Hugh Jackman Says Jerry Seinfeld Convinced Him to Stop Playing Wolverine

While Hugh Jackman was wrestling with the decision of whether to continue playing Wolverine for awhile, he says it was comedian Jerry Seinfeld who convinced him to hang it up after Logan! The actor recalls talking to Seinfeld two years ago about why he decided to end Seinfeld after so many seasons on top, and said Seinfeld responded with the following:

"Look, when you're creating something it's very important not to run yourself dry. It's not about finishing on top necessarily, but making sure you creatively got something left, which propels you into whatever is next. "

Weirdly enough, we covered this story two years ago when he told that same story on Michael and Kelly, and the story has changed in the two years he's been telling it! For example, Jackman says in the first interview that finishing on top is important, but then says it's not important in his telling to Fallon. Hugh also tells Michael and Kelly that he decided right in front of Seinfeld that he was quitting the role but then tells Fallon it was later at home with his wife. I'm not calling Jackman a liar or anything, but it's interesting to watch him tell the story two different ways and having two very different impacts based on how they're told. Obviously, the one from a couple years back was closer to the event, but it feels as though Seinfeld's mantra has resonated with Jackman enough that his new telling is blended with some of his own feelings as well. It would appear that Jackman is very excited about taking that "next creative step." 

For Jerry Seinfeld, that next creative step was The Bee Movie, so maybe Hugh can shoot a bit higher than that! I'm sure we're all waiting to see what the actor's next move will be after this, as we rarely see what an actor does after nearly two decades of dedication to a character! Side note, Jimmy Fallon does an awesome Jerry Seinfeld impresssion that I did not at all see coming! See all of that in the clip (via Comicbook) from the interview below. 

Here’s the Oscars Promo for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

If you were too enamored by the Oscars to pay attention to the commercials, here's another chance to check out what you missed! Some new footage for Disney's live action Beauty And The Beast was revealed in a television spot during the ceremony, and you can check it out below. I'm really looking for this movie to be great, although everything I've seen so far seems to indicate it'll be a shot for shot remake of the animated original. Will that be enough to sell people on the film? I guess we will see when the film is released on March 17th. 

James Cameron and Ron Howard Pay Moving Tribute to Bill Paxton

Yesterday we were met with the devastating news that actor Bill Paxton passed away due to heart surgery complications. This was a huge blow to a lot of people. He's been one of my favorite actors ever since I first saw him in Aliens. I'm sure many people are feeling the sting of his passing, and it's hard to think that we'll never see him take any new movie roles. 

Directors James Cameron and Ron Howard both released moving tributes to the actor. As you know, they both had the privilege of working with him over the course of his career. This is the statement that Cameron made to Vanity Fair:

"I've been reeling from this for the past half hour, trying to wrap my mind and heart around it. Bill leaves such a void. He and I were close friends for 36 years, since we met on the set of a Roger Corman ultra-low budget movie. He came in to work on set, and I slapped a paint brush in his hand and pointed to a wall, saying "Paint that!" We quickly recognized the creative spark in each other and became fast friends. What followed was 36 years of making films together, helping develop each others projects, going on scuba diving trips together, watching each others kids growing up, even diving the Titanic wreck together in Russian subs. It was a friendship of laughter, adventure, love of cinema, and mutual respect. Bill wrote beautiful heartfelt and thoughtful letters, an anachronism in this age of digital shorthand. He took good care of his relationships with people, always caring and present for others. He was a good man, a great actor, and a creative dynamo. I hope that amid the gaudy din of Oscar night, people will take a moment to remember this wonderful man, not just for all the hours of joy he brought to us with his vivid screen presence, but for the great human that he was. The world is a lesser place for his passing, and I will profoundly miss him."

Ron Howard released his statement to THR:

"Unlike the Twisters he famously chased in the movies, Bill Paxton was the kind of force of nature you ran toward and never away from. He energized every situation with his humor, his intelligence and his appreciation of the moment he was inhabiting and the people he was inhabiting it with.
"He had charm and an admirable joie de vivre — Texas-style. He was both down-home and a serious fine-art enthusiast and collector. Bill was playful — yet dutiful — in his work as an actor, and likewise capable of being a strong and serious leader when directing a challenging scene on a movie set. 
"He loved adventure, and no one was happier than Bill when we were filming our zero-G scenes for Apollo 13 out over the Gulf of Mexico in NASA's KC-135, nicknamed The Vomit Comet. For the record, Bill never lost his lunch through all those weightless scenes. But when a floating camera operator shooting a close up of Bill got sick and projectiled, Bill floated over to me at my director's monitor wearing an unimaginably huge grin and said, "You gotta see this, Ron. I got puke in my hair, man! Cool!"
"He knew production time on the plane was precious, so within seconds he had toweled off his head and was 100 percent focused on the next take and his job playing an astronaut who was giving his all to help his compatriots survive and get home. 
"Bill will be agonizingly missed by friends and fans alike."

These two gentleman obviously had a great love for the actor and knew him in a way that none of us ever did. It's nice to learn that Paxton was such a great guy from the people that knew him best. 

