Screen Junkies » HUGH JACKMAN http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:16:30 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Hugh Jackman To Play ‘Wolverine’ Only Several More Times http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-jackman-to-play-wolverine-only-several-more-times/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-jackman-to-play-wolverine-only-several-more-times/#comments Thu, 01 May 2014 14:38:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261384 You can't play an immortal forever.

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Hugh Jackman is a realist. He knows he can’t punch guys with knife fists forever. So, he’s looking ahead to the fact that he’s only got two or so more Wolverine appearances in him. In addition to X-Men: Days of Future Past, he believes he’ll appear in a third Wolverine solo film after X-Men: Apocalypse. Although he’s not sure what that will entail (besides knife-punching).

Jackman tells SFX:

So where do you want to take Logan next in Wolverine 3?

I don’t know yet. We’re talking it through. I still am very ambitious for the character. And tonally I feel like we corrected the ship with the last one. But I feel we can still go further, in a way. If I did another one I’m 99.9% sure it would be the last, so that will inform what it is for me.

The way I see it, they can should do Wolverine in Space and then the role will revert to its rightful owner: Glenn Danzig.

 

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Final ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Trailer: There’s A Ton Of Footage In This Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/final-x-men-days-of-future-past-trailer-theres-a-ton-of-footage-in-this-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/final-x-men-days-of-future-past-trailer-theres-a-ton-of-footage-in-this-movie/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:34:10 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261095 So many things!!

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With X-Men: Days of Future Past’s May 23rd release date almost no longer in the future, we have this third and final trailer. We already know that Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine brain-travels to the past to warn the X-Men about the danger of giant, weaponized robots so this trailer takes the opportunity to show both timelines and display and the property damage that both incur. It also takes a brief moment to re-introduce us to Quicksilver outside of the context of selling microwaved bacon.

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When Peter Dinklage builds giant robots that make the future suck ass for the X-Men, there’s only one thing they can do — time-travel Wolverine’s brain back to his 1970′s body to get the band back together. Honestly, he’d probably be better off just claw-punching Peter Dinklage in the head, but I guess this complicated plan involving jets and explosions and glass shattering and blowing up the White House and destroying a football stadium and Jennifer Lawrence going to Vietnam works too. Look, you’re much better at being The Wolverine than I am. Far be it from me to tell you how to save the future. Although if either of these plans fail, you could always just steal Biff’s Sports Almanac and become a millionaire. Just saying that’s an option.

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‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Cost A Sh*t Ton To Make According To Reports http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/x-men-days-of-future-past-cost-a-sht-ton-to-make-according-to-reports/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/x-men-days-of-future-past-cost-a-sht-ton-to-make-according-to-reports/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:58:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258069 Almost as much as 'Avatar'.

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Reuniting the casts of X-Men: First Class and the original X-Men trilogy was an exciting prospect for 20th Century Fox. But also one that they’d have to pay for. With so many big name actors and Shawn Ashmore involved, it should come as no surprise that the budget would have to be large. However, would you ever think it would cost almost as much as Avatar?

While covering the news that Bryan Singer is headed to Canada for two weeks of re-shoots, the Calgary Herald refers to the film as “the second-most-expensive movie ever produced by Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox, behind only Avatar.”

Avatar‘s official budget clocked in at $237 million dollars and the most expensive X-Men film to date, X-Men: Last Stand, budgeted at $210,000,000. The lesson here being that if Hugh Jackman starred in Avatar, it would be the most expensive film of all time. (via THR)

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Hugh Jackman And James Mangold Making Another ‘Wolverine’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-jackman-and-james-mangold-making-another-wolverine/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-jackman-and-james-mangold-making-another-wolverine/#comments Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:59:01 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257888 It only makes sense that the story of a man with knife-fists spans across 8 movies.

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Since he has the ab muscles anyways, Hugh Jackman figures he’d better get in yet another performance as Wolverine while he still can. He’s teaming up once again with The Wolverine director James Mangold to create a sequel to his crazy Asian adventure. Mangold is currently working on the treatment so story details aren’t available. Which means, it can’t be ruled out that the plot will focus on Wolverine seeking revenge after being double-crossed by a scientist who replaced his claws with bachelorette party penis straws.

All I’m saying is that it’s feasible. (Deadline)

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What a difference a director who knows what the f*ck he’s doing makes. In just two minutes and eighteen seconds, Bryan Singer has managed to wash the bad taste of X-Men 3, Wolverine: Origins, and 65% of X-Men: First Class out of our mouths. Though I’m sure the final film will barely match the somber tone of this trailer, it plays exactly the right notes.

