April 24, 1998 |
Casper Van Dien grew up watching Tarzan movies with his father, so when it came time to don the loincloth for "Tarzan and the Lost City," which opens today, the 29-year-old actor had all the moves down. "I never did get to do the Weissmuller yell," Van Dien says. "But I was all over the swinging and the chest-pounding. " Van Dien, who was seen last year as the bug-killing Johnny Rico in "Starship Troopers," prepared for his role by spending time at Edgar Rice Burroughs' old Spanish hacienda on Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana, Calif.
July 2, 2016 |
How do you solve a problem like Tarzan? In the updated version The Legend of Tarzan , the Lord of the Jungle gets a feminist Jane and an African-American sidekick. But is that enough to make Edgar Rice Burroughs' story feel like it's not firmly planted in a bygone century? True Blood 's Alexander Skarsgård takes on the role this time, and, in a way, he's perfect for it. The Swede is muscled, lean, and blond, and spends a lot of time look plaintive. The famed Jane is played by Margot Robbie, an actress who is so full of onscreen vivaciousness that her character's newfound independence is a perfect fit. Unlike a lot of reboots, The Legend of Tarzan opts to tell a new tale, rather than revert to the origin story.
January 31, 1993 |
It has passed for Africa, it has passed for South America. It is neither. Here in the ancient flood-plain forests just south of Tallahassee is Florida at its finest: before Disney, before retirement villages - before even bikinis. So before you end your next trip to Florida be sure to schedule a stop at Wakulla Springs State Park and a trip down the Wakulla River. Even if you've never been to the Sunshine State there is a good chance you've seen at least part of Wakulla Springs.
June 23, 1999 |
Even though I've seen almost every animated film since "Bambi," I won't be paying $9.50 this summer to see "Tarzan. " This has nothing to do with the quality of the movie itself, which critics have almost universally praised. No, my problem is that this new Tarzan has the exaggerated musculature of too many male cartoon characters and toys. These ubiquitous images create an unrealistic and unhealthy model for boys. I read recently that a study conducted by doctors at McLean Hospital in Belmont, Mass.
August 8, 2015 |
Sure, Billy the goat is cute and Duck Girl is elegant, but we think the sculpture that's the most fun in Rittenhouse Square is Antoine-Louis Barye's 1832 work Lion Crushing a Serpent . (Well, maybe not for the snake, but for everybody else.) That's because you can fit your arm through the lion's mouth and make it look like you're Tarzan. Judging from the worn spots on the bronze around the big cat's jaws and teeth, it looks like many generations have figured this out. (There's also evidence of sympathy for the slithery reptile - the snake's head is polished to a butterscotch hue, as well.)
August 8, 2014
I ALWAYS felt like a little bit of an imposter in college. It wasn't that I was straight and a significant percentage of the Bryn Mawr population loved both Virginia Woolf and Emily Dickinson. (Take whatever inference you want from that . . . ) It wasn't that I was pro-life and most of my sister students were busy protecting their ovaries from my rosaries. It wasn't that I loved football, and the only Eagles they were interested in were the ones on the endangered-species list.
April 28, 1992 |
Is nothing sacred? Tarzan and Jane, the happy-go-lucky jungle couple created by Edgar Rice Burroughs, have been transformed into sex objects, the author's descendants charged yesterday. They swung into Manhattan Federal Court, claiming in a $1 million lawsuit that Vogue magazine blasphemed the "good, wholesome and attractive" Tarzan and Jane images by depicting the characters in "sexually suggestive" roles. The 14-page photo layout, entitled "Tarzan, meet Jane," appears in Vogue's current, 100th anniversary issue.
May 11, 2006 |
Tarzan swings. Subway trains may run underneath Broadway, but inside the Richard Rodgers Theatre, where the Disney spectacular opened last night, mass transit means vines. From its first gorgeous scenes, played without dialogue, the cast comes at you and over you, and after the curtain calls, you feel you should exit by rope. The blockbuster is said to cost upward of $20 million - lots for Broadway but not much, considering that if Julia Roberts were not performing a block away, she herself would be getting that amount for just one movie.
April 2, 2016 |
The lawsuits: 'Empire' strikes back A federal court has dismissed a $500 mil suit filed by Las Vegas entertainer Jon Astor White claiming Lee Daniels and Danny Strong stole his idea for their Fox hit Empire . White says it's based on a show called King Solomon he had pitched to several producers. The gangsta pimp show White's is one of several lawsuits targeting Empire . Still pending is a $10 mil suit filed by a self-described "gangsta pimp" named Ron Newt who says the show is based on his memoir, Bigger Than Big . TMZ says Newt also is shopping around a reality show based on his book.
June 9, 2010 |
Chris Pronger isn't upset, but some women are. A poster in Tuesday's Chicago Tribune shows the Flyers stalwart defenseman in a skirt, along with a headline that reads, "Chrissy Pronger. Looks like Tarzan, skates like Jane. " Clever like sixth grade. Not only is the Tarzan joke as old as Tarzan, the skirt thing rips off the New York Post. "The Frillies Are Coming to Town!" its front page declared in October, next to a picture of outfielder Shane Victorino in a skirt. Pronger barely bothered to react.