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Will Yun Lee to Play Villainous Silver Samurai Opposite Hugh Jackman's 'Wolverine'

Hugh Jackman has a villain for Fox's "X-Men" prequel, "Wolverine." Will Yun Lee will play Kenuichio Harada, a.k.a. the Silver Samurai for those of you that follow the Marvel comic.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 10, 2012 1:00 PM
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Remembering Steve Jobs, VES Summit and Bill of Rights, Geeking out with John Gaeta

Remembering Steve Jobs, VES Summit and Bill of Rights, Geeking out with John Gaeta
In this week's Immersed in Movies column, Bill Desowitz remembers meeting Steve Jobs, recaps the Visual Effects Society Summit and geeks out with John Gaeta at the Palo Alto International Film Festival. The passing of Steve Jobs on Wednesday underscores, more than anything else, the crucial importance of technological innovation, creative freedom, and entrepreneurial spirit. Jobs was the leading visionary of our time, and we need those attributes now more than ever.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 7, 2011 8:15 AM
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Marvel Plays Captain America Too Straight, Early Reviews UPDATED

Marvel Plays Captain America Too Straight, Early Reviews UPDATED
So far so good for Marvel Entertainment, which has churned out more blockbusters than stumbles. This year, both Thor and X-Men: First Class delivered, and Sony's 2012 reboot of Spider-Man will be previewed at Comic-Con, along with a full screening of Captain America: First Avenger, which always presented a challenge. How do you dust off a patriotic World War II Nazi-fighting hero--battling larger-than-life the Red Skull--and make ten-year-old boys believe in him again? Marvel bravely took on the task, starting out the movie with the discovery of a buried fighter plane in the Arctic, and reaching back in time to resurrect the origin story of Steve Rogers, a 90-pound weakling-turned-super-strong-war-hero.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 20, 2011 8:05 AM
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Hero Complex Fest: Captain America, Favreau, Downey, Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Avengers, Comic-Con

Hero Complex Fest: Captain America, Favreau, Downey, Iron Man, Cowboys & Aliens, Avengers, Comic-Con
Geoff Boucher has a good gig. His Hero Complex print/blog combo gets first crack--along with EW and MTV Movies--at the best access to the top genre movies, including set visits and early interviews. The guy's a strong reporter--he's been at the LAT for some 20 years--and his enthusiasm for the Comic-Con universe is genuine. The LAT has been promoing his second annual Hero Complex Film Festival, which took place last weekend.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 13, 2011 11:01 AM
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Weekend Box Office: Super 8 Pulls $38 Million, Beats X-Men: First Class for Number One Slot

Weekend Box Office: Super 8 Pulls $38 Million, Beats X-Men: First Class for Number One Slot
As Paramount labored to both downplay expectations and build up word-of-mouth via advance sneaks, Super 8 exceeded box office predictions and got off to a strong start. Anthony D'Alessandro reports:Super 8’s projector bulbs burned brighter than expected as Paramount’s sci-fi drama bested its lowest box office estimates by 52% for a wondrous weekend estimate of $38 million. Concern that J.J. Abrams’ cinematic love letter to Steven Spielberg would bow to dismal results provoked Paramount to hammer the film’s critical acclaim into gold by unspooling the film on Thursday at 300-plus sites (including 239 IMAX hubs) via a Twitter promotion. One couldn't expect record grosses from a limited release: thus Thursday’s $1 million take amounted to cherries on Paramount’s sundae.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 12, 2011 4:52 AM
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X-Men: First Class: Winners and Losers, Fassbender Up, Lawrence Down

X-Men: First Class: Winners and Losers, Fassbender Up, Lawrence Down
X-Men: First Class's $56 million opening (no 3-D premium ticket sales) marks a big win for most of the folks involved. But there are a few losers, too.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 5, 2011 6:55 AM
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Weekend Box Office: X-Men: First Class Tops Field with Prequel-Size $56 Million

Weekend Box Office: X-Men: First Class Tops Field with Prequel-Size $56 Million
Great reviews propelled reboot X-Men: First Class to a solid if not stellar $56 million opening. Anthony D'Alessandro explains why.Fox’s X-Men: First Class easily aced its weekend course in box office math by absorbing a solid $56 million into Fox’s coffers.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • June 5, 2011 4:10 AM
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Weekend Preview: X-Men Lands with Naked Mystique, Indies Beginners and Submarine Are Must-Sees

Weekend Preview: X-Men Lands with Naked Mystique, Indies Beginners and Submarine Are Must-Sees
It's a weekend of stellar and star-packed openings, with well-reviewed X-Men: First Class opening (finally fanboys get a glimpse at naked Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, picture below), along with buzzing indies Beginners, Submarine and Beautiful Boy. While Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor shine in Mike Mills' Beginners, and in rookie Richard Ayoade's Submarine the "excruciating and the hilarious mingle nearly to perfection, Shawn Ku's Beautiful Boy throws a pity party. Stars Maria Bello and Michael Sheen give as much as they can, but their audience will be severely limited by this grief-stricken drama that labors more than it elevates.
  • By Sophia Savage and Anne Thompson
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  • June 3, 2011 4:27 AM
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X-Men Writer Kinberg Talks First Class Secrets, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Blomkamp's Elysium

X-Men Writer Kinberg Talks First Class Secrets, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Blomkamp's Elysium
The fate of an entire franchise was at stake with X-Men reboot First Class.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 2, 2011 7:00 AM
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Early Reviews: X-Men: First Class Earns Top Grades

Early Reviews: X-Men: First Class Earns Top Grades
While some of us were gallivanting around the south of France, others caught screenings of Matthew Vaughn's crack at the X-Men franchise, First Class, which boasts an appealing cast led by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence and --for starters--strong reviews. The movie opens wide on Friday.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 31, 2011 10:34 AM
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