In a bit of a switch-up from the comics storyline, a future version of Wolverine has his consciousness warped back to his 1970′s body in order to warn young Professor X and young Magneto about the danger that awaits them and all of mutantkind in the form of Peter Dinklage‘s sentinels. It’s a really interesting direction to take after the light and fun First Class. I’m really digging young Xavier’s struggle now that he’s confined to a wheelchair and not able to use telekinesis to nail young, hot ass. Just imagine how dude’s going to take it when he finds out he goes bald.

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Hugh Jackman Joins Die Antwoord, Sharlto Copley, And Robots In Neill Blomkamp’s ‘Chappie’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-jackman-joins-die-antwoord-sharlto-copley-and-robots-in-neill-blomkamps-chappie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-jackman-joins-die-antwoord-sharlto-copley-and-robots-in-neill-blomkamps-chappie/#comments Mon, 30 Sep 2013 17:07:52 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=257294 Welp, this one's getting sufficiently crazy.

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If you came here looking for Hugh Jackman in chaps, you’re in the wrong place. Neill Blomkamp‘s next film just received it’s jolt of star power. Jackman has signed on to fight Die Antwoord in the low-budget sci-fi film Chappie. In the film, Chappie is a robot cop (voiced by Sharlto Copley) that gets botnapped by a local gang played by Die Antwoord’s Ninja and Yolandi Visser. The gang repurposes Chappie to serve their evil needs. Sounds like a fun flick but I worry that I’m not doing this explanation any justice so here’s a visual representation of what we can probably expect.

 

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Did Fox Offer Hugh Jackman $100 Million To Keep Playing Wolverine? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/did-fox-offer-hugh-jackman-100-million-to-keep-playing-wolverine/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/did-fox-offer-hugh-jackman-100-million-to-keep-playing-wolverine/#comments Wed, 14 Aug 2013 20:41:49 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=256450 And if so, why the hell wouldn't he take it?

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Hugh Jackman has done a pretty good job of not only making the Wolverine character his own, but having helped make the X-Men (and arguably comic book movies) what they are today. So clearly that means he should make nine figures to keep doing that, right?

The National Enquirer (I know, I know) is reporting that Jacked man has been offered $100 million for sticking with the franchise and Marvel universe for four more films. While that’s normally not a commitment that many A-list stars are comfortable making, that kind of job security sure does afford Jackman the opportunity to do a shit ton of song-and-dance musicals or whatever else he likes.

And $25 million per film, while rich, isn’t exactly crazy. I mean, I would have a hard time imagining a character more inexorably linked to a specific actor. AND DON’T SAY “JACK REACHER.”

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Every Wolverine Claw SNIKT! Supercut http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/every-wolverine-claw-snikt-supercut/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/every-wolverine-claw-snikt-supercut/#comments Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:22:17 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=256039 'Nuff said.

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With The Wolverine snikting into theaters, we’ve compiled every time Wolverine’s claws have come out. And yes, several people got paid in the production of this.

 

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Watch Wolverine Fight Some Guys On A Bullet Train http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-wolverine-fight-some-guys-on-a-bullet-train/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-wolverine-fight-some-guys-on-a-bullet-train/#comments Mon, 08 Jul 2013 18:50:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255635 Reminder: this summer includes a movie about Wolverine called 'The Wolverine'.

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It wouldn’t be a very successful trip to Japan for Wolverine if he didn’t take the time to fight some random Yakuza guys on the roof of a bullet train. That would be like going to Paris and not eating at a cafe.

Anyway, now you can have a good look at the fight scene teased in all of trailers in advance of The Wolverine’s premiere on July 26th. It’s pretty thrilling. Lucky for us that Wolverine didn’t decide to just stab those guys really quick and call it a day.

Personally, I can’t wait for Logan’s Japan Adventure. Especially looking forward to the fight scene teased in the image below.

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Hugh Jackman Goes Full Mel Gibson In ‘Prisoners’ Trailer http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hugh-jackman-goes-full-mel-gibson-in-prisoners-trailer/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/hugh-jackman-goes-full-mel-gibson-in-prisoners-trailer/#comments Fri, 31 May 2013 15:42:05 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=255180 Whenever a child is kidnapped in films, there is a lot of stern yelling.

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What? Can’t a creepy weirdo play with young girls on his RV moments before they go missing for days on end without everyone suddenly pointing fingers? Apparently not, according to this trailer for Prisoners.

