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Hugh Jackman Explains Why He Turned Down James Bond

While fans were none too pleased when it was announced that the blonde-haired Daniel Craig was taking over the role of James Bond, there could have been a different kind of uproar had Aussie Hugh Jackman taken the role. The actor famously landed his career-making turn as Wolverine in X-Men after Dougray Scott had to back out of the part three weeks into filming due to scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible 2. Jackman did indeed break out from his turn as Wolverine, landing leads in films like Someone Like You and Kate & Leopold (directed by eventual …
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Hugh Jackman on ‘The Greatest Showman,’ Saying Goodbye to Wolverine and Turning Down Bond

Hugh Jackman on ‘The Greatest Showman,’ Saying Goodbye to Wolverine and Turning Down Bond
It was judgment day for “The Greatest Showman.”

The brass at 20th Century Fox and a cadre of financiers were descending on New York City to decide whether or not to give the greenlight to a musical biopic about circus impresario P.T. Barnum — one that by 2015 had been in development for seven years. In order to convince the studio, director Michael Gracey and star Hugh Jackman had arranged to do an elaborate read-through, with several Broadway greats playing supporting parts.

There was just one catch. Twenty-four hours before the presentation, Jackman had gone to the doctor to have a basal cell carcinoma removed from his nose.

“‘Michael, I have some good news and some bad news,’” Jackman said on the phone to Gracey. “The operation was a huge success; that’s no problem. But I’m in the surgeon’s office, and he’s not letting me leave until I call you and say there’s no way
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Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg Reunite in New Mission: Impossible 6 Photo

Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg Reunite in New Mission: Impossible 6 Photo
A brand new photo from Mission: Impossible 6 has surfaced. Director Christopher McQuarrie shared the photo on social media, which reunites Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg. This is the first official photo that's been released since Cruise suffered his severe injury while filming the movie back in August. Things seem to be moving right along now though and the movie should still be able to make its July 27, 2018, release date, despite the delay.

The new Mission: Impossible 6 photo looks great, in stark black and white, with Tom Cruise's Ethan Hunt out in front and Simon Pegg's loyal Benji Dunn behind him. The photo doesn't really tell us anything about the movie, but it does serve as a reminder that we're in for another (hopefully) excellent spy adventure next year. With Spectre having disappointed in 2015, Mission: Impossible really has become the premiere spy franchise in Hollywood at the moment.
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Will New Oscar Voters Be Bold Enough to Embrace Popular Films?

Will New Oscar Voters Be Bold Enough to Embrace Popular Films?
Everyone is curious about how Oscar voting will be affected by the Academy’s new members, with 1,700 individuals (or 23%) invited in the past three years.

For me, there’s only one important issue: Do they like popular movies?

Careful, this is a trick question, because “popular” is hard to define, especially when it comes to Oscar.

This year, worldwide box office was led by “Beauty and the Beast,” which earned $1.2 billion. The global top 20 also includes awards possibilities like “Logan,” “Dunkirk” and “Wonder Woman.” There are other 2017 films that make you feel better at the end than you did at the start, including “The Big Sick,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Downsizing,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out.”

But what are their Oscar chances? In the past 15 years, Oscar voters have leaned toward dark material.

For most of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 90 years, popular films got regular Oscar attention. Among the many
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Hugh Jackman Apologized To The Actor Who Was Supposed To Play Wolverine

At this point, it’s really hard to imagine anyone else playing Wolverine but Hugh Jackman. After all, no matter how crummy some of the X-Men films got over the years (and there were some really, really awful ones, thanks to Gavin Hood and Brett Ratner), he never let us down. Not once. He brought his all with him on every occasion and made sure that Logan remained the best part of each of the movies.

Still, after nine films in the space of 17 years, Jackman is now ready to pass down the adamantium claws. Who will replace him is obviously unknown, and that’s not likely to change for a while, but in an interesting interview with THR, the actor shared a story about the time he met the man who was originally supposed to play Wolverine.

