Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
Over a decade after it kicked into gear with X-Men and Spider-Man, the superhero movie trend shows no signs of flagging. Costumed heroes will keep going strong in 2013 with several more high-profile releases, including Man of Steel, Kick-Ass 2, The Wolverine, and Thor: The Dark World. While we’ve haven’t seen trailers for most of them so far (Man of Steel excepted) the latest issue of Empire Magazine offers a little taste of each movie with some new images.
Check them out after the jump.
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We’re still waiting for a trailer for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine, which brings Hugh Jackman back to his signature role as the rapid-healing mutant augmented with unbreakable razor-sharp claws. You’d think that guy would be impossible to defeat, but X-Men Origins: Wolverine nearly managed the trick.
This film basically ignores Origins, and takes its biggest cues from the early ’80s Wolverine mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that helped define the character in the first place. That story sees Wolverine fighting for his honor and humanity in Japan, but we still don’t know many specifics about what screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie retained, and what was changed. Now James Mangold has given an interview where he suggests a few things about his film, and explains why it takes place some time after X-Men: The Last Stand. Read More »
Hugh Jackman finds himself in the big-screen version of a beloved property thanks to his role as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, but in just a few months he’ll be back in his signature role of Wolverine in the character’s second standalone movie. The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold, adapts the classic 1982 mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller in which the character has a formative adventure in Japan.
We’ve known the basics of the timeline (despite some conflicting statements from Mangold) but in a new interview Jackman confirms some of the timeline info, and in doing so strongly suggests the identity of a cameo that has been rumored for the film. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
In just a few days, we’ll be seeing Hugh Jackman tackle one of the stage’s most iconic heroes in Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables. But the role that’s really been his signature for the past decade is X-Men’s Wolverine, and it’s one he’ll be reprising again for the next two summers.
Shooting is already complete on The Wolverine, which hits in July, but the news today is that he’s also confirmed for an appearance in 2014′s X-Men: Days of Future Past. More details after the jump.
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This morning Megan Fox, Ed Helms, and Jessica Alba announced the nominations for the 2013 Golden Globes. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the organization behind the event, is famous for nominating films and performances simply based on their star factor — if there’s an actor that members of the HFPA want to hang out with, they’re sure to get a nomination.
But the HFPA is great at putting on a show, and so the Golden Globes generate a lot of attention every year. And, as the NY Times points out, with the Globes nominations coming just days before Oscar nomination voting starts, there’s a possibility that nominations here could affect Oscar voting. The Best Picture nomination set includes what is already becoming a standard set of awards favorites, such as Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, and Zero Dark Thirty, but there are also nominations for Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and Django Unchained. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen picked up a few nominations, actually, which was one of the big surprises.
The Golden Globes will air on January 13, 2013, hosted by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. The full nomination list is below. Read More »
We’ve got more stopgap marketing points between the announcement of a film and the first trailer than ever before. One is the motion poster — essentially an animated GIF that still doesn’t manage to say very much about a movie, but sometimes looks pretty cool. For a film like The Hunger Games it works well, because those flaming mockingjay pins are great little icons.
But for The Wolverine, anything short of a looped image of Wolvie clawing up some ninjas will seem like small stuff to some. Here’s a motion poster, and it doesn’t feature violence. Instead, it features brooding and rain. But we’ll take it. When he stands up, hopefully this will be a fresh and clean Wolverine, ready to burst forth into a movie that has little in common with X-Men Origins. The violence will be seen soon, don’t worry. Read More »
There’s a moment about 30 minutes into Tom Hooper‘s musical adaptation of Les Miserables where you’re either with it or not. Anne Hathaway, beaten and bruised, hair raggedly cropped short, sings the iconic song “I Dreamed a Dream.” She does so on her own, in a single long-take close-up that lasts at least three minutes. It’s Hooper’s way of telling the audience this film is going to be dark, it’s going to be dirty, it’s going to have emotions, and yes, it’s going to be these actors (who we know better as Wolverines, Catwomen, Gladiators or Mean Girls) singing — and only singing — their hearts out for almost three hours.
In this moment, Hathaway provides one of the most stirring and impressive emotional moments of 2012, perfect capturing the tone and wonder of Les Miserables. It’s mesmerizing, moving and magical. Read More »
Fox, producer Bryan Singer, and the writing and directing team that included Jane Goldman and Matthew Vaughn did some deep playing around with the onscreen X-Men franchise in X-Men: First Class. The film recast several primary characters, as it told a story from their youth, but also did a few things that contradicted the existing X-Men movies in a notable way.
Not a big deal for some audiences, but for a continuity-obsessed fan base — one encouraged by the notably knotted timeline of comics featuring the mutant characters — there was a lot to think about.
The next film in the series, X-Men: Days of Future Past, seems like it might address some of those continuity issues. It brings the First Class cast (James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence and Nicholas Hoult) into a story that also features original actors Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, as well as Hugh Jackman, whose First Class cameo was one of those little kinks of continuity. How will the older actors be integrated into a story dominated by the younger cast? You probably know by this point that Days of Future Past jumps back and forth on the timeline, and that’s the key. But it sounds like there might not be too much interaction between the old and young cast. Read More »
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