‘An Open Secret’ Examines Hollywood Sex Abuse Allegations, Beyond the Tabloid Sensationalism

When 31-year-old Michael Egan III brought a lawsuit against X-Men: Days of Future Past director Bryan Singer in April of this year, it set off a slew of salacious tabloid stories. Egan alleged that Singer and other powerful Hollywood men, as part of an underground sex ring, drugged and raped the aspiring actor when he was an underage teenager. He described sketchy parties held at the M&C Estate, a mansion owned by now-convincted sex offender Marc Collins-Rector and his partner Chad Shackey. … Read More

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The 15 Stupidest Comic Book Superpowers

With X-Men: Days of Future Past hitting theaters this weekend and showing the world how super-cool superpowers can save the world (and also save a motley crew of friendships), now seemed like the perfect time to take a look at some lesser superhero powers. As the co-author of a book about teens with lame superpowers — The Misshapes, available in October — I wanted to see what the geniuses of Marvel, DC, and beyond came up with when they were bored and punchy. With 80-plus years of the American comic book industry available, there’s a terrible superpower for nearly every day of the week. … Read More

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past': J. Law Reinvigorates a Tired Franchise

In the future, the X-Men are tired. They’ve been fighting a losing war for decades against robots called Sentinels whose evil fire vagina dentata threatens to swallow them at every turn. That dystopian future is far more CG than reality. It’s grim. Bodies pile up around the X-Men while characters we’ve learned to love over their 50-plus-year history in comics and on screen die. … Read More

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