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Aging used to be an issue for movie stars, particularly women. But not anymore, thanks to digital wizardry that can make any person appear as young or old as needed for a role. We've seen de-aging done for flashbacks as far back as X2: X-Men United and witnessed it in Marvel's Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War. And we've seen it work in prequels and other movies that need a certain character to look as they did decades ago, namely Tron:...
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Aging used to be an issue for movie stars, particularly women. But not anymore, thanks to digital wizardry that can make any person appear as young or old as needed for a role. We've seen de-aging done for flashbacks as far back as X2: X-Men United and witnessed it in Marvel's Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War. And we've seen it work in prequels and other movies that need a certain character to look as they did decades ago, namely Tron: Legacy, Terminator Genisys and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Soon we may get to add an Alien prequel to the bunch. According to an interview exclusively in the print magazine Empire, Alien director Ridley Scott, who has also helmed the...
- Christopher Campbell
Juliette Harrisson Mar 27, 2017
There are various ways to tackle the X-Men movies. Here are our suggestions...
It happens so often in Sff fandoms. You have a series, it starts out releasing an original story, then some sequels, then... it all goes a bit wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey, whether through the release of prequels, through introducing a time-travel element to the story that confuses the order of the narrative, or other various narrative shenanigans.
The viewing order of the X-Men film series is especially complicated. The series includes prequels, at least two different timelines, and more internal inconsistencies than you can shake an adamantium-or-bone claw at. So, with the Hugh Jackman/Patrick Stewart era coming to a close with Logan, we thought we’d suggest a few different options for approaches to an X-Men movie marathon. None of these suggested viewing orders are intended to be definitive and, thanks to the determined lack of internal consistency in the series, »
Having finally caught and absorbed James Mangold’s Logan, the finale to the Og X-films, I find myself hoping that the execs behind the soon-to-be-released Wonder Woman and Justice League movies were taking notes. A caveat: I’m going to attempt to keep my lens wide this week. While I don’t believe I’ll be spoiling anything more than people on your Facebook feed have blathered about, be nonetheless forewarned.
Before I get into my listicle (they’re what make articles click-baity, don’t-cha-know), let me quickly pontificate. Logan was one of the most powerful superhero films I’ve ever seen. Perhaps second only to The Dark Knight. It was a straight-forward small-scale road picture that kept a handle on a single-thread story, presented as an homage to the westerns it evoked throughout the picture. In spite of a heavy-handed two-hour run-time, the film itself moves at a steady pace. »
- Marc Alan Fishman
This is a question that’s been rattling around in my head since I first saw Logan: is it actually the best X-Man movie? The franchise was at the forefront of the “Superhero Boom” at the turn of the century, and in the decade and a half since then has produced some of the genre’s best and most iconic outings. Even if it is the best Wolverine movie – something that I think goes without saying – its competition within the larger X-franchise is still particularly fierce. 5. X2: X-Men United – Although the original X-Men still holds up shockingly well
What is the Best X-Men Movie of All-Time? »
- Brian Hadsell
The film will see Stone as tennis player Billie Jean King as she prepares for her intergender match against ex-champion Bobby Riggs. The 1973 match began a discussion on gender equality and became a big moment for the feminist movement.
The 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs became the most watched televised sports event of all time. Trapped in the media glare, King and Riggs were on opposites sides of a binary argument, but off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. With her husband urging her to fight for equal pay, the private King was also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, while Riggs gambled his legacy and reputation in a bid to relive the glories of his past. »
- Ricky Church
While Logan only had a brief one-time run atop the box office a few weeks ago, Hugh Jackman's final Wolverine movie is still going strong, passing another box office milestone over the weekend. While it dropped to third place with $17.8 million, that domestic take and its international tally were enough to push it over the $500 million worldwide box office plateau. The movie currently stands at $183.4 million domestic and $339.3 million from international markets, for a worldwide tally of $523.6 million, from a $97 million budget.
Box Office Mojo also has an interesting breakdown of the Wolverine franchise, comparing Logan to Hugh Jackman's other two stand-alone Wolverine movies, 2009's X-Men Origins: Wolverine and 2013's The Wolverine, neither of which achieved the kind of critical and commercial success that Logan has already achieved. After just three weeks in theaters, Logan has already surpassed the domestic, foreign and worldwide totals for both X-Men Origins: Wolverine and The Wolverine. »
Henry Bevan on the golden age of superhero cinema…
Wonder Woman will save the DC Extended Universe. This is a loaded statement, but at this point, it seems everyone will save the Dceu. We all need a hero, and my money is on Diana Prince. The latest trailer only strengthens my belief.