Hugh Jackman and Terence Howard star as dads who just want Paul Dano to give them back their daughters while Jake Gyllenhaal is the floppy-haired, neck tattooed detective determined to find them, no matter the number of heads he has to bash into tables. Dano seems to give a particularly chilling performance as the greasy nerd who doesn’t say much of anything. Classic Dano.

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Now that the summer movie season has kicked off, The Wolverine doesn’t want to get lost in the shuffle. So, once again, we have a look at Hugh Jackman fighting a guy on top of a train without the use of his healing abilities. Turns out, getting stabbed in the butt hurts like a bitch. Now you know how it feels, Hugh Jackman.

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Like the Bad News Bears and Big Bird before him, Wolverine has headed to Japan to get his groove back. Groove, in this sense, means mortality as Logan knows that Japan leads the world in immortality-removing sciences. That’s just the story on the surface. Really, it’s all just an excuse to see Wolverine fight ninjas.

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7 Greatest Comedic Ensemble Casts Of All Time http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-greatest-comedic-ensemble-casts-of-all-time/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/7-greatest-comedic-ensemble-casts-of-all-time/#comments Wed, 16 Jan 2013 02:44:13 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252936 In honor of 'Movie 43'.

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On January 25th, Peter Farrelly will loan his raunchy comedic weight to Movie 43, a film that collects a ton of unlikely stars. The interconnected short films borrow a page from the classic ensemble comedies of the 70′s and 80′s to weave together stories about Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts as parents trying to socialize their home-schooled song, Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville as two guys who just caught a leprechaun, and Kristen Bell dressed as Supergirl.

Though it shares DNA with such well-loved films, that’s where the DNA jokes end. I’ll leave that to Peter Farrelly.

Best In Show

Christopher Guest toed the comedy team waters with Waiting For Guffman but it wasn’t until 2000′s Best In Show that his formula paid off. Longstanding Guest stars Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Parker Poser, Catherine O’Hara, Michael McKean, Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch and John Michael Higgins (amongst others) improvised their roles hopeful owners competing in a national dog show.

It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Starring Spencer Tracy and a murderer’s row of 1960′s comedians share the focus in It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. The dying words of a thief cast a variety of strangers off on a cross state hunt for $350,000. It’s considered a classic chase film even though it doesn’t star Paul Walker or Vin Diesel.

Anchorman

Will Ferrell and Adam McKay had a crazy idea and Dreamworks let them take a chance on it. The result was not successful by box office standards, but Anchorman has exploded in the years since it’s release. It’s now one of the most quoted films in history and help launch the careers of Steve Carell and Paul Rudd. We wouldn’t have Dinner For Schmucks without this film. I mean that in a nice way.

Spaceballs

Mel Brooks’s take on sci-fi through the lens of Star Wars remains one of his greatest spoofs. It’s also the only list where a grown man dresses like a Jewish Yoda.

The Cannonball Run

A scavenger hunt film in the style of It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, The Cannonball Run gathered the stars of the day and some of Burt Reynolds‘s buddies. To name a few, Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, Sammy Davis Jr., Farrah Fawcett, Roger Moore, and Adrienne Barbeau star as competiters in an illegal cross country race. When you think about it, Burt Reynolds really was the Adam Sandler of his day.

Caddyshack

Bill Murray and his crazy brothers put together a script based on their adolescence spent at golf courses and the rest is history. Bill Murray, Rodney Dangerfield, and Chevy Chase all in the same film. Not only that, but allowed to do whatever the Hell they wanted to in the same film. And people quote it all the time! So it’s got that going for it.

Airplane!

The Zucker Brothers and Jim Abrahams parlayed the buzz of The Kentucky Fried Movie into the making of Airplane! Based on the action drama films of the 70′s, the filmmakers decided to cast the stone serious actors of that genre. Lloyd Bridges, Leslie Nielsen, and Robert Stack launched successful second careers as comedic actors.

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Things That Run Through My Mind With This Still Of Hugh Jackman In The New ‘Wolverine’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/things-that-run-through-my-mind-with-this-picture-of-hugh-jackman-in-the-new-wolverine/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/things-that-run-through-my-mind-with-this-picture-of-hugh-jackman-in-the-new-wolverine/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:50:37 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251099 Caution: Muscles.

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The great, great minds behind the upcoming The Wolverine have issued the first still, in case we forgot what he looks like, or if they have decided to tweak the superhero’s style. It would appear at first blush that they haven’t really done too much to the appearance of Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine, save for ratcheting up the homoerotic appeal of the superhero to about 17 or so, which is high even by superhero standards.

