James Mangold

March 31, 2014 | 10:31 a.m.

Hugh Jackman tackles ‘Wolverine: The Musical’ in BBC radio spoof

Hugh Jackman is set to return to the big screen as his comic book alter-ego Wolverine in May’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” but over the weekend, the actor tackled the character from a different, more musical, angle. In an appearance on a BBC radio program, Jackman gamely belted out a new set of lyrics to the song “Who Am I?” from the musical “Les Miserables” — the Australian actor was nominated for an Oscar for his turn as Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper’s cinematic adaptation of the long-running production. (Jackman, of course, is an accomplished song and dance man who is preparing to return for the fourth time as host of the upcoming Tony Awards in June.) The roughly two-minute spoof centered on the conflict between Jackman’s identity as the mutant superhero and his own true self. There is […]
Dec. 02, 2013 | 4:36 p.m.

‘The Wolverine’ Blu-ray: Hugh Jackman, James Mangold talk Japan [Video]

“The Wolverine,” the most recent X-Men film starring Hugh Jackman as the troubled antihero, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD this week, a prelude to Jackman’s next turn as the character in May’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and a new stand-alone sequel announced last month. Released this past summer, “The Wolverine” marked a special moment for the Australian actor, who said he first read the landmark 1980 comic book by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that inspired the film when he was shooting Bryan Singer’s original “X-Men.” Jackman said he was  struck back then by the moody, introspective qualities of the saga and the nuanced portrait it offered of Logan and his exploits in Japan. “The guy who is the outsider, emblematic in a way of anti-authority, anti-tradition, anti-honor, anti-code, is in Japan with all these samurai and ninjas,” Jackman […]
Nov. 05, 2013 | 8:48 a.m.

‘Wolverine 2′: Hugh Jackman, James Mangold reunite for Logan sequel

Hugh Jackman is ready for another solo outing as Wolverine. Word came Tuesday that “The Wolverine” director James Mangold is in negotiations to write a treatment for Fox for a sequel to this summer’s “The Wolverine,” which saw Jackman’s lethal mutant travel to Japan. The story line for the sequel is being kept under wraps for the time being, but “X-Men” veteran Lauren Shuler Donner will produce the film. In an interview with Hero Complex this year, Jackman said he first read the landmark 1980 comic book by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller that inspired “The Wolverine” when he was shooting Bryan Singer’s original “X-Men,” and was immediately struck by the moody, introspective qualities of the saga and the nuanced portrait it offered of its angry, violent anti-hero and his exploits in Japan. “The guy who is the outsider, emblematic […]
July 25, 2013 | 5:01 p.m.

‘Wolverine’: James Mangold on Hugh Jackman’s outsider with a heart

With “The Wolverine,” Hugh Jackman reprises his role as the rage-fueled Logan, though with this latest stand-alone film, director James Mangold partnered with the actor to create a more intimate portrait of the gruff mutant at the center of the “X-Men” universe. The filmmaker recently spoke to Hero Complex about his long-running friendship with Jackman and how that helped fuel their rapport on the “Wolverine” set, how he took inspiration from films like “The Outlaw Josey Wales” and “The French Connection” and whether he’d be interested in tackling another comic-book-inspired project in the future. HC: You must be thrilled that the film has generated so much early positive buzz. JM: What I’m very gratified by is that people seem to be getting what we set out to do. When you do something different — obviously this is a comic book […]
July 24, 2013 | 3:16 p.m.

‘Wolverine’: Hugh Jackman had ‘more fun than ever’ on new film [video]

How did Hugh Jackman feel returning to the character of Logan for “The Wolverine”? “I had more fun than ever,” Jackman said, sitting down at San Diego’s Comic-Con International for an interview with Hero Complex. “I don’t know what it is, maybe being a little older helps playing a character who is two or three hundred years old.” In the new film opening in theaters Friday, Jackman and director James Mangold (“3:10 to Yuma,” “Walk the Line”) adapt Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s revered 1980s comic book. Logan’s latest screen adventure sees him travel to Japan only to find himself embroiled in intrigue and falling in love with a beautiful heiress (Tao Okamoto) even as he’s wrestling with his grief over the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen). Jackman was one of the biggest stars to appear at Comic-Con this […]
July 16, 2013 | 4:47 p.m.

