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“Twelve Years a Slave” has solidified its status as an awards-season front-runner, leading the SAG Awards nominations with four.
“August: Osage County,” “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” and “Dallas Buyers Club” each received three nominations for the 20th iteration of the SAG Awards, announced Wednesday morning at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles.
“12 Years” — which has been widely regarded as likely to draw a Best Picture Oscar nod — received nominations for cast ensemble, Chiwetel Ejiofor for lead actor, Michael Fassbender for supporting actor and Lupita Nyong’o for supporting actress.
See Also: Reactions from today’s nominees
Jennifer Lawrence, who won the Oscar and SAG Award lead actress awards this year for “Silver Linings Playbook,” took a nomination for “American Hustle” — giving the David O’Russell drama a pair of nods. “Captain Phillips, »
- Dave McNary
What to Watch prides itself on often offering a wide variety of material from TV seasons to On Demand exclusives to remasters of classic flicks. Not this week. All six of the New Releases that you may be drawn to in your favorite store or on your favorite service are movies, and all released in the last 18 months. But the variety within those movies is remarkable. A Best Picture winner, action flicks, a superhero, and two indie drams that waste talented casts. Pick your favorites. Here’s how we would rank ‘em.
Argo: Extended Edition
Photo credit: Warner Brothers
“Argo: Extended Edition”
Ben Affleck’s Oscar winner for Best Picture is the final high profile “Gift Set” of the year fom the studio that simply does these kind of limited edition releases better than any in production today. This is not as lavish a set as the recent »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The award season is now in full swing. This morning, SAG-aftra announced the nominees for the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Nominations and wins at these awards often add to one’s Oscar hopes, so it’s always interesting to see which projects are getting the most attention.
One neat personal note here is that, since I’ve been a card-carrying member of the Screen Actors Guild for 7 years, I get to cast my votes on all of these. Looking forward to that.
And the nominees are…
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations
Theatrical Motion Pictures
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Universal's action samurai fantasy 47 Ronin made its debut in Japan this weekend, taking just £1.3 million from 33 locations. Although making more than both Captain Phillips and Red 2, the $170 million epic looks set for a doomed U.S. opening this coming Christmas.
47 Ronin has been long in the works, with the release date shifting three times from November 2012, to February 2013 and then finally to Christmas Day. The martial arts epic stars Keanu Reeves (The Matrix), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Ko Shibisaka (One Missed Call) and Jin Akanishi (Speed Racer) as part of a group of 47 samurai, who set out to avenge the death and dishonour of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun. First time director Carl Rinsch is helming the film, and it is due to arrive here in the UK on Boxing Day. »
- Gary Collinson
As promised the new official trailer for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures epic reboot 'Godzilla' is finally here along with a new teaser poster. The awesomely effective and atmospheric new trailer features 'Kick-Ass 2' star Aaron Taylor-Johnson leaping out with his fellow on screen paratrooping buddies leaping into a city under attack from the gigantic creature. We catch various glimpses through smoke and shadows of the titanic title character until we pan up through its full intimidating form. 'Godzilla' also stars Bryan Cranston ('Breaking Bad'), Elizabeth Olsen ('Silent House'), Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins ('Made in Dagenham'), David Strathairn ('Lincoln'), Ken Watanabe ('Inception'), Richard T. Jones ('Event Horizon'), Patrick Sabongui, Yuki Morita, Brian Markinson, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, C.J. Adams and Ken Yamamura ('The Wolverine'). 'Monsters' director Gareth Edwards takes helm of this ambitious reboot. Head below for the goods! »
By now you've probably heard that the first official 'Godzilla' reboot trailer will be with us at some point today. And to help tide you over until that time here's a trio of new stills from the production revealed by the folks over at USA Today. The pics feature stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson ('Kick-Ass 2'), the brilliant Bryan Cranston ('Breaking Bad') as well as another sneak peek at the large lizard him/herself. 'Godzilla' also stars Elizabeth Olsen ('Silent House'), Juliette Binoche, Sally Hawkins ('Made in Dagenham'), David Strathairn ('Lincoln'), Ken Watanabe ('Inception'), Richard T. Jones ('Event Horizon'), Patrick Sabongui, Yuki Morita, Brian Markinson, Akira Takarada, Victor Rasuk, C.J. Adams and Ken Yamamura ('The Wolverine'). Check out the images below. »
Despite being one of Marvel’s most insanely popular characters, Wolverine has struggled a bit on the big screen. Sure, Hugh Jackman defied expectations when he first signed on to play the Canadian mutant. After, in the comics, the guy is short and stocky whereas Jackman is over six feet tall. He fit the ensemble in the X-Men trilogy of films quite nicely, playing off James Marsden’s Cyclops as both vied for Jean Grey’s love only to both watch her die in X-Men: Last Stand.
