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'The Wolverine' makeover: New claws, no costume, and a less-nutty haircut

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.

Hugh Jackman goes rogue in the new 'Prisoners' trailer

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.”


'The Wolverine': New trailer hints Logan has real lady-trouble -- VIDEO

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.

Hugh Jackman on first 'Wolverine': 'We could have done better'

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

Will Hugh Jackman be replaced for more Wolverine movies?


In The Wolverine (out July 26), Hugh Jackman’s Logan struggles with his immortality — a nasty side effect of the healing factor that allows his body to keep itself in perfect form indefinitely. Of course, Jackman himself doesn’t have any such power (though his bigger-than-your-entire-body biceps might lead you to believe otherwise). And as the actor dons the sideburns for the sixth time, fans can’t help wondering if the actor might eventually be replaced by a new face the same way Andrew Garfield stepped into Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man suit, or Henry Cavill inherited Superman’s cape. READ FULL STORY

'Prisoners' trailer: Hugh Jackman goes all Liam Neeson on a suspected kidnapper -- VIDEO

It’s tough to watch the trailer for Prisoners and not immediately be reminded of Give Us All Our Daughters Back, a parody preview that aired on SNL last fall. Like that fake movie, this real one is a revenge tale that stars a murderers’ row of big-name stars — including Hugh Jackman as the devoted family man driven to the end of his rope when his daughter is kidnapped, Jake Gyllenhaal as the detective who promises to find the girl, and Viola Davis as a stoic mother and Jackman’s friend, whose child is also missing. You can predict what’s coming after about 30 seconds of footage: ominous music, Jackman screaming “WHERE’S. MY. DAUGHTER,” the supposed kidnapper (Paul Dano) sitting bound and gagged in a quiet suburban home.

Then again, considering the level of talent involved — Maria Bello, Terrence Howard, and Melissa Leo also star — Prisoners could very well be more like In the Bedroom than Taken. And give that Gyllenhaal’s character is named Detective Loki, it’s also likely that the film has a few tricks up its sleeves.


'The Wolverine' trailer: 'A man can run out of things to live for' -- VIDEO

X-Men Origins: Wolverine was the story of how our favorite clawed misanthrope got his scowl back, while this year’s The Wolverine (which mostly ignores that earlier film, like, completely) is about a man ready to give that scowl — and those claws — up. In the new trailer, we get still more insight into how terrible Logan’s life has become. He’s having nightmares of killing Jean Grey and not caring for his wildman beard. And then an “old friend” discovers a cure for his immortality: “A man can run out of things to live for.”

Psych! Logan has to fight with/against a number of rogues: Yukio, Viper, and the Silver Samurai. I kind of wish Dream-Jean was sticking around — Hemlock Grove gave Famke Janssen a nice lick of malice.

Watch the new trailer below.


Hugh Jackman answers fan questions with 'The Wolverine' Twitter chat -- VIDEO


The Wolverine star Hugh Jackman held a Twitter video chat today to answer fans questions about the upcoming film, in which the one-time Sexiest Man Alive talked about everything from getting into shape to working on X-Men: Days of Future Past. Here’s what you missed (complete with his killer facial hair and always-amazing accent): READ FULL STORY

'The Wolverine' CinemaCon trailer: Everyone was kung-fu fighting -- VIDEO

In the new Wolverine teaser, featuring footage that exhibitors at CinemaCon previewed last month, Hugh Jackman spends the entire time flexing, sweating, and snarling. There’s not a lot of plot to dissect, but there’s plenty of quick-cut action — and a larger reveal of the Silver Samurai! — to reassure fans who feared the new movie was going to be a Malick-ian meditation on the meaning of life for a mutant immortal.

But did anyone really think director James Mangold’s take on the lone-wolf character was going to take a turn for the existential, after seeing the first few action-packed trailers? Wolverine is as Wolverine does.

Watch the new adrenalized clip below: READ FULL STORY

Bryan Singer tweets first image of Hugh Jackman on set of 'X-Men' -- PHOTO

Bryan Singer is in production on his actor-, mutant-, and timeline-stuffed next X-Men movie — the one that we’re assuming stacks the franchise’s various chronologies on top of one another like a layered dip — and it appears that Hugh Jackman is officially in the house. Last night, the director tweeted a photo of a tall, hairy man in a leather jacket with the caption, “Fitting.”

Apropos of nothing but context clues (tall, hairy, leather, Singer’s tag) the photo is obviously Jackman-as-scowly-Wolverine, though there’s no other information about the who, what, or when of his role. He will still be joined by Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Halle Berry, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Ellen Page, Anna Paquin, and Shawn Ashmore; and X-Men: Days of Future Past will still come out in 2014.

One wish: There’s no plaid under that jacket.


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