You see, Jackman wasn’t always the first choice for the X-Men leader.
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Why Hugh Jackman Is Excited About Recasting Wolverine

Why Hugh Jackman Is Excited About Recasting Wolverine
Fans knew long before 20th Century Fox's Logan hit theaters this spring that it would be Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine performance, closing out his 17-year run as Wolverine. While it isn't clear when exactly it will happen, it seems inevitable that, at some point, 20th Century Fox will reboot the franchise with a younger actor as Logan, and while most fans may not be ready for that yet, Hugh Jackman has already come to terms with another actor portraying his iconic character. As it turns out, it was some advice given to him during production of the very first X-Men movie that has prepared him to say goodbye to this character.

What some fans may not know is that, we were almost quite close to having a much different Wolverine. British actor Dougray Scott was originally cast as Logan/Wolverine in the original 2000 film X-Men, but he was forced
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Former X-Men Star Hugh Jackman Hopes Wolverine Will Be Recast

After nine movies in the space of 17 years, Hugh Jackman is ready to pass down the adamantium claws.

Indeed, soon after Logan‘s theatrical release in March, which signaled Jackman’s final appearance as the titular X-Men member, the Aussie actor acknowledged that it’s only a matter of time before 20th Century Fox begins toying with the idea of a Wolverine reboot.

Fast forward to now, and with news that Fox and writer-director James Mangold are beginning to put pen to paper on an X-23 spinoff, Hugh Jackman has reiterated his desire for Wolverine to be recast. It should be noted that Jackman is ostensibly finished with the mutant universe, after revealing that he won’t be producing the Laura-centric sequel featuring the up-and-coming Dafne Keen. He will be there on opening night, though, just like the rest of us.

Here’s what the fan-favorite told THR about the
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‘Manhunt’: Film Review | Tiff 2017

‘Manhunt’: Film Review | Tiff 2017
In the end, there are only a limited number of basic plots to draw upon from the Asian police genre. Legendary action director John Woo (Face/Off, Mission: Impossible 2) and his seven screenwriters dispense with all of them in Manhunt, leaving just a string of sophisticated and thrilling set pieces. They may be worth the price of admission for genre fans, who will see in them a return to classic Woo in the spirit of his 1989 The Killer, but this isn’t going to go down in history as his best film.

A pity there’s not more logic and coherency...
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Legendary Action Director John Woo Returns With Manhunt

For fans of action films, the 1980s was a golden age, beginning with all-time classics such as, First Blood and Raiders of the Lost Ark, and on and on with epics like Die Hard, Lethal Weapon, Escape From New York, and Robocop. This amazing period also marked the rise of incredible action stars like Schwarzenegger, Norris, Willis, Ford, Cruise, and Murphy -- many of whom are obviously still working today (for better or worse).

Yet, the 80s was also an incredible decade for action directors, such as James Cameron, John Carpenter, Richard Donner, and George Miller. However, one of the most unexpected and influential action directors of that era was Hong Kong's John Woo, whose distinct visual style somehow managed to stand apart from his Western contemporaries. Woo was an innovator, a director who borrowed elements from different genres, resulting in something new, unique, and unmistakably visceral. A Hong Kong-based
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Tom Cruise Injury Halts Mission: Impossible 6 Shoot for 4 Months

Tom Cruise Injury Halts Mission: Impossible 6 Shoot for 4 Months
Earlier this week, we reported that Tom Cruise was injured on the set of Mission: Impossible 6, during a building jump stunt, and now it seems the injury was far worse than imagined. Production has now been shut down for upwards of four months, with the actor suffering two broken bones in his ankle after the stunt gone wrong. After X-rays revealed the injury on the London set was far worse than expected, Tom Cruise is expected to head back home to the United States for treatment. Here's what an unidentified source had to say about the injury.

"The injury is worse than was at first feared. Tom did serious damage and will need months to recover. He is the film's biggest star and everything revolves around him. The movie's bosses had no choice other than to postpone the filming."

