‘Logan’ Director James Mangold on Ending Wolverine’s Story, Plus: Deadpool, ‘Watchmen’ and More

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This March 3, Hugh Jackman straps on those adamantium claws one last time (or so he says) for the actor’s final outing as the X-Men character Wolverine in Logan. This will be Jackman’s ninth time portraying Logan, aka Wolverine, in a film (including cameos), and his tenure as the clawed antihero dates all the way back to that first X-Men movie in 2000. While Jackman has played Wolverine for the past 17 years, early buzz around Logan signals that it may be his best and more ferocious outing yet.

Fandango recently had a chance to watch the first 40 minutes of Logan before having an extensive conversation with its director, James Mangold, returning for his second go-round with the character (he also directed 2013’s The Wolverine). The footage we…
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‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins Reveals His Real Best Picture Acceptance Speech

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To say that “Moonlight”‘s thunder was stolen during Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony is an epic understatement. But while the film’s Best Picture achievement may have been eclipsed by the colossal mix-up that initially had fellow nominee “La La Land” mistakenly crowned the winner, director Barry Jenkins isn’t bitter, and has revealed what he had initially planned to say had he had his proper moment in the spotlight.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jenkins reflected on the chaos that occurred at the end of the ceremony, and how it immediately blocked out any sort of prepared statement he had wanted to deliver should his film have nabbed the night’s top prize. While the director — who also co-wrote the film’s screenplay, which also took home an Oscar — did make a brief acceptance speech, he told EW, “It was an imperfect situation and it was an imperfect statement that didn’t come out the right way but it is what it is.”

Now that he’s had some time to reflect on his film’s achievement, he told the magazine what he had wanted to say all along. Here’s how he explained it to EW:

“[Moonlight playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney] and I are this kid. We are Chiron,” he says, referring to his background as a child from Liberty City, Miami, whose mother once struggled with drug addiction. “And you don’t think that kid grows up to be nominated for eight Academy Awards. It’s not a dream he’s allowed to have. I still feel that way. I didn’t think this was possible. But now I look at other people looking at me and if I didn’t think it was possible, how are they going to? But now it’s happened. So what I think of possibility, let’s take it off the table. The thing has happened.”

Jenkins also had more complimentary things to say about “La La Land” producer Jordon Horowitz, who was the one to announce the mistake, and insist that the “Moonlight” filmmakers take the stage to accept their rightful awards. The director said that that moment in particular helps soften any sort of hard feelings about Sunday night.

“It will be remembered and I think in a beautiful way,” he told EW of the odd confluence of events.

We applaud Jenkins for revealing himself to be such a gracious, classy person in the midst of such an surreal ordeal. (His brand new status as an Oscar winner probably doesn’t hurt his optimistic attitude, either.)

[via: Entertainment Weekly]

Emma Watson Explains Her Fair (and Scary) Reason for Denying Selfies

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Have you ever Googled “Emma Watson stalker”? No wonder she has to be careful. If you happen see the “Beauty and the Beast” star out and about, and ask her for a photo, don’t be offended if she says no. She’s not being rude, she’s just protecting herself. While most fans — even obsessed Harry Potter fans — are harmless and kind, there are some creepy peeps out there with boundary issues.

Watson is not the only star to deal with that downside of fame, but she did explain to Vanity Fair that saying no to selfies was a choice she made along the way, to establish her own boundaries:

“For me, it’s the difference between being able to have a life and not. If someone takes a photograph of me and posts it, within two seconds they’ve created a marker of exactly where I am within 10 meters. They can see what I’m wearing and who I’m with. I just can’t give that tracking data.” She will, however, offer alternatives to photos. “I’ll say, ‘I will sit here and answer every single Harry Potter fandom question you have but I just can’t do a picture.’ I have to carefully pick and choose my moment to interact. When am I a celebrity sighting versus when am I going to make someone’s freakin’ week? Children I don’t say no to, for example.”

And it may be different if it’s a planned event like a film premiere, or whatnot, where it’s already public information that she’ll be attending, as opposed to a way for a stalker to track her.

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 - World Film PremiereThe Vanity Fair reporter told Watson he had seen other actors like Reese Witherspoon pose with fans on the street, but then he acknowledged “suddenly it becomes clear that the fans of ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ are different from Harry Potter fans.” As Watson explained:

“I have met fans that have my face tattooed on their body. I’ve met people who used the Harry Potter books to get through cancer. I don’t know how to explain it, but the Harry Potter phenomenon steps into a different zone. It crosses into obsession. A big part of me coming to terms with it was accepting that this is not your average circumstances.”

She almost gave up acting when she went to Brown University, saying she found “this fame thing was getting to a point of no return.” But if the attention bothers her so much, why keep acting? Here’s her answer:

“I’ve been doing this since I was 10 or 11, and I’ve often thought, I’m so wrong for this job because I’m too serious; I’m a pain in the ass; I’m difficult; I don’t fit. But as I’ve got older, I’ve realized, No! Taking on those battles, the smaller ones and the bigger ones, is who I am.”

Well said. Most fans understand her position — and Hermione and Belle would likely approve of her choices. “Beauty and the Beast” will be released in theaters on Friday, March 17.

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Watch ‘Moonlight’ Director Barry Jenkins’s Very First Film and Find Out What He’s Doing Next

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Barry Jenkins didn’t wind up becoming the first black filmmaker to win the Oscar for Best Director on Sunday night, but it was certainly a night of great achievements for the man behind Moonlight. Before the show, he made history last month as the first black writer/director to be nominated for Best Director and a screenplay award for a Best Picture contender.

At the ceremony, he became the first African-American (but not first black) helmer of a Best Picture winner. He also won an Oscar himself, that screenplay award.

THE OSCAR WIN FOR BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE ORIGINS OF BARRY JENKINS

The honors are especially wonderful for Jenkins considering Moonlight was Jenkins’s first feature in eight years, following his 2008…
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