The Wolverine

On November 1st 2012, I visited the set of The Wolverine in Sydney, Australia. To give you an idea of the timeline of my visit, Hurricane Sandy had just wreaked havoc in New York, and I woke up early one morning from the constant noises coming from my computer because I was getting so many notices of the breaking news that Disney had purchased LucasFilm and was making more Star Wars movies.

It is five in the morning and I’m standing in a street lined with Japanese houses covered with snow. The elaborate set was  built in a huge parking lot that was built for the 2000 Olympic games. Flakes of snow fall as ninjas run and ride motorcycles along the rooftops. Hugh Jackman is hanging off the top of a snow plow as it barrels down the street, away from a crowd of masked ninjas. Jackman, employing safety harnesses, flips to his feet on top of the snowplow and “activates” his claws. The second unit director calls “cut”, and Hugh notices our little grouping of press off in the corner and yells out “So you guys a pulling an all nighter? Why don’t you put some ninja suits on and get in the action?”

After the jump you will find a compilation of interesting facts I learned while visiting the set.

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‘The Wolverine’ Trailer #2

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James Mangold took his sweet time releasing the first trailer for The Wolverine, but since then he (and Fox) haven’t been shy about showing off. The second domestic trailer for the comic book sequel, revealed today, has some more new footage still.

As if that weren’t enough to tempt you to keep reading, we also have two artsy new character posters for Yukio (Rila Fukushima) and Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova). Check it all out after the jump.

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The marketing machine for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine has spent the week so far whetting fans’ appetites with a steady trickle of stills, posters, motion posters, and very, very short teasers. Now, at long last, here’s the main course. The first full-length trailers for The Wolverine have arrived, and you can check them out after the jump.

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The Wolverine‘s first real trailer drops this week, and its marketing team is milking that for all it’s worth. Yesterday, we got our very first taste of footage thanks to a 6-second Vine video posted by director James Mangold. Today, we have an “extended” teaser for the trailer that clocks in at 20 seconds. Which I guess makes yesterday’s clip the teaser for the teaser for the trailer.

In addition, there’s a new motion poster that should help wash away some of the bad taste left behind by the last two non-motion ones. Check it all out after the jump.

Update: Two more poster variations have been revealed and are below.

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Thanks in a large part to James Mangold‘s Twitter feed, we’ve been fed a steady stream of Wolverine images for the last several months. Today we get to gorge ourselves on eight more, plus two new posters.

The new pics offer much better looks at the trio of formidable ladies that have entered Wolverine’s life – Mariko (Tao Okamoto), Yukio (Rila Fukushima), and Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova). The posters, meanwhile, remind us that Hugh Jackman is really good at screaming with his shirt off. Hit the jump to check ‘em out.

[Update: There's also a new Tweet from the official movie profile announcing the trailer debut on Wednesday. See it after the jump.]

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We’ve yet to see any actual footage from The Wolverine, but thanks to James Mangold‘s Twitter account we’ve gotten plenty of other material about the film. Over the past few months, the director has posted stills and set photos, revealed his inspirations, and taken us into the editing bay.

Today, he’s sharing black and white portraits of the film’s three leads (Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, and Tao Okamoto), taken on the last day of production. Check them out after the jump. Read More »

We’ve got a hodgepodge of new images after the jump, including set photos from Robocop and The Wolverine, stills from Hitchcock and Beautiful Creatures, and even a snapshot of the National Lampoon’s Vacation cast, reunited.

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The Wolverine has been delayed a couple of times over the past year, thanks to Japan’s weather and star Hugh Jackman‘s schedule. But with Jackman’s role in Les Misérables now wrapped up, the long-awaited superhero flick is finally coming together for a summer 2013 release. And as such, it’s just announced some key bits of casting.

Appropriately enough for a movie that’s set in Japan and slated to shoot in Japan, the first new names are Japanese actors. A couple will be recognizable to American audiences, while the others are relative newcomers. Still, it’s nice to see that the production actually seems committed to keeping things authentic, down to the casting. More details after the jump.

UPDATE: Shortly after this story ran, Variety got word that Will Yun Lee had been cast as The Wolverine‘s main villain, Kenuichio Harada a.k.a. the Silver Samurai.

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