April 13, 2015 | 7:26 p.m.
Olivia Munn is joining the cast of “X-Men: Apocalypse” as the telepathic mutant Psylocke. Director Bryan Singer announced Munn’s casting on his Instagram account Monday. Psylocke, aka Betsy Braddock, was created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Herb Trimpe, and made her comic book debut in 1976 in the Marvel U.K. series “Captain Britain,” as the titular character’s twin sister. Over the years, she became a heroine in her own right and through a series of complicated events acquired the body and skills of a Japanese ninja named Kwannon. Munn, whose previous credits include “The Newsroom” and “Magic Mike,” joins a cast of up-and-comers, including Kodi Smit-McPhee (Nightcrawler), Sophie Turner (as Jean Grey), Alexandra Shipp (Storm), Tye Sheridan (Cyclops) and newcomer Lana Condor (Jubilee). Oscar Isaac is set to play the popular titular villain of the 1990s story line “Age […]
July 24, 2010 | 3:00 p.m.
The authors at Comic-Con International in San Diego who usually get the most attention are the creators of graphic novels and comic books. But as my Los Angeles Times colleague John Horn reports, there’s a different–and more controversial–writer making a splash on the convention floor this week: There’s no official queen of San Diego’s Comic-Con International, but if there were such a coronation, Olivia Munn might be wearing the crown. The 30-year-old actor and television personality — and recent Playboy and Maxim magazine cover girl — has drawn convention floor crowds so outsized that she’s become a walking fire hazard. Her pull is poised to grow even stronger during this weekend’s convention. In addition to being a co-host of the nerd-nirvana TV series “Attack of the Show!” and a new correspondent for “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart,” Munn has […]