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Logan opens on March 3 and stars Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook, Stephen Merchant, and Richard E Grant. This is being billed as Jackman’s final film in the role of Logan/Wolverine in the X-Men series.

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It has been a while since we took a trip into The Pit and I can honestly say that I’ve missed writing the column. What started as a way to throw out some opinions on various news stories turned into a fun way to spotlight multiple topics without the need to do a full blown articles on any of the subjects. I can’t promise that I’ll be able to write this column daily, but I’m going to try to make it a weekly thing.

BatmanBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is getting closer and closer (the movie is only a little more than 6 months away!!!). New photos from the movie has been released online, you can check them out in a Gallery on the movie’s official website (the site also features the movie’s trailer and some other goodies).

A new rumor cropped up today via Heroic Hollywood that Warner Brothers is so trilled with Ben Affleck’s performance that they want even more Batman in the film and are working to make that happen. Personally I hope they don’t over do it. Sometimes, less is more. If the movie is working and Batman is the standout, keep it that way. Don’t try to force more of a good thing, just let it happen organically. Either way, I’ll be seeing  Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on opening night.

Wolverine

Unfortunately, Hugh Jackman is sticking to his story that Wolverine III will be his last movie as the beloved gruff X-Man. On the plus side, there is rumor has it that he has a role (or cameo) in the upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse, so while Wolverine III might be his last ride as the hero, it will not be the only movie we have to look forward to with Jackman in the role.

Another awesome rumor is that we will see the return of Victor Creed, aka Sabretooth, in the new solo Wolverine outing. Creed was played by ex-wrestler Tyler Mane in X-Men, but recast with Liev Schreiber in the prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Schreiber was easily the best part of a otherwise disappointing first Wolverine solo outing, but I’d welcome seeing him have another go at the villain. Hopefully the material in the new movie will be up to par (it better be if its the last time we’ll see Jackman as the Wolverine.

Ash in an Evil Dead Series

We are just a month and a half away from the premiere of Ash vs Evil Dead on STARZ! I can not wait to see Bruce Campbell return to the iconic role and face-off with a new crop of Deadites!

The series has a new official description: “Ash vs Evil Dead follows Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.” The show also has a new behind the scenes video, click here to watch the “First Look” for Ash vs Evil Dead.

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This will be the first of many Fan Cast columns. The Pit has asked me to do a regular series of articles and these immediately came to mind (SEE: Justice League Casting Suggestions). I love choosing casts for things I have such a vested interest in. The first one was a toss-up between my two favorite video game franchises: Mass Effect and Assassins Creed. I decided to go with the former as it’s the one I have most fun playing.

This article will deal with Mass Effect 1, the second will focus on Mass Effect 2, and the third will be Mass Effect 3. Each game introduced and retained an amazing set of characters. For those of you who do not know, the Mass Effect series is a sci-fi action RPG game set in the future. It focuses on a soldier called Commander Shepard who must save the galaxy from a race of powerful sentient machines called Reapers, who harvest the advanced races leaving the smaller races to develop as answer to chaos. It also offers a great system where your decisions influence the rest of the game. Do good things and you’ll earn paragon points, while bad things earn you renegade points. So without further ado let’s get down to casting. There will be two choices per character, one is my choice and one is the choice of a friend who is also a fan of the game.

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Commander Shepard
The choices for Shepard was a tough one as I had to consider whether I was going to go with as ME fans called them; Man-Shep or Fem-Shep. So I decided to do both. My choice for Man-Shep is Logan Marshall-Green. He was excellent in Prometheus and let’s face it, there wasn’t much in that film to like. He was also pretty good in Brooklyn’s Finest and Dark Blue. He has a cool range and I kind of like the idea of not getting a big star in the main role. It should go to someone who needs the breakout movie.

For Fem-Shep, my friend chose and I completely agree that Eliza Dushku is perfect for the role. She has played the bad ass type before and has the right look for the character. Same rules apply from Marshall-Green as in she is a big TV star, but has never had a big breakout film role. This would be perfect for her to showcase her ability.

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Gunnery Chief Ashley Williams
The character of Ashley is an interesting one  in that she starts of a tad xenophobic due to her family being a career military family who fought in the first contact war (which was when humanity found out they were not alone in the universe). As she fights alongside them she gains a new found respect for them. She is also a total badass and a very competent solider. Now if I had wrote this a week ago, I might have said somebody different, but as I just saw Edge Of Tomorrow (which I suggest you all should go see!). Emily Blunt wins this hands down for me. The character she plays is essentially Ashley- which is amazing. She kicks ass throughout the film and has a on screen presence that has only been matched in recent films by my friends choice…

Jennifer Lawrence. Like Blunt, she just oozes sex appeal along with being able to hold her own fighting with (if not) better than the boys. Her stock has really soared in the past three to four years. Her action scenes in The Hunger Games films and X-Men films are top notch, but for me the best performance she did was her Oscar winning performance in the Silver Linings Playbook. She acted everybody off the screen, which is not an easy job when you have Robert De Niro in the film. She was the standout performer. It would be excellent to see her take on another franchise.