Here’s what I think when I see the photo:

  • He’s in a temple! That’s a place of peace! Put those claws away, Wolverine!
  • There’s a limit to how muscular superheroes can get before they lose their efficacy. At some point, they start to really look like those bodybuilders at the gym, and you just can’t take them seriously any more. Wolverine crossed that line about two movies ago.
  • He doesn’t LOOK like a guy who’s crazy about showtunes.
  • How’s someone from the Pacific Northwest so bronze?
  • I wonder if he’s wearing Lululemon yoga pants. I feel like he should be wearing Lululemon yoga pants.

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Glenn Danzig Was Asked To Play Wolverine. Also: Awesome. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/glenn-danzig-was-asked-to-play-wolverine-also-awesome/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/glenn-danzig-was-asked-to-play-wolverine-also-awesome/#comments Fri, 25 May 2012 20:53:32 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=248920 If you click this link, there's an embedded video for Danzig's "Mother." I swear to God.

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“You know who would have been a great Wolverine? Glenn Danzig. The singer for Danzig.”

That quote wasn’t just uttered by your stoner friend at 11 PM on a Saturday night, but also (allegedly) by some studio exec, who must have been a stoner and probably said it on a Saturday night. Possibly while stoned.

Danzig, in an interview with LA Weekly, said he that he had been approached to play the X-Man, but passed on it. That’s pretty interesting, but not as interesting as his follow-up comment as to how he would have played the iconic comic book hero in X-Men.

“It wouldn’t have been as gay.”

Excuse me, I just got blasted in the face with a firehose of awesome. Is this going to sow the seeds for a Glenn Danzig-Hugh Jackman feud? I don’t think I’m jumping the gun when I say “absolutely.”

This whole post is a charade for me to post this:

Have a safe, solemn, and bitchin’ Memorial Day, readers.

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Who Are The Real Villains In The ‘Wolverine’ Piracy Case? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/who-are-the-real-villains-in-the-wolverine-piracy-case/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/who-are-the-real-villains-in-the-wolverine-piracy-case/#comments Tue, 20 Dec 2011 21:26:53 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240248 The real monster here doesn't have claws.

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A sentence was handed down yesterday in the case of Gilberto Sanchez, a 49 year-old Bronx man who leaked an early workprint of X-Men Origins: Wolverine onto the Internet. The film was distributed about a month before the film’s release. Sanchez didn’t produce or “steal” the print in a traditional sense, but claims to have gotten the film from a street vendor.

Following a guilty plea, Sanchez has been sentenced to a year in prison. The stiff penalty is due to the fact that Sanchez has been convicted of piracy before, and is known to have regularly leaked films onto the Internet, though to what end still isn’t clear.

Clearly, the studios would like to send a message to illegal downloaders of films and other media. The message is clear: Theft of creative content won’t be treated any differently than theft of other goods.

However, I would like to editorialize for a moment and posit that Sanchez isn’t the real criminal here, but rather the cast and crew behind X-Men Origins: Wolverine for making such a terrible, terrible film. Are they to not be held accountable for their actions as well? Wolverine grossed over $179 million domestically, which means that over 10 million people were subjected to this film. A less sensitive person would argue that this is more than twelve times the number of people killed in the Shensi (China) earthquake of 1556. Alas, I am not that person.

There are a number of counts on which I believe the Wolverine conspirators should be brought forth, so let’s discuss them individually, shall we?

False Representation

It is my intent to demonstrate that the producers willfully and knowingly created a kick-ass trailer that looked AWESOME, only to have audiences learn that it contained all the good parts of the film. Precedent is set here with The People Vs. American Pie 2. For your review, please consider the trailer for the film (Exhibit A):

Please note that the trailer offers little in the way of a slow love story that no one cares about, however the film harps on this romance, even though the audience is much more interested in Wolverine shredding things with his claws than we are in lovemaking scenes with obscured breasts, clearly lacking in any off-the-camera chemistry.

Negligent Filmmaking Under the Black Eyed Pea Statute of 2008

In order to prevent heart attacks, angered and confused viewers, and in-theater riots, an act of Congress was passed the year before Wolverine premiered, requiring any film featuring a member of the Black Eyed Peas not featured in a talking-animal role (the now famous Madagascar exception), to clearly state that fact in all advertising and before the opening credit of the film.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine did no such thing. Rather, they kept Will.I.Am largely away from junkets and the media at large, only have him appear in the film unceremoniously as John Wraith, giving audiences little time to gouge out their eyes or consume their cyanide pills.

