One surprise this year was FX and Marvel’s partnership with Legion. The television show based on a relatively unknown X-Men-related character, Legion focused on mental illness under the guise of a superhero TV show. David Heller (Dan Stevens), an incredibly powerful mutant spent much of the first season coming to grips with his power, and the fact that he had the parasitic Shadow King (another equally powerful mutant played brilliantly by Aubrey Plaza) buried deep within his already fragile mind. The show gave us some great mind-tripping visuals, as well as an intriguing story.
As the first R-rated superhero movie after the raucous silliness of Deadpool, Logan definitely earned its rating. Not through violence and curse words as many people expected, but through its raw, honest darkness, exposing the hideousness of humanity and the tragedy that the world inflicts upon people. For seasoned fans of the X-Men franchise and people coming to it the first time alike, Logan was a perfect example of how mature superhero movies really can be. All across the world, grown adults were moved to tears by this film – for Logan and Laura, for Professor X, for the family who just wanted to give some kind strangers a nice meal, for the underprivileged women forced to carry children they would never have a chance to love. (more…)
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…)