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  • How a Makeup Artist Helped Hugh Jackman Look His Worst in ‘Logan’
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    How a Makeup Artist Helped Hugh Jackman Look His Worst in ‘Logan’

    “Logan,” released by Fox on March 3, has surpassed expectations, raking in more than $500 million dollars in its first four weeks at the global box office. The latest installment in the massive 10-film “X-Men” franchise (with many more to come), which includes the titles “Deadpool” and “The Wolverine,” wowed audiences with its dark story and decaying protagonist, Logan, played by Hugh Jackman. This story first appeared in the April 04, 2017 issue of Variety. Key to the film’s aesthetic was Logan’s distressed physical appearance, created in large part by makeup and prosthetics artist Joel Harlow, a three-time Oscar nominee, including a win for 2009’s “Star Trek” reboot.

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  • 'Logan': Crafting Hugh Jackman's Ugly Final Days as Wolverine
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    'Logan': Crafting Hugh Jackman's Ugly Final Days as Wolverine

    There's the unforgiving sun beating down, the wounds that won't heal, and the impending death on Logan's face. They all take the trendy term "gritty superhero movie" to a new level.

    Makeup artist Joel Harlow and his team had the challenging task of taking two very familiar characters — Hugh Jackman's Wolverine and Patrick Stewart's Professor X — and delivering believably aged-up versions of them, while also helping to send them off with dignity.

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  • Why 'Star Trek: Beyond' Should Win The Oscar Over 'Suicide Squad'
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    Why 'Star Trek: Beyond' Should Win The Oscar Over 'Suicide Squad'

    Genre movies rarely get a look-in at the Oscars. Thought too frivolous for the prestigious award ceremony, big budget scifi flicks are usually snubbed. If they do manage to get nominated, films like The Force Awakens and Rogue One are usually shoved to the technical categories like sound editing and visual effects.

    Such is the case of Star Trek: Beyond and Suicide Squad, two summer blockbusters that didn't quite win critics over. In 2017's #Oscars, these movies are head-to-head for the Hair & Makeup Award — but only one of them deserves to win.

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  • Shock and claw: How 'Logan' became a gory tearjerker
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    MAR

    Shock and claw: How 'Logan' became a gory tearjerker

    What just happened??!!

    That’s a question many moviegoers are asking after seeing Logan, the gritty Wolverine finale that had 2017’s biggest opening so far ($85.3 million and counting). They can’t believe they just saw so many bodies get disemboweled by Wolverine’s (Hugh Jackman) claws, and they’re surprised a comic-book movie just made them cry.

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  • The Story Behind Wolverine's Scars in 'Logan'
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    MAR

    The Story Behind Wolverine's Scars in 'Logan'

    In James Mangold’s Logan, Hugh Jackman takes one final turn in the role he inhabited for nearly 20 years: Wolverine, the berserk mutant who can heal from any injury and pop claws from his fists. In the new movie, set in 2029, Wolverine’s days with the X-Men are far behind him. He drives a limo and goes by James, suffering quietly as the adamantium alloy that gave him strength now slowly poisons his body. To create the dying hero, Logan director James Mangold looked to Oscar-winning makeup artist Joel Harlow and his FX studio Morphology.

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  • Oscar-Nominated Makeup Whiz Joel Harlow on Crafting 'Star Trek Beyond' Aliens, Marvel Superheroes, and Johnny Depp Disguises
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    Oscar-Nominated Makeup Whiz Joel Harlow on Crafting 'Star Trek Beyond' Aliens, Marvel Superheroes, and Johnny Depp Disguises

    For 30 years, Joel Harlow has been one of Hollywood’s premiere makeup artists, and come Oscar night, he’ll contend for his second Academy Award for his work on ‘Star Trek Beyond, which required him to create more than 50 different alien species. A North Dakota native, Harlow took home a gold statuette for J.J. Abrams’s 2009 Star Trek reboot, and also received a nomination for 2013’s The Lone Ranger — one of his 16 collaborations with Johnny Depp. (Over the weekend, Harlow scored the Makeup Artists Guild Award for Best Makeup Effects for his Beyond work.)

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