The fact that he appears to be a gay cowboy throughout the film is prejudicial, but warrants mentioning (Exhibit B):

Criminal Waste of Resources

The film’s flimsy script cost the studio $150 million to produce, and the film contained over 1,000 shots that required computerized visual effects. Further, though the film features a strong performance from star Hugh Jackman, other assets such a Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, Danny Huston, and Liev Schrieiber are all squandered in the film, essentially serving as interchangeable window dressing for the story of Logan (Wolverine).

Screenwriter David Benioff had originally hoped for a darker story that would delineate the Origins series from the more mainstreamed X-Men films, producing a script that he had thought would receive an R rating. Hugh Jackman, a producer on the film, thought the grit and darker story was unnecessary, insisting Wolverine reach a broader audience with a PG-13 rating. Consequently, theatergoers were denied both breasts and a substantial amount of gore, left only to wonder what might have been.

Product Placement and Reckless Marketing in the 3rd Degree

How does a film spanning 150 years leverage current brands for product placement dollars? Not very well, it would seem.

In order to offset the $150 million budget (of which $25 million went to Jackman) Wolverine whored itself out on a sizable scale, having peppered the film with heavy-handed nods to Papa John’s, 7-11, Harley-Davidson, and Schick razors, reminding the world that Gillette isn’t the only razor company in the world.

Further, Wolverine appeared in a Got Milk? campaign, which is total crap, because you can’t charge me $13 to tell me the story of how Wolverine came to be such a badass, then posit in a magazine a few days later, “Oh. It was mostly by drinking milk, actually.” If I wanted to watch a man become great by drinking milk for 90 minutes, I would start shopping around my screenplay, Milkin’ It. But I won’t because that screenplay is terrible.

 

So does Gilberto Sanchez deserve to go to jail for a year? Yeah, probably. He seems to have made a bad career out of pirating films. But is he solely culpable here? Absolutely not. I feel strongly that, when the court announced the verdict for Mr. Sanchez, they should have included a “Surprise Conviction” for all the producers and cast of X-Men Origins: Wolverine for making such a terrible, overblown film. Nothing terribly punitive. Just enough to send a message. Like 17 years in jail or something.

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‘Real Steel, is…Real Good http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/real-steel-is-real-good/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/real-steel-is-real-good/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2011 13:00:31 +0000 Noah Griffith http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231419 It's by far the best father-son fighting-robot movie I've seen this week.

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Real Steel is one of those movies that you see the trailer and think “Hugh Jackman…Boxing Robots…hmmm.”  You can’t expect Oscar material, but a part of you is hoping it’ll bring you back to those childhood days watching Amblin films.  Luckily, Hugh Jackman…Boxing Robots…is well worth it.

Jackman plays Charlie Denton, an ex-boxer working the low level robot boxing circuit in the near future.  He’s a jerk. He owes everyone and their mother money, and when his fighter ‘Ambush’ gets demolished in a Texas rodeo, he’s hit rock bottom. This all changes, however, when he receives word his ex wife has died in a car crash, leaving his estranged son, Max (Dakota Goyo), in his custody. With an Aunt eagerly wanting to adopt Max, Denton weasels his way into selling the kid to her rich husband so he can buy the famed robot ‘Noisy Boy’ and continue competing in the circuit. The only problem is, he has to take care of Max for rest of the summer, something he’s not cut out for. But since the kids got an attitude, he forces Denton to take him along for the ride.

As they compete, Denton’s impulsive personality lands him into even more dirt when he gets Noisy Boy destroyed. With no other choice, he takes Max to the scrap yard for a new fighter, where the kid finds ‘Atom’, an old school sparring bot he believes will be their champion. Tension ensues as they both try to make Atom a winner and take him to the big leagues.

You can pretty much see where this is going, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing. Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Cheaper by the Dozen) hits us with great boxing matches, stunning shots on the American Heartlands, and most importantl, building a great dynamic between Jackman and Goyo from the start. Not to mention elevating Richard Matheson’s short story (which became a twilight zone episode with Lee Marvin) to a whole new level. There’s plenty in here for both kids and adults to enjoy.

