Did Hugh Jackman Tease Character’s Classic Yellow Suit in the Upcoming Film?

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Well it seems that big-time actor Hugh Jackman took to twitter recently to shake things up & give fans a little something to talk about in the weeks ahead until his final film outing as everyone’s favorite cigar chomping, claw wielding mutant in Logan, due out this March . .

Wolverine first appeared in Bryan Singer’s X-Men back in 2000, to which the team mostly suited up in black leather get-ups. That has largely been the case in subsequent movies too follow. But in a deleted scene from “The Wolverine” the yellow costume was seen in a box that was gifted to Logan as he departed Japan. So could Logan finally be where the suit shows up?

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In the second trailer for Logan, we saw the young mutant X-23, played by Dafne Keen, holding an X-Men comic book. Outside of that being self-referential, it did provide some context that would make the yellow costume showing up in the movie less jarring and seemingly out of place. Since Logan is set in a not-too-distant future where most mutants have disappeared and the landscape is very bleak, a bright yellow superhero costume might not be appropriate.

So finally, here’s what the actor posted on his official Twitter page, featuring something that all X-Men fans can get behind. Given the very subtle way some things are teased these days, it seems possible that this could be a sign that the suit may make an appearance in Logan. If it really is the last time we see his version of Wolverine onscreen, that would be a fun thing to see and would serve as a great bit of fan service . . .

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The 20th Anniversary: Things You May Not Know About 1996’s “the Phantom”

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Over 20 years ago in the summer of 96 there was a fun, little adventure film that made it’s way across silver screen’s about a odd looking jungle man in a purple outfit from the golden age of cinema, who fights for the good of the world and protection of his island home called “the Phantom”.

Although it somewhat failed to completely resonate with a fickle, midish-nineties audience unlike many other moderate too successful period-piece style, comic book films of the day, such as Dick Tracy, the Shadow, the Rocketeer, Tim Burton’s Batman films and the box office smash: Mask of Zorro two years later, among many of the flaws in it’s crafting as a film, it still none the less captured the fun & imagination’s of many young boys and girls of that time, introduced them to a very charming pulp hero from the 1930’s and achieved a sort of cult-like status in the realm of popular culture.

Now on it’s big 20th birthday, test your trivia knowledge as Cinemazone looks back at some fun things you might or might not know about 1996’s “the Phantom”. . .space bar

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Does Walt Disney Studio and the Star Wars Saga Still Need George Lucas?

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Very recently in the fan community, there seems to be a sudden outcry by some, for the author and creator of all thing Star Wars for the past forty years and recently retired, Mr. George Lucas, to return once again to the folds of his beloved universe ( in different capacity’s according to the fan asked ) and even an odd call to direct one of the series future installments. Although, quite funny enough at first glance, this does very much seem like a complete turn around – reversal, from how many felt in the late 90’s. But all jokes put aside for the moment, would this ever be a good idea, let’s talk about it and you decide . .

In the past several years, the famed director & producer has admitted that one of the problems with his somewhat more recent Prequel Adventures, was in fact, the task of writing it. Although much of those films are meant to be very 1930’s and hokum in nature, George admits that his strength is not in his writing abilities, as he had a hard time showing deep emotion and nuance in the screenplay, as well as trying to write for, & get great performances from younger children, as in one of it’s past installments.

“Showing how much Anakin & Padm’e deeply care for each other is one of my weak points. I’m so in love with you that I’d do anything and sacrifice it all & make that real & stick it in two minutes. I can’t go to deep in the psyche of these people beyond a stylistic reality I’ve created for myself. So it’s my own fault really.”   –  George Lucas

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In retrospect, there are some who felt that the main problem with the prequel installments in general, wasn’t just the scripts themselves, but in the fact that George tried to tackle too much. As the large task of witting, directing, producing and generally ramping up his award winning effect’s house ILM, too bring an entirely new set of massive Star Wars motion pictures to the big screen with slightly less of a collaborative nature then had been done in the past was certainly a daunting one, and stretched the filmmaker a bit thin, as evidence by some of the behind the scenes footage & many of the weak spots in the movie’s themselves.