Paxton left behind a legacy of awesome film and TV projects that we can always revisit.  He also completed his work on the upcoming TV series Training Day, so we'll also get to see him in that, which I'm looking forward to. 

X-23’s Foot Claws Shown in Recent Promo for LOGAN

X-23 showed her foot claws in an over the weekend promo for Logan! In the comics, those feet claws have come in handy more than a couple times for the mutant, so I'm sure we'll see her put them to good use here as well. 

So, I know this is a movie and all that, but how is Logan going to explain how an adamantium infused mutant is able to continue to develop and grow into an adult when her bones are stunted inside the metal? Maybe I'm reading too much into things, but now that I've thought about it it's going to bug me if X-23 turns into an adult mutant down the road. Logan opens this Friday!

First Image of Kurt Russell as Ego the Living Planet in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

This Tuesday Marvel is set to release the new trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 during Jimmy Kimmel Live. I believe we'll get our first footage of Kurt Russell's Ego the Living Planet in action in that trailer, but before we do, we have a leaked promotional image that has hit the internet, giving us our first real look at Russell in the role. I included the photo in a tweet I came across, which you can check out below. I'm surprised that Marvel was able to keep Russell's look in the film a secret for as long as they did. 

I don't know about you, but Ego looks like the ultimate space cowboy in his human form. He looks like the Wyatt Earp of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! There's no doubt that Russell is going to steal every scene that he's a part of in this movie. Check out his look below and let us know what you think of it!

Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.

The James Gunn-directed film stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, Pom Klementieff, and Elizabeth Debicki.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be released in theaters on May 5, 2017.

Lightning McQueen Faces His Greatest Challenge Yet in New CARS 3 Trailer


Disney has released a new trailer for Pixar's Cars 3 in which we see Lightning McQueen face his greatest challenge yet when he gets into a major accident. This accident will change him forever, but it sets him on a journey to make a major comeback,. In the process, he'll be going up against more speed, more horsepower, and more of everything with the next generation of race cars he'll face. 

Cars 3 actually looks like it could be a decent movie. I've never been a big fan of the Cars franchise, but this could end up being the best film in the series. I'm actually looking forward to seeing it, and I've never said that about a Cars movie before.

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage!

Cars 3 will race into theaters on June 16, 2017.

Marvel Comics Teases an Insane Looking Hulk and Wolverine Hybrid


Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alenso recently shared an image on Twitter showing two scientists working on a hybrid creature that mashes together The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine. It’s called “Batch H.” As you can see, the Hulk figure has adamantium claws coming out of his hands! This thing is going to be ferociously deadly! The image came with the following caption:

“Under Construction”

This wouldn’t be the first time scientists have massed around with Wolverine’s DNA. Remember, that how X-23 came to be. I also believe that Wolverine transformed himself into a Hulk character in the Secret Wars spinoff miniseries Civil War, but it wasn’t like this. This new combination of Wolverine and the Hulk is a completely different beast! 

There’s no information on how this will fit in with the current continuity of the Marvel Comics Universe, especially because the Logan version of Wolverine is dead and Bruce Banner cured himself of Hulking out. While we wait to see how this all comes about and what this actually means, speculate away in the comments below!

Why NIGHTWING Will Make a Great Movie According to Director Chris McKay

Last week we got the exciting and surprising announcement that The LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay will helm a solo Nightwing movie for DC Entertainment. 

As a huge fan of how The LEGO Batman Movie turned out, I couldn't be more excited that he's taking on the challenge of developing Nightwing. I'm confident that the guy is going to give us something great!

McKay recently was a guest on the Shanlian on Batman podcast, and when he was talking to them he revealed why he likes the idea of making a movie about Nightwing. He seems pretty excited about it! He said:

“Bruce Wayne in my mind came from privilege and I think that’s why he’s more dour and angry. He’s self-made as far as his becoming all of these cool things we like him for… Dick Grayson didn’t come from that. Dick Grayson came from a circus family. Essentially people who aren’t rich and they are self-made. They’re entertainers. They’re gymnasts. They’re people who live hand-to-mouth and that’s something that informs him and his attitude… he’s a fascinating guy to me, because he had all the same things happen to him. He’s got some of the same negatives as Bruce Wayne and then from a society standpoint — obviously he was adopted into Bruce Wayne’s life… but he didn’t start that way. He’s this guy who has all these negatives and then even more negatives and yet he remains… Those are things why I like Dick Grayson, why I like the idea of Nightwing as a movie.”

As many of you already know, Grayson spent many years fighting alongside Batman as his sidekick Robin. He eventually felt like he needed to leave the nest and became the hero Nightwing.

McKay already got to play around with the character a bit in The LEGO Batman Movie. It was great, but this film is going to be a whole new vision of the character that is going to have to fit in with the current DCEU.

The Nightwing movie joins a growing roster of DCEU films that include the upcoming Wonder Woman, Justice League, Aquaman, Suicide Squad 2, Gotham City Sirens, Cyborg, Green Lantern Corps., The Flash, and Shazam.

Via: ScreenRant