooting optic beams.
Scott meets the Level 5 telepathic and telekinetic Jean Grey, the two develop an attraction. En Sabah Nur's powers cause problems around the world, leading Xavier and Alex to consult with CIA operative Moira MacTaggert, researching the legend of Nur. In Communist Poland, Erik Lehnsherr uses his powers to save a co-worker during an earthquake, prompting the local militia to capture him; when one accidentally slays his wife and daughter with archery, Erik retaliates by slaughtering the entire militia. En Sabah Nur enhances his powers, tempting him to give in to revenge. Erik joins En Sabah Nur. En Sabah Nur remotely accesses Cerebro, the device Xavier uses to locate mutants, forces Xavier to make the global superpowers launch their entire nuclear arsenals into space to prevent interference with En Sabah Nur's plan, he and his Four Horsemen arrive at kidnap Xavier. Attempting to stop them, Alex causes an explosion. Peter Maximoff arrives just in time. Colonel William Stryker's forces capture Hank, Raven and Moira, take them for interrogation.
Scott and Kurt follow covertly, liberate their comrades using Stryker's experiment Weapon X, whose memories Jean restores. Erik uses his powers to control the Earth's magnetic poles causing destruction across the planet. Sabah Nur plans to enslave every person on Earth. Xavier sends a telepathic distress call to Jean, the others travel to Cairo to battle Sabah Nur and his horsemen, they rescue Xavier in a plane. Angel and Psylocke attack Nightcrawler teleports them away. Psylocke jumps to safety. Seeing Nur's real colours and Ororo turn on him and, with the help of Scott, keep him occupied physically while Xavier fights him telepathically in the astral plane. Xavier encourages Jean to unleash the full strength of her mental/extrasensory abilities, incinerating En Sabah Nur while Psylocke escapes. Xavier and Moira rekindle their relationship. Erik and Jean help reconstruct the school. Peter decides not to tell Erik yet. Using confiscated Sentinels and Raven train the new X-Men recruits: Scott, Ororo and Peter.
In a post-credits scene, men in black suits visit the Weapon X facility to retrieve an X-ray and a blood sample marked "Weapon X", on behalf of the Essex Corporation. James McAvoy as Charles Xavier / Professor X: A mutant pacifist and the world's most powerful telepath, the founder of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters and leads the team of mutants known as the X-Men, in order to protect humankind and battle against the deadly enemy within. McAvoy shaved his head for the role. Michael Fassbender as Erik Lehnsherr / Magneto: A mutant Auschwitz survivor with the ability to control magnetic fields and manipulate metal, once Xavier's closest ally and best friend until his belief that mankind and mutantkind would never coexist led to their separation, he is globally infamous for attempting to assassinate U. S. President Richard Nixon on live broadcast 10 years prior. Bill Milner appears in archival footage as a Young Erik. Jennifer Lawrence as Raven / Mystique: A mutant with shapeshifting abilities, globally renowned for saving Nixon's life 10 years prior.
She is Xavier's once closest ally and his adopted sister. Lawrence said, "she hears about what happened to Erik and she wants to seek him out and
Jack the Giant Slayer
Jack the Giant Slayer is a 2013 American fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Bryan Singer and written by Darren Lemke, Christopher McQuarrie and Dan Studney, from a story by Lemke and David Dobkin. The film, based on the British fairy tales "Jack the Giant Killer" and "Jack and the Beanstalk", stars Nicholas Hoult, Eleanor Tomlinson, Stanley Tucci, Ian McShane, Bill Nighy, Ewan McGregor; the film tells the story of Jack, a young farmhand who must rescue a princess from a race of giants after inadvertently opening a gateway to their land in the sky. Development of Jack the Giant Slayer began in 2005. D. J. Caruso was hired to direct the film in January 2009, but in September of that year, Caruso was replaced by Singer, who hired McQuarrie and Studney to rework the script; the main characters were cast between February and March 2011, principal photography began in April 2011 in England with locations in Somerset and Norfolk. Release of the film was moved back in post-production to allow more time for special effects and marketing.
