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ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before searching for a deeper meaning. The Skinny: It's no secret that I'm a fan of "Nashville. " However, I'm a little disappointed with where the writers are taking the Juliette Barnes character played by Hayden Panettiere. It feels lazy. Friday's headlines include a preview of the weekend box office and a review of "Iron Man 3. " If you are interested in receiving an email alert when the Morning Fix is live please send me a note and we'll try to get this going soon.
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NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Jenn Harris
Rebecca Hall loves designer labels. While promoting her new film "Iron Man 3,"  Hall showed off her expensive tastes on the red carpet.  "Shopping is a bit of a relaxing hobby for me, which is sometimes troubling for the bank balance," Hall told Vogue UK . The British actress has professed her love on numerous occasions for the British brand Mulberry and has been seen sitting front row at the label's shows.  Hall doesn't experiment much...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
After headlining two of his own movies and teaming up to save the world in "The Avengers," the billionaire-playboy-turned-superhero Iron Man is a known quantity. Anytime he shows up, audiences can rest assured that high-tech battle suits, scheming villains, big explosions and snappy banter are soon to follow. So it goes in his latest outing, "Iron Man 3," which finds Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) donning his famous armor to battle the terrorist mastermind the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
Summer is the season for blockbusters at the box office, and this year Hollywood is going all in. Midway through a year of declining attendance and ticket sales, the major studios are betting heavily on big-budget spectacles that can fatten the bottom line if they succeed - or lead to write-offs and management shake-ups if they don't. Of the 45 films being released from this weekend to Labor Day, at least 18 cost more than $100 million each to produce - and five of them were in the $200-million neighborhood.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By John Horn
Is “Iron Man 3” as steely as “The Avengers?” The highly anticipated Marvel-Disney sequel opens domestically this weekend, a week after the Tony Stark update grossed nearly $200 million in its overseas premiere -- a faster start than “The Avengers” enjoyed in international markets last May. Breaking the “Avengers” box-office record in domestic theaters, however, may be a tougher task. “Iron Man 3” isn't expected to surpass the opening domestic weekend record of $207.4 million held by “The Avengers,” but the superhero sequel could gross $170 million or more in its first three days, according to marketing executives who have seen audience tracking surveys.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Batman's done it. Spider-Man too. Superman is about to try. As studios attempt to inject new life into overly familiar comic-book franchises, reboots - with changes in tone, directors and stars - are all the rage. But "Iron Man 3" proves there is more than one way to skin this particular cat. The story of "Iron Man 3" is a continuation of the previous two films, and its key cast is the same. But like a stunt driver taking over the wheel while the car is moving at 100 mph, new director (and co-writer)
BUSINESS
May 1, 2013 | By Don Lee
BEIJING -- "Iron Man 3" made its Chinese debut Wednesday -- two days ahead of the U.S. opening -- and while the film is drawing good crowds here, it's leaving many viewers unimpressed with Hollywood's latest attempt to crack China's booming cinema market. Partly financed by Chinese firm DMG Entertainment, the superhero sequel by Walt Disney's Marvel Studios had impressive openings last weekend in Britain, South Korea and other countries. The partners are counting on strong China sales to help make it this summer's first global blockbuster, and Marvel said it had added "significant Chinese elements" to the movie, including an appearance by popular singer and actress Fan Bingbing.
NEWS
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]
ENTERTAINMENT
April 28, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman
Star power didn't do much to attract moviegoers to the multiplex this weekend, as two celebrity-heavy films were unable to jump-start the box office. "Pain & Gain," featuring typically reliable box-office draws Dwayne Johnson and Mark Wahlberg, debuted with a $20 million, according to an estimate from distributor Paramount Pictures. Fortunately, the studio only spent $26 million to produce the Michael Bay-directed action comedy - otherwise, its opening would be considered more troublesome.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before watching the NFL draft. The Skinny: Actually, I'm not all that excited about this year's NFL draft since the Redskins don't have a first-round pick. Thursday's stories include Disney's growing feud with theater owners, Amazon planning its own set-top box and the Gibson Amphitheatre being squeezed out by Harry Potter.  Daily Dose: NBC's search for a new president of its news division has gone beyond not only the company, but the country as well.
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