May 4, 2012 |
With a quarter of a billion dollars already in its pocket from a week of ticket sales, the Marvel superhero mash-up"The Avengers"is poised to join Hollywood's most elite club - the brotherhood of billion-dollar box office movies. Unlike its cousins, though, "The Avengers" took a different path to the clubhouse. It opened first overseas, with splashy red-carpet premieres in Rome, Beijing, London and Moscow, where audiences have embraced the special-effects-driven action and adventure film.
August 16, 2012 |
Walt Disney Co.'s acquisition of Marvel Entertainment gave it the Hulk, Iron Man and other superheroes to fuel summer blockbusters for years to come. It also got Ike Perlmutter. Marvel's chief executive is hardly a household name. But Disney's purchase of the comic book publisher made Perlmutter one of the largest individual shareholders in the entertainment conglomerate, giving him special powers all his own. Superheroes are big business in Hollywood, accounting for three of the top-grossing films in the U.S. this year: Marvel's"The Avengers,""The Dark Knight Rises" and"The Amazing Spider-Man.
May 25, 1997 |
In her hit single "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?," Paula Cole plays the part of a lonely woman pining for her "John Wayne"--a meat-eating, beer-drinking, gunslinging kind of guy who will keep her happily barefoot and pregnant while he works on his tractor and raises Cain at the local bar. Cole wouldn't be likely to meet such a fellow in the place she's having lunch this afternoon--a macrobiotic Japanese restaurant.
June 6, 2012 |
"John Carter's" journey into Redbox kiosks may be as complicated as a flight to Mars. Walt Disney Studios has decided to not sell its DVDs to any rental outlets, including Redbox, Netflix and Blockbuster, until 28 days after they go on sale. Disney previously offered its DVDs to Redbox the same day they went on sale at retail stores and online. The policy change began with the studio's release of the Japanese animation movie "The Secret World of Arrietty" on May 22, a studio spokeswoman confirmed, but has gained widespread notice this week as it is applying to the high-profile flop "John Carter.
April 27, 1995 |
They drifted by the spontaneous shrine, pausing to place flowers, to light a candle or to leave a final message. It was a time to remember lost friends and to share the sorrow of their families. More than 100 students, friends and neighbors attended a vigil Tuesday night at the scene of a fatal car crash in Hawthorne that left four teen-agers dead and two injured, one critically. Three of the four killed Friday were sophomores at Hawthorne High School.
April 1, 2005 |
Noah Wyle, the only leading player from the original "ER" cast to have stayed with the show, will leave the medical drama at the end of this season. But he won't disappear entirely: NBC says the actor has committed to returning for four episodes in each of the next two seasons. Wyle, who plays Dr. John Carter, will bid farewell to colleagues at the Chicago hospital in the season finale, scheduled for broadcast May 19.
May 26, 1991 |
** 1/2 Horace Tapscott, "The Dark Tree 1 & 2," Hat Hut . The problem with this pair of live recordings is that the Los Angeles pianist's all-star supporting cast--the late clarinetist John Carter, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Andrew Cyrille--is just that , a backup band and not a group that's had the chance to live with Tapscott's music. Consequently, the playing behind the leader's cascading torrents is too stiff and formal.