HOLLYWOOD – The Wolverine will return with Hugh Jackman taking up the adamantine claws once more in Young Logan.
Following Logan word had it that Hugh Jackman was done with the famous X-Man. But apparently not. Speaking EXCLUSIVELY with the Studio Exec, Jackman revealed that the new film would take a completely different direction:
Yes. When we were doing a lot of press I admit I was tired. Wolverine took up a significant part of my acting life and though I’m grateful, I felt that I could escape now. However, when James Foley told me the idea of doing a Young Logan movie, I just had to read the script. What I found was a story we hadn’t done before. This is about James Howlett growing up in Canada. His family background and his tragic first love. It’s actually very moving.
But surely you’re too old to play the role?
Digital de-aging my friend. Ridley Scott put me on to it.
REVIEW -LOGAN – Hugh Jackman returns as everyone’s favorite X-Man in the final film featuring Wolverine.
Right of the bat I’m gonna put it out there that I’m not a huge X-Men fan. The first two were okay, at best. The various reboots and spin offs have been intermittently entertaining. Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine has often been the best thing about whatever film we’ve been offered. And now he has provided the first truly great film – and perhaps necessarily the last – of the X-Men franchise. The reasons for its greatness is that it does its best to get away from the usually superhero/action movie grammar and concentrate on something old fashioned, classical even: character.
Logan is a limping, worn out figures. His eyes have the jaundiced look of years of alcohol abuse. He is a defeated man and a fascinating character – probably Jackman’s best performance ever. He’s caring for his aging surrogate father, who is waning away south of the border. Political resonance is rife. Not only for the border which features prominently, but for the healthcare system and the imminent repeal of the Affordable Care Act, as Logan drives a limo to buy knock off drugs to treat Professor Xavier. When Laura – a young mutant with a terrible past – turns up in need of help, Logan finds himself engaged in a fight against an implacable enemy: essentially corporate self-interest.
Throughout the film, potential action scenes are discarded. We see massive combine harvesters and self-driven trucks and wait for them to be used in some way, but the film isn’t interested in them. Rather, it is in the hopeless twilight years of an age that sees solidarity give way to fear and repression. The victims aren’t only the mutants, it’s also the normal family who offer shelter and who are being bullied by a large agricultural consortium.
There is a deep pessimism to this view which is in no way mitigated by the heroics of the main character. The age for happy endings on the Statue of Liberty is done. And this pessimism links to the film’s avatar – the Western. Shane is explicitly cited as a model and it is testament to how good a film Logan is that it stands up to the comparison. The Western is not only about horses and cowboy hat and quick draws – all of which appear. The most enduring narrative of the great westerns is the end of the West. It is this elegiac awareness of a time that is dying, freedoms curtailed, spaces occupied, heroes dying out that closely links Logan to this tradition. Prof. Xavier used to run a school, Logan reminds us at one point. Schools! Remember them.
Of course, there’s hope in the future. But the film damningly concludes, as we cross another border, not in the USA.
HOLLYWOOD – New Hugh Jackman film Logan is a blatant Wolverine rip-off.
The trailer for Logan dropped this week, leading many fans to claim the film was way to derivative of X-Men character Wolverine. The film seems to star Hugh Jackman as Logan, a man who appears to have Wolverine like claws. At one point in the trailer – perhaps as some kind of joke – he even holds an X-Men comic book.
X-Men x-pert Mr. Titmus had this to say:
It’s an absolute travesty. Hugh Jackman wants to go on to do something else? Get away from the X-Men? Fine. But that something else looks exactly like Wolverine, but a bit older. It’s ridiculous. There’s even Patrick Stewart.
HOLLYWOOD – Following Logan, Hugh Jackman will star in The Fountain 2, Darren Aronofsky revealed today.
Talking EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec, Darren Aronofsky spoke of The Fountain 2 and the return of Hugh Jackman as the Man:
The Fountain was a film that dealt with mortality and the search for immortality. It asked the question ‘Why do we have to die?’ So it was natural for me to think about why does the film have to die? Why can’t we see what happens next?
So what happens next?
