This might come as a surprise to you, but "The Wolverine" is actually pretty good. If you've been paying attention the "X-Men" franchise for the last decade, here's how things looked before the new standalone film:

1) "X-Men: Last Stand" capped off the original trilogy by essentially spitting in the face of the comic book fans and killing half the cast for little to no reason.
2) "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" drove the franchise even further off the road and gave us the worst CGI claws ever. They're literally the worst.
3) "X-Men: First Class" was a surprisingly great retooling the property that did away with pretty much everything from the Bryan Singer and Brett Ratner films.

So basically, "X-Men" had one good thing going for it and a lot to make up for, and the prospect of another standalone Wolverine movie — forgive me — didn't seem all that promising, especially with trailers that looked frighteningly similar to "Origins." (Mangold has since addressed the previews.)

But there are five very good reasons to give "The Wolverine" a chance, and you can find them after the jump!

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Muftak

By Ryan Rigley

With the decades old rivalry between "Star Wars" fans and Trekkies, it's hard to imagine sci-fi nerds being okay with "Star Trek" director J. J. Abrams also helming the new "Star Wars" trilogy. However, according to "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, the two franchises may be more closely linked than you think. "'Star Trek' softened up the entertainment arena so that 'Star Wars' could come along and stand on its shoulders," explains Lucas in an interview for "Trek Nation." "The fanbase was primarily the 'Star Trek' fanbase, who understood science fiction, who understood visual science fiction, and was ready for something like ['Star Wars'] to be in the feature arena."

By the looks of it, the animosity between the two fan-bases has slowly subsided throughout the years. But perhaps Abrams' "Star Wars VII" will help mend the gap entirely! Clearly, there are still many questions left unanswered; chief among those questions being which memorable minor characters from the original "Star Wars" trilogy will be appearing in the new films? Take Muftak for instance, a Talz orphan who appears in the Mos Eisley Cantina during "A New Hope."

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Whenever a young actor is a part of an enormously popular series of films, "The Twlight Saga" for example," the public keeps a close eye on what they do after the series ends, usually expecting big things. Rob and Kristen for the most part have gone off, following their own independent spirits, to low budget art films, but we have not heard too much from the rest of the cast, leaving the franchise without another true breakout star, until now.

That's because Mackenzie Foy, the young actress who played Renesmee Cullen, is the real breakout star from "Twilight."

You may have not heard too much from Mackenzie since "Breaking Dawn - Part 2's" head-rippingly exciting finale, but with a new movie, "The Conjuring," opening this week and a high-profile gig just announced, Foy is well on her way.

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Star Wars

By Ryan Rigley

Although "Star Wars" won't be making any sort of appearance at San Diego Comic-Con this year, Disney has announced that this year's D23 Expo will be pushing the galaxy far, far away quite prominently. Taking place in Anaheim, California from August 9th to 11th, rumors has it that Disney will be making official the role reprisals of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Princess Leia with appearances from Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fischer.

While this news is certainly exciting, we've already assumed that Luke and company would be coming back for the new "Star Wars" trilogy. Sure, and official announcement would be nice and all, but we can't help but wonder which memorable minor characters might be popping up in "Star Wars VII." Take Wedge Antilles for example, a Corellian pilot that appears in all three of the original "Star Wars" films.

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Skyfall

Yesterday, we were treated to the fantastic news that Sam Mendes will be returning to direct the tentatively titled "Bond 24," which is due in theaters on November 6, 2015, and it got us thinking.

Who would we cast in the next Bond movie if we had to pick today?

There are only so many roles that a 007 movie has to fill out for every installment, so for fun, we cobbled together a quick cast as we start to look forward to Fall 2015. Check it out below!

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Sharknado

By Amelia Mularz

"They took my grandfather. That's why I really hate sharks."

If "Jaws" or "Deep Blue Sea" (the epic LL Cool J flick from the 90s) didn't convince you that sharks are bad dudes, then "Sharknado," which premiered on SyFy last night, is sure to do the job.

While Nova (played by Cassie Scerbo) delivers a heartfelt monologue about her traumatic childhood with the ferocious beasts, the real drama involves modern-day sharks that have teamed up with tornados to terrorize Los Angeles.

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Star Wars

Next week, Comic-Con will kick off in San Diego, but the annual geeky gathering will be missing the one property that just about everyone was hoping would make an appearance. Disney chose to put their Comic-Con spotlight squarely on Marvel and their plans for expanding that universe, and yesterday we found out why.

