Well, this is it – Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine. He’s played the character in nine movies starting with 2000’s X-Men. It is in this, his last hurrah, that blows them all away. Logan is a powerful, contemplative film that perfectly ends Jackman’s run with the character. It’s a family drama, an action thriller, and the boldest, if not most affecting superhero flick in years.
Here are 5 reasons why Logan will be remembered fondly.
From the first, ultra-violent, gory confrontation between a drunk, alcoholic Wolverine/Logan/James Howlett (Hugh Jackman) and three of the unluckiest gangbangers ever put on film, Logan, Jackman’s second collaboration with writer-director James Mangold (The Wolverine, 3:10 to Yuma, Night & Day, Cop Land) and reportedly his last time out as the title character, announces itself as a new, different superhero movie and not just because it’s R-rated (we saw plenty of ultra-violence last February with Deadpool) but because Mangold, his screenwriting partner, Scott Frank (The Lookout, The Interpreter, Minority Report, Out of Sight, Get Shorty), and Jackman, every bit a co-equal partner, go where no superhero genre movie has gone before: Into exploring the long-term physical, mental, and emotional consequences of living above and beyond what we otherwise consider normal or natural with depth, nuance, and genuine emotion. All this achieved with stakes – saving a life, saving a handful of lives – would be considered marginal, tangential, or even irrelevant in the typically overblown, bombastic superhero entries from Marvel, DC, or the X-Men universe prior to Logan. (more…)
Fox’s upcoming Logan movie marks the end of an era. Since 2000, Hugh Jackman has given us our cinematic version of Wolverine, the clawed mutant who has been the central player in all of the X-Men movies. The 48-year-old is ready to hang up his claws as Logan will be his final outing as the particular character. While Jackman has left the door open for a possible Wolverine return (if Fox and Marvel Studios ever play nice, he would love to be in an Avengers movie), this is probably his last outing. This also marks the end for Sir Patrick Stewart as well for playing the role of Professor Charles Xavier. There has been no “official” confirmation that Stewart is done with the role, until now.
There’s an interesting viral style video making the Internet rounds today. Posted by 20th Century Fox the video shows X-23 (Dafne Keen) getting her claws installed by a pair of scientists. Correction make that mad-evil-scientists because they’d have to be pretty damn evil to do that to a kid and she’s not the only kid going through these treatments. The “R” rating on Logan means we’re going to see some disturbing images throughout the film. This scene is definitely one of them. (more…)
Sir Patrick Stewart has been a lot of things. Captain of the USS Enterprise. Leader of the X-Men. Friend to Ian McKellan. And he’s even been a Scrooge. But has he ever been a piece of shit? Nah, not him. Not the beloved Patrick Stewart. Never.
That’s where you’re wrong, kiddo. Stewart is a POS, or rather will be soon. And it’s all thanks to that ridiculous Emoji movie.
Emoticons which have become a modern form of communication (and hieroglyphs to anyone above the age of 30) are getting their own animated movie, aptly titled The Emoji Movie. A trailer for it was recently released. Oh, how did the Internet laugh at what an inexplicable absurdity it is. Reaction everywhere being summed up with a unified “Why. Just why!?”.
The movie’s director, Tony Leondis, said of the movie (via THR): “I know what you’re thinking — WTF.” But apparently Leondis justifies this utter waste of a bank roll because of the story:
“ What is their story? Emoji are expected to be one thing their whole lives. So I thought, what if one was born with not one, but lots of expressions … and how would that affect the status quo. Everyone has felt different; it’s everyone’s story.”
OK. Fair enough.
So where does Patrick Stewart fall into this? He will be playing the coveted role of “Poop”, the poop emoji. Presumably so that when and if anyone says he’s crap, he can say “so you saw my movie”. Or perhaps he’s reached a stage in life where he is completely out of f**ks to give. Whatever the case may be, knowing Stewart, he will have a lot of fun with such a shitty role (haha, yes, we went there). Remember kids: “Acting!”
Sir Patrick Stewart will be joining several other comedic talents in The Emoji Movie, including T.J. Miller as the lead character, Gene, the emoji who can have more than one expression. Ilana Glazer, Maya Rudolph, Jennifer Coolidge, Jake T. Austin, James Corden, Steven Wright and Rob Riggle round out the rest of the cast of emoji characters.
The Emoji Movie, which hits theaters on Aug 4, whether anyone likes it or not.
Logan director James Mangold tweeted out a first look at an aged Professor X (Patrick Stewart). Stewart’s version has always been kinda old, but he’s never looked as ragged and tired. Stewart is practically immortal according to the Internet and any pictures you find from the last 30 years, so this look is startling to say the least. Check it out after the jump. (more…)
Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Sir Patrick Stewart (Star Trek, X-Men), you find out he’s been living a secret cowboy crooner lifestyle just like Park and Rec‘s Ron Swanson sexy Jazz Sax playing alter ego Duke Silver. Is there anything this man can’t do… and do well? He’s teamed up with the IRC (International Rescue Committee) to reveal his secret and bring you some of the finest Cowboy Crooning you’ll find out there on the dusty old trail. Find out how you can help, and get a 5 song sampler. (more…)
Wolverine 3 is currently shooting in New Orleans and today we’ve got the first on set pictures of Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart courtesy of Just Jared. The pair look more than a little scruffy and tired, one can almost hear Lethal Weapon‘s Roger Murtaugh in the back ground saying, “I’m too old for this shit!” Click through the jump to take a look. (more…)
There are some new rumors floating around the Internet about Hugh Jackman‘s last run at Wolverine. We’ve already heard that Wolverine 3 will be “R” rated, include Patrick Stewart‘s Professor X, and be set in the future drawing heavily on the Old Man Logan story line. This latest bit comes from the Nerdist, reporting a source close to the production, that Wolverine will be facing not just Boyd Holbrook‘s as yet un-named original villain, but a number of familiar Wolverine adversaries.
*Potential Spoilers Ahead
After a brief struggle in the middle of the franchise, 20th Century Fox has really regained their stride with the X-Men movies. Later this month, the third movie in what could be thought of as a prequel trilogy (consisting of X-Men: First Class, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse) will be released. These prequels have explored the history of the X-Men through the 60’s and 70’s and this newest movie is appropriately set in the 80’s. Throughout these movies, many questions have been answered to explain the state in which we find the heroes at the beginning of the first X-Men, but one big question remains to rankle the curiosity lobes of cinematic X-Men universe historians: How did Charles Xavier go bald? Well, a newly released featurette shows how it happens (in the real world, anyway) as James McAvoy shaves his own head with Patrick Stewart watching on via Facetime with director Bryan Singer. Enjoy.