Hollywood had a minor flashback to the Eighties and Nineties this weekend as studios fought tooth and nail over the rights to a high-concept spec script by a first-time writer. In the end, Universal outbid Sony and paid $1.2 million for the rights to Section 6 by Aaron Berg. The script is period spy thriller set during World War I, focusing on the formation of the intelligence agency MI6. One of the main characters is Sir George Mansfield Cummings, the service’s first director, who might have been an inspiration for M in the James Bond films. Read More »
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The practice of releasing unrated extended versions of comedies and action film goes back years. But Fox has never taken that step with an X-Men film, until now.
The Wolverine, from director James Mangold and starring Hugh Jackman, hits disc formats on December 3, and Fox is giving fans an incentive to buy the tricked-out 4-disc blu-ray by featuring an extended, unrated cut of the film, only on that release. There are a bunch of good extras on that four-disc set beyond the new cut (including a commentary from Mangold) and you can read about those below. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Neill Blomkamp is adding a bit of star power to Chappie. Hugh Jackman confirmed in a recent interview that he is set for a supporting role in the film, which centers around a robot police officer (voiced by Sharlto Copley) who’s kidnapped by hoodlums (Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er).
Hit the jump for more details about the casting, including some hints about whom Jackman could play.
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Want to see a new featurette on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? How has Kat Dennings‘ character changed in Thor: The Dark World? What piece of Batman and Robin swag can you now own? Does Hugh Jackman think Wolverine will back after X-Men: Days of Future Past? How many balloons does it take to make an Iron Man suit? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Everyone on the set of Prisoners looked exhausted. Some of that was makeup, but some of the drain and fatigue was quite real. When I visited the production, it wasn’t working on a constructed set, but in a location. A real hospital, complete with physical dimensions that aren’t all that friendly to wide lenses and large groups of film crew, was the site of the shoot towards the end of the film’s schedule back in March.
The location wasn’t helping the mood, but it wasn’t just cramped quarters that was grinding down the cast and crew. Prisoners, scripted by Aaron Guzikowski and directed by Denis Villeneuve, is not a cheery film. It follows two families whose children are abducted on Thanksgiving, and examines the different coping mechanisms employed by the two adult couples as they wait for any news. Ironically it was quite nice outside on the day of our visit, but Prisoners is the sort of movie that retreats from sunshine. When the weather got good, the crew shot indoors.
The couples are played by Hugh Jackman and Maria Bello, and Viola Davis and Terrence Howard. Garbed in realistic costume and styled like people rather than movie starts, several looked like they’d been put through the wringer. Slightly more energized was Jake Gyllenhaal, playing the detective who takes charge of the missing persons case. In conversation, each outlined their approach to the difficult material, and after the break you’ll find a lightly edited oral pre-history of Prisoners, assembled from their comments. Read More »
Which member of The Avengers doesn’t know who Ultron is? Which superteams are celebrating their 50th birthdays today? Are there Marvel heroes visible in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.? Does Hugh Jackman ever imagine another version of The Wolverine? What happens when The Avengers face Batman and Superman in toy form? Want to see a new trailer for Thor: The Dark World? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
In the era of The Avengers, Batman vs. Superman and X-Men: Days of Future Past, comic book movies have begun to look more like comic books. Multiple movies featuring multiple characters all take place in the same universe, making crossovers possible. There are, unfortunately, some crossovers that are currently impossible because various studios own the rights to major characters. Spider-Man, for example, is at Sony, while the X-Men and Fantastic Four are at 20th Century Fox. That makes crossover with the Marvel Studios characters legally difficult.
According to Hugh Jackman, those barriers almost broke down in 2002. A few short years after Bryan Singer’s original X-Men, then lower level Marvel producer Kevin Feige suggested Wolverine cameo in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. Jackman even traveled to the city, but something stopped it from happening. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, August 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
Over the past six X-Men movies — seven if you count the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past — Hugh Jackman has proved invaluable to the Fox franchise. Indeed, he’s so important to the series that this week’s rumor that he’d been offered $100 million to stick around for four more installments sounded entirely plausible. That’s not something you’d be able to say about most movie stars, no matter how lucrative their franchises.
However, Jackman has now gone on record denying that report. “I would never do that,” he added. Hit the jump to read his comments.
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