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Rossana Podestà dead at 79: ‘Helen of Troy’ actress later featured in sword-and-sandal spectacles, risqué sex comedies (photo: Jacques Sernas and Rossana Podestà in ‘Helen of Troy’) Rossana Podestà, the sensual star of the 1955 epic Helen of Troy and other sword-and-sandal European productions of the ’50s and ’60s — in addition to a handful of risqué sex comedies of the ’70s — died earlier today, December 10, 2013, in Rome according to several Italian news outlets. Podestà was 79. She was born Carla Dora Podestà on August 20, 1934, in, depending on the source, either Zlitan or Tripoli, in Libya, at the time an Italian colony. According to the IMDb, the renamed Rossana Podestà began her film career in 1950, when she was featured in a small role in Dezsö Ákos Hamza’s Strano appuntamento ("Strange Appointment"). However, according to online reports, she was actually discovered by director Léonide Moguy, who cast her in a small role in »
- Andre Soares
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Batman vs. Superman, Wonder Woman, Arrow, The Flash, Young Justice, Hourman, Gotham, Justice League: War, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Thor: The Dark World, Ant-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United, Kick-Ass 2 and more...
Well, the past seven days may just have been the busiest week of the year in terms of superhero news, with several huge stories dropping throughout the week, and the biggest surprise of all? Marvel Studios and its multitude of projects has been virtually anonymous as Sony, Warner Bros. and 20th Century Fox grabbed all (well, most) of the headlines. We've got a lot to get through this week, but we'll start things off with our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man...
So, things have been almost deathly »
- Gary Collinson
The Hulk may not have performed very well in his two previous solo outings but he certainly stole the show in the Avengers. The newest interpretation of the character—played by Mark Ruffalo, under the guidance of Joss Whedon—was a green-skinned scene stealer, especially in the now-famous “Puny God” scene. Ever since the great reception for the hulking hero in the Avengers, there has been speculation about another Hulk solo movie. Now, an inside source says one is being made. The name of that source…Lou Ferrigno.
During a recent interview with Flicks & the City, Ferrigno—who played the Incredible Hulk in the 1978-1982 TV series, which co-starred Bill Bixby as Dr. Banner—spoke about the character and claimed that a solo film is on the horizon.
Ferrigno said, “They are doing a Hulk movie, »
- email@example.com (Rob Young)
After his show-stealing turn in The Avengers, Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner / The Incredible Hulk is set to link up with Earth's Mightiest Heroes again next year as cameras roll on Joss Whedon's hotly-anticipated 2015 sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
However, with Ruffalo tied down to a six-movie deal - including the two aforementioned Avengers movies - it's surely only a matter of time before the Green Goliath gets another solo movie. There has been plenty of speculation that this could happen as part of Marvel's Phase Three, and according to Lou Ferrigno - who voices the Hulk in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and of course portrayed him in the classic 70s TV series - that seems to be the plan.
- Gary Collinson
Thor: The Dark World is currently in the latter end of its theatrical run and about to cross the $600 million mark, continuing the success of the post-Avengers Marvel Cinematic Universe after Iron Man 3 broke records around the world this summer with its $1.2 billion haul. The following two years already have a pair of movies each in development, three of them sequels and the fourth introducing an new character in Ant-Man.
After that, all we have is speculation and rumors as we wait until next summer (likely at San Diego Comic-Con) to find out what Marvel Studios has in the cards for moviegoers in Phase 3. One of the major questions for fans is whether or not Marvel will give franchise newcomer Mark Ruffalo a chance to take the Hulk character on a solo adventure and if ...
- Rob Keyes
Back in March, we reported on Mark Ruffalo’s desire for a Hulk standalone film, but how nothing was planned at that time. It seems however, that perhaps due to the success of Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World since, Marvel have reconsidered and Ruffalo will get his way after all.
In a recent interview for his upcoming film The Liberator, Lou Ferrigno talks about how he helped voice The Hulk in The Avengers, in combination with Ruffalo and some other voices. He then goes on to insist that The Hulk will be getting his own film in this dazzling era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is to be expected after Avengers: Age Of Ultron.
Perhaps this news was not meant to reach our ears so prematurely, considering the journalist interviewing Ferrigno seems a little taken aback by his insistence. Does this mean that Marvel are becoming »
- Matthew Ceo
In an interview with Flicks And The City, Ferrigno, who helped voice the Hulk in "The Avengers," said that Ruffalo is "a great actor" and that Disney has already green-lit a spinoff for his scientist-turned-superhuman character.
"They are doing a Hulk movie, I think after the next 'Avengers,'" Ferrigno told the site.
