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July 18, 2007 | From the Associated Press
"Tintin in the Congo," an illustrated work removed from the children's section of Borders Group Inc., stores in Britain because of allegations of racism, will get the same treatment by the superstore chain in the United States. "Borders is committed to carrying a wide range of materials and supporting our customers' right to choose what to read and what to buy.
January 8, 2012
A pronounced omission, oui ? I was surprised after reading "Adventures on Tintin's Turf" [by Susan Spano, Jan. 1] not to have found any reference to the correct pronunciation of Tintin's name. As a retired associate professor of Spanish and a frequent visitor to France and Belgium, I noticed this. Americans pronounce it as in "Rin Tin Tin," but the correct pronunciation is more or less "Tantan," with the difficult nasal "n" at the end, as in "coq au vin," because, of course, the name is French.
March 22, 2009 | Rachel Abramowitz
How do Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, the two titans of pop culture, collaborate on the new 3-D motion-capture version of "Tintin"? With lots of high-tech wizardry. Spielberg, who's directing the first installment, "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," recently wrapped 32 days of performance-capture shooting in Los Angeles. Producer Jackson traveled from his New Zealand home base to L.A.
January 1, 2012 | By Susan Spano, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Director Steven Spielberg's "The Adventures of Tintin" starts innocently enough - with Tintin, it always does - at a flea market, where the dauntless boy reporter finds an old model boat. But blistering barnacles! - as his buddy Capt. Haddock would say - there's a secret inside about a long-lost pirate treasure. So Tintin sets out to find it, undeterred by goons with guns, crashes, explosions, cracks on the skull from behind. Hold it. Rewind. That flea market? I think I've seen it before.
December 6, 1992 | Tobi Tobias, Tobias, the dance critic for New York magazine, has written some two dozen books for young people
Mention Tintin (the comic-strip adventures of) to a group of your pals and at least one will respond like Proust to the madeleine , a matrix of infinitely pleasurable childhood associations resurfacing to suffuse the present moment. The man responsible for this magic signed himself Herge (reverse the initials of Georges Remi and pronounce them in French, as he did in his native Brussels). The stories were first published serially in periodicals, beginning in the late 1920s.
April 27, 2008 | Eric Banks, Eric Banks is the former editor in chief of BookForum.
BRITISH writer Tom McCarthy's debut novel, "Remainder," left American critics enthralled when it appeared here last year. In that novel, McCarthy creates a fun-house architecture that ultimately becomes a prison for protagonist and reader alike. Narrated in the first person, "Remainder" concerns a survivor of some odd, unexplained accident. With the settlement money, he sets out to choreograph meticulously detailed "reenactments" of recalled or imagined mundane events.
October 27, 2011 | By Ben Fritz and Amy Kaufman, Los Angeles Times
It has already had star-studded, red-carpet premieres in three major cities. It's being promoted everywhere from Gap stores to McDonald's to the side of trains. And, early ticket sales indicate it could enjoy a big opening. Yet, American audiences won't see Steven Spielberg's much-hyped family movie until Christmas. The director's big-budget 3-D animated movie "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," produced by Peter Jackson, is opening this weekend in Europe — nearly two months before it opens in this country.
Like children anywhere with an answer to give, the youngsters playing in a suburban park could hardly contain themselves. "Tintin! Tintin and Snowy!" several of the small voices exclaimed in chorus. "Captain Haddock!" came another reply. "Oh, I love them all!" shouted a little 8-year-old named Laura, jumping up and down. The children were reeling off their fictional heroes--and none were from anyplace new. Forget the latest gimmicks marketed to dazzle their young lives.
June 5, 2011 | By Steven Paul Leiva, Special to the Los Angeles Times
It seems that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is in a quandary. Steven Spielberg, a not inconsequential member, wants his upcoming performance capture (or motion capture, as it's sometimes known) film, "The Adventures of Tintin," to compete in the best animated picture category for next year's Academy Awards. That's understandable; there's less competition, and it's doubtful that an adventure film based on a European comic book would be nominated by the academy for best picture.
March 30, 2003 | Susan Spano, Times Staff Writer
The scene is the palace of the Maharaja of Gaipajama, where a messenger from China arrives out of the blue. Before he can speak, he is silenced. "A dart ... dipped in Rajaijah juice ... the poison of madness ... poor chap ... he just had time to tell me I'm needed in Shanghai," says Tintin, the hero of "The Blue Lotus" and 22 other comic book adventures created by Belgian artist Georges Remi (who wrote as Herge) between 1929 and 1983.
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