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.
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.
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.
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.
January 11, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Denise Darcel, the French-born actress known for vampy roles in such films as "Vera Cruz" and "Thunder in the Pines," has died. She was 87. Darcel's son Craig said Monday that she died Dec. 23 at a Los Angeles hospital from complications from an emergency surgery to repair a ruptured aneurysm. After coming to the U.S. in 1947, Darcel starred opposite several leading men in a string of films in the '50s, including "Battleground" with Van Johnson, "Tarzan and the Slave Girl" with Lex Barker, "Westward the Women" with Robert Taylor and "Young Man with Ideas" with Glenn Ford.
October 21, 2003 |
'YOU TALKIN' to me?" What else could Robert De Niro say when his doctor told him he had prostate cancer. Fortunately, De Niro's prognosis is good. "Doctors say the condition was detected at an early stage because of regular checkups," his publicist said in a statement yesterday. "Because of the early detection and his excellent physical condition, doctors project a full recovery. " De Niro will next be seen in theaters in "Godsend," a thriller about cloning. Travis Bickle to Fimmel Calvin Klein underwear model Travis Fimmel says at first, he didn't want the lead role in the WB's "Tarzan.
May 4, 1986 |
Every couple of minutes, from somewhere deep in the subtropical forest, comes the piercing jungle call of Tarzan the Ape Man. At first, it startles you. Then, the more you hear it, the more it seems to be exactly the right audio prop for this wildlife park that Tarzan, Boy and Jane once called home. Tarzan's tape-recorded call doesn't startle the sunbathing turtles a bit, though. Alligators don't bat an eyelid when his cry rings out. Most of the animals who live in the Silver Springs park along the Silver River don't seem affected one way or the other by the call that Johnny Weissmuller made famous.
September 24, 1986 |
Waging a battle this week for the minds and hearts of readers, two Camden County libraries are attempting to draw attention to the dangers of censorship. During Banned Book Week, Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, the Camden County College library and the Pennsauken Free Public Library are holding exhibits of banned materials. Anyone who checks out one of the books at the Camden County College library in Blackwood will receive it in a brown paper bag. The gesture is a reminder to readers not to take their freedom to read for granted, said Joan Getaz, an official at the library.