If there was any character ready for a spinoff film, it was Wolverine but X-Men Origins; Wolverine was a bit of a messy disappointment, overstuffed with other mutants and telling his poignant backstory. Still, the character was tantalizing for 20th Century Fox so they went back to the drawing board – and the comics – for inspiration offering up this summer’s The Wolverine, »
- Robert Greenberger
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, Arrow, The Flash, Young Justice, Hourman, Gotham, Justice League: War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United, Kick-Ass 2 and more...
Well, the past seven days may just have been the busiest week of the year in terms of superhero news, with several huge stories dropping throughout the week, and the biggest surprise of all? Marvel Studios and its multitude of projects has been virtually anonymous as Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox grabbed all (well, most) of the headlines. We've got a lot to get through this week, but we'll start things off with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...
So, things have been almost deathly »
- Gary Collinson
According to Firstshowing.net, X-Men: Days of Future Past is the beginning of a multi-picture time travel epic and will lead into the newly announced X-Men: Apocalypse, and possibly a Fantastic Four Cross-Over.
The X-Men are fighting back! Marvel’s Fox-owned characters may be poised to give the Disney-owned heroes serious competition, with a multi-film story arc, featuring time-travel, the villain Apocalypse and possibly even the Fantastic Four.
A story from Firstshowing.net claims they have an inside source who’s seen Day of Future Past and is privy to future plans for the X-Franchise. Don’t read any further if you don’t want to know the details.
In the post-credit sequence for X-Men: Days of future Past, we see Magneto (Played byMichael Fassbender) hiding out like a hermit in the desert, on the run from the government who wants to bring him in, dead or alive. »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
Next year Hugh Jackman will make his seventh appearance as the Wolverine in director Bryan Singer's X-Men: Days of Future Past, while yesterday's news about X-Men: Apocalypse coming in 2016 means there are three further potential outings for Logan on the horizon, including the X-Force movie from Jeff Wadlow and James Mangold's sequel to The Wolverine. However, despite the fact that Jackman is collaborating with Mangold on development of Wolverine's third solo outing, the actor has revealed that he's undecided over reprising the role of the fan favourite mutant and may be ready to hang up the claws.
"I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie," Jackman tells Vanity Fair. "I am really proud of this movie and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That’s exciting, to see what we »
- Gary Collinson
Hugh Jackman says he loves playing Wolverine but that still doesn’t mean he is a guaranteed lock for future mutant films. He says a script will have to meet his expectations before he gets involved.
The days of future X-Films may not necessarily include Hugh Jackman. In a recent Vanity Fair interview where he was promoting the DVD release of The Wolverine, the 45-year-old actor was asked if his participation in the announced sequel to that film was a “Done deal.” If indicated it was not, and said that a commitment to doing anything beyond promotion for Days of Future Past is “way off”.
Jackman explained, “I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie. I am really proud of this last movie and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That’s exciting, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
What a busy few days we've had here at Flickering Myth in terms of comic book news. Firstly we had the news that Gal Gadot was playing Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman (read our reaction here) and then Thursday saw the debut of the first trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (read our reaction here). So it took us all by surprise that Bryan Singer announced via his Twitter that the Age of Apocalypse could be heading to the X-Men universe in 2016.
But, in a sea of comic book news, what did the Flickering Myth team make of this announcement?
The latest clip from Universal Pictures' 47 Ronin seems slightly reminiscent of a fight in The Wolverine, since a "silver samurai" is involved in both scenes. The red-clad Kai (Keanu Reeves) is thoroughly outmatched in this battle scene, which also features Hiroyuki Sanada. In addition, we have five international TV spots for this action-thriller from director Carl Rinsch, which arrives in theaters Christmas Day.
