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.
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.
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.
November 12, 2003 |
Who owns America? In this battle of the states, it's the Germans. In August, water company Philadelphia Suburban Corp. expanded its reach to 13 states and announced it would patriotically rename itself Aqua America Inc. The name, the winning entry in an employee contest, sounded like the fusion of two superheroes - Aquaman and Captain America. A colleague at the company's Bryn Mawr headquarters gave chief executive officer Nick DeBenedictis a Captain America action figure. Bosses were less giddy at bigger rival American Water, the Voorhees water company that, under new German owner RWE Group, also was expanding across the country.
August 10, 2011
Weeks Per Rank/Title/Studio Last Week Total Out Location 1. Planet of the Apes (Fox) $54.8 mil. $54.8 mil. 1 $15,024 2. The Smurfs (Sony) 20.7 mil. 75.9 mil. 2 6,098 3. Cowboys & Aliens (Univeral) 15.7 mil. 67.3 mil. 2 4,190 4. The Change-Up (Universal) 13.5 mil. 13.5 mil. 1 4,645 5. Captain America (Paramount)
August 1, 2011 |
Little blue Smurfs and not-so-little green men from space are in a photo finish for the No. 1 spot at the weekend box office. Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford's sci-fi Western Cowboys & Aliens and the family adventure The Smurfs both opened with $36.2 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. "In all my years, I've never really seen a race this close," said Paul Dergarabedian , an analyst for box-office tracker Hollywood.com. Captain America: The First Avenger , slipped to No. 3 with $24.9 million.
September 11, 2006 |
A relaunch of the Justice League of America doesn't happen every day. Re-energizing a title that had been published almost continuously for more thanfour decades, featuring the world's most popular and recognizable characters - Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Flash and Green Lantern - is a daunting task. Fortunately for DC Comics, they found best-selling novelist Brad Meltzer. Meltzer (who will do a signing for his latest novel, "The Book of Fate," Sept. 21 at Chester County Book Co. in West Chester)
September 29, 2008 |
Comics Guy often finds comics based on genres other than superheroes to be disappointing. Why? Because a lot of the time they are attempts to do stories, like crime dramas, that are done repeatedly on TV and in movies - and often done better. Usually, such projects are attempts to have comics taken seriously in a medium dominated by superhero genre fare - a genre that Comics Guy thinks comics do better than anyone else. So when Comics Guy kept hearing how great Ed Brubaker's "Criminal" was, my gut reaction was, "Great.
July 24, 2006 |
AS INDEPENDENCE Month comes to a close - and the controversy over "the American Way" being deleted from "Superman Returns" still simmers - it is worth asking whether there are any patriotic heroes left in comics. Of course there is the Man of Steel, although patriotism has been downplayed lately. There is also Captain America, but his status as a symbol of America has not really been explored in his book recently (that's a subject for another column). But a book exploring the complexities and realities of the American dream is "Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters.