Untitled BATMAN/SUPERMAN Movie Adds Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, and Tao Okamoto

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It’s been two months since we heard any casting news on Batman vs. Superman (unofficial title).  The most recent piece of casting was Jesse Eisenberg for Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons for Alfred.  With the movie gearing up to film this quarter, three new actors have been added to the cast.  According to Deadline, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire), and Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) have joined the film to play new characters.  However, there are no details about those characters at this time.

Hit the jump for a brief recap of what else we know about the movie.  The film also stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne.  The untitled Batman/Superman movie opens May 6, 2016.

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.

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.

6 New Character Images from THE WOLVERINE Featuring Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto, Will Yun Lee and Svetlana Khodchenkova

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We’ve got 6 new character images from James Mangold’s The Wolverine to share with you today, including Hugh Jackman in the title role, plus new looks at the characters Yukio, Mariko Yashida, Kenuichio Harada and Viper.  Hit the jump to take a look at the new images.  The film also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Svetlana Khodchenkova, and Tao Okamoto.  The Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th.

New THE WOLVERINE Character Posters for Shingen, Mariko, and Harada

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As part of Fox’s marketing campaign for The Wolverine, the studio has been releasing some pretty gorgeous sumi-e character posters for the film.  We’ve already seen stylish one-sheets for many of the principal characters, but yesterday we shared the sumi-e poster for Jean Grey and today we’ve been provided with three more posters to run alongside Steve’s editing room interview with director James Mangold.  These new posters focus on the characters of Shingen (Hiroyuki Sanada), Mariko (Tao Okamoto), and Harada (Will Yun Lee).

Hit the jump to take a look at the posters.  The Wolverine opens in 3D on July 26th.

New International Trailer for THE WOLVERINE Featuring New Footage Including More Viper and Silver Samurai

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A new international trailer has been released for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine.  The film finds Hugh Jackman’s titular character isolated in modern day Japan where he faces his ultimate nemesis “in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed.  Even though this trailer goes further than the previous ones in showing the details of the plot, it’s also my favorite trailer thus far.  It shows off Wolverine being a bad-ass, but also retains some fun comic-book elements like Viper (Svetlana Khodchenkova), who has a much bigger role than I suspected, and the gigantic Silver Samurai who comes down like a boss fight.  Hopefully, Mangold has found the right balance between Wolverine’s serious side and the fun comic book elements of good summer blockbuster.

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

TOP 5: MAN OF STEEL Set Visit, Confessions of an INDIANA JONES Virgin, AFTER EARTH, THE WOLVERINE Set Visit, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT: Season 4 Review

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All of the hooplah surrounding Arrested Development Season 4′s debut on Netflix last weekend got me waxing nostalgic for another beloved series that was all too short-lived: Paul Feig‘s Freaks and Geeks. When you consider its impressive shelf life, it’s hard to believe the series only aired on NBC for one season and consists of merely 18 episodes. For the sake of comparison, ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager will air its series finale this Monday and will finish with five seasons and 121 episodes in hand. Continuing down that path, Freaks and Geeks averaged just above 6.5 million weekly viewers during its run while Secret Life‘s most watched episode to date (the Season 2 premiere) garnered a little over 4.5 million viewers. In addition to the frustration I feel for having 103 more Secret Life episodes to never watch than Freaks and Geeks episodes to cherish, this also provides an interesting example of the ratings expectations/requirements of a network series in comparison to that of a cable series.

I could go on and on doing my best Brendan Bettinger: Stats Genius impersonation but the real reason I’m here is to present this week’s Top 5. In this installment you have at your disposal our visit to the set of Man of Steel, Allison watching the Indiana Jones movies for the first time, After Earth interviews with Will and Jaden Smith, another set visit for The Wolverine, and Matt’s review of the aforementioned fourth season of Arrested Development. As you’ve grown to expect, a brief recap and link to each of the above makes its home after the jump.

