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Celebrate Clarissa Explains It All's 25th Anniversary with 15 Things You Might Want Explained About the Show

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Celebrate Clarissa Explains It All's 25th Anniversary with 15 Things You Might Want Explained About the Show
Clarissa Explains It All premiered in March 1991, meaning that this month it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Yep, if Clarissa Darling were around today (and had been aging in real-world time since the show first debuted), she'd be 38 years old, maybe even with a 13-year-old Clarissa of her own. It's not just that the Melissa Joan Hart sitcom was a popular show for pre-teen girls or even pre-teens in general; it's that it helped established a network identity for the channel it was on, a still-young Nickelodeon, and helped shape a lot of similarly focused shows that aired throughout the rest of the '90s.
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Celebrate Clarissa Explains It All's 25th Anniversary with 15 Things You Might Want Explained About the Show

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Celebrate Clarissa Explains It All's 25th Anniversary with 15 Things You Might Want Explained About the Show
Clarissa Explains It All premiered in March 1991, meaning that this month it celebrates its 25th anniversary. Yep, if Clarissa Darling were around today (and had been aging in real-world time since the show first debuted), she'd be 38 years old, maybe even with a 13-year-old Clarissa of her own. It's not just that the Melissa Joan Hart sitcom was a popular show for pre-teen girls or even pre-teens in general; it's that it helped established a network identity for the channel it was on, a still-young Nickelodeon, and helped shape a lot of similarly focused shows that aired throughout the rest of the '90s.
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7 Obscure Super Hero Films You Probably Haven’t Seen

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We’re currently in a boom period for superhero films, with plenty more on the way. It’s the golden age for comic book fans. Characters like Wonder Woman, Dr. Strange and the Justice League are all coming to theaters, joining established franchises like Thor and Captain America. But some of you may not know that these characters all had live-action movies made about them before. Cinelinx looks at 7 obscure super films you probably haven’t seen.

#1. Doctor Strange: In 1978, a two-hour made-for-tv movie aired about the master of the mystic arts. Dr. Strange was meant to be a pilot for a proposed weekly CBS TV series. Peter Hooten played Doctor Strange and Jessica Walters played villainess Morgana Le Fey. CBS was already airing Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk and was trying to go for the hat trick, bringing the Doc to TV. However, it was not to be.
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: First 'Pirates of the Caribbean' One of Most Enjoyable Summer Blockbusters of Early 21st Century

'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl,
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6 Cancelled Daredevil TV shows, Cartoons and Video Games

With the new Daredevil series released today, Luke Owen looks back at some cancelled Daredevil projects…

Daredevil is arguably one of the cornerstones of the Marvel Universe. First leaping into comic book pages in 1964, Daredevil has become one of the most popular characters in the comic publisher’s history and has brought some of the most captivating stories from some of the biggest names in the industry. He’s often seen as Marvel’s Batman, and his conflicted personality that is riddled with Catholic Guilt makes for a fascinating case study.

So why the hell did it taken so long for him to be something other than a comic book character? Well, there were actually several attempts made across a variety of different mediums from as early as the mid-1970s, but it wouldn’t be until Ben Affleck zipped up his burgundy leather suit in 2003 that Daredevil finally got
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Vincent D’Onofrio Takes Fisk In ‘Daredevil’

Massive, bald and as calculating as an accountant on National Abacus Day, business bad guy Wilson Fisk (aka “The Kingpin” from Marvel Comics) is now set to get a new lease of life on Netflix’s forthcoming Daredevil TV series. While a buffed-up Matt Lucas is a casting suggestion that appeals, the true choice is a welcome sign of quality – character actor Vincent D’Onofrio. D’Onofrio had a rising profile in movies like Men In Black before settling into the Law & Order franchise. There he was fighting for truth and justice – here he’s the polar opposite, forming a substantial nemesis for Charlie Cox’s title character.

For those who’ve been living under a rock for the past few decades (and if you have that’s a fetish that really wants analyzing) Daredevil is the tightly-costumed pseudo side of blind attorney Matt Murdock. With the forces of law
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How Marvel's superheroes found the magic to make us all true believers

Incredible advances in special effects have enabled characters such as Spider-Man and Thor to captivate cinema audiences

Gallery: Marvel superheroes in film

Marvel Comics revolutionised the superhero genre in the 1960s with comic book characters such as Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man and the Hulk. Colourfully costumed adventurers who fought criminals and alien monsters primarily on the streets of New York City, and who, despite their incredible superpowers, struggled with personal and social problems. Stan Lee, the architect of the Marvel universe, routinely addressed readers as "true believers".

Almost 60 years later the same Marvel characters are making true believers of us all. The success of Marvel feature films over the last decade has moved superheroes from just an obsession of comic book fanboys to an international phenomenon. The superhero blockbuster trend shows no signs of slowing down, with upcoming releases of Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, X-Men: Days of Future Past
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Comics On TV: 'The Incredible Hulk'

by Ryan Rigley

Joss Whedon's "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." may be the latest live-action Marvel TV series to sweep the nation, but it is by no means the first. In the late '70's, families would gather around their televisions every Friday night at 9 P.M. to watch a show featuring everyone's favorite not-so-jolly green giant. Starring the likes of Bill Bixby (as Dr. David Banner) and Lou Ferrigno (as the Hulk), "The Incredible Hulk" has garnered a loyal following of fans throughout the years.