The Sun reports that the injury will "wreak havoc" on the production's tight schedule,
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John Woo’s Thriller ‘Manhunt’ To Premiere At Venice Film Festival

The 74th Venice International Film Festival (August 30 – September 9) has just announced the world premiere of John Woo’s action thriller Manhunt as part of its Out of Competition roster. The film is hotly anticipated as it marks the return of the Hong Kong director to the police thriller genre 25 years after his classic Hard Boiled, starring Chow Yun-fat, Tony Leung and Anthony Wong.

Set in Japan, Manhunt is the story of a Chinese man wrongly convicted for rape and multiple murders. He becomes the target of a manhunt by the local Japanese police, while he sets out himself to find the real killers.

The film has Chinese star Zhang Hanyu (The Great Wall, Operation Mekong) and Japanese actor-musician Masaharu Fukuyama (Suspect X, Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends) in the lead roles. The predominantly Japanese supporting cast includes Yasuaki Kurata, Jun Kunimura, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Nanami Sakuraba, Naoto Takenaka and Tao Okamoto.
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John Woo’s ‘Manhunt’ to World Premiere at Venice Film Festival

John Woo’s ‘Manhunt’ to World Premiere at Venice Film Festival
Top Hong Kong filmmaker John Woo’s hotly anticipated thriller “Manhunt” will world premiere out-of-competition at the upcoming 74th Venice Film Festival.

The film is about a prosecutor, played by award-winning Chinese actor Zhang Hanyu, who is framed for robbery, rape and multiple murders and sets out on a difficult solo mission to clear his name. Japanese heartthrob actor and singer Masaharu Fukuyama plays the detective chasing Zhang’s character.

The film, which is a remake of a 1976 Japanese classic action movie, is produced by Hong Kong’s Media Asia.

Manhunt” marks Woo’s return to the the police thriller genre that made him famous in Hong Kong with “The Killer” and “Hardboiled” before he relocated to Hollywood in the 1990s, where he shot studio blockbusters such as “Mission: Impossible II,” “Face/Off” and “Windtalkers.” Woo recently returned to Asia, directing epics including “Red Cliff” and “The Crossing” and also executive producing a remake of cult hit
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Michelle Monaghan Will Return in Mission: Impossible 6

Michelle Monaghan Will Return in Mission: Impossible 6
After sitting out Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation, actress Michelle Monaghan has been confirmed to return as Julia Meade in Mission: Impossible 6, which is currently in production. The actress made her franchise debut in 2006's Mission: Impossible III, where she married Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise), returning for a surprise cameo at the end of 2011's Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol. Here's what Michelle Monaghan had to say on Twitter about returning to the franchise.

"Mission accepted. So thrilled to be reuniting w/ @TomCruise for #MI6! Can't wait to show you guys more of Julia's story #missionimpossible"

Director Christopher McQuarrie first hinted at her return earlier today, posting a photo of the actress on Instagram, although he didn't reveal anything else in the caption, before Michelle Monaghan released her statement on Twitter. No further details were given about what her character has been up to for the past few years, or how
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First Look at Henry Cavill in Mission: Impossible 6

First Look at Henry Cavill in Mission: Impossible 6
Ever since production began in April on Mission: Impossible 6, we've seen a few Tom Cruise set videos, where he was seen crashing a motorcycle, while others showed him greeting fans between takes. Today, director Christopher McQuarrie has unveiled a new glimpse at Henry Cavill's character, who has yet to be identified. Over the past few weeks, the filmmaker has also shared first look photos featuring new cast member Angela Bassett, and franchise veteran Ving Rhames, who, along with Tom Cruise, has appeared in all six Mission: Impossible movies.

