New Sideshow Statue: WOLVERINE

The new 17-inch WOLVERINE statue from Sideshow Collectibles is a stunning example of the kind of work the Sideshow folks are capable of. Not only does this thing stand tall, but Logan is clad in a real fabric costume that gives a brilliant sense of realism on top of such a dynamic pose. The nod to his Canadian heritage in the form of a red maple leaf? That just makes it even better. Check it out in our Marvel Sideshow section!

And for Wolverine fans, there’s some more good news. Which, unfortunately, becomes kind of bittersweet news if you’re a Hugh Jackman fan in general. Here’s the info from MovieWeb:

Hugh Jackman has reportedly turned down an offer to host the 83rd annual Academy Awards due to his prior commitments filming the upcoming sequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2.

The Academy Awards will be held on February 27th next year. Jackman and director Darren Aronofsky will be gearing up to leave for location shoots in New York and Japan at that time, with X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 beginning its principle photography at the beginning of March.

Jackman, who hosted the 81st Academy Awards in 2009, proved to be quite popular, and was expected back for 2011’s ceremony, as he told producers that he wanted to skip a year before returning. Now it seems we’ll have to wait another year before seeing Hugh take the stage at the famed Kodak Theater in Hollywood.

Oscar hosts are normally announced by November 3rd. Deadline, who first reported on Jackman’s recent decline to host the awards ceremonies, speculate that we will see a host announced very soon. And that the choice might be quite surprising…

Justin Bieber, anyone?

And on that slightly scary note, here are the links to click if you’re looking to grab the first Wolverine film on DVD or Blu-Ray!

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Single-Disc Edition)

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Two-Disc Edition + Digital Copy) [Blu-ray]

The Oscars: The Academy Awards on Sunday Night!

TOMORROW NIGHT, be sure to tune into the Oscars! This year boasts a whopping 10 best picture nominees, likely a reaction to last year’s snub of The Dark Knight, and that means you’re worlds (okay, twice) more likely to see one of your favourites represented in the biggest awards category in today’s film world.

Here’s a look at the main categories you’ll have to watch out for on Sunday! And you can check out the rest of the nominees over on the official Oscar website.

Best Picture: Avatar, The Blind Side, District 9, An Education, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Precious, A Serious Man, Up, Up in the Air

Actor in a Leading Role: Jeff Bridges, George Clooney, Colin Firth, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Renner

Actress in a Leading Role: Sandra Bullock, Helen Mirren, Carey Mulligan, Gabourey Sidibe, Meryl Streep

Directing: Avatar, The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, Up in the Air, Precious

And since it’s Oscar time, here’s a link to our most Oscar-y section: Movies! Admittedly, a couple of these are…hmm…less than award-winning, but take a look anyway!