Although too be fair, there are quite a lot of fans who genuinely enjoy various elements of the prequel adventures warts and all, as there are many around the globe who look at his last installment  –  Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith as more of an upwards success & general return to form cinematically in the space saga, but yet might still come to wonder what the classic San Francisco filmmaker could really do with a higher-level screenwriter and much less on his plate for any future endeavor’s with the ongoing series.

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“Yeah, . . . the Sequel Trilogy is about the children of Luke and Leia, but there grown up now and much older, in there early to mid 20’s, you know. So don’t worry, it’s not the Phantom Menace movie all over again.”  –  George Lucas

Certainly many fans would agree that when it comes to being an idea man, creative consultant and general guide for all thing Star Wars, there is no one better suited too that particular task, and is certainly a big part of what has made the classic space fantasy such an enduring franchise in the overall staple of pop culture in years past.

As the leadership at Walt Disney Studio’s would certainly come amiss not too listen to the overall advice and vision of the series original creator, a lot like the much closer-nit relationship between Paramount Pictures and beloved Star trek mastermind, Gene Rodenberry, while they still had him around.

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“One of the things that not many people know, is that R2D2 is not only the hero of the movies, but the record’s keeper of the entire Star Wars Saga, as he recounts the whole thing to the Keeper of the Whills, over one hundred years after Return of the Jedi.”  – George Lucas

Recently, some fans have voiced there complaint’s when Disney’s newest installment, Star Wars: The Force Awakens opened last month, despite it’s massive success and general positive reviews, according to certain fans here and there, felt a bit rehashed at times & lacked some of the original charm, scale, and intricate knowledge of the past saga that George Lucas brings.

Another negative bit of criticism of the film by some, has also been the lack of composer John Williams presence in the film, as his stunning themes and overall music that has come to drive the outer space saga since it’s original conception, seemed much less powerful & showcased in Disney’s latest installment as in previous episodes before.

“They ( Disney ) wanted to do a retro movie. I don’t really like that. Every movie, I work very hard to make them completely different from one another creatively, with different planets, with different spaceships, characters, make it completely new.”  –  George Lucas

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So should in fact, the Walt Disney mouse house ask for George Lucas’ helping hand in molding the future of the series, while they can still get it? Would you like to see ole George return in some type capacity, or perhaps even to direct a lone Star Wars film or another type project with Disney? Or should the former director and creator stay far, far away from that galaxy of long ago. Please feel free to comment and share, and thanks so much for stopping by to see us again . . .

 

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Could The Force Awakens’ Maz Kanata Be A Phantom Menace Easter Egg?

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Now if you haven’t seen Disney’s newest entry in the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then you should definitely turn away now. You still there? Well then okay. So it seems that many talented Star Wars fans have recently found a particular moment in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, where there is a shelf-sized statuette in the likeness of the new Force Awakens character Maz Kanata, played by Lupita Nyong’o. As many wild theory’s go in the Star Wars universe, particularly right now, it’s actually some worthwhile guesswork & quite entertaining for the moment, if only for the fun need to fill the in the gap of the post-Force Awakens timeline. So let’s take a look and you decide . .

There’s a lighthearted & playful moment in the Phantom Menace when young Anakin brings Padme and Qui-Gon back to his Hutt during a bad sandstorm on Tatooine. He proceeds to spirit Padme off to his room to show her his robot ( relax guys, he’s just a kid in this movie, no funny business yet ). Then a moment later, R2D2 rolls into the youngster’s room to provide some much needed chaperoning, and what does the droid in fact pass by on his way?

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If the above picture isn’t working to well for ya, let us describe the object in question: A small statue alien with an extra-large head ( exact same shape ), with two eye sockets that resemble goggles, and a elongated neck with similar garb. Now in The Force Awakens we meet Maz Kanata in her shrine & general establishment. Han Solo takes Rey and Finn there to find out where the Resistance is, so they can help find Luke Skywalker. We learn Maz Kanata is something like 1,000 years old, definitely old enough to have been aware of the legend of Anakin Skwalker and the Jedi of old, if not part of it in some way. Let us also not forget, she’s the one who has Luke’s family lightsaber in her storage containers.

