James Mangold

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Patrick Stewart Confirms Wolverine 3 (Video)

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Patrick Stewart is confirmed for the sequel to The Wolverine.

Stewart will be back as Professor Xavier along with Hugh Jackman as Wolverine one last time as the actor confirmed the news to Collider.

“I can tease them in the following way. I think what you say is true. There is a project in development. I understand that Professor Xavier will be making more than an appearance, however, and that intrigues me. And the idea of an old Wolverine – I’m really looking forward to Hugh Jackman getting old. You know, damn him. He looks so great. So I’m hoping to see him covered in prosthetics, you know? And then he’ll make me look better,  if that’s the case.”

The untitled Wolverine sequel has a March 3, 2017 release date with James Mangold returning to direct as well.

Watch the vide below with Patrick Stewart for more.

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The Wolverine 2 Gets Green Lantern & Blade Runner 2 Writer

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The sequel to The Wolverine continues to move forward as Michael Green is writing the script.

Green is known for the Green Lantern movie and wrote the script for Blade Runner 2 and Prometheus 2.

The Wolverine 2 is said to be Hugh Jackman’s final movie portraying Wolverine (I’m guessing Fox is going to reboot the X-Men to bring the characters to the here-and-now).

James Mangold will also be back to direct and is advising on the script.

The Wrap reports Mangold was originally tapped to direct The Deep Blue Goodbye, but the movie has been shelved due to Christian Bale hurting his knee, leaving Mangold able to fully focus on The Wolverine 2, which hits theaters on March 3, 2017.

The Wolverine netted Fox over $414 million in 2013.

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Wolverine 2 To Film In 2016

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Good news for fans of The Wolverine as the sequel is due to begin filming next year.

A fan asked director James Mangold when the next movie would start filming, with Mangold replying on Twitter, “Early next year.”

The Wolverine sequel is due out March 3, 2017 which will see Hugh Jackman return as well.

In addition to Jackman, fellow X-Men star Patrick Stewart appears to be onboard.

Hugh Jackman also recently made comments that he plans on playing Wolverine for as long as he can, and he also said that he plans to make Wolverine better both physically and emotionally.

Hugh Jackman next stars as Wolverine in X-Men: Apocalypse, out May 27, 2016, and said he would be up for a cameo in the Ryan Reynolds Deadpool movie.

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The Wolverine Sequel To Film After X-Men: Apocalypse Says James Mangold

James Mangold will be back with another Wolverine solo film, and the director lets it be known he will begin filming after X-Men: Apocalypse.

Mangold let the news be known on Twitter:

Mangold also confirmed it’s another Wolverine solo film:

Regarding Hugh Jackman, the actor is expected back as the titular character, though Jackman has made mention recently about getting replaced. Previously, Jackman also mentioned that the script would need to be right for a Wolverine sequel as well.

X-Men: Apocalypse looks to be a sequel to X-Men: First Class and is said to not be featuring the original X-Men movie characters, which would rule out Hugh Jackman. Recently Bryan Singer stated X-Men: Apocalypse will be set in the 1980s and will feature mass destruction not previously seen in any of the X-Men movies.

Hugh Jackman can next be seen as Wolverine in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, which hits theaters May 23rd.

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More Wolverine From Hugh Jackman & James Mangold In The Works

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It’s reported that James Mangold is currently in talks with Fox Studios for another Wolverine movie which will see Hugh Jackman return as well.

According to Deadline, Mangold will write a treatment for the new Wolverine movie and well known X-Men producer Lauren Shuler Donner will be onboard.

No details about the plot are known at this time.

The Wolverine debuted this past Summer to mixed reviews from both fans and critics alike, however it did make $413 million worldwide.

James Mangold also recently directed the new trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts which features Megan Fox.

Hugh Jackman can next bee seen as Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past next Summer.

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Watch The Call of Duty: Ghosts Live-Action Trailer Directed By James Mangold Featuring Megan Fox

Below you can check out the official live-action Call of Duty: Ghosts trailer directed by James Mangold (The Wolverine) and featuring Megan Fox!

Outnumbered and outgunned, but not outmatched. Call of Duty: Ghosts takes players to a world altered by a devastating mass event. Following an elite squad of soldiers known as the “Ghosts,” lead the fight back against a newly emerged global power. 

Call of Duty: Ghosts arrives 11.5.13. 

Related: The Eminem “Survival” music video has also been released.

