x 23 spin off

Logan was as much about bringing a satisfying end to the long and hard journey of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine as it was about the beginning of Laura’s (Dafne Keen) story as the fierce runaway X-23 clone.

Keen stole the scenes as the stoic and bullish Laura, who becomes a surrogate daughter to Logan, and was implied at the end of Logan to shoulder his burden as the next Wolverine. The open ending to James Mangold‘s film would have been powerful enough, but we’re in the superhero genre — the story never ends. Mangold is already working on a spin-off to Logan, centered around Keen’s Laura. And it’s largely thanks to Wonder Woman that an X-23 spin off could happen.

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Damnation trailer

Before even watching the trailer for USA’s new drama, Damnation, one name attached to the show already had me sold: David Mackenzie. The director of Hell or High WaterStarred Up, and Perfect Sense directed the pilot of Damnation, which pits brother against brother and the rich against the poor in the 1930s. In the first trailer for the James Mangold-produced series, the epic setting, the blood feud, the class warfare, and the shootouts show off material perfectly suited for the director of Hell or High Water.

Below, watch the Damnation trailer.

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Han Solo Director Replacement

Yesterday brought the shocking news that directing duo Phil Lord & Chris Miller had been let go from the Star Wars spin-off focusing on a young Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich.

At first, only creative differences were cited, but since then we’ve heard more specific details about why the acclaimed and respecting directing team were removed from the project with three weeks of principal photography left on the schedule. The reasoning for a parting of the ways is said to be a clash in filmmaking style. The fast and loose, improvisational approach that Lord & Miller have compared to the more calculated and structured style that Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and screenwriter/executive producer Lawrence Kasdan never really met in the middle, and disagreements finally came to a head.

Now Lucasfilm has to find a new director quickly as the studio hopes to be back in production by July 10 (or so we’ve heard), and while Ron Howard is said to be the frontrunner, with names like Joe Johnston and Lawrence Kasdan himself also in consideration, we have a list of filmmakers that we’d like to see finish the Han Solo movie instead.

Check out our own Han Solo director replacement candidates after the jump. Read More »

James Mangold directing The Wolverine

James Mangold (Logan) will direct a remake of a French-Belgian movie not enough people saw in 2015, Disorder. It’s a very good and very atmospheric and sparse thriller from director Alice Winocour. Last year, screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water) was tapped to write the American remake for Sony. After the script crossed Mangold’s desk, he signed up immediately to direct the film, which sounds like it’ll take some significant departures from the original.

Below, learn more about the Disorder remake.

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Logan Film Genre Video Essay

Easily one of the best movies of 2017 so far is the surprisingly emotional comic book movie Logan. As Hugh Jackman‘s final turn as Wolverine, we get a film unlike any comic book blockbuster that came before, and Logan is all the better for it. When looked at as the second bookend of the superhero genre, connected all the way back to the start of the superhero/comic book movie craze that truly began with X-Men back in 2000, Logan becomes the perfect metaphor for how film genres change over time.

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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 »

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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 »