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Is The New 'Wolverine' Marketing -- TV Spot, Photos, Featurette -- Preparing Us For Inevitable Disappointment?

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 2, 2013 4:06 PM
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The Wolverine
Many audiences just won't give a damn or notice and that's completely valid, but for the more discerning, shall we say, modern movie obsessive, director James Mangold's credibility is really going to take a hit if "The Wolverine" isn't at least a sub-decent movie. The jury's still out of course, but all the recent trailers have been worrisome and iffy-looking; perhaps just a small notch above the execrable "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." The added scrutiny and expectations comes from Mangold himself and Hugh Jackman to a degree. Not only were the director and star actively campaigning for the film months before it was ready -- taking to YouTube to answer questions about the film during production -- they were actively attempting to change the narrative of what came before. In short: don't worry about "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," we're starting over, doing something much darker, cooler and serious (when have we heard that one before?)

10 Films Worth Tracking Down This July

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • July 1, 2013 12:14 PM
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Pacific Rim Blue Jasmine Only God Forgives The Hunt
It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through the summer, but no worries because July has fireworks, hot dogs, and movies! June was a soft month with staid comedies like “The Internship” and divisive blockbusters such as “Man of Steel” and “World War Z.” But, the next thirty days or so should have more than enough for you whether your appetite is for explosions or more subtler fare with a bit more substance.

Latest 'The Wolverine' Poster & Stills Present A Logan-Viper-Yukio Triangle

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 26, 2013 2:27 PM
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Now that we're past the "Man of Steel" and "Iron Man 3" frenzies, there's another familiar superhero who will be returning to the big screen later next month. Getting ready for the July 26th premiere of "The Wolverine," 20th Century Fox has released a stockpile of images for us all to peruse, including a new banner and poster combo and a bunch of stills.

Watch: New International Trailer For 'The Wolverine' Shows More Viper, Silver Samurai & New Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 12, 2013 11:48 AM
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Wolverine
With "Iron Man 3" closing in on $1.2 billion worldwide and "Man Of Steel" taking flight this weekend with dollar signs in its eyes, can "The Wolverine" be the same super-sized hit? Gauging anticipation is a fool's errand, but it's probably safe to say excitement is trailing behind those other two movies. But then again, 20th Century Fox really knows how to turn on the marketing juice so prepare for much more over the next six weeks.

Is Hugh Jackman Ready To Hang Up The Claws On Future 'Wolverine' Movies?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 10:45 AM
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Wolverine
Is Hugh Jackman growing tired of the mutton chops and adamantium claws? Since 2000's "X-Men," the actor has been the hirsute face of Wolverine across a three X-Men movies, and one terrible standalone film, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." And coming up, we'll be getting a double dose of the star as Logan in this summer's "The Wolverine" and next year's "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" (and let's not forget he popped up ever so briefly in "X-Men: First Class"). Essentially, Jackman has been playing the character for well over a decade now, and it seems he might be ready to pass the torch.

James Mangold Hints At 'The Wolverine' Post-Credits Scene & Reveals Jean Grey's Role Plus New Pics

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 29, 2013 9:00 AM
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What superhero movie are you most excited for this summer? “The Wolverine”? No, I thought not. Between “Iron Man 3” and the forthcoming “Man of Steel”, along with a slew of non-super block-busters, the sixth X-Men movie and do-over of 2009's “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” has been struggling a little to make its way into our collective consciousness. But never fear: we are here to change that.

Watch: Solid New Trailer For 'The Wolverine,' Plus Two New Character Posters

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 21, 2013 9:14 AM
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Wolverine
Of the three big superhero movies this year, "The Wolverine" might well be the least anticipated at this point. "Iron Man 3" had the heat off "The Avengers," and has already made a billion dollars, while "Man Of Steel" has a reboot, the Christopher Nolan factor and some pretty amazing trailers. Whereas while James Mangold's film is from the longest-running superhero franchise currently going (it's thirteen years since Hugh Jackman first donned the claws), it's coming off two sub-standard films in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "X-Men: First Class," and it's reflected in the relative lack of buzz for the film.

Rumor: Reshoot Has Added A Surprising Cameo To 'The Wolverine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2013 10:04 AM
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With "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" stacked to the rafters with pretty much every mutant they can squeeze into the thing, this summer's "The Wolverine" is looking pretty quaint. Oh sure, we'll get Viper, Silver Samurai and Jean Grey (probably), but those few barely even begin to scratch the sheer volume of players Bryan Singer is bringing to the table. Perhaps not be outdone, and to possibly try and ape Marvel's comic world building, it would appear that another face will be popping up as a late addition to "The Wolverine," and duh, spoilers below.

Fugitive, Warrior, Survivor, Legend: Watch The CinemaCon Trailer For 'The Wolverine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 12:38 PM
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The Wolverine Logan Viper
CinemaCon is the annual event where theater owners and studio types come together to massage each other, tell each other it's going to be okay, and then confer about how many bajillion dollars movies will make this year. Part of that process is showing off footage to get theater owners all hot and buttery and while in years past this kind of stuff has tended to say under the radar (for example, Oscar talk for "Life Of Pi" began at CinemaCon last year after some early material was screened, well before the public saw any trailers), things are changing. The monstrous CinemaCon trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" dropped a couple of days ago, now Fox is following suit with their "The Wolverine" spot.

The Most Anticipated Blockbusters Of The 2013 Summer Season

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 12:03 PM
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The Playlist's Most Anticipated Blockbusters Of The 2013 Summer Season
Ah, summer. That time of year marked by long days, short skirts, and the application of sunscreen. It’s the season where even the most hardened cineaste can put aside their Criterion Collection discs, if only for a moment, and get excited about the jazzy, visual effects-driven blockbusters coming down the pike. The line between “summer” and “any other time of the year,” in terms of movies, keeps getting blurrier and blurrier, with big-budget studio fare like “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “Oblivion” coming out in the spring (we had a Michael Bay movie open in April, for crying out loud – before this it was questionable whether or not he even existed outside of June or July).

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