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Movie Review: The Wolverine (2013)

Logan Can’t Protect His Women

A Film Review of The Wolverine

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

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So this was the Wolverine movie we were all waiting to see?  Oh I get it: a Wolverine movie where there’s a high body count, gore, dismemberment, lots of action, intrigue, a final one-on-one grudge match against a marquee villain and a last minute tie-in to the ever evolving X-franchise?  No, only having one of these elements doesn’t count.  Director James Mangold and writers Mark Bomback and Scott Frank attempt to wipe away the visual stain that is X-Men Origins: Wolverine by taking the character back to basics: no X-affiliation, no team dynamics, just a simple re-origin tale where the most iconic X-Man finally deals with his inner demons amidst a rather pedestrian conflict.  Although anyone in the audience can still follow the general plot of The Wolverine, in order to appreciate all the references as well as key character cameos, familiarity with the original X-trilogy is a necessity.  As a result, this film cannot fully stand on its own considering the ultimate conflict of X-Men: The Last Stand is the key “demon” I previously mentioned that continues to dog Logan in this film. Perhaps this fact is what holds The Wolverine back, or perhaps it was the PG-13 rating because the Wolverine movie we’re all (still) waiting for is rated R.

The script represents a mixed bag in that the major plot points leave much to be desired when compared to other comic book adaptations, but the individual scenes deliver the best moment to moment depictions of Wolverine in a realistic world to date.  Bomback and Frank did their homework by examining dialogue sequences from the original trilogy that cuts to the very core of Logan’s roguish personality and applied them here.  Not one single line uttered by Wolverine sounds like forced exposition or contrived plot advancement.  He is every bit the loner and every bit the wounded soul we all know and love him to be, and for the most part, his interactions with everyone are spot on.  However, I found the plot points that lead Logan to Japan from his general state of self loathing to the details that keep him there for the duration of the film to be weak.  Wolverine is known for having a very unique sense of justice that usually crosses the line to vengeance, and appealing to that aspect would be a practical way to snap him back to reality.  The problem is that the messenger has to be someone more important to Logan than a vague voice from the distant past or someone he’s never met before.  When the story evolves after he lands in Tokyo, few things would keep the Wolverine around when he has no reason to stay and everyone’s trying to kill him.  Love would be a great reason, that is, if it was for someone he knew for more than a couple days.  There are just too many points in this film where I thought Wolverine would have simply walked away because a good reason to stay never manifested.  He hung around in the original trilogy mostly for his attraction to Jean and his protection of Rogue.  The connections he makes in this film to produce an artificial “need” in his character feel circumstantial at best.

The other major disappointment I felt The Wolverine laid out for the viewer was the curious approach to the action and combat throughout.  Mind you, this isn’t a criticism of the look of these sequences as they are all shot profoundly well.  There are plenty of wide shots to keep the audience oriented and blurry camera tricks to purposely obscure problematic angles are never used.  I’m specifically calling out the content of the action.  Most of the opposition Logan faces throughout comes in the form of a number of Yakuza thugs, security guards and ninjas.  A convenient plot device is used to level the playing field which makes these kinds of antagonists a viable threat to our hero, but that goes away at some point, yet he is still somehow kept in check by these non super-powered villains.  The ninja village sequence embodies this kind of disappointment perfectly because the audience is clearly being setup for an incessantly violent moment where the infamous “berserker rage” is about to erupt; only it never does and the entire confrontation fizzles.  The same criticism holds true for the climactic battle with the big bad of this film.  It doesn’t come off as big of a surprise, as I’m sure the writers originally banked on, and it displays the smallest window of Logan’s repertoire as a pugilist in any conflict we’ve seen on screen thus far.  If this is the Wolverine that will be a part of Days of Future Past, then I seriously question his worth as a combatant because he simply isn’t the best at what he does anymore.

The one thing I did respect about this production is the fact that this film approached the story from a more dramatic angle.  As such, certain performances that took full advantage of very small pockets of screen time truly shined and gave the movie an emotional anchor that not every X-film can claim to have.  One of the standouts was Hiroyuki Sanada’s enraged and embittered Shingen, the son of Yashida (the rich meyser who invites Logan to Japan in the first place).  Although his character is given virtually no importance to the story, no other antagonist matches this actor’s intensity on the screen at ANY point.  Rila Fukushima did an amazing job as Logan’s mutant sidekick/Japanese escort, Yukio, considering this woman is acting in her second movie ever.  She isn’t stereotypically gorgeous, but her playful mannerisms and emotive facial expressions make her character the most charismatic by far.  I’d also like to point out that Famke Janssen’s performance as the ghost of Jean Grey in this film is the best she’s ever performed as this character.  I never particularly agreed with her casting in the first place, but her contributions here redeem her . . . somewhat.