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Staff Lieutenant Kaidan Alenko
Kaidan is a biotic which basically means he has certain powers, he is also a good solider but I have to be honest: I hate him. I really can’t stand his character. He seems like a total douche for lack of better word. He’s not all bad though he does have his moments. My choice to play him is Brandon Routh for a couple of reasons, He done a few action films and has played a few douche bag characters on TV. He also bears a striking resemblance to the character in game.

My friend went for Ben Barnes who is someone I have only seen a little bit of and like Routh the things I saw him had him playing a good but flawed character and he like Routh does look like him. Kaidan is a character I did not have a lot invested in, I always chose Ashley over him in the big choice you have to make in game.

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Garrus Vakarian
Surprisingly there is only one choice for this role. Once I heard my friend’s pick, it was so brilliant there was no point in finding any others. Garrus is a Turian, a race that look like humanoid birds. He is a former cop on the citadel who has been trying to find evidence on the rogue spectre Saren. So for this bad ass former cop the choice is the Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman. Jackman is perfect for the role, I would imagine the role would be prosthesis and makeup rather than CGI to create the character and Hugh has the ability to pull that off. He would bring the same intensity to the role as he does for Wolverine. This would really put more into the character of Garrus as he does a stick up his ass which is a constant in-joke in the trilogy.

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Urdnot Wrex
Wrex is a krogan and one of my favorite characters of the trilogy. Krogan are large reptilian bipeds who are usually seven feet tall. They also have two hearts, four lungs and four testicles which Wrex always likes to point out as a “quad” usually in reference to Shepard or other characters showing the balls to make the hard decisions. I would think Wrex would be better done by CGI and mo-capped, then voiced over. For the Mo-cap I would choose Brock Lesnar, the man is a freak of nature and has the right build and size to pull it off. He would also be able to pull of the physicality of the role with complete ease. As for the voice I think someone like Vin Diesel or Dwayne Johnson would capture the rough and embattled voice of Wrex plus they would be able to bring the humour that Wrex has.

Check in for Part 2 of my first Mass Effect fan cast soon. Sound off below in the comments section if you agree or disagree with my choices and please give your choices as well. That’s all folks!

The Golden Globe winners have been announced! Head over here to check out the full list of nominees.

  • Motion Picture (Drama): Argo
  • Best Director: Ben Affleck, Argo
  • Best Actor (Drama): Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln
  • Best Actress (Drama): Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Motion Picture (Comedy/Musical): Les Misérables
  • Best Actor (Comedy/Musical): Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables
  • Best Actress (Comedy/Musical): Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables
  • Screenplay: Quentin Tarantino, Django Unchained
  • Foreign Language Film: Amour (Austria)
  • Animated Feature Film: Brave
  • Original Score: Life of Pi by Mychael Danna
  • Original Song: “Skyfall” from Skyfall by Adele & Paul Epworth
  • Cecil B DeMille Award: Jodie Foster

  • TV Series (Drama): Homeland
  • TV Series (Comedy): Girls
  • Actor in a TV Series (Drama): Damian Lewis, Homeland
  • Actress in a TV Series (Drama): Claire Danes, Homeland
  • Actor in a TV Series (Comedy): Don Cheadle, House of Lies
  • Actress in a TV Series (Comedy): Lena Dunham, Girls
  • TV Movie or Miniseries: Game Change
  • Actor in a Miniseries/TV Movie: Kevin Costner, Hatfields & McCoys
  • Actress in a Miniseries/TV Movie: Julianne Moore, Game Change
  • Supporting Actor in a Series/Miniseries/TV Movie: Ed Harris, Game Change
  • Supporting Actress in a Series/Miniseries/TV Movie: Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey

 85th Academy Award Nominees

Best Picture

  • Amour
  • Argo
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Les Misérables
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Actor

  • Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln
  • Denzel Washington, Flight
  • Joaquin Phoenix, The Master
  • Hugh Jackman, Les Miserables
  • Bradley Cooper, Silver Linings Playbook

Best Actress

  • Naomi Watts, The Impossible
  • Jessica Chastain, Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva, Amour
  • Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor

  • Alan Arkin, Argo
  • Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Master
  • Robert De Niro, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Tommy Lee Jones, Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress

  • Sally Field, Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables
  • Amy Adams, The Master
  • Jacki Weaver, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Helen Hunt, The Sessions

Best Director

  • Michael Haneke, Amour
  • David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook
  • Ang Lee, Life of Pi
  • Benh Zeitlin, Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Steven Spielberg, Lincoln

Best Original Screenplay

  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Amour
  • Django Unchained
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Flight

Best Adapted Screenplay

  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Animated Feature

  • Brave
  • Frankenweenie
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Paranorman

Best Documentary Feature

  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Gatekeepers
  • 5 Broken Cameras
  • The Invisible War

Best Foreign Feature

  • Amour
  • Kon-Tiki
  • No
  • A Royal Affair
  • War Witch

Best Visual Effects

  • The Avengers
  • Life of Pi
  • Prometheus
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Cinematography

  • Anna Karenina
  • Skyfall
  • Life of Pi
  • Django Unchained
  • Lincoln

Best Film Editing

  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Life of Pi
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Makeup/Hairstyling