Is Real Steal formulaic? Yes. Does a Limp Bizkit song play during one of the fights? Yes. Is Phil Lamar one of the commentators for the end battle? Maybe. But rest assured, Real Steel is a father-son story first, sports movie second. The only reason we remotely care about what we’re watching is because of the chemistry Jackman and Goyo share on screen, which is superb. Add in a great cast of supporting actors like Evangeline Lily, Anthony Mackie, and the always entertaining Kevin Durand, and you’ve got yourself a piece of good ‘ole Hollywood Cinema.

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Real Steel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/real-steel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/films/real-steel/#comments Fri, 30 Sep 2011 18:50:29 +0000 Screen Junkies Director: Shawn LevyCast: Hugh Jackman, Dakota GoyoSynopsis: A boxing drama set in the near-future where 2,000-pound robots that look like humans do battle.

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Director: Shawn Levy

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo

Synopsis: A boxing drama set in the near-future where 2,000-pound humanoid robots do battle.

Release Date: October 7, 2011

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8 Actors We Used To Sort Of Hate, And Now We Sort Of Don’t http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-actors-that-we-used-to-sort-of-hate-and-now-we-sort-of-dont/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/8-actors-that-we-used-to-sort-of-hate-and-now-we-sort-of-dont/#comments Mon, 12 Sep 2011 13:00:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=227816 Maybe we hated them because they are handsome...

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After considering the entries here for way too long, I’m a little disheartened to see that it could still just as easily be titled “9 Handsome Actors,” which isn’t much of a list.

But such is the way of the world. Handsome actors (and beautiful actresses, for that matter) are often given whatever the opposite of “the benefit of the doubt” is. (“The hindrance of the certainty?” No. That’s just stupid.) They are written off until they take pains to prove themselves, which generally comes by removing themselves from their comfort zones and tackling more difficult, creative material.

For instance, I have little doubt that Ashton Kutcher could actually appear on this list if he would ever try his hand at a film that wasn’t a romantic comedy, but alas. If you look at entries 8-5, they all shook their images by playing against type, except for perhaps Jackman, who is still a singing and dancing fool, but has killed it with his performance in The Prestige and even scene stealing turns in crappier fare like Swordfish.

At any rate, here are eight actors we used to sort of hate, and now we short of don’t.

The Old Guard

8. Brad Pitt

Pitt’s ascent from “heartthrob” to established, respected actor is indicative of the path many actors on this list have taken. After turns in such chick-friendly fare as Legends of the Fall, Thelma and Louise, and Interview with a Vampire, he turned the pretty boy image on its head with appearances in Twelve Monkeys, Se7en, Fight Club, and Snatch, quickly ingratiating him to the male audiences so determined to hate the handsome bastard. We held out as long as we could.

7. Mark Wahlberg

Honestly, Wahlberg’s path doesn’t mirror Pitt’s too closley. After making a name for himself as Donnie Wahlberg’s brother and as a pant-less rapper, Wahlberg turned in a pretty hammy but fun performance in Fear that didn’t do much to dispel people of the notion that he was a buff meathead. Honestly, he still wrestles with that preconceived notion today, after playing befuddled, overwhelmed (albeit endearing) characters in films such as I Heart Huckabees and Boogie Nights. But turns in other David O. Russell films like Three Kings and The Fighter have dispelled many of the oafish first impressions.

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Watch Robots Pound On Each Other In ‘Real Steel’ Featurette http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-robots-pound-on-each-other-in-real-steel-featurette/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/watch-robots-pound-on-each-other-in-real-steel-featurette/#comments Tue, 23 Aug 2011 13:01:27 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=225431 See what makes them tick.

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6 photosEvangeline Lilly

This behind the scenes look at Real Steel shows us exactly what makes the robots tick. Surprisingly, it’s not Andy Serkis.

Boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard is the man behind the mo-cap this time, choreographing fight moves with actual boxers (imagine if he played Gollum). Normally I’d make a joke about the spandex and motion-ball outfits, but I value my jaw so I’ll let this one slide. Also featured are stars Hugh Jackman and Anthony Mackie, who do their best to act against nothing. I’m talking about the special effects, you guys. Not Evangeline Lilly.

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Jackman To Take On Silver Samurai In ‘Wolverine 2′ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackman-to-take-on-silver-samurai-in-wolverine-2/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/jackman-to-take-on-silver-samurai-in-wolverine-2/#comments Thu, 21 Jul 2011 22:27:14 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221367 Silver Samurais are widely regarded as the most disciplined and dangerous. No, not really.

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Because it’s Comic-Con, and these are the things that we talk about, Hugh Jackman took to a parking lot in promotion of the upcoming Real Steel to talk about his upcoming projects. This being Comic-Con, Wolverine 2 was the topic of most discussion.