Jack the Giant Slayer premiered on February 26, 2013 in Hollywood and was released theatrically in the United States on March 1, 2013, receiving mixed reviews from critics and was a box office flop. In the Kingdom of Cloister, Jack, a young farm boy, is fascinated by the legend of Erik, an ancient king who defeated an army of invading giants from a realm in the sky by controlling them with a magical crown. At the same time, Princess Isabelle becomes fascinated with the same legend. Ten years Jack goes into town to sell his horse to support his uncle's farm. There, Jack spots Isabelle and becomes enamored with her after defending her honor from a group of hooligans. Meanwhile, Lord Roderick returns to his study, only to find; the monk offers Jack some magic beans. Back at the castle, Isabelle quarrels with her father King Brahmwell as she wants to explore the kingdom, but he wants her to stay and marry Roderick. Jack's uncle scolds him for being foolish before throwing the beans on the floor and leaving the house.
Determined to be free, Isabelle sneaks out of the castle and seeks shelter from the rain in Jack's house. As it rains, one of the beans takes root and grows into a massive beanstalk that carries the house and Isabelle into the sky as Jack falls to the ground. Jack and Roderick's attendant Wicke volunteer to join the king's knights, led by Elmont and his second in-command and climb the beanstalk in search of Isabelle; as they climb and Wicke cut the safety rope, intentionally killing some of the knights. At the top, they discover the giants' realm and decide to split into two groups: one with Jack and Crawe, the other including Roderick and Wicke, but not before Roderick forcibly takes the remaining beans from Jack. Jack's group is trapped by a giant, who takes Crawe prisoner while Jack escapes. Meanwhile, Roderick's group encounters two other giants. Jack follows the giant to their stronghold, where the two-headed giant leader, has killed Crawe. Jack finds Elmont imprisoned there; as the giants prepare to kill their remaining prisoners, Roderick walks in and enslaves the giants with the crown.
He tells the giants they will attack Cloister at dawn and gives them permission to eat Isabelle and Elmont. Jack rescues Elmont as one of the giants prepares to cook Elmont as a pig-in-a-blanket; the trio makes for the beanstalk, where Jack causes the giant guarding the beanstalk to fall off the realm's edge. Seeing the giant's body, Brahmwell orders the beanstalk cut down to avoid an invasion by the giants. Jack and Isabelle head down the beanstalk. Elmont kills Roderick, but Fallon takes the crown before Elmont can claim it, Elmont is forced to escape down the beanstalk. Jack and Elmont all survive the fall after the beanstalk is cut down; as everyone returns home, Jack warns that the giants are using Roderick's beans to create beanstalks to descend down to Earth and attack Cloister. The giants chase Jack and Brahmwell into the castle, where Elmont fills the moat with oil and sets it on fire. Fallon breaks into the castle from below; as the siege continues, Fallon captures Jack and Isabelle, but Jack throws the final bean down Fallon's throat, before the giant can eat the princess, causing a beanstalk to rip apart his body.
Jack sends the giants back to their realm. Jack and Isabelle tell the story of the giants to their children; as time passes, the magic crown is crafted into St Edward's Crown and is secured in the Tower of London. Nicholas Hoult as Jack, a young farmhand who leads the quest to rescue the princess. Eleanor Tomlinson as Isabelle, the princess, abducted by giants. Stanley Tucci as Lord Roderick, the king's advisor who plans on taking over the kingdom. Ian McShane as King Brahmwell, the princess's father, who wants his daughter to marry Lord Roderick. Bill Nighy and John Kassir as the voice and motion-capture of General Fallon, the two-headed leader of the giants. Nighy plays the bigger head and Kassir plays the smaller head. Ewan McGregor as Elmont, the captain of the king's guard, who joins the quest to rescue the princess. Eddie Marsan plays Crawe, Elmont's second-in-command Ewen Bremner plays Wicke, Lord Roderick's attendant. Screenwriter Darren Lemke first proposed the idea of contemporizing the "Jack and the Beanstalk" fairy tale with CGI in 2005 before the release of other con
X-Men is a 2000 American superhero film directed by Bryan Singer and written by David Hayter from a story by Singer and Tom DeSanto. The film is based on the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name and features an ensemble cast consisting of Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Bruce Davison, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Ray Park, Anna Paquin; the film depicts a world where a small proportion of people are mutants, whose possession of superhuman powers makes them distrusted by normal humans. It focuses on mutants Wolverine and Rogue as they are brought into a conflict between two groups that have radically different approaches to bringing about the acceptance of mutant-kind: Professor Xavier's X-Men, the Brotherhood of Mutants, led by Magneto. Development of X-Men began as far back as 1984 with Orion Pictures, with James Cameron and Kathryn Bigelow in discussions at one point; the film rights were bought by 20th Century Fox in 1994, various scripts and film treatments were commissioned from Andrew Kevin Walker, John Logan, Joss Whedon, Michael Chabon.
