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X-Men: Days of Future Past is not only the latest chapter in the cinematic life of the X-Men. It is an attempt to rectify some mistakes made in previous films, particularly X-Men: The Last Stand. It is a Charles Xavier origin story of sorts, and also a Wolverine movie; no matter how many mutants Fox splashes on the posters, this is the continuation of Wolverine’s evolution from animal to man. And for a film that ranges from 1973 to future decades hence, it is also a rather contained, character-oriented story.
As Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travels into the past to help Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) realize his potential, Wolverine also truly comes into his own. As a character piece, there’s a bit of a cheat, as Wolverine has the benefit of tremendous foresight. But while he knows where he has to go, he doesn’t know how to get there. Despite the myriad ways in which Days of Future Past is unlike the X-Men comics, it plays out as a solid special issue, a rip-roaring tale of power and old-fashioned good versus evil. It is an unusual summer “blockbuster,” and stands among the better X-Men movies. Read More »
Posted on Friday, May 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
When an Aussie unknown named Hugh Jackman was cast as Wolverine back in the late ’90s, it was doubtful that anyone would’ve predicted he’d still be playing the nearly ageless mutant a decade and a half later. For that matter, some would not likely have guessed that the X-Men franchise itself would last this long. But seven films later, both the series and its star are still going strong.
Which isn’t to say there haven’t been some changes. Fox’s X-Men universe has expanded over the years to include more heroes, more villains, and more versions of already established characters. One of the most exciting additions in the new X-Men: Days of Future Past is Peter Dinklage‘s Bolivar Trask, a scientist obsessed with mutants — and the threat they pose to humanity.
At a recent X-Men: Days of Future Past junket in New York City, I took the opportunity to sit down with Jackman, the series’ longest-running hero, and Dinklage, its newest villain — as well as Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker, the producers who’ve made it all happen. Watch the video interviews after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
A few weeks ago, Hugh Jackman told press that he was “99.9% sure” that the next Wolverine movie would be his last outing as the (nearly) ageless mutant. But now that the X-Men: Days of Future Past press tour is in full swing, that remaining 0.01% seems to be gaining ground.
Jackman has since backtracked a bit on his comments, saying that he’s “less sure” about wanting to hang up his claws. In fact, he’s hoping that Wolverine will eventually get a chance to team up with the Avengers. Read his comments after the jump.
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Wolverine is at the center of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and we know there will be a third solo Wolverine film. But with Hugh Jackman aging just like everyone else, doing that hardcore Wolverine workout isn’t getting any easier. Getting in shape to play the character is serious work, and isn’t something Jackman can do forever.
So one solution seems obvious, especially if the character will factor in to both X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016, and Wolverine 3 in 2017. Shoot the movies back to back, so Jackman can get in shape once, hold it for the duration of the two films, and then relax a bit. That’s what Jackman and the producers want to do; now we’ll see if it can happen. Read More »
Hugh Jackman has been Wolverine for almost 15 years. He first appeared in Bryan Singer’s landmark 2000 film X-Men and continues in the role to this day. He’s soon starring in May’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. After that, another X-Men film, X-Men Apocalypse, is already in the works, and then a third Wolverine sequel is a likely prospect. Jackman is expected to appear in both of those yet-to-be-produced films. In a new interview, however, he said he’s 99.9 per cent sure by the time he gets to that third Wolverine movie, it would be his last, and that’s helping to drive the story. Read more about Hugh Jackman being done with Wolverine below. Read More »
Hugh Jackman appeared on WWE’s premiere television show Raw last night to promote the upcoming release of X-Men: Days of Future Past. Not only did the Wolverine star appear on the wrestling show but he got into the ring to face-off against legendary X-Men villain Magneto — played this time not by Michael Fassbender or Ian McKellen, but WWE superstar Damien Sandow dressed in a classic Magneto costume. Watch the Hugh Jackman WWE RAW video embedded after the jump.
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You’ve seen the most recent (and supposedly final) trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past. To complement it, stars Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, and Michael Fassbender took part in a 20-minute question and answer session in which they fielded inquiries about the new movie. But this isn’t the place where Fox’s well-oiled marketing machine suddenly breaks down and all manner of secrets are revealed. No, this is just the place where you get a sense of how much fun it might be to hang out with these three actors for a little while. And that is pretty good, given their personalities and easy chemistry together. Read More »