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]

New 8-Inch GAMBIT Figure by Marvel Select

X-MEN’S GAMBIT is the latest Marvel character to be given the Diamond Marvel Select treatment, which, as usual, means a classic look given new life with brilliant sculpting, a background for display and the accurate accessories you’d expect–nay–demand from a deluxe 8-inch figure. Take a look!

Sculpted by the incredibly talented Jean St. Jean, he features not only accessories but multiple hands that allow for dynamic posing. Plus, the Danger Room backdrop allows him to be combined with Cyclops to form a diorama ideal for display. He joins the likes of Deadpool, Magneto, Sabretooth, Wolverine and more in the Marvel Select collection. Check him out!

And there’s more good news for X-Men fans, actually, with the upcoming Wolverine 2 starting to get people–including its star–talking! has the news…

X Men Origins: Wolverine 2, is in the works and Hugh Jackman is raving about it. [Jackman] has seen the script and said it’s going to be a lot darker than the previous film.

The film is a sequel to Wolverine, which is a prequel to the X-Men trilogy. Chris McQuarrie, who wrote The Usual Suspects, has written the script for the new film and Darren Aronofsky, (Requiem for a Dream) is set to direct. That already seems like a winning team.

With Aronofsky directing, the film is sure to be a lot darker and more obscure. However, Aronofsky does seem like an odd choice to direct the film. He usually stays within the boundaries of artistic dramas and psychological thrillers, Wolverine is definitely new ground for the director to cover. Additionally, Aronofsky’s new film, Black Swan, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, was praised by nearly all critics. The success of Black Swan will only bring good publicity to Aronofsky and his future films.

It will be interesting to see a more artful take on a superhero franchise. Christopher Nolan attempts to do the same with Batman, but the films lack intriguing dialogue and are drowned with action. Perhaps, Aronofsky and McQuarrie can bend the lines of the superhero genre with Wolverine 2. We’ll just have to wait and see…

The film is set to begin production next year.