‘Logan’ Spoiler Free Review

Fans have felt like they have waited an eternity to see a proper Wolverine story brought to the big screen. Thats not to take anything away from Jackman’s previous performance of the character, but we can all pretty much agree the first two solo outings were far from perfect. Even if you are a fan of The Wolverine (which I am) it’s hard to pretend that the movie is flawless, regardless of what “unrated” version you’re watching. Logan however is pretty much a masterpiece. Now I know that statement is bold, may even seem extreme. But as far as what this studio, cast, and crew set out to do, and what they were able to actually achieve, I really do think that level of admiration is deserved.

Logan feels like James Mangold and Hugh Jackman’s love letter to the fans. It is a perfect send off to the character in every way. This movie takes its R rating and fully embraces it, delivering a level a brutality we know surrounds the characters but have never experienced quite like this. This film properly telegraphs exactly how sharp those “adamantium” claws really are. We have always known that it’s painful for Wolverine to break out the claws, but this film really drives it home with the blood and scars. This is just one example of why this film needed to be rated R.

What is really impressive is that all of the blood and gore is not done for shock value but instead used with purpose and intent. Right from the jump the film sets up a situation that provides not only an amazing action scene setting the bar for what we can expect throughout the film but also showcases Logan’s frame of mind as we dive into the story. All done without any silly exposition or stupid dialogue. All within the matter of moments not only did we get a taste of the action but it is made clear that this is a desperate man. A man who is struggling to find a reason to carry on.

The early scenes of the film have our titular character caring for an elderly Charles Xavier, who as far as we can tell has pretty much gone mad, and definitely can’t use his powers. Logan relies on the help from his from mutant buddy Caliban, who as far as we know is pretty much the last of the mutants. The movie never lets itself get bogged down with plot lines from the previous films, but it does make implied references to events and the extinction of the mutant race. In this earlier moments of the film, we get some fantastic banter between Xavier and Logan, which is not only a testament to their outstanding acting but also to how long these two have worked together. Both actors seem to give it their all, knowing how important it is to the fans, and boy do they deliver.

As I mentioned the movie establishes itself fairly quickly, as we are introduced to our main protagonist, a man hunting down a little girl reached out to Logan in desperation. True to the character and his current state of mind, Logan is reluctant to help to say the least. But certain events ensue, circumstances change and Logan has no choice to help Laura, grab his friends and hit the road. A relatively simple yet plot that provides a playground to explore these characters in ways fans have only imagined.

There is no shortage of action when it comes to this film, and I can name a multitude of memorable moments, but I am trying to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible. Lets just say it’s safe to say that despite all the hype I have placed around Jackman and Stewart, it is Dafne Keen’s “Laura” who steals the show. After seeing her first action scene in the film I literally had to pick my jaw drop off the floor (OK, maybe not literally but you get the point). I truly don’t even think fans of the franchise, familiar with the characters are quite ready for the beautiful brutality that is ‘Logan’.

Despite the brutality and jaw-dropping action, this movie at its core is really all about family, making this movie accessible to all audiences, not just comic book fans. The movie’s smaller and more focused plot allows Mangold to tell a heartfelt story surrounding a core group of characters. Every character is essential on this bloody and emotional journey, that really manages to deliver some heartbreaking plot points. I don’t want to turn any potential viewers off by making this movie sound bleak, I am just affirming that the performances seen in this film capture exactly what the the filmmaker was going for.

This is actually one of the rare trilogies where the final chapter is the strongest. This whole trilogy got better with each installment, hitting a huge leap in quality with the release of Logan. Although I am throwing around the term “trilogy”, Logan is very much a stand alone film. If you are not a fan or never saw the previous wolverine flicks, there is no need to rush out and see them before going into this film. If you plan on watching anything in preparation for Logan, I would actually recommend watching the first and second X-Men films and maybe Days of Future Past. These films really help establish and cement the relationship between Logan and Xavier. Not to mention the first one provides a visual reminder that Jackman has been playing this character for 17 years.

