by Tony Rizzo
Hugh Jackman, who hit screens Christmas Day in “Les Miserables,” has completed “Movie 43” with Halle Berry, Gerard Butler, Kristen Bell, Kate Bosworth, Bobby Cannavale, Josh Duhamel, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Emma Stone, Kate Winslet and a host of others. He’s also completed shooting the “X-Men: Origins” sequel: “The Wolverine.” Budgeted at $100 million, it shot in New South Wales, on the shores of Botany Bay, around Sydney, and finished shooting in Picton, Australia, which doubled as a town in Canada’s Yukon region. The next seven months will be used to lay in special effects, and it will premiere July 26, 2013.
Ryan Reynolds, Wade Wilson/Deadpool in the original “X-Men: Origins,” will not reprise the role because producer Shuler Donner stated she wants to “ignore the version of Deadpool we saw in ‘Wolverine’ and just start over again. Reboot it.” Reynolds next film is “R.I.P.D.” (“Rest in Peace Department”), with Jeff Bridges and Kevin Bacon, due out July 19. With “The Wolverine’s” big budget and special effects, Ryan’s “R.I.P.D.” is opening a week earlier — hoping they won’t rest in pieces when “The Wolverine” opens and slashes everything in sight at the box office!