Screen Rant notes that "Avengers" director Joss Whedon contradicted those claims earlier this year, but Marvel producer Kevin Feige has hinted that the studio would eventually like to see Ruffalo headline his own movie. Ruffalo, meanwhile, has also said he'd be happy to take the lead in a Hulk-centric film, but added that he wasn't aware of plans for any such movie.
As for Ferrigno, the actor said he wants more than a voice role if »
- Katie Roberts
While Lou Ferrigno will forever hold a place in the annals of Marvel history for bringing the Hulk to life, he is far from a reputable source when it comes to the future of the character on the big screen. But, having voiced the big green guy in The Avengers and likely in The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, he may know a little something. In a recent interview with Flicks and the City, Ferrigno claims to know that Mark Ruffalo and Hulk will be getting a solo adventure, sooner than we thought. »
- Alex Maidy
Following the positive response to the Incredible Hulk in The Avengers last year, speculation ensued surrounding another solo adventure for the Jade Giant. There were even credible rumors of Marvel Studios adapting the Planet Hulk storyline and leading into a World War Hulk Movie. But of course several Marvel guys have since smashed those rumors. So, we don't know exactly what's in store for Mark Ruffalo's Bruce Banner and "the other guy" after assembling with The Avengers again in the 2015 Age of Ultron. Nonetheless, speaking with Flicks And The City recently, the original Hulk actor/bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno is pretty darn sure another solo movie is in the pipeline at Marvel: Lou Ferrigno most likely isn't in the know when it comes to Marvel's unannounced flicks, but the studio's president of production, Kevin Feige, did declare not too long ago that if there are plans for another Hulk movie, »
Millennium/Lionsgate have changed the name of Renny Harlin's upcoming "Hercules" film, though the change is more a re-ordering of words than anything.
Originally titled "Hercules: The Legend Begins," the film will now go by the moniker of "The Legend of Hercules". Kellan Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero and demigod in the film which was recently moved up from an early February to a January 10th 2014 release.
Paramount/MGM, who will release the Ratner version, say they have "title protection" for their film based on the registration of a 1983 film starring Lou Ferrigno as the character. Lionsgate argues that a title as commonly used as Hercules cannot be protectable considering dozens of other »
- Garth Franklin
Comic Book Men Season 3, Episode 8: “Cryptozoic Launch” Airs this Sunday at midnight Et on AMC. Kevin, Walt, Bryan, Mike, and Ming are back - behind the counter and in front of the microphone - as AMC’s unscripted series Comic Book Men returns for its third season this fall. The show will continue to entertain audiences by following the antics in and around master fanboy Kevin Smith’s Red Bank, New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. The sixteen half-hour episodes will continue to document the daily banter of the Stash staff and customers as they geek-out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and iconic celebrities and personalities from the fanboy world including the Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno, Nichelle Nichols (Uhura from the original Star Trek series), Jason Mewes, Brian O’Halloran, and legendary comics writer and illustrator George Perez. Whether it’s about buying and »
If you've not had a chance to attend a Comic Con, this year would be a great opportunity to check out this jam-packed multi-day event right here in Central Texas this weekend, from Friday, Nov. 22 through Sunday, Nov. 24. Wizard World has not only expanded the number of Comic Cons held each year, but also the content to include more television and film-related programming.
This weekend at Austin Comic Con, stars available for photo and autograph sessions range from Sean Patrick Flanery and Norman Readus of The Boondock Saints fame to The Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno -- seen above at the 2012 Austin Comic Con. Star Trek captains William Shatner and Scott Bakula will also be in attendance, with Shatner accepting his "Honorary Austin Citizenship" from Mayor Leffingwell on Friday evening at 5:30 pm at the Austin Convention Center.
- Debbie Cerda
Episode Description: Ming's interest is piqued when he has a chance to buy an oversized toy from the '80s. A customer needs help taking his wife out on the perfect date. Kevin, Walt, Bryan, Mike, and Ming are back - behind the counter and in front of the microphone - as AMC’s unscripted series Comic Book Men returns for its third season this fall. The show will continue to entertain audiences by following the antics in and around master fanboy Kevin Smith’s Red Bank, New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. The sixteen half-hour episodes will continue to document the daily banter of the Stash staff and customers as they geek-out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and iconic celebrities and personalities from the fanboy world including the Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno, Nichelle Nichols (Uhura from the original Star Trek series), Jason Mewes, »
“Generation Iron” follows seven top competitors as they prep for bodybuilding’s crowning glory, the annual Mr. Olympia contest. Vlad Yudin’s polished docu will satisfy aficionados with its glimpse at these well-known behemoths’ training regimes, plus appearances by such crossover celebrities as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lou Ferrigno and Michael Jai White. Those with just a casual interest will find it colorful if a bit undercooked in the human-interest department, with limited insight into what makes its subjects tick, and the occasional rivalries between them. Pic has successfully expanded since its limited theatrical opening on Sept. 20, and should have a long career in home formats.
