Friday, 16 January 2009

Tough talk from Liev Schreiber


If you think Liev Schreiber is an unlikely action star, you’re not alone. The Internet is teeming with bloggers angry over the actor’s casting as Sabretooth in “Wolverine,” the upcoming “X-Men” prequel. But Schreiber insists he’s been training for he-man heroics all his life.

“I always loved to play cops and robbers and cowboys and Indians when I was a kid,” he says. “I hate to blow anyone’s cover here, but I don’t think that men really grow past 22 intellectually. We never stop wanting to jump around and play.”

In “Defiance,” the first of two Schreiber-fronted action films, he combines brains with brawn to portray Zus Bielski, a true-life hero who, with his brothers (Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell), led a resistance against the Nazis during World War II.

For Schreiber, who’s spent most of his career playing doctors, artists and intellectuals, it was a welcome change of pace to be clutching a submachine gun and going mano o mano with Craig.

Unlike some cinematic action heroes, Schreiber is a physically imposing man, who often finds himself towering over his co-stars. For his next film – 2009’s comic-book-fueled “Wolverine” – he plays mutant supervillain Sabretooth alongside Hugh Jackman.

“It was insanely fun,” Schreiber, 41, says. “I felt very self-conscious initially because I knew the fans didn’t like the idea of me playing Sabretooth. I think that I’m perceived as a kind of urbane New Yorker. Maybe I’ve played too many Jewish characters. One blogger said, ‘It’s like Woody Allen playing Sabretooth.’

Schreiber chuckles and adds, “But I’m thinking, ‘Well, no, actually it’s not. I’m 6 foot 3. I’m bigger than Hugh Jackman. I can do this.’ “

Hugh jackman in SFX.

Hugh Jackman graces the cover of the February 2009 cover of SFX Magazine! Inside the magazine you can read interviews with Hugh and X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE producer Lauren Shuler Donner.

Preview Clip For "Wolverine And The X-Men"


Here's a short little preview clip to get you excited over "Wolverine And The X-Men." For those of us (in the United States) that haven't seen the episodes already, it begins Friday January 23 at 8 ET on the Nicktoons Network. Check your local listings. (Video courtesy of

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Game Site Launched


Activision has launched the official site for the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" video game at Visitors to the site will find a cool new 360 screenshot showing Wolverine in action. And don't forget to add to the "Global Slash Counter" by scrolling over the title!

Stay tuned for more updates to the site soon...

Extensive WOLVERINE Reshoots Are Happening

Extensive WOLVERINE Reshoots Are Happening

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Thursday, 15 January 2009

Ian McKellen ‘ready and waiting’ for Wolverine 2


Ian McKellen has revealed to Showbiz Spy that in the event of a sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine being green light he would be willing to grab his helmet and reprise his role as Magneto.

Ian says, “I’m here and ready and waiting.

“If the Wolverine movie does well they’ll probably make another one and I’d love to do battle with Hugh again.”

Personally I wouldn’t be too interested in seeing Magneto in a Wolverine movie. I’d much rather see that Magneto movie Fox have been sat on for years.

In other Magneto/X-Men Origins: Wolverine news (possible spoilers) someone brought to my attention a scene that the crew may be filming in Vancouver. Additional filming is currently taking place and apparently one scene towards the end of the film involves a badly beaten Sabretooth being picked up by two familiar faces. One is already mentioned in this post and the other is rather blue and naked. Apparently it will involve body doubles because McKellen and Rebecca Romijn are busy (McKellen is on stage and Romijn has just had twins). X-Men Origins: Wolverine takes place around 15 years before X-Men so they may be adding that scene to link the movies, as Sabretooh appears in the Brotherhood alongside Magneto and Mystique in X-Men.

Of course it could be bull, however the person who informed me has been right in the past about a few things regarding filming, so take it as you will.

