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The Wolverine: 20 Second Teaser Footage, 2 New Motion Posters

The Wolverine continues its week of revelations and reapings with a second brief teaser trailer leading up to tomorrow's grand unveiling of the film's full debut trailer. Plus, the film has unloaded its second and third impressive motion posters depicting Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in full torrential irateness.

The new video comes just a day after director, James Mangold unveiled an epic 6 second montage of footage from the film, which even revealed an X-Men alum cameo by Famke Janssen's Jean Grey. However, it seems that in the promotional melee, even Mangold himself got a bit confused about the rollout strategy for the various teasers for the trailer. It turns out the formal teaser for the trailer would come by way of a new 20 second video today, released exclusive to MTV.

Unlike the video released yesterday, this one is more thematically focused, as we see Wolverine sustaining a gunshot that to anyone else, would be fatal. The future for this cheapshot artist dressed as a monk, is certainly bleak, as he also seems to make off with Wolverine's damsel, Mariko. (Tao Okamoto.) The wound just serves to demonstrate what Wolverine seems to lament at this point in his life: The virtual immortality afforded to him by his mutant healing factor. Indeed, it's been hinted throughout the last year that this film would explore the depths of Wolverine's soul like never before as his fear of losing the ones he loves comes into focus when the former love of his life, Mariko calls him to Japan for help.

Yet, despite all the monstrous mutant pathos in this teaser for the trailer, it looks like Rila Fukushima's role as mysterious she-ninja, Yukio may very well have stolen the show with her badassness and cute-ish freakiness. Regardless, the aperitif has now been consumed and the main course of a trailer is set to hit our dinner tables tomorrow.

The Wolverine brushes-off gutshots with an angry sneer when it hits theaters on July 26. Check out the new teaser and the motion posters below!

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Casts UFC Champion

It seems that Marvel's Phase Two follow-up, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has procured yet another addition to its rogues gallery. According to a report from Latino Review, UFC Welterweight Champion, Georges "Rush" St-Pierre has been cast in the super-soldier sequel as classic villain, Batroc the Leaper.

At the moment, details on the context of the role are not available, but if the report proves true, St-Pierre's Batroc would be joining Sebastian Stan as the unfrozen brainwashed Bucky Barnes, now the titular Winter Soldier, Frank Grillo as Crossbones, and Toby Jones as the returning (now possibly cyborg) former Nazi scientist, Arnim Zola on the list of formidable foes with whom Chris Evans' Captain America will have to contend.

In the comics, Batroc, whose full name, coincidentally, is Georges Batroc, is a highly-trained former member of the French Foreign Legion, who became a mercenary, lending his services to the scummier elements of the world, including the sinister organization, HYDRA. While Batroc possesses no superhuman powers, his highly-conditioned state has made him more than a match athletically for rivals like Captain America, Spider-Man, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and even Deadpool. While he's the kind of guy that will sign up for anything seedy that will line his pockets, he still carries a sense of honor as a warrior and his relationship with Cap has been one that's underlined with a level of respect.

St-Pierre, who is just over a week removed from a dominant decision win over Nick Diaz, settling a contentious rivalry full of public smack talk, has long been considered an ambassador for the UFC organization and the sport of MMA as a whole. He would be joining a small, but growing list of MMA competitors who have recently made the leap (no pun intended) to the big screen like Randy "The Natural" Couture in The Expendables movies (and that horrible straight-to-DVD Scorpion King prequel), Quinton "Rampage" Jackson as B.A. Baracus in the underrated reboot film of The A-Team, and most notably, former female fighter, Gina Carano, who beautifully owned the lead role in the sleeper hit, Haywire, with more high profile projects in the works.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier goes for a double-leg takedown to deliver vicious ground-and-pound to evil at theaters on April 4, 2014.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Casts Leonardo, Michelangelo, And Donatello

It looks as if the new big screen version of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have their titular team assembled. Duel katana-cutter and all-around good Samaritan, Leonardo will be played Pete Ploszek, nunchucking Jeff Spicoli-speaking "party dude," Michelangelo will be played by Noel Fisher, and the tech-savvy bo-staff-swinger, Donatello will be played by Jeremy Howard

This rounding out of primary protagonists for the live-action reboot comes just a few days after the announcement that Blue Mountain State and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire star, Alan Ritchson would be playing the sai-sporting wiseguy of the group, Raphael. Now, "the world's most fearsome fighting team" are ready to tackle whatever villainous forces that creative minds like producer, Michael Bay and director, Jonathan Liebesman have on deck. -- Even if they're planning to make the foursome into aliens for this movie.

