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May 10, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The force is returning to Britain. Disney-owned Lucasfilm announced Friday that production of "Star Wars: Episode VII " will take place in the United Kingdom, the latest example of a high-profile Hollywood movie filming outside California. Another big Disney movie, Marvel Studios' current release "Iron Man 3," filmed in North Carolina. Britain provides rebates of up to 25%, making it an attractive destination for such big productions as the "Harry Potter" movies, "Clash of the Titans" and "Captain America: the First Avenger.
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May 10, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
The force is returning to Britain. Disney-owned Lucasfilm announced Friday that production of "Star Wars: Episode VII " will take place in the United Kingdom, the latest example of a high-profile Hollywood movie filming outside California. Another big Disney movie, Marvel Studios' current release "Iron Man 3," filmed in North Carolina. Britain provides rebates of up to 25%, making it an attractive destination for such big productions as the "Harry Potter" movies, "Clash of the Titans" and "Captain America: the First Avenger.
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May 8, 2005 | Mark Olsen
Many writers toil away their entire career hoping for a shot at writing a summer action blockbuster. This year, Simon Kinberg has three. With "XXX: State of the Union" (his first on-screen credit), "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" and "Fantastic Four" all hitting theaters within months of one another, and with the assignment to write the third "X-Men" film, Kinberg has made a leap to the top of the heap. It is "Mr. and Mrs.
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May 16, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel has been all over the revival of the "Star Wars" franchise in the past month. First he cornered Harrison Ford, making the actor who played Han Solo confront his old pal Chewbacca over past grievances and transgressions involving the Wookie and Princess Leia. Wednesday night Kimmel asked director J.J. Abrams, on the show to promote his "Star Trek Into Darkness," about the course he might take with the next "Star Wars" movie, which he's also set to helm.
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June 10, 2005 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
MARRIAGES, even the happy ones, can sometimes feel like combat zones. But what if a marriage really was a combat zone, with the husband and wife literally trying to kill each other? And what if the spouses were really good at that sort of thing -- professionally good? This is the world of "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," and if you think that premise sounds farfetched, especially for an action-based romantic comedy, you don't know the half of it.
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April 29, 2005 | Kevin Thomas, Times Staff Writer
Revolution Studios needn't have worried that Vin Diesel would not be doing the sequel to the 2002 hit "XXX," because Ice Cube proves up to the task in "XXX: State of the Union." Cube has always been a natural in front of a camera, and he's as much at ease as a daring action star as he has been of late in comedies.
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November 1, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
Forget the deerstalker hat, the twee houndstooth Inverness overcoat and the oversized spyglass. Sherlock Holmes in the 2009 big-budget rendition of Arthur Conan Doyle's famed detective is most certainly no sexless, stuffy, Edwardian gentleman. This Sherlock Holmes -- as played by the turbo-speed Robert Downey Jr. -- is a bare-knuckle brawler, a martial arts devotee with a mind that whizzes along like a Ferrari and a penchant for falling into a disheveled slough of depression between cases.
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March 11, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
"Star Wars Rebels" will be the first look fans get of their favorite science-fiction universe since its creator, George Lucas, sold the property to Disney and stepped down from the helm two years ago. Naturally, fans are approaching the new series with equal parts excitement and trepidation. After all, Disney itself has been compared to the nefarious "Empire" more than a few times over the years. "Rebels" executive producer Dave Filoni finds the notion that "Star Wars" may be unrecognizable in its new iteration "fascinating.
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February 14, 2008 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
The science-fiction thriller "Jumper" is being marketed as a cross between the "Bourne" movies and "The Matrix." And sure, there's plenty of globe-trotting and an obscure mythology in place, and "Jumper" star Hayden Christensen does share a conveniently blank, otherworldly quality with fellow Canadian Keanu Reeves -- a trait that's balanced by the gravitas of a powerful African American actor (Samuel L. Jackson). But "Jumper" is all high concept with little invested in characters or story.
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February 14, 2012 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
It's a hit-and-miss affair as CIA agents/BFFs Chris Pine and Tom Hardy launch highly targeted competing covert love-ops in "This Means War," both aiming for the heart of a consumer products tester played by Reese Witherspoon. Smart, blond, beautiful but unable to get a guy, Witherspoon's Lauren Scott is as perky and perfect as she seems, but this lovely is not what gives the movie its kick. So if you are in the mood for action, there is a whole lot of it here. If you're in the mood for love, of the swooning, weak-in-the knees sort, there's not so much.
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June 6, 2012 | By Gina McIntyre, Los Angeles Times
Imagine the story of the Nativity recast as a Hollywood blockbuster - a sword-and-sandals epic loaded with expensive computer-generated effects, a disfigured, lecherous villain and enough hacked-off limbs, severed heads and stomach-turning disembowlings to give even Quentin Tarantino pause - and you'll have a solid idea of what to expect in "Unholy Night," the new novel from mash-up king Seth Grahame-Smith. With his novels "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" and"Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,"Grahame-Smith carved out a unique literary niche for himself, popularizing the genre mash-up movement and bringing a refreshing zaniness to historical fiction.
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