Singer signed to direct in 1996, with further rewrites by Ed Solomon, Tom DeSanto, Christopher McQuarrie, Hayter, in which Beast and Nightcrawler were deleted over budget concerns from Fox. X-Men marked the Hollywood debut for Jackman, a last-second choice for Wolverine, cast three weeks into filming. Filming took place from September 22, 1999 to March 3, 2000 in Toronto. X-Men premiered at Ellis Island on July 12, 2000, was released in the United States on July 14, 2000, it was a box office success, grossing over $296.3 million worldwide, received positive reviews from critics, citing its performances and thematic depth. The film's success led to a series of sequels and spin-offs, with the overall success of the series spawning a reemergence of superhero films, a genre that would remain popular for the next two decades. In Nazi-occupied Poland, 12-year-old Erik Lehnsherr is separated from his parents upon entering the Auschwitz concentration camp. While trying to reach them, he causes a set of metal gates to bend towards him as the result of his mutant ability to create magnetic fields and control metal manifesting, only to be knocked out by the guards.
In the not too distant future, U. S. Senator Robert Kelly attempts to pass a "Mutant Registration Act" in Congress, which would force mutants to publicly reveal their identities and abilities. Present are Lehnsherr, now going by the name "Magneto", his telepathic colleague Professor Charles Xavier. Seeing Lehnsherr in attendance, Xavier becomes concerned with how he will respond to the Registration Act. Meanwhile, in Meridian, Mississippi, 17-year-old Marie D'Ancanto accidentally puts her boyfriend into a coma upon kissing him as the result of her mutant ability to absorb the powers and life force of others, she adopts the name Rogue. In Alberta, she meets Logan known as Wolverine, a mutant who possesses superhuman healing abilities and metal "claws" that protrude from between his knuckles. While on the road together, they are attacked by a minion of Magneto's, until two of Xavier's students Cyclops and Storm arrive and save them. Wolverine and Rogue are brought to Xavier's mansion and school for mutants in Westchester County, New York.
Xavier tells Logan that Magneto appears to have taken an interest in Wolverine and asks him to stay while Xavier's mutants, the X-Men, investigate the matter. Meanwhile, Rogue enrolls in the school. Senator Kelly is abducted by two more of Magneto's minions and Mystique and is brought to their hideout on the uncharted island of Genosha. There, Magneto uses Kelly as a test subject for a machine powered by his magnetic abilities that generates a field of radiation, inducing mutation in normal humans. Kelly escapes by taking advantage of his newfound mutation. Rogue visits Wolverine during the night, she is convinced by Mystique, who disguises herself as Rogue's crush Bobby Drake, that Xavier is angry with her and she should leave the school. Xavier uses his mutant-locating machine Cerebro to find Rogue at a train station, the X-Men go to retrieve her. Meanwhile, Mystique sabotages it. Having left ahead of Storm and Cyclops, Wolverine finds Rogue on a train and convinces her to return to the school.
Before they can leave, Magneto knocks out Wolverine and subdues Rogue. Although Xavier attempts to stop Magneto by mentally controlling Sabretooth, he is forced to release his hold on Sabretooth when Magneto threatens the police who have converged on the train station, allowing Magneto's Brotherhood to escape with Rogue. Kelly arrives at Xavier's school, Xavier reads his mind to learn about Magneto's machine. Realizing the strain of powering it nearly killed Magneto, the group deduces he intends to transfer his powers to Rogue and use her to power it at the cost of her life. Kelly's body rejects his mutation, his body dissolves into liquid. Xavier attempts to locate Rogue using Cerebro, but Mystique's sabotage incapacitates him, he falls into a coma. Fellow telekinetic and telepath Jean Grey fixes Cerebro and uses it, learning that Magneto plans to place his mutation-inducing machine on Liberty Island and use it to "mutate" the world leaders meeting at a summit on nearby Ellis Island; the X-Men scale the Statue of Liberty, battling the Brotherhood while Magneto transfers his powers to Rogue and activates the mutating machine.