Pete Ploszek, who plays team leader, Leonardo, will, ironically enough, be coming in with the slimmest resume of the bunch, with one-time appearances on Parks and Recreation and Shameless being his only major roles. On the other hand, Noel Fisher, who plays the capricious and sometimes naive Michelangelo is a face that will likely be recognized by most people for something from his vast resume of TV appearances (he also had a run on Shameless), as well as his recent film roles on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2 and in director, Liebesman's Battle Los Angeles. Jeremy Howard playing the geeky reptilian, Donatello may also trigger some recognition from his various "nerdy" roles like in college romp, Accepted, on TV with Breaking Bad, and as one of Justin Long's quasi-Trekkie buddies in the cult classic, Galaxy Quest.

Now, this trio, along with Alan Ritchson, join the newly-reconciled princess of the Michael Bay universe, Megan Fox for this ambitious and highly-touted tent-pole project, which has apparently nabbed a $125 million budget commitment.

Ninja Turtles (title not yet confirmed) picks out the tightest banana-yellow jumpsuits for Megan Fox to wear as April O'Neil when it hits theaters on June 6, 2014.

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The Wolverine: First Footage Released, New Images Galore!

At long last, ACTUAL FOOTAGE from this summer's X-Man solo sequel, The Wolverine has finally surfaced!

As some may recall, last week, director, James Mangold tweeted that before the first teaser trailer hits on March 27, he will release what he referred to as a "Tweaser" for the trailer one day beforehand. Well, Mangold decided to pump even more anticipation by releasing on a whim, a 6-second teaser for the 20-second Tweaser that he'll release tomorrow. (The eve of the actual trailer's release.) Indeed, as we stand just two days before the imminent release of the long-awaited debut trailer, Mangold has unleashed this stunning six-second montage of footage showing what appears to be an unadulterated onslaught of awesome.

Ninjas, Viper, The Silver Samurai, even more ninjas, explosions, and JEAN GREY...oh my! This "teaser-Tweaser" has certainly done enough to whet the appetites of fans who have been anxiously awaiting a trailer of some kind for what seems like ages. While the two whole days until it drops may seem like an eternity, its appears that fans, thanks to Entertainment Weekly, also have an impressive assortment of new images to accompany the new footage, for the first time showing the film's other characters in the context of the film itself.

...Still not enough Wolverine to get you through the day? Lucky for you, two new rage-rocking posters have also hit. Indeed, there's so much Wolverine hype today, you'll wish you had Logan's mutant healing factor, just so you can go and absorb it again.

The teaser for the Tweaser! The awesome new images! The new posters! A cavalcade of adamantium-cut coolness awaits you just below! The Wolverine "tweases" evil with his claws at theaters on July 26.

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Iron Man 3: Spectacular And Revealing New TV Spots

As the release of Iron Man 3, the Armored Avenger's long-awaited solo sequel looms ever closer, a barrage of TV spots, both domestic and international have unleashed a salvo of new footage on the web akin to a full-on assault from Tony Stark's Iron Army.

While still playing the film's cards close to its proverbial chest, the new spots do manage to shed some light on the overwhelming and highly personal war of attrition between Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark and Ben Kingsley's The Mandarin; a rivalry that seems to be causing a great deal of damage to the onlooking world that may even rival that whole "Norse God leading armies of aliens into New York" incident last year. Perhaps coining yet another memorably quotable phrase, the malevolent mastermind, Mandarin nefariously utters "you'll never see me coming," as we are treated to more footage of his sadistic plot to not only wreak havoc on the world, but put Tony and the one he loves through a crushing crucible of vindictive punishment.

However, Mandarin may not want to celebrate by buying a fancy new collection of green robes just yet. Confirming rumors, it seems that Tony's love in question, Gwyneth Paltrow's Pepper Potts will have some (possibly spoileriffic) tricks up her sleeve before it's all said and done. She isn't about to sit back and let some loathsome, bizarre hybrid of Osama Bin Laden, Jim Morrison, and The Dalai Lama dictate what happens to her man. -- He'll never see THIS coming, I assure you.