There were also some severe misses.  I didn’t care one bit for Hal Yamanouchi’s old Yashida, and my criticism is twofold for the character and his performance.  When your character has severely restricted body language, the performance must compensate in other areas (such as vocal intonation) to stand out.  Yamanouchi, perhaps, does too good of a job playing a man that is seconds away from death’s icy grasp and as such, Yashida is no more important than a standard crusty old rich man with nefarious ends.  The other villain that was an absolute waste of time was the mutant Viper, played by Svetlana Khodchenkova.  I understand that she was going for a femme fatale, but she was not particularly sexy, wasn’t very maniacal, and never seemed threatening on the screen.  I don’t know what else a performance can do to screw up the presentation of a villain, but at least she was thorough at it.

Like Robert Downey Jr. playing Tony Stark – Hugh Jackman IS Wolverine.  His dedication to physical conditioning and the seriousness and preparation he approaches this character with is the essence of what it means to be a truly professional actor, and he is a credit to his calling.  

The Wolverine is not as awful as some make it out to be, but it is also nowhere close to being the definitive visual presentation of a story that fully embraces this character as the mainstream media has determined it to be.  I repeat: this is NOT the Wolverine movie we were all waiting for, but that’s not to take anything away from Hugh Jackman who still gave his all, but that same effort could not save Wolverine’s first solo outing.  This film cost slightly less than Origins to make, but it has also come up a tad short on its initial weekend at the box office despite opening at number one.  The Wolverine is yet another summer “blockbuster” that loses its luster for not having that “IT” factor that makes it a must see.  It is a good movie, but doesn’t feature the best action in the world, nor does it tote the best use of its licensed property; which is why people go to see comic book adaptations in the first place.  Chalk this one up to another that fell short of the hype despite being filled with potential.  

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Silver Samurai Concept Art For The Wolverine

Below you can check out four pieces of concept art of the Silver Samurai from The Wolverine.

The art comes to us from the website of artist Josh Nizzi, where you can also find images from Iron Man 3, The Avengers and a plethora of other movies.

I won’t say much about the Silver Samurai for fear of spoilers, but what I will say is that my comic book friends despised what Mangold did with the character, on par with the Mandarin in Iron Man 3; however, those I talked to who had no clue about the comics loved it.

My own thoughts on the Silver Samurai in the movie likened it more to an ED-209 from Robocop.

The mixed reaction to The Wolverine could be why it opened at $53 million, the least of any of the X-Men movies.

For more concept art from The Wolverine check out Jessica Biel as The Viper.

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The Wolverine Opens Huge Internationally: U.S. Not So Much

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The international vibe of The Wolverine seems to have paid off for Fox Studios and James Mangold as the movie has opened huge internationally with $86 million.

However, where it falls flat is at home, as with a movie weekend with no competition, similar to Wolverine losing his healing factor in the movie, the flick loses it’s snikt-worthiness with U.S. audiences as it opens to a dismal $54-55 million (Update: Actually it’s less, coming in at $53,113,752).

That’s the least of all the Wolverine and X-Men sequels, including X-Men: First Class.

Various reasons are cited for the less than stellar U.S. opening with Fox Studios citing “audience fatigue” as The Wolverine opened at the end of Summer and not at the beginning.

Of course it couldn’t have to do with bad word-of-mouth as The Wolverine opened strong Thursday and Friday which led optimistic Hollywood insiders to estimate the movie having a $65-70 million opening, but by Saturday the numbers started to decline leading to the $55 million opener.

Fan response to The Wolverine seems to be really mixed as it is getting the “love-hate” response. Some fans outright loved the movie, while some really despised it.

Of course it could also have to do with Wolverine: X-Men Origins, which did really well in its opening weekend, but caught audiences with their pants down as the movie was not received favorably at all. So it’s possible that the failure of the last Wolverine movie could have influenced this one.

Regardless, the $141 million is already enough to cover the cost of the movie for Fox Studios which is said to have a $120 million budget.

The Wolverine is currently in theaters, and Hugh Jackman can next be seen reprising Logan for Bryan Singer and X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

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The Wolverine Scores $4 Million For Thursday Night; Tracking $65 Million For Weekend

Last night’s The Wolverine debut of $4 million puts the movie ahead of both World War Z and Pacific Rim in terms of early screenings.