‘Wolverine’ star Hugh Jackman on Logan’s explosiveness, restraint

Hugh Jackman in "The Wolverine." (20th Century Fox)
For Hugh Jackman, “The Wolverine” has been 13 years coming. The Oscar-nominated Australian actor first discovered Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s landmark comic book exploring Logan’s past when he was shooting Bryan Singer’s 2000 mutant movie “X-Men.” Immediately, he was struck by the moody, introspective qualities of the saga and the nuanced portrait it offered of its angry, violent antihero. Now, two “X” sequels, a prequel and a spinoff movie later, the story of Logan struggling with his animal instincts while abroad in Japan is finally heading to theaters. “The Wolverine” will open July 26, with Jackman’s “Kate and Leopold” director James Mangold at the helm. Mangold is perhaps best known for films such as “Cop Land,” “3:10 to Yuma” and “Walk the Line,” not standard comic book fare. But with “The Wolverine” functioning neither as an origin story nor […]
July 12, 2013 | 5:20 a.m.

‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Divergent’: The new wave of strong female-led sci-fi

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Katniss Everdeen never intended to become an icon for a struggling people. Yet the scrappy, resourceful heroine at the heart of Suzanne Collins’ bestselling “The Hunger Games” trilogy, with her signature braid, incomparable archery skills and defiant spirit, became a rare sort of pop-culture touch point precisely because she came to be embraced by a sometimes lost, sometimes achingly restless tribe: adolescents. But the wily teen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who trades places with her sister only to emerge as the unlikely victor in a battle to the death, didn’t only inspire Collins’ readers and the filmgoers who turned up for Gary Ross’ 2012 movie adaptation of “The Hunger Games” to the tune of $408 million. Her success has also helped fuel a continuing, voracious appetite in Hollywood for sci-fi inflected tales featuring young women in empowered roles. “I’m a […]
April 25, 2013 | 6:00 p.m.

‘The Wolverine’: Hugh Jackman sensitive, shirtless in ‘X-Men’ role

Hugh Jackman in "The Wolverine." (20th Century Fox)
With films such as “Cop Land,” “3:10 to Yuma” and “Walk the Line,” director James Mangold has delivered gritty portraits of flawed heroes struggling to overcome their baser natures. He’s at it again with his next film, only this time the good guy isn’t a police officer, an old West lawman or Johnny Cash — he’s an immortal mutant with adamantium claws and a bad attitude. Opening July 26, “The Wolverine” features Hugh Jackman returning to his famed “X-Men” role in a more contemplative fashion. In it, Logan travels to Japan to bid farewell to a dying acquaintance only to find himself protecting the life of an heiress, even as he struggles to come to terms with the tragic events of his past. “What’s very much at play is this sense of a guy who’s figuring himself out and who’s […]
March 27, 2013 | 11:35 a.m.

‘Wolverine’ trailer: Wolverine grapples with his mortality

A screen grab from a new trailer for "The Wolverine"  released Wednesday. (YouTube)
Has Wolverine found his kryptonite? And how will the rage-filled mutant who can heal from virtually any wound deal with the possibility of his own mortality? These are a few of the questions that a new trailer for “The Wolverine” raises. “The Wolverine” trailer, released Wednesday morning, opens with beautiful and deadly Japanese ninja Yukio (Rila Fukushima) confessing to Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine that she has been searching for him for more than a year. They get on a plane to Japan, where a very rich and sickly man has a gift for Wolverine. During World War II, Wolverine saved this man’s life by shielding him from a nuclear blast. Now it’s time to repay the debt. “I didn’t send for you only to thank you, Logan,” the man says, reclining on a bed made of thick metal pins. “I want […]
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