The Evolution of Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine

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With Logan already out in the cinemas there is no better time to talk about the man who’s made Wolverine possible on the big screen all these years.
Hugh Jackman is one of the best things to ever happen to the world of cinematic viewing experience; for 17 years he has been the face of one of the most popular comic-book movie franchise, but just like everything that has a beginning the end has come for his reign as Logan (The Wolverine).

We are going to briefly go through Logan’s role in all the movies of the Xmen franchise, and quietly analyse his (Hugh Jackman’s) contribution towards making the installments of the franchise memorable for fans and also profitable for 20th Century Fox (the studio behind the Xmen movies).

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1. Xmen (2000)

It won’t be wrong to say Logan was the bedrock of this movie; his relationship with Rogue was the main stay of the very first entry into the franchise. This movie helped establish Hugh Jackman the Australian by birth a somewhat good choice to play Logan the Canadian by character.

2. Xmen: United (2003)

This movie confirmed Director Bryan Singer’s decision to cast Hugh Jackman. Hugh owned the role of this movie, and as usual the plot needed him to make it work because this movie focused more on how Logan became the Wolverine through experimentation by William Stryker.

3. Xmen: Last Stand (2006)

Considered the weakest link of the original trilogy, this was still a good watch, and it needed Hugh Jackman as Logan to work. His complicated relationship with Jean Grey is what saw the story come to an end.

4. Xmen Origins: Wolverine (2009)

Considered the worst film of the franchise (which I concur) this movie was supposed to be the launch pad of Fox’s idea to take the most popular of the Xmen into an anthology world of their own spin-offs. The movie flopped in the eyes of critics and viewers, it was so bad that it delayed Ryan Reynold’s launch of Deadpool for almost a decade.

5. Xmen: First Class (2011)

This was the salvation Fox hoped for. And it worked. The Xmen franchise was soft rebooted, and most of the core characters recast with younger versions of themselves, but none could be gotten to replace to indispensable Hugh Jackman. Hugh Jackman had a small appearance as Logan, which is memorable for the reply phrase, ‘F*uck off!’

6. The Wolverine (2013)

Another solo movie outing, only this time it was done right. Logan was the sole center of this entertaining movie.

7. Xmen: Days of Future Past (2014)

This movie is one of the best of the franchise, it brought casts of the original trilogy and newer casts together in a compelling story, and as usual, Logan was the one to hold the story together. Logan’s regenerative factor was used as the basis to send his consciousness back years in time to help avert a dangerous future.

8. Deadpool (2016)

The only appearance Logan made here was when Deadpool made a caricature drawing of the man with an adamantium claw. Ha Ha!!

9. Xmen: Apocalypse (2016)

Truthfully, Logan didn’t have much to do here, but the producers just had to provide both fan service and set up future movies, so they had to fit him in.

10. Logan (2017)

The last and latest movie of Hugh Jackman as Logan. This movie will be an emotional roller-coaster, and will prove just how much he will be missed. It is up to Fox to decide how the character will be continued, or how the series will progress without him.

 

No doubt Hugh Jackman will be missed in this role, whoever is taking over has a huge hole to fill. The news going round from Logan’s early preview is that the movie is very much worth the hype. This is Hugh Jackman’s swansong, best to go when the ovation is at the loudest.

 

Logan is out in cinemas already, and will be reviewed in RR as soon as possible.

The Flash debuts a new speedster

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The Flash S03 E14 unveiled a new speedster, the one of Earth 19.

Here’s the first look at the speedster comic book lovers will recognize as The Accelerated man.

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Who is Accelerated Man?

He is the Flash of Earth 19, the earth that houses Gypsy (the female with Cisco like powers). As a speedster he is expected to have powers associated with speedsters (speed, accelerated healing, connection to the speed force, etc.) We don’t know about this character yet being that he had just about 5 awesome seconds of  screen time. I really like the characterization of his speed, if you re-watch the clip off the episode take time to notice how he fled after being addressed by Gypsy… it was awesome!

Accelerated man is the 9th speedster to be introduced into The Flash TV series, I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing more of him very soon.

