June 7, 2016 |
Maddi Levine, 15, has been attending comic-book conventions since she was 10, but Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia was her biggest one yet. Dressed as Marvel Comics' Black Widow and eager to get an autograph from Captain America star Chris Evans, she said her favorite part of the festivities was the sense of community. "[People here] might look intimidating because of their costumes, but everyone here is really just a big nerd," the Baltimore native said as crowds filed into the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
July 25, 2014 |
"MARVEL Universe Live!," now roaring 'round the Wells Fargo Center, had a really hard act to follow - all those big-budget Marvel action movies, which wow kids of all ages with fantastic computer graphic imagery and amazing antics by stunt drivers and martial-arts acrobats, daredevils who flip and fly themselves and their vehicles with pinpoint perfection. But where others might be scared away, the gang at Feld Entertainment (which also stages the Ringling Bros. Circus and "Disney on Ice" spectacles)
July 21, 2014 |
REMEMBER how exhilarating last week was with the LeBron Decision 2014, taking his talents home to Cleveland? It all stopped Thursday with the passings of notable artistic types (irrascible actress Elaine Stritch , musician Jonny Winter and lovable nerd Archie ) and some unforeseen, heavy global events. Sigh. Carry on. Yesterday * Lifelong rocker Sir Mick Jagger opened up during a "Today" show interview about his late lady friend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott , who committed suicide in March.
July 17, 2014 |
Sex change: That's Ms. Thor to you, buddy! Good comic-book artists refresh their creations lest they become stale. So kudos to Marvel Comics, which is giving a serious face-lift to Thor, the character introduced in 1962 by creative genius Stan Lee with the help of scripter Larry Lieber and penciller Jack Kirby . A serious face-lift, indeed: The God of Thunder now is a woman. "The inscription on Thor's hammer reads, 'Whosoever holds this hammer, if HE be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.' Well, it's time to update that inscription," Marvel editor Wil Moss said in a statement on Tuesday.
February 18, 2014 |
WHEN OFFICER Alvin Outlaw left a career in education for one in policing, he thought he had put the days of bringing his work home behind him. Then, his new police partner from the Netherlands moved into his house without asking. "Sometimes I have to shut my door when I get dressed for work because he's all over me," Outlaw said of his partner. "He's so excited. " Outlaw's partner is Thor, a 2-year-old German shepherd from Holland. Thor is one of 22 dogs in the Philadelphia Police Department's K-9 Unit - but he's the only one with a rabid social-media following.
November 19, 2013 |
Angelina Jolie , Steve Martin , and Angela Lansbury were all moved to tears at the film academy's fifth annual Governors Awards, presented at a private dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday. Jolie, 38, who received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, thanked her late mother, who she said inspired her to think of others and give back. "To stand here today means I did as she asked," Jolie said. "And if she were alive, she'd be very proud. " Tom Hanks and Martin Short helped present Martin, 68, with his honorary Oscar, which Short described as "the highest honor an actor can receive in mid-November.
November 12, 2013 |
Superheroes continue to defeat their foes at the box office. Disney's Thor: The Dark World , earning $86.1 million, dominated the weekend box office as it opened domestically at No. 1, according to studio estimates Sunday. Overall, it has grossed $327 million worldwide. In limited theaters Thursday evening, Thor: The Dark World brought in $7.1 million overnight. Surpassing the ticket sales of Thor , which scored $65.7 million when it opened in May of 2011, Thor: The Dark World marks a record for a Disney November opening, topping the $70.5 million The Incredibles earned in 2004.
November 8, 2013 |
ONE OF THE things that is hardest to pull off with Thor is balancing the Asgardian, god-like stuff with down-to-Earth moments - to be action-packed and with a sense of grandeur, yet at the same time have a relatable, whimsical sense of humor. This was best exemplified by Walt Simonson's famed comic book run on the Thunder God in the 1980s. Even Simonson himself, who refused to be quoted for this story, made it clear that he was looking forward to this weekend's "Thor" sequel and has made it clear he is happy that the movie is focusing not only on Thor but on Norse mythology characters he introduced to readers three decades ago. Back then, The Mighty Thor wasn't really mighty in the sales department.
August 22, 2013 |
No one, surely, would dispute that one of the lesser joys of parenthood is that interminable stretch of time when diaper upon messy, stinky diaper must be changed. Except for Eilish Volta of Norris Square, that is. The mother of an infant and toddler rarely faces the yucky chore. Seven-month-old son Thor handles his business in a most civilized way. He uses one of the potties scattered around the two-story house. And 2½-year-old Milo has used the regular commode for some time now. The Volta household practices a toilet-training method called elimination communication, or EC for short.
March 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Don Payne, 48, an Emmy-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons who also wrote the hit movie Thor , has died. His friend and former writing partner, John Frink, tells the Los Angeles Times that Mr. Payne had bone cancer and died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home. Mr. Payne shared four Emmys won by The Simpsons . He also wrote the 2006 Uma Thurman comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend and 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer . - AP