I know I am an optimist (sometimes apologist) when it comes to liking films, especially ones that I am invested in as a fan. Trying to put that aside, I can honestly say Logan is my favorite “superhero” movie to date. I know some fans will quickly jump to The Dark Knight which is more than understandable, and prior to the release of this film I would of had to agree. But I believe the performances delivered in Logan, Hugh Jackman in particular is at least on par with those most memorable for TDK. And thats where my biased love for the X-Men franchise kicks in and lean towards Logan as the new standard in the superhero genre.

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More X-Files On The Way? Seems Likely According To Actor David Duchovny

(AOTN) Fans of the cult-hit FOX series “The X-Files” were overjoyed when it was revealed that the series would be making a comeback in terms of a limited “event” series, however were slightly disappointed when it turned out to be only a six-episode run. At the time it seemed that the “X-Files” reboot was possibly only a one time deal and we may never hear from our beloved Mulder and Skully again once the “event” series reached it’s conclusion.

However, fans of the series know that the ending of the “X-Files” reboot was left very open ended and it certainly left fans with the hope that there could be the possibility for additional episodes in the future. The reason for such a shortened season had a lot to do with the schedules of both David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and series creator Chris Carter. They would have liked the ability to do more episodes, however from a scheduling stand-point it was not feasible at the time.

During FOX’s 2016 TCA panel,  Fox Broadcasting Company Entertainment President David Madden praised the “X-Files” reboot and said that the network would “absolutely love to do another season”. He went on to add, “There are significant talks going on with all three of the principals. Schedules are hard but we’re working hard to get this done.”

That news has been further confirmed by actor David Duchovny who commented in an upcoming interview with PopCultureMadness.com that “We’re looking to do more “X-Files” soon”! Since FOX has had so much success with musicals recently, they joked about the possibility of an “X-Files” musical, perhaps even having Mulder dueting with some aliens.  Duchovny joked, “Yeah, I don’t know about that, but I do plan to pitch my own music for the soundtrack. We’ll see how far I get!”  Duchovny is currently about to hit the road touring behind his debut album release “Hell Or Highwater” and is super excited about the release of his follow-up album later this year!

It is the hope of both the network and fans that we will get a bit longer of a season if the “X-Files” makes a return, as the plan would be for an eight to ten episode season rather than only six. It has been proven time and time again that a network does not need a full 22 episode season run to create a successful series and overall popularity and cult-following for a series such as the “X-Files” truly makes this one a no-brainer for the network!

 

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Did Fox And Marvel Really Work Together? The Answer Is Yes!

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(PCM) It has recently been revealed that despite some major creative differences in the past, Fox and Marvel did come together and swap characters for both “Deadpool” and “Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2”.

Fox holds the rights to some very key Marvel properties including both X-Men and Fantastic Four so in turn they hold the movie rights to some popular Marvel characters. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has grown enormously over the last few years, so it is only natural that the MCU would wish to explore new storylines that feature some of the characters that are currently owned by Fox.

While obviously there is not going to be any huge partnership between Fox and Marvel anytime soon, much to the dismay of fans, we have now learned that the two companies have worked together on two of their biggest film franchises: “Deadpool” and “Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2”.

It has been revealed that there was some character swapping when it came to specifically the use of the X-Men character Negasonic Teenage Warhead in “Deadpool”. The character went through a number of changes that had to be cleared by Marvel for the film. In return, Marvel requested a character that was owned by Fox to be used in “Guardians Of The Galaxy vol. 2”.

Kurt Russell’s Ego the Living Planet in the new ‘Guardians’ movie was the character that Fox swapped with Marvel to allow the change to Negasonic Teenage Warhead powers, according to Deadpool writer Paul Wernick during a recent Q&A.

Below you can find the release dates for the upcoming Marvel and Fox films:

“Doctor Strange” is now in theaters; “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” – May 5, 2017; “Spider-Man: Homecoming”– July 7, 2017; “Thor: Ragnarok” – November 3, 2017; “Black Panther” – February 16, 2018; “Avengers: Infinity War” – May 4, 2018; “Ant-Man and the Wasp” – July 6, 2018; and “Captain Marvel” on March 8, 2019.

“Logan” hits theaters on March 3, 2017, followed by “Deadpool 2” on January 12, 2018. Movie versions of “Gambit”, “New Mutants” and “X-Force” are still currently being developed.