5 New High-Resolution Images from THE WOLVERINE Featuring Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and Director James Mangold

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As you may have noticed from our abundance of The Wolverine coverage this morning, 20th Century Fox has lifted the embargo on our set visit.  In addition to letting us post our on set interviews, the studio has sent over five new high-resolution images featuring Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, and director James Mangold.  Hit the jump to check them out.

While I had serious issues with the last Wolverine movie, I’m extremely confident The Wolverine is going to kick serious ass.  I really think this is going to be the Wolverine movie we’ve all been waiting for.  Hit the jump to check out the images.

Tao Okamoto Talks Making Her Acting Debut on an X-MEN Movie, Taking Advice from Hugh Jackman, and More on the Set of THE WOLVERINE

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If you’ve read Chris Claremont and Frank Miller‘s Wolverine comic series from the early 80s, you know the character of Mariko Yashida plays a huge role in Wolverine’s lonely trip to Japan.  However, while I’d love to tell you we’re going to see the same character arc in director James Mangold‘s The Wolverine, I can’t.  Even though I spent some time on set last year when the production was filming in Sydney, Australia, everyone was guarded about revealing the story, and all we could get out of Tao Okamoto (who is making her acting debut playing Mariko) was how she came to the project, what it was like collaborating with Hugh Jackman and James Mangold, her thoughts on recreating Japan in Sydney, and other behind-the-scenes stories.  However, with the film arriving in theaters in July, we’ll find out soon enough the answers to her storyline.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

New Trailer for THE WOLVERINE Starring Hugh Jackman

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A new trailer for James Mangold‘s The Wolverine has gone online.  The film finds Hugh Jackman’s titular character isolated in modern day Japan where he faces his ultimate nemesis “in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed.”  This new trailer goes heavy on the drama by showing Logan’s guilt over killing Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) in X-Men: The Last Stand, and why he would consider getting rid of his powers.  This trailer also shows off the strange mix of ancient Japanese warriors and hi-tech sci-fi; a combination that is best represented by the hulking Silver Samurai.  But if Wolverine can shield a guy from what appears to be a nuclear blast, then a giant robot samurai shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

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

New Japanese Trailer for THE WOLVERINE

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A new Japanese trailer for director James Mangold’s sequel The Wolverine has made its way online.  The film finds Hugh Jackman’s titular character isolated in modern day Japan where he faces his ultimate nemesis “in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed.”  There are a few bits of new footage to be found in this trailer, including an increased focus on Wolverine’s possible mortality in the face of danger.  The action sequences continue to look impressive, and I’m hoping the reliance on CG is minimal since the most promising stuff in all of the trailers we’ve seen thus far is the tight, hand-to-hand combat scenes.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto and Svetlana Khodchenkova.  The Wolverine opens on July 26th.

12 High-Resolution Images from THE WOLVERINE Featuring Hugh Jackman, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto and Svetlana Khodchenkova

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20th Century Fox has released a batch of high-resolution images from director James Mangold’s upcoming sequel The Wolverine.  The film finds Hugh Jackman’s titular character isolated in modern day Japan where he faces his ultimate nemesis “in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed.”  We recently got a look at the character in action by way of two trailers, but these images give us a closer (and clearer) look at the environment that Mangold has cooked up for the Japan-set story.  We’ve seen a few of these images before in lower resolution versions, but there are also some new peeks at The Wolverine in action, including a rather impressive chain wrangling.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto and Svetlana Khodchenkova.  The Wolverine opens on July 26th.

Domestic Trailer for THE WOLVERINE

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The international trailer for director James Mangold’s sequel The Wolverine was released about a half-hour ago, and now the domestic version is online.  The film finds Hugh Jackman’s titular character isolated in modern day Japan where he faces his ultimate nemesis “in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed.”  The U.S. trailer contains new footage, and while I think the international version is slightly better, both trailers hammer home the “life-or-death battle”. The big difference is that the U.S. version reveals the man offering Wolverine a chance at mortality.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Will Yun Lee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Brian Tee, Rila Fukushima, Tao Okamoto and Svetlana Khodchenkova.  The Wolverine opens on July 26th

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