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MaryAnn’s quick take… The X-Men series — the entire superhero genre — has never seen a film like Logan before: raw, rageful, tormented, human. Best of the series yet. I’m “biast” (pro): mostly love the X-Men movies; love Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
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With their extended metaphor about mutation as a stand-in for all the many reasons humans find to be bigoted toward other humans, the X-Men stories have always been perhaps the most grounded of the superhero universes, at least in their exploration of what it means to be “super” in a world where “super” is feared and hated, where “super” is ostracized. The mutants of X-Men are just ordinary people with unusual talents that, for the most part, they have to hide, and the movies in this series — of which we have had 10, counting this one, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” topped social media buzz last week as it generated 77,000 new conversations, according to media-measurement firm comScore and its PreAct service.
The studio released a new clip of Watson singing “Belle” on Feb. 20, and aired a “Be Our Guest” teaser during the Oscars on Feb. 26.
Bill Condon directed the adaptation, which also stars Dan Stevens as the Beast, Ewan McGregor as Lumière, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza, Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, and Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe.
Universal’s “Fate of the Furious,” its eighth installment in the Furious franchise, generated 38,000 conversations last week »
- Dave McNary
Author: Stefan Pape
While much has been said of Logan being Hugh Jackman’s very last outing at Wolverine, it’s also said to be the final time we’ll witness Sir Patrick Stewart take on the role of Charles Xavier – and he told HeyUGuys exclusively, that if this is the very last time, there’s no better way to bow out.
Stewart, as engaging and affable as one would have hoped for him to be – discusses with us whether he felt that Logan, which is tonally very different to the rest of the films that make up the X-Men franchise, had the feel of a unique project. He also talked about the vulnerability to the character he knows so well, and how it has been explored in this James Mangold endeavour, and whether the bleak tone of the film was reflected on set, despite being around the entertaining duo of Jackman and Stephen Merchant. »
- Stefan Pape
Eight years after randomly meeting Hugh Jackman at a Quiznos (yes, really), one die-hard Wolverine fan was given the chance to meet his idol once again.
In 2009, Clayton Spencer was at a Quiznos in Seoul, South Korea, before an opening night screening of X-Men Origins: Wolverine when he experienced a comic-book worthy twist: behind him in line was none other than Hugh Jackman, also there to grab food before the show.
Jackman chatted with Spencer briefly and asked for a sandwich recommendation, which Spencer offered (Italian with red onions, blue cheese, toasted with olives) and Jackman took.
There's something quite »
- Aaron Couch
Here at Et, we’re obsessed with a lot of things -- and for the week of Feb. 27 to March 5, this is what we’re most excited about:
Why We’re Obsessed With ‘Missing Richard Simmons’
From filmmaker Dan Taberski comes a gripping new podcast that seeks to answer the question: Whatever happened to longtime fitness guru Richard Simmons? After disappearing from public life and seemingly ghosting all his close friends and supporters in 2014, Simmons mostly hasn’t been heard from since. Taberski, a fan and friend of Simmons, makes it his mission to find the answer to that question, while also uncovering what made Simmons the man he is today. The podcast, which is only two episodes in, blends the mystery of Serial with those E! True Hollywood Story specials that became popular in the late ’90s.
More: Richard Simmons Speaks Out: 'No One Should Worry About Me'
New episodes of Missing Richard Simmons premiere every Wednesday »
These days, it feels like a director returning to do another installment of a comic book movie is a rarity, but that’s especially true for James Mangold, whose teaming with Hugh Jackman for 2013’s The Wolverine was quite a departure for a filmmaker who had already made a legit Western (3:10 to Zuma) and an Oscar-winning film (Walk the Line).
What Mangold did in The Wolverine, as far as dealing with that character’s history in Japan, Logan does with “Old Man Logan,” which was also meant to be the very last Wolverine story. The film follows Logan, Patrick Stewart’s now somewhat senile Charles Xavier, and a young girl named Laura (Dafne Keen), who has a lot in common with Logan, on a journey to find the girl a safe haven as one of the few mutants in a world where most of them have already been wiped out. »
- Edward Douglas
The time has come. Hugh Jackman is hanging up the claws for good, but he's not going out without one hell of a bang in Logan, the third solo outing for the actor as the famed Marvel mutant Wolverine. With nine total appearances as the character across all X-men films, Jackman has certainly left his legacy in the role. For the NYC junket of Logan we had a unique opportunity for one lucky reader,... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
To celebrate the release of Logan, the gritty and dark Wolverine film which shakes up the franchise and shows Logan as you’ve never seen before, we’re giving four readers the chance to win some cool merchandise packs, including a Logan embossed dog-tag bottle opener, Logan branded shot glasses, Metal notebook with poster image printed and a Logan branded T-Shirt!
In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
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Chris Rock. Ellen DeGeneres. Hugh Jackman. Steve Martin. The group of memorably successful Oscar hosts is a very exclusive club. To become a member, one must exude style, grace, humor, the perfect balance of sarcasm and respect. The stakes are extremely high when a person agrees to be an Oscar host, and if you fail, you are relegated to a truly terrifying club that is quite the opposite. James Franco and Anne Hathaway will let you in. This evening was Jimmy Kimmel's first foray into commanding the Academy Awards stage, and it was a crossroads which would decide his award show reputation. And he really went all out for it: He gave the entire audience candy, he surprised a bus full of »
Jimmy Kimmel pulled no punches during his 2017 Oscars opening monologue!
