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Over the past couple weeks, I’ve dedicated a lot of time to covering the World 3-D Film Expo, which took place at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood and knocked my socks off. One of the headlining films, the most exciting one for us certainly, was Creature From The Black Lagoon, the legendary monster flick from Jack Arnold that starred Richard Carlson, Richard Denning, Nestor Paiva, and one Julie Adams, who may very well be the most famous scream queen of all-time thanks to her iconic role as Kay.
Julie and her son, Mitchell Danton, were in attendance for the Expo (for two screenings, Wings Of The Hawk also played) for a book signing and Q&A after the screening. I was lucky enough to get a chance to talk with the delightful pair, catching them after a late breakfast (as Mitch says, “a day can never start too late, »
- Andy Greene
Welcome to Issue 12 of ‘The Marvelous Da7e!’
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
This week: What we can learn by defining Howard The Duck.
Pardon me, but I’ve been re-watching Howard The Duck. The 1986 live-action creature-feature “sci-fi/comedy,” PG-rated zoophilia and notorious flop.
It’s not a good movie. It’s an enjoyable movie, but not because of what is on screen…okay, scratch-that. It has the most physically attractive appearence of Lea Thompson on film and this time, she’s not the mother of our main character, so you can totally lust after her up until the end where it seems like she’s actually going to have sex with this duck.
Ducks, who – by the way – are basically rapists across the board. But that’s neither here nor there. »
Chicago – To answer the musical question, “Baby, if you ever wondered, wondered whatever became of me?” there is the sublime Loni Anderson, who portrayed Jennifer Marlowe on the popular 1970s sitcom, “Wkrp in Cincinnati.” Anderson was an attendee of “The Hollywood Show,” which comes to Chicago again on September 7th and 8th, 2013.
Loni Anderson is much like her character on Wkrp – luminous, intelligent and with a unique perspective. She climbed the show business ladder herself, after having a first marriage and a child in her teens. After that marriage ended before her 21st birthday, she finished college at the University of Minnesota and started an acting career, taking roles on stage and in local and national commercials. After moving to Los Angeles in 1975, she dyed her jet black hair to blonde, and began a series of high profile appearances on familiar dramas and comedies of the era, including “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Police Woman. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Comic book legend, Jack Kirby passed away in 1994 leaving a great legacy behind him which lead to his inheritors wanting to remove Marvel's copyright/ownership of the comics published from 1958-1963 from 2014 through 2019. The only choice Marvel Worldwide Inc. had was to sue them from preventing it from happening. Recently, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan favored Marvel's argument, which means Marvel Comics gets to keep the rights/copyright/ownership of beloved, long time Marvel Comics characters such as The Avengers, The Mighty Thor, Ant-Man, Nick Fury, The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, The Rawhide Kid, and The X-Men. The appeals court stated: "Kirby's completed pencil drawings, moreover, were generally not free-standing creative works, marketable to any publisher as a finished or nearly finished product. They build on pre-existing titles and themes that Marvel had expended resources to establish -- and in which Marvel held rights -- »
The Invisible Man, 1975
The weekly adventures of Dr. Daniel Westin, an invisible scientist working as an agent for a private thinktank.
Since H.G Well's tale of a scientist who manages to find a way to turn himself invisible was written in 1897, there have been many incarnations of The Invisible Man. Most famously of course was Claude Rain's sublime performance in the 1933 Universal Monster classic and more (semi) recently, the character saw a redux in Paul Verhoven's mostly average Hollow Man (and it's naff sequel starring Christian Slater). However there is one version of this character that often gets overlooked - the 1975 TV series starring David McCallum, now available on DVD.
One of the problems with a show that is based on an idea that had been done several times over by Universal during the 40s and 50s, is that »
While only a few of us (or is it just me?) dread The Amazing Spider-Man 2 set for release on May 2, 2014, Sony is moving forward on a third and fourth film, scheduling June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018 for those films. Sony Pictures’ Chairman of Worldwide Marketing and Distribution, Jeff Blake, said in a press release, “Spider-Man is our most important, most successful, and most beloved franchise, so we’re thrilled that we are in a position to lock in these prime release dates over the next five years.” Yeah, sure. Whatever.
The Canadian based Sci-fi series Continuum, which is near completion of its second season up north, and just starting here on the SyFy Channel, has been picked up for a third season there. It’s a fairly good bet that Syfy will probably air season three sometime in 2014.
Not surprisingly, the recent story about the finding of lost Doctor Who episodes has »
You’d think the past can’t surprise you, but traveling through the past 40 years of lead actress Emmys yields one “Did this really happen?” moment after another.
It can’t be only me, for example, taken aback that NBC’s The Golden Girls won three consecutive lead comedy actress awards — with three different actresses. From 1986-88, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Bea Arthur pulled off the feat, one unlikely ever to be repeated.
And nothing against Jane Curtin, a beloved favorite from Saturday Night Live to 3rd Rock From the Sun, but if I had to pick the only two-time lead comedy actress winner of the 1980s, I would have guessed Shelley Long (Cheers), who won in 1983 before Curtin took the next two kudos in ’84 and ’85.
- Jon Weisman
"I can see clearly now, the rain is gone, I can see all obstacles in my way." - Johnny Nash
Greetings from the apocalypse! Jimmy Cliff sang that song on the soundtrack for "Cool Runnings," and now that spring is in full effect I've got a spark in my step and an abiding hope that this weekend will mark the beginning of a fruitful harvest from the movie gods ... or another season so dreadful it'll make me wish I'd died with John Candy. A geek classic and a remake of a geek classic are stomping their way into theaters, let's see how they stack up …
Friday, April 5
Pow! In Theaters
The big budget Hollywood remake of "Evil Dead" won't so much swallow your soul as burp it out. Directed by Uruguayan newcomer Fede Alvarez, this offering is bigger and slicker but lacks the energy and homemade invention of Sam Raimi's original, »
- Max Evry
This week: The long-delayed "Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One — Avengers Assembled" box set with "Marvel's The Avengers," "Thor," "Captain America: The First Avenger," "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "The Incredible Hulk" plus geek-worthy collectibles is finally here.
'Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One — Avengers Assembled'
Box Office: $1.75 billion (six movies)
Rotten Tomatoes: N/A
Storyline: This limited edition 10-disc, 6-movie set has both Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D copies of "Marvel's The Avengers," "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger." Also included on Blu-ray only are "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2" and "The Incredible Hulk" encased in a handsome metallic-looking case with collectibles and a bonus disc.
Extras! The movies come packaged with prop reproductions and artifacts from the films, including a glowing Tesseract of your very own. »
- Robert DeSalvo
It's been a few months since Disney announced it was to relaunch the Star Wars saga in the wake of its shock purchase of Disney, and while it seems we're no closer to discovering who will direct the next instalment, we can now definitely scratch another filmmaker from the list as Guillermo del Toro has revealed that he passed on an initial approach from the studio due to the wealth of projects already on his slate.
"We got one phone call to my agent saying, 'Is Guillermo interested?'" the Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim director told The Playlist. "And basically I have so much stuff already of my own, and I'm pursuing stuff that I'm generating already... It was very flattering. It was just a phone call, it didn't go past that, it was very nice to be asked, but believe it or not, I'm busy enough... I think »
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