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Ridley Scott is 79 years old and he has directed five movies in the past six years. He’s the human equivalent of the bus from Speed – he can’t slow down. More than that, he’s making the rest of look bad. In the time it takes me to write an introductory paragraph about upcoming Alien movies, Scott has probably signed on to producer another half dozen movies.

With his next movie, Alien: Covenant, due out in a next few months, Scott has revealed that he’s definitely not getting tired of the Alien series. In fact, you’ll have to pry it from his cold, dead hands.

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Logan Cameos

For weeks, the critical buzz on Logan has been that it’s a fitting end to Hugh Jackman‘s 17-year tenure as Wolverine. And now that the film’s actually been out for a few days, and most of you have had a chance to see it, it’s time to talk about how it sends off the iconic superhero character. During a recent press day, I had a chance to sit down with director/co-writer James Mangold and dig deep into the spoilers for this latest and last Wolverine movie.

I won’t say anymore up here, lest I ruin the film for those who haven’t watched it yet. But those of you who have, click through to wade into spoiler territory with Mangold and me.  Read More »

logan ending

Logan is the last time Hugh Jackman will play Wolverine. That’s been the narrative since the beginning, the chief selling point for a risky, violent, and thoughtful superhero movie that goes out of its way to tear its hero down before giving him one final ride. Come say goodbye to a character we’ve watched for 17 years, Logan asks. That’s enough to get butts in the seats. We’ve come this far, right?

And to the film’s credit, Jackman and director James Mangold have crafted a beautiful, bleak, and merciless farewell to one of the young century’s first cinematic icons. Logan, the Wolverine, James Howlett, whatever he is and whoever he is, doesn’t get the ending he deserves, but rather the ending he needs. (Spoilers from this point on, of course.)

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Logan X-Men Comics

By now you’ve probably heard how great Logan turned out to be as the swan song for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. One of the film’s strengths is how it basically stands on its own, making only passing references to events and characters from the previous films in the X-Men franchise. In fact, there’s one element to Logan that makes it seem as if all the previous movies may just be exaggerated comic book fiction.

While Logan, Professor X and the young mutant experiment named Laura (aka X-23) are on the run from the dangerous foes of what few mutants are surviving in the world, we learn that the deadly little girl is a fan of X-Men comics. It’s not unlike how Rey and Finn have heard about the stories involving the heroics of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Logan is quick to debunk the stories in the comics, but you can be the judge of that yourself by taking a look at some of their pages.

Check out the Logan X-Men comics created specifically for the film after the jump. Read More »

deadpool 2 trailer

If you’ve seen Logan by now, you know that the latest X-Men film comes with a fun little surprise: a teaser trailer for Deadpool 2, a sequel that hasn’t even started filming yet. Now, that trailer has arrived online, just in case you want to watch it again.

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Logan - Hugh Jackman

The wait is finally over, and you can see Logan in theaters this weekend. The buzz has been off the charts for Hugh Jackman‘s final turn as the mutant hero he’s been playing since his breakthrough performance in the original X-Men movie back in 2000, but now that you’ve seen James Mangold‘s latest addition to the franchise, we want to know what you think.

After the jump, we offer our own thoughts on Logan, but since this is for people who have already seen the movie, beware of major spoilers from here out. Read More »

Michael Jackson Auditioned for X-Men

The X-Men franchise began back in 2000, and since it was the first time the Marvel Comics property was being brought to the big screen, there was a lot of buzz about who should be cast in the various mutant roles of the titular superhero team. For example, Viggo Mortensen revealed not too long ago that he turned down the role of Wolverine due to a commitment he had to another project. While we’ll always wonder how awesome that would have been, we couldn’t be happier that Australian actor Hugh Jackman ended up being launched into stardom by taking the role that he would go on to play for 17 years.

Beyond that though, you might be surprise to hear that there were some mind-blowing contenders who came in to read for various roles in the first X-Men movie. Believe it or not, Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, came in to audition for Professor X. And he wasn’t the only chart-topping singer looking to play one of the Marvel mutants.

Learn about how Michael Jackson auditioned for X-Men and other surprising contenders after the jump. Read More »

avatar ride footage

For the past three years, we’ve slowly watched Walt Disney World’s Pandora: The World of Avatar transform from a giant dirt pile into a jaw-dropping recreation of the alien jungle seen in James Cameron’s Avatar. Now, we’re on the homestretch, flying toward the theme park land’s May 27, 2017 opening, and first footage from the interior of one the area’s two main attractions has arrived online.

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hugh jackman x-men audition

Wolverine could have defined Hugh Jackman. Instead, Hugh Jackman defined Wolverine. He used that adamantium-clawed mutant superhero to launch himself into a career where he could also star in musicals and romantic comedies and eccentric sci-fi-tinged explorations of tragedy. Few modern actors have made movie stardom work for them quite like Hugh Jackman. None of his performances feel like a compromise.

But with Logan signaling the end of this chapter of Jackman’s career, it’s time to get nostalgic. It’s tome to travel back to 1999, before superhero movies were big business, back when Hugh Jackman was just fit and not hand-chisled out of marble. Let’s watch his original X-Men audition.

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Patrick Stewart Not Retiring from X-Men

We’ve known for awhile that Logan was going to be the last ride for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. The reason we’ve been waiting so long for the movie is because he and director James Mangold wanted to get this one right for themselves and the fans. Thankfully, they succeeded with flying colors.

In fact, Logan is such a sensation that Sir Patrick Stewart was inclined to announce that he was going to follow Hugh Jackman’s example by retiring from the X-Men franchise as well. During one screening of the movie, Stewart was so moved that he just couldn’t imagine playing Professor X again after a movie like this. The bar was set too high. However, the actor has walked back that statement a bit, and there’s still a chance for him to come back to the role under the right circumstances.

Why is Patrick Stewart not retiring from X-Men movies anymore? Find out after the jump. Read More »