My belief that Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot will create a great superhero movie arises from three things: 1) They have to, as this movie cannot fail. Its failure will not only be catastrophic for the Dceu, but also for female directors and female-led superhero movies; 2) Wonder Woman is a great character and is different from anyone we’ve seen in either a DC or Marvel movie; 3) The critique that the trailers make the film look like a mid-noughties superhero movie isn’t a criticism, it is a blessing.
The mid-noughties was the golden age of superhero movies. Sure, »
- Henry Bevan
In an industry increasingly fueled by franchises, it came as little surprise when Legendary Entertainment used their splashy Comic-Con 2014 appearance to confirm their intentions to develop their so-called “MonsterVerse.” Hot on the heels of the release of Gareth Edwards’ “Godzilla,” Legendary announced they had picked up the rights to other classic Toho beasts Mothra, Rodan and King Ghidorah, teasing the audience with a title card that read “Conflict: inevitable. Let them fight.”
But before those inevitable battles can hit the big screen, there was a necessary amount of groundwork to lay. Enter Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ “Kong: Skull Island,” this weekend’s big release and the second entry in the burgeoning MonsterVerse. While Vogt-Roberts’ Vietnam War era-set adventure drama works well enough on its own, the film also introduces a slew of new monsters that make it clear that there are all kinds of M.U.T.O. (MonsterVerse for “Massive Unidentified »
- Kate Erbland
Barring some sort of a surprise comeback in the next few years, 20th Century Fox's Logan represents the last time we'll see Hugh Jackman on the silver screen as the iconic Wolverine. Over the course of 17 years through eight films, nine if you count his blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo in X-Men: First Class, Hugh Jackman has brought one of the most iconic comic book characters to life, and now that we are sadly entering the post-Wolverine era of superhero movies, a touching tribute has been put together, to honor Logan's legacy.
The video surfaced on YouTube earlier today, which features footage from all eight Wolverine movies, X-Men (2000), X2: X-Men United (2003), X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), The Wolverine (2013), X-Men: Apocalypse (2014), X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) and of course the movie of the hour, Logan. This three-minute video also features interview segments where Hugh Jackman reflects on this incredible role, along with James Mangold, »
Rob Leane Mar 8, 2017
This article contains lots of Logan spoilers.
Logan has finally arrived. Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, James Mangold and the writers Scott Frank and Michael Green have served up a brutal bloodbath of a movie that still manages to have a heart. It’s by far the best solo Wolverine movie, and it’s been certified fresh among critics. Hurrah!
Part of the brilliance of Logan is how it’s slave to no continuity. There is no post-credits scene and no mid-credits scene, and the stars of the other X-Men films on Fox’s slate are notable only by their absence.
With that separation from the rest of the series comes a filmmaking freedom that’s never been allowed in a Wolverine movie before. You get blood, »
Mark Harrison Mar 7, 2017
This article contains minor spoilers for Logan.
Along with his Logan co-star Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman is the joint longest-serving superhero actor in movie history. He's played Logan, aka Wolverine, in nine out of ten X-Men films since the turn of the century. Jackman was even referenced in the tenth one that he wasn't in, last year's Deadpool, when our hero used a magazine photo of him as a makeshift mask.
But with Logan, a sad and violent drama that posits all of the character's previous adventures were sanitised Hollywood takes on a sad and violent life, Jackman is hanging up his vest and adamantium skeleton, and it's hard to know how the X-Men franchise will get on without him. Up until now, he's been a permanent fixture in a comic book movie »
With box office records becoming harder and harder to break each year, the categories are getting narrower and narrower. While it hasn't busted through the ranks in a substantial manner, this weekend's Logan is tracking to make at least one big mark in the box office history books. If it continues as is through Sunday, it will be the highest grossing R-rated movie ever in the month of March.
As it stands, the movie is looking to surpass the current holder of that record. After grossing $9.5 million in Thursday night previews, the final Wolverine movie for Hugh Jackman grossed a pretty impressive $33.1 million in total on Friday (which includes the grosses from the previews). The movie is now on track to blast past Zack Snyder's 300 as the biggest R-Rated March opening weekend in history. That highly-stylized action adventure earned $70 million back in March 2007.
Logan opened in 4,071 domestic theaters this weekend, »
Joseph Baxter Mar 3, 2017
The original X-Men movie had some potentially very different casting, as one of its writers reveals...
With Logan out in cinemas now, showcasing what will apparently be Hugh Jackman’s final outing in his 17-year cinematic run as Wolverine, some are understandably nostalgic about the legendary tenure. In a recent interview, screenwriter David Hayter – a key component of Fox's early X-Men movie franchise – discusses some casting prospects that the original production considered in director Bryan Singer’s genre-defining 2000 original film.
