Friday, 23 January 2009

IESB Exclusive: X-Men Origins: Wolverine Update! More Deadpool Added!

Written by Stephanie Sanchez

Thanks to IESB reader DPfan (I am assuming he didn't think real hard about that handle – it means Deadpool fan right?) we've learned exclusively that more footage of the DEADPOOL character played by Ryan Reynolds has been added to the X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE film!

We are told Ryan Reynolds was busy a guy in Vancouver during the extra time the production spent there shooting some added footage for his Deadpool character! Apparently most of the footage shot included Reynolds and Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman.

This isn't your mother's cameo...Deadpool is full on! Reynolds will appear in the film even more than originally planned!

Reynolds beefed up a la Blade Trinity for the role of the antihero to play opposite Jackman's Wolverine. The Merc with a Mouth can't have wimpy girlie arms next to that guy!

IESB has contacted 20th Century Fox for confirmation, will update if we hear anything so check back!

'Wolverine' Game to Feature "Eye-Opening Bloodshed"


We know that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is hitting theaters this May, but it's also coming to PS3 and X-Box 360. There will be a video game released around the same time by Activision-owned Raven, and while it apparently follows some of the plot of the movie (it's a Wolverine origin story, in any case), early indications are that the game could be pretty graphic.

1up has a preview of the game, which features a lot of history about the relative failure of comic book-based video games, it is said that the "eye-opening bloodshed [of Wolverine] is also reminiscent of Ninja Gaiden." How much blood? Project lead Dan Vondrak says the more the better:
"I've played previous X-Men games, and you just hate it when you're like, 'This isn't what it's supposed to be like to fight this guy. I'm Wolverine. How come I can't ever just grab a guy and rip him in half?' Yeah, absolutely -- let's do that. Nothing's holding us back."
Wolverine is not impervious to punishment. The character is designed to show the physical effects of violence and regenerate in real time. Cool. Vondrak also vows that other games will frustrate you after you play Wolverine because of how slow the action is in them by comparison.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Fans Can Bid For Chance To Have Lunch With Hugh Jackman To Support Charity


The New York Restoration Project is offering fans a chance to win a lunch with "Australia" actor Hugh Jackman.

Fans can bid on the chance to win lunch with the "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" star in an online auction up until February 12, with bids for the lunch starting at $5,000. The lunch will be for two people and will be held on the set of Jackman's next film.

The New York Restoration Project is a charity that was formed in 1995 by Bette Midler. According to the website, it is based on the idea that clean, green neighborhoods are fundamental to the quality of life, and that every community in the city deserves an oasis of natural beauty.

The charity partners with individuals, community-based groups and public agencies to help reclaim and restore parks, gardens and open spaces in New York City.

For more information or to place a bid, go to

Liev Schreiber originally set to wear muscle suit for Wolverine


Some of the characters that will be appearing in X-Men Origins: Wolverine will be larger than life, in more ways than one. We have the Blob, played by Kevin Durand in a fat suit, which should be a sight to see. We also have Liev Schreiber as Sabretooth, who was originally going to wear a muscle suit to bulk him up and make him look more menacing, however he decided he would get muscles his own way.

From Details magazine:

Just over a year ago, Schreiber was “smoking a pack and a half and drinking my nuts off” on a Broadway stage eight times a week in a blistering, virtuoso performance in Eric Bogosian’s Talk Radio. Then he was cast as Sabretooth, the supervillain in this summer’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, opposite his friend Hugh Jackman. (”The very large and very muscular Hugh Jackman,” he says.)

“I started to read blogs in the comic world with things like ‘That’s the dumpiest, most out-of-shape Sabretooth I’ve ever seen in my life!’” he says. “They gave me a muscle suit at the beginning. I was so humiliated I thought, I’ve got to try to do this on my own.” Jackman helped him train, putting him on a diet so poultry-intensive that Schreiber jokes they were becoming “the Hitler and Mussolini of the chicken world. But I felt like I owed it to the genre to be big.”

It’s good to see Liev was dedicated to his role, unlike Kevin Durand. If you land the role of The Blob you eat and eat until you become horribly obese. Wearing a fat suit is just a cop out. Shame on you Kevin Durand! Shame on youuu!

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Waiting for a turn in spotlight


TWO budding actors have been given the chance of a lifetime after winning the opportunity to star on-stage alongside a pair of acting legends.
Callum Souter and Jonathan Aitken, both 11, have been selected by producers of the classic play Waiting For Godot to fill the role of "the boy".

It means the youngsters will be performing alongside two of the biggest names in theatre, Sir Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, when the show comes to the King's Theatre later this year.


Monday, 19 January 2009


Lionsgate just released this new clip from the upcoming animated film "Hulk Vs. Wolverine” by director Frank Paur (The Invincible Iron Man ) and starring Tom Kane, Nolan North and Steve Blum as Wolverine.

Synopsis: The Incredible Hulkhas been tearing a line across the Canadian wilderness, leaving a swath of destruction in his wake. He has to be stopped, and there’s only one man up to the job. He’s the best at what he does, but what he does isn’t very nice. He’s Wolverine, an elite agent of Canada’s top secret Department H, and he’s been put on Hulk’s trail with a single objective: stop the green goliath…at all costs. Hulk and Wolverine are about to enter the fiercest battle of their lives.

Stay tuned to for the latest “Hulk Vs.” movie trailers and news.

Message from Jackman

There have been a lot of buzz going on after it was revealed X-Men Origins: Wolverine was heading for extensive re-shoots in Vancouver.

In an email to Harry Knowles Jackman said:

Hey everyone

It’s Hugh Jackman, sending this note from freezing Vancouver. I have read a lot of your online comments regarding the footage that we are currently shooting and I share your passion for the Wolverine character and the movie - I owe it all to you guys!

I wanted to reach out and let you know that due to scheduling conflicts with certain cast members and location/weather considerations, we had to wait until now to shoot a couple of scenes. Please rest assured that WOLVERINE will be badass and hopefully meet all of your expectations. I am stoked by the positive response to the teaser, which clearly reflects the tone and scope of the film. If you like that, we’ve got much more in store!

In the meantime, here’s an exclusive shot of some characters you may recognize…



Click image for high-res version.

Sunday, 18 January 2009

The L Word Heading To Prison


SPOILER ALERT: Lesbian TV drama The L Word is set for a prison-based spin-off, featuring former Bond girl Famke Janssen.

The final season of the show premieres this weekend, but producers are already planning a follow-up show.

Robert Greenblatt, the entertainment president of U.S. cable channel Showtime - which airs the show - says, "We have been mysterious about the concept, but one of the characters from The L Word actually goes to prison. The show then goes to prison with a largely new cast."

The spin-off will star The L Word actress Leisha Hailey, and the pilot of the new show will feature Janssen, Frozen River star Melissa Leo and Laurie Metcalf.

Greenblatt would not confirm if the three big names would be part of the new show past the pilot.