 

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Torrid Debut ‘Empire’ Fashion Collection

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(PCM) We adore both Torrid and Empire so this is a true win win!  Torrid, the fastest growing plus size fashion brand in America, and 20th Century Fox Consumer Products are pleased to announce the “Empire” fashion collection, featuring designs inspired by the hit TV show, which premieres its third season on FOX September 21. The limited edition collection launched and is available exclusively at Torrid.com.

Torrid’s “Empire” collection features looks inspired by the show’s five leading characters: Cookie Lyon, Anika Calhoun, Rhonda Lyon, Porsha Taylor and Becky Williams. Each piece is flawlessly designed for women sizes 10 to 30, letting them channel their favorite characters: Cookie’s diva with a capital ‘D’ extravagance, Anika’s sly sophistication, Rhonda’s fierce fashion sense, Porsha’s urban cool and Becky’s understated glam.

A closer look at each piece reveals intricate details: the ombre hues of Cookie’s luxurious faux fur coat, lace-up detailing on her curve-hugging blazer and pants, the zip-up side slit in Anika’s siren red dress. Sexy silhouettes demand attention in bold colors and custom prints. The collection is bound to be a smash hit with Torrid and EMPIRE fans alike.

“We’re huge fans of ‘Empire’ and our customers love it too,” says Kate Horton, SVP, General Merchandising Manager at Torrid. “So, we’re super proud to have designed this ‘Empire’ fashion collection. Now women of all different shapes and sizes can dress like the show’s leading characters: Cookie, Anika, Rhonda, Porsha and Becky.”

Entering its third season, “Empire” continues to shatter records, finishing the second season as the No. 1 show on broadcast television. Named a Top 10 Television Program of the Year by the American Film Institute, “Empire” was the only broadcast series to earn a Golden Globe Award nomination this past year in the category of Best Television Series – Drama. Additionally, Taraji P. Henson won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama and recently was nominated for an Emmy Award, for the second year in a row, in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. Also, the Season One soundtrack was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

The 12-piece “Empire” fashion collection includes:

· Lace Maxi Dress $78.90

· Ombre Faux Fur Coat $118.90

· Lace-Up Blazer $68.90

· Lace-Up Pant $64.90

· Faux Fur Stole $34.00

· Crisscross Back Jumpsuit $78.90

· Leopard Print Asymmetrical Dress $68.90

· V-Neck Bodycon Dress $68.90

· Hooded Sweatshirt Dress With Faux Fur $58.90

· Plaid Cropped Sweater $44.90

· Plaid Pencil Skirt $58.90

· Floral Skater Dress $75.90

· Colorblock Swing Dress $74.90

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20th Century Fox Television Reveals Full San Diego Comic Con Slate

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(PCM) 20th Century Fox Television has revealed their highly anticipated slate for San Diego Comic Con International and they are bringing a whopping 13 series to this year’s jam-packed convention. We are thrilled to learn that there will be a special screening of the upcoming psychological TV thriller “The Exorcist” with stars Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Geena Davis and writer/producer Jeremy Slate on hand.

Other new series and specials coming with 20th Century Fox Television to SDCC will be “24: Legacy”  the spin-off series of the hit Kiefer Sutherland show with Legacy stars Corey Hawkins, Miranda Otto, Jimmy Smits and 24 creators/producers Howard Gordon, Manny Coto and Evan Katz. There will also be a first look at the upcoming “Rocky Horror Picture Show” reboot which will premiere later this fall with cast members Christina Milian, Victoria Justice, Ryan McCarten, Laverne Cox, Reeve Carney, Staz Nair and EPs Lou Adler, Gail Berman and Kenny Ortega on hand.

There will be some special behind-the-scenes footage and an all new clip from “Prison Break” and stars Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell, Sarah Wayne Collins, Robert Knepper and producer Vaun Wilmott will be in attendance.  There will also be a sneak preview of the live action-animated hybrid show Son of Zorn featuring the voice of Jason Sudeikis as a Pacific Ocean island warrior who returns to Orange County to win back his wife and teenage son. Scheduled for the panel are Son of Zorn stars Cheryl Hines, Tim Meadows, Johnny Pemberton and EP Sally McKenna and EP/director Eric Appel.

