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A few years ago, there was a lot of hubbub surrounding “X-Men Origins: Wolverine." (No, it wasn’t the way they messed up Deadpool.) About a month prior to the film’s release, an unfinished copy was uploaded to the Internet for crazed fans to download and peruse. Lacking CGI or careful editing, the version was still more or less intact, and fans were able to criticize to their heart’s content. (Again, mostly about Deadpool.)

Though the original source of the leak was never found, the U.S. attorney’s office nabbed one scapegoat for the affair: Gilberto Sanchez, who admitted to putting the workprint on Megaupload.com and spreading the link around the Internet. Yesterday, Sanchez was sentenced to a year in federal prison on one count of uploading copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution.


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X-Men Origins: WolverineWith all of the chaos surrounding "Spider-Man" right now, it's easy to forget one of the more prominent fiascoes of last year's comic book movie scene: the leak of an unfinished print of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine." After an arrest was made in the investigation last month, the man accused of putting the illegal copy of "Wolverine" online revealed the course of events that brought F.B.I. agents to his door a month ago.

Gilberto Sanchez told the New York Times that he bought the bootleg copy of "Wolverine" from a street peddler and uploaded it to a file-sharing site. The film was widely circulated online, and everyone from Fox execs to Hugh Jackman himself expressed varying levels of shock, disappointment and condemnation, with Jackman saying he was "heartbroken" about the whole situation. Sanchez said he doesn't intend on fighting the charges against him.

He also doesn't intend to have a face-to-face with the "Wolverine" star any time soon, despite an invitation from CBS to appear with Jackman on “The Late Show With David Letterman.” Read More...


X-Men Origins: WolverineWhile the online leak of an early print of "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" back in April certainly didn't seem to hurt the film's success at the box office, that doesn't mean there aren't going to be repercussions for those involved — and the FBI made its first arrest in the investigation Wednesday.

According to CNET, 47-year-old Gilberto Sanchez was arrested in the Bronx, N.Y., by FBI agents early yesterday morning under suspicion of uploading the unfinished film to a large file-sharing site. The arrest was later confirmed by a spokesperson for the law enforcement agency's Los Angeles field office, which is heading the investigation.

However, the official text of the grand jury indictment targeting Sanchez doesn't address how Sanchez acquired the print of the film, meaning that the source of the leak could still be unknown or under investigation — and that more arrests are likely. Read More...


WatchmenLast week, we asked MTV readers to vote on their favorite comic book movie of 2009, and now the votes are in!

With more than 50 percent of the total votes, "Watchmen" was the top choice among fans — and by a wide margin, too. When all the votes were tallied, Zack Snyder's live-action adaptation of the classic Alan Moore graphic novel was the clear-cut winner over "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," which received half as many votes to nab the second-place spot.

However, while many predicted a victory by Rorschach, Nite Owl and the rest of "Watchmen" cast, there were some surprises in the final vote — namely among the animated features. Read More...

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X-Men Origins: WolverineIt's that time of year when we run down our favorite projects from the world of comics and comic book movies, folks. And while that's all well and good, this year I want to make sure Splash Page readers have a say in all the "Best Of" madness, too!

Next week, we're rolling out bunches of "Best Of" lists covering our favorite books, series, films and anything else that made big waves around Splash Page HQ over the last year — and along with rolling out our own picks, we'll reveal your pick for the best comic book movie of 2009.

Was "Wolverine" the best there was at what it did (this year)? Has distance (and the rest of the year's films) made you fonder of "Watchmen"? Or was one of this year's animated movies (i.e., "Hulk Vs." or "Green Lantern: First Flight") better than anything the live-action world had to offer? Read More...

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Wolverine - TwitterDid you leave "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" scratching your head over Stan Lee's absence? Well, he laid out a simple explanation on his Twitter account this weekend that should tell you which Marvel films he will or will not appear in going forward.

Meanwhile, Erik Larsen tweeted at length about the different demands placed on artists in comics versus animation and interjected a critique of "Sin City." Check out all of those posts, as well as Edgar Wright's affection for "X Factor," Dan Slott's father/son bonding moment over "Mad Men," and much more.

It's all in the Twitter Report for October 19, 2009. Read More...

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There's really not much to write after a headline like that, is there? Sure, you can offer the "why," "where" and "when," but it's almost better just to leave it at "Hugh Jackman and the Wolverine Blow-Up Doll" and move on. Trust me—that's the subject of the e-mail I received with the photo, and I'm stickin' with it.

Hugh Jackman and Wolverine

However, for those of you who do want to know why the "Wolverine" star was seen with what looks to be a large, blow-up (or possibly paper mache—I've never been the arts-and-crafts type) figure of his "X-Men" movie character, keep reading. I warn you, though: It's not as fun as the story you're imagining right now. Read More...

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Hugh Jackman - WolverineCBS News anchor extraordinaire Katie Couric has a startling confession to make: she's not exactly a fan of Wolverine.

The journalist admitted as much in a recent interview with "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" star Hugh Jackman, revealing that she isn't quite the comic book adaptation's target demographic. But Jackman insisted that there are plenty of reasons that Couric—and anybody, really—would have a good time with the "Wolverine" franchise.

"Why would you miss [out on] it?" he argued. "A little bit of nudity, I get all of my rage issues out... any rage issues I have are gone! Yeah, you do [have fun]. I wouldn't make them otherwise." Read More...

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Ryan ReynoldsAsked who he thought would be credited as the breakout performance in "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," director Gavin Hood put his money on Ryan Reynolds.

The actor who already starred in "Van Wilder" and "Smokin' Aces" took a step to the side of Hugh Jackman's spotlight for his role as Deadpool in the movie, which hit stores on DVD and Blu-ray two weeks ago, but that part might have tipped his career favorably now that he has a Deadpool solo movie and the title role in "Green Lantern" awaiting him.

Hood points to Reynolds physical commitment to the role his success in the film. Read More...

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MagnetoDirector Gavin Hood got a remarkably large cast of mutants in the script for "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," but when asked which missing character in the X-Men's world he would like to direct, he dropped the name of a villain who's already appeared in three films films: Magneto.

David Goyer has been the popular name mentioned to direct "X-Men Origins: Magneto," but if the "Dark Knight" writer finds himself committed when the project finally comes together, Hood says he'd be willing to step behind the camera.

"I think the character of Magneto is still a phenomenally interesting character," Hood told MTV News while discussing last week's release of "Wolverine" on DVD and Blu-Ray. Read More...

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