Don’t worry. We’ll keep it spoiler-free until after the jump. This poll question is for the people who helped make X-Men Origins: Wolverine the weekend’s No. 1 movie with an estimated $87 million. And it’s not, "Did the person sitting beside you elbow you when Hugh Jackman first appeared shirtless?" Though you’re right: I wouldn’t put it past me either…
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Charlie from Lost — excuse me, Dominic Monaghan from X Men Origins: Wolverine stops by The Soup tonight. If he doesn’t want to get badgered by Lost inquiries, maybe he shouldn’t go around wearing adorable, somewhat Dharma-y tees!
Seriously, when is Mankini going to win an Emmy?
The summer movie season is just around the corner, with X-Men Origins: Wolverine opening this Friday and Star Trek hitting theaters next week. But which of these heavily anticipated tentpoles will see more green at the box office? Two weeks ago, everyone’s money would have been on Wolverine. Tracking data projected that the Hugh Jackman movie would open to around $100 million, while Star Trek was eyeing just half that, due to an apparent lack of interest from teens and females. But the reviews are starting to trickle in, and so far the notices haven’t been too encouraging for Wolverine, leading me to believe that it could quickly fizzle after everyone sees it this weekend. Star Trek, on the other hand, seems to be building momentum — the sci-fi reboot hasn’t received a single negative review so far.
Which is why I’m starting to think that Star Trek could be the bigger hit. To me, Wolverine projects a recycled vibe, as if the previous X-Men movies were plopped in a blender and then left out for too long. I say this as someone who enjoyed all three of the previous entries; in particular, X2: X-Men United surprised me with its thoughtful parallels to social minorities. But judging from the advertisements and initial buzz, I fear that Wolverine will have no new tricks up its sleeve. Star Trek, by comparison, seems composed of brand-new parts, and I’m intrigued that it’s shaping up to be such a departure from the previous Trek model. Thus, even if Wolverine scores the larger opening, Star Trek‘s aura of novelty is why I’m predicting it will ultimately equal (if not surpass) that hairy mutant’s tally.
Hmm, PopWatchers? Could Star Trek confound the box office trackers and overtake Wolverine? Which movie are you more excited to see? Or is there another summer blockbuster that’ll make mincemeat out of both Wolverine and Star Trek? Michael Bay, you’re not allowed to answer that question.
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It’s hard out there for a short, Canadian, nigh-invulnerable mutant superhero. First, pirates leak your movie all over the Internets, letting geeks of all stripes take a gander without your special-effects bloomers on. Then the swine flu forces your studio to cancel your Mexico City premiere, dramatically reducing…well, probably not much at all. Why is all this crap happening to X-Men Origins: Wolverine?
Because Wolverine can take it. Because he’s got bones of crazy-hard metal and the heart of a genetically modified lion. Because he’s the best at what he does, and what he does isn’t very nice. Because he’s got a hairdo that only he can pull off. Because, even though he’s only five-foot-nothing in the comics, he’s played by the 6′ 2" Hugh Jackman on the big screen. Because swine flu is something he puts on toast. Because he calls people "bub."
Don’t you worry about Wolverine. Unless he shows up at your door…flanked by pirates carrying swine flu bagels.
More on ‘Wolverine’:
Movie Preview: ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’
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‘Wolverine’ leak: Fox issues a statement vowing to prosecute
‘Wolverine’ leak: Hollywood’s mixed response
So it leaked online. Big deal. Any real Wolverine fan will still want to see the movie in theaters. In fact, quite a few fans are currently duking it out to bring the movie’s glitzy premiere to their hometown thanks to a contest on the movie’s official website. Aside from a few logistical problems (How can a small town of 1,200 possibly win when NYC has approximately that many people in line at every Starbucks?), we think it sounds like a cool grass-roots marketing idea. And we’ve already come up with a few nominees of our own:
Bonesteel, South Dakota
Okay, so Wolverine’s unbreakable bones are coated with adamantium, not steel. But until I get some support for my proposal to rename my hometown Adamantium"(or just "Adam" for short), this is about as close as we’re gonna get.
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Home of U Mich’s Wolverines. Fox wouldn’t even have to print out new banners or anything.
A nice way to honor Wolvie’s Canuck heritage without actually moving the premiere up north.
North Salem, New York
Home to the (sadly) fictional X-Mansion, where Professor Xavier trainsyoung mutants to control their powers. Words cannot express the grief Ifelt upon learning that there weren’t any pamphlets for "Xaviers Schoolfor Gifted Youngsters" at my high school’s guidance center. I’m sure many ofyou can relate.
Ok, PopWatchers: Where do you think the premiere should be held?