The idea is that Hugh has achieved immortality, not through the eating of a root or a hallucinogenic revelation as in the first film, but instead via a military experiment which replaces his skeleton with an adamantine substance that is impervious …
Impervious to any violence. Along with the other X-Men, he seeks to go beyond worrying about death as the Earth is threatened by a blue light which shines up from a city to open a portal or something. Fight, fight, fight, smash, bang wallop!
But isn’t this just Wolverine?
I need a hit man. I really need a hit.
The Fountain 2: Logan Returns will be released in 2017.
HOLLYWOOD – Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman is furious about the new film Logan, claiming that it is a direct rip off of the X-Men character he has played for fifteen years.
Hugh Jackman is usually a mild-mannered sweet man, but when he stormed into the Studio Exec bungalow this morning he was furious.
‘Have you seen this?’ he said, shoving his tablet in my face and showing me a trailer for the new film Logan. ‘I can’t believe it.’
When I asked what was the problem, this is what he said:
I was really looking forward to this new film Logan. The original is amazing with Michael York and Jenny Agutter. I should have known something was wrong when they left the “‘s Run” off the title. But anyway… I watched it and it turns out they’ve totally ripped off Wolverine. I mean it’s the same character, the actor looks just like me and he has these claws. They’ve even managed to rope in poor Patrick Stewart to play someone called Charles, who is just obviously Professor Xavier.
But isn’t it…
And the thing that pisses me off is it actually looks better than the Wolverine movies. They even got Johnny Cash to do the soundtrack. I thought he was dead.
In our continuing series of ’47 Films to see before you’re murdered in your dreams’, we look at Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain.
Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) is a conquistador invading an ancient Mayan… no wait, sorry he’s Buddha, he’s a big bald Buddha floating in a bubble and looking after a tree … no hold that thought, he’s a doctor, a doctor with no sense of humor, experimenting on a monkey called Donovan hampered by a dying wife (Rachel Weisz) who’s writing a novel with a fountain pen. Or maybe he’s all of these things. Or maybe…
Following a tortured production history, The Fountain premiered in 2006 at the Venice Film Festival and was roundly and horribly booed. So much so that when The Wrestler won the Leone d’Oro, Mickey Rourke said on stage that ‘last time Aronofsky was here he fell on his ass.’ And there is a lot that is wrong with the film. It is preposterous, silly, doesn’t make much sense and Hugh Jackman is a limited actor, shown up by some of Aronofsky’s most cloth-eared dialogue: ‘Death is a disease just like any other and I WILL find a cure.’ The scale of its ambition also leaves it open to cries of pretension, especially with the scaling back of its budget so everything looks like what it is, shot on a sound stage in Montreal. But all that aside, this is an enjoyably mad ride. The music by Clint Mansell is astonishing, one of the best scores of recent years, and Aronofsky is constantly inventive. This is the Tree of Life as a graphic novel. There are moments where you’ll laugh at how ridiculous it is and other moments you might find yourself quite bizarrely touched.
NEW JERSEY – Rob Marshall is to direct a forthcoming musical rock opera featuring Russell Crowe as the legendary singer-songwriter Billy Joel.
We didn’t Start the Fire tells the story of a trio of dishonest pyromaniacs, and will feature performances from Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Danny DeVito.
Crowe’s character, Billy Pole, plays piano at a joint where people ‘sit at the bar and put money in the jar and say man what are you doing here?’ but he just goes ‘lar-didi-dar-didi-dar’.
His pyro buddy Minko (played by Jackman) falls in love with Rachel Weiz’s fire chief and they duet on ‘Don’t Go Changing (to Try and Please Me)’. Meanwhile, DeVito provides comic relief as Hardy Har-Har, the insurance salesman who seeks to profit by his and his friend’s proclivities, while advising Minko to ‘Tell Her About It’ and proclaiming to police detective Ruce Stinksteen (Adrien Brody) that he is ‘An Innocent Man’.
Russell Crowe spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec:
It was great finally meeting Billy. He’s been a hero of mine ever since An Innocent Man. Boy that was a great album. We had him in at every stage of production. We sent him the first script and he said ‘Don’t go changing, to try and please me’, sang it actually, then we showed him the dailies and he sang it again and then at one of the first previews. At that point it was getting a little bit old.
Commenting on the film, DeVito said:
It’s f*cking awful but I need the money and my life is going to shit anyway.