But could this figurine in The Phantom Menace really mean anything at all? Recycled Star Wars concept art is certainly not unheard of in the saga, and then there’s the fact that her temple is laced with flags from many planets of that particular era, & it does raise one’s eyebrow a bit.

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Another fun thing to note, is that we see her wearing racing type goggles most of the time, ( for no reason that we know of ) much like a desert pod-racer on Tatooine. Might she in fact be a Tatooine desert racer? Perhaps an ancient champion long before the likes of young Skywalker?

So in the end here, we speculate that not only it is entirely possible that Maz Kanata was at the very least modeled after an unused design from an earlier movie, but in fact could have an interesting back story pertaining to it. Unfortunately, until her official past is revealed, it’s anyone’s guess right now . . .

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Upcoming X-Men Sequel To Focus On Quicksilver And Magneto!

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Well it certainly seems that Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse is going to be jam-packed with Mutants old and new, but one particular fan favorite is going to get some special attention. Evan Peters, who plays Quicksilver in last year’s sequel, revealed some of the story will focus on the relationship between the super-speedster and his biological dad, which was only ever hinted at that Magneto is indeed Quicksilver’s father. When the two meet up again in next summer’s blockbuster sequel, their path’s will finally connect. Speaking with Details magazine, Peters had this to say about his part in the next upcoming film . .

“The story is that my character is searching for his father and really wants to find him. It starts from there and then he jumps on the X-Men train and gets sucked up in this whole, crazy Apocalypse madness: He joins in and tries to stop him from destroying the world basically.”

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The mutant-speedster character, which is shared by both 20th Century Fox and Marvel Studios cinematically, first made his debut in X-Men: Days of Future Past. When he learned of Magneto’s powers, he mentions that his mother “used to know” a man who could manipulate metal. It has been confirmed that in this corner of the Marvel Universe owned by Fox Studios, that Magneto is still Quicksilver’s father, despite Marvel Comic’s recent changing of the characters entire origins . . .

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Wolverine To Appear In Upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse After All?

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Recently during a 20th Century Fox presentation at 2015 Comic Con panel, X-Men: Apocalypse director Bryan Singer engaged in a somewhat cryptic conversation with actor Hugh Jackman, who still has not been confirmed for this latest installment. While the conversation certainly didn’t confirm a Wolverine cameo yet, it did hint that one may be possible. Journal de Montreal is now reporting that the director is assembling his cast in Montreal early next year for reshoots, and that Hugh Jackman may be on hand . .

It isn’t known what the production may have planned for Jackman’s ultimate appearance in the film, which events are set in the year 1983, ten years after the events of last year’s X-Men: Days of Future Past. The rehoots are scheduled to take place in early 2016 in two separate Montreal studios for “a few weeks,” according to this report.

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What’s interesting is Josh Helman has been confirmed to return as Col. Stryker in X-Men: Apocalypse. It’s possible this movie could show the origins of William Stryker getting Wolverine to participate in the Weapon X program which gave him his adamantium claws, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Regardless of what Hugh Jackman will be filming, it seems he will be back for his ninth X-Men movie somehow . . .

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Director Talks Mystery In Blade Runner Sequel!

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While doing press for his latest, upcoming film Sicario, director Denis Villeneuve very recently revealed that principal photography on the Blade Runner sequel will begin next summer, although he wouldn’t divulge any specific plot details quite yet. During an interview at the Toronto International Film Festival, the filmmaker revealed that his follow-up will answer the question fans have had for decades: is Rick Deckard ( Harrison Ford ) in fact a “Replicant”? Here’s what he had to say on the subject . .

“Now that I am on the other side of the fence I cannot answer that. The thing I must say is that I love a good mystery. I love shadows. I love doubts. I would just want to say to the fans that we will take care of that mystery. I will take care of it.”

