Saturday, 29 November 2008

‘Wolverine’ Trailer News and First Look at Gambit

By: Brad Brevet
Will the guest stars outshine the lead?

I have never enjoyed Hugh Jackman’s portrayal of Wolverine, so the idea of a complete film dedicated to the character doesn’t exactly intrigue me. Visually Wolverine is phenomenal. His blades, while logically a rather useless weapon against mutants with much stronger powers, are supremely menacing and his overall attitude is exactly what you look for in an anti-hero. However, with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the upcoming origin story set for release on May 1, I can’t help but wonder if the first screen appearance of another loved mutant will overshadow Jackman’s scowl.

Empire Magazine has debuted the first look at Taylor Kitsch who plays Gambit, another mutant with the ability to manipulate kinetic energy, his signature move being playing cards and that is exactly what we get in the first image seen below.

On top of the new image word has also come down that the first official trailer for Wolverine will be seen in front of Fox’s The Day the Earth Stood Still on December 12. Considering how Fox debuted the trailer for Ice Age 3 in theaters earlier this year and didn’t release it online for some time after I would expect this may be the only way you will get to see it outside of bootleg YouTube versions for a few days. Will it up the attendance at DTESS?

The first footage from Wolverine was seen earlier this year at Comic Con with looks at Gambit, Deadpool, the Blob and several other villains. I have video from Hugh Jackman’s introduction to the footage right here.

Jackman Inspired By De Niro Performance


Hugh Jackman has been drawing inspiration from acting legend Robert De Niro for his latest big-screen outing as Wolverine in the X-men franchise.

The Australian actor, who has already starred in three of the comic book adaptations, will be seen reprising his role as the superhero in the forthcoming picture X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which is due to hit cinemas in May.

And Jackman reveals he has based his character on De Niro's infamous performance as mad man Max Cady in 1991 thriller Cape Fear.

He tells Britain's Empire magazine, "I had this image in my head of De Niro in that remake of Cape Fear. You were terrified of that character from the moment he took his shirt off - you knew he was this coiled spring that would rip your head off, no matter how nonchalant he acted. That's who Wolverine is."

Friday, 28 November 2008

Hugh Jackman Ready to Leave His Wolverine Character


Hugh Jackman, the actor who has taken on the Wolverine character since the first 'X-Men' movie, reveals that he will walk away from the series if 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' flops.

Despite sharing what he wants for "" sequel earlier, reveals that he will leave the "X-Men" series if "Wolverine" doesn't do well upon its release in 2009. To Moviehole on Thursday, November 27, the 40-year-old says, "If it's clear to us on May second or third that that's gone, then I'll walk away happily."

The actor, who has been dubbed as the 2008 Sexiest Man Alive by People, further explains the reason behind his future decision to leave the franchise. "I'm not going to flog something - or flog a dead horse, or try and make movies that people don't really want to go and see," he claims. "I have no interest in that. Even no matter how much I love the character. So there are many prerequisites"

On the occasion, Jackman also explains why he decided to go along with "X-Men Origins" movie. "Well, after X-Men, there was not, like, a fete accompli that I would do it. We basically got a great script. And I had the script and director. David Benioff, one of the great writers in Hollywood, came knocking at our door. And I went and had a meeting with him, and he told me his idea. And I just went, 'That is so brilliant'..."

"...Because as good a go as I'd had in X-Men I, II, and III, there was a lot of mystery left...But there were certainly a lot of mystery still left about his origins. ...ultimately, we all decided - I think rightly, after seeing the film - that you need to understand the character's origins, to understand who he is. And to really get it. So that's what the movie does. It goes right back to him as a kid, basically." The complete interview can be read at Moviehole.

Hugh Jackman Talks Potential 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' Sequel


Starring as Wolverine in the 'X-Men Origins' film, Hugh Jackman hints on sequel possibility and teases on the story he wants to pick up.

Though "" is literally months away from its theatrical release in 2009, talks of possible sequel have been thrown out by its star . Talking to MTV earlier, the co-star of in "" shared his idea for the second "Wolverine" movie's plot that he wants to do, hinting that Wolverine may make his way to Japan.

Of it, Jackman said, "The most intriguing thing to me was the Japan story. I love the Japan story." He then added that the idea for the Japan set has been thought of for awhile now stating, "I wanted to do the Japan story from around '.' Can you just picture Wolverine in Japan with the triads and the samurai? It's just genius."

On the reason it may be brought up in the sequel instead of the upcoming "Wolverine" movie, Jackman threw back a question, "How can you do that before you explain his origins?" He went on explaining the ground stating, "If we tried to mix the origin and Japan together, it wouldn't do justice to either. So you can tell by the answer where I'd like it to go."

