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James Victor, the actor best known for portraying the buffoonish Sgt. Jaime Mendoza on the popular 1990s Family Channel action-adventure series Zorro, has died. He was 76. Victor, a protege of famed independent auteur John Cassavetes, had heart disease and died June 20 in his apartment in Hollywood, his longtime friend Joe Perez told The Hollywood Reporter. Duncan Regehr starred as Don Diego de la Vega/Zorro on the Family Channel adaptation of Zorro, which aired in several countries and for three seasons (1990-93) in the U.S. At first, Victor's Mendoza, who always enjoyed a good meal, tried
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Last week we told you about two upcoming collections of Don McGregor and Thomas Yeates’ Zorro newspaper strips as part of a broader profile of Tom’s recent work. As it happens, this week will see the rerelease of Zorro – The Dailies and Sundays (The Second Year) Collector’s Edition, reprinting all the daily and Sunday strips from the 1999 newspaper comic strips’ second year… and, through the website below, autographed by Tom Yeates.
Also for the first time, the entire two years of their Zorro newspaper strip are collected in Zorro – The Complete Dailies and Sundays. This latter hardcover edition will be limited to only 50 copies and will be signed by all Don McGregor, Tod Smith and Thomas Yeates.
Zorro was introduced as a revolutionary character for old California in pulp adventures by Johnston McCulley. Following a critically acclaimed comic series from Topps, the Zorro newspaper strip debuted in 1999 and »
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Zorro, the iconic character created by Johnston McCulley in 1919, has always been an American property about a Mexican character named Don Diego de la Vega- who dons a mask and fights crime. Over the years, we've seen him played by Douglas Fairbanks, Tyrone Power, Frank Langella, and Anthony Hopkins. Notice a trend? The Hopkins film (The Mask Of Zorro), where he played a retired version of the character who passes the torch to Antonio Banderas's Alejandro Murrieta, attempted to hand the role to an actor more befitting the role. But even that flick was written and directed by guys who were decidedly non-latino (Martin Campbell, Ted Elliott, Terry Rossio, and John Eskow).
Well, that won't be the case with the reboot, Z.
Deadline is reporting that Mexican filmmaker Jonas Cuarón, who announced the film in Berlin earlier this year, has cast Gael García Bernal as the titular hero. Cuarón, »
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It’s time to talk about remakes again. In this installment of our series, we’re going to be looking at a revamped version of one of the most legendary fictional heroes ever. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Mask of Zorro (1998).
The Zorro character was introduced in the 1919 serialized story, “The Curse of Capistrano”, written by Johnston McCulley, and was published in All-Stories Weekly, the same magazine that first published Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” and “John Carter: Warlord of Mars”. Zorro was partly the inspiration for Batman. (Parenthetically, in DC comics, Bruce Wayne and his parents were coming out of a theater after seeing a film version of Zorro when his parents were killed.)
The story has been adapted several times. The first time was a silent film version in 1920, starring the cinema’s first-ever action star Douglas Fairbanks as the title character. However, we »
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