47 Ronin comes to theaters December 25th, 2013 and stars Keanu Reeves, Rinko Kikuchi, Rick Genest, Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Haruka Abe, Yorick van Wageningen. The film is directed by Carl Rinsch. »
It’s an exciting time to be part of the X-Men universe. After a much needed series reboot back in 2011 with X-Men: First Class, everyone’s favorite mutants are alive and kicking again and it looks like 20th Century Fox has some big plans for the franchise. We already know that director James Mangold is preparing a sequel to The Wolverine, and just yesterday it was revealed that Bryan Singer is going to be delivering X-Men: Apocalypse to us in 2016. Everything looks great for the property except one small thing: the franchise’s main star, Hugh Jackman, isn’t totally sold on continuing with solo features for Wolverine.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, the actor said that if a sequel to The Wolverine doesn’t meet his expectations, he won’t be doing it:
I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie. I am really »
- Matt Joseph
The Wolverine wasn't the only big release this week. If you are looking for The Smurfs 2 or Duck Dynasty reviews, head here. The Wolverine Blu-ray The Wolverine is the most popular character in the X-Men franchise, but James Mangold still took a chance when he signed on to direct Twentieth Century Fox.s The Wolverine. The last time Logan/Wolverine got his own film, it wasn.t well received. However, by finding a new tone and taking our protagonist to a new location, The Wolverine manages to be a serious but interesting tale, and a fine addition to the X-Men canon. The Wolverine is primarily set in Japan, where we see Logan (Hugh Jackman) living what feels like numerous lives. We get a look at where Logan was when nuclear bombs went off during WWII. Our hero wasn.t able to save everyone, but he was able to save »
I thought for sure that Hugh Jackman would want to reprise his role as Wolverine in the upcoming sequel currently being developed by James Mangold. It seems like the actor is having some doubts about returning as the character, though. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair Jackman admits that he's on the fence about doing it.
"I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie. I am really proud of (The Wolverine) and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That’s exciting, to see what we come up with but I have a very high expectation of what it would need to be [for me to star in it] and if it doesn’t reach those, I won’t be doing it."
I bet he'll end up doing it. I think he'll also end up doing the recently announced X-Men: Apocalypse, »
- Joey Paur
Last month, we reported that Hugh Jackman is developing a follow-up to The Wolverine with director James Mangold. While development is still ongoing, the actor revealed he isn't quite sure he wants to return as Logan.
"I don't know whether or not I will do this next movie. I am really proud of this movie and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride. That's exciting, to see what we come up with but I have a very high expectation of what it would need to be [for me to star in it] and if it doesn't reach those, I won't be doing it."
When asked if there was a screenplay in place, the actor said there is no writer attached.
"No there is not but Jim Mangold and I were literally on the phone last night talking about ideas but there is no script and »
Despite this, 20th Century Fox is pushing ahead with both a sequel to James Mangold's "The Wolverine" from this past Summer, and the just announced "X-Men: Apocalypse". So, could Jackman be lured back to play Logan again for what would technically be 'Wolverine 3'? The actor tells Vanity Fair he's unsure:
"I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie. I am really proud of (The Wolverine) and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride.
That’s exciting, to see what we come up with but I have a very high expectation of what it would need to be [for me to star in it] and if it doesn’t reach those, »
- Garth Franklin
Hugh Jackman is unsure whether he will return for another solo Wolverine film.
The actor revealed that he may not appear in the next 20th Century Fox movie in the franchise.
"I don't know whether or not I will do this next movie," he told Vanity Fair.
"I am really proud of [The Wolverine] and I am excited to develop something with Jim Mangold from the beginning because that is a great ride.
"That's exciting, to see what we come up with but I have a very high expectation of what it would need to be [for me to star in it] and if it doesn't reach those, I won't be doing it."
He also revealed that he shot his dialogue for The Wolverine in the morning when he was "naturally grumpier".
Fox announced a third Wolverine film following the debut of the James Mangold movie earlier in the year.
Jackman previously revealed that he is no longer »
Of all the summer blockbusters released in 2013, the one that stood out for myself was X-men spinoff The Wolverine. Part of that had to do with the rather inspiring promotional campaign which made the film look pretty poor (along with the fact it followed the truly awful X-men Origins: Wolverine). So, I was rather surprised to learn James Mangold’s adventure was indeed a blast!
It was confirmed weeks ago that lead Hugh Jackman was brainstorming with Mangold on another Wolverine film. Of course, that super conclusion leading into Bryan Singer’s upcoming X-men: Days Of Future Past was near perfect and yesterday’s news that X-men: Apocalypse is next up, the future looked bright for Jackman’s adamantium-clawed mutant.
Well, he’s now clarified a few things about a possible return to the character post X-men:Dofp:
“I don’t know whether or not I will do this next movie. »
- Craig Hunter
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