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Speaking with THR, Hayter looks back on the days of the X-Men film's gestation.
Hayter, a name video game connoisseurs will recognise as the perennial voice of Solid Snake in the Metal Gear series, wrote the screenplay to 2000’s X-Men, based on a story collaboration with Singer and Tom DeSanto, later tackling sequel X2: X-Men United and Zack Snyder’s Watchmen. »
28 February 2017 1:50 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Huh. So all it took to untangle the twisting and turning X-Men timeline is a rap video set to the tune of the '90s X-Men: The Animated Series theme song.
Recap Raps bravely takes on the X-Men series (minus Deadpool and the upcoming Logan) — explaining how the good (X2: X-Men United), the bad (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) and the ugly (a heavily bearded Logan still mourning Jean in The Wolverine) all fit together.
It's catchy, has multiple Game of Thrones references and puts the saga in a new light.
See, it's not as complicated as it sounds:
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- Aaron Couch
Anghus Houvouras on how Fox can fix the X-Men: Cinematic Universe…
Fox has been cultivating the X-Men cinematic universe for nearly two decades. It’s been that long since fans were first treated to Marvel’s most magnanimous mutants on the big screen. The first X-Men movie wasn’t perfect, but it was a solid first entry into what would become a wildly disjointed franchise that struggled to find its place in an era of endless comic book adaptations. That seems strange when you remember that X-Men kind of kicked off the comic book movie trend of the 21st century. And yet, even with an eight year head start, Fox has been unable to capitalize. The X-Men franchise still lacks a clear and concise direction.
That has changed somewhat in the last year after Deadpool was released and donkey punched expectations. With much fanfare and little faith from Fox, the »
- Anghus Houvouras
We’ve known for a long while now that Hugh Jackman intends on hanging up the claws and retiring from the role of Wolverine with the release of next week’s Logan, but while Patrick Stewart had previously suggested he wasn’t ready to call time on the X-Men franchise, he’s now revealed that the Wolverine solo sequel will mark his last appearance as Professor Charles Xavier.
“A week ago, Friday night in Berlin, [Hugh Jackman, James Mangold and I] sat watching the movie,” said Stewart (via EW). “And I was so moved by it, much more moved than I had been the first time of seeing it. Maybe it was the company of these two guys, but the movie ended and — this is an admission — but at one point [Hugh] reached out, and he took my hand in those last few minutes, and I saw him go [mimes wiping a tear from his eye] like this, and then I realized I had just done the same thing. »
- Gary Collinson
23 February 2017 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
It's hard to top a classic.
With Logan one week away, it's time to look back at the crowning achievement of the X-Men franchise: 2003's X2: X-Men United. Judging by the reviews, Logan may be able to unseat it as an all-time favorite, but until then, writer and critic Chris Hartwell is taking a closer look at the action of X2 to understand what makes it tick, and he even manages to make a convincing argument as to ways it tops fan favorites like Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins (no easy task).
Here are just a few of the categories »
- Aaron Couch
The X-Men franchise is in a bit of a transitional phase over at Fox. On one hand, Deadpool totally crushed and opened a totally new door for the studio to explore, but those adventures, at least for now, appear to be taking place pretty far away from the main X-Men series. Logan is also looking like it will be a big hit, with early buzz on the movie very positive. But that is also going to mark Hugh Jackman's final turn as Wolverine, which will be closing the door on the most reliable fixture of the X-Men movies to date. Still, X-Men 7 is reportedly being worked on and now it looks like we may know who is being eyed to direct it; Simon Kinberg.
According to Collider, the longtime producer and writer for the X-Men franchise is actually looking to make his directorial debut with X-Men 7, which is rumored to be, »
Now that’s a loaded title! Perfectly designed to stand out amongst all the glowing Logan reviews in your MySpace timeline. Some will call it ‘clickbait’. Those people probably don’t understand what ‘clickbait’ is.
I write the title with a heavy heart, though. I wanted to love Logan. Everybody else seemed to. It’s a superhero Western with blood and swearing and Jean-Luc Picard. It’s like James Mangold looked up my Netflix viewing history, saw High Noon, Star Trek: The Next Generation and RuPaul’s Drag Race and thought, ‘let’s make a Wolverine solo movie specifically for this guy!’
Actually, ignore that whole RuPaul’s Drag Race part.
My reasons for not enjoying Logan are coming, but before we get there, I need to devote at least 500 words to over-establishing context. »
- Oli Davis
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