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January 17, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher
CAST: Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke. Directed by Jon Favreau. BACK STORY: Yes, with the addition of Johansson and Rourke to the cast, there will be a lot of "beauty and the beast" headlines as the release nears. The high-flying franchise from Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures picks up right where the 2008 hit film left off: with billionaire Tony Stark (Downey) revealing his secret identity to the world in open defiance of every municipal code in Gotham City and Metropolis.
April 25, 2014 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - DMG Entertainment, the Beijing-based company that co-produced Hollywood films including "Iron Man 3" and "Transcendence," is in the process of going public on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. The move will see DMG enter the exchange through a reverse takeover with meat-processing company Sichuan Gaojin Foods. The deal still needs regulatory approval. According to DMG and Sichuan Gaojin, the deal values DMG at $970 million. That's three times the value of Gaojin at the end of 2013.
November 25, 2009
It's Always Four O'Clock/Iron Man W.R. Burnett Stark House: 296 pp., $19.95 paper
April 24, 2014 | By Brady MacDonald
Don't get your hopes up, Marvel fans. The new Iron Man ride coming to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2016 won't be easily replicated at other Disney theme parks around the world. PHOTOS: Iron Man Experience at Hong Kong Disneyland The $100-million Iron Man Experience will be similar to Star Tours, a simulator ride based on another of Disney's tent-pole properties: Star Wars. Recent updates to the Star Tours attractions at Disneyland in California and Tokyo Disneyland in Japan mean Tony Stark won't be replacing Darth Vader anytime soon.
April 30, 2013 | By Susan Denley
The gown that Gwyneth Paltrow wore to the world premiere of "Iron Man 3" last week in L.A. has gotten a lot of buzz, mostly negative. The Antonio Berardi dress is boat-necked with bell sleeves, but it was the skirt that got all the attention, with sheer panels revealing the sides of Paltrow's body from the top of her hip to her ankle. Now the actress' stylist Elizabeth Saltzman defends the choice to Us Weekly, calling the dress "elegant," and saying it showed spirit -- as well as the fruits of Paltrow's labors at the gym. [Us Weekly]
June 28, 2010
"Iron Man 2" is wrapping up its box office run in a surprising spot: behind the original "Iron Man." Marvel Entertainment's superhero sequel dropped out of the box office top 10 this weekend, its eighth in theaters, and has grossed $307 million in the U.S. and Canada. "Iron Man" left the box office top 10 on its ninth weekend with $309 million. Although the difference is tiny, it's remarkable given that "Iron Man 2" opened to $128.1 million in early May, higher than its predecessor's $98.6 million opening at the same time of year in 2008.
January 7, 2009 | Susan King
Superhero films are proving to be more than just popcorn escapism this award season. "The Dark Knight" earned a nomination Monday for the Producers Guild of America's top prize. And on Tuesday, "Iron Man," 2008's other superhero box-office champ, received a nomination for the USC Libraries 21st Annual Scripter Award.
May 10, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
With audience interest already sky high and ads blanketing television and billboards, there was little doubt theaters would be packed for "Iron Man 2" when it arrived Friday. But the line between hit and potential mega-hit was crossed Saturday, when ticket sales declined a very modest 11%. That statistic, combined with an average grade of A from moviegoers, according to market research firm CinemaScore, means that word of mouth should be extremely strong. All told, "Iron Man 2" took in a hefty $133.
October 30, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - Army Capt. Brian Dowling was leading his Special Forces team through a steep mountain pass in eastern Afghanistan when insurgents ambushed his patrol, leaving two of his soldiers pinned down with life-threatening wounds. After a furious firefight, the two men were rescued, but that episode in 2006 would change Dowling's life. Now employed by a small defense company, he is part of a crash effort by U.S. Special Operations Command to produce a radically new protective suit for elite soldiers to wear into battle - one with bionic limbs, head-to-toe armor, a built-in power supply and live data feeds projected on a see-through display inside the helmet.
May 11, 2010
'Iron Man' lowers take Turns out that "Iron Man 2" was a bit less popular with moms than expected, while "Babies" was a whole lot more. The final North American weekend gross for the superhero sequel was $128.1 million, a bit below the estimated $133.6 million than Paramount Pictures released Sunday. The film did $1 million better than expected overseas, however, grossing $58.4 million, instead of the estimated $57.2 million. So far, the movie has taken in $194.2 million in foreign markets.
