January 11, 2008 |
Hulk Hogan, yards of spandex, iron-pumped bodies. . . . Notwithstanding some 21st-century graphics and gimmickry, you may be excused from thinking yourself knocked back in time while watching NBC's renascent "American Gladiators." After an absence of almost a dozen years, the formerly syndicated show has returned to pit ordinary citizens in better shape than I am against pumped-up superfolk in much better shape than I am in a series of physical challenges I am in no way capable of meeting.
August 25, 2007 |
A revival of the 1989-96 syndicated competition series "American Gladiators" will premiere at midseason on NBC, which is promising "splashy twists including special effects, water skills and the latest technology." As in the original, the new version of "American Gladiators" will pit contestants against eight gladiators in a series of competitions, with the Joust, the Wall, Hang Tough and the Eliminator returning.
July 29, 2007 |
Go to Rome and find your inner warrior. The Rome Cavalieri Hilton is offering a historically correct gladiator training course (a tough workout, courtesy of Gruppo Storico Romano, a society dedicated to re-creating those days) in the hotel's private park. For two hours, a participant wears a tunic, sandals, protective gloves and prepares to do battle by learning sword combat and ancient techniques. Graduates get a medal and a title (tiro, for beginners); advanced students wear protective armor.
January 25, 2007 |
ITALIAN police have unearthed the hidden cache of a group of grave robbers, recovering ancient Roman marble reliefs depicting stunningly lifelike gladiators locked in mortal combat, officials said Wednesday. The 12 panels were buried in the garden of a home near Fiano Romano, 25 miles north of Rome. Officials hailed it as a major archeological find and a blow to the illegal antiquities market. Archeologists said the work offers a glimpse into early gladiator fights.
January 17, 2007
Re "Knockout marketing," Jan. 14 One had hoped that men would have evolved after the Roman Empire into more civilized human beings, but I'm afraid we haven't developed or advanced at all. Before long, we will cheer on gladiators fighting wild animals as well. Unfortunately, greed, money and machismo are an important part of this spectacle. Can we not find more humane ways to fight our aggression? Can we not feel like men without being violent? Confident and secure men do not have to prove themselves to be strong and macho by kicking teeth out or by breaking noses.
August 23, 2005 |
Introducing the extended edition of his 2000 Oscar-winning epic "Gladiator" (DreamWorks, $27), director Ridley Scott says this new version isn't his director's cut -- that was the one released in theaters five years ago. But he thinks the 17 additional minutes woven into the box office hit should please the movie's legions of fans.
April 9, 2005 |
Flower seller Giuseppe Nicosia listened to the mournful rhythm of funeral incantations on a portable radio, but at the same time kept up an enthusiastic sales pitch for passersby: Where had they ever seen redder roses? Or smelled more fragrant lilies? Even on a day given over to a massive outpouring of grief, Rome's eternal vitality seemed somehow undimmed.
December 10, 2004 |
When Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg proposed a $1.4-billion sports stadium for Manhattan's West Side this year, New Yorkers braced for a battle that could last months, even years. But few expected the idea would lead to an $11-million advertising war on television and radio, a clash between the mayor and one of the city's corporate giants, and an unusual level of vitriol, even by Big Apple standards.
July 9, 2004 |
On a recent bright, muggy morning in Manhattan, the screenwriter David Franzoni was reclining in a low-slung chair in the tapestry-strewn barroom at the Ritz-Carlton hotel, across from Central Park, talking about history.
July 28, 2003 |
Karl von Clausewitz, a 19th century German military theorist, famously said that war is the continuation of politics by other means. But in the last few years, it's become increasingly difficult to draw any meaningful line between the two. From the House impeachment of Bill Clinton on a virtual party-line vote, to the routine use of the filibuster by both parties to block nominations in the Senate, to the recall election now confronting California Gov.