He revealed to the attendees that he will be fighting Silver Samurai in the X-Men universe sequel, which begins filming in October after a handful of delays ranging from director bailouts to Asian tsunamis. Writer Chris McQuarrie (Jack the Giant Killer) is drafting teh script and thought that the villain is the best foil for the sequel, tentatively titled The Wolverine. There is no word on who will play the Silver Samurai, but we can bet it will be announced shortly.

Screen Rant offers some background on the villain:

The Silver Samurai (character’s “real” name is Kenuichio Harada) has a long history in the Marvel Universe and should make an admirable foe for Wolverine. Harada is actually the half-brother of Wolverine’s lover Mariko Yashida and he has major issues with her relationship with Wolvie. In the comics, Wolverine is trained in the ways of the samurai by Kenuichio and Mariko’s father Shingen and eventually joins Shingen’s Clan Yashida.

That’s a lot of info for one paragraph, but it sounds…just terrific. WOLVERINES!!!!

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James Mangold Is The Newest Guy To Direct ‘The Wolverine’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-mangold-is-the-newest-guy-to-direct-the-wolverine/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/james-mangold-is-the-newest-guy-to-direct-the-wolverine/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 16:01:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216412 It's the spiritual sequel to 'Kate & Leopold'.

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Jose Padilha, Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Gavin O’Connor, and Gary Shore read all those X-Men comics for nothing. The helm of The Wolverine will officially go to James Mangold.

As we all know, Darren Aronofsky nearly burned down the Internet when it was announced that he would direct the sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Then he tried to put that fire out with gasoline when he announced, “Eh, eff this.” He cited wanting to spend time with his family as a reason for his departure but a more likely reason was he realized he was attached to The Wolverine. It looks like Mangold has no such qualms. And, hey, it can’t be any more silly than when he and Hugh Jackman teamed up for Kate & Leopold. (Deadline)

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Of Course Hugh Jackman Is Going To Be in ‘Les Miserables’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/of-course-hugh-jackman-is-going-to-be-in-les-miserables/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/of-course-hugh-jackman-is-going-to-be-in-les-miserables/#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 23:15:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216361 Hugh Jackman has the enviable skill of being able to cross over between the 'Wolverine' and Broadway crowds.

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It was announced today that Hugh Jackman is in talks to star in a screen adaptation of Les Miserables. And how could he not be? I mean, have you seen the man sing and dance? He would make a redonkulous Jean Valjean! Not that Jean Valjean wasn’t already 120% redonkulous. However, it’s uncertain whether Jackman will be playing the aforementioned Valjean or the policeman who pursues him.

The singing-and-dancing strongman has always had an affinity for musical theater, and theater doesn’t get a whole lot more musical than it does in Les Mis, which is based on the Victor Hugo book that follows the lives of Frenchmen from 1815-1832.

Hopefully the duo of Jackman and director Tom Hooper will be able to create more of a splash with their adaptation than Uma Thurman and Liam Neeson were able to do in their 1998 version, which garnered only $14 million at the box office.

It’s a safe bet, especially considering Jackman has made his singing and dancing known to every American via the Oscars, The Tonys, and The Man from Oz.

All pieces seem to be in place. The only question that remains is: Are Americans ready for a film about French people? (Variety)

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‘Wolverine’ Is Not Mark Romanek’s Kind Of Thing http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-wolverine-is-not-mark-romaneks-kind-of-thing/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-wolverine-is-not-mark-romaneks-kind-of-thing/#comments Fri, 10 Jun 2011 15:27:43 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=215670 Dude's anti-mutant.

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2 photosInternational ‘X-Men: First Class’ Posters Reflect Upon The Future

Mark Romanek never got his chance to make The Wolfman so we were excited when he was put on the short list for another movie about a hairy guy with claws… Weston Coppola The Wolverine. But, alas, Romanek will not be stepping into the flowy directing scarf left vacant by Darren Aronofsky. Here’s the straight dope from Romanek:

“That’s just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn’t seem like my kind of thing. That script was a terrific version of that kind of thing, but not something I felt really passionate about.”

That leaves us with Jose Padilha, Doug Liman (Mr. and Mrs. Smith), Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), Justin Lin (Fast Five), Gavin O’Connor, James Mangold (Knight and Day) and Gary Shore as potentials. I think Liman or Mangold could turn in an interesting film, but you just know it’s going to be Justin Lin. If we get another two X-Men films back-to-back the moon will shift into alignment and then we’ll have Cthulhu to deal with. (Digital Spy)

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See Some Posters For ‘Real Steel’ And ‘Friends With Benefits’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/see-some-posters-for-real-steel-and-friends-with-benefits/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/see-some-posters-for-real-steel-and-friends-with-benefits/#comments Mon, 23 May 2011 18:14:52 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213231 Which one has the robots, again?

