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March 22, 2009 | Henry Chu
He turns 80 this year but still looks 18, with the same fair-haired quiff. Like Madonna and Sting, two other famous blonds, he goes by one name. Mention him and a European is likely to cheer, while an American is more apt to go, "Huh?" But that's destined to change now that Steven Spielberg is making a movie based on his life.
November 1, 2008 | Claudia Eller, Eller is a Times staff writer.
It looks like Paramount Pictures may have found a co-parent for Steven Spielberg's and Peter Jackson's planned "Tintin" movie, which was orphaned after Universal Pictures opted out over financial concerns. Sony Pictures is close to finalizing a deal to pick up half the cost of the 3-D motion-capture film, which is budgeted at $130 million before marketing expenses.
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.
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.
May 17, 2007 | From the Associated Press
Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson each plan to direct at least one film in a series of three movies based on the "Tintin" adventures, a collection of illustrated books about a globe-trotting Belgian reporter. The Academy Award-winning filmmakers each will direct one of the first two "Tintin" films and will determine later who will make the third, Spielberg spokesman Marvin Levy said.
March 9, 2007 | From the Associated Press
It was a quarter-century in the making, but then again, nothing is easy for cartoon heroes such as Tintin. Steven Spielberg's DreamWorks, a division of Viacom Inc., has committed to produce at least one movie about the adventures of the intrepid Belgian reporter, said Nick Rodwell, head of Moulinsart NV, Tintin's commercial studio in Brussels. "After 25 years, they finally said, 'OK, let's go,' " Rodwell said Thursday of the protracted talks with Spielberg.
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.
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 23, 1989
Re Charles Solomon's "The Comic Book Grows Up," April 16: Solomon writes that "graphic novels have been popular for decades . . . in Europe" (which is true), then adds: "In Paris, the rage for these florid fantasies has led book dealers in the swankiest arrondissements . . . to devote large sections to them. This is simply wrong. It evokes the superficial, shallow judgment of the Ugly American Abroad ("Look, Hon, they have McDonald's on the Champs-Elysees!") I am a Frenchman, and I did not grow up in a "swanky" arrondissement but in a series of unremarkable provincial towns.
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