In fact, "The Incredible Hulk" was so successful that recently there has been talk of a re-imagined take on the series, helmed by the great Guillermo del Toro. However, with promotion for "Pacific Rim" now underway and huge films such as "Pinocchio" and "Justice League Dark" currently on his plate, it doesn't seem like del Toro will be getting to this passion project anytime soon.
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What was my Aunt Martha trying to ask me?

After she had the heart attack out in Michigan on Thanksgiving 1988, I stood by her bedside in the recovery room and she tried so hard to tell me something, but it just didn't work. I loved her so much. Did she know how much? I never told her. There are always questions you wish you'd asked after it's too late to get an answer. Sometimes years can pass before you realize they're questions.

Everyone said I "took after her," and I did. My features are more rounded than anyone else on either side of my family. Martha R. Stumm was the youngest of six surviving children of a Dutch-Irish-German couple who raised their family on a farm outside Tayorville, Illinois. Years after after her father died and her mother opened a boarding house in Urbana, enough oil was found beneath the land to make it worth drilling.

I visited the
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What was my Aunt Martha trying to ask me?

After she had the heart attack out in Michigan on Thanksgiving 1988, I stood by her bedside in the recovery room and she tried so hard to tell me something, but it just didn't work. I loved her so much. Did she know how much? I never told her. There are always questions you wish you'd asked after it's too late to get an answer. Sometimes years can pass before you realize they're questions.

Everyone said I "took after her," and I did. My features are more rounded than anyone else on either side of my family. Martha R. Stumm was the youngest of six surviving children of a Dutch-Irish-German couple who raised their family on a farm outside Tayorville, Illinois. Years after after her father died and her mother opened a boarding house in Urbana, enough oil was found beneath the land to make it worth drilling.

I visited the
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Slideshow: 20 Celebrity Portraits at ‘The Hollywood Show,’ Returning to Chicago on Sept. 7, 2012

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Chicago – “The Hollywood Show” comes back to Chicagoland next weekend, September 7th, 8th and 9th, and with it the usual fun line-up of celebrity TV and movie favorites. The autumn show appearances include Pam Grier, Loni Anderson, Robert Loggia, Connie Stevens, Lainie Kazan and June Lockhart.

“The Hollywood Show” is a twice-a-year event in which fans can mingle, take photographs and get autographs from the celebrities that appear there. There is also a great opportunity to purchase memorabilia from a host of showbiz vendors, all in one room. The Hollywood Show will take place at the Hilton Rosemont Hotel on River Road in Rosemont, Ill. For complete details click here.

HollywoodChicago attended the spring 2012 show, and captured Exclusive Portraits by photographer Joe Arce. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.
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Slideshow: Celebrities to Appear in Chicagoland at ‘The Hollywood Show’

Chicago – “The Hollywood Show” is coming to Chicagoland – the Rosemont (Illinois) Hilton Hotel at 5550 North River Road to be exact – this upcoming weekend, March 24th and 25th. If you’ve ever wanted to interact with, get autographs from or take pictures with some of your favorite TV and movies stars, “The Hollywood Show” does it in a relaxed and fun setting.

HollywoodChicago.com has been covering this event for the last three years, and “The Hollywood Show” in 2012 promises more convenience on-site and access to the stars that are appearing. The Rosemont Hilton Hotel is also easy to get to by public transportation from the city, simply by taking the Blue Line towards O’Hare, getting off at the Rosemont Cta Station and heading two blocks south to the hotel.

Among the celebrities scheduled to appear at the event are favorites from “The Brady Bunch” (Barry “Greg” Williams, Christopher “Peter” Knight,
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Interviews: Singer Rex Smith, Adult Film Star Seka Remember the 1980s

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Chicago – Two performers who made their marks during the latter days of the 1970s, and into the ‘80s are singer/actor Rex Smith and adult film star Seka. Even though they took different roads in their show business journey, they both were notable around the same time.

Rex Smith and Seka appeared at the Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show (now called “The Hollywood Show”) in 2011, and HollywoodChicago.com sent photographer Joe Arce to take some Exclusive Photos, and they both sat down for interviews about their different but era-intersecting resumes.

Rex Smith, Singer of “You Take My Breath Away”

Rex Smith is familiar to anyone who remembers the summer of 1979, when his pop hit “You Take My Breath Away” peaked at number 10 on the Billboard charts. The song originated in a TV movie called “Sooner or Later,” in which Smith also starred. His follow-up 1981 hit was a duet – “Everlasting Love” with
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Slideshow: 18-Portrait Gallery at Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show

Chicago – The Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show, a biannual institution in Chicago, recently had their spring gathering of stars. Many top celebrities participated, including Ernest Borgnine, Bruce Dern, Elliott Gould, Tippi Hedren, Stella Stevens, Margot Kidder and The Walton Girls (Judy Norton and Erin McDonough).