We didn’t Start the Fire will be released in 2017.
HOLLYWOOD – News from the X-Men universe has it that Carey Mulligan is to play the new Wolverine in X-Men: Apocalypse.
The 30 year old actress famed for her roles in An Education, Drive and The Great Gatsby will be taking over from Hugh Jackman, who has played James Howlett AKA Rogan AKA Wolverine for fifteen years, including 5 X-Men films and two stand alone Wolverine movies. A third Wolverine movie due out in 2017 and was rumored to be Jackman’s last appearance in the role but it looks now as if Carey Mulligan will be taking over.
A spokesperson for Fox told the Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:
It is a sad fact that Hugh Jackman following a whole bunch of films – seven in total – will finally be hanging up his titanium claws, but we’re really excited to have found a replacement who will bring Wolverine to a whole new audience. Carey has that fresh faced exuberance and that lovely shy vulnerability that is there in the comic books and that Hugh, despite all his best efforts, singularly failed to bring to the screen.
Fox is hoping to change several of the main characters in a bid to compete with Marvel’s Avengers series and casting rumors have been rife. Ariana Grande is currently in talks to play a new version of Professor Xavier and Miley Cyrus looks like a possible Nightcrawler.
Mulligan herself said that she was ‘excited by the opportunity but also a little nervous of having to go up against Hugh’s super portrayal.’ She has already begun smoking cigars to prepare for the role and is due to have the surgery which will see her adamantium skeleton implanted.
How does she feel about having six inch razor sharp claws protruding from her knuckles?
‘Well, I’ll never be lost for a pair of scissors again!’ says the delightful Mulligan.
X-Men Apocalypse will be released in 2016 and Wolverine: Donkey Heaven will be out the following year.
HOLLYWOOD – Trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s new film Wolverine: Inherent Vice signals a departure for the X-Men spin off.
Hopefully the film which is set to debut at the New York Film Festival will be a vast improvement on the increasingly tedious slap dashery we’ve had to put up with so far. Joaquin Phoenix replaces Hugh Jackman in the title role, as the Oz star declared himself ‘hacked off with the claws and shit’.
HOLLYWOOD – Assorted celebrities and do gooders were feeling very pleased with themselves today as news came in that the Ice Bucket Challenge had succeeded in curing a number of previously incurable diseases, eliminating famine and bringing world peace to the benighted regions of the world.
Bill Gates pointed to the results that the #IceBucketChallenge have accrued as answers some critics who claimed it was yet another example of Slacktivism:
I didn’t invent Microsoft by sitting around moaning all day about not having invented Microsoft. No far from it. I had to get up and do it. Likewise people have been going on for years about how terrible cancer, leukaemia and leprosy are but it wasn’t until a bunch of rich people poured buckets of ice water over their heads that all these diseases were finally cured. The same with the Gaza strip. There was a hellish amount of violence going on then Steven Spielberg gives himself the old ice shampoo and whoosh, peace descends.
Robert Downey Jr admitted he was frankly amazed by the efficacy of the viral craze:
Initially I just thought it was going to be a bit of fun. I love having a joke and not taking things to seriously, like acting and what not. But when the incidence of child mortality plummeted and then George Clooney phoned up and told me the Sudan was sorted and all because of me and my little ice bucket.
However, some have admitted there are limits to the powers of the Ice Bucket. Hugh Jackman told the Studio Exec:
It only works if the person doused is adequately famous. Mike Myers has been drenching himself on a daily basis but alas Aids is still with us.
Ice Bucket Challenge: The Motion Picture will be released in 2016.
MELBOURNE – Baz Luhrmann has announced he is to direct a new cinematic version of the Russian classic Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace,starring Hugh Jackman as Pierre Bezhukov and Nicole Kidman as Natasha Rostova.
The Strictly Ballroom director said:
I’ve done Shakespeare, definitively with Romeo + Juliet, adding that plus sign just to show I’m not afraid of the bald bastard. I’ve mastered F. Scott Fitzgerald with everyone bar none agreeing my Great Gatsby was a million times better than his ruddy novella. I’ve even done an entire bloody continent with Australia, where I was so bold I cast Nicole as a bloody Pom. So what’s left for me to do? Who can rise to the challenge of being worthy of the Luhrmann? Bazzer the boy? Eh? Eh? It was either Fifty Shades of Grey or Tolstoy and they wanted a Sheila to do the former so I got lumped with beardy.
