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May 14, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
It's never a great sign when a summer "event film" is poised to open at No. 2 at the box office. But director Ridley Scott's new version of "Robin Hood," starring Russell Crowe, has been a challenge for distributor Universal Pictures, given its high cost, serious tone and apparent lack of appeal to the young moviegoers who usually drive big openings. Hollywood executives who have seen pre-release polling of potential moviegoers expect the film to open with $40 million to $45 million in the U.S. and Canada.
December 28, 1995 | DAVID E. BRADY
He brought his sleek, sculpted physique to Sherman Oaks Hospital's Grossman Burn Center in August to lift the spirits of burned children, the first of what organizers promised would be several appearances of "Mr. Titan." But there were no children to visit that day, so the beefy bodybuilder posed for pictures with hospital staffers instead, pausing to ask for a towel to protect his feet from the hot asphalt. More than four months later, with no more appearances scheduled, Mr.
July 31, 1985 | DOUG SMITH
The Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, which makes its home behind a humble yellow facade on Burbank Boulevard, opened its doors Saturday to a new event called the North Hollywood Comic Book Convention. Comic book dealers and collectors gather regularly at such events, called "cons" by those who attend. The big con is held in San Diego. Another goes on monthly at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.
January 4, 1986 | Dave Distel
John Martens is lucky he is not a horse. He would probably be fastening stamps to envelopes. They shoot horses, don't they? Martens, you see, does not exactly have the knees of a Clydesdale. Crystal is more durable. About anything that can go wrong has gone wrong with Martens' knees. He spends more time with his knee surgeon than most movie stars spend with their therapists. His knees are like a car that needs a tune-up every 3,000 miles.
April 17, 2008 | John Horn, Times Staff Writer
He speeds into battle in a fiery flash, laying waste to all challengers. That's not just "Iron Man" but the film's likely box-office outcome too. From a surprise sneak peek at July's Comic-Con convention through its teaser trailer launch in October and TV spots during February's Super Bowl and "Lost" premiere, "Iron Man" has been assembling a towering wave of momentum. But is it a tsunami?
May 1, 2008 | Kenneth Turan, Times Movie Critic
Iron MAN? This is the name for a superhero? Rather than sounding like a six-pack of blue-collar beer, shouldn't the handle for a fighter for truth and justice be something sleek and modern like Titanium Man or even Uranium Al? Isn't Iron Man a little old-school for today's computer-generated movie franchise world? Don't tell that to the folks at Marvel, whose characters have made a fortune at the box office -- $4.
They called Carlos Chavez the Iron Man, the little boxer of the 1940s and '50s who beat the likes of ring champions Manuel Ortiz, Lauro Salas and "Golden Boy" Art Aragon. He was quiet and modest outside the ring. But inside, he let his hands do the talking. If Chavez made it past three rounds, his opponent didn't stand a chance. He was a slow starter, but he didn't go down easily, said those who knew and boxed him. The man who last week shot and killed the Iron Man may have found that out.
April 27, 2008 | Cristy Lytal, Special to The Times
Creature effects supervisor Shane Mahan modestly credits much of his success to being in the right place at the right time. Born and raised in Greenville, Mich., population 3,000, the 44-year-old spent his childhood watching horror films, making Super-8 shorts about Dracula and Frankenstein and writing and directing plays. "I think what it boils down to is the abject boredom of living out in the country [spurs] little kids to create these fun things to do," he says.
The motorcycle will be the same, restored from 54 years ago. And the rider will be the same, if a bit more seasoned. The difference may be the pace. Ed (Iron Man) Kretz was ready to ride over the competition in 1937 when he won the first Daytona 200. And he won't be on the sand-and-asphalt venue that was Daytona Beach racing back then. Kretz, of Monterey Park, approaching 80, will ride a meticulously restored Indian Scout, No.
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