The final trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine landed today, and maybe I’m still recovering from yesterday’s Public Enemies trailer because…this just didn’t do it for me. I mean, yes, lots of things blow up, and Hugh Jackman does have luscious muscles, but now I’m worried.
Is it wrong that, upon seeing the trailer for this X-Men prequel exploring Logan’s origins, the first thing I thought was, "Is that facial hair real, or is it makeup?" The second thing was, "How come Wolverine spends so much time crouching, with his arms extended as if he could flap his arms and take off?"
The third thing was, "Stop picking nits, you idiot. Look, there’s all kinds of explosions and fights and adamantium claws digging into the asphalt and baby Ororo Munroe (a.k.a., Storm) and Liev Schreiber’s Sabretooth running on all fours and Gambit and Deadpool and, yes, it tickles all of my geek erogenous zones and we are totally there because it’s gotta be better than Punisher: War Zone and we saw that one opening weekend."
(Yes, I talk to myself in the Imperial third person. It amuses us.)
What about you? Are you onboard for the Sexiest Man Alive’s fourth stab at Wolverine? Or have you already had your fill of wacky beards and bulging pecs?
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I’m a huge fan of the X-Men movie franchise — well, at least the first two Bryan Singer-directed flicks — but not so much of The CW’s icky Gossip Girl (I know, blasphemy alert). And that’s why I’m more than a little perturbed by the news that Josh Schwartz (exec producer of GG, as well as The O.C. and Chuck) will be writing (and possibly directing) the fourth installment of the film franchise, X-Men: First Class, with plans to "inject a next-gen sensibility into the superhero series," according to Variety.
My colleague Jeff Jensen informs me that "X-Men: First Class is the name of a best-selling 2007 X-Men mini-series imagining the very early adventures of Professor Xavier’s first group of mutant students: Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel, and The Beast." But I just worry Schwartz might be more interested in outfitting these heroes in Prada capes and imagining them (under-aged-ly) sipping martinis at oak-lined hotel bars than in exploring how they’ll navigate the treacherous territory of what it means to be a mutant teenager kicking ass in an unforgiving world. I mean, even those of you obsessed with the comings and goings of such mythical creatures as a Blair Waldorf or a Nate Archibald can’t tell me you’d want to see the fearsome Jean Grey (played by the fabulous Famke Janssen) pushed aside in favor of, say, Platform, a character who sports a variety of precariously crafted shoes ("Ohmigod, I’m gonna betchslap you, J.G.!"), or (Lord help us) Smoking Jacket, a dude who shoots fire from beneath his array of vintage velvet sports coats.
Then again, perhaps my passage from the advertiser-coveted 18-34 demographic renders completely irrelevant my take on the marriage of Schwartz and X-Men. I just hope Fox doesn’t forget the franchise has already raked in $1.2 billion worldwide, despite starring a couple of oldie olsens in Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart. What’s your take, PopWatchers?
More on ‘X-Men,’ ‘Gossip Girl,’ Josh Schwartz, and comic-book adaptations:
EW’s ‘X-Men’ Headquarters
‘Gossip Girl’: Four Rumors — and the Reality (an EW cover story!)
Gillian Flynn’s EW review of Josh Schwartz’s ‘Chuck’
‘Gossip Girl’: Season 1′s Best and Worst
Comic-Con: Wolverine’s Hugh Jackman steals the show at Fox’s movie panel
Which young actor should be cast as ‘Magneto’?
‘Watchmen’ Posters: Snap Judgments
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They liked Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connolly (from The Day the Earth Stood Still). They loved Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis (from Max Payne). But the Comic-Con fans went absolutely berserk over the surprise appearance by Hugh Jackman, here to promote next year’s Wolverine.
Jackman’s theater background certainly came in handy as the Aussie actor with the fabulous biceps commanded the 6,000-seat Hall H. (He even jumped off the stage to personally shake the hand of Len Wein, the comic-book creator of his adamantium-clawed character). The cobbled-together footage from Wolverine is nothing like what we’ll see when the movie premieres in nine months, said Jackman. But that didn’t blunt audience enthusiasm for clips of Jackman, Leiv Schreiber, and Friday Night Lights hottie Taylor Kitsch, who plays Gambit. Given next summer’s light tentpole line-up and today’s reaction, it looks like Wolverine is poised to be a massive hit.
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So X-Men Origins: Wolverine, starring Hugh Jackman (and possibly Liev Schreiber as a younger version of Brian Cox’s William Stryker), will hit theaters May 1, 2009. Three questions:
1) When do you allow yourself to get excited?
2) What advice would you like to give director Gavin Hood (Rendition) before shooting begins later this year?, and
3) Are the Heroes: Origins people pissed that Wolvie stole their, um, Origins?
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