A trailer is here for Joe Wright’s take on Peter Pan, and let’s just say it looks a lot different than Peter Pan Live!. READ FULL STORY
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Hugh Jackman is indeed playing a villainous pirate in the upcoming Peter Pan origin story from Warner Bros., but here’s the hook: He’s not Hook. Pan (out July 17) takes the J.M. Barrie mythos and shuffles the deck, outfitting Jackman with a flying ship and a diabolical Vandyke as the dreaded pirate Blackbeard, whose men have been kidnapping young wartime orphans—including a certain Peter (Levi Miller, left)—from their beds. Meanwhile, Captain Hook is neither a captain nor behooked, but played by Garrett Hedlund as a dashing Indiana Jones-like figure. Says director Joe Wright, “This isn’t exactly the Neverland story you know.” READ FULL STORY
Leave it to District 9 writer-director Neill Blomkamp to tap the humanity lurking inside a robot.
The futurist filmmaker’s R-rated sci-fi action-adventure Chappie (due in theaters Mar. 6) follows an experimental humanoid who’s abducted by criminals (Yo-Landi Vi$$er and Ninja of the South African rave-rap act Die Antwoord) en route to an Artificial Intelligence day of reckoning. Will Chappie’s capacity to think and feel for himself result in “the next step in evolution”?
The film’s trailer—which makes its exclusive debut at EW—showcases the motion-capture performance of Blomkamp muse Sharlto Copley (Elysium, District 9) as the titular robot. He’s a gentle presence with a bulletproof metal skin programmed to paint pictures, write poetry and “have original ideas” (which apparently include watching Masters of the Universe cartoons, acting “cool and tough” and petting dogs).
While a recent Avengers: Age of Ultron promo clip gives explicit acknowledgement to Pinocchio via its melancholy rendition of the movie marionette’s theme song “I’ve Got No Strings,” Chappie goes further. It introduces co-star Dev Patel as a kind of Geppetto: a young scientist whose Artificial Intelligence breakthrough comes as an unintended—and unwanted—surprise for the company that employs him.
Perhaps more shocking, a resplendently mullet-ed Hugh Jackman appears here as a raging anti-A.I. emissary hell-bent on turning the title hero into so much scrap metal. “The problem with Artificial Intelligence is it’s way too unpredictable,” Jackman intones in the clip.
Although Blomkamp’s creation fits into a formidable continuum of self-perpetuating movie robots that extends from Wall-E to The Terminator to Hal from 2001: A Space Odyssey, Chappie’s journey of self-discovery stands apart from so much dystopian dramatization. Alternately whimsical and violent, it’s a Johannesburg-set coming-of-age story about a kid from a dysfunctional family struggling to make the right choices—a kid who just happens to be a machine.
The next X-Men movie, X-Men: Apocalypse, has a release date (May 27, 2016), but as the stars confirmed when they sat down for a SiriusXM Town Hall, they haven’t officially heard that they’re in it. Patrick Stewart would like to think Charles Xavier will always play a part in the films since the X-Men were named after him — and W-Men, after Wolverine, doesn’t have quite the same ring. James McAvoy, however, suggests they could always do Jack-Men in honor of Hugh Jackman.
Jack-Men sounds like a different kind of movie, host Jess Cagle, editorial director of People and EW, jokes. “I make those movies all the time,” Jackman says, laughing. “I hope no one sees them.” McAvoy has a plot: “It would be a bunch of dudes, desperate people, who’d all been like shunned from society because they were intensely charismatic and buff. They were like, ‘We’ve got nowhere to go. We’re so charismatic!'”
Listen to the full exchange below.
In the second clip, Jackman is asked by an audience member who he’d like to see play a young Wolverine and gives Channing Tatum a thumbs up as Gambit. READ FULL STORY
Do the stars of X-Men: Days of Future Past want to see a crossover with the Avengers? That’s one of the questions James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman field in their SiriusXM Town Hall hosted by Jess Cagle (premiering May 23 at 7 p.m. ET on EW Radio). Because you really need to see McAvoy’s answer to get the full effect, you’ll want to watch the sneak peek below.
He likens the situation to a boxing match — if the audience interest is there, someone’s going to make it happen. “I would like to see us fight them, though. I’d like us not to team up. I’d like to see us fight them and, you know, annihilate them, as we surely would,” he says, laughing. “Be like, ‘Hey, Robert Downey. Oh, here you go. There’s your ass.’ ‘Sorry, I’ve got a bunch of asses in my hand. I think they belong to you Avengers?'”
