June 14, 2013 |
AS THE LATEST on-screen incarnation of America's most iconic superhero, Superman, hits cineplexes this weekend, it's clear there is more at stake than the success of the movie, which seems guaranteed to be a hit on some level the same year "The Big Red S" turns 75. Indeed, "Man of Steel" will play a large part in shaping what we see - or don't see - in theaters for some time to come. DC Entertainment/Warner Brothers (hereafter referred to as DC/WB) has a lot at stake here and, with its rivals, will be waiting anxiously to see just how super "Man of Steel" is. First, there is the obvious.
September 19, 2012 |
IF THE REPUBLICANS are too socially regressive and the Democrats are enablers, has Tattle got a presidential candidate for you. Captain America . One of Marvel's best-known heroes since he socked Adolf Hitler in the jaw in 1941, Cap will move into the White House in the pages of Marvel Comics' The Ultimates , a series set in the Ultimate Comics universe where the U.S. has been torn apart by factionalism, out-of-control anti-mutant hysteria and...
June 8, 2012 |
Movies Opening This Week Lola Versus After being dumped by her fiance just weeks before their wedding, a woman (Greta Gerwig) enlists her friends to help her find her place in the world as a single woman about to turn 30. Rock of Ages A romance is played out in 1980s Los Angeles with rock music setting the mood. Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, and Catherine Zeta-Jones star. Safety Not Guaranteed Three journalists set out to interview a man who placed an ad for a time-travel companion.
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)
May 5, 2012 |
Fine Arts Maya 2012: Lords of Time. The origins of intricate Maya timekeeping systems are an integral part of the Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology's exploration of a civilization that flourished, with cities already in existence by 500 B.C., in what is now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, and El Salvador. At 10 a.m. Saturday, Porfirio Lobo Sosa, president of Honduras, will join Penn Museum director Richard Hodges at a ceremony to open the exhibition. — Sally Friedman Exhibition hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, through Jan. 13 at 3260 South St. Timed tickets, which include admission to the rest of the museum, are $22.50, $18.50 for ages 65 and older and military, and $16.50 for students (full-time with ID)
May 4, 2012 |
THE SUMMER movie season commences today with "The Avengers," a giant Thor-gasm of Marvel superheroes wrapped in one package. It has the star attractions — Iron Man, Thor, Captain America — from previous summer hits, and magnanimously gives The Hulk yet another chance to make his blockbuster bones. For good measure, it also offers Hawkeye, Black Widow, Nick Fury, a night-of-a-thousand-stars cast, a $220 million budget, and geek-guru director Joss Whedon. You could pretty much see the "Avengers" and take the rest of the summer off, but you'd miss 50 other blockbusters ("The Dark Knight Rises")
April 29, 2012 |
By sheer numbers, the caped crusaders, masked crimebusters and spandex-ed superheroes lining up at the movie box office for the summer season — which begins Friday when The Avengers opens — has to be the largest gathering of comicbook-spawned dudes (and dudettes) in the history of summer movies. In The Avengers alone, there are, of course, Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and Thor, brought together by Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to save the world from a demented Norse god (Thor's evil sibling, Loki)
April 6, 2012 |
WHAT IS with all the Ks? Kim Kardashian , in the middle of kontentious divorce proceeding with Kris Humphries , may be hooking up with Kanye West . The Los Angeles Times reports that longtime pals Kim and Kanye are said to have taken their relationship to the next level. But are they sex-tape worthy? "Kim and Kanye have now just started dating," an anonymous source told People , adding that the duo are "keeping it light" and "seeing where it goes.
October 28, 2011 |
This week's DVD releases are topped by films about people who fight injustice and evil. Captain America: The First Avenger, Grade C-minus: Chris Evans - the guy who put the heat in the Human Torch in the Fantastic Four movies - steps into the boots of the latest comic-book-inspired film champion. He plays Steve Rogers, a 90-pound weakling who, through the magic of science, becomes the hunky Captain America. The film isn't a major disaster, but it generally could use some work.
October 18, 2011 |
MY TENT has never been my home or a last resort. It's never been a symbol for change. The old blue-and-white Coleman rarely occupied a space I didn't rent along some lake on a summer weekend. It's where I crash after campfires and hot dogs, full and content, in a bundle of sleeping bags with my kids. On Sunday afternoon, though, I duct-taped that tent to the concrete near a fountain on a windswept corner of Dilworth Plaza, adjacent to City Hall. I joined the encampment at Occupy Philadelphia.