What changes can we expect?
None. None whatsoever. I’ve decided to be entirely faithful to the book. I know this is a departure for me but on reading the book, or at least on reading the first few pages cause it’s bloody long and Candy Crush isn’t going to play itself, I thought to myself: this is fairly impressive. He’s no J.K: Rowling but he can write a bit this old Ruskie. So I reckon I’ll keep true to the ‘spirit’ of the book, very closely.
Robin Williams will take the part of Napoleon and the music will be provided by a host of contemporary stars of the music scene, including Pharrel Williams, Ke$ha and Jay-Z. Leo Tolstoy’s Hip + Hop will be released in 2015.
PRISONERS: REVIEW – In Prisoners, father, husband, hunter, survivalist, carpenter, beard wearer and above all ACTOR Hugh Jackman is thrown into turmoil when his daughter is abducted along with the daughter of Iron Man 1‘s black guy Terrence Howard.
Jake Blinkinhaal is the intense police detective with a 100% success rate who is tasked with finding the criminals.
The prime suspect is Paul Dano – breaking with Dano tradition and playing a weirdo – but he is apparently mentally incapable of answering a question with anything but an off-putting leer. When he is released, Hugh ACTOR decides to take things into his own hands. Watching Denis Villeneuve’s film I was reminded of another child abduction thriller Mystic River. Both films share the same wintry, rainy palette (the brilliant Roger Deakins, here, is one of those cinematographers who I’d follow as closely as a director), and they both manage to supersede essentially pulpy material as something serious, glum even albeit not as tragic as they might wish. Everyone in Prisoners has a silly name – Jackman is called Kelley Dover, Gyllenhaal is Detective Loki! – but they act as if they don’t know it. Wolverine is particularly grimly determined to take this project seriously and the result is an ‘intense’ performance unpolluted by shades or subtlety. The heavy handed allegory and the one word title likewise weigh of worthiness, and yet when it comes down to it this is a well made thriller on a well worn story. Most will want to check out the Wikipedia plot summary to understand exactly how everything happened and too much happens because of dumb decision making (again similar to Mystic River in this regard), but it’s a high quality production and it looks beautiful. Oh, and Hugh Jackman ACTS.
In 1981 a film arrived that gave us entertainment, excitement and thrills. It was inventive and witty while at the same time harking back to the golden days of the Saturday morning serials. It had mysterious magic and breathtaking chases, witty one liners and gun/sword/whip play, a spunky heroine, snakes and Nazis. Harrison Ford played Indiana Jones, the whip cracking archaeologist and treasure hunter, the director was Steven Spielberg and the film was Raiders of the Lost Ark. The thrill of watching that film is still there today, was still there last night when I watched it again. Oh, and there’s a new Wolverine film out. The Wolverine is on general release.
PARIS – Following the critical and commercial success of Tom Hooper’s cinematic adaptation of Les Misérables, Working Title Films have announced that they are developing a prequel, tentatively entitled Jean Valjean Begins.
The official synopsis reads:
Valjean and Javert are schoolboys together and best of friends in revolution-racked Paris. They lose touch due to arguments about the best way to sing even the most ordinary of sentences and Javert’s unrequited love for Valjean’s constantly pregnant sister (Renee Zellweger). Years later, when Valjean goes on a madcap bread-stealing spree for his sister’s children, their paths cross again as they pursue each other hilariously through the shit-strewn sewers of Paris.
oh God no!
Tom Hooper has said he is interested in returning, and some of the original cast may also come back, but Hugh Jackman has made it clear that he will not be playing the main role.
It’s ridiculous. Why would anyone want to make a prequel. I mean, the original is an award-winning musical based on a novel by Victor Hugo; how are you going to compete with that?
New songs will be provided by Elton John and Tim Rice, including titles which look set to be classics, such as: ‘The Life of a Policeman (is a very jolly thing)’ and ‘Steal me some bread dear brother (Really? What’s the Big Deal?)’. We will give you all the Jean Valjean Begins news as it arrives.