As Wolverine confronts and distracts Magneto, Cyclops blasts him away, allowing Wolverine to destroy the machine. He transfe
Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and co-produced by Bryan Singer and written by Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris, from a story by Singer and Harris. It is based on the DC Comics character Superman and serves as a homage sequel to the motion pictures Superman and Superman II, while ignoring the events of Superman III and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, including its spin-off Supergirl; the film stars Brandon Routh as Clark Kent/Superman, Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane, Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor, with James Marsden, Frank Langella, Parker Posey. The film tells the story of the title character returning to Earth after a five-year absence, he finds that his love interest Lois Lane has moved on with her life, that his archenemy Lex Luthor is plotting a scheme that will destroy both Superman and America. After a series of unsuccessful projects to resurrect Superman on screen following the critical failure and box office disappointment of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, Warner Bros. hired Bryan Singer to direct and develop Superman Returns in July 2004.
The majority of principal photography took place at Fox Studios Australia, while the visual effects sequences were created by a number of studios, including Sony Pictures Imageworks, Rhythm & Hues, Rising Sun Pictures, The Orphanage. Upon release, Superman Returns received positive reviews, with critics praising its visual effects, musical score, the performances of Routh and Spacey. However, it received criticism focusing on its lack of action sequences. While it was a box office success, Warner Bros. was disappointed with the worldwide box office return. A sequel was planned for a summer 2009 release, but the project was canceled; the Superman film series was rebooted in 2013 with the film Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill as Superman. For the previous five years, Superman has mysteriously abandoned his adopted home of Earth while on a journey into outer space to investigate what astronomers believed to be an intact Krypton. In his absence and past love Lois Lane wrote a scathing article "Why the World Doesn't Need Superman", winning her the Pulitzer Prize.
Lois is engaged to Richard White, the nephew of Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White, with whom she shares a young asthmatic son, Jason. Notorious criminal mastermind Lex Luthor secured an early release from prison due to Superman not appearing as a prosecution witness during Luthor's fifth appeal trial. By seducing an old heiress, Luthor is able to inherit her fortune, giving him resources for his next scheme. Superman returns to crash landing at the Kent farm, just as he did as a child, he reveals to his adoptive mother Martha Kent that he left hoping to find his homeworld, expresses his dismay at being the only one of his kind remaining. Upon returning to Metropolis in his human identity of Clark Kent, he is shocked to discover the consequences of his disappearance; when a mysterious nationwide power outage causes catastrophic failures during a space shuttle launch, Clark realizes he must reemerge as Superman. Saving the shuttle and its ferry jet in public fashion causes a resurgence of media attention regarding Superman's return.
Unbeknownst to anyone, the accident was triggered by Luthor using Kryptonian technology stolen from the Fortress of Solitude. Luthor sends his moll, Kitty, to distract Superman, allowing him to steal a sample of kryptonite from a museum. Still investigating the earlier power outage, Lois tracks the hypocenter to the mansion Luthor inherited and, along with her son, explores the yacht docked there. Discovering Luthor, she is held captive. Luthor plans to use the Kryptonian crystal technology Superman used to create his Fortress of Solitude to create a new land mass which would swallow the continental United States. Placing a crystal inside a shell of refined kryptonite, Luthor triggers the new land growth by launching it into the sea. Lois manages to use a fax machine on board the yacht to send their location to the Daily Planet headquarters, where it catches the attention of Clark and Richard. Upon discovering her attempt at subversion, one of Luthor's henchmen attacks Lois, causing Jason's powers to emerge as he crushes the henchman with a piano – revealing that the Jason is Superman's son.
Realizing this fact and his thugs escape by helicopter as the earthquake effects from the growing landmass span back to Metropolis. While Superman works to contain the damage in the city, Richard reaches the yacht by way of a floatplane and releases Lois and Jason from their locked room; the three become trapped when the yacht is split in two by the growing rock formations, knocking Lois unconscious and sinking the yacht. Superman gets them to the safety of Richard's plane. Superman pursues Luthor; the kryptonite shell surrounding the crystal has caused the new rock formations to be infused with kryptonite, making the land itself toxic to Superman. Luthor and his thugs manage to brutalize Superman into submission as he is unable to fight back. Superman tries to flee, but Luthor stabs Superman with a kryptonite shard, before leaving him to drown. Regaining consciousness in the escaping floatplane, Lois learns that Superman has gone to confront Luthor. Knowing of the kryptonite danger, Lois convinces Richard to double back to help him.
