May 2, 2003 |
Unlike other directors of movies based on comic books, Bryan Singer has never been a big fan of the genre. As a kid, he preferred Captain Kirk to Captain America. Yet the boyish director from Princeton Township, N.J., helped turn superheroes into a serious business for Hollywood three years ago, when his "X-Men" surprised everyone and earned huge box-office bucks, grossing $54 million on its opening weekend. Singer likes to think it's because he focused on the human side of the "X-Men" stories.
February 22, 2008 |
Daniel Johnston is a 47-year-old troubled soul who plays through the pain of mental illness with a quirky pop sound that takes on the terror of unrequited love and Captain America. The Capitol Years is a bunch of age-30-and-younger Philadelphians whose Lennon-meets-Beck eclat makes for nervously contagious pop concentrating on loss, luck and doom. That might not make them ready-steady partners. But tonight, not only will the Capitol Years open for the dicey genius, they'll be his backing band for Johnston faves like "Speeding Motorcycle," as well as a few Beatles songs, both acts' most lasting love.
September 17, 2011
ATTACK THE BLOCK. Low-budget sci-fi horror film is high on energy and fun. (Unrated) A. BELLFLOWER. Pretentious mumblecore relationship movie, with the added twist of flamethrowers. (R) C. CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. Chris Evans portrays this old-school comic-book hero with conviction. Slow start, but good storytelling. (PG-13) B. CONTAGION. Virus goes on global rampage, but kills mainly well-known actors. Some intriguing ideas, but so-so execution. Matt Damon, Kate Winslet.
November 24, 2006 |
Marvel Ultimate Alliance. Activision. Rated T for teen. $59.99, Xbox360. Whether you're a comic-book enthusiast or just a gamer period, Marvel Ultimate Alliance is quite a blast to play. The controls are simple enough and range from simple button mashing to serious combos and a few nice signature moves. You control a party of four heroes at once, battling the forces of Dr. Doom and his so-called Masters of Evil, which are basically the best villains in the Marvel 'verse.
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)
March 24, 1989 |
Al Lewis is an organizer. Chess clubs. Reading lessons. Sunday school classes. Parties. Easter egg hunts. You name it, and he'll organize it for the people he sees every day at his workplace in North Philadelphia. Al Lewis is also a police captain with 23 years' experience. He has locked up plenty of criminals, has boarded up his share of crack houses and has aggressively fought hoodlums who prey on the citizens of his workplace, North Philadelphia. Some days it might seem as though police Capt.
May 24, 2010 |
Seven years in the making, " Avengers " No. 1 is well worth the wait. No, it didn't take the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis , John Romita Jr. and Klaus Janson seven years to produce the issue. They are all way faster than that. Most people in the industry are way faster than that - or else they'd starve. The only possible exception would be a book that announces Kevin Smith as its writer and Jim Lee as its artist. In that case, seven years between issues would not be far-fetched.
July 2, 2002 |
Marvel has a huge success story this summer that has nothing to do with a guy who can shoot webbing out of his hands. Instead, it's a comic book that focuses on the real-life heroes who protect us all. The title is "The Call of Duty: The Brotherhood," and it is a comic book that focuses on firefighters. It debuted in June, and sales have been brisk. "We sold out in a day," says Michael Yates, who, along with partner Martin King, owns Showcase Comics on South Street. "It sold very well," says Bill Fink, owner of Ontario Street Comic Shop.
October 3, 1999 |
The wedding was without benefit of clergy, but who needs a blessing when you have the amazing Rhythm Band, and a violin soloist dressed up like Captain America? The ceremony was held at the West Chester Area Senior Center, and they're used to the unusual. Also, having nuptials in the main hall is not unprecedented. Three years ago, the center director, Amy Holman Balian, was the bride. That time, the Captain America violinist, Herb Balian, was the groom. Both weddings were graced by the music of the Rhythm Band, comprised of bells, tambourines, wash boards, kazoos and a variety of percussion implements.