 

TV Shows of March 2017

Two series premiere this March,

What would life be like if there were no long episode serial shows to either binge-watch or follow religiously every week?

Iron Fist and The Originals come to our screen this month.

1. Iron Fist (Mar. 17)

Network: Netflix

Season: 1

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The last long awaited Defender is ready to join his siblings in their shared Marvel TV Netflix corner of the MCU. Danny Rand, the heir to Rand Enterprise returns after years away learning martial arts to take over his father’s company and safe his city. Much more of the plot will be learnt after binge-watching after its release.

 

2. The Originals (Mar. 17)

Network: The CW

Season: 4

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After a long wait, and shift from the usual premiere date of October alongside its parent series, The Originals is making a comeback to our screens. Last we left the city of New Orleans our miscreant Original Vampires were seemingly defeated at the hands of an all powerful Marcel, the invisible Klaus had been rolled over and subdued with Papa Tunde’s blade, while the rest of the Originals (Elijah, Freya, and Rebekah) were induced in a magical coma inside Klaus’ head pending when Hayley finds a way for all of them to be together in the real world again. Judging from the promo trailers, Hayley has been busy and we can’t wait to see exactly what she’s been up to. I caught glimpse of her morphing into a full wolf… awesome! Click here to watch the season 4 promo trailer if you haven’t.

Movies of March 2017

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It’s a new month, and that means new movies, TV series, and so much camera actions.

In usual RR’s tradition, this is a clip off the bud of the larger anticipated movie calendar of the year 2017. Click here for the full list.

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1. First off the month of March, is Logan (Mar. 3) *

The highly anticipated Logan is reportedly Hugh Jackman’s last outing as the man with the adamantium claw, meaning it will be an emotional movie, especially during its last ten minutes (usually for farewell and speeches). Critics who have already viewed this movie have certified it fresh and fit for public consumption and enjoyment.

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2. Next is the movie that’ll serve as a reboot to the strength of an ape, Kong: Skull Island (Mar 10) *

This fantasy movie has promised to be very entertaining thanks to its many trailers we’ve viewed.

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3. Beauty and the Beast (Mar. 17) *

In 1991, Disney ruled the box-office world with the release of an animation with this titled; now they are set to do it again, this time by bringing the household characters to life.

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4. Power Rangers (Mar. 20) *

Go go, Power Rangers! This is one phrase a lot of us grew up hearing almost everyday; the Power Rangers are returning, and this time with the awesomeness that a 2017 movie can offer, awesome graphics of morphing, flights, and slashes.

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5. Ghost in the Shell (Mar. 31)

The Scarlet Johnson led movie is set to be released. Promo pictures and snippets I’ve seen raised my interest in this movie a little.

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(*) movies are movies I really anticipate.

TV Review: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. S04 E15

Instead of one simple story, AoS this season decided to go with a story spread over three pods (portions). It started with the introduction of the Ghostrider and the Darkholme, then the Life Model Decoys (LMDs), and now into the final pod, the Framework. This strategy has worked very well as AoS is at its strongest in terms of storytelling since its premiere in 2013; I like particularly how well the story-line has been progressive in terms of direction.

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The episode picked up almost the same place it left last week, Jemma and Fitz realize all their friends just returned from the battle at The Superiors submarine have been replaced by LMDs; as expected, they panic, and have to keep up the front to avoid exposing the only card they have – that they are in the know. AoS brought out thorough acting, one of the best of  Iain De Caestecker (Fitz) and Elizabeth Hendridge (Jemma Simmons), who were extremely wonderful in their interaction in this episode, and here’s why.

Between Fitz and Jemma, one’s a Life Model Decoy (LMD).

It took me a while to figure out whom. I know this praise should go to the Writers and Director who beautifully shielded this information within the whole accusation thing, but these actors brought the action to life, and it was very believable. Whoever has been following Fitz and Jemma’s love story since season 1 understands perfectly how much these duo love themselves.

Jemima and Daisy had to work together to evade the LMDs to get to safe grounds with a few other agents they were able to convince about what was really going on.