In addition to the new series/specials, 20th Century Fox will also be highlighting many of their returning shows to SDCC as well. There will be a very special final appearance from “Bones” with Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, TJ Thyne, Michaela Conlin, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd and EPs Jonathan Collier and Michael Peterson. 20th Century Fox’s full slate can be found below:

American Dad! — Live table read. Cast Scott Grimes, Dee Bradley Baker, Rachael MacFarlane, Wendy Schaal, EPs Matt Weitzman and Brian Boyle.

Bob’s Burgers — Never before seen footage with creator/EP Loren Bouchard, EP Jim Dauterive, and cast H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Merman, John Roberts, Kristen Schaal and Larry Murphy.

Family Guy — Alex Borstein, Mike Henry and EPs Rich Appel, Alec Sulkin and Steve Callaghan.

The Last Man on Earth — A tease of season three with Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, Mel Rodriguez, Mary Steenburgen and Cleopatra Coleman.

Salem — Also a tease of season three with Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Seth Gabel, Iddo Goldberg, Elise Eberly and EPs Brannon Braga and Adam Simon.

Scream Queens — Season 2 of the series from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan centers around an abandoned hospital purchased by Dean Murch (Jamie Lee Curtis) and the Chanels are her employees. It’s set two years after last season. On tap are stars Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele and more.

The Simpsons — Panel on Season 28 as the series heads toward the 600 episode mark. Creator Matt Groening, EPs Al Jean and Matt Selman, supervising director Mike B. Anderson, David Silverman and Nancy Cartwright will be in San Diego.

John Stamos Will Join The Cast Of FOX’s ‘Scream Queens’

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(FOX) John Stamos (“Grandfathered,” “Fuller House”) has been cast in a series regular role in the upcoming second season of “Scream Queens”, the comedy-horror series from award-winning executive producers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan.

Premiering Tuesday, Sept. 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX, Season Two of “Scream Queens” graduates from the college campus and into an all-new location, as a terrifyingly funny mystery will begin once again. Set in a hospital, where some of the most fascinating and bizarre medical cases are under observation, Stamos will play Dr. Brock Holt, the hospital’s brilliant, but secretive, head surgeon. Stamos previously collaborated with Murphy in guest-starring roles on the comedies “Glee” and “The New Normal.”

As previously announced, Golden Globe Award nominee Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin, Keke Palmer, Glen Powell and Niecy Nash are set to reprise their Season One characters. Additional casting to be announced.

Emmy Award-nominated actor and producer John Stamos continues to captivate audiences with an array of multi-faceted performances across television, film and theater. With a career spanning 30 years, Stamos has become one of the most revered television stars of his generation. In 2016, Stamos won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a New TV Series, for his role on FOX’s “Grandfathered,” and was awarded TV Land’s Timeless Icon Award, presented to him by longtime friend and mentor Garry Marshall. Earlier this year, “Fuller House,” a multi-camera comedy spin-off of iconic comedy “Full House,” premiered, with Stamos serving as a producer and guest star. The series was recently renewed for a second season. Stamos’ additional television credits include “General Hospital,” “Necessary Roughness,” “Galavant,” “Entourage,” “Two and A Half Men” and “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” as well as the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning drama “ER.” As a producer, Stamos is in development with Twentieth Century Fox and Academy Award-winning producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, on a musical feature set to the songs of the Beach Boys.

Stamos also has established a strong stage presence, beginning with his Broadway debut in “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” as “J. Pierrepont Finch.” Other Broadway credits include Gore Vidal’s Tony Award-nominated political play, “The Best Man,” with James Earl Jones; Roundabout Theatre Company’s “Bye Bye Birdie”; and the Tony Award-winning musicals “Nine” and “Cabaret.” Additional theater credits include “Hairspray” and “The Little Mermaid” at the Hollywood Bowl. A gifted drummer, singer and musician, Stamos occasionally tours with the legendary band the Beach Boys, of which he’s been a part for 30 years. As an advocate for Project Cuddle, Stamos serves as the non-profit’s national spokesperson and Chairman of the advisory board, and has been a supporter of the charity for nearly 10 years.

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