Iron Man 3 gets ready to serve up a different kind of girl power without the help of busty black-leather-clad redheads when it hits theaters on May 3. Check below for a few of these (potentially spoileriffic) new spots.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot Casts Its Raphael

The upcoming Michael Bay-produced live-action reboot of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has cast the first of its famous foursome. According to Deadline, actor, Alan Ritchson will jump on board this proverbial Party Wagon of a production as the sai-stabbing, wise-cracking red-bandana-rocking Ninja Turtle, Raphael.

Seen in sporadic episodes of Smallville, Ritchson is probably best known for his starring role in Spike TV's college football romp comedy series, Blue Mountain State. However, another claim to fame may soon come when he stars as lethal reaping alum, Gloss in this fall's The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Yet, as far as the importance of characters go, this role in the TMNT reboot could actually be the one that becomes career-altering.

While this opportunity to play Raphael, the Turtle who's "cool, but rude" (gimme a break!) will likely confine Ritchson to a studio for motion-capture work in front of a blue screen, it nevertheless yields plenty of room to bust out some acting chops. This is especially important, considering that Thad Castle, the over-the-top, hazing-obsessed, dim-witted college football star he played in Blue Mountain State remains his most prominent role. With Raphael, he gets to work with arguably the deepest, most emotionally-complex of the reptilian foursome (who, according to Bay, may be aliens this time around) and there's plenty of room for a memorable performance. (Which, I assume Bay and director, Jonathan Liebesman must believe he can provide.)

As of now, Ritchson joins the first confirmed cast member, Megan Fox, who presumably plays signature damsel, April O'Neil for this $125 million tent-pole that will be supported by the current Nickelodeon animated series and a vast rebooted line of toys and nicknacks.

Ninja Turtles (title not yet confirmed) will do its best to revive "cowabunga" as a cool catch phrase when it hits theaters on its newly-assigned release date of June 6, 2014.

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Transformers 4: Previous Plot Details Deemed Inaccurate

Remember those plot details that popped up about the upcoming fourth Transformers movie? Well, it turns out that Paramount went into damage control mode quickly afterwards, essentially shooting down the whole thing by labeling it "inaccurate."

The vague plot synopsis in question reported by The Michigan Film Office depicted a story in which mankind's tinkering with remnants of Transformer technology unleashes a new uncontrollable power:

"As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues."

While not carrying any official seals, the story certainly seemed plausible, given the fact that the source would seemingly have contact with the producers. Also, it has been known for some time that director, Michael Bay has been looking for a game-changing reinvention of the franchise. That plot would have provided one; especially since it falls in line with known Transformers storylines such as the existence of Primus and Unicron, robot deities who exist as the living centers of planets, in this case, Primus within Transformers home planet, Cybertron and Unicron within our own Earth.

Nevertheless, Paramount sent out its army of lawyers (giant robot lawyers who transform into briefcases) to the far reaches of the blogosphere to make sure this story effectively went away. In fact, even the original article itself is now conspicuously missing the paragraph containing the apparently-ersatz explication.

So, what could this mean? Well, it could be the case that this was such an egregious breach of top secret material that "The Big P" has resorted to posturing. Or...well, that it's just not true. And that's fine, I suppose. Hey, some may argue that when it comes to Transformers movies, plots are like green garnishes laying on the side of the plate next to the main course of a marbled, tender, juicy piece of "giant robots blowing s**t up."

We'll still get that main course when Transformers 4 (title not yet revealed) hits theaters on June 27, 2014.

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Transformers 4: Plot Details Revealed

Some light has been shed on the plot of the mysterious fourth entry in the Transformers film franchise. A press release from The Michigan Film Office lauds the economic benefits of the production's impending arrival in metro Detroit to shoot backdrop scenes. (Enticed by juicy tax incentives.) However, it also manages to include some details on the movie's plot. It's quite a coup, considering that up to this point, virtually nothing was known.

While director and auteur of explosions, Michael Bay will again settle into the ass-groove indentation of his director's chair, the franchise's previous star, Shia LaBeouf will be stepping away, making room for perennial leading man, Mark Wahlberg, who just recently stepped in front of the camera for the director in the upcoming film, Pain & Gain. Now, it seems that Wahlberg's protagonist character may be dealing with a new breed of malevolent metamorphic mechs in this franchise refresh. According the description:

"As humanity picks up the pieces, following the conclusion of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Autobots and Decepticons have all but vanished from the face of the planet. However, a group of powerful, ingenious businessman and scientists attempt to learn from past Transformer incursions and push the boundaries of technology beyond what they can control – all while an ancient, powerful Transformer menace sets Earth in his crosshairs. The epic adventure and battle between good and evil, freedom and enslavement ensues."