Between them, Phil Heath, Jay Cutler and Ronnie Coleman have won the Mr. Olympia title every year since 1998 save one (Dexter Jackson nabbed it in 2010). At the 2012 competition in Las Vegas, onetime pro basketball hopeful Heath’s closest rival is single-braid-haired Kai Greene, who’s risen »
- Dennis Harvey
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson stars as the titular role in The Thracian Wars - out on July 25, 2014. After performing his legendary 12 labors, Hercules is asked by King of Thrace and his daughter to defeat a cruel warlord.
Meanwhile, Twilight's Kellan Lutz will play his own version of Hercules in The Legend Begins. Lutz's Hercules is exiled after falling in love with the Princess of Crete, who is set to marry his brother. The upcoming film is set for a March 2014 release in the Us, and will debut on August 8 in the UK.
On TV this Sunday: The Walking Dead sharpens its machete for Season 4, wedding bells ring on The Mentalist, Revenge celebrates not-so-good times and The Good Wife gets an offer she can’t refuse. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 pm Once Upon a Time (ABC) | In their continuing quest to save Henry, Hook suggests tracking down Tinker Bell. (Watch an exclusive sneak peek and get fresh scoop from New York Comic-Con.)
8:20 pm Sunday Night Football (NBC) | The Dallas Cowboys host the Washington Redskins.
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What time is it? It’s Adventure Time! The cult show from creator Pendleton Ward and the Cartoon Network – which balances a mix of surreal humour and thrilling adventure and features guest appearances from Mark Hamill, Brian Posehn, Lou Ferrigno and Kerri Kenney-Silver - is coming to DVD in December.
Set in the fantastical land of Ooo, Finn the Human and his brother Jake the Dog are adventurers trying to prove their worth in the Candy Kingdom and fighting the evil Ice King. Joining them in their adventures are Finn’s crush Princess Bubblegum, Marceline the Vampire Queen and a floating collection of irradiated stardust known as Lumpy Space Princess.
Look out for our Adventure Time: The Complete Season One, released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, on December 2nd. »
- Phil Wheat
Kevin, Walt, Bryan, Mike, and Ming are back - behind the counter and in front of the microphone - as AMC’s unscripted series Comic Book Men returns for its third season this fall. The show will continue to entertain audiences by following the antics in and around master fanboy Kevin Smith’s Red Bank, New Jersey comic shop, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. The sixteen half-hour episodes will continue to document the daily banter of the Stash staff and customers as they geek-out over mind-blowing pop culture artifacts and iconic celebrities and personalities from the fanboy world including the Hulk himself, Lou Ferrigno and from the original Star Trek series, Nichelle Nichols (Uhura). Whether it’s about buying and selling memorabilia or embarking on wild adventures away from the store, the men of The Stash share all the juicy details with Kevin through their hilarious podcast, which is woven throughout the series. »
Mighty Thor is the bad guy in “Vikingdom: The Red Eclipse,” which also distinguishes itself from his recent Marvel screen adventures by having been produced on a fraction of their budgets. This first serious stab at Western markets by Malaysia’s Kru Studios is a cheerfully silly action fantasy more comparable to the vintage juvenile likes of Italian sword ‘n’ sandal epics, Ray Harryhausen pics, kiddie-matinee serials and goofy kung fu fantasies than to today’s superhero tentpole extravaganzas; fanboys, of course, will howl in pain nonetheless. Day-and-date U.S. release on Oct. 4 (with some screens showing 3D prints) is likely to get a kinder reception on the VOD side; rollout in numerous other territories continues through year’s end and beyond.
After an opening-credits segment that makes no bones about looking just like a videogame, we get a bloody CGI battlefield where Viking prince Eirick (Dominic Purcell) lies dying, »
- Dennis Harvey
An assortment of comics from a publisher I haven’t previously been aware of can be a promising sign occasionally. The rest of the time there’s usually a pretty good reason I didn’t know they existed.
Fame: Neil Gaiman is an illustrated biography of Gaiman, fantasy writer and easily-googleable man. It’s hard to picture exactly why this comic exists: full of factoids that seem to the result of a quick scour of his Wikipedia page (did you know Gaiman’s been on the Colbert Report?) and a thick, sketchy art style that I could only get on with when it was aping the characters from Gaiman’s work – though to Gerratana’s credit he does a fine Princess Mononoke – it seems like the kind of book handed out to young kids at a library and is something of a stodgy read. The cover’s lovely, though.
- Mark Allen
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