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Marvel Movies Upcoming...

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Captain America: The First Avenger Paramount Pictures 7/22/11
Ghost Rider 2 (3D) Sony 2/17/12
The Avengers (2012) Buena Vista 5/4/12
The Amazing Spider-Man Sony 7/3/12
Iron Man 3 Buena Vista 5/3/13

Thor And X-Men First Class Tipped To Hammer Home Results...

Thor and X-Men: First Class got great reviews and we're awesome, and Captain America: The First Avenger seems set to hit the spot to, but big questions remain about Green Lantern, and the vibe is not particularly good. Green Lantern with Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively is getting very reviews. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes has a 23% approval among movie critics, according to the 153 reviews counters. But 72% of the 62,000 plus user reviewers say that they "liked it" with it just premiering in the U.S theaters Friday after a midnight release on late Thursday/early Friday. Comic Book indicates are pretty negative on the flick. One reviewer called the movie "inert, artificial and dead on arrival." During the midnight release on Thursday, the film drew $3.35 million 0 the same region that alike movies that were recently released did; X-Men: First Class brought in $3.37 million on June 2nd, and Thor did $3.25 million on May 5th. X-Men: First Class and Thor both had a budget significantly less than Green Lantern; the former had a budget of $160 million while Thor had exactly half the budget of Green Lantern — $150 million. While the flick will likely end up eventually surpassing its budget, the fact the other comic book movies had much less budget isn’t a great result. Ultimately, X-Men: First Class raked in $55.1 million in its opening weekend while Thor did $65.7 million. With this being the third comic book-based movie released in a month-and-a-half and mixed reviews, will Green Lantern under perform this weekend, or will the hardcore - fanboy type audience that has been largely ripping on it, check it out at the cinema?

Our top picks: Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger looks like a safe bet.

Be it movies, comics or games, we think that Marvel Entertainment leads the pack, followed by DC Comics, with Dark Horse Comics getting a third, based on the positive news leaks and insider tip offs we've been getting.

As Marvel living legend Stan Lee would say, Excelsior!

James Bond: Naomie Harris Finds Next Bond Movie Special...

Actress Naomie Harris thinks the 23rd installment of the James Bond movies will have a "very special" feeling to it. The British actress is apparently a top contender for a leading role in the forthcoming Sam Mendes directed "James Bond" movie, which sees Daniel Craig reprise his role as the iconic British spy. "It would be great to be part of Bond but nothing is confirmed yet. Sam Mendes is an amazing director and a really, really lovely man as well. He's got brilliant ideas. From meeting them, I think it's going to be a very special Bond," quoted the 34-year-old as saying. Harris is best known for her role as Selena in "28 Days Later" and Tia Dalma in the second and third series of " Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.

Paramount Pictures Joins Yahoo! Movies to Present the "TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON" Movie U.S. Premiere Event on June 28th Live From New York City; Fans Across the Globe Can Experience the Red Carpet Firsthand by Tuning In Online, Movie Opens Exclusively in 3D at 9PM on June 28th and Worldwide on June 29th...

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., June 27, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Paramount Pictures has teamed with Yahoo! Movies (, the leading website for movie trailers, news and information, to present the TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON movie premiere live from New York City. The live red carpet event will begin airing online, June 28, at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Fans can watch together and share across their social networks, as the red carpet event is streamed free at Fans can get the chance to see some of their favorite celebrities, including the film's director Michael Bay and stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Julie White, Frances McDormand and Ken Jeong. After watching the live red carpet, fans can head to theaters as the movie opens exclusively in 3D at 9 p.m. on June 28th and everywhere beginning at midnight on June 29th.

Fans tuning in from different time zones around the globe will also have an opportunity to experience the event highlights throughout the following day, subsequent to the U.S. premiere on

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON is directed by Michael Bay, written by Ehren Kruger and produced by Don Murphy & Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ian Bryce. The executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Michael Bay, Brian Goldner and Mark Vahradian. When a mysterious event from Earth's past erupts into the present day it threatens to bring a war to Earth so big that the Transformers alone will not be able to save us. The movie stars Shia LaBeouf, Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, Tyrese Gibson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Patrick Dempsey, Kevin Dunn, Julie White with John Malkovich and Frances McDormand. It will be released by Paramount Pictures worldwide on June 29th. © 2011 Paramount Pictures Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

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WWE Looking For Next Giant...