LMD-May was also brought back into commission this episode. Her programming had made her more human-like, softer than the real May, but I came to love her in this episode as well. LMD-May sacrificed herself to destroy LMD-Coulson so that Daisy and her team could escape from LMD-Fitz and LMD-Mace. Once in safe grounds, Daisy and Jemima with the help of Agent YoYo plugged themselves into Aida’s framework, yo go save their friends.

Talking about Aida, she killed her creator, Dr. Radcliffe, because her topmost priority to protect the Framework supersedes the need to protect his life, as he’s the greatest threat to the Framework. She plugged his dying body into the framework to preserve his consciousness.

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Inside the Framework we got a glimpse the many changes to the world we’ve grown accustomed to; Daisy is in a relationship with Grant Ward, May is at the Treskelion headed by Hydra, Jemma is supposedly dead, Fitz is a rich mogul, amongst other changes we don’t yet know about. With this new world AoS has built, it has the ability to tell any story with practically any character, living or dead, even with characters from the larger MCU.

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AoS returns in six weeks time, with an all  new action-packed episode, and answers to all our burning questions.

Let me know what you think in the comment box.

Full List of Oscar Award Winners 2017.

The 89th Academy Award has finally gone, and it is not without its own fair share of controversy, hopes dashed, surprise winners, not surprising winners, and so much more.

The movie with the most nominations, surprise-hit musical-drama La La Land, did well enough for itself, among other expected big wins.

The Oscars serve as the near-wrap of award seasons, and this years event of Sunday, 26th of February 2017 did a lot to make the award ceremony memorable.

Here are the Oscar winners in the order presented:

 

BEST PICTURE

  • Arrival 
  • Fences 
  • Hacksaw Ridge 
  • Hell or High Water 
  • Hidden Figures 
  • La La Land 
  • Lion 
  • Manchester by the Sea 
  • WINNER: Moonlight

Moonlight marks the first Best Picture Oscar win for a feature-length film written and directed by Barry Jenkins.

 

BEST DIRECTOR

  • Denis Villeneuve, Arrival
  • Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge
  • WINNER: Damien Chazelle, La La Land
  • Kenneth Lonergan, Manchester by the Sea
  • Barry Jenkins, Moonlight

La La Land marks Damien Chazelle’s first win in the Best Director Oscar category. The film is Chazelle’s third feature-length directorial effort, following the Oscar-winning Whiplash (which Chazelle also received a Best Director Oscar nod for) and Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.

 

BEST ACTOR

  • WINNER: Casey Affleck, Manchester by the Sea
  • Andrew Garfield, Hacksaw Ridge
  • Ryan Gosling, La La Land
  • Viggo Mortensen, Captain Fantastic
  • Denzel Washington, Fences

Manchester by the Sea marks Casey Affleck’s first win in the Best Actor Oscar category. He was previously nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.

 

BEST ACTRESS

  • Isabelle Huppert, Elle
  • Ruth Negga, Loving
  • Natalie Portman, Jackie
  • WINNER: Emma Stone, La La Land
  • Meryl Streep, Florence Foster Jenkins

La La Land marks Emma Stone’s first win for a Best Actress Oscar. She was previously nominated for a Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Birdman (or, The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

  • Arrival 
  • Fences 
  • Hidden Figures 
  • Lion 
  • WINNER: Moonlight

Moonlight marks the first screenwriting Oscar win for both Barry Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney. The film is based on the play “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue”, by McCraney.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

  • La La Land 
  • Hell or High Water 
  • The Lobster 
  • WINNER: Manchester by the Sea 
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Manchester by the Sea marks the first Oscar win (for screenwriting) for Kenneth Lonergan. He was previously nominated for his script work on You Can Count on Me and Gangs of New York.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

  • WINNER: Mahershala Ali, Moonlight
  • Jeff Bridges, Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges, Manchester by the Sea
  • Dev Patel, Lion
  • Michael Shannon, Nocturnal Animals

Mahershala Ali was the front-runner in this category heading into Oscar night. He also won for his role in Moonlight at such events as the Film Independent Spirit Awards and appeared in Moonlight‘s fellow Best Picture Oscar nominee this year, Hidden Figures.

