August 16, 1995 |
In a town where former heavyweight champions are instantly recognizable, Ingemar Johansson can wander through crowds at the MGM Grand and rarely get asked for his autograph. Perhaps that is because Johansson, who captured the title on a third-round technical knockout of Floyd Patterson at Yankee Stadium in 1959, ventures here only occasionally. Perhaps it is because the Swedish slugger with the big right hand he called the "Hammer of Thor" has a thinning, silver thatch and an ample midsection, neither of which he sported during his boxing prime.
May 16, 2011 |
Thor has nailed down the No. 1 spot at the box office again. Paramount's 3-D superhero film starring Chris Hemsworth as Marvel's hammer-toting god of thunder earned $34.5 million in its second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That brings Thor's total haul to $119.2 million nationwide, a little more than half the two-week add-em-up of fellow comic-book hero Iron Man 2, which had earned $211.2 million by its second week at this time last year. Thor 's already up to $344 million around the world, which gives you an idea of why there are so many big-blow-up action movies these days.
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.
October 1, 2007 |
Since comics are frequently referred to as "modern mythology," it is ironic that they rarely present characters from long-established mythology. One of the few to break this rule - and do it successfully for a long time - is the Norse god Thor, whose four-color adventures were printed by Marvel in a solo title almost nonstop from 1966 to 2004. Then, in a powerful tale written by Michael Avon Oeming, Thor and the rest of the gods who ruled Asgard all died. The tale carried such heft, that even though most fans felt Thor would eventually return, it had better be a pretty damn good story that brought him back.
August 9, 1997 |
Thor, an 8-year-old Shetland Shepherd, proved yesterday that he still has what it takes for police work in Bucks County. Pressed into service after a year and a half of retirement, the Middletown Township Police canine tracked a burglary suspect to a Levittown rooftop. The suspect gave up after hearing Thor's barks and confessed to at least three other burglaries, police said. "He went to work just like the old days," said Sgt. Robert Burnett, Thor's handler, with whom the dog makes his home and had worked for six years.
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.
April 25, 1988 |
Which would you rather have - an audio tape recorder with the sonic properties of a compact disc . . . or a compact disc player that also records? Digital audio tape (DAT) recorders are literally stacked on the shipping docks in Japan. They're awaiting the peace agreement between hardware and software interests that is needed before U.S. sales can begin. But no matter what happens with DAT, if you can wait 18 to 24 months, you'll be able to purchase a compact disc system that records as well as plays.
May 6, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - After 30 years in film as an actor and director, Kenneth Branagh is right where he should be. As his latest directorial effort, "Thor," hits theaters today, Branagh, 50, said his experience on both sides of the camera is lining up perfectly with his appetite, which inspires a new enthusiasm for each craft. "It's like returning to when I was 16 and first did a school play and thought, 'Oh, this is what I should do. This is what I'm supposed to do,' " he said from a hotel suite where he was promoting the Marvel movie.
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
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.