The director didn't divulge any addition details with this Instagram photo, but Henry Cavill is sporting the same mustache look as the first time we saw him on set, in a photo Christopher McQuarrie sent out back in April, when the film was still shooting in Paris. The director revealed a few weeks ago, just before the Memorial Day holiday,
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'Westworld's' Thandie Newton on All Those Nude Scenes, Season 2 and the Han Solo 'Star Wars' Spinoff

Interview With the Vampire, Tom Cruise's undercover agent in Mission: Impossible II, Vin Diesel's alien overlord in The Chronicles of Riddick — the most human may just be Maeve, the robot madam on HBO's Westworld. The character presented the British-born actress with many challenges, physically and emotionally, but at least the wardrobe was simple: She says she spent the majority of her onscreen time naked. Newton, 44, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her character, her hopes for season two and...
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Here’s Why Russell Crowe Turned Down Playing Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men’

Here’s Why Russell Crowe Turned Down Playing Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s ‘X-Men’
It’s a well-known piece of trivia that Dougray Scott was initially cast to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men, but the actor ended up having to back out of the production due to scheduling conflicts with Mission: Impossible 2. An unknown actor named Hugh Jackman famously stepped in to take the role and played the […]

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Cannes: Saban Films Takes U.S. Rights on Action Thriller ’24 Hours to Live’

Saban Films has acquired U.S. rights to Ethan Hawke action thriller “24 Hours to Live,” from “John Wick” franchise producer Basil Iwanyk.

Directed by former stunt coordinator Brian Smrz, “24 Hours to Live” stars Hawke as a career assassin who turns rogue after his latest mission goes awry. Chinese actress Xu Qing, Paul Anderson, Liam Cunningham and Rutger Hauer co-star. Saban plans a U.S. theatrical release later this year.

The film was written by Zachary Dean, based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain. It is produced by Iwanyk of Thunder Road Pictures and Mark Gao and Gregory Ouanhon of Shanghai-based Fundamental Films, which also fully financed the film. Kent Kubena, Jon Kuyper, Jonathan Fuhrman and Gary Glushon serve as executive producers.

“We’ve been following this project from the script stage, and are very excited we were able to make a deal,” said Bill Bromiley, president of Saban Films.
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The Real Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson: Former Studio Exec Sherry Lansing Shares Hollywood Secrets

The Real Angelina Jolie, Tom Cruise and Mel Gibson: Former Studio Exec Sherry Lansing Shares Hollywood Secrets
Not many people get to know celebrities beyond their public persona — but Sherry Lansing has worked with the best.

The former Paramount Studios CEO, and the first woman to ever be president of a major movie studio, is telling all in a new book about her life, Leading Lady: Sherry Lansing and the Making of a Hollywood Groundbreaker. Though she retired in 2005 after decades in the business, the former exec still fondly remembers her time in Hollywood and is talking to People about some of the movie superstars she worked with.

Read on for behind-the-scenes stories straight from the
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18 actors whose characters were cut out of movies in post-production

Simon Brew Apr 28, 2017

The actors whose role in a film was shot, but chopped out of the final cut...

Yep, I know. I’ve read lists like this too, and I know that Eric Stoltz was cut out of Back To The Future. If it’s all well and good, I’ll leave that example out.

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What I’ve tried to find here is a mix of reasonably known and less known instances of an actor being cut out of a film after they’ve filmed sequences for it. I’ve also tried to get to the reason they were left out as well.

Whilst all this may still sound like an exercise in clickbait, being cut out of a production does have a consequence beyond ego hurting a bit. For the side effect
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Rupert Grint's Snatch TV series renewed for season 2

Kirsten Howard Apr 20, 2017

Crackle's most-watched original drama lands a second season, with Harry Potter's Rupert Grint set to return...

Only very loosely based on Guy Ritchie's 2000 movie of the same name, the Snatch TV series has been a hit for Sony streaming service Crackle, and they've decided to give it a second season.

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"Rupert, Luke [Pasqualino] and the rest of the cast have created memorable characters who truly resonated with our viewers," Crackle's manager Eric Berger said, "and we look forward to following their adventures in season 2 of Snatch."

Harry Potter actor Rupert Grint plays Charlie Cavendish in the organised crime caper, and it's the second piece of good news he's has this month, after his other show Sick Note was renewed earlier in April for a second season over at Sky Atlantic, before the first has even started airing.
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