In the second clip, McAvoy steals the scene again by massaging Stewart and punching Jackman. Enjoy. READ FULL STORY
Amanda Seyfried is taking a trip to Neverland.
The actress will be joining Warner Bros.’ as-yet-untitled Peter Pan adaptation, directed by Joe Wright. The adventure re-imagines the origin stories of Peter, Hook, Tiger Lily, and the other characters in J.M. Barrie’s classic fairy tale.
We all know Ellen DeGeneres loves to dance — she even led a whole chorus full of tuxedo-clad dancers for her first Oscar promo. But will the comedian join the likes of former Oscar hosts like Seth MacFarlane, Hugh Jackman, and Billy Crystal, who all started the show with a little musical salute? Well, we will have to wait until Sunday night for that answer, but in the meantime, enjoy this clip of some of our favorite moments from past Academy Award opening numbers. And thanks again, Seth, for the EW shout-out in your number. We’ve already decided that when you host the Oscars again in 2018 it will be the best ever! READ FULL STORY
Hugh Jackman’s next film will be rated arrrrr.
Warner Bros. announced today that the X-Man will star in director Joe Wright’s upcoming, yet-untitled live-action Peter Pan film. Jackman is set to play Blackbeard, the villain of this version of the story. (Jason Fuchs’ script casts Pan and Captain Hook as allies, at least initially.)
“There is a reason that Hugh is known and loved the world over,” Warner Bros. Pictures Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution president Sue Kroll said in a statement. “He is uncompromising in his dedication to every role, and we are all thrilled to be working with him again.” Jackman can next be seen in X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer’s eagerly-anticipated superhero flick.
Though Pan himself has yet to be cast, Tron: Legacy actor Garrett Hedlund has been tapped to play the more sympathetic Hook in Wright’s film. The movie is scheduled for release July 17, 2015.
Hugh Jackman is coming up on 15 years — and a possible eighth film — playing macho mutant Logan, a.k.a. The Wolverine in the X-Men films. But, the actor told EW, he couldn’t be happier about it: “I kind of am enjoying him more than ever.” Given the $414 million global box office take of this summer’s The Wolverine, fans would tend to agree.
Though there are still four long, wintry months between now and the May release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, Jackman says there’s plenty to hold over X-men obsessives in The Wolverine‘s at-home release (out in Digital HD™ now, and hitting stores Dec. 3 with a 4 Disc Unleashed Extended Edition Blu-ray and 2 Disc Blu-ray), which just so happens to include Days teases curated by director Bryan Singer himself. Read on… READ FULL STORY
Just as The Wolverine claws its way toward DVD/Blu-ray on Dec. 3 (with a Digital HD release on Nov. 19), talk is heating up about a possible sequel. For his part, star Hugh Jackman has neither confirmed nor denied whether he’ll sign on to play muttonchopped mutant Logan for an eighth time… but the odds are looking good. “I was on the phone with Jim Mangold last night,” Jackman told EW. “There are some really cool ideas that I’m dying to tell you, but that would be giving away a secret that is not even [fully] formed yet.”
Jackman insists that his lapsing contract with Fox, which reportedly will need to be renegotiated after X-Men: Days of Future Past premieres in May, doesn’t mean he’s leaving the franchise in limbo. “I started with a two-picture deal on the first two [X-Men films], and from that point on, it’s been movie by movie — not just me, but Fox and Jim and everyone,” he says. “I do want to do it with Jim and with [producer] Lauren Shuler-Donner because we had such a great experience. I’m really proud of The Wolverine.”
The star believes he’s mentally more committed to the character than he’s ever been. “I kind of am enjoying him more than ever… Being older helps playing Wolverine. He’s 200 or 300 years old — no one really knows — and he’s sort of world-weary. The actual working out gets harder and harder, I’ll admit.”
Still, Jackman insists the creative circumstances would have to be right for him to resume his grueling diet-and-exercise regimen in order to don the white tank top again: “I don’t want to dive into another one until we have a compelling reason to do another one,” says Jackman. “I love the character, he’s kind of like a best friend to me, and I don’t ever want to take [him] or the fans for granted. … I think we’ve got a great opportunity to make something really cool, but it has to be great. That’s what we’re all working toward.”
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