If the opening is any indication of how the movie will do at this weekend’s box office, it’s currently suggested to gross around $65-70 million.

However, if word of mouth pans out like it seemed to do for Pacific Rim, The Wolverine could easily end up with around $45 million.

The previous X-Men movie featuring Wolverine with Origins netted around $85.1 million during its opening weekend.

X-Men: First Class raked in $55.1 million for its own opening weekend.

Currently on the review aggregrate site Rotten Tomatoes, The Wolverine is at 67% among critics with fans giving it an 81% postive rating.

You can read my thoughts (and spoilers) on The Wolverine as well.

The Wolverine is currently in theaters directed by James Mangold starring Hugh Jackman.

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The Wolverine Mid/Post Credit Scene Spoilers; Mangold Comments

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Yes, there is an end credits scene for The Wolverine.

It’s not technially a “post-credit” scene as it occurs early on in the credits, even prior to the “mid-credits,” so you need not wait for the credits to be totally over.

Regardless, it’s there and it’s pretty cool.

You can read spoilers about it below as well as what director James Mangold had to say.

Spoilers follow.

 

The Wolverine ends and then “2 Years Later” is flashed on a screen.

It’s Wolverine at an airport going through security. He chooses to get patted down instead of going through the big detectors.

As he does, we see a “Trask Industries” logo and everything starts flashing; Wolverine turns around, and there is Ian McKellan, Magneto, who has him frozen.

He tells Wolverine something is coming that threatens all the mutants.

We notice all the people are frozen as well.

Wolverine says something to the effect that he doesn’t trust Magneto, with the Master Of Magenticism responding that he knows, and that’s why he brought a friend.

It’s Patrick Stewart as “wheels” aka Prof. X. – Wolverine asks how can this be possible, with Prof. X telling him to remember what he said about people having different abilites or powers etc.

So the end credit scene for The Wolverine is a tie in to Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Days Of Future Past.

Reagarding the scene, Mangold told DigitalSpy the following:

I had finished the movie and Future Past had started shooting, a couple months ago, and we had been talking about what to do, if anything, in the tail credits of this movie.

It’s something I had been talking about with Simon Kinberg (X-Men producer) and Bryan Singer at that point about what we might do to kind of feed into it. My only stipulation that was important to me was just that I really didn’t want it to be tongue-in-cheek. I feel like a lot of these bonus things almost make the film into a joke, and that wasn’t interesting to me.

I thought it would be more interesting to try and actually do something quite promising, actually say something and promise something and give people a piece of a story.

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The Wolverine (2013) Thoughts & Spoilers

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If you are on a limited budget save this one for Netflix or Redbox because adamantium tastin‘ time – it ain’t.

The Wolverine, so far, has to be the most disappointing film of the Summer, more so than Iron Man 3, at least for me.

Below you can check out my thoughts and spoilers on the movie with Lawrence’s formal review in the works.

Spoilers follow.

 

Movie starts off with the rugged Wolverine feeling guilty for the death of Jean Grey. He has secluded himself and is drinking heavily etc.

We then get introduced to a poorly done CGI grizzly bear who really pays no attention to “The Wolverine”; however, a group of hunters out partying end up getting attacked by the grizzly because they shot it with an illegally poisoned arrow which Logan finds. He confronts the surviving hunter where we are then introduced to Yukio (Rila Fukushima) who struts her sword around and scares everyone away. She then convinces Wolverine to go with her to Japan to say “good-bye” to an old friend.

Well, the “old friend” is a Japanese officer, Yashida, that Logan saved when the atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. We gotta assume that Logan was a prisoner of war, but no dog tags were to be had anywhere. Anyway, old man Yashida (Hal Yamanouchi) is dieing of cancer or something and wants to transfer Logan’s healing powers into himself, thus giving Logan what he wants which is mortality. Well, Logan isn’t so sure of that, but it really doesn’t matter because the old man dies anyway, who also happens to be the owner of Japan’s biggest corporation.

The funeral goes haywire as the Japanese mafia thugs attack. 

Wait; let’s back track a bit. There is no Famke Janssen flashback scene; Jean Grey is there sorta in Logan’s head, in his nightmares etc. I heard a reference online to Famke Janssen looking similar to Alice Eve in her almost-birthday suit for Star Trek Into Darkness, which is an absolute ridiculous comparison. Here, Jean Grey is simply wearing a nightie with it not seeming cheap at all. Anyway…in one of Logan’s dreams/nightmares he is kissing Jean, and when he awakens it’s The Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova). She did something to Logan to cancel his healing powers.

