Saturday, 6 December 2008
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota (AFP) – Former footballer turned tough-guy actor got involved in a bar brawl over his role in the film X-Men which ended up with him being arrested, police and witnesses said.
Witnesses said the fight began on Friday when Jones tried to join a game of pool in the small town of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Jones took offence when one of the men identified him as the character Juggernaut from "X-Men: The Last Stand" -- which he apparently took as a slight against his more significant acting roles.
"He started pushing my other friends around," said Juan Barrera, 24, who sat nearby while his friends played pool.
"He said he's been in so many other movies."
Police said Jones charged at one of the men, 24-year-old Jesse Bickett, who then hit Jones in the face with a beer glass.
His face bloodied, Jones was heading to the bathroom to clean up when he saw Barrera and punched him in the face, Barrera told AFP.
Barrera said he hit Jones once or twice in the face before bar staff kicked him out.
Jones was treated for facial injuries at a local hospital where was arrested for misdemeanour assault early on Friday morning, police said.
Formal charges have not been filed, and no court date has been set.
Police charged Bickett with felony aggravated assault, but his mother claimed he had acted in self-defence.
After a career playing football for Wimbledon in which he developed a "hard man" reputation, Jones made his debut as an actor in the 1998 film "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels." His other film credits include "Snatch" and "Gone in Sixty Seconds."
Jones' manager said he was on holiday in South Dakota but refused to comment on the brawl.
Hugh Jackman's adopted son Oscar's big film debut has been left on the cutting room floor.
The movie star admits he "gave in" to the eight year old's demands to be a part of dad's new movie Australia, but his scenes have been cut.
Jackman says, "I finally relented and I said, 'Alright mate, you can be in the movie,' and there's this one scene that he's in that took four days to shoot... and he got paid for it.
"I saw the film for the first time not long ago (and) he's not even in it. He got cut.
"There's a huge wide shot and I'm all prepared (to say), 'Oh, there you are! Aw, baby, you were great."
Jackman is convinced his son will never want to act in another movie: "After four days, he came up to me and goes, 'Dad, you have the most boring job in the world. I never wanna do it again.'"
Friday, 5 December 2008
Donner and David Goyer Hope to Shoot in 2009.
Producer Lauren Shuler Donner told Indie London that X-Men Origins: Wolverine is “very good. I’m very pleased with it. It’s very much an origins story. It’s very much in the tone of the first X-Men.”
As for the next Origins project, she said, “We have a great script on Magneto. I’ll tell you the honest truth… I’ve made four movies this year and I was so busy that I didn’t at all talk to the studio while making Magneto because I couldn’t have done it. And David Goyer, who wrote and is going to direct it, also did another movie. So now, he’s done with his and I’m done with two of mine, so when I get back that’s my first order of business to say: ‘Come on, let’s go and make Magneto'.”
Hugh Jackman has already talked about his willingness to keep playing the character of Wolverine as long as fans want him, but until now there’s been no talk of actually turning his upcoming Wolvy solo movie, X-Men Origins: Wolverine into a full-fledged, Wolverine based franchise. Tonight though I talked a bit with one of Cinema Blend’s most reliable, proven scoopers who had tons of information for us on what Fox may be planning for Wolverine’s future.
According to our source, Fox isn’t waiting around to see how the solo movie performs. They’re already in talks to make multiple Wolverine sequels happen, and they’re tossing around story ideas for the almost inevitable Wolverine 2. Word is that the character they’re hoping to use as the villain of Wolverine 2 is someone named Cyber. In the X-Men universe, he’s sort of like Wolverine’s equal and opposite. Like Wolverine he’s Canadian and possesses most of the same powers as Wolverine. He has an Adamantium skin, claws, mutant healing ability, and so on. The villain of the first movie, Liev Schreiber, may also be back for the sequel as Sabretooth; but if they’re bringing in Cyber then he obviously won’t be the only villain.