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

  • Nicole Kidman, Lion
  • WINNER: Viola Davis, Fences
  • Naomie Harris, Moonlight
  • Octavia Spencer, Hidden Figures
  • Michelle Williams, Manchester by the Sea

Viola Davis was nominated for the Supporting Actress Oscar (for Doubt) and Leading Actress Oscar (for The Help), prior to her nomination and win for Fences.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG

  • “Audition (The Fools Who Dream)”, La La Land
  • “Can’t Stop the Feeling”, Trolls
  • WINNER: “City of Stars”, La La Land
  • “The Empty Chair”, Jim
  • “How Fair I’ll Go”, Moana

La La Land marks the first Best Song Oscar win for Justin Hurwitz (as well as his second Oscar victory after his Best Score win), and the first Oscar victory for lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE

  • WINNER: Zootopia 
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  •  Moana 
  • My Life as a Zucchini 
  • The Red Turtle

Walt Disney Animation Studios recently won the Best Animated Feature Oscar for Frozen and Big Hero 6, prior to Zootopia‘s victory this year.

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

  • Jackie 
  • WINNER: La La Land 
  • Lion 
  • Moonlight 
  • Passengers

La La Land is the first Best Score Oscar win for Justin Hurwitz. He previously collaborated with La La Land writer/director Damien Chazelle on his previous feature-length directorial efforts, Whiplash and Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench.

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

  • Arrival
  • WINNER: La La Land
  • Lion
  • Moonlight
  • Silence

La La Land marks the first Oscar win for Cinematography for Linus Sandgren. He has previously collaborated with such filmmakers as David O. Russell (on American Hustle and Joy) and Gus Van Sant (Promised Land), respectively.

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

  • Allied 
  • WINNER: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Florence Foster Jenkins
  • Jackie 
  • La La Land

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them costume designer Colleen Atwood has now won four Oscars, including her previous wins for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, as well as Rob Marshall’s Memoirs of a Geisha and Chicago.

 

BEST SOUND EDITING

  • WINNER: Arrival
  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Sully

Arrival marks the first Oscar victory for Sylvain Bellemare, who previously collaborated with director Denis Villeneuve on his 2010 film, Incendies.

 

BEST SOUND MIXING

  • Arrival
  • WINNER Hacksaw Ridge
  • La La Land
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
  • 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

Hacksaw Ridge is the first Oscar victory for the film’s four-man sound mixing team, including Kevin O’Connell, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie and Peter Grace.

 

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

  • A Man Called Ove
  • Star Trek Beyond
  • WINNER: Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad is the first Oscar victory for its three makeup artists: Alessandro Bertolazzi, Giorgio Gregorini and Christopher Allen Nelson.

 

BEST LIVE-ACTION SHORT

  • “Ennemis Interieurs” “
  • Le Femme et le TGV”
  • “Silent Nights”
  • WINNER: “Sing”
  • “Timecode”

BEST ANIMATED SHORT

  • Pearl
  • Pear and Cider Cigarettes
  • WINNER: Piper
  • Blind Vaysha
  • Borrowed Time

Piper is but the latest short from Pixar Animation to win the Oscar, following in the footsteps of such previous Pixar titles as For the Birds, Geri’s Game and Tin Toy.

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

  • Deepwater Horizon
  • Doctor Strange
  • WINNER: The Jungle Book
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

The Jungle Book marks the third Visual Effects Oscar win for Robert Legato, the second for Adam Valdez and Andrew R. Jones, and the first for Dan Lemmon.

 

BEST FILM EDITING

  • La La Land
  • Moonlight
  • WINNER: Hacksaw Ridge
  • Arrival
  • Hell or High Water

Hacksaw Ridge editor John Gilbert previously served as an editor on such movies as The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and Bridge to Terabithia. This marks his first Oscar win for editing on a feature-length film.

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

  • Arrival 
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  •  Hail, Caesar! 
  • WINNER: La La Land 
  • Passengers

La La Land is the first Oscar win for Davis Wasco and Sandy Reynolds-Wasco. The duo have previously collaborated with Quentin Tarantino on multiple films, including Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Volume 1 & 2 and Inglourious Basterds.

