April 10, 1994 |
The guard behind the desk at ABC's offices in Century City stares intently at the man standing in front of him. A look of recognition flashes across the keeper of the gate's face as he picks up the phone to call a network rep. "The gentleman from 'Superman' is here to see you," he tells her. The man, dressed entirely in black, smiles at the guard. "My name is John Shea. And I'm no gentleman."
August 15, 1988 |
Look, up in the sky! If it's not a bird, a plane or Superman, it's probably John Haymes Newton, the revealed identity of Viacom's Boy of Steel in "Superboy," a half-hour syndicated series that is set to premiere Oct. 3. Newton, 22, who can still be seen in Levi's 501 commercials, will play Clark Kent as a 19-year-old journalism student at fictional Shuster University, battling the problems that accompany secret powers and, of course, Lex Luthor.
January 16, 2014 |
Cloying and smug when it's not being unfunny and crass, the high school reunion comedy "Back in the Day" hits lows with a frequency that suggests a world-class sharp shooter or free-throw king. With every thudding gross-out gag or mistimed bit of sentimentality, writer-director-star Michael Rosenbaum's movie acts as if it deserves a high-five. Instead, this aggressively clichéd tale of Jim (Rosenbaum), a struggling Hollywood actor attending his Midwestern high school reunion, is about as entertaining as watching two guys vomit simultaneously, to name one of the movie's prouder moments of dreary raunch.
June 5, 1989 |
Move over, Donald J. Trump. Step aside, Frank Lorenzo. Lex Luthor, the cunning comic book villain and archenemy of Superman, is in the hostile takeover business and pillaging the blue chip pickings of Metropolis. Lately, the baldheaded billionaire bad guy has schemed to acquire Scientific & Technological Advanced Research Laboratories, a rival to his LexCorp Group. Yes, the folks at D.C. Comics Inc. magazines have discovered a theme already milked by the Hollywood producers of "Wall Street" and "Working Girl"--corporate takeovers and foxy financiers make good entertainment.
May 6, 1986 |
--Don't mess with the new Clark Kent. One of America's best-known wimps has taken a cue from "Dirty Harry" and no longer will tolerate being embarrassed in front of Lois Lane, or anyone else. "Clark Kent is going to be more aggressive--not so squeaky clean," said John Byrne, a Fairfield, Conn., cartoonist working to modernize Superman comics. Also, Superman's archenemy, Lex Luthor, will be a wealthy businessman instead of a mad scientist.
September 25, 1987 |
The latest Superman movie, "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace," didn't really fly high at the box office but it's potentially a big rental hit. Starring Christopher Reeve as the Man of Steel and Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor, it will make its home video debut on Warner Video on Nov. 25. "Harry and the Hendersons," which plunks the legend of Bigfoot into a family comedy format, is due on MCA on Nov. 12.