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Lauren Shuler Donner talks “X-Men: First Class”

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Producer Lauren Shuler Donner (who rejected my beautiful X4 script!) has revealed details on Fox’s plans for the next possible X-men spin-off, X-men: First Class.

It is the first class of Xavier’s school, way back when, so it’s young Scott, young Jean, young Beast and that’ll be really fun.  I think (the plan) is to follow some of the characters into their own stories, and weave them back into the X-Men world.

And hopefully ‘First Class’ will become its own franchise and we can follow them as they grow up.

Donner also stated that a Magneto movie remains in development.

“X-Men Origins” leaked image

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“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” Review

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If there ever was a generic summer action, popcorn flick, this is it.

Everything about this movie screams generic. The mediocre storyline, stale dialogue, less than stellar special effects, and uneven casting. As the superhero genre has evolved, so have the expectations for these movies, especially with the lately fashionable “origin”-type stories dating back to “Batman Begins”. But where “Batman” and “Iron Man” had strong storylines to back the psychological depths of their characters, this movie doesn’t do Wolverine’s character justice enough. Instead it wades through his background from his war-fighting days alongside Sabretooth to a love interest to a chase sequence to the unfolding of events bigger than Logan is privy to.

Now this movie isn’t complete trash, but it’s far, far from good. There are few moments of levity with humor (even bordering on the “Austin Powers”-ish in a particular scene), a few interesting special effects (splitting of a bullet), as well as the casting that works at times (sorry Will.I.Am, it’s not you though), and the ending isn’t terrible. That the movie takes too long to get to its end is unfortunate though.

More importantly, there is nothing that significantly sticks about this movie. If the story was written by a 5 year-old it could perhaps be seen as impressive, but that’s not the case here. I was actually bored for certain moments in it. In many ways, I would have to compare it to the latest “Bond” film wherein action was given a huge precedence over substance (except even the “Bond” flick had more compelling action sequences in it), or some mediocre 90’s superhero offering. It’s absolutely the type of movie that you will forget about 30 minutes after you finish watching it. And that it looks amateurish in many ways is perplexing. How Hugh Jackman and a certain cameo guest signed on for this is equally confusing.

I was hoping that an exploration into the origins of the X-Men would give the series a needed fresh breath of life, instead I came away feeling that the movie is much more akin to a lackluster spin-off, much like “Joey” was to “Friends”. And for fans like me of one of the more interesting characters in the X-Men series, that is a shame. But don’t take my word for it, the movie will be out in theaters in about a month’s time.

1.5/5

Wolverine hits 7-11 stores in April

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Are you getting ready for the upcoming “X-Men Origins” movie? Well so are 7-11 convenient stores. Promotional images will be plastered on all over Slurpee cups nationwide in April as anxious geeks prepare for Wolverine’s story to hit big screens May 1st. Not only will you get to sip from a cup featuring your favorite character, but you can try a brand new flavor called Mutant Berry. Slurpee/Wolverine fans…permission to rejoice.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine – 60-Second TV Spots

Twentieth Century Fox has aired three 60-second TV spots for “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”.  The first, second, and third TV spot are titled “Outcasts”, “Brothers”, and “Legends”, respectively, which you can check out below.

*If you’ve read the comic series, “Origin – The True Story of Wolverine”, you’ll know that that’s actually not a young Victor Creed – it’s a boy named Dog, who James Howlett (Wolverine) befriends.  That man w/ the sideburns, who James kills in the TV spot, is Thomas Logan, Dog’s father.  James Howlett starts to resemble Dog as he ages and eventually adapts the name Logan – after Dog’s father.  Understand…?  Anyways, I also don’t recall Dog’s father admitting himself to be James Howlett’s real father, and I’m betting there’s been a bit of tweaking done to the story for Hollywood purposes.  Make no mistake though – overall, this does appear to be quite the faithful adaptation of the origin story from what we’ve seen in the spot so far.

“X-Men” 1, 2…oh yeah, and 3 (sigh) being released on blu-ray

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment has announced the blu-ray release for “The X-Men Trilogy” with plans for an April 21st, 2009 release date.  While the box set will sell for an estimated price of $72.99, each film will be available for $34.99 (yea, right…that’s why we have Amazon.com 🙂 )

The specs for each film are pretty lengthy, so we’ve tagged them below.

* Be sure to check out the multitude of extra features that have been added to “X-Men: The Last Stand”.  I don’t recall the original DVD release having nearly as many features.

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The New “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” One-Sheet

This looks familiar…only it’s official this time 🙂

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