TOP 5: Comic-Con 2013, THE WOLVERINE, New Trailers for GRAVITY, KICKBOXER and BLOODSPORT Remakes in the Works, TIFF 2013 Line-Up Announced

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Having taken a couple weeks off for the summer and the content-generating machine that is San Diego Comic-Con, I kind of feel like there’s so much to share that I’m not sure where to start. I suppose at the top is the most logical choice and, for me, that spot is occupied by director James Wan‘s fantastic The Conjuring. Alongside The Cabin in the WoodsThe Conjuring stands as some of the most fun I can remember having in a theater with a horror film. It’s terrifying, tense, and awesome to enjoy amongst a crowded theater that’s on edge to the point that so much as an on-screen crayon rolling across the floor is cause for clenched fists and covered eyes. If you’ve yet to check it out, convince someone you think will appreciate being scared to death to tag along with you and enjoy the ride.

My recommendation aside, this week’s glorious return of the Top 5 includes a ridiculous amount of Comic-Con 2013 coverage, The Wolverine interviews with Hugh Jackman and more, new trailers for Alfonso Cuaron‘s Gravity, news of JCVD essentials Kickboxer and Bloodsport getting the remake treatment, and the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival line-up announcement. It’s been a couple weeks, but I trust you know what lies after the jump.

Rila Fukushima, Hiro Sanada and Tao Okamoto Talk THE WOLVERINE, the Costumes, Sets and the Script, the Buzz in Japan, What They Collect, and More

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With James Mangold’s The Wolverine opening this weekend, I was recently able to interview the cast in New York City.  Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, The Wolverine tracks Logan as he reunites with faces from his past while grappling with his immortality.  Featuring a fantastic international cast, The Wolverine also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana KhodchenkovaFamke Janssen and Tao Okamoto.  For more on the film, watch these clips or check out all our previous coverage.

During my video interview with Fukushima, Sanad, and Okamot, they talked about making the film, the costumes, sets and script, the buzz for the film in Japan, what they collect, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

THE WOLVERINE Review

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In superhero movies, great power comes with the great responsibility of at least saving a major city, and even that’s considered slacking.  The entire world should be at stake.  But what if it were just one man?  What if the superhero had to save himself and maybe one other person?  James Mangold’s The Wolverine provides a refreshing take on the superhero genre by giving itself over to a character-driven approach.  Wolverine/Logan is one of the most well-known and beloved superheroes of all-time, and so rather than drag him through another story where he has to team up with other mutants to stop a supervillain, his latest adventure mostly goes small scale and asks if our hero is a man who’s an animal or an animal posing as a man.  But by pushing back against the tide of louder, grandiose superhero movies, The Wolverine strikes an awkward, albeit still enjoyable tone, when it has to play by the rules of the genre and throw big comic book moments into the intimate tale of a loner trying to find himself in a foreign land.

Famke Janssen Talks THE WOLVERINE, Learning about Her Role in the Film, Working with Hugh Jackman, TAKEN 3, and More

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With James Mangold’s The Wolverine opening this weekend, I was recently able to interview the cast in New York City.  Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, The Wolverine tracks Logan as he reunites with faces from his past while grappling with his immortality.  Featuring a fantastic international cast, The Wolverine also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Tao Okamoto.  For more on the film, watch these clips or check out all our previous coverage.

During my video interview with Janssen, she talked about when she first heard how important her role would be in the sequel, the marketing campaign, working with Mangold and Jackman, how it doesn’t feel like a comic book movie, the Taken series (including Taken 3), and other future projects like A Fighting Man, Hemlock Grove season 2, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

James Mangold Talks THE WOLVERINE, Deleted Scenes, Releasing an Unrated Cut with 12 More Minutes of Footage on Blu-ray, and Much More

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With James Mangold’s The Wolverine opening this weekend, I was recently able to interview the cast in New York City.  Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, The Wolverine tracks Logan as he reunites with faces from his past while grappling with his immortality.  Featuring a fantastic international cast, The Wolverine also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Tao Okamoto.  For more on the film, watch these clips or check out all our previous coverage.

