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April 12, 2011 | By Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times
Maybe the Man of Steel should step in and help police unravel the mystery of the Man of Steal. An original copy of the first Superman comic book that was stolen a decade ago from actor Nicolas Cage has been recovered, and Los Angeles authorities are searching for the thief. Action Comics No. 1 — a 1938 comic book now worth as much as $1.5 million — was taken from Cage's West Los Angeles home in 2000 and discovered last month in a San Fernando Valley storage locker. The highly sought-after first edition is now in an LAPD evidence safe as the department's art detail detectives try to bring the thieves to justice.
March 10, 2010 | By Geoff Boucher
The topic at the Batcave on Monday night was the future of that other superhero -- you, know, the one from Metropolis. "It's very exciting, we have a fantastic story," Christopher Nolan said while sipping tea in the sleek editing suite that fills the converted garage adjacent to his Hollywood home. "And we feel we can do it right. We know the milieu, if you will, we know the genre and how to get it done right." FOR THE RECORD: Christopher Nolan: An article about filmmaker Christopher Nolan in Wednesday's Calendar said his next movie, "Inception," opens July 19. It opens July 16. — Nolan was standing next to his wife, producer Emma Thomas, his partner in all of his films -- including " Batman Begins" and " The Dark Knight," the grim franchise that pulled in more than $1.3 billion at theaters worldwide -- and he was explaining their plan to take on a challenge that has frustrated Hollywood for two decades: Getting another Superman film franchise off the ground.
December 6, 2009
In my favorite panel of R. Sikoryak's "Masterpiece Comics" (Drawn & Quarterly: 66 pp., $19.95), Superman -- recast as Meursault, the protagonist of Albert Camus' 1942 novel "The Stranger" -- attacks a priest in his jail cell while crying out: "Don't waste your lousy prayers! You're just as condemned as me!" It takes a perverse kind of genius to re-imagine the Man of Steel as existentialist antihero, but that's the power of Sikoryak's work. A protégé of Art Spiegelman's (with whom he worked for many years on the "commix" magazine RAW)
Superman doesn't need that phone booth anymore. For 63 years, the most famous superhero of them all has flown through every pop culture medium wearing his blue tights and red cape, a costume that is instantly recognizable from India to Indiana, by ages 8 to 80. As touchstone, the suit has been as indestructible as the hero himself--until now.
December 23, 2013 | By August Brown
The hotel room was destroyed. A television lay shattered on the ground, surrounded by a shredded pile of photographs and Bible pages, soda cans and broken furniture. On the mangled hotel bed, the sheets were coiled up in a corner, still holding the form of the human responsible for this mess. Just down the hall, Billy Idol and guys from the Sex Pistols, Blondie and Adam & the Ants banged out loud and sloppy Stooges covers late into the night. It's a scene Sid Vicious might have loved if he'd lived to attend the Los Angeles art opening.
June 16, 2003 | Stephanie Simon, Times Staff Writer
In this town, for this weekend, everyone was a kid. Fathers and grandfathers sat outside long past midnight, debating plot twists in comic books. They spent way too much money on toys. Middle-aged men pulled on blue tights and red capes and forgot about their paunches. They puffed their chests and flexed their biceps and felt, for a moment, like heroes.
September 5, 1992 | WILLIAM S. McTERNAN, NEWSDAY
An irresistible force is going to meet an immovable object in November and something's going to give--Superman will meet his demise. The Man of Steel will die fighting to save Metropolis from the super-lunatic Doomsday, a new villain who is an escapee from a cosmic insane asylum. Wait a minute. Superman is faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.
September 24, 2010 | By Jevon Phillips, Los Angeles Times
Tom Welling's first memory on the set of "Smallville" nine years ago was a chance meeting with a young production assistant named Chris Petry. The actor waved at Petry, who returned the greeting. Almost a decade later, Petry is all grown up and now serves as one of the show's producers and occasionally directs. As for Welling, well, he is still almost Superman. "The two of us were just sitting around the other day and going 'Eh, not too bad. Not too bad for nine years. [We've] done all right," said Welling, who is also an executive producer on the show and on the new CW program "Hellcats.
January 2, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Michael Shannon stands 6 feet, 3 inches. Big guy. Carries a big, George Costanza-size wallet too, which he plops on the table at the RH Restaurant at West Hollywood's Andaz Hotel with sincere apologies. "It's ridiculous," he says. "My whole life is in here. " A glimmer of Shannon's life can also be seen on screen in "Take Shelter," the critically praised drama in which the 37-year-old actor plays a father worried about losing his family as well as his mind. We talked to Shannon about the film, being a dad and taking on the role of the evil Gen. Zod in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Superman" reboot.
September 1, 2011 | By Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Six Flags Magic Mountain will add a new 40-story thrill ride on June 30 themed to DC Comics villain Lex Luthor that will rank as the world's tallest and fastest drop tower. > Photos: New attractions coming to Six Flags parks in 2012 The 400-foot-tall Lex Luthor: Drop of Doom will be attached to both sides of the Valencia amusement park's 415-foot-tall Superman: Escape from Krypton coaster tower. After ascending to the top of the new drop tower, Lex Luthor riders will freefall for five seconds at speeds reaching 85 miles per hour before a magnetic braking system stops the drop.
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