James Mangold and Hugh Jackman Planning to Make another WOLVERINE Spin-Off

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James Mangold‘s The Wolverine partially succeeded simply because it went against the trend of current superhero movies.  The spin-off sequel was still stuck between serious drama and cartoonish action, but at least the stakes were worthwhile without having to put the entire world at jeopardy (that plotline will come with Wolverine’s next adventure, X-Men: Days of Future Past).   With Iron Man stopping an army off Extremis soldiers, Thor battling to save his world of Asgard, helicarriers crashing into Washington D.C. in Captain America’s upcoming film, and Guardians of the Galaxy having to, well, guard an entire galaxy, Wolverine can be the only game in town where a superhero can fight for lower stakes but maintain the personal drama.

Hit the jump for how this game might continue with Mangold, Hugh Jackman, and producer Lauren Shuler Donner.

THE WOLVERINE 4-Disc Blu-ray Contains Extended, Unrated Cut, Alternate Ending, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Set Tour, and More

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20th Century Fox has announced the home entertainment release for The Wolverine.  The biggest release will be the “Unleashed Extended Edition”, which is the 4-disc set that contains the 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Copy along with the most features.  The big highlights in terms of the extras are a making-of feature, an alternate ending, and a tour of the X-Men: Days of Future Past set. The 2-disc Blu-ray has all the same features as the 4-disc set minus the unrated cut and director James Mangold’s audio commentary.

Hit the jump for a list of features.  The Wolverine will be available on Digital HD on November 19th, and on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on December 3rd.

Weekend Box Office: 2 GUNS Leads with $27.3 Million; SMURFS 2 Struggles in Third

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Universal’s 2 Guns took top honors at the domestic box with an estimated $27.3 million this weekend. That’s a solid debut: meaning the action comedy is neither a disappointment nor a breakout hit. But this morning’s bigger story may be Sony’s Smurfs 2. Two years after The Smurfs became a surprise blockbuster worldwide, the sequel is failing to generate interest at the domestic box office.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  2 Guns $27,300,000 $27.3
2.  The Wolverine $21,725,000 $95
3.  Smurfs 2 $18,200,000 $27.7
4.  The Conjuring $13,660,000 $108.5
5.  Despicable Me 2 $10,391,000 $326.6
6.  Grown Ups 2 $8,100,000 $116.4
7.  Turbo $6,400,000 $69.4
8.  Red 2 $5,650,000 $45.1
9.  The Heat $4,725,000 $145.5
10.  Pacific Rim $4,570,000 $92.9

THE COLLISION: Episode 54 – Comic-Con and THE WOLVERINE

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This week on The Collision, we talk about the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con, but we try to take it from the perspective of a devoted convention attendee rather than the jaded journalists that we are.  We talk about the appeal of the convention, its difficulties, its relationship with marketing, and how other conventions, namely Dragon Con, compare.  We also talk about The Wolverine, which had a brief presentation at Comic-Con.

Click here to listen to the new episode of The Collision, click here for the previous episode (“Pacific Rim), click here to add the podcast to your RSS, and click here to find us on iTunes. To keep up to date with The Collision, you can follow us on Twitter at @MattGoldberg, @AdamChitwood, and @DrClawMD (Dave Trumbore). Hit the jump to check out the trailers for this week’s recommendations.

Weekend Box Office: THE WOLVERINE Claims First with $55 Million; Excellent Hold for THE CONJURING

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As the only major studio release this weekend, it’s no shock to find The Wolverine in first place. With an estimated $55 million from 3,924 locations, the sixth entry in Fox’s X-Men franchise more than doubled the total of the second place The Conjuring but still managed to look a bit disappointing in the process.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Wolverine $55,000,000 $55
2.  The Conjuring $22,130,000 $83.8
3.  Despicable Me 2 $16,000,000 $306.3
4.  Turbo $13,325,000 $55.7
5.  Grown Ups 2 $11,500,000 $101.6
6.  Red 2 $9,400,000 $35
7.  Pacific Rim $7,540,000 $84
8.  The Heat $6,850,000 $141.2
9.  R.I.P.D. $5,900,000 $24.3
10.  Fruitvale Station $4,657,000 $6.3

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.]

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