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HEALTH
November 16, 2013 | By a Times Staff Writer
San Francisco was getting back to normal a day after Batkid took the city by storm. Miles Scott, 5, vanquished enemies in a San Francisco transformed into Batman's Gotham City. Nearly 12,000 volunteers and adoring fans holding signs lined the streets Friday for Miles, who has been battling lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old and wanted to spend the day as Batman. The  Make-A-Wish Foundation coordinated the adventure.  “He likes to be a superhero,” Miles' mother Natalie, told KNTV-TV.
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April 19, 2014 | By Colleen Mastony
The nurses on the 20th floor were the first to see them. "Oh my goodness," declared Colleen Forrester, 29, a nurse dressed in green scrubs, who pointed to the windows. Other nurses came to look and laughed. Were the children strong enough to come see? Soon, parents and nurses were leading kids out of their rooms. The children were small and frail-looking. Most were undergoing treatment for cancer and other serious disorders. But on this cold April morning, they had a precious moment of distraction.
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ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2012 | By Jonathan Landreth
SHANGHAI - "Spider-Man"creator  Stan Lee's first Chinese superhero, "The Annihilator," topped the inaugural slate of feature film co-productions announced Monday by state-run National Film Capital. NFC, a Beijing-based entertainment industry fund management company chaired by former China Film Group President Yang Buting, will draw on an initial 2.6-billion yuan ($422 million) raised by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China and other partners, NFC co-founder Kathy Peng, a former investment banker in Hong Kong, said.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Take off your thinking cap and simply enjoy the mini-pleasures of "Antboy. " This fantastical story of 12-year-old Pelle (Oscar Dietz), who goes from zero to superhero after being bitten by a genetically modified ant, should delight kids and adults alike. The film - a Danish import that has been wisely, if not quite seamlessly, dubbed into English to accommodate younger viewers - starts with the unpopular Pelle considering himself more "invisible man" than nerd. (That latter distinction is saved for bespectacled comic-book fan Wilhelm, played by Samuel Ting Graf.)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Jamie Wetherbe
"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" is looking east and west for a new superhero. Reeve Carney, who originated the title role, will depart the production Sept. 15, launching a bicoastal search to find the musical's new star as well as a future Mary Jane, the role currently filled by Rebecca Faulkenberry. In Los Angeles, tryouts will be at 10 a.m. Aug. 12 at the Hollywood United Methodist Church. In New York, a casting call is set for 10 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Stage 48 & Sky-Lounge. PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage Carney made his Broadway debut as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and has been with the musical since the show previewed in 2010.
NEWS
November 15, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
As many as 12,000 people in San Francisco are helping to make superhero dreams come true Friday for Batkid, age 5. Miles has been fighting leukemia since he was 18 months old.  "He likes to be a superhero," his mom told the local NBC affiliate -- and he is one, having fought cancer, which is now in remission. According to the Associated Press, Miles lives in Tulelake in Northern California. He ended his cancer treatments in June. The thousands of volunteers in San Francisco and the Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation are helping his family celebrate by creating a Gotham City experience for the kindergartner.
NEWS
January 30, 2013 | By Eryn Brown
I won't lie -- I usually find it cute when my sons and my husband geek out over Superman or Batman. But there are times when the antics wear thin. Like when my 3-year-old refuses to wear his glasses because "Wolverine doesn't wear glasses. " Or when he chases our cat around the house, fists flying, screaming, "BATMAN!" Now the journal PLoS One has published a study to inspire hope in mothers like me: Scientists said Wednesday that experiencing a Superman-like power of flight, in a virtual reality simulation, made people more helpful.
BUSINESS
October 30, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
LAS VEGAS - Batman has the Batmobile. Green Hornet has Black Beauty. But why did the other superheroes miss out on a flashy ride? On Tuesday, Kia Motors America and DC Entertainment changed all that. The two companies opened the Specialty Equipment Market Assn. trade show in Las Vegas by unveiling five custom cars inspired by the superhero members of DC Comics' Justice League. Photos: Highlights from the 2012 SEMA Show Each Justice League character was assigned to a specific Kia vehicle based on personality and attributes to create the five cars.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Evan Wagstaff
All eyes were on “Gotham” Friday as San Francisco's Batkid -- a 5-year-old boy battling leukemia -- lived out his dream of being a superhero, taking to the streets to save the city from the likes of the Riddler and the Penguin. Nearly 12,000 volunteers and adoring fans holding signs crowded streets for the full-on transformation of the city so Miles, who has been battling lymphoblastic leukemia since he was 20 months old, could spend the day with Batman at his side. Coordinated by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the effort was complete with a Batmobile, a personal call from Police Chief Greg Suhr asking for help, and staged rescue scenes involving villains the Riddler and Penguin.