April 11, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Coldplay rocker Chris Martin didn't have his wedding ring on at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Awards on Thursday night, but that might be the only sign that his "conscious uncoupling" from Gwyneth Paltrow is really a breakup.  After sealing their split oddly with a family vacation to the Bahamas, the two have since ventured out together looking "lovey-dovey," according to a  People  source. Martin and Paltrow reportedly held hands, laughed and joked while attending Robert Downey Jr.'s birthday party with their children, Apple and Moses, on Sunday.  Partygoers were surprised by the affectionate display to the point that the source said it wouldn't be a surprise "if a report came out in a couple of weeks that they are back together.
March 13, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Larry Scott wasn't exactly a 98-pound weakling - he weighed in at 120 - but his life changed forever after he ran across a stack of bodybuilding magazines in an Idaho city dump. The scrawny 16-year-old started working out in private, doing lifts with a tractor axle. Within 10 years, he was Mr. Idaho, Mr. California, Mr. Pacific Coast, Mr. America and Mr. Universe. In 1965, he became the world's first Mr. Olympia, a title designed by promoter and publisher Joe Weider as bodybuilding's indisputably supreme honor.
February 17, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
In a show of misdirection worthy of a conjurer, though not a very good conjurer, Harvard economics professor N. Gregory Mankiw has again tried to depict the 1% as exceptional individuals making unique contributions to the economy or culture, rather than as mediocre CEOs and derivatives traders contributing precious little to society. His message is: Who could begrudge such people their just deserts?* But he's stacking the deck. An earlier attempt by Mankiw to prettify income inequality came under attack, as we reported here , but he has only redoubled his campaign.
January 14, 2014
"Gravity," "Pacific Rim," "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" were among the nominees announced Tuesday morning for the Visual Effects Society's 12th VES Awards honoring visual effects artistry in film, animation, television, commercials and video games. Nominated for outstanding visual effects in a visual effects-driven feature motion picture are "Gravity," "Iron Man 3," "Pacific Rim," "Star Trek Into Darkness" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
January 10, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
It's official. Jennifer Lawrence's "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" became the highest grossing movie released in 2013 in the U.S. and Canada, hitting an estimated cumulative total of more than $409 million in domestic ticket sales, distributor Lionsgate said on Thursday.  By adding about $493,000 to its domestic take Wednesday night, the dystopian action movie overtook the year's hitherto No. 1 release, Disney's 3-D superhero adventure "Iron Man...
December 30, 2013 | By Ryan Faughnder
Some critics are calling 2013 the best movie year in a decade. And although critical darlings don't always produce profits, it will also be the highest-grossing year on record - barely. After a shaky spring and a summer of high-profile hits and misses, the box office is projected to reach $10.9 billion this year, up slightly from last year's record of $10.8 billion. That's partly the result of a fourth-quarter surge of awards contenders that are also popular with moviegoers, among them the space saga "Gravity," the antebellum drama "12 Years a Slave" and the disco-era romp "American Hustle.
November 10, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
With its god of thunder "Thor" lighting up the box office this weekend, Marvel has struck again at the multiplex. The 3-D sequel "Thor: The Dark World" debuted with a healthy $86 million, according to an estimate from Marvel distributor Walt Disney Studios. That's the fourth-highest opening of the year, but well behind another Marvel property, "Iron Man 3," whose $174-million debut is still the biggest of 2013. Heading into the weekend, prerelease audience surveys suggested the comic book adaptation would debut with a minimum of $90 million -- and given strong early interest, even a $100-million launch didn't appear impossible.
November 3, 2013
Re "U.S. calls for 'Iron Man,'" Oct. 31 As a mother, I cringe at the onslaught of violent entertainment in our culture. But then I think, "What a great way for people - especially men - to get their aggression out by simulating war, violence and destruction with their imagination. " But when I read about defense contractors trying to create an "Iron Man" suit for soldiers, my heart sinks. The only imagination at work here is by those continually betting on humans being perpetually embroiled in a state of war. War is a failure of the imagination, the saying goes.
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