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Hugh Jackman Says 'The Wolverine' Will Shoot In October, 2012 Release In The Cards?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 9:19 AM
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For a moment there, it looked like the highly anticipated "The Wolverine" was in a spot of trouble. The devastating earthquakes in Japan scratched plans for location shooting and then abrupt departure of Darren Aronofsky added further woes to the film that seemed to be moving full steam ahead with fan approved adaptation of Chris Claremont and Frank Miller‘s extremely dark, bloody and intense 1982 limited series with a screenplay written by Christopher McQuarrie. But earlier this month, new life was kicked back in. James Mangold ("3:10 To Yuma," "Knight & Day") stepped into the hot seat and it looks like the film will get rolling this fall.

Hugh Jackman In Talks For Tom Hooper's 'Les Miserables'

  • By Catherine Scott
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  • June 16, 2011 2:04 AM
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After beating the odds and winning the Oscar for Achievement in Directing last year, Tom Hooper has set his sights on quite a gigantic project. Hooper has never shied away from complicated, big-budget projects including HBO's "John Adams" miniseries and last year's Oscar triumph "The King's Speech," so the fact that he's moving forward with a film adaptation of "Les Miserables" for Universal is no surprise. We were surprised, however at just how fast the project is steaming ahead with Variety reporting today that Hugh Jackman is in talks for what we presume to be the lead role of Jean Valjean.

James Mangold To Direct 'The Wolverine'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 16, 2011 1:30 AM
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After a period where it looked as if Fox would take a mulligan on "The Wolverine" and bump the film to 2013 or beyond, it now looks like they've found their director. James Mangold, who has dabbled in various genres from musical biopic ("Walk The Line"), to western ("3:10 To Yuma") and horror ("Identity"), is prepared to take on his first comic book adaptation, and the announcement suggests he's the mutual pick from Fox and Hugh Jackman's camp. Mangold appears to be the top choice among an uninspired trio of potential helmers that included Antoine Fuqua and Gavin O'Connor, otherwise known as Guys You Employ When They Are Represented By The Same Agency As Someone You Want To Work With.

Paul Bettany May Escape From Screen Gems Purgatory To Play Inspector Javert In 'Les Miserables'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 16, 2011 1:19 AM
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So, you might not be aware of this, but even with the awards buzz around his role in "A Single Man," Colin Firth wasn't the first choice to star in "The King's Speech," the film that became a phenomenon, and won the British veteran his first Oscar. In fact, the part was originally offered to Paul Bettany, star of, among others, "A Beautiful Mind," "Master and Commander" and "Dogville." Unfortunately, for Bettany, he was coming off a lengthy shoot for vampire actioner "Priest" (yes, it shot that long ago), and the actor turned the role down to spend time with his young family: an admirable decision, but one that the actor must view with some regret, considering his once-promising career has been stricken with bad action movies like the aforementioned "Priest" and "Legion," or sub-par dramas like "Creation" in recent years.

Hugh Jackman May Take A 'Fantastic Voyage' With Shawn Levy

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 3, 2011 9:41 AM
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It's not secret by now that Hugh Jackman and "Real Steel" director Shawn Levy have hit it off in a huge way. Before their first collaboration has even been released studio types are feeling chuffed and already planning a sequel, while Jackman and Levy have already started eyeing another project with Carlton Cuse being tapped to write the action-adventure script. But their next team-up maybe be bigger than any of those.

Hugh Jackman Passes On 'Snow White And The Huntsman'; Amy Adams Won't Be In 'Rock Of Ages'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2011 7:06 AM
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Things aren't in a good place right now for Universal's "Snow White And The Huntsman." Their competitors over at Relativity already have Julia Roberts and Lily Collins ready to go in the Tarsem directed Snow White movie that's going to hit theaters on June 29, 2012—six months before Universal's entry. With Viggo Mortensen already having moved on, last week it was reported that the studio was talking to the now available Hugh Jackman to take on the part, but it appears those efforts have gone unrewarded.

Will Hugh Jackman Trade In His 'Wolverine' Claws For 'Snow White And The Huntsman'?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 6, 2011 6:15 AM
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It was bound to happen, and we're surprised it didn't happen sooner. But with "The Wolverine" now on hold thanks to the double whammy of Darren Aronofsky bailing on the film and the ongoing aftereffects of the devastating earthquake in Japan where the film was set to shoot, Universal are hoping they can take advantage of Hugh Jackman's downtime and get him to star in their developing Snow White movie.

With 'The Wolverine' Declawed For Now, Hugh Jackman Is Going To Sing Instead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 23, 2011 6:49 AM
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With "The Wolverine" now without a director and with the events in Japan putting location shooting in the country -- where the majority of the film is set -- on hold for now, Hugh Jackman is going to do what anyone else in his situation would do. Sing.

Is 'The Wolverine' Now Delayed Until 2013?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 21, 2011 1:35 AM
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Did Darren Aronofsky Bail On The Film Due To Lack Of Creative Control?The wind got knocked out of the sails of the comic community in a big way late last week as it was announced that Darren Aronofsky -- seen as the savior for the on-the-ropes spinoff franchise for Wolverine -- had left the project, which was gearing up to start shooting this spring/early summer. In a joint statement with 20th Century Fox, the director cited the lengthy shoot in Japan as the reason he was bowing out with Deadline initially hinting that custody issues with Rachel Weisz over their son played a role in his exit. However, a different tune is emerging.

Hugh Jackman and Shawn Levy To Reteam On Untitled Action-Adventure From 'Lost' Writer Carlton Cuse

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 4, 2011 1:00 AM
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Pitch Can't Possibly Be As Stupid As Robot Boxing, Can It?If the box office in the last few years has made anything clear, it's that contemporary audiences like nothing more than the combination of CGI robots and punching. The first two "Transformers" movies grossed $1.5 billion between them, with the third likely to join them as a huge hit this summer. But that's not enough for DreamWorks, who teamed "Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy and star Hugh Jackman on "Real Steel," a future-set tale of robot boxing.

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