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March 2, 2013 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times staff writer
The brief announcement that Disney plans to add a Marvel-themed land to Hong Kong Disneyland in 2017 raises a host of questions: Will Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men be getting their own rides? When will the Marvel characters be coming to Anaheim, Paris, Tokyo or Shanghai? And why, of all places, Hong Kong? Many of the most basic questions remain unanswered, in part because the announcement was made by a Hong Kong government official rather than Disney.
March 7, 2014 | By David Ng
Theater is a superstitious profession, especially when it comes to failure. On Broadway, the Foxwoods Theatre, which served as home for the troubled musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," will officially be renamed the Lyric for its next tenant -- a revival of the musical "On the Town. "   As one of Broadway's biggest houses, the 1,900-seat Foxwoods has undergone a number of name changes since the venue opened on 42nd Street in New York in 1998. It was first called the Ford Center for the Performing Arts and was later rechristened the Hilton Theatre in 2005.
June 27, 2012 | By Brady MacDonald, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
Disney plans to introduce the Avengers, X-Men,  Spider-Man and other Marvel characters in a theme-park setting for the first time since acquiring the comic book company in 2009. PHOTOS: Marvel characters coming to Middle East theme park The Marvel Adventure family entertainment center is expected to open in late 2013 in the United Arab Emirates with superhero-themed attractions, restaurants and shops. The eight-acre indoor mini theme park will be part of the $5-billion City of Arabia entertainment, commercial and residential development in Dubailand.
January 31, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
In between the action on the field this Super Bowl Sunday, two superheroes will fight for audience attention. "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" each have TV spots lined up for the big game, and teasers for both are now online. Sony Pictures' 39-second teaser for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" finds Andrew Garfield once again donning the red-and-blue Spidey suit, this time to battle a trio of villains: Jamie Foxx's blue-skinned Electro, Paul Giamatti as the mech-suited Rhino, and a character that looks an awful lot like the Green Goblin. Electro gets the most screen time, and ominously warns the wall-crawler, "You wanted to be the hero, now you gotta pay the price.
November 24, 1996
So skycaps at LAX CALL THE Theme Restaurant "the spider"(L.A. Speak, So SoCal by Sue McAllister, Oct. 20). My husband, Richard R. Bradshaw, was the structural engineer during the construction of that landmark. I guess that henceforth he will be known as Spiderman. Chanin Hale Bradshaw Northridge
July 29, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Recruits on the new Transformers ride opening at Universal Studios Hollywood in spring 2012 will join the heroic Autobots in an intergalactic battle against the villainous Decepticons. The five-minute Transformers motion simulator dark ride with high-definition 3-D images, special effects and animatronics will feature an original storyline starring the shape-shifting robots capable of changing into cars, trucks and planes. > Photos: Transformers ride at Universal Studios Hollywood Hyperbolic Universal officials are already calling the new Transformers attraction "the greatest ride in theme park history.
July 5, 2012 | By Mark Medina
Steve Nash appears ready for showtime, and we're not just talking about whether he can dazzle Laker fans on the court with his no-look passes, crossovers and pick-and-roll sequences. We're talking about how he'll also perform under the Hollywood lights beyond Staples Center. The early reviews suggest he'll fit in just fine. Nash has recently starred in a series of parodies of various superheroes that he wrote and directed himself through NOC, which produces short videos on the personalities and lives of professional athletes.
May 4, 2002
Your article about Spider-Man's co-creator, Steve Ditko, a truly remarkable comic book writer-artist, was one of the best researched, most thoughtful articles I've ever read ("Spider-Man's Long-Lost Parent," by Jordan Raphael, April 29). Even more amazing is the fact that, although I've been a fan of Ditko's work for 35 years, this is the first time I've ever seen a clear photograph of him. If you had published a close-up photo of the Loch Ness Monster or the Abominable Snowman, I doubt I would have been any more bowled over.
July 18, 1986 | RICK VANDERKNYFF
Spiderman, the Marvel Comics superhero who gained his arachnid powers when he was bitten by an irradiated spider, will drop into Orange County on Saturday for an appearance as grand marshal of the San Clemente Summer Fiesta '86 parade. The parade of floats, bands, equestrian units, clowns and vintage cars will begin at 10 a.m. and wind south on El Camino Real from El Portal to Avenida Victoria.
