Scott Frank interview

Right from the start of Logan, it’s obvious James Mangold‘s film isn’t your average superhero movie. Putting aside the R-rating the filmmaker doesn’t waste, there’s also the fact that comic book heroes rarely look as broken and feel as real as Hugh Jackman does in his final outing as the beloved mutant. The story isn’t about a hero who saves the day; it’s about a man who desperately needs saving.

The unconventional comic book movie, which is always more interested in its three central characters than hurrying up to the next set piece, is co-written by Mangold, Michael Green (American Gods), and Scott Frank. Frank is the writer behind two knockout Elmore Leonard adaptations, the director of The Lookout and A Walk Among the Tombstones, and the author behind Shaker.

We recently spoke with Frank about Logan, his novel, and more after he wrapped shooting his western Netflix series, Godless. We’ll be sharing more from our conversation with the writer-director in the coming days, but in the meantime, you can read our spoiler discussion about Mangold’s film below.

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Logan trailer - Hugh Jackman ferrari movie

Following a huge weekend at the box-office with LoganHugh Jackman is in talks for the lead role in Michael Mann‘s Enzo Ferrari biopic. The actor would replace Christian Bale, who exited Ferrari a year ago over weight gain concerns. If a deal is struck, then Jackman will get to work with actress Noomi Rapace (The Drop) on Mann’s film.

Below, learn more about the Hugh Jackman Ferrari movie.

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logan spoiler review

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: James Mangold’s Logan.)

There has never been a superhero movie like Logan.

Paced like a ’70s drama, styled like a classic western, and powered by characters rather than action, director James Mangold has concluded the saga of Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine with a powerful pop rather than an empty bang.  Like the very different Deadpool, this is a superhero movie, an X-Men movie, that is beholden only to itself. It has shrugged off its masters and is all the better for it.

And while most superhero movies dwell on surface pleasures, Logan offers meat to chew on. Bloody and bitter meat, but meat thoughtfully and carefully prepared. Let’s take a deep dive into what makes Logan so special and so different.

Spoilers head, of course.

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Logan trailer - Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman has just released a clip of him recording ADR for one of Logan‘s climactic action scenes, and watching the actor recreate the sounds of a melee fight scene is unlike anything I’ve seen before. You really should watch the Logan ADR clip embedded below.

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Logan Easter Eggs

It should come as no surprise that Logan dominated the box office this past weekend. Even with its R-rating, the last outing for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine pulled in $88.4 million, making it the largest R-rated March debut ever. But the movie packs a powerful emotional punch, and while it’s just as good as all the reviews have been saying I’m not sure it’s the kind of movie I’m prepared to enthusiastically watch for a second time so soon.

Then again, taking a second glance at Logan would afford me the opportunity to pick up on any easter eggs or references that are made to both the previous X-Men films and the comic books that inspired them. However, if you don’t have the time to find them yourself, a helpful video is online that runs through a bunch of the Logan easter eggs that can be found. Watch below, but beware of spoilers if you haven’t seen Logan. 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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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 »

Logan Credits Scene

(This article is by Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux.)

It’s hard to imagine the movies without Hugh Jackman. Not just because he’s played the character of Wolverine for the past 17 years, kicking off the superhero movie boom and providing a consistent anchor through the various up and downs of the X-Men series. No, it’s hard to imagine the movies without Hugh Jackman because he is one of our finest modern movie stars, an infinite well of charisma who has been nothing but fearless when it comes to taking risks and laying himself bare. Jackman has been in great movies, forgettable movies, and bad movies, but he’s showcased a remarkable consistency over the years – you put him in the front of the camera and you get something worth watching.

With Logan now in theaters, it’s time to pay tribute to an actor who is perfectly comfortable singing and dancing, hacking and slashing, wooing Meg Ryan and selling butter. These are the 15 greatest Hugh Jackman moments.

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Logan Sabertooth Cameo

Liev Schreiber is a great actor given a not-so-great role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. The Ray Donavon star wasn’t playing a particularly dynamic version of Sabretooth in that comic book movie. It ended up being the first and last time we saw Schreiber as the character, but there was some chatter about him returning for Logan. According to the film’s co-writer, Scott Frank (The Lookout), they considered having him lend Wolverine a hand during his journey.

Below, learn about director James Mangold‘s scrapped idea for a Logan Sabretooth cameo.

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