Logan - Patrick Stewart

In the Old Man Logan comic, from which James Mangold‘s Logan borrowed a few ideas, Wolverine killed the X-Men. In a flashback, it’s revealed Mysterio played mind games on Logan and tricked him into killing his family of mutants. Mangold and his co-writers ultimately used the spirit of that scene for Professor Charles Xavier (Sir Patrick Stewart), not Logan.

In an earlier draft of the script, the story began with the incident in Westchester, New York, which is only alluded to in the movie. Below, Mangold discusses the Logan alternate opening.

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Logan Noir Trailer

Tonight brings Logan back to the big screen, but not in the same way that we saw back in March. As we learned before the movie was even released, director James Mangold was working on a black and white cut of the film, inspired by the first look photos that were revealed in the months leading up to the movie’s release. That version of the film is coming to the big screen, but only at Alamo Drafthouse locations around the country, leaving most of the country unable to what is being called Logan Noir in theaters.

The good news is that when Logan arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on May 23, fans will be able to watch the black and white version of the movie at home. In the meantime, for those of us who don’t have a nearby Alamo Drafthouse, James Mangold has released a Logan Noir trailer so we can see how gorgeous this movie looks in black and white. Watch it below! Read More »

logan trailer breakdown

Logan couldn’t be a better success story. Hugh Jackman got to go out on a high note, the R-rated movie surpassed expectations at the box-office, and the whole endeavor received love all around from audiences, comic book fans, and critics. Making Logan‘s journey all the more satisfying is its return to theaters with a black and white cut, which will be on this month’s Blu-Ray release.

Also on the home video release is a deleted scene with Caliban (Stephen Merchant). Below, watch the Logan deleted scene (Spoilers are ahead).

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Logan Noir - Logan Black and White Screening Locations

Earlier this year, we learned that director James Mangold was already working on a black and white version of Logan. However, it wasn’t until last week that we learned this special version of the film would debut on the big screen in addition to being part of the home video release. At the time, there were no details on exactly where we’d be able to see the black and white Logan in theaters, though we knew it would be screening for one night only on May 16.

Now we have the official details on where you can see Logan in black and white, or Logan Noir as it’s being dubbed, and the bad news is that most of the country won’t even have an opportunity to see this alternate version of the movie on the big screen. Read More »

Logan Black and White Version

The earliest part of the marketing campaign for Logan came in the form of a series of photos from the set of the movie. By way of an Instagram account with the username “wponx“, 20th Century fox released black and white photos from the set of production. They were gorgeous pieces of photography, and at one time, fans thought there was a chance the entire movie might be black and white. But as we’ve seen, the movie was released in full color.

But you’ll get your chance to see James Mangold‘s black and white version of Logan on the big screen. Hit the jump to find out when and to learn more details on the Logan black and white cut. Read More »

James Mangold cop movie

Get excited, Cop Land fans, because director James Mangold is making another cop movie. After knocking Logan far out of the ballpark, Mangold has lined up his next project: an adaptation of Don Winslow‘s (The Cartel) upcoming novel, The Force. Stephen King called Winslow’s latest – a story about corrupt cops in New York City – “The Godfather, only with cops. It’s that good.”

Here’s what we know.

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Caliban in Logan

When it comes to the X-Men franchise, this year’s Logan and last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse are completely on the opposite ends of the spectrum. Logan is a much more intimate, grounded character piece while X-Men: Apocalypse other is a loud, bright, hollow tentpole. However, they do have one thing in common: the mutant known as Caliban.

In X-Men: Apocalypse, Caliban is played by Tómas Lemarquis, and he’s seen working as a black market dealer who helps Mystique find Nightcrawler. The film is set in 1983, but 46 years later Caliban is played by Stephen Merchant and he’s a timid recluse living with Logan as one of the last remaining mutants and helping him take care of Professor X. So how is this possible? Logan director James Mangold has an explanation, but you’re not going to like it.
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Logan Jean Grey

Logan doesn’t need to say anything about the Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Jean Grey’s (Famke Janssen) relationship. It was a substantial part of the X-Men series and the character’s past, but James Mangold‘s film isn’t too interested in the past or future of the X-Men franchise. The story of Logan doesn’t need to reference a relationship resolved in The Wolverine. Grey, however, was initially mentioned by Professor Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in a deleted exchange between him and Logan.

Below, learn why Mangold cut the Logan Jean Grey deleted scene (SPOILERS below).

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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 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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