Jason spots Superman in the water and Lois and Richard get him into the plane, where Lois removes the shard. Recovering, Superman flies high into the atmosphere to regain his strength by exposure to sunlight. Using his heat vision, he tunnels
John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III was an American actor, nominated for an Academy Award eight times, winning twice. He starred in over 60 films, such as Mister Roberts, Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, Days of Wine and Roses, Irma la Douce, The Great Race, The Odd Couple, Save the Tiger, The China Syndrome and Glengarry Glen Ross. Lemmon was born on February 8, 1925, in an elevator at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts, he was the only child of Mildred Burgess LaRue and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr. the president of the Doughnut Corporation of America. John Uhler Lemmon II was of Irish heritage, his son was raised Catholic, his parents had a difficult marriage, separated permanently when Lemmon was 18, but never divorced. He attended the Rivers School in Weston, Massachusetts. Unwell as a child, Lemmon had three significant operations on his ears before he turned 10, he had spent two years in hospital by the time he turned 12. During his acceptance of his lifetime achievement award, he stated that he knew he wanted to be an actor from the age of eight.
He began to act in school productions. Lemmon attended Rivers Country Day School and Phillips Andover Academy, where he pursued track sports with success, Harvard College, where he lived in Eliot House At Harvard, he was president of the Hasty Pudding Club and vice-president of Dramatic and Delphic Clubs. Except for drama and music, however, he was an unexceptional student. Forbidden to act in theatres, Lemmon broke Harvard rules to appear in roles using pseudonyms like Timothy Orange, he was a member of the V-12 Navy College Training Program and Lemmon was commissioned by the United States Navy, serving as an ensign on an aircraft carrier during World War II before returning to Harvard after completing his military service. After graduation with a degree in War Service Sciences in 1947, He studied acting under coach Uta Hagen at HB Studio in New York City, he was a pianist, who became devoted to the instrument learned to play by ear. For about a year in New York City, he worked unpaid as a waiter and master of ceremonies at the Old Knick bar on Second Avenue.
He played the piano at the venue. Lemmon became a professional actor, working on Broadway, his film debut was a bit part as a plasterer in the film The Lady Takes a Sailor, but he was appearing in television shows, which numbered about 400 in the five years from 1948. Lemmon believed his stage career was about to take off when he was appearing on Broadway for the first time in a 1953 revival of the comedy Room Service, but the production closed after two weeks. Despite this setback, he was spotted by talent scout Max Arnow, working for Columbia, Lemmon's focus shifted to films and Hollywood. Columbia's head Harry Cohn wanted to change Lemmon's name, in case it was used to describe the quality of the actor's films, but he resisted, his first role as a leading man was in the comedy It Should Happen to You, which featured the established Judy Holliday in the female lead. Bosley Crowther in his review for The New York Times described Lemmon as possessing "a warm and appealing personality; the screen should see more of him."
The two leads soon reunited in Phffft. Kim Novak had a secondary role as a brief love interest for Lemmon's character. "If it wasn't for Judy, I'm not sure I would have concentrated on films", he told The Washington Post in 1986 saying early in his career he had a snobbish attitude towards films over the stage. He managed to negotiate a contract with Columbia allowing him leeway to pursue other projects, some of the terms of which he said "nobody had gotten before", he ended staying with Columbia for ten years. Lemmon's appearance as Ensign Pulver in Mister Roberts, with James Cagney and Henry Fonda, for Warner Bros. gained Lemmon the Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Director John Ford decided to cast Lemmon after seeing his Columbia screen test, directed by Richard Quine. At an impromptu meeting on the studio lot, Ford persuaded the actor to appear in the film, although Lemmon did not realise he was in conversation with Ford at the time. In the military farce Operation Mad Ball set in a U. S. Army base in France after World War II, Lemmon played a calculating private.
He met comedian Ernie Kovacs, who co-starred, they became close friends, appearing together in two subsequent films, as a warlock in Bell and Candle and It Happened to Jane, all three under the direction of Richard Quine. Lemmon starred in six films directed by Quine; the others were The Notorious Landlady and How to Murder Your Wife. Lemmon worked with Billy Wilder on seven films, their association began with Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. His role required him to perform 80% of the role in drag, although people who knew his mother, Millie Lemmon, said he had mimicked her personality and her hairstyle; the critic Pauline Kael said. The sequence of films with Wilder continued with The Apartment and Irma la Douce, in which Lemmon co-starred with Shirley MacLaine, he was Oscar nominated for his roles in Some Like It The Apartment. MacLaine, observing the director's relationship with his male lead, believed it amounted t
X2 is a 2003 American superhero film directed by Bryan Singer and written by Michael Dougherty, Dan Harris and David Hayter, from a story by Singer and Zak Penn. The film is based on the X-Men superhero team appearing in Marvel Comics, it is the sequel to 2000's X-Men, as well as the second installment in the X-Men film series, features an ensemble cast including Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Famke Janssen, James Marsden, Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Brian Cox, Alan Cumming, Bruce Davison, Anna Paquin. Its plot, inspired by the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills, pits the X-Men and their enemies, the Brotherhood, against the genocidal Colonel William Stryker. Development on the sequel began shortly after the first film was released in 2000. David Hayter and Zak Penn wrote separate scripts, combining what they felt to be the best elements of both scripts into one screenplay. Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris were hired to rewrite the work, changed the characterizations of Beast and Lady Deathstrike.