HEALTH
June 27, 2011 | By James S. Fell and Jeannine Stein, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Perhaps you've been to the multiplex to see Ryan Reynolds' Green Lantern save the universe from the evil Parallax or to witness Chris Hemsworth's Thor hurl his magical hammer at invading Frost Giants. Perhaps you've wondered how those actors achieved the chiseled abdominals, powerful pecs and bulging biceps — and whether you could manage to get them yourself without their superhero powers. The short answer: Probably not. But we can still do pretty well for ourselves even when fitting fitness into a mere mortal's existence that involves going to work, taking care of kids, preparing family meals, changing toxic diapers and waking in the night to be regaled with tales of the slime monster in Junior's closet.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 7, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
Superhero sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" soared in its opening weekend to a record-breaking $96.2 million in North America and a worldwide total to date of $303.3 million. The $170-million 3-D film, starring Chris Evans as the shield-bearing superhero and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, is the top April opening of all time and more successful than its 2011 predecessor, "Captain America: The First Avenger," which made $65 million domestically in its first three days.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell and Steven Zeitchik
"Fantastic Four" fans, meet your new villain: British actor Toby Kebbell is in negotiations to play the superhero quartet's arch nemesis, Doctor Doom, in Fox's upcoming franchise reboot, according to Variety. Kebbell, 31, beat out fellow rising stars Jack Huston and Domhnall Gleeson for the role, Variety said . The actor has appeared in such action movies as "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time," "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" and "Wrath of the Titans," as well as more serious-minded fare including "War Horse" and "The East.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 13, 2014 | By Martin Tsai
"Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Rising" puts such a radical spin on superhero comics that it almost reads as satire. The film boasts a Justice League of its own, but one reminiscent of a professional sports league complete with stars, duds, corporate sponsors, a farm system and even an ancillary television network that literally keeps score on these avengers. To recap for the "Tiger & Bunny" uninitiated, the film follows a short-lived anime television series and a 2012 movie ("The Beginning")
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
In a huge coup for the New York-based production community, on Wednesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Disney, Marvel and Netflix announced that the upcoming "Flawed Heroes of Hell's Kitchen"  series for Netflix will be filmed principally in New York state. The multi-series collaboration will represent the largest film or television project commitment in the history of the state, according to the governor's office.  Production is scheduled to begin this summer on the four series and miniseries based on the characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 1, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
The stereotypical Sundance movie is thought of as something capital-Q quirky, typically a story of family dysfunction or coming-of-age. This year's festival, across its numerous sections, featured a newfound immersion in genre storytelling that pushed the films to places that were familiar but with unexpected and most welcome twists. Gareth Evans' "The Raid 2," for instance, does for the blood-soaked Asian action film what "The Dark Knight" did for the superhero film, injecting it with a seriousness, a depth of characterization and a scope of storytelling that raises it to a new level of legitimacy.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Whether possessing innate superpowers or just overworked abs and some highly advanced technology, all comic book heroes are vigilantes. That's their raison d'être: To see justice done in situations in which the ordinary forces of law and order, be it the police or an interplanetary army, cannot. Which makes the villains just as interesting, and often more telling, than the heroes themselves. When urban decay and inner-city violence are on our minds, we get Gotham's master criminals.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 15, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Take off your thinking cap and simply enjoy the mini-pleasures of "Antboy. " This fantastical story of 12-year-old Pelle (Oscar Dietz), who goes from zero to superhero after being bitten by a genetically modified ant, should delight kids and adults alike. The film - a Danish import that has been wisely, if not quite seamlessly, dubbed into English to accommodate younger viewers - starts with the unpopular Pelle considering himself more "invisible man" than nerd. (That latter distinction is saved for bespectacled comic-book fan Wilhelm, played by Samuel Ting Graf.)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Turbo," the racing-snails movie from this summer, is already a cartoon series, "Turbo: F.A.S.T.," suggesting that such an eventuality was in the cards from the beginning (or somewhere near it). That other DreamWorks-made cartoons - including "The Penguins of Madagascar," "Kung Fu Panda" and "Monsters vs. Aliens," all on Nickelodeon - have taken the same route, suggests that, more than an eventuality, it was an inevitability. One difference is that it is being released by Netflix, the streamcaster's first kids' show and ergo a historic moment.
NEWS
December 19, 2013 | By Gina McIntyre
Tom Hiddleston is currently starring on the London stage in Shakespeare's political tragedy “Coriolanus,” and reviews of the production, which opened Dec. 17, have been glowing. Critics have praised Hiddleston's performance -- the Telegraph's Charles Spencer called him “compelling and persuasive” -- as the military commander brought low by his own arrogance and intractability in the play, directed by Josie Rourke, at the Donmar Warehouse. Earlier this year, Hiddleston was promoting a starring turn of a very different kind in “Thor: The Dark World,” the Marvel superhero sequel in which he reprised his role as the raven-haired villain Loki from “Thor” and “The Avengers.” The 32-year-old actor talked about his interest in the role -- "Coriolanus" is generally considered one of the Bard's less accessible works -- and his personal relationship to the Donmar.
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