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There was a scene in The Simpsons episode “Krusty Gets Kancelled” where the Itchy & Scratchy show abandons Krusty the Klown for the all-new, all-different Gabbo Show. Krusty is left only with the bizarro Soviet cartoon Worker and Parasite and after 30 nearly incomprehensible seconds we cut to Krusty smoking a cigarette and saying exasperatedly, “What the hell was that?!” That’s kind of how I feel having watched Arrow’s third season finale. I sat there, looking at the TV, saying, “What the hell was that?!” Not the whole finale, the action was dope, the character interaction pretty effective, and there were some interesting moments with fascinating long-term implications for the series, but seriously, What the hell was that?! (more…)

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Arrow has suffered from a distinct lack of both energy and direction this season. It meandered from one decision on the part of the characters in one episode, like Oliver’s refusal to indulge in his romantic feelings for Felicity, only to have them regret that decision in the next. Then starts the backpedaling, a primary feature in this one step forward, three steps back journey to the climactic showdown between Arrow and the gang versus Ra’s al Ghul and the League of Assassins. Yet, in this penultimate episode of Arrow’s third season, the series shows a little fire in its belly, a little urgency. But is it too little, too late? (more…)

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By now you’ve seen at least one trailer for James Mangold‘s directorial work with The Wolverine and you’ve had to have noticed the funeral fight scene. Among the ensuing chaos we get to see Hugh Jackman as Wolverine in a quick moment of weakness having “performance issues” with his healing factor. No worries ladies, it’s only a flesh wound for our Canadian friend.

Now, thanks to the fine folks at Yahoo, we get an extended look at the “funeral fight” scene with Wolverine and Yukio, played by Rila Fukushima. Check it out below:

Damn, that Yukio really know how to put a couple of those goons out of commission permanently. Hopefully she has a bit more screen time over other female supporting Marvel characters that have been in other super hero movies recently. I personally can’t wait to see The Wolverine once it comes out and hope you do too.

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes  Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern-day Japan.  Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a  life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the  first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not  only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own  immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

The Wolverine is in theaters everywhere July 26th, 2013.

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As the year rolls on more films will vie to be crowned king of the box office. One upcoming contender: The Wolverine, releasing July 26th. The film has a large roster of characters and of course each of these characters deserve their own poster. This is movie marketing in ‘Merica, folks.

In this gallery we’ve got six new character posters for The Wolverine featuring Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Will Yun Lee.

Are you happy with how these characters are being brought to life on screen?

Sources: Geek Tyrant

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20th Century Fox has released a new international poster for The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima (Yukio on right) and Svetlana Khodchenkova (Viper on left). Based on the celebrated Chris Clairmont and Frank Miller limited comic book series, Wolverine, the movie sees our pint sized’ claw swiping hero fight ninjas and other nefarious villains in Japan. The official synopsis is below:

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

Sounds scary doesn’t it. Hopefully this movie is finally going to give fans the Wolverine solo film they’ve been crying for since the first X-Men movie hit the big screen.

Via: Comingsoon

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The first full length trailer for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine starring Hugh Jackman has finally hit the internet. I was expecting a lot more singing and dancing from Jackman, instead we get a lot of hard eyed glaring and kung fu fighting. Wait, I think I may be mixing up my Jackman trailer reviews.

We’re getting a good look at the main twist in The Wolverine‘s story line. What’s wrong with Wolverine’s healing powers and does Wolverine want to be human? Take a look and meet me on the other side to discuss.

*Added Domestic Trailer that was also released, there are a couple of differences in the two.

Well, what did you think? There’s plenty of action, of course, and we get a little more of Rila Fukushima as Yukio. The train fight scene looks pretty intense, and the snow covered ninja fight scene looks to be off the kung fu chain, I tried to count the ninjas, but there were too many. Just the way I like it. Will this sequel erase the bad taste Wolverine: Origins left in most of our mouths?

The Wolverine slashes its way onto theater screens on July 26th. I’ll be in the theater about halfway back in a dark corner.

Spinning out of the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, Logan (Hugh Jackman) travels to Japan where he falls for the beautiful Mariko Yashida (Tao Okamoto) to the grave displeasure of her father Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) and her half-brother, the fearsome Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee). But this isn’t Logan’s first trip to the Land of the Rising Sun or his first encounter with the Yashida clan. Based on a screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie) and Mark Bomback (Live Free or Die Hard, Total Recall )and the comic book by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont.