The director recently revealed that he was incredibly hesitant to take on this project, which was written by original Blade Runner writer Hampton Fancher and Michael Green. He also said that this sci-fi sequel will be “autonomous” to the original, while still maintaining some connection to the sci-fi classic.

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While principal photography will begin next summer, the exact locations have not been determined yet. The project still doesn’t have a release date set at this time, but will most likely hit theaters in 2017, which would coincide with the 35th anniversary of the original. It isn’t exactly known what time period this movie will be set in, but now that a production schedule is in place, hopefully we’ll start learning more details about the anticipated project . . .

Warner Studio’s Untitled Blade Runner Project comes to theaters across the country in 2017.

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Kermit Gets A New Girlfriend On New Muppet Show!

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Last month, it was widely reported that Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy had called it quits. They made the break public, releasing a statement to the press just as their new show “The Muppets” is set to debut this fall. The new series, which is described as a fresh take on The Office, will show the lives of these various Muppet animals and creatures. And as expected, we’ll be getting a bird’s-eye view into the dating woes and romantic relationships of everyone’s favorite Pig and Frog . .

ABC has leaked early photos of Kermy’s new fling. Her name is Denise. And to be honest, she’s a real pig. Kermit and Miss Piggy have been together for over four decades. Though their split was amicable, it didn’t take long for the green man to start hitting the field. Kermy is rumored to be dating an ABC employee he met on the set of his new series. She is apparently the head of marketing, making her a co-worker of sorts. Check out the latest press release from Kermit to his fans.

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While Kermit getting a new girlfriend might not have been such a big deal, it certainly has many fans a little bothered here and there. With his ex of forty years always just a few yards away from him, it’s bound to blow-up in his face at some future point in the series. With everything being documented, you can guarantee that fans will get to see all of the most awkward moments, warts and all . .

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Kong: Skull Island Script Gets A Dino-Sized Rewrite!

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According to recent sources, Universal and Legendary Pictures are bringing Jurassic World co-writer Derek Connolly in to do some script revision work on Kong: Skull Island, the 2017 film that will serve as an origins story for the mighty, King Kong ( and reboot that franchise in the process ). Connolly’s involvement in the project – which is slated to begin filming in late October 2015 – sounds like it will involve mostly polishing the existing screenplay material, as opposed to a much more substantial rewriting task . . .

After the box-office mega-success of Universal’s Jurassic World this really isn’t much of a shock to hear. I’m sure the veteran studio is just hoping that Connolly can add some of the high-spirited fun and large scale creature thrills he did so well with this summer’s dino-sized sequel.

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As for the cast of Kong: Skull Island, the super-star roster looks to include Tom Hiddleston (Crimson Peak), Brie Larson (Trainwreck) and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton), while such noteworthy talent as Russell Crowe and Samuel L. Jackson are among the big name stars too be in talks to become official cast members in the near future.

Universal Studio’s King Kong prequel, “Kong: Skull Island” hits U.S. theaters on March 10, 2017 . .

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Disney’s Tron #3 Sequel Canceled!

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In case some were not aware, it has been confirmed by Walt Disney Pictures that their upcoming Scifi sequel, “Tron 3” has now officially been canceled by the studio. This shocking announcement comes on the cusp of it’s post production moving forward as the movie was said too be on the fast-track by the studio for an upcoming 2017 release date. Word is that the fledgling project was scrapped after Tommorrowland failed to bring the response & acclaim the studio was looking for at the box office and with it’s fans . .

Disney Pictures being the reactive and by-the-number’s studio they are, a sequel to “Tron: Legacy” was never really a sure-fire bet to begin with. The movie landed soft in theaters in 2010, and while it did eventually gross $400 million worldwide, the film cost near $200 million to make. Take in normal theater cost and other normal expenses and that’s not a very good sign that a follow up film will indeed happen.

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Also the film’s original star Garrett Hedlund hasn’t really become that much of a major Hollywood presence in the ensuing five years since the movie’s release, as his original casting by the studio was an investment in his upcoming stardom.

While ‘Tron: Legacy’ was decently received and has its fans, is the general moviegoing public dying for a sequel? That’s certainly a very debatable question . .

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