You don’t need a detective to figure out the biggest winner at the box office this weekend. Prisoners, the R-rated thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal, brought in an estimated $21.4 million, easily beating second-place finisher Insidious Chapter 2 ($14.5 million) and blowing away the weekend’s only other new wide release, Battle of the Year ($5 million). READ FULL STORY
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Hugh Jackman took no Prisoners at the Friday box office. His kidnapping thriller, costarring Jake Gyllenhaal, Melissa Leo, and Paul Dano, grossed a healthy $7 million on its first day in theaters (3,260 of them, to be exact). That puts the Warner Bros release on track for an opening weekend haul of around $21 million — strong numbers for a two-and-a-half-hour drama based on an original script, and arguably Jackman’s biggest opening yet for a straight-up drama (2008′s Australia opened with $14.8 million, while Deception earned $2.3 million that same year). READ FULL STORY
Hugh Jackman appeared this week on the Editors Hour with Jess Cagle on the Entertainment Weekly Sirius XM radio. Cagle and Jackman talked mostly about his fantastic new movie Prisoners, opening today. During that discussion, Jackman shared how uncomfortable he was watching real-life fights, and Cagle couldn’t resist bringing up a time he was uncomfortable: One time, for a work assignment, Cagle was on the set of a porn film. That led Jackman to recount a funny story about a friend.
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While The Wolverine is currently in theaters, rumors popped up online this week that star Hugh Jackman was being courted to sign a deal worth $100 million for four more movies featuring the clawed mutant.
But EW caught up with Jackman on the Montreal set of next summer’s highly anticipated X-Men: Days of Future Past and the actor laughed off the reports. “No it’s not true,” says Jackman. “I would never do that. I’ve never done that mainly because, for the fans and for me, each time I’ve gone around there’s been a really good reason to do it and I don’t know what that reason is from here. I’m in the middle of making this and I just promoted the other and I’m really happy with the way The Wolverine came out.”
X-Men: Days of Future Past is due in theaters May 23, 2014.
'X-Men,' 'Wolverine,' 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes' previewed as the Fox panel gets swarmed by famous mutants
The Projects: If the time-travel mechanics of the upcoming Bryan Singer-directed double-casted X-Men: Days of Future Past don’t mess with your sense of continuity, feast your brain on this: Two of the three movies presented at Fox’s Comic-Con panel today were sequels to prequels, while the third is a spin-off sequel featuring one of the main characters of one of those prequel-sequels. Whoa. Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the follow-up to 2011′s surprise summer hit Rise of the Planet of the Apes that will bridge the narrative gap between that film and 1968′s classic Planet of the Apes, was the first to screen footage, followed by The Wolverine, the Japan-set Hugh Jackman solo adventure hitting theaters this coming Friday, and it was all capped off by a huge parade of famous mutants for the X-Men panel. READ FULL STORY
What’s it like being Hugh Jackman at Comic-Con?
“Coming as Wolverine is by far the greatest thing to do,” Jackman tells EW’s Jess Cagle and Anthony Breznican. Watch the full interview below.
The clothes make the man, but in the case of Wolverine, the claws make the mutant. Hugh Jackman’s forever ferocious antihero returns to the screen July 26 with his second solo adventure, and die-hard fans will notice right away that his gleaming metal talons have gotten a makeover.
“Yes, we retooled them a little,” director James Mangold said during an interview at his offices on the Fox lot. “I found that in some of the comics illustrations that I really liked the most, they had these bevel cuts. They were faceted, that would be the best way to describe them. In the last picture, they were pretty smooth, and we decided to take it to a different direction.”
Mangold, the director of 3:10 to Yuma, Copland, and Walk the Line, was eager to bring a less theatrical appearance to the character who also goes by the name Logan. “I wanted a more real Logan,” Mangold said, “not a flashier Logan.” As part of his push, Mangold re-evaluated the arc and shape of the character’s signature weapons and went with a shape that looks more crafted for carnage.
“It’s more utilitarian,” the director said. “The cuts in the blades make them more useful, more lethal, and they also catch the light more and in interesting ways.”
The claws in the new film are the closest to the tooled look that comic book artist Frank Miller memorably used in the first solo Wolverine comic book ever published, Wolverine issue No. 1, back in September 1982. The coveted issue was the first installment of a four-issue limited series written by Chris Claremont, and it opened with Wolverine hunting a rogue bear in a frigid Canadian Rockies but soon shifts to Japan, where the loner X-Man seeks Mariko Yoshida, the woman he loves.
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Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard just want their daughters back in the newest trailer for Prisoners.
On a sleepy late fall afternoon in Pennsylvania, Keller Dover (Jackman), his wife Grace (Maria Bello), and their family go to visit their friends (Howard and Viola Davis). By the time they discover the youngest daughters of both families are missing, what little light those grey autumn days have to offer has already faded, and the chilly rain has started to fall. Of course panic ensues. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Detective Loki is on the case, and they may have a suspect in the form of Paul Dano’s character, but things are not as simple as they might seem.
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, who earned a 2011 Foreign Language Oscar nomination for his film Incendies, and shot by cinematographer Roger Deakins (Skyfall, Fargo), what follows is a dark, anxious procedural, and a portrait two very different fathers desperate for a resolution.
Take a look at the second trailer after the jump. It might make you wonder who, exactly, are the “prisoners.”
By the time The Wolverine opens on July 26, obsessive fans will likely be able to piece together 50 percent of the actual movie from the seemingly endless supply of teasers, trailers, and international trailers. The latest clip features some fresh scenes, starting with the 1945 atomic explosion that begins this particular chapter in Wolverine’s mythology: he shields a Japanese soldier from the blast, a soldier who ultimately becomes Shingen Yashida, the head of a huge corporate empire. Decades later, Yashida offers to return the favor, telling the immortal Logan, “Your ability to heal can be passed to another. Allow someone else to shoulder your burden.”
But what’s more exciting here are the new ladies in Logan’s life. There’s the snake-tongued succubus — “A chemist, a capitalist, a Viper” — who makes Wolverine’s flesh weak. And then there’s Yukio, the young warrior who tracks down Logan and brings him back to Japan. In the comics, Yukio was a deadly samurai who lacked mutant powers. But a brief clip in the new trailer hints that she might be an oracle of some kind: she thinks Logan’s future is not so bright.
Watch the new trailer, which finally delivers for all you fans who were disappointed that Wolverine didn’t have enough motorcycles on rooftops.
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When The Wolverine hits theaters July 26, Hugh Jackman’s claw-slinging hero will face a slew of deadly new enemies like the Silver Samurai and Viper. But his biggest foe might just be himself — or at least, the specter of 2009′s X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which grossed an impressive $373 million worldwide but disappointed fans with its tangled storyline and cheesy FX.
Even Jackman admits the movie fell short of his expectations. READ FULL STORY
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