May 8, 2012 |
It was prophetic. In March 1941, some nine months before Pearl Harbor, two Jews drew Captain America punching Adolf Hitler right in the face. That inaugural cover of the Marvel comic became such a pop culture icon that it was acted out in the 2011 movie Captain America: The First Avenger. The embodiment of all that was great about America, Cap — like Superman, Batman, the X-Men, and so many other superheroes — was created by a pair of Jews, Joe Simon (born Hymie Simon)
April 4, 2014 |
"WINTER Soldier" has fun with Captain America's status as the squarest Avenger - in this sequel, we learn he hasn't kissed a girl in half a century. Of course, Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) was cryogenically frozen much of that time, but even when he thawed out, his heart belonged to his World War II sweetheart, his "best girl," though he might have to recalibrate his fantasy stats now that his "best girl" is an old lady in a nursing home and he's spending time with Scarlett Johansson, a/k/a Black Widow, a/k/a Natasha, a/k/a cinema's leading unitard wearer, and available.
April 30, 2012 |
The Avengers is coming. The U.S. box office was overshadowed by events overseas, where the Marvel Comics superhero extravaganza The Avengers made its thundering bow, hammering down $178.4 million in ticket sales, days before opening here this Friday. The film, with Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson, opened in 39 countries last weekend. Domestically, the comedy Think Like a Man, based on Steve Harvey's book, was No. 1 for the second straight weekend, with $18 million.
March 6, 1990 |
If you were to ask me how I came to be running after litterbugs in downtown Miami while wearing bright red women's tights, I would have to say that the turning point was a visit to my optometrist. My optometrist is named Dr. Jeffrey Jeruss, and although he looks like a normal human being, only slightly larger, it turns out that, when it comes to littering, he is - and I mean this as a compliment - insane. So am I. I hate littering. I hate it when you go to a park or the beach, and the day is suddenly destroyed by the arrival of: The Picnic People From Hell.
August 17, 1998 |
As British secret agents John Steed and Emma Peel fence their way around a tailor's shop (an exhibit of swordplay devoid of even the slightest swash or buckle, by the way), Mrs. Peel explains her cutting-edge work in the field of atmospheric physics: "We were bombarding protons and ions to make antimatter," she explains, clanging steel with Steed. The folks behind The Avengers have come up with something almost as cutting-edge: the anti-movie. A stultifyingly dull re-do of the '60s TV series starring Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg, The Avengers is a thoroughly inert yarn featuring a frosty, charmless performance from Ralph Fiennes as the bowler-and-brolly-wielding Steed, and a frazzled, charmless performance from Uma Thurman as Mrs. Peel, who is sometimes referred to as Dr. Peel, because of all her work with protons and ions.
May 29, 2012 |
The suits have knocked off the superheroes at the box office. Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones' sequel Men in Black 3 debuted as the No. 1 movie over Memorial Day weekend with $55 million domestically from Friday to Sunday. That bumps The Avengers into second place after three blockbuster weekends. The Avengers took in $37 million over the three days to push its domestic total to $514 million and become only the fourth movie to top half a billion dollars. Sony estimates that by the end of the four-day holiday weekend Monday, Men in Black 3 will have pulled in $70 million domestically and $202 million worldwide.
March 20, 2008 |
Tony Graziani was supposed to be firing touchdown passes to Chris Jackson in Los Angeles tonight for the first time since the heralded twosome left the Avengers after the 2004 season. With Graziani out at least three weeks with a sprained ligament in his left knee, that won't happen. Backup quarterback Matt D'Orazio will be under center when the Soul (3-0) play the Avengers at the Staples Center. The Avengers (2-1) won't miss Graziani. Before being knocked out of Sunday's game, he had passed for 732 yards and 20 touchdowns.
June 19, 2014 |
LOU FERRIGNO is, of course, best known for portraying the Hulk in various incarnations. The still-muscular actor has also become a Con staple the past two decades and he says he still enjoys every one. "When I was a kid, I didn't have Cons to go to. I was a very lonely child," Ferrigno said. "I would have loved conventions where I could meet celebrities in person. . . . I loved Sean Connery as James Bond [and] if I had the opportunity to meet him as a kid, it would have been very exciting for me. "That's why, today, when I meet these fans of different generations who love the Hulk - when they come up and they're all excited to meet me and I talk about my movies, it's great.
September 22, 2008 |
"Oh, $#@!" That line is the frequent (and increasingly hilarious) reaction by the Earth-invading Skrulls when going up against the title character in "Deadpool. " It's also likely to be the reaction of fans when they read the first issue of a relaunch starring one of the most popular and controversial creations of the past 20 years. Known as "The Merc With a Mouth," Deadpool possesses the humor, wit and snappy banter of Spider-Man. At the same time, he rivals the Punisher as the most lethal character in the Marvel stable - with dedication to his missions, ability with weapons and tactical skills that are both impressive and frightening.
July 2, 1999 |
Sorry, kids. Last week's Warped Side stage contest at the Theater of the Living Arts, seemingly too good to be true (nine bands for three bucks), was postponed at the last minute. The new time and channel, as of this writing, is 8 p.m. Monday at the Pontiac Grille (304 South St., 215-925-4053, $3, all ages). The Rondelles play here so often, they might be considered a local band, and that's fine with me. The now-Washington D.C.-based teen trio returns at 10 p.m. Saturday to the Khyber (56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888, $6)