Back to the funeral; Wolverine is getting shot etc., and isn’t healing. The thugs are after Mariko (Tao Okamoto) with her childhood boyfriend, Harada (Will Yun Lee), shooting arrows from rooftops to help out. They end up escaping where we are witness to this ridiculous high-speed train scene where Logan “flies,” and he and lone ninja or two battle atop the train having to dodge signs at 300mph

Next, the movie slows down considerably as there is build up (an attempt) and exposition between Logan and Mariko. There is absolutely no on screen chemistry between Jackman and Tao Okamoto, and really no purpose in the movie as to why, but they end up hooking up, assuming just because it’s “Mariko.”

Then somehow the thugs end up kidnapping Mariko, with Wolverine waking up too late, but he manages to get information out of one of the thugs who kidnapped her. Turns out it’s her current fianceeNoburo, (Brian Tee) whom Wolverine and Yukio find fooling around with a pair of hookers. Logan makes a remark to him about being a scum bag. Yeah, after Logan just banged his fiancee (lol). Well, it turns out that Mariko’s father wants her dead because the old man left everything to Mariko, which turns out isn’t much because the old man has been stock piling adamantium (and hopefully explains why Logan’s claws didn’t cut through any of the Japanese swords in the movie).

So Wolverine and Yukio go to confront Mariko’s father, Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada), where Logan uses the old man’s medical tech to extract whatever The Viper put inside him to surpress his power. It looked like something out of The Matrix and it was attached to his heart. He then battles it out with Shingen, and since his healing powers are back takes care of business.

From there, Wolverine and Yukio go to find Mariko. She’s been captured by The Viper. As Wolverine makes his way to her, he is attacked by Harada and his group of ninjas. For some reason they aren’t called the Hand, but the Black Claw or something. Well, they shoot Wolverine full of arrows and ropes, but Wolvie isn’t bending. Then Harada dips an arrow in some of The Viper’s poison (remember the bear?), shoots him, and Logan falls flat. I guess Wolverine’s healing factor wasn’t at 100% because the poison still had an effect (I guess).

So Wolverine wakes up in some machine with his arms locked down. Next to him is the giant suit of Silver Samurai armor (gee, wonder who is inside). Well, The Viper tricks Logan into unleashing his adamantium claws. Then the Silver Samurai armor awakens. It’s a giant frickin’ robot! Ala ED-209! And it happens to be completely made out of adamantium and has a glowing red Samurai sword (lol)!

As it swings its sword down to cut through Logan’s claws, Mariko manages to intervene somehow which causes Silver Samurai to cut the machine apart that was holding Logan. They battle etc. The Viper battles Yukioo etc.

Long story short, and something that no one possibly saw coming a million miles away, it’s the old man in the armor and he wants Logan’s healing power! Silver Samurai ends up cutting Logan’s claws and attempts to steal the healing power by burrowing into the bone marrow through some contraptions on its arms which lock onto Logan’s arms. Well, Mariko picks up the severed adamantium Wolverine claws and sticks them in her grandfather’s head (who is revealed in the suit). Wolverine – because his healing factor is back, but for some odd reason poison works on him – grows his bone claws back, guts the old man in the suit and throws him over a cliff.

Final scene is of Logan and Yukio getting on a plane, with Yukio saying Mariko said Logan can go anywhere. Logan says up. Yukio says she is his bodyguard and that is why she is going with him and says it’s interesting.

Update: There is an end credits scene (best part of the movie).

Final Thoughts:

Fans have been told this is the Wolverine movie that everyone has ever wanted to see. Wrong.

Fans were told we would see the berserker rage from the comics. Wrong.

If you were looking for more of the Wolverine from X-Men 2 who took out Stryker’s swat team as they attacked the X-Mansion, you will be disappointed.

If you liked what Marvel Studios did with The Mandarin in Iron Man 3, you will love what Fox did with the Silver Samurai.

If you loved the Wolverine in Japan comic book storyline, you will absolutely hate this movie.

There is also a mid-credit scene that features Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart and Trask Industries which was by far the best part of the movie.

I went with a half dozen other people who all gave it two thumbs down.

Cosmic Book News X-Men expert Chris “DOC” Bushley said the movie was “completely unnecessary.”

Overall it was just a terrible story; they should have stuck closer to the comic storyline instead of going for their “own” vision.

Fox blew it with this one guys. Again.

Good luck, Bryan Singer.