Interestingly enough, as the Jurassic Park franchise readies its own long-awaited return and reinvention, it seems that this series will get a similar injection of man-made folly. It could possibly see the debut of new human-hatched hybrid Transformers that would represent a real game-changer. At this point, the details are anyone's guess, but personally, I see this movie delving deeper into the 80's toy series mythos with things like Dinobots and Insecticons.

While Bay's Transformers franchise may have its share of "haters," the undeniable fact is that the first three films were an amazing cash-cow for Paramount, giving them a whopping $2.67 billion dollar worldwide take. They certainly seem to bring something to the table that has moviegoers of all the right demographics flocking to theaters to see them.

Transformers 4 (title not yet revealed) helps the Autobots fight a new evil with a Boston accent and "good vibrations" at theaters on June 27, 2014.

UPDATE: Paramount quickly deemed the report "inaccurate."

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Iron Man 3: New IMAX Poster Gets Crowded

Iron Man 3 has been churning out posters quite heavily and the trend does not appear to be stopping anytime soon with the release of this new character-packed poster promoting the film's IMAX release.

Does it preview any new characters? Nope. Does it give us a glimpse of any new scenes? Nope. Does it provide any new insight into the film itself? Nope. So, what does it do? Well, it essentially strings together the last Tony/Pepper poster with some of the character posters that were released throughout the month of February into a crowded, eye-popping hybrid that may very well be the movie poster equivalent of those "Harlem Shake" videos.

Indeed, all the side players (that we know of, thus far) are present in the background: Don Cheadle in his Iron Patriot armor, Guy Pearce as sinister spray-tanned scientist, Aldrich Killian, Sir Ben Kingsley decked-out for his auspiciously antagonistic turn as signature baddie, The Mandarin, a few strays from Tony's voluminous Iron Army, and someone who I'm guessing is the one and only Helicopter Man! -- Uh, no, that's just a helicopter. Nevermind.

Iron Man 3 brings this kickin' shindig to theaters on May 3. Check out the full poster below and pay homage to the Photoshop Gods.

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The Wolverine: New Stills Officially Released

The Wolverine has officially released a set of new photos showing Hugh Jackman's Wolverine looking moody and alone, which for him, is simply looking normal.

With director, James Mangold having just dropped the news that the long-awaited TRAILER for the X-Man's summer solo sequel will debut on March 27 online and at theaters in 3D and 2D with G.I. Joe: Retaliation the following weekend, it seems that the film's hype machine is about to be activated. In the meantime, we have these new photos at which to gawk.

The most intriguing of the bunch (seen above) gives us a nice glimpse of Logan in Japan with unsheathed adamantium, having already shish-kabobed some poor bastard. Our unknown victim either represented some bad business with ninja organization, The Hand, or was simply trying to sell Logan a timeshare near Mount Fuji and got a bit too pushy in his pitch. Either way, it seems that this formal affair, possibly a funeral, which had Logan and some background people dressed in black got interrupted with this sudden shanking. -- I guess it's all in a day's work when you're Wolverine.

The other two photos seem to have Logan looking glum amidst the elements of rain and snow. Although, the shot of our melancholy mutant getting drenched in the rain seems to prominently feature a plastic-covered camera on a crane, indicating that either it's behind-the-scenes, or that The Wolverine will take an experimental approach which breaks the fourth wall. (Although, how funny would that be? Logan talking to the camera like he's Ferris Beuller after eviscerating gangs of ninjas.)

The Wolverine does more to raise insurance premiums on Japanese properties than any natural disaster could when it hits theaters on July 26. Check out the rest of the pics below!

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The Wolverine Reveals Another Fatal Femme, Plus Trailer Release Date

The Wolverine has revealed yet another one of the baneful beauties that will grace the summer solo return of Hugh Jackman's titular mutant mauler. This time, the sneak peak is of ravishing Russian actress, Svetlana Khodchenkova, who will play the character of Viper. -- Additionally, it appears that fans anxiously awaiting the film's long-delayed trailer may have a date to mark.