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

New shot from the Wolverine Game

A new clip/shot from the X-Men Origins: Wolverine official game.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Wolverine & the X-Men Toys Announced by Ebay


No one should be surprised that Hasbro is making toys for the Wolverine and the X-Men cartoon; it's a cartoon, it's X-Men, of course merchandising is half the point. However, I am mildly surprised that these toys are getting into the hands of Hong Kong eBay sellers before the toys have actually been announced. Usually the announcement comes first, then Hong Kong/eBay, then U.S. stores. Weird.

So if you check here, you can see auctions for Beast, Colossus and Avalanche. I'll make an educated guess and say that there's at least a Wolverine and a Cyclops in the first wave, but there's no way there's a White Queen (she'll be in a barely released third wave, if history has taught s anything). Since these are in package, they have to be close to shipping to the U.S., so expect to see them not long after the cartoon debuts on NickToons on January 23rd. Much thanks to Great White Snark for the tip, and thanks to eBay seller Dreamcab for announcing these things, as Hasbro obviously wasn't going to.

Taylor Kitsch screwed up his first Gambit audition


Despite the movie being called X-Men Origins: Wolverine most X-Men fans are eager to see Gambit make his first appearance on the big screen. We’ve seen glimpses in the trailer and I’m sure we will see more action in the Super Bowl TV spot, however so far it looks like Taylor Kitsch and director Gavin Hood have got the character pretty spot on, which is lucky considering Taylor screwed up in his first audition for the role. He told NYMag:

“It was a f*cking battle,” he says of landing ladies’ man–mutant Gambit. He flubbed his first reading because he was tired. “But I got my managers to get me back in because I knew I could crush the role.”

You can watch the X-Men Origins: Wolverine trailer by clicking here and if you plan on watching the Super Bowl on February 1st keep your eyes open for a Wolverine TV spot.

Anna Paquin wins Golden Globe

Written by Greer McDonald - The Dominion Post

Kiwi actress Anna Paquin is the toast of Hollywood and her "Wellywood" family after beating out A-list actresses to take home her first Golden Globe.

Paquin, 26, won the best actress in a television series award for her role on the HBO vampire television series, True Blood.

International media have labelled her the "surprise winner" after she beat Sally Field from Brothers and Sisters, Law & Order actress Mariska Hargitay, Kyra Sedgwick from The Closer and January Jones from Mad Men.

Paquin, adorned in a deep purple gown, accepted her award about 2.30pm NZ time yesterday.

"This is awesome, I'm so excited," she said.

When she spoke backstage after she received the award, she said she fought hard to land the role.

"I was the pale brunette from New Zealand, and I'm playing the Southern tanned blonde, essentially a Hooters waitress," Variety magazine quoted her as saying.

"It wasn't the most obvious casting choice, but I just really wanted it and I didn't stop until they said yes."

She said she could not compare her Globe win to her Oscar win for The Piano at just 11-years-old.

"I don't even remember that, it was very blurry and crazy," she said.

"This is quite blurry and crazy, too, but at least I'm old enough to drink and stay out past 10pm."

Her family also expressed their excitement at her win through a statement delivered by Green Party co-leader Russel Norman, whose partner, Katya, is Paquin's older sister.

"On behalf of the New Zealand family, we are absolutely thrilled and very proud of Anna," he said.

"We'll certainly be toasting Anna tonight, we'll crack open a bottle of bubbly and toast her."

Paquin missed out on her first Globe in 1993 when she was nominated for her supporting actress role in The Piano. Winona Ryder took home the award.

Just weeks later, Paquin made history when she beat Ryder and won an Academy Award for her role.

In 2008, Paquin was nominated for an Emmy for the TV movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

True Blood is set in a small town in a world where, thanks to the invention of synthetic blood, vampires no longer have to feast on humans.

Paquin plays the character of Sookie Stackhouse who has the ability to hear people's thoughts, so is open-minded about the integration of vampires with other humans.

Prime Television took advantage of the win, announcing it had secured the 12-part series which would be screened "shortly".