April 29, 2012 |
The Avengers A bunch of mopey superheroes with nothing better to do try to save the world in Joss Whedon's slam-bang 3-D adaptation of the Marvel Comics series. With Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, and Chris Hemsworth as the mighty Thor. PG-13 Sound of My Voice A low-budget indie starring Brit Marling (the star of last summer's sci-fi indie, Another Earth), about a Los Angeles cult leader and her troop of followers. Needless to say, things get weird. R We Have a Pope What if the pontiff passes away and the new guy picked to lead the Catholic Church has a panic attack and a crisis of faith?
April 30, 2012 |
The Avengers is coming. The U.S. box office was overshadowed by events overseas, where the Marvel Comics superhero extravaganza The Avengers made its thundering bow, hammering down $178.4 million in ticket sales, days before opening here this Friday. The film, with Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson, opened in 39 countries last weekend. Domestically, the comedy Think Like a Man, based on Steve Harvey's book, was No. 1 for the second straight weekend, with $18 million.
November 24, 2012 |
Reprinted from Wednesday's editions. Do armies still invade by parachute? Wouldn't it make more sense to just book a flight to Seattle and take the country over, starting with that guy elbowing travelers at the baggage carousel? Parachutes are more cinematic, I guess. In the early going of Red Dawn - the unnecessary, un-fun remake of John Milius' 1984 Russians-invade-America cult fave - hundreds of CG-rendered North Korean paratroopers descend on Spokane, ready to kill any Americans who get in the way. Shot more than three years ago and only now making its way to the multiplexes, Red Dawn is a movie with a red state state of mind.
April 28, 2011
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (3 p.m., NBC10) - Actors Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis; Lady Gaga performs. The Oprah Winfrey Show (4 p.m., 6ABC) - Actor Rob Lowe discusses his autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends . The Big Bang Theory (8 p.m., CBS3) - As Priya reviews Sheldon and Leonard's roommate agreement, the girls take Sheldon dancing. Community (8 p.m., NBC10) - Shirley goes into labor as the class gathers for the anthropology final. The Making of a Royal Wedding (8 p.m., TLC)
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 $16.50 for students (full-time with ID)
September 16, 2011 |
This week's DVD releases feature a Norse god, a former princess, and a New York fireman. Thor , Grade A-minus: The God of Thunder gets sent to live with humans to find his humanity. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman star. It takes three elements to make a great movie based on a comic-book superhero: an actor who embraces the role, a director who treats the material with respect, and fantastic visual effects. Thor has all three. The hulky/hunky Hemsworth embodies the charm, strength, and power of the character.
July 22, 2014 |
Downey Jr. makes load$! Overqualified Iron Man movie star (and onetime serious thesp) Robert Downey Jr. , 49, made more money in the last 12 months than any actor alive or dead. Thanks to Marvel's comic hero, he made $75 mil. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson trails at No. 2, with a measly $52 mil. Bradley Cooper ($46 mil), Leonardo DiCaprio ($39 mil), and Chris Hemsworth ($37 mil) round out the top five. Shakira breaks Facebook . . . well, OK, no, the Colombian hip-shaker didn't break the gargantuan social medium; she just broke the record for most-liked celeb.
November 21, 2014 |
Chris is sexiest dude 2014 Chris Hemsworth has been graced with the greatest honor in the land: People's Sexiest Man Alive 2014. The 31-year-old thesp has graduated in a decade from Australian soap opera Home and Away to become the god Thor himself. He says he's honored and that he will use his new title to bug his wife, Elsa Pataky . "I think you've bought me a couple of weeks of bragging rights around the house," Chris tells People. "I don't need to do the dishes anymore, I don't need to change nappies.
June 8, 2012 |
Movies Opening This Week Lola Versus After being dumped by her fiance just weeks before their wedding, a woman (Greta Gerwig) enlists her friends to help her find her place in the world as a single woman about to turn 30. Rock of Ages A romance is played out in 1980s Los Angeles with rock music setting the mood. Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, and Catherine Zeta-Jones star. Safety Not Guaranteed Three journalists set out to interview a man who placed an ad for a time-travel companion.
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.