April 8, 2014 |
Let's sing two Soprano Kristine Opolais got to bed at 5 a.m. Saturday after performing her first Madama Butterfly for the Metropolitan Opera. Just 21/2 hours later, she was awakened by Met general manager Peter Gelb : Could she take over a simulcast performance of Puccini's La Boheme that afternoon? Opolais said no - but five minutes later she changed her mind, and on Saturday, she became the first singer in the Met's 131-year history to make two major-role debuts within a day. She was seen by 4,000 people live and 200,000-plus viewers around the world.
February 18, 2008 |
America and the world needs Captain America more than ever. That seems to be the overwhelming sentiment of not only the Marvel Universe and comic fans but many in the "real world" such as Bill O'Reilly who lamented the death of Steve Rogers and his star-spangled alter-ego last year. Surprisingly, "Captain America" has not only continued without its title character but with the superb scripting of Ed Brubaker, has actually gotten better. Brubaker sees the "Death of Captain America" as a story with three acts.
August 10, 1987 |
The Big Edsel Band is not the best-looking band around. Or the best. Or the most original. Or the most successful. But, wait: Does Bon Jovi have its own comic book? The Big Edsel Band - five local guys who play oldies - has been captured for all time on the pages of a comic book. Now sold only in specialty stores, Big Edsel Band, the comic, will be at newsstands and in convenience stores nationwide come fall. How did this happen? And why? "They're a funny-looking band, they look like a cartoon," says veteran cartoonist Frank McLaughlin, whose idea this was. He has been drawing comic superheroes such as Superman and Captain America for 25 years; this is his first venture, artistically speaking, into the real world of small-time musicians.
October 8, 2007 |
When it was first announced that Marvel had asked David Morrell - the man who introduced John Rambo to the world in the novel "First Blood" - to write a Captain America story, there was instant buzz: The man who created what became one of cinema's most popular soldiers would be telling a tale starring the character many believe to be the symbol of the ultimate American soldier. Once it was announced that Morrell would set his story in present-day Afghanistan, many in the overwhelmingly liberal comics community started dismissing the book.
May 17, 2016 |
When you're A global celebrity married to a global celebrity and partnered with a British clothing billionaire, what, if any, responsibility do you have to the poor Sri Lankans who produce your overpriced casual line? That's the question we'd like to ask Beyonce and her business partner Sir Philip Green after London's Sun on Sunday reported that the Sri Lankan factory workers who make Beyonce's Ivy Park clothes make a whopping $6.17 per day - about $125 per month.
August 20, 2015 |
Tattle comics correspondent Jerome Maida attended the all-things-Disney convention in Anaheim, Calif., over the weekend. Here's more of what he learned: * Although quite a few stars who took part in D23 did so via video, Emma Watson easily got the biggest reaction for someone who wasn't actually there. Watson will bring Belle to life in a live-action adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast," which is expected to be faithful to the 1991 animated classic, down to the first shots of Watson in Belle's iconic yellow dress.
February 5, 2007 |
"Black Panther" (aka T'Challa) was the first black superhero in mainstream comic-book history and remains one of the most prolific. He has long been one of the more popular members of Marvel's "Mightiest Heroes," the Avengers. But Marvel's various attempts to give the character his own title have ultimately failed - and one of the major reasons is that the character has never seemed integral to the Marvel Universe the way characters like Captain America and Spider-Man are. Until now. Thanks to writer Reggie Hudlin (director and writer of the movie "House Party")
March 19, 2007 |
WHEN MARVEL first announced "Civil War: The Confession," I was a bit underwhelmed. The idea of the one-shot, a conversation between Captain America and Iron Man - in which we would learn a secret about Civil War - did not seem terribly exciting. Toss in the fact that Brian Michael Bendis - a talented writer who, at his worst, would rather write endless dialogue at the expense of pacing and action - and you had a book that looked to be little more than an attempt by Marvel to take more money from the "Civil War" brand.
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.
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.