The Academy Awards host skewered the current political monologue to open up the annual awards show on Sunday night, delivering several not-so-subtle digs at President Donald Trump in the process.
More: Oscars 2017: The Complete Winners List
"We have no tolerance for fake news," the 49-year-old comedian shared, after asking several news outlets Trump has been critical of to leave. "Fake news, we love!"
“We’re also here to honor the actors who seem great, but actually really aren't," Kimmel joked, as Streep bashfully buried her head. "And of all the 'great actors' here in Hollywood, one in particular has stood the test of time for her many uninspiring and overrated performances."
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A new report alleging trouble in paradise for Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness has been denied. The report, which first appeared in Australia’s Woman’s Day, claims the actor and his wife of over 20 years have been “living increasingly separate lives” and that “the spark seems to have gone out of their marriage.” The magazine goes […] »
- Will Reid
Blumhouse's Get Out, the Jordan Peele horror/comedy/social commentary, parlayed its glowing critical reception for a stunning $30.5 million Oscar weekend in 2,781 theaters and a very respectable $10,976 per-screen average. The other new films, Lionsgate/Summit's animated flick, Rock Dog, at $3.7 million, fell just outside of the top 10, while the critically-derided inanimate Collide, from Open Road, spun out at $1.53 million in 2,045 theaters for an abysmal $753 per theater.Get Out, a film where an African-American man notices his girlfriend's family estate may be hiding a sinister secret, had a surprise sneak premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, which set the stage for its critical success. The film maintains a rare 100% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a healthy 8.1 IMDb rating and an A- on CinemaScore. That means the horror film should see an easy falloff next weekend even as the Groundhog Day Ya film, Before I Fall, and the final Hugh Jackman Wolverine film, »
- Keith Simanton <email@example.com>
Logan is very much its own film. That’s not to say it’s completely disconnected from the wider X-Men cinematic universe, but for the most part, it’s a standalone experience, one which thankfully isn’t tied down by having to plant seeds for future entries in the series or explain events that have already occurred. There are small connections here and there though, one of which is related to Essex Corp and Mister Sinister.
In the post-credits scene for X-Men: Apocalypse, which you can see above, the iconic villain was briefly teased and after having been rumored to be appearing in the franchise for a while now, many thought we’d finally get to meet him in Logan. It’s not a spoiler to say that doesn’t happen, but there still is a small string attaching him to the events in James Mangold’s film. We’re talking about X-23, of course. »
- Mark Cassidy
Sir Ian McKellen appeared alongside fellow knight/Bff Sir Patrick Stewart and “Logan” co-star Hugh Jackman, where the “Lord of the Rings” star related a hilarious anecdote featuring Dame Maggie Smith, a.k.a. the Dowager Countess of “Downton Abbey” fame. As he recalled, Sir Ian bumped into Dame Maggie on the red carpet at the 2002 Oscars, where he […] »
- Brent Furdyk
If you're thinking of ending a diet, take a page from Hugh Jackman's menu. After 17 years, the actor starred as Wolverine for the ninth and last time (allegedly) in the X-Men spinoff film Logan, which is set for release on March 3. He appeared on NBC's Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Friday to talk about the movie. While backstage in his dressing room, he decided to have a little snack. Make that a humongous snack. Make that the Wolverine of snacks. He posted on his Instagram page a photo of himself holding a fettuccine dish large enough to feed a whole group of X-Men, courtesy of celebrity chef Mario Batali. "Happy Break The Wolverine Diet! @mariobatali »
Stand back, Hugh Jackman is off his diet.
For the past 17 years, the actor has kept to a strict regimen to stay in shape for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men series. But now that the final installment, Logan, hits theaters next week, Jackman is ready to binge. Luckily, he had Jimmy Fallon to help him do it during his appearance on The Tonight Show on Friday.
“The good news of not doing this is you don’t have to keep that Wolverine diet because every time you were here you were eating some boiled chicken and broccoli. That’s all you ate, »
- Ana Calderone
Could one of the best X-Men movies ever also mark the exit of two of the franchise’s most enduring stars? It’s starting to look that way. While he’s gone back and forth on the subject for a while, Hugh Jackman recently asserted that “Logan” will mark his final time playing Wolverine. And now his co-star, Patrick Stewart, is also saying that that film will mark his last adventure in the mutant series of movies.
- Kevin Jagernauth
While we’ve known for a while now that Logan would be Hugh Jackman’s last turn as comicdom’s favorite “Bub”-dubbing claw-handed Canuck, his co-star Patrick Stewart has been less clear about his own future with with nearly two-decades-strong X-Men franchise. But not anymore: Vulture reports on a SiriusXM Town Hall Stewart recently gave, in which he announced that he’d told Jackman, “I’m done, too.”
Why is Stewart giving up his most iconic non-starship-based role? Because Logan is just too damn good, apparently. The actor recounted a story of crying while watching the film with Jackman and director James Mangold at the Berlin Film Festival, when he realized “there will never be a better, a more perfect, a more sensitive, emotional, and beautiful way of saying au revoir to Charles Xavier than this movie. So, I told [Jackman] that same evening, ‘I’m done too. It ...
- William Hughes
The early buzz on Logan is not only is it the best solo outing for Hugh Jackman as Wolverine (by leaps and bounds), but it’s one of the best X-Men movies ever made. Hugh Jackman was so dedicated to make this the Wolverine movie fans have wanted for years, he knew this had to be […]
- Ethan Anderton
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