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT

  • Extremis
  • 4.1 Miles
  • The Mute’s House
  • WINNER: The White Helmets
  • Watani: My Homeland

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

  • Fire at Sea 
  • I Am Not Your Negro 
  • Life Animated 
  • WINNER: OJ: Made in America 
  • 13th

OJ: Made in America is the first Oscar-win for director Ezra Edelman. He previously worked on the docu-TV series 30 for 30 and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

  • Land of Mine 
  • A Man Called Ove 
  • WINNER: The Salesman 
  • Tana 
  • Toni Erdmann

The Salesman marks the first Oscar victory for director Asghar Farhadi. He was previously nominated for helming the Best Foreign Language Oscar-nominated A Separation.

Source: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

TV Review: TVD S08 E14

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Guess who’s back?

The myth, the legend. The baddest bitch of all, she’s back. Can you try? I am excited already.

TVD S05 E15 saw us saw goodbye to a fan favorite character, and now she’s back to wreck havoc on the citizens of Mystic Falls for the remaining two episodes of the series. My beloved Katerina Petrova a.k.a. Katherine Pierce is back. Remember my article on TVD’s Hell? Click here to read it again.

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How did we get here?

Remember the weapon Damon spoke of that could actually kill the Devil? It actually worked. They killed the Devil. More appropriately, Stefan stabbed the Devil in the heart and he exploded in flames.

Cade had wanted Damon to choose between Stefan and Elena, whom he’d prefer to save. This scenario’s one I’ve always wondered what would happen should the day ever come. Everyone knows Damon loves Elena, and that he also loves his brother. It gave me chills when Damon preferred to kill himself than either of them, shows how much Damon has come as a character – from selfish to selfless.

When it was time claim his soul, Cade had to battle it out with Bonnie who wasn’t ready to say goodbye to her best friend. Truth be told, Bonnie would have lost that fight had Stefan not stepped in to Stab Cade to death. The psychic blast from Cade’s death jumped Damon’s soul back into his body.

Now, Kai had told the crew that killing Cade was going to destroy Hell with him, and that was something the team was willing to do… sacrifice all the souls there just to get rid of Cade and his claim of their loved ones souls (Stefan and Damon.) It happened Kai lied (typical Kai); killing Cade let the next in line in the hierarchy of evil to ever walk the face of the earth but now occupying Hell – Katherine – to take over, and as Kai said, she’s coming to take her revenge on them for what they did to her. PS: Kai got locked up for trying to kill Josie and Lizzie (Alaric’s daughters).

By my calculations, Katherine has been gone for 6 years (3 years between season 5 to 8, and the 3 years time jump the show made); to be next in line after Cade to a place as horrible as Hell solidifies Katherine as indeed one of the greatest villains to ever grace the TVD world. Cade has been an immortal and ruling Hell since 4,000 B.C, Katherine had a lifespan of 500+ years, and a death-span of only 6 years, I’ll say she’s done well for herself.

What does Katherine’s return mean for the living?

With only 2 episodes to go, and Elena expected in the next episode (E15), Katherine doesn’t really have much time to cause mayhem, but I am certain she’ll make her mark be felt. Stefan’s about to get married to Caroline (E15 judging by the promo), I don’t think Katherine being Katherine would let that happen since Stefan is the love of her life, a feeling jot reciprocated. Elena is billed to return and if there’s something TVD had thought us it is how much Katherine hates her doppelganger for cheating her off everything good in life, so Katherine should have fun for a little while trying to mess up Elena’s life.

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I don’t think Katherine will have a happily ever after story like Elena is expected to, something tells me she won’t be on Earth for long; so it’s either she remains the Queen-B of Hell, only momentarily coming to cause havoc on this plain, or she she is sent into the world to freely live life to her terms (least probable), or she is killed again (looks most probable), time will tell how it’ll go. Meanwhile, let me celebrate the return of my number 1 character in TVD land. This final season has been wonderful in terms of fan service and wrapping up the various story-lines, I just hope they do justice to the final episode.

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TVD returns next Friday, March 3rd, 2017 on The CW.

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