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.
July 26, 2011 |
SAN DIEGO - Storm troopers cavorted with zombies, Steven Spielberg chatted with Peter Jackson, and the stars of Cowboys & Aliens swooped into San Diego, making for an action-packed Comic-Con. The 42d annual fan festival closed Sunday after four days of pop-culture indulgence. More than 120,000 people attended the event at the San Diego Convention Center, which spilled over into downtown San Diego. Costumed characters strolled the streets, and empty storefronts were transformed into special attractions such as the Sega Arcade and Monstergeddon, which mixed Marvel characters with monster trucks.
July 25, 2011 |
EW YORK - The makers of "Captain America: The First Avenger" are in a must-win pre-emptive battle against superhero fatigue. Their not-so-secret weapon? A patriotic-themed marketing campaign complete with fireworks and red, white and blue doughnuts. "Captain America," which opened in theaters Friday, follows a string of action-hero movies this summer that have been successful. So, when promoting the film, Paramount and Marvel Studios weren't taking any chances that moviegoers would write it off as just another superhero flick.
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.