Over the weekend, director, James Mangold tweeted this sneak peak black and white portrait, just as he did for the two female leads of the film. However, unlike the roles of those two, the context of Viper's inclusion in the film is actually still somewhat cloudy. While The Wolverine is based on the 1982 Wolverine miniseries by Frank Miller, the inclusion of Viper and Will Yun Lee's The Silver Samurai (who in the comics is known to be her bodyguard and presumed lover,) seems to indicate that the film may also touch on events that took place in the miniseries' aftermath in subsequent issues of The Uncanny X-Men in 1983.

In the comic canon, Viper is the sinister, subversive seductress who rose through the ranks of criminal empire, HYDRA to become its leader, Madame Hydra. Of course, HYDRA only exists in Marvel Studios' movieverse and not this one by Fox, so that aspect will likely be left out. However, what's usable here is her connection to Wolverine, which stretches far into the past, back in the 1920's. They both studied under the shared mentor, Seraph, who just before her death, made Wolverine swear an oath of loyalty to Viper. Of course, Viper was no angel and even managed to slow her aging in a sinister deal with a mystical demon. (An aspect that probably won't be used in the film.) She eventually turns her various schemes towards Wolverine, including using his code of honor to blackmail him into a bizarre marriage. (As if this movie didn't already have romantic chaos for Logan.)

This all sounds juicy and awesome, but what about that TRAILER which should have come down the pike months ago? Well, according to Mangold, he will tweet a teaser for the trailer (or "tweazer" as he's calling it) on the 26th of this month. However, on the following day, Wednesday, March 27...yes, in the year, 2013, THE FULL TEASER TRAILER WILL BE RELEASED ONLINE!!! Plus, the spot will also hit the big screen in 3D and 2D on March 29 with the release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

The Wolverine makes you believe that Japan is full of deadly, gorgeous women who want to marry you at theaters on July 26.

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past Adds Colossus

It appears that the ever-growing army of alumni for next year's follow-up, X-Men: Days of Future Past continues to expand. This time, it will benefit from the presence of Daniel Cudmore, who will provide some steely reinforcement when he reprises his role as signature X-Man, Colossus.

Director, Bryan Singer, in keeping with his tradition of making Twitter his PR machine, confirmed the return of Cudmore to the X-Men fold by way of a photo showing his wall collage of cast head shots. While every cast member we know to be confirmed is there, the final three photos in the bottom-right row implies the addition of Cudmore, as well as the presence of a duo of X-franchise newbies in actress, Fan Bingbing and actor, BooBoo Stewart. (Both of which Singer may have cast simply for the pure amusement of whoever handles the credits.)

After playing the role of the reinforced Russian rager in 2003's X2 and 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, Cudmore has stuck closely to genre films, playing vampire enforcer, Felix in the Twilight movies (which also features new co-star BooBoo Stewart as werewolf, Seth), and will portray the mythical Manticore in this summer's sequel, Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters. Now, after an 8 year hiatus, he will once again play Peter Rasputin (as it is spelled in the film canon), the brawling, buff, and brave young mutant whose powers grant him superhuman strength and endurance, as his body transforms into an articulated anthropomorphic statue made of organic steel.

We certainly have to chalk another one up for B-Money (as I'm sure someone has called him at some point,) and his ability to corral his merry band of X-folk with extreme efficiency. Because of that, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine will now be able to participate in a few rounds of Fastball Special, the move where Colossus famously lobs the crazed claw-wielder at enemies such as the giant robot Sentinels for unmitigated adamantium-impacted extermination.

X-Men: Days of Future Past crashes through random walls like a chrome-covered Kool-Aid Man at theaters on July 18, 2014.

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Guardians Of The Galaxy: Dave Bautista Confirmed As Drax

Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's upcoming epic featuring the space-based super-team may not "have a Hulk," but it now has its own emerald enforcer in Dave Bautista, who The Hollywood Reporter confirms has landed the role of Drax the Destroyer.

The process of casting this role came with several months of rumors which had candidates like Jason Mamoa, Isaiah Mustafa, and Brian Patrick Wade, among others in the mix. However, the name of Bautista, the former WWE superstar, turned actor and part-time MMA fighter, always seemed to find its way on to lists of the most likely to nab the role. That narrative is now a reality, as he joins Chris Pratt's team leader, Peter Quill/Star-Lord as the second confirmed casting for this experimental superhero saga in Marvel's "Phase Two" series of canon-connected films.

