December 7, 2011 |
While all eyes will be on Disney California Adventure in 2012, plenty of other theme parks in California will be adding new rides and attractions in time for the summer crowds. Our Top 10 for 2012 is dominated by new rides coming to DCA's 12-acre Cars Land expansion , the grand finale in the $1 billion extreme makeover the Anaheim theme park has undertaken during the past five years. DCA's transformation is so massive that even Disneyland is taking the year off as far as new attractions go, letting the spotlight shine on its younger neighbor.
December 12, 2013 |
A new era of towering thrill rides debuting over the next few years promises to alter the skylines of theme parks around the world. Photos: New towering thrill rides on the horizon Free-fall drop towers and skyrocketing space shots have been part of the theme park landscape for decades, but the next generation of sky-scraping attractions will significantly ramp up pulse rates while reaching once unimagined heights. Not too long ago, 300 feet was considered tall in the theme park universe.
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.