Saturday, 23 May 2009
Hugh Jackman will take his Wolverine movie to Mexico City on 26 May after cancelling the film's original premiere date because of the outbreak of swine flu.
The Aussie actor announced the news via his Twitter.com blog on Friday, admitting his thoughts and prayers have been with those battling swine flu in Mexico, where the pandemic reportedly started last month.
As a result of the health crisis, film premieres and concerts were postponed - and the X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie screening next week will be the first rescheduled event.
In his 'tweet', Jackman writes, "I will bring Wolverine to Mexico City on May 26 to provide a moment of fun escapism and a treat for some of the loyal fans of the comic.
"My thoughts and prayers have been with all of those that have suffered directly or indirectly from the swine flu in Mexico."
After a brief government-mandated shutdown, cinemas, businesses, schools and other public venues have reopened in Mexico and the U.S. government lifted its advisory against non-essential travel to Mexico last week (ends15May09).
Lynn Collins is wary of working with Hugh Jackman after he played a saucy prank on the set of X-men Origins: Wolverine.
Aussie actor Jackman was determined to embarrass Collins, so he tricked her into wearing a skintight outfit in front of the cast and crew.
But Jackman is proud of the stunt - and thinks it was such a success, movie fans would pay to see it.
Collins says, "We were on this location and Hugh came up to me and said, 'You know, we've seen some of the dailies and we just think that your outfit needs to be skimpier.' He was like, 'So, we found something for you. We put it in your trailer. Can you please try it on?'
"There was a gaggle of men and so I go into my trailer and there is a silver spandex dress, and I had this panic attack. I was like, 'Oh, my God, they're all standing in front of the trailer, so I have to put it on.' I put it on and it didn't fit. It was so tight, it was horrible and highly embarrassing. I opened the door and everybody was cracking up, and Hugh was like, 'April Fool's.'"
But Jackman insists the practical joke would be a good money-spinner: "I love that you put it on and didn't slap me in the face. If we put that on the DVD extras, sales would go through the roof".
Friday, 22 May 2009
Thursday, 21 May 2009
Written by: David Bentley
HUGH JACKMAN'S portrayal of Wolverine has become popular with many fans for the character's distinctive leather jackets.
Jackman plays the metal-clawed mutant in the previous X-Men trilogy and in current release X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he wears another variation on the character's classic biker jacket.
Replicas of the jackets have become a must-have for many viewers. Last year, I reported how one enthusiast had created an online store selling the jackets when he finally found a quality duplicate of the version worn by Jackman on screen.
The website, Logan's Closet, is now offering a replica of the jacket seen in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, at a price of $600 to $760 depending on size. The site also sells the jackets worn by Wolverine in the first X-Men film and in X-Men: The Last Stand, as well as the jackets worn in Terminator, House, Bangkok Dangerous, I Am Legend, Biker Boyz and Mystery Men. The jackets are all high-quality items made by USA manufacturer Vanson.
There are also other sites offering Wolverine jackets. They include Wested, which offers a British-made replica for £165. Wested also offers replicas of the jacket it made for Harrison Ford to wear in Raiders of the Lost Ark, as well as those from War of the Worlds, Tomorrow Never Dies, Minority Report, Mission Impossible and Doctor Who.
Written by: David Bentley
TAYLOR KITSCH says he hopes to go deeper into his character Gambit, the mutant card trickster who had a long-awaited screen appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
Studio bosses at 20th Century Fox are considering a solo film for Gambit - and if that doesn't happen he could reprise his role in the Wolverine sequel that's already in development.
Gambit, who can charge objects (often his deck of cards) with an explosive kinetic energy, was the most hotly anticipated new character in the movie, according to a poll of film fans.
Kitsch, 28, spoke to Rotten Tomatoes at the Cannes Film Festival, where he was promoting his latest project, The Bang Bang Club, and said he was excited about taking Gambit to the next level.
After being told about the Wolverine sequel, Kitsch said: "Man, good on Hugh for doing that to his body again. I hadn't heard that was going to happen! You have my brain going now about what I'd love to do with Gambit!"
He added: "I'm just excited to go deeper into Gambit. It's a flattering thing when people say that the only shitty part about the character is we didn't see enough of him. If that's the case, bring it on. I want to go deep into Gambit.
"He has so many more colours to explore. I want to go dark with that cat. There are so many things I want people to see of him and he really is his own deal. In Wolverine he was very much moving the story along.
"If I can have some moments where you go deeper into Gambit's back-story and why he was the way he was at that poker table - that's a fun thing to explore."
"I have the tools now to do some larger fights and I'd be really excited to get a chance to do that, too. I have so many ideas in my mind right now!"
One of the other X-Men projects in the pipeline is X-Men: First Class, focusing on the earliest students at Xavier's school. It's being written by Gossip Girl creator Josh Schwartz and was set up by final scenes in the Wolverine movie.
Schwartz was asked about the project by THR and said: "It's something I'd always fantasised about doing. I knew [producer] Simon Kinberg (who co-wrote X-Men: The Last Stand) and he approached me about it. I've started it and I'm having a blast, but I'm not allowed to say anything more."
The film is expected to include young versions of Cyclops, Jean Grey, Beast and Storm along with - if scenes in Wolverine can be taken as clues - Banshee, Emma Frost, Quicksilver and other mutant students.
Written by: David Bentley
ONE person who hasn't featured hugely in the publicity for Hugh Jackman's X-Men Origins: Wolverine is actress Lynn Collins, who plays love interest Kayla Silverfox.
Texas-born Collins, 29, delivers a solid and heartfelt performance - and shows off her natural beauty - as Wolverine's lover, who is of native American heritage and may well have a hidden mutant ability of her own.
Collins, who entered New York's prestigious Juilliard School to study acting at 17, told GQ it had been a strange experience being among a virtually all-male cast.
She said: "I had to play off all the guys and their testosterone-heavy abilities. But I learned that the female powers of persuasion easily trump fangs and knives and guns."
Jackman had told MSNBC: "Lynn fills a role that was so vital to this movie. Anyone who knows acting and knows film structure, you'll know that what Lynn had to pull off in the film was probably one of the most difficult things to do. She did an amazing job and I was really, really proud of what she did."
Collins had earlier told of how the role allowed her to embrace her own native American roots.