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Movie Review: X-Men Origins: Wolverine

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Here’s the problem with - there is so much anticipation and expectation before the movie comes out that there is already a slim chance that the movie meets them.  How many times have you had high expectations for something that actually panned out?  Let’s see, The Empire Strikes Back, LeBron James coming into the NBA, and a second serving of Ben and Jerry’s Half Baked ice cream… that’s it.  So, the question then is, does X-Men Origins: Wolverine make the grade?  Umm, no.

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In Theaters This Weekend: April 29, 2009

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Wolverine Premiere on Hold Due to Swine Flu

WolverineHe might be able to ride a helicopter, but not even Wolverine can bring down the swine flu.

Due to the current epidemic in Mexico, 20th Century Fox has chosen to postpone its plans. had been scheduled to attend the premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine in Mexico City this Wednesday.

“We were not only concerned about Hugh’s welfare – and we would never send anyone into harm’s way – but we also have an enormous office filled with people we care about,” a rep told People magazine.

Although health officials are still trying to get a handle on the situation, the studio is leaving open the possibility of a future screening. “Hugh is obviously beloved [there] so we’ll see what happens. We’ll monitor the situation,” the rep added.

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Bring Wolverine Premiere to Your City

Interested in seeing People’s Sexiest Man Alive in the flesh? Well, here’s your chance!

Effective immediately, fans of the X-Men series can vote to bring the premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine to their hometown. Submissions will be accepted until April 17 with the winning city announced on April 20.

The lucky city will get - and the whole red carpet treatment - on April 27, just days before the nationwide debut on May 1.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: March 3, 2009

Australia DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • Ashes of Time Redux: DVD
  • Australia: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Beverly Hills Chihuahua: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Dead in 3 Days: DVD
  • I’ve Loved You So Long: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Lake City: DVD
  • The Silence of the Lambs: Blu-ray
  • The Village Barbershop: DVD

Click here to see the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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The 2009 Academy Awards: Live Commentary

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Awards,

The Oscars

After a year away from live Oscars coverage, I’m thrilled to be back for the 2009 Academy Awards.

Even though Dark Knight‘s snub will probably keep a number of viewers away (how many can honestly say they’ve seen The Reader?), I’m eagerly anticipating several moments from this evening’s broadcast.

Will Heath Ledger’s family bring the house to tears? Is Mickey Rourke going to make the producers wince? Will the cameras pan to Brangelina after Jennifer Aniston’s presentation? Are Vanessa Hudgens and Zac Efron really (really?) going to do a song and dance number?

To find out if this will be the year of the Slumdog or the underdog, stay tuned here for the live results!

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Nicole Kidman Not Proud of Australia Performance

Nicole Kidman in Australia

I guess we shouldn’t be expecting any nominations for this season.

In an interview with a Sydney radio station, the 41-year-old admitted she wasn’t proud of her performance in Australia. The insecurity about her work in the lavish production even forced the actress to quickly free her native country.

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Say Yes to Jim Carrey

Yes Man

How will remember Winter Solstice 2008? As the weekend he placed second.

Prior to Friday’s premieres, number crunchers were already predicting a close race between headliners Jim Carrey and Will Smith. Unfortunately for Warner Bros., ‘s ultimate victory felt slightly hollow. The comedy’s $18.2 million gross was nowhere near the figures Carrey used to generate. (Bruce Almighty‘s premiere earned $68 million in 2003; Liar Liar took in $31.4 million in 1997.) Yes did, though, do better than 2005’s Fun with Dick and Jane. (That film raked in $14.1 million during its open.)

Will Smith didn’t have much to celebrate over the last three days either. His latest film, , only took in $14.8 million. That’s a number almost unheard of in Smith-land. The drama, directed by Pursuit of Happyness’ Gabriele Muccino, was the actor’s lowest grosser since Ali. (That film earned $14.7 million when it debuted in December 2001.)

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Box Office Breakdown: The Day The Earth Stood Still Stands Tall

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Mediocre reviews couldn’t keep from vaulting into first place this weekend.

The sci-fi remake starring Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly earned $30.5 million over the last three days, more than doubling the take of its nearest competitor. Although Earth had the smallest debut for a #1 film since October 17th (when Max Payne grossed $17.6 million), the Fox feature only cost a reported $80 million to make. It was also the studio’s best open since Horton Hears a Who unfolded in back in March.

The only other new entries in this week’s Top Ten were Nothing Like the Holidays and . Holidays took in $3.5 million and scored itself a 7th place finish. Meanwhile, Milk - which had actually reached #10 before - reentered the charts at #9.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Trailer

This is really turning out to be Hugh Jackman’s year.

In addition to starring in the visual spectacle, Australia, the actor was recently selected to be People’s Sexist Man Alive and the host for the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Next up: Wolverine.

In this new trailer for , we see Jackman’s character 17 years before 2000’s X-Men took place. We also get glimpses of a younger William Stryker (Danny Huston), Sabretooth (Liev Schreiber) and Gambit (Taylor Kitsch).

The prequel - also starring Ryan Reynolds, Dominic Monaghan and will.i.am - opens May 1, 2009.