July 25, 2011 |
Cowboys & Aliens premiered to a star-studded and fan-filled crowd Saturday night at Comic-Con in San Diego. Stars Harrison Ford , Daniel Craig , Olivia Wilde , Sam Rockwell , and Keith Carradine walked a red carpet flanked by fans who won a chance to see the premiere at the four-day convention, which ended Sunday. Director Jon Favreau and producers Steven Spielberg , Ron Howard , and Brian Grazer also got cheers on the carpet, bringing a taste of Hollywood to San Diego.
July 22, 2011
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Valerie Bertinelli; Greyson Chance; Miranda Cosgrove. Entertainment Tonight (7 p.m., CBS3) - Captain America ; Friends With Benefits . The Insider (7:30 p.m., CBS3) - Actor Steve Carell; Captain America: The First Avenger . Who Do You Think You Are? (8 p.m., NBC10) - Actress Ashley Judd learns about her tall-tale-spinning maternal great-grandmother, an ancestor who fought for the Union in the Civil War and a link to the country's first settlers.
July 22, 2011 |
They didn't have to tell Chris Evans it was his "patriotic duty" to play Captain America in "Captain America: The First Avenger. " But it almost came to that. "I was saving that pitch for last," joked Joe Johnston, the popcorn-picture specialist ("Jumanji," "Jurassic Park III") hired to turn the comic book into a movie. "Fortunately, I didn't have to play that card. " For many actors, landing the lead in an action franchise is a dream come true: financial security, name recognition and a big stroke to the ego. Evans, 30, and a veteran of the "Fantastic Four" movies, wasn't having it. "Extreme reluctance," is how he put it. "It's the type of thing that represents a giant commitment," said Evans.
June 25, 2011
Comic-book artist Gene Colan, 84, whose career spanned seven decades and illustrated the adventures of characters such as Dracula, Batman, Daredevil, and the wisecracking Howard the Duck, died Thursday from complications of liver cancer in New York City. He developed a style both subtle and emotional that imbued the characters he drew with a vitality that seemed to leap off the pages. His work got him the nickname Gene "The Dean. " His 70-issue run on The Tomb of Dracula, written by Marv Wolfman in the 1970s, remains critically lauded for returning horror to the pages of comics, along with creating the character Blade.
June 6, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - A barbarian has needs - a sword, a shield and about 56 chicken breasts a week. That's what Jason Momoa ate while filming "Conan the Barbarian," this summer's big-screen reboot of the series that launched Arnold Schwarzenegger's action-movie career in 1982. Over a few months in 2010, Momoa, a 6-foot-4-inch Hawaiian actor and model, added about 30 pounds of muscle to his 205-pound frame to play two high-profile, bare-chested plunderers - Conan and Khal Drogo, the 7-foot-tall warrior-king marauding on HBO's "Game of Thrones.
May 28, 2011 |
I WENT TO SEE "Thor" with friends at the movies. It is a must-see for any self-respecting comic-book fan from the Lee-Kirby era of Marvel Comics. We were a privileged lot, no doubt about it. My friend John and I would never have dreamed that the super-hero comics that we voraciously read in our youth would ever have received such fabulous treatment. It was beyond the pale. But here we are. And there you have them - Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and (soon!) Captain America.
October 8, 2010 |
POP . . . plus Grandchildren: These guys really pile it on. Take the collision of flamenco guitars, Afro-pop percussion and wooshy, echoplexed vocals, plus the jingling of cash registers and harmonic wave transmissons from outer space all found on their new track "Saturn Returns. " Help celebrate the creative process at their album release party/concert. With Little Teeth, Hermit Thrushes, the Armchairs. Johnny Brenda's, 1201 N. Frankford Ave., 9 tonight, 215-739-9684, johnnybrendas.
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.
May 10, 2010
More 'Captain America' casting news Toby Jones, the British actor best known for playing Truman Capote in "Infamous," will play in his first comic-book movie, in Marvel Studios' "Captain America. " Jones is in final negotiations to portray a villainous scientist named Arnim Zola in the production, which already has Hugo Weaving as another bad guy, the Red Skull. The movie shoots this summer in England. In comics lore, Zola was a genetic engineer who created clones and various monstrosities.