WWE top brass have been on the look out for future big time wrestlers in recent months. Enter Australian Josh Taylor, who stands at 6'10" and 385 pounds, and is the latest big man wrestler to be checked out by WWE as he showed his stuff to company officials prior to Friday's live WWE event in Sydney. He is billed as the largest wrestler in Australia. Professional Wrestling Alliance Queensland co-owner Andrew Venables said Taylor is Australia's best chance of success overseas. "He is the heart and soul of wrestling in Australia," Venables said. "If he shows them half the dedication as he has locally then he will make it."

Marvel ous News: Hugh Jackman Says The Wolverine Shoots In October...

The 42-year-old Autralian actor recently revealed to Toronto radio station CHFI when the next Wolverine movie will begin filming "We shoot [The Wolverine] in October, so it will probably come out a year after that," Hugh said. "That’s usually around the timeline." The Wolverine follows the popular X-Men character as he travels to Japan to train with a samurai warrior. The film will also likely star Kelly Hu and Naturi Naughton. A Media Man insider was overheard "Wolverine with Hugh Jackman may potentially be even better than Thor. For the fans and for Marvel that would be excelsior news".

James Mangold May Direct 'The Wolverine' Staring Hugh Jackman...

James Mangold is, according to reports, in final negotiations to direct "The Wolverine" for 20th Century Fox from the screenplay by Christopher McQuarrie. This is the same script that Darren Aronofsky was attached to for a while, and it will take Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, to Japan. Fox has been looking at potential directors for a while now, since Aronofsky left the project. There are some complications ahead, though. "X-Men: First Class" is getting better critical and fan response than either of the last two films in the "X-Men" franchise, Fox has a choice to make. With a Wolverine-only movie it would likely be a bit hit and a safe bet, but in the movie business you never know. It's competing with many other superhero flicks. Why have Japan as the backdrop? Perhaps the Japanese people are ready to move forward and enjoy a bit of escapism, after suffering earthquakes earlier this year. For Marvel and Fox it looks like things may be full speed ahead. Right now, there's no date for "The Wolverine," and there's no start-date for production. But if Mangold is indeed the man for the job, things will like get moving more quickly in the very near future.

Getty Images Acquires Peter Carrette Archive...

Sydney, Australia – 30 June 2011: Getty Images, one of the world’s leading creators and distributors of still imagery, footage and multimedia products, today announced that it has successfully completed the acquisition of the Peter Carrette Archive. The collection hails from Icon Images, the Sydney-based photo agency founded by the renowned and, at times, controversial photographer Peter Carrette.

One of the most prolific celebrity photographers of his generation, Carrette has worked with a multitude of personalities, from Russell Crowe to Prince Harry and Angelina Jolie. His archive specialises in celebrity images and has one of the most extensive back catalogues in the world. In addition to Carrette’s own work, the archive also includes contributions from a broad network of international photographers.

“We are thrilled to announce the addition of Peter Carrette’s vast and varied library of work to the Getty Images’ archival collection,” says Stuart Hannagan, Vice President, Australasia and Director of Photography Asia Pacific, Getty Images. “The archive will provide Getty Images’ customers with access to an even broader collection of significant international and Australian imagery, which includes a diverse catalogue ranging from the who’s who of the celebrity world, to war zones in Grenada, El Salvador and Nicaragua.”

Hannagan continues: “Peter Carrette was a pioneer in the field of celebrity photography and his archive further strengthens Getty Images’ Australian, and indeed its international, editorial collection, ensuring that our customers have access to the most comprehensive collection of content all on one platform.”

Carrette, who passed away in November 2010, was known for pushing the boundaries of photojournalism and taking iconic photographs. For his notable beachside image of US soldiers disembarking a landing craft during the 1983 invasion of Grenada, Carrette famously hired a boat to arrive under cover of darkness to ensure he had the best vantage point.

An Englishman who called Sydney’s Bondi Beach home, Carrette counted Australian actor Jack Thompson amongst his close friends. It was Thompson who introduced Carrette to the plight of the Krousar Thmey orphanage in Cambodia, a cause that Carrette supported for over twenty years, helping to build the Krouser Thmey Cambodian children’s charity.

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