The Hollywood Celebrities & Memorabilia Show is an opportunity for Chicago area film and television fans to interact with their favorite stars twice a year. This show is brought to you by Ray and Sharon Courts, who recently announced that they are retiring, and October 1st and 2nd, 2011, will be their last show here.

HollywoodChicago.com’s Joe Arce was there, taking photos of the participating celebrities, and HollywoodChicago will also run the interviews from the show in the coming weeks.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.
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Superheroes on the small screen: Which will work best and which do we want?

By Michael Pellegrini

Marvel has made no secret of its strategy for big-screen adaptations of its iconic titles.

Solo releases for Iron Man, Thor and Captain America are paving the way to its ensemble epic The Avengers. Beyond that, there is a third Iron Man on the calendar, an Iron Fist film being scripted and several other possibilities such as Doctor Strange in the pipeline.

But that's not the total plan for live-action projects. The studio also has its sights set on beaming superheroes into your living room.

Marvel's TV division is developing a new Incredible Hulk series with ABC. No word yet on whether it will feature Mark Ruffalo, who will play Bruce Banner - and motion-capture the monster himself - in The Avengers.

The first attempt at bringing the jade giant to TV saw Bill Bixby portray Dr David Banner (that's right, David not Bruce) and bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno
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The Pirates of Penzance - DVD Review

I am the very model of a modern Major-General or at least that.s what I sing when prancing around the M&C offices. This Gilbert and Sullivan production had all the hallmarks of making a hit, but events conspired against it. Frederic (Rex Smith) was apprenticed in his youth to the Pirate King (Kevin Kline) until his 21st birthday. This was all a case of mistaken apprenticeship since his father actually said .pilot. as the preferred occupation and his hard-of-hearing nanny Ruth (Angela Landsbury) heard .pirate.. Nevertheless, the nanny set out to sea with her charge. The birthday that signifies Frederic.s freedom from apprenticeship has arrived, but he has troubling news for the Pirate King. He.s going to
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Even Mullet George Clooney Gets the Girl

Even Mullet George Clooney Gets the Girl
Long before he slipped into ER scrubs, women wanted George Clooney. We admittedly have no idea what's going on in this clip from the 1985 series Street Hawk, out Tuesday on DVD, because we never watched the show (though neither did a lot of people, considering it only lasted one season). But we can promise you the thrill of watching a twentysomething Clooney lose at arm wrestling but then outperform Street Hawk himself, Rex Smith, when it comes to charming the ladies. Alas, the Oscar winner is nowhere to be found on the bonus commentary, but Clooney's hair and that soundtrack is bonus enough in our book.
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Street Hawk: Rex Smith Wants Your Help on Street Hawk Resurrection

Back in 1985, ABC aired an action series called Street Hawk. The TV show revolves around public relations cop Jesse Mach (Rex Smith) who gets recruited for a top secret government project -- piloting a high-tech and incredibly fast motorcycle. Norman Tuttle (Joe Regalbuto) is the cycle's inventor and the only one who knows that Mach is actually the mysterious Street Hawk. Other recurring characters are played by Richard Venture, Jeannie Wilson, Raymond Singer, and R.J. Adams

Despite running for just one short season, Street Hawk has attracted a cult following. Smith says he still gets stopped by "men of a certain age" and thinks it's time for a new version.

He recently told the Daily Record, "I am currently developing a script for a new re-envisioned Street Hawk along with my oldest son Brandon, called Street Hawk Resurrection."

The
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TV yesteryear series Street Hawk lives on in DVD collection

Fans of the 1980s series "Street Hawk" which starred Rex Smith and had great guest star moments with George Clooney, Dennis Franz and Christopher Lloyd, can relive the show on DVD. Shout! Factory has issued the fan favorite 1980s action-adventure series Street Hawk: The Complete Series on DVD for the first time in North America, set to arrive on July 13, 2010. Featuring all 12 episodes, this 4-dvd collectible box set is packed with a chockfull of DVD bonus content, a special collector.s booklet and more. Starring 80s heartthrob Rex Smith, Joe Regalbuto (Murphy Brown), and Jeannie Wilson (Simon & Simon), Street Hawk features a veritable list of notable guest stars including George Clooney (Up in the Air), Christopher
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DVD News: Street Hawk (UK/Us)

Fabulous Films have announced the long-awaited DVD release of Street Hawk, the classic 80s television show about one man and his motorcycle, on March 22nd 2010.

Broadcast by ABC in the mid 80’s, this series quickly became a massive hit. Jesse Mach, an ex-motorcycle cop injured in the line of duty and now a police trouble shooter, has been recruited for a top secret government mission: to ride Street Hawk, an all-terrain attack motorcycle designed to fight urban crime, capable of incredible speeds of up to 300 mph and immense firepower. Only one man, Norman Tuttle, knows Jesse Mach’s true identity. The Man, The Machine: Street Hawk.

The series stars Rex Smith, Richard Venture, Joe Regalbuto, Jeannie Wilson; with a musical theme composed by Tangerine Dream and produced by Christopher Franke. Series guest stars included: George Clooney, Christopher Lloyd, Dennis Franz, Tom Everett and more!

The series will be released as a 4-disc set,
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