  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Hitchcock
  • Les Miserables

Best Production Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • Life of Pi
  • Les Misérables
  • Lincoln

Best Costume Design

  • Anna Karenina
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Original Score

  • Anna Karenina
  • Life of Pi
  • Argo
  • Lincoln
  • Skyfall

Best Original Song

  • “Everybody Needs A Best Friend” from Ted
  • “Before My Time” from Chasing Ice
  • “Pi’s Lullaby” from Life of Pi
  • “Skyfall” from Skyfall
  • “Suddenly” from Les Misérables

Best Short Animated Film

  • Adam and Dog
  • Head over Heels
  • Fresh Guacamole
  • Maggie Simpson in “The Longest Daycare”
  • Paperman

Best Short Live Action Film

  • Asad
  • Death of a Shadow (Dood van een Schaduw)
  • Buzkashi Boys
  • Curfew
  • Henry

Best Documentary Short

  • Open Heart
  • Redemption
  • Inocente
  • Mondays at Racine
  • Kings Point
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Sound Editing

  • Argo
  • Django Unchained
  • Skyfall
  • Life of Pi
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Sound Mixing

  • Argo
  • Les Misérables
  • Skyfall
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln

There is so much going on across all entertainment. I might have to make The Pit bi-weekly again to keep up with everything! Today lets talk about a few recent news bits and pieces…

This is pretty amazing, according to Vulture, Sony Pictures Television is teaming up with Will Gluck and a Michael J Fox to make a new series that will loosely be based on Fox’s life and star the Back to the Future actor. Gluck was the director behind the really enjoyable Easy A. Apparently they are aiming for a 2013 launch and all of the majors are fighting over getting the show.

Most recently, Fox has been guest starring on The Good Wife, with other TV appearances in recent years on Curb Your Enthusiasm and Rescue Me. His last regular TV role was on Spin City, which he left in 2000 due to Parkinson’s disease. I would love to see Fox return to TV on a regular basis and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with Gluck.

The Marvel Comics and Fox prequel/sequel The Wolverine has an official plot synopsis and has cast one of its leads, the mysterious Viper. Released on the movie’s Facebook page; “Based on the celebrated comic book arc, The Wolverine finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed.

Russian actress Svetlana Khodchenkova, best known from last year’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Sp, will be fitting into the boots of Viper, also known as Madame Hydra and leader of the terrorist organization HYDRA.

While on the subject of Marvel, Disney has revealed that it intends to release Joss Whedons sequel to The Avengers on May 1st, 2015. The first weekend in May is historically a slot for Marvel movie adaptations and has been the home of Spider-Man and Ironman.

With the Falcon being cast to fight along side Steve Rogers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and the new Avengers Assemble animated series, I think it is a safe bet that he will be joining the Avengers in the sequel. What are you hoping for in the sequel? Doctor Strange? Luke Cage? Spider-Woman? How about Daredevil now that it looks like Marvel is getting the rights back to the blind lawyer/vigilante?

With all of the recent Marvel movie news, you might need GPS trackers to find your way through all of it! Next week we’ll take a look at what companies besides Marvel still hold rights to Marvel’s popular characters and we’ll also have the second part of our Justice League movie suggestions column.

I’m a big fan of the X-Men and I enjoyed what Bryan Singer did to craft their world on film in X-Men and X2: X-Men United. Sadly, after he left the series things quickly went downhill with Brett Ratner’s horrible follow up X-Men: The Last Stand, which not only killed off key players, but depowered others and the ones that were left were written so out of character that they might as well have been killed also. To make matters worse, Fox then brought us X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Not only the worst movie of the series, but one of the worse comic movies of all time. The only saving grace was that Hugh Jackman really is awesome in the role, and even in a awful movie he is still good. The movie didn’t even try to fit into continuity, and I don’t even want to get started about the ending and how they made Logan lose his memory. But finally there is a glimmer of hope…

Bryan Singer has returned to help guide the franchise as they pull back to the origin or Professor X and Magneto with X-Men: First Class, with Matthew Vaughn directing. The movie isn’t based on any storyline in particular from the comic’s long history, but is pulling in a bunch of characters we have yet to see including Sebastian Shaw, Havok, and my favorite character in recent years, Darwin. We’ll also finally be seeing the Hellfire Club, and will have a proper introduction to Emma Frost, perfectly cast with January Jones of Mad Men fame.

Now comes word that Singer and Vaughn are eager to keep making films in the X-Men universe and want to show mutants through time, working through the end of the 60s, the 70s and the 80s. That could be interesting, but I’m more keen on Singer returning to the present day X-Men and fixing what Ratner broke. Thankfully producer Lauren Shuler-Donner agrees with me and told Empire Magazine that she plans to produce X4 and X5, which follow Last Stand. Death is never final in the X-Men universe, so there are lots of ways to negate the wrongs of the third X-Men movie and get the series back on track. There is no lack of talent with the actors and now we have real talent behind the camera again, so I have faith that we might see the X films that we deserve. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Posted on April 15th, 2011 by ThePit | Comments Off on More X-Men Movies on the Way!
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