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The upcoming movies Real Steel and Friends With Benefits are getting surprisingly positive buzz for movies that weren’t supposed to be any good on paper. Now we can see some actual paper on them in the form of posters you can see below.

The first one is for Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman, and I think it looks pretty cool. The logo is kind of generic, but I like the sports-meets-robots concept. Plus robots are cool, just in general.

The second one is for Friends With Benefits, starring Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake as the titular “friends.” This one is a standard stars-making-kind-of-funny-faces poster, but likeable enough I guess. I take off 10 points for not having any robots though.

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Robot Nutshots Galore In ‘Real Steel’ Teaser Trailer

Real Steel is already on its way to being one of the most buzzed-about upcoming movies. There’s already been a sequel commissioned after test audiences claimed to be able to see God among the boxing robots. Now, here’s a new trailer that shows even mor fighting robot action. Also, Hugh Jackman with a sweet headset.

It’s coming out in October, and is directed by Shawn Levy. Were I you, I’d start brushing up on my Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots in preparation for the release date. You don’t want to be embarrassed out there, man.

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Hugh Jackman Might Join BFF Shawn Levy’s ‘Fantastic Voyage’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-jackman-might-join-bff-shawn-levys-fantastic-voyage/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-jackman-might-join-bff-shawn-levys-fantastic-voyage/#comments Tue, 03 May 2011 22:14:02 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210287 Shawn Levy wants to keep the 'Real Steel' magic alive.

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If Hugh Jackman is looking for a really big action-adventure film while The Wolverine gets pulled together, Shawn Levy wants him to know that he’d so totally work with him again on Fantastic Voyage. Just putting it out there. No pressure.

It’s early in development but Jackman is Levy’s front-runner for the James Cameron-produced 3D trip inside the human body. They most recently worked together on Real Steel and must have had a good time if they’re willing to share a tiny dirigible together inside some dude’s bloodstream.

Robot Nutshots Galore In ‘Real Steel’ Teaser Trailer

Does Hollywood have a new director-actor BFF team? I mean, Johnny Depp and Tim Burton aren’t even that close. (Deadline)

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DreamWorks Already Wants A ‘Real Steel’ Sequel http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-already-wants-a-real-steel-sequel/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/dreamworks-already-wants-a-real-steel-sequel/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2011 20:07:19 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=207139 'Real Steel 2: Reel Steal'?

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The upcoming Hugh Jackman/robots that fight movie, Real Steel, isn’t coming out until October. But that doesn’t mean the studio behind it, DreamWorks, isn’t interested in a cash-in sequel to capitalize on the first movie’s hypothetical success. They’ve already commissioned the writer of the first Shawn Levy-directed movie, John Gatins, to write the second installment, after what must have been some particularly successful test-screenings.

The knee-jerk reaction to this news is to assume thatReal Steel is REAL-ly good (see what I did there?), but there is a second, more cynical, option: that this is all just publicity for the first Real Steel movie, designed to make people think the movie is actually better than it is. I have no idea if this is plausible, but I do remember reading about the fantastic test-screenings that The Green Hornet had, and that ended up being merely a sort-of-good movie. And besides, when have good test-screenings been a guarantee of success at the box office? But what do I know, I’m a grown man and I’ve never even seen a battling robot before. (Deadline)

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Hugh Jackman Says No To ‘Snow White’ Sloppy Seconds http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-jackman-says-no-to-snow-white-sloppy-seconds/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hugh-jackman-says-no-to-snow-white-sloppy-seconds/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 19:45:58 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206894 Protect your own damn Snow White!!

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Robert Pattinson had no trouble trying to find someone to protect him. Kristen Stewart on the other hand isn’t having as easy of a time.

Hugh Jackman has passed on the Huntsman role in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman. Tom Hardy and Johnny Depp both had their names pop up originally to fill the role, but nothing ever came to fruition. Viggo Mortenson was in talks for the part for two months before he dropped out. After that, they went to Jackman, as his schedule was open after Darren Aronofsky realized he shouldn’t be making a Wolverine sequel.

So, who now? If only there were an actor who is not David Arquette available to take on the role. (The Wrap)

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