During my extended video interview with Mangold, he talked about the positive reaction to the film, how it doesn’t feel like a comic book movie, the length of his first cut, deleted scenes, the possibility of releasing an unrated cut on Blu-ray (which would be 12 minutes longer), developing strong female characters, his thoughts on doing another Wolverine sequel (which you’ll want him to do after you see the film), and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Comic-Con: THE WOLVERINE Star Hugh Jackman and Director James Mangold Talk Action vs Drama, the Japanese Setting and Cast, and Wolverine’s Soul

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Director James Mangold’s The Wolverine is both a blockbuster comic book brawler and a hero’s journey cast in the mold of classic Japanese cinema.  Star Hugh Jackman – whose commitment to the role is beyond reproach – and director James Mangold were both on hand at this weekend’s Comic-Con to talk up their adaptation of Chris Claremont’s classic take on Logan’s story.  The pair commented on the importance of the Japanese setting and cast, the soul of Wolverine as a character, balancing drama and action, and addressed the concerns of one fan who had been slightly mislead by the film’s trailers.

Also starring Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Will Yun Lee, Famke Janssen, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee and Svetlana Khodchenkova, The Wolverine opens July 26th.  Hit the jump to see what Jackman and Mangold had to say. 

Comic-Con: Come to a Free Q&A for THE WOLVERINE With Hugh Jackman and James Mangold Featuring Select Scenes Saturday Night

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If you’re looking forward to The Wolverine and are at Comic-Con (or live in the San Diego area) Saturday night, I’ve got some awesome news: I’ll be hosting a free Q&A with Hugh Jackman and director James Mangold at the Gaslight 15 in downtown San Diego!  The plan is for the two of them to show us select scenes from their kick-ass movie and answer fan questions.  The event begins at 7:30pm and it’s first come, first served at the theater with the line starting to form at 5pm.

Since most people won’t get into Hall H at Comic-Con tomorrow, this is another way for 250 of you to see some footage from the movie and hear Jackman and Mangold talk about it up close!  Hit the jump for more info and I hope to see you tomorrow night at the theater.

Comic-Con: First Look at X-MEN: THE ADAMANTIUM COLLECTION Blu-ray Set with Claw Packaging

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Though The Wolverine doesn’t come out until next weekend, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is getting a jump on the film’s Blu-ray release by announcing a great-looking limited edition box set that includes all six X-Men films, including The Wolverine.  The Blu-rays are housed in a really cool box that features Wolverine’s adamantium claws.  There’s no official word on when this thing will hit stores or what kind of bonus content is included, but one presumes it could be ready in time for the holidays later this year.  You can pre-order X-Men: The Adamantium Collection—which is a Comic-Con exclusive—on the Comic-Con convention floor in the Fox booth.  Hit the jump to take a look at an image of the set.

Hugh Jackman Talks THE WOLVERINE, Wanting to Fight Beside The Avengers & Spider-Man, PRISONERS, His HOUDINI Broadway Musical, and Much More

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With James Mangold’s The Wolverine opening on July 26th, I was recently able to interview the cast in New York City.  Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, The Wolverine tracks Logan as he reunites with faces from his past while grappling with his immortality.  Featuring a fantastic international cast, The Wolverine also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Tao Okamoto.  For more on the film, watch these clips or check out all our previous coverage.

During my extended video interview with Jackman, he talked about the positive reaction to the film, how they didn’t know what the film would be rated while they made it, how it doesn’t feel like a comic book movie, what he did as a producer, how long he wants to play Wolverine, his desire to team up with The Avengers and Spider-Man in a future movie, director Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, how he’s developing a new Broadway musical with Steven Schwartz about Houdini, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Fox Might Announce New PREDATOR Project at Comic-Con [UPDATED]

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2010′s Predators was a fun little B-movie, and although it was a modest hit, it didn’t provide the blockbuster returns that would prompt 20th Century Fox to seriously revive the franchise.  However, it looks like Fox hasn’t given up the cloaked and dreadlocked alien hunter just yet.  For people who still followed Predators on Facebook, they were given a new message this weekend—a line from 1987′s Predator: “There’s something out there waiting for us, and it ain’t no man…We’re all gonna die.”  The image is a top-down, thermal view of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter.  Unlike everyone else with a Hall H panel, Fox stayed quiet on the information they provided to Comic-Con organizers, but THR is reporting that the studio will be bringing The Wolverine, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and a “surprise”.  I don’t know if X-Men: Days of Future Past could be considered the surprise since even director Bryan Singer has mentioned a Comic-Con appearance for his movie.  The surprise could be the recently announced X-Force, or it could be the return of Predator.  Personally, I think either film would go over huge with the crowd.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  Fox’s Comic-Con panel is from 4:15pm to 5:45pm on Saturday, July 20th. [Update: Hero Complex reports that Fox will actually be announcing a 3D Blu-ray release for Predator, not a new film.]

