X-23 Tears It Up in NSFW ‘Logan’ Trailer

The final Hugh Jackman Wolverine movie, Logan, opens today, and from all accounts, this is going to be the Wolverine movie we’ve all been waiting for: one packed with action, bloodshed and Professor X dropping F-bombs.

Who cares if the movie’s 2024 setting makes the already mishmashed X-Men movie timeline look like ground hamburger? Just accept that it’s two years after X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Professor X is suddenly 90, Logan is.. really old and there’s a little girl named Laura (aka X-23) with adamantium claws causing havoc while on the run from Hellfire Club exile Donald Pierce, who has grafted cybernetic parts to himself and runs a group of rogues called the Ravagers.

Based on the story “Old Man Logan” from Wolvie’s comic book series, Logan is directed by James Mangold, who also did 2013’s The Wolverine, but it is not set in the same timeline as that previous film. Got that? Actually, it doesn’t matter to the casual movie fan.
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X-Men: Days of Future Past Sneak-Peeks

Let’s ease into this first day of the new year with some photos teasing one of the most anticipated films of 2014, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Most of these images are new, but I peppered in a few from past weeks that I hadn’t run yet.

Assuming you can tear your eyes from that image of a stunningly gorgeous Jennifer Lawrence smiling at the camera and move on with your life — I know I had trouble doing that — you might spot director Bryan Singer in the mix; he’s wearing a plaid shirt and sitting on the hood of the car and standing next to Prof. X. This movie adapts a popular time-traveling storyline that sees Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) travel into the past to try to prevent a dystopian, mutant-hating future from coming to pass.

The movie stars the cast from X-Men: First Class — including James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and Lawrence — and the cast from the earlier movie trilogy — Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen Page, Halle Berry, Shawn Ashmore, Jackman and possibly Anna Paquin (but probably not) — playing versions of their characters at different ages.

X-Men: Days of Future Past opens May 23.

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES 2.8: Rose

It had been a few weeks since I’d checked up on The CW’s THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, so I decided to yield to the flood of acclaim lately and take a look. Naturally, I was somewhat lost about the specifics, but happily I was able to get the gist of what was happening. And I liked what I saw.

Except, there wasn’t enough Elena (Nina Dobrev) for me. She spent most of the episode as Rose’s (Lauren Cohan) prisoner, awaiting the arrival of boogeyman Elijah (Daniel Gillies) with a mixture of fear, heroic resolve and dewy loveliness. Not that she was a shrinking violet; she did everything she could to try to escape, including taking a shot at Elijah himself. Talk about feisty! Of all the actors on this show, I have been most impressed by Dobrev’s growth over the course of the series. (Or has this just been a case of my eyes being opened to what was always there? I was not kind to TVD in the beginning.) Dobrev is more than just another pretty face; she has terrific acting chops. She is particularly adept at the dual role of Elena/Katherine; each character seems like an entirely different person. (Which they are: one’s a merciless, powerful vampire; the other is a high school girl)
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