Disney announced that "Star Wars" would be a key player in their own D23 Expo, a biennial show in Anaheim, California that the studio uses to hype upcoming projects. A press release from the House of Mouse described two events already planned for D23, an exhibit about the development of Darth Vader and "Crash Course in the Force," a remedial overview of all things "Star Wars."

But where are the big plans for "Episode VII"? While nothing is official, The Hollywood Reporter cited "insiders" who said that "Star Wars" actors would appear at the expo to confirm their involved in the Abrams movie due out in 2015.

So what can we expect from "Star Wars" at D23? Let's take a look at some of the possibilities.

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Boston Strong

Well, we all saw this coming, right? Deadline is reporting that Eric Johnson and Paul Tamasy, two of the writers behind David O. Russell's "The Fighter" with Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale, have optioned the screen rights to "Boston Strong," a retelling of the events around the Boston Marathon bombings.

As the horrific events played on mostly live on TV, a comment often repeated was that the aftermath of the initial explosions and the manhunt for the bombers was like something out of a movie. When the ordeal ended with a gunfight in the streets Watertown, Massachusetts, it seemingly cemented the story's cinematic future.

But with the horrific events of those five days in April so fresh in the country's collective memory, how can the film version honor the tragedy instead of exploit it? There are a few recent examples of fact-based movies that handled touchy subjects with sensitivity and should be reference points for any film about this moment in history.

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Lone Ranger

It's not hard to imagine that somewhere in the recesses of Hollywood, some development exec is pointing at the abysmal returns from Disney's failed attempt at a new Johnny Depp franchise, "The Lone Ranger," and saying that the western is dead because audiences don't care about cowboys.

That studio exec is very, very wrong.

The exec has some good evidence, though. "The Lone Ranger" may result in a loss for Disney totaling $150 million. One of last year's biggest flops, "John Carter," begins in a western setting. Even James Bond and Han Solo couldn't bring audience out to see "Cowboys & Aliens." Don't even mention "Wild Wild West."

But these aren't the movies that the exec should be looking at to gauge the vitals of the western. These are all perfectly good examples of why, of all genres, you don't mess with the western by adding crappy effects. If you really want to know if the western still has some power, these are the three movies you need to consider.

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Darth Maul

By Ryan Rigley

During last week's Wizard World NYC, Ray Park (best known for his portrayal of Toad in "X-Men" and Snake Eyes in "G.I. Joe") sat down with MTV Geek and had a chat about reprising a certain role of his long forgotten. The role in question? Darth Maul, the sinister Sith Lord of "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace."

"Just give me food and water, and I'm there," Park jokes on whether or not he'd be willing to come back for J. J. Abrams' "Star Wars VII." The Scottish-born actor goes on to state that he'd like his character to return "with something a little bit spicy," i.e. not one but TWO double-bladed lightsabers. So what are the chances that Darth Maul would be resurrected for the new "Star Wars" trilogy? Click past the jump to find out!

Who?
A Dathomiri Nightbrother born on the planet Iridonia, the infant known as Maul was handed over to the nefarious Sith Lord, Darth Sidious, by his own mother at an early age. Sidious would go on to train Maul in the ways of the dark side of the Force, keeping his "secret apprentice" hidden in a training facility on the volcanic planet Mustafar. Maul would eventually become an integral part of the Order of the Sith Lords, acting as a Sith Assassin used only to take care of the jobs that no one else could.

As Palpatine's secret apprentice, Darth Maul was always technically considered a violation of the Rule of Two being that Sidious was, at the time, an apprentice himself to the Sith Lord known as Darth Plagueis. However, Plagueis was always fully aware of Darth Maul's existence and even supported his training. After all, Darth Maul played a very important role during the invasion of Naboo. That is, until he was chopped in half by Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Why?
Fairly recently, Darth Maul was actually resurrected on the hit animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" in which he is seen sporting a cybernetic set of legs. After his defeat in "Episode I," Maul is exiled to the trash planet Lotho Minor where he is later discovered by his brother, Savage Opress, and brought back to his homeworld Dathomir to be physically and psychologically rejuvenated.

How?
Clearly, Darth Maul has a score to settle with Obi-Wan for what the Jedi Master took away from him all those years ago. But with Obi-Wan long gone, who better to exact his vengeance upon than Obi-Wan's star pupil, Luke Skywalker? Granted, this is a long shot but if "The Clone Wars" could seamlessly merge the gap between "Episode I" and the "Star Wars" animated series then who's to say that A-list director J. J. Abrams can't do the same for "Star Wars VII"? The world is in dire need of a half-robot Darth Maul with two doubled-bladed lightsabers. Make it happen, Disney!

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