"X-Men Origins: Wolverine" itself is a prequel to the "X-Men" trilogy. Its story focuses on chronicling the violent and romantic early life of the titular character, including his participation on the Weapon X program and his complex relationship with Victor Creed. Developed under the direction of "" helmer Gavin Hood, it sees Liev Schreiber and taking the roles of Sabretooth and Deadpool respectively. It will be opened in U.S. theaters on May 1, 2009.

Thursday, 27 November 2008

More from Empire

Here's what you'll find if you buy Empire.
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Another Wolverine Picture from Empire

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There are also some tidbits from the article in Empire out on the web as well.
"There's a scene in the first X-Men movie," said Jackman, "where Wolverine's introduced in a bar, fighting in a cage, and you felt that he did this every night of his life. If this movie is successful, you should feel that this guy can walk straight off the end of this film and into that bar. "

Danny Huston also shares his thoughts on Stryker; "The thing about Stryker is that he feels like he's got this God-given right, that he's on a crusade. He both loves and hates mutants, because his son was a mutant and murdered his wife. So he understands what they're going through but despises their force, their potential danger. It's wonderfully complicated."

"In Logan and Creed," continues Huston, "Stryker finds his children and hones their powers like racehorses. But as in the world of horseracing, when your horse breaks his leg and is suddenly useless, he has a very cold way of looking at them. And he's also a mad scientist excited by the possibilities of what he can do to mutants."

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Everyone on Message with Wolverine: It's Definitely 'Bad-Ass'


Jeff Katz, a comic book writer and former executive at Fox, came back from the set of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and says: "I think it delivers."

The movie, opening May 1, 2009, will feature some characters familiar to comic fans but new to theater screens in Gambit and Deadpool (who just might get his own spin-off if Wolverine does well), and will feature a much darker Wolverine than he was portrayed in the previous X-Men movies.

Ultimately though, there's one main reason why Katz was so impressed: "I'm of the belief that you can boil down these characters to a couple of key words, phrases or images that sum up the tone and tenor of what they should be. And to me and [Hugh] Jackman, our mantra for 'Wolverine' has really been one term: 'bad-ass.' As long as 'Wolverine' is consistently bad-ass, people are generally going to go with you. That's what they want from that character." Indeed.

Jackman initiated the "bad-ass" talking point at Comic-Con this summer.

The X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer premieres exclusively in theaters December 12 before The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Hugh Jackman on Conan O'Brien

Hugh Jackman promoting Australia on Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Wolverine Trailer Confirmed for December 12!

From: SuperHeroHype

We have officially confirmed with 20th Century Fox that the first trailer for Wolverine will hit theaters with the studio's The Day the Earth Stood Still on December 12. The trailer will be exclusively available in theaters and will not debut online or on TV until some time later. Be sure to check your local paper or online for theater listings!

Directed by Gavin Hood, the May 1, 2009 release stars Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch,, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, Daniel Henney and Lynn Collins.

Leading up to the events of X-Men, Wolverine tells the story of Wolverine's epically violent and romantic past, his complex relationship with Victor Creed, and the ominous Weapon X program. Along the way, Wolverine encounters many mutants, both familiar and new, including surprise appearances by several legends of the X-Men universe.

Wolverine in Empire


Hugh Jackman will be on the cover of the January 2009 issue of Empire Magazine for his role as Logan aka Wolverine in the movie X-Men Origins Wolverine:

Hugh Jackman Covers Vanity Fair Italy


People’s Sexiest Man Alive Hugh Jackman puts on his boxing gloves for the latest issue of Vanity Fair Italy.

In his upcoming outback flick, Australia, there are some pretty hot scenes between him and costar Nicole Kidman, also a dear friend of his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness. The mag asks him about it and Hugh responds, “Nicole and I have known each other for a lifetime. We talk honestly with one another. My wife understands that it’s work.” If you can read Italian, check out the full article at

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Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Josh Schwartz to Write X-Men: First Class


20th Century Fox has hired "Gossip Girl" creator Josh Schwartz to write X-Men: First Class. He'd also been offered a chance to direct the film, but declined.

Schwartz, the creator and executive producer of The CW's hit as well as Fox's "The O.C." and NBC's "Chuck," is expected to inject a next-gen sensibility into the superhero series.

The studio has been leaning toward using the younger characters introduced in the previous films in future installments --teenagers with powers taught at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.

Resulting film would likely draw from elements of the Marvel Comic of the same name, launched in 2006, and enlist such characters as Iceman, Rogue, Angel, Colossus, Jubilee and Shadowcat, who have appeared prominently or made cameos in prior pics.

Lauren Shuler Donner, who produced all three "X-Men" pics, as well as next summer's X-Men Origins: Wolverine, is producing "First Class" alongside Mr. & Mrs. Smith scribe Simon Kinberg.



The thing that is so appealing about him is his ability to love. If a man really loves his wife and you can tell, that's very appealing.There are very few people in cinema now that can love a woman and I was on the receiving end of that on screen." Nicole Kidman isn't surprised her AUSTRALIA co-star Hugh Jackman has just been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2008.

