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NEW YORK — When the creative minds at MTV get together, Susanne Daniels must seem like the adult in the room.
Every Sunday morning we showcase a classic comic cover, complete with compelling commentary, for your cordial contemplation. It’s the Classic Comic Cover Corner!
There’s no denying that Richard Donner set the bar for the “Superman” franchise with his 1978 film. The icy landscapes of Planet Krypton, John Williams’ vigorous musical score, Christopher Reeve’s iconic performance, every aspect of Donner’s movie remains definitive. Since then, most interpretations of Superman have either drawn inspiration from or paid homage to the original classic. One has to give director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan credit for taking “Man of Steel” in the complete opposite direction. Where Donner’s “Superman” was light, funny, and colorful, “Man of Steel” is dark, serious, and brooding. The film presents a vision of Superman that’s new and bold with a satisfying payoff.
There’s no denying that Richard Donner set the bar for the Superman franchise with his 1978 film. The icy landscapes of Planet Krypton, John Williams’ vigorous musical score, Christopher Reeve’s iconic performance -- every aspect of Donner’s movie remains definitive.
Spending hours a day for weeks fighting, kicking and lifting himself with rubber bands, Stephen Amell has come to a conclusion. "There's no faking it for this show," he says.
"Hit & Run” sets out to be an offbeat farce and succeeds in accomplishing just that. It customarily resembles the formula of a Coen Brother’s comedy with smartly written incompetent criminals and some of the most fun chases since “Raising Arizona.” The film doesn’t reach the same heights of the Coen’s best work like “Fargo” or “The Big Lebowski.” But the fact that it merits any comparison at all should be a huge compliment to Dax Shepard, the director, co-writer, and star of “Hit & Run.”
“Hit & Run” sets out to be an offbeat farce and succeeds in accomplishing just that. It customarily resembles the formula of a Coen Brother’s comedy with smartly written incompetent criminals and some of the most fun chases since “Raising Arizona.”
SAN DIEGO — There are lots of people dressed like Superman at Comic-Con, but the real guy — or at least the actor playing him in the latest Superman film — made a surprise appearance at the fan festival.
Television networks will take any advantage they can get when it comes to launching a new television series. Sometimes they'll look to a well-known actor as their promotional hook, but other times it's a familiar title.
More comedy, more fantasy and more period pieces characterize the fall 2011 TV season, which introduces too many new shows that look better on paper than they play on TV.
His trying-to-stay-clean vampire is straight man to a worrywart werewolf and a ghost trying to exorcise her own personal demons.
Great, another Chosen One. The action tale "I Am Number Four" is mostly familiar stuff, presenting the latest teen outsider coming into possession of his latent superpowers just in time to battle evil forces intent on world chaos.
Actor Jon Bernthal, who plays “Shane” on the AMC series “The Walking Dead,” will appear with fellow series actor Steven Yeun (“Glenn”) at this weekend’s Amazing Arizona Comic Con. Also making an appearance at the comic book convention are Todd McFarlane of “Spawn” fame; Robert Kirkman, creator of the original “The Walking Dead” comic series; “Deadpool” artist Rob Liefeld; and Jeph Loeb, a writer for Marvel Comics and writer/producer for TV shows such as “Smallville,” “Lost” and “Heroes.” The show features more than 100 exhibitors and a special Kids’ Day on Sunday, where attractions include costumed characters, a video game arena and an artist from Disney’s “Phineas and Ferb” doing free sketches for children 10 and younger.
For the characters on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” the storyline (starting 7:30 p.m. Thursday) is a game-changer.
When actor Taylor Kitsch talks about getting his muscles back, he’s not referring to his body. He’s speaking of once again assuming the role of small-town ex-football star Tim Riggins on “Friday Night Lights” after having played film roles while on hiatus.
Set aside that a remake of “Melrose Place” just 10 years removed from the original seems like too much too soon. The CW’s new version of the 1990s soap begins with a surprisingly well-made pilot that’s better than either the 1992 first episode of “Melrose Place” or last year’s “90210” reboot.
It took just a few seconds of footage — a single trailer, dropped from the heavens with great fanfare — for the hue and cry to rise on Trekmovie.com, the top fan site for J.J. Abrams' new "Star Trek" movie. By the hundreds they weighed in, a contentious cacophony that would have jammed even Lt. Uhura's comms system.
The CW’s Smallville has lost two of its biggest stars going into season eight — Michael Rosembaum as Lex Luthor and Kristin Kreuk as Lana Lang — and the freakishly hot Laura Vandervoort (Kara Zor-El/Kent) has been downgraded from series regular to recurring character. But it’s about to get a shot in the arm to both up its hero quotient and keep the billionaire playboy theme going strong.
In the art world, Jeff West is a jack of all trades. The Gilbert 37-year-old has illustrated children’s books, drawn caricatures at parties and at Castles N’ Coasters in Phoenix, and painted murals in local restaurants and in kids’ rooms.
The Phoenix “Cactus” Comicon is this weekend at the Mesa Convention Center, and with nearly 100 exhibitors, there will be plenty of characters to check out. Which got us thinking — who would win in a “March Madness”-style smackdown of the greatest characters in the comic book pantheon? Let’s take a look at the brackets.
Cue the "Twilight Zone" music: The supernatural has taken over television.
October 11, 2004