Sentinels and the Danger Room were set to appear before being deleted because of budget concerns. The film's premise was influenced by the Marvel Comics storylines Return to Weapon X and God Loves, Man Kills. Filming began in June 2002 and ended that November taking place at Vancouver Film Studios, the largest North American production facility outside of Los Angeles. Production designer Guy Hendrix Dyas adapted similar designs by John Myhre from the previous film. X2 was released in the United States on May 2, 2003 by 20th Century Fox, received positive reviews for its storyline, action sequences, performances; the film grossed over $407 million worldwide, received eight Saturn Awards nominations. A sequel, X-Men: The Last Stand, was released in 2006. At the White House, brainwashed teleporting mutant Nightcrawler attempts to assassinate the President of the United States but before he can do so, is shot and retreats. Meanwhile, Wolverine explores an abandoned military installation at Alkali Lake in Alberta for clues to his past, but finds nothing.
Jean has been having premonitions and struggles to concentrate as her powers become difficult to control. Wolverine returns to Professor Xavier's school for mutants, Xavier tracks Nightcrawler using Cerebro. Xavier and Cyclops go to question the imprisoned Magneto about the attack, while X-Men Storm and Jean Grey retrieve Nightcrawler. Military scientist Colonel William Stryker approaches the president and receives approval to investigate Xavier's mansion for their ties to mutants. Stryker's forces abduct some of the students. Colossus leads the remaining students to safety while Wolverine, Rogue and Pyro escape, Stryker's assistant Yuriko Oyama captures Cyclops and Xavier. During the attack Wolverine confronts Stryker; the shape-shifting Mystique gains information about Magneto's prison and helps him escape while discovering schematics for a second Cerebro. Wolverine, Rogue and Pyro visit Iceman's parents in Boston and meet up with Storm and Nightcrawler; the X-Jet is attacked by fighter jets while flying back to the mansion and is shot down, but Magneto saves them from crashing.
Magneto explains to the group that Stryker has built the second Cerebro to use it, Xavier, to telepathically kill every mutant on the planet. Stryker's son, Jason, is a mutant with mind-controlling powers, which Stryker will use to force Xavier to do this. Stryker had previously used Jason's powers to orchestrate Nightcrawler's attack as a pretense to gain approval to invade Xavier's mansion. Magneto tells Wolverine that Stryker was the man who grafted his adamantium skeleton onto his bones. Jean reads Nightcrawler's mind and determines that Stryker's base is underground in a dam at Alkali Lake. Disguised as Logan, Mystique infiltrates Stryker's base, she lets the rest of the mutants in and Magneto and Mystique go to disable Cerebro before the brainwashed Xavier can activate it. Storm and Nightcrawler rescue the captured students, Jean fights a mind-controlled Cyclops. Wolverine finds Stryker in an adamantium smelting lab and remembers it as where he received his adamantium skeleton. Wolverine fights and kills Yuriko chases Stryker to a helicopter pad and chains him to the helicopter's wheel.
Magneto stops Cerebro and, using Mystique impersonating Stryker to command Jason, has Xavier redirect its powers on normal humans. The two subsequently use Stryker's helicopter to escape, accompanied by Pyro, swayed to Magneto's views. Nightcrawler teleports Storm inside Cerebro, where she creates a snowstorm to break Jason's concentration and free Xavier from his control; the X-Men flee the dam as water engulfs it, killing Stryker, but the X-Jet loses all power and struggles to take flight as the flood water rushes towards them. Jean telepathically wishes the team goodbye, she holds back the water and raises the jet above it as flames erupt from her body, until she lets go and allows the flood to crash down upon her. The X-Men give the president Stryker's files, Xavier warns him that humans and mutants must work together to build peace. Back at the school, Xavier and Wolverine remember Jean, Xavier begins to hold a class; the film ends with a voice-over narration from Jean accompanied by the flooded Alkali Lake and a Phoenix-like shape rising