6 Clips and 7 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Video from James Mangold’s THE WOLVERINE Starring Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Will Yun Lee & Tao Okamoto

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In advance of James Mangold’s The Wolverine opening on July 26th, we have six clips and seven minutes of behind-the-scenes video to share with you today.  Starring Hugh Jackman in the title role, The Wolverine tracks Logan as he reunites with faces from his past while grappling with the consequences his near-immortality.  If you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage, or Jackman’s wish to play Wolverine alongside The Avengers and Spider-Man, click the links.

Featuring a fantastic international cast, The Wolverine also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova and Tao Okamoto.  Hit the jump to watch the clips and behind-the-scenes video.

Hugh Jackman Wants to Fight Alongside THE AVENGERS and Spider-Man as Wolverine; Says Studios Should Team Up and Split the Costs

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As far as studio tentpoles are concerned, the superhero genre is undoubtedly the most popular go-to avenue for blockbusters at the moment.  Marvel has now built a cohesive cinematic universe in which its many characters interact with each other across different movies—just as in the comic books—and DC is attempting to get its act together at Warner Bros. with the same idea.  However, studios are limited as to which characters they can use in the films due to rights ownership, despite the fact that the real Avengers includes not only Iron Man and Captain America, but also Spider-Man and, at times, members of the X-Men franchise.

Steve recently sat down to interview Hugh Jackman at the press day for his upcoming film The Wolverine, and when asked about the possibility of having these characters interact with each other in a mega-superhero film, Jackman enthusiastically responded that he’d love to fight alongside Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the entirety of The Avengers as Wolverine.  Hit the jump to see what else he had to say.

Viper Sheds Her Skin in New Featurette for THE WOLVERINE

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We’ve been getting a string of character featurettes for The Wolverine this week (click on the respective links for Logan, Harada, and Yukio), and now one has been released for the villain, Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova).  She describes herself as a chemist, but she’s also got some mutant powers.  Some are silly but neat like her snake tongue and skin-shedding, and others are just plain silly, most notably her ability to hurt people by blowing on them.  It’s hard to reconcile director James Mangold‘s previous statement about this film as a Japanese film noir, and then see a character like Viper.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Hugh Jackman, Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, and Tao OkamotoThe Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th.

New Clip for THE WOLVERINE Features Bones Claws, Bombs and “Bub” Plus a New Featurette on Yukio

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A new clip and featurette for James Mangold’s The Wolverine are now online.  The clip features Logan (Hugh Jackman) showing off his bone claws and calling his prison guard “Bub” before saving him from a B-29 bombing run.  The featurette highlights Rila Fukushima’s capable character Yukio, showing off a variety of her weapon skills.  It looks like the two will be paired up for a good portion of the film so hopefully the chemistry we’re seeing in this featurette continues.

Also starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Will Yun Lee, Tao Okamoto and Svetlana Khodchenkova, The Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th.  Watch the new clip and featurette after the jump.

New Featurette for THE WOLVERINE: “Harada” (a.k.a. The Silver Samurai)

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Yesterday, we got a featurette for Logan (Hugh Jackman) for The Wolverine, and now we have one for “Harada” (Will Yun Lee).  Harada, also known as “The Silver Samurai” in the comics, describes his character as the leader of a clan of “super-ninjas” whose sole purpose is to defend Mariko (Tao Okamoto).  His character is also skilled at parkour and archery, and I suppose you have to beef-up anyone without mutant powers if they’re going to even have a chance against Wolverine, although he loses his healing powers at some point in the story.  We know that the Silver Samurai is in the movie, but this featurette doesn’t divulge any details on that character, so it’s possible that he’s unrelated to Harada (but I wouldn’t count on it).

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, and Svetlana KhodchenkovaThe Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th.

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