But wait, there’s more! Two weeks ago Fox announced they’d be launching a new X-Men related movie franchise based on Mutant students and Professor Xavier’s school. They’re calling it X-Men: First Class and it will push a fresh group of young mutant characters. To get them off on the right foot, our source says Fox plans to have Hugh Jackman show up in the film with some sort of Wolverine cameo. Makes sense. Hugh seems willing to play Wolverine wherever and whenever anyone wants him, and if you’re Fox what better way to launch a new mutant franchise then with the help of your most popular mutant X-Men character.
It’s still very early and things can change, but this comes from an inside source who has already given us tons of proven information. It’s a safe bet that at the least, this is the direction Fox is headed with the franchise. We’ll let you more as it develops.
1UP.com got their hands on the first image from the upcoming game that will be based on X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
In our January issue of EGM, we tell you all about real-time in-game healing, the simple satisfactions of an elegantly accessible combat system, a sweet boss fight against the very first Sentinel robot prototype, and lots more. We also chat with Raven about a few of Origins’ influences, from God of War to Super Smash Bros., a new approach to seamless cinematic in-game cut-scenes that bridge bits of gameplay, and even a few things from the cutting floor (a skeletal Wolvie in a nuclear blast?). Check out EGM for all the uncanny details. And oh my, the violence.
This Sideshow comiquette is ostensibly of the X-Men's Jean Grey, during one of the 35 million times she turned evil, and joining the Hellfire Club as the Black Queen. But really, it's just a statue of of a hot woman in a corset holding a whip, so I hope the people who buy feel the shame of owning a statue of a lingerie-wearing harlot, and aren't convincing themselves it's okay because it's of a Marvel supersluthero.
Disagree? Think about it this way: Unless you hold onto the package, I don't think you could convince any non-comic fan that you don't just own a statue of a whore--there's no X-Men logo, no Hellfire Club base, hell, it doesn't even say "Jean Grey" anywhere. Say what you want about the White Queen, but at least she occasionally wears a cape, which implies something comic book-y going on besides mere sluttery.
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Wednesday, 3 December 2008
Five more images from 20th Century Fox's Wolverine have come online and can be viewed below! The Gavin Hood-directed spin-off stars Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, Will.i.am, Danny Huston, Dominic Monaghan, Daniel Henney and Lynn Collins. The first trailer for the May 1st release will hit theaters with The Day the Earth Stood Still on December 12th.
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New character images have been released, as you can see below. They show characters that show up in various episodes as well as the main characters, so I guess it could be considered spoilery.
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Monday, 1 December 2008
Emmy award-winning talk show, "The View", will have more guest-star actors appearing on the ABC's show. Harry Connick Jr. from "P.S. I Love You" and Hugh Jackman from "X-Men Origins: Wolverine", are some of the actors who are reported to make time for an interview on the show.
Though Connick Jr. and Jackman have been set to come to the talk show this week, they will not be interviewed on the same day. While Connick will get an interview on Thursday, December 4, Jackman will be on the hot-seat on Friday, December 5.
Apart from Harry Connick Jr. and Hugh Jackman, several other celebrities, such as Randy Jackson, Patricia Heaton, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Esposito, and Jeff Goldblum, will also be seen on the show throughout the week. Jackson, in particular, will promote his book "Body With Soul".
"The View" is the ABC Daytime's morning chatfest which airs at 11 A.M. weekdays.
He's got singing chops — and Wolverine's lamb chops.
Actor Hugh Jackman, the star of Oklahoma in London and the X-Men summer-blockbuster franchise, is the rare actor who's proved he can headline both a high-ticket musical and a big-budget Hollywood action picture.
Now, just as People magazine names him the Sexiest Man Alive, Jackman has set his sights on Australia, the latest movie from director Baz Luhrmann (Romeo & Juliet, Moulin Rouge).
It's the story of an aristocratic Englishwoman (Nicole Kidman), a rough-hewn cattle drover (Jackman) and the sprawling nation that's home to both the director and his two stars.
You can read more, and listen to the interview HERE.