"She's a tall woman and I don't think she's been in many movies where she's got to look up." Hugh Jackman on what AUSTRALIA co-star Nicole Kidman liked most about her new movie love interest.

The Australian actor - recently named the Sexiest Man in the World - says, "I've known Nicole for a long time but to give you some context, when she first came to Hollywood, (she) lived with my wife. Until she lived with Tom (Cruise) she was living with Deb, so they were very close friends, and still are very close friends."

"In hotels I always find the Gideon Bible and rip out Leviticus 18:22, which is directed against homosexuals. No one vulnerable to what I consider Leviticus' pornography should read that. I've ripped out hundreds of those pages." British actor Sir Ian McKellen on his personal triumphs as a gay rights activist.

"I've very rarely done the Halloween thing. I'm usually working, and my job is like Halloween every day." Actress Anna Paquin's on-screen characters keep her in costume enough throughout the year.

Sexiest Man Alive Title Backfires on Jackman


Hugh Jackman has experienced nothing but grief from family and friends after he was named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive earlier this month (Nov08).
The movie star was thrilled and flattered when he heard he'd beaten past winner Brad Pitt and teen hunk Zac Efron to land the coveted title - but those who know him best have quickly brought the Aussie back down to earth.
He tells WENN, "I seem to be taking out the garbage more. Previously my wife had said the sexiest thing about me was that I would take the garbage out, that I came trained. Ever since then it's been, 'Alright baby, show it to me.'
"Also the amount of hazing I'm getting from my mates in Australia who never email me anything except to give me a hard time; well I'm inundated with vitriol and hazing."

Jackman Tired of Gay Rumours


Australian movie star Hugh Jackman is infuriated and exhausted with the gay rumours that have plagued him throughout his career.
Speculation about the 40-year-old's sexuality reached a peak when he starred as gay entertainer Peter Allen in a Broadway production of The Boy from Oz - when his actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness took on the role of rumour-crusher.
Jackman says, "Debs saw the show about 50 times. She said the most infuriating times would be in the bathroom because all she'd hear is, 'Is he or isn't he gay?... I don't know, he's married... Oh, who cares, I'm sure he's gay.' And she used to call out from the stall, 'He's not gay. I'm telling you he's not.' And there would be silence until someone said, 'I think that's his wife.'"
Jackman, who married Furness in 1996, has just been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.

Hero creator releasing film.

Lake City is writtenand directed by partners Perry Moore and Hunter Hill. The film Lake City opens Friday of this week (Nov. 28) at Laemmle's on Sunset. Check out the official site.
Moore is currently working with Stan Lee on bringing Moore's book 'Hero' to the screen.

Lake City stars Oscar-winner Sissy Spacek, Troy Garity (Soldier’s Girl), Rebecca Romijn (X-Men), Dave Matthews (You Don't Mess With the Zohan), Keith Carradine (Dexter), Drea De Matteo (The Sopranos), Allison Sarofim (The Nanny Diaries) and newcomer Colin Ford. Screen Media Films plans to release the film theatrically in November 2008 in New York, Los Angeles and five additional markets.

Lake City had its world premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival, the film is an intense Southern drama about a mother (Spacek) and her son (Garity) who reunite under desperate circumstances; years after a family tragedy drove them apart. Once together, they are forced to
sort out their past and escape a dangerous situation in the present.

“This film is a reminder of why Sissy Spacek is regarded as one of the great American actresses of our time as this is another powerhouse performance,” says Baruc. “We are very proud to be behind this film, and feel Hunter and Perry, who both grew up in the South, have crafted a beautiful and authentic story about how we cope with the barrage of things that life throws our way.”

Lake City opens Friday 11/28 in Los Angeles,
Laemmle's Sunset 5, 8000 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046, Phone: (323) 848-3500

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Hugh Jackman Named Sexiest Man Alive


Aussie movie hunk HUGH JACKMAN has been named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive.
After agonising over a list of eligible, high profile film stars, musicians and athletes, editors at the magazine named the 40-year-old its number one of 2008.
Jackman succeeds last year's (07) top man Matt Damon, and George Clooney who took the title the year before (06).
In a special edition of the weekly magazine, there were honourable mentions for handsome contenders Daniel Craig, Johnny Depp, Javier Bardem, Seal, Robert Downey Jr., Will Smith, Christian Bale and David Beckham.
Potential future title holders Kevin Jonas, Bow Wow and Jessie MCCarthy were also mentioned among People's Men of the Year.
Meanwhile, Jackman has responded modestly to news of his sexy status: "My wife (Deborra-Lee Furness) said, 'I could have told them that two years ago,' Then she said, 'Obviously Brad Pitt wasn't available this year.'"