As far as the character of Drax goes, he was once a normal human being named Arthur Douglas...that was until a commute across the Mojave Desert would introduce him to the powerful Mad Titan, Thanos, whose ship crash-landed in his vicinity. Not wanting witnesses, Thanos cruelly dispatched Arthur and his wife, with the fate of his daughter being unknown. (She would re-emerge as the character, Moondragon.) However, Thanos was unable to kill Arthur's thirst for revenge; a power that would be harnessed by Thanos' father, Mentor (with whom there is no love lost), placing Arthur's essence into a powerful new green-skinned body designed for pure cosmic violence. His path would eventually lead to joining the Guardians of the Galaxy team.

For Bautista, the role will be a significant bump in prestige. The tough guy journeyman actor has been quietly, but steadily building up quite a resume of action films like this fall's Vin Diesel sequel vehicle, Riddick, The Man with the Iron Fists, and House of the Rising Sun. With the scene-stealing potential of the Drax character, Guardians could serve as his coming out party as an actor.

Guardians of the Galaxy flashes a double thumbs-down gesture before delivering a powerbomb to evil at theaters on August 1, 2014.

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The Wolverine Unveils Its Lead Females

The Wolverine, this summer's big screen return of Marvel's adamantium-aligned ass-beater, has finally given us a look (of sorts) at some other people in the film besides star, Hugh Jackman in the form of his gorgeous female co-stars.

Director, James Mangold has tweeted black and white portraits of the film's starring trio taken on the last day of production. While we've known for some time what the extra-jacked Jackman will look like as Logan this time around, the photos of Tao Okamoto as Wolverine's embattled ex-love, Mariko and Rila Fukushima as the furtive femme fatale, Yukio serve as the first real publicity of any kind for the characters.

A desperate plea for help on the part of Okamoto's Mariko will be the inciting incident of the film which sends Logan on his fateful journey to the Land of the Rising Sun. When Mariko is forced into an involuntary marriage arranged by her crime boss father, it makes Logan rush to her rescue as a white knight (or in this case, samurai), getting him mixed up in all sorts of bad business on her behalf, including a tangle with the powerful mutant, The Silver Samurai (Will Yun Lee). However, a mysterious ally emerges in Fukushima's Yukio. While her ultimate motivations are not yet clear, it does seem that the sultry slayer has every intention of making moves on our hair-spiked hero that will have more than his claws raised.

Do the portraits give fans an incredibly insightful look at the film itself as something like, say...A TRAILER might provide? Nope. However, for fans who have read the original 1982 Frank Miller Wolverine miniseries on which it's based, the glimpse at least puts a set of new faces to the story they've known.

The Wolverine gives you "two chicks at the same time" without the aid of a million dollars at theaters on July 26. Check out the portraits in full below!

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X-Men: Days Of Future Past: Nightcrawler Will Not Be Back

Anyone who's been paying attention to recent movie news knows that next year's monolithic mutant movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past will feature just about every actor and actress who's had even a passing connection to the collective film franchise. However, according to actor, Alan Cumming, it most likely will NOT include his popular character, Nightcrawler.

With franchise heavies like Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, and the recently-self-confirmed Halle Berry on board, it seemed like anyone with an "X" on their film resume would be getting the fateful call from director, Bryan Singer to hop on board this time-bending bash of epic proportions. Yet, according to Cumming, that call never came. -- Not that it would have mattered anyway. According to the actor in a recent interview with Sirius XM:

"No, they haven’t [asked me to return]. Someone asked me that the other day and I said no. I know the one that’s coming up shoots this Spring, but I wouldn’t be available anyways. I don't think they have. I was gonna meet my manager for dinner later, I was gonna ask him, but no, I’m sure they would’ve told me, had they approached."

Thus, despite the fact that Days looks to be the most surreal fanboy-feast of fighting mutants, it will do battle with the giant robot Sentinels minus the presence of the smoke-shifting acrobatic blue-skinned badass, Kurt Wagner, aka Nightcrawler, who practically stole the show in the 2003 sequel, X2. (Which is widely regarded as the best film in the series.)

The same grim news goes for the character of Azazel, who in the comic book canon, was the father of Nightcrawler. (With Mystique being his mother.) Actor Jason Flemyng, who played the red-skinned teleporter in 2011's X-Men: First Class, would also confirm his non-involvement in the film. The lack of Nightcrawler-esque activity may be a small price to pay for the embarrassment of mutant riches that is this cast, but it's still an unfortunate one.

X-Men: Days of Future Past (sans Nightcrawler) will nevertheless bamf its way to theaters on July 18, 2014.

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