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Hugh Jackman Doubts There Will Be A 'X-Men 4' Movie, But Is Still Open To More 'Wolverine' Films

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 26, 2011 8:44 AM
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Actor Says He Asked Darren Aronofsky To Helm 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' Before He Dropped Out Of 'The Wolverine'This weekend Hugh Jackman was on hand in Los Angeles to discuss his robot boxing movie, “Real Steel,” which hits theaters October 7th. Early buzz on that flick is good and the studio has enough faith that they’ve already begun development on a sequel. But before that sequel, Jackman will sing alongside Russell Crowe in “Les Miserables” and, once again, return to the role that made him for “The Wolverine,” the much-discussed, long in-development sequel to 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Scripted by Christopher McQuarrie, the story is based on Frank Miller’s beloved ‘80s Japanese saga from the comics.

Israeli Actress Ayelet Zurer Replaces Julia Ormond As Superman's Mom In 'Man Of Steel'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2011 11:20 AM
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With "Man Of Steel" currently in the midst of production, director Zack Snyder has made a little casting change.

Mark Millar Finally Admits Window On 'Kick Ass 2' Happening Is Shrinking

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2011 2:45 AM
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Concedes Matthew Vaughn Would Likely Only Produce, Not DirectMark Millar likes to talk a lot of shit. In fact, for much of 2010 the comic writer could not shut the hell up about a potential "Kick-Ass 2," boldly proclaiming it would be like "A Clockwork Orange" or "A History Of Violence," predicting it would hit theaters in 2012, and that it was green-lit with pre-production set to begin this past April. Well obviously, none of those things happened. And talking recently to Hero Complex, a much more humble and reasonable Millar finally admitted that the likelihood of a sequel was looking pretty slim and not only that, Matthew Vaughn is probably too busy doing his own stuff to direct.

'Monster' Director Patty Jenkins May Wield The Hammer & Helm 'Thor 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 4:23 AM
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So, what the fuck? Granted, Marvel's choices for directors can often be surprising -- Ang Lee? Kenneth Branagh? -- but for the most part they usually see something in the helmers that others don't. While earlier this summer, "Game Of Thrones" and "Boardwalk Empire" helmer Brian Kirk was being tossed around as a candidate, word today has another name -- one we haven't heard in a loooong time -- as the front runner for the job.

Chris Evans Says 'Captain America' Sequel Might Not Arrive Until 2014

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 22, 2011 2:39 AM
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Also Reveals That Steve Rogers Will Likely Just Appear In 'Captain America' & 'Avengers' Films, No Other Marvel Movie CameosMarvel's rather revolutionary roll of the dice on their big screen movie adaptations has found them creating a giant universe of connected films, where superheroes and characters cross-pollinate the films that are part of a singular fabric. In order to make this happen, the comic and movie studio giant has become known for signing up key players with contracts for multiple films -- Samuel L. Jackson famously has nine movies he's obliged to appear in -- allowing for lots of Easter eggs and surprise cameos. But while Jackson is A consistent presence in the Marvel world, and fans buzzed when Robert Downey Jr. made a brief appearance as Tony Stark in “The Incredible Hulk,” don't expect to see Chris Evans logging time in anything but "Captain America" or "The Avengers" movies.

Watch: First Clip From 'Batman: Year One' Sort Of Reminds Us Of McBain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 6:25 AM
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There is perhaps no entry in the Batman comics canon more beloved or influential than Frank Miller‘s “Batman: Year One.” As the title suggests, the story takes place shortly after the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents and tracks the young crimefighter’s first steps into becoming the masked superhero. Darren Aronofsky famously tried to crack the nut of getting a feature film version off the ground to no avail, but the folks over at Warnes Bros. Animation -- who have ben doing a steady run of solid feature films based on DC Comics' properties -- are getting set to release their take on the tale.

James Horner May Get Caught In The Web To Score 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 7:33 AM
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Composer James Horner has seemingly done it all during his lengthy career. With seven Oscar nominations leading to one win (for "Titanic"), Horner has tuned up a wide variety of movies including "Wolfen," "48 Hrs.," "Glory," "Honey I Shrunk The Kids," "Braveheart," "Apollo 13," "Avatar" and even famously clashed with Terrence Malick over "The New World." However, aside from "The Rocketeer," he hasn't done much in the way of comic book movies. But all that may change very soon. In a recent interview with SCOREcast Online (via Film Music Reporter) music editor and frequent Horner collaborator Jim Henrikson revealed that the composer “is pretty well set” to take on the gig. However, it should be noted this interview took place way back in May (why it's only being aired now is beyond us) and there has been no other word either way anywhere else since. So take it as tentative for now.

Nicolas Winding Refn Says He Didn't Know About 'Die Hard 5' Shortlist, But Likely Would Have Said No

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 16, 2011 4:48 AM
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'Drive' Filmmaker Talks 'Wonder Woman,' 'Logan's Run' And Turning Down BlockbustersYes, it's practically "Drive" week at The Playlist this week, sue us. The film opens in wide release this weekend (2,886 screens) and we sat down with most of the cast including star Ryan Gosling (he wants to direct), comedian-turned-villain Albert Brooks (he wants to be in "Logan's Run") and the director, Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (he might make a horror film with Carey Mulligan) -- what are we supposed to do, bury our content? Sorry, guys.

'Take Shelter' Director Jeff Nichols Talks 'Mud,' Hopes To Have Michael Shannon In Supporting Role

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 13, 2011 7:55 AM
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Shannon Studying Ulysses S. Grant And Other Generals For His Zod Role In 'Superman'Things are looking pretty good for Arkansas filmmaker Jeff Nichols. A quick summer shoot for his sophomore offering "Take Shelter" (starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain) lead to it being sold to Sony Picture Classics before even playing the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. The quiet, occasionally startling meditation on marriage and fatherhood received rave reviews during its time at both the former festival and Cannes, picking up two prizes from the Croisette on its way out. But Nichols didn't bask in the glory for too long, as he was already busy setting up his third feature, the Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon-lead "Mud."

Michael Shannon Says His General Zod In 'Man of Steel' Will Be Very Different From Terence Stamp's

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2011 11:53 AM
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Also Says That Crime Film 'The Iceman' & James Franco's 'As I Lay Dying' Aren't Happening Any Time Soon We have to confess, when considering the possibilities as to who might end up playing villain General Zod in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot "Man of Steel," Michael Shannon was never on our list. Not that he's not a fine actor -- he's one of the finest out there right now, one who goes from strength to strength with seemingly every performance. And not that he's resisted studio fare in the past -- indeed, he'll be playing a villain in the Joseph Gordon-Levitt vehicle "Premium Rush" at the start of next year. It's more that Shannon's particular brand of bug-eyed crazy is so very different from the steely fascism embodied by Terence Stamp in the character's last big-screen appearance in "Superman II."

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