July 13, 2015 |
Ant-Man is upon us. On Friday, another superhero heads to the multiplexes. A Silver Age brethren of Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Thor, Ant-Man is, um, a little different. Sure, he has the superhuman strength, the supercool costume, and the supersmart-alecky retorts of a Marvel Comics crimebuster. But this guy is less than an inch high, and if he joined his fellow Formicidae in an invasion of your kitchen pantry, you'd grab the Raid and gun him down with the rest of the pests. How can this tiny speck possibly do battle with evil masterminds bent on world domination?
May 1, 2015 |
With "Avengers: Age of Ultron" projected to do at least $200 million domestically - after opening to over $200 million overseas last weekend - it is clear that Marvel Studios remains hotter than ever, years after some movie pundits declared the comic-book movie craze over. "We are under incredibly crushing expectations," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in an exclusive interview. Indeed, it says something that if "Avengers: Age of Ultron" does "only" $500 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide, it would be considered something of a disappointment.
February 27, 2015 |
Gloucester Catholic point guard Fran Kinsey is a senior. To Rams coach Todd Powers, Kinsey also is a senior citizen. "I call him the 'old man,' " Powers said. "He never comes out of the game, but sometimes in practice I'll take him out and tell him to sit down and take a rest with the coaches. "I'll tell him he looks like he's playing in a men's league out there. " Kinsey really isn't that old. It just seems that way to Powers and others around the Gloucester Catholic program.
February 23, 2015 |
Jim Drucker is living proof that a man not only can learn to appreciate some nagging from his wife, but also build a thriving, innovative company as a result of it. In Drucker's case, it is Norristown-based NewKadia.com, launched in 2000 and believed to be the only dedicated online comic-book dealer. Its inventory is 750,000; its average annual sales is 200,000 books, with profitability a constant since the second year. Revenue, Drucker said, is in the "low seven figures.
January 18, 2015 |
When Ted Spiker was creating headlines for the chapters of his book Down Size , one suggestion he made was "hippo-crite. " "I've always had a problem up and down with weight issues, but I have all this background in writing about health and fitness," he said. "I was writing about this stuff, then struggling with it. " "Hippo-crite" didn't make the final cut, but Spiker, a Newark, Del., native who is an associate professor and interim chair in the department of journalism at the University of Florida, lays it all out - his struggles, triumphs, and frustrations, especially around running - in Down Size . It's a mix of personal experience, science, psychology, and what other people have done not necessarily to get into model-worthy shape but to take control of their bodies and their lives.
October 9, 2014 |
TORONTO - Before Robert Downey Jr. was Iron Man, his being Iron Man would have been inconceivable. Before "Iron Man" in 2008, Downey had been acting in movies for 25 years and had never top-lined a major hit. His biggest box-office movie was "Back to School," starring Rodney Dangerfield. His second biggest hit: "Bowfinger," starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. No. 3? "The Shaggy Dog," starring Tim Allen. Downey had always been an actor of great range and promise, but he was best-known for his drug habit, and he was hardly a movie star.
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.
July 1, 2014 |
Ryan is so passionate about football that if he had his druthers, he would play the game all day long. He especially enjoys tackling, as well as the overall challenge of competition. This 14-year-old's dream is to play in the NFL, but he knows the odds of achieving that goal are slim. Construction, he figures, would be a good career path, too. Ryan is a movie fan, and watches just about all genres, from horror to comedy to action. Among his favorite film superheroes are Spider-Man and Iron Man. He may be slow to warm up when meeting new people, but talking about the movies and television programs he likes puts him more at ease.
June 4, 2014 |
THE EAGLES' most irreplaceable defensive player was shaking his head yesterday, smiling but puzzled. Reporters kept asking if offseason personnel additions might allow DeMeco Ryans to play fewer than the league-high 1,157 snaps he logged in 2013. "You tryin' to get me off the field?" Ryans asked a reporter who wondered if there were any packages that didn't include the middle linebacker this year. Like, oh, say, a dime setup, with six defensive backs and one linebacker, which the Eagles didn't feature in their first season under Chip Kelly and defensive coordinator Billy Davis?
May 12, 2014 |
Jon Favreau isn't that different from this Carl Casper guy he plays in Chef . Both started off hungry, working fast and cheap, improvising, innovating. Favreau wrote and costarred in Swingers , the 1996 indie about a gang of struggling actor dudes in Los Angeles - at the time, he and his costars ( Vince Vaughn , Ron Livingston ) were struggling actor dudes. They shot on the run, in friends' apartments, in clubs. "Keep a low profile and inherit the reality of the world," Favreau says.