Via: CBM

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***UPDATE***

***Director James Mangold posted a teaser trailer, click the link below.***

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We’ve got lots of new goodies coming from James Mangold‘s The Wolverine production. The latest movie poster above and a great spread appearing in Entertainment Weekly focusing on the female characters in the movie. We finally get some good stills of Yukio (Rila Fukushima), Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), and Mariko (Tao Okamoto). Three ladies that each make important impacts on Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) life.

There are some interesting splashes of color in the stills, Yukio is framed in red, Viper’s sharp greens and Mariko surrounded by school girl pink. If we suppose these things were actually thought of before hand and not just happenstance, then I suspect we can expect to see a much more stylish look at the world of our favorite Clawed Canadian.

Take a gander at the gallery below and let us know what jumps out at you in the comments section. The only thing I’m still bothered by is the blonde Viper. Hopefully the comic book villain’s trademark green hair and lipstick will make it into the movie before the end.

The annotated images are posted on the Entertainment Weekly post:

At the time this movie opens, there’s a kind of gangland war going on between law enforcement and the Yakuza, and there’s been a lot of kidnappings and extortion…

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[Viper] is brought in to help another one of the film’s baddies… [she] views Logan like a great hunter might view hunting a lion in his quarry. There’s kind of an admiration, a desire to destroy and a desire to consume and to have and to hold.

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A funeral at a Japanese temple is interrupted by an attack by the Yakuza which naturally brings out Wolverine’s claws.

Via: Bleeding Cool

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Shared via director James Mangold‘s Twitter, these new portraits of the main cast, Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, and Tao Okamoto, serve as our introduction to The Wolverine’s leading ladies. Fukushima is Yukio, the ronin, while Okamoto is playing Mariko, a name I’m  familiar with because I know something of her’s and Wolverine’s romantic past . I watched the 90s X-Men cartoon, I ain’t no n00b.

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We could see a trailer any day now, definitely within the next two weeks. Then we’ll get our chance to see Fukushima and Okamoto in action. The two models turned actress are relatively unknown, and I do believe this’ll be both of their first feature film.

What are you expectations for The Wolverine? Think it will heal all wounds? Even Wolverine: Origins?

The Wolverine will release July 26th.

Source: Bleeding Cool

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After nearly three long years of waiting, Marvel fans are finally getting what they’ve been begging for – a Wolverine solo feature that doesn’t suck. And it’s all thanks to James Mangold. With The Wolverine trailer releasing within the next month, James is deep into editing this action/adventure film. But he’s still taken a little time out to show us all one disgruntled looking Canuck.

From the editing bay, where the final cut of the currently unrated film patiently awaits, the director took to the film’s Twitter page to release a brand new still from production.

Featuring Jackman in the title role and at an unknown location (none of us read Japanese), the mutant warrior looks like he’s about clear the room with some of that signature rage. Just the way we like it. Here’s a look at the image along with a message from James:

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Just what is it that has our mutant hero all worked up in The Wolverine? Did someone accidentally spill his beer? Is an enemy from his past looking to settle an old score? Perhaps some jerk foolishly insulted the great sport that is hockey? Whatever’s going on in that shot it doesn’t look like it will end too well for whoever is in Logan’s line of sight and should make for some quality family fun for the audience.

Based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine, the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern-day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world he faces his ultimate nemesis in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality, emerging more powerful than we have ever seen him before.

The Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima and Brian Tee opens in theaters everywhere July 26th, 2013.

Source: /Film

We can now officially keep using the above poster when we reference The Wolverine as it is officially the official poster. Months ago it was leaked and I believe we had a consensus it was a pretty sweet design which is the first step towards this movie not sucking. I’m not saying it’s guaranteed or anything, but a well designed teaser poster is a baby step in the right direction.

To go along with this fancy, new, official version of the poster is the announcement shooting will begin next week! It’s been a long time coming for the kinda-sorta-sequel to Wolverine: Origins and in a new feature on The Hollywood Reporter star Hugh Jackman shares his excitement to begin and to be shooting in Australia,

I am so happy to be home, to be shooting a movie of this magnitude here at home is one of the great privileges I have had in my career. I have been working for 12 years on the Wolverine character and while the franchise will go well beyond me, it really has been the backbone of my career.

This one has certainly been the most interesting and complex of the superhero characters. I do take my career one (step) at a time and I feel like a golfer always looking for that hole in one.

The Wolverine is being directed by James Mangold and stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Brian Tee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Hal Yamanouchi, Rila Fukushima and Tao Okamoto. Currently the release date is set as July 26, 2013.

Are you excited for a new Wolverine flick or should they bench him for a few more years? What about the story, supposedly based off Chris Claremont and Frank Miller‘s run of Wolverine that took Logan to Japan, is it a good choice?

Sources: CBM, MTV’s Splash Page