June 2, 2009 | Associated Press
A French skyscraper climber nicknamed "Spiderman" was arrested today after scaling a 41-story building in downtown Sydney with his bare hands, stopping traffic on the busy street below. About 200 people gathered to watch as Alain Robert, known for scaling some of the world's tallest and best-known buildings without ropes or other equipment, climbed to the top of the Royal Bank of Scotland Tower. Police closed off the street, causing gridlock. The crowd cheered as Robert, 46, reached the top.
January 24, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
As the  Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos prepare to face off at the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, movie studios are lining up for an unofficial showdown of their own over whose trailer will make the biggest splash. The tab isn't cheap, with 30-second spots reportedly going for $4 million, but the big game is generally the most watched broadcast of the year, capable of drawing well over 100 million viewers. While studios tend to remain tight-lipped over their Super Bowl plans, a handful of high-profile films have emerged as those likely to make a showing.
January 6, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder, This post has been corrected, as indicated below
Young adult sci-fi, superhero action and a classic fairy-tale villain all have an advantage going into the new year: anticipation from social media users. Research firm Fizziology used social media data to rank the 10 most buzzed-about movies for the upcoming year and gave the top spot to "Divergent," Summit Entertainment's futuristic action-adventure coming out in March. The movie is getting "Hunger Games"-like buzz from young female fans of the young-adult book by Veronica Roth.
January 3, 2014 | By David Ng
On the heels of a winter storm that dumped several inches of snow in the New York area and pushed temperatures into the single digits, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is looking to have a relatively subdued farewell when it officially closes at the Foxwoods Theatre on Saturday. "Spider-Man" will shut its doors following Saturday evening's performance, bringing to an end a troubled Broadway saga that saw cast injuries, the firing of director Julie Taymor and a rumored $75 million budget that would be the highest in Broadway history.
January 1, 2014 | By Chris Lee
Guess he wasn't named the Official Superhero of Times Square 2014 for nothing. In a new trailer for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" that was unveiled during ball-drop celebrations in New York's New Year's Eve ground zero Tuesday night, the Marvel web-slinger is shown facing off against his high-voltage nemesis Electro (Jamie Foxx) in the crowded urban tableau of Times Square. PHOTOS: Box office top 10 of 2013 "Yo Sparkles!" Andrew Garfield's Spider-Man shouts by way of calling out the electricity-spouting supervillain.
December 5, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Answers start to be revealed in the new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” as the movie picks up the scent of mysteries left open by the first film. That's particularly true in the matter of Peter Parker's father and his knotty past relationship with shady Oscorp, for which he once worked. The first movie left open what it is that the older Parker did for the company and why those doings led to his disappearance, but such events seem to be at the heart of this film's revelation and action.
November 19, 2013 | By David Ng
On paper, at least, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" had the makings of a sure-fire Broadway hit. It boasted a rock score by U2's Bono and the Edge. It had Julie Taymor, the visionary director of Disney's "The Lion King. " Above all, it starred one of Marvel's most enduringly popular superheroes, one who needed no introduction and who came with a built-in fan base. Several years and mountains of legal documents later, "Spider-Man" has become a cautionary tale of Broadway excess and artistic hubris.
February 25, 1999 | Michael A. Hiltzik
A trial has been scheduled for next week in the eight-year battle over the rights to make a live-action film based on the Marvel comic book character Spider-Man. However, a judge already has rejected the strongest claims, which belonged to MGM.
November 18, 2013 | By Deborah Vankin and David Ng
The seemingly cursed musical “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark” will be turning off its lights for good come January -- at least on Broadway. "We are excited to report that the next destination for 'Spider-Man' will be the entertainment capital of the world: Las Vegas," Rick Miramontez, a spokesman for the show, said Monday evening.  "Further details will be announced in the weeks to come. " The production -- the most expensive show in Broadway history at a hefty $75 million -- has not been breaking even for weeks now, according to the Wall Street Journal . According to the Broadway League, the show grossed $742,595 last week, against a potential gross of more than $1.5 million.
November 18, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Well, hello, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone! "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" castmates and lovebirds stepped out together during a photo call at Sony Pictures Studios on Saturday in Culver City. While their film doesn't hit theaters until May 2, the pair made an appearance with costar Jamie Foxx, who plays supervillain Electro in the upcoming flick, and members of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. They took pictures as a twosome, with Foxx and with the kids. PHOTOS: 50 most beautiful female celebrities The last time they made an official red-carpet appearance together was about six months ago for opening night of "Brits Off Broadway: Bull.
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