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Starlog Archives: Bringing Comics to Life Circa 1976


These days, it seems like there’s a new superhero movie every few weeks.  But forty years ago, the genre was in its infancy.  Superman: The Movie is largely considered the first modern super hero movie, but it was still in development in 1976 when Starlog published this article about the brave new world of movies based on comic book characters.  The article, from the magazine’s second issue, lists Burt Reynolds, James Caan and Robert Redford as candidates for the Man of Steel and Guy Hamilton was still attached to direct.

The pickings were relatively slim in the seventies.  Aside from Superman, most of the movie projects mentioned here never actually came to pass.  The ones that did were delayed for years and had little impact when they were finally released.  Most of the article deals with TV shows like Wonder Woman and the old Batman series or instances in which TV characters like The Bionic Man were adapted to comic books.

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10 Things I Loved about Universal Orlando’s Theme Parks


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My family and I recently spent a few days in Orlando at Universal’s theme park and entertainment complex, and there is plenty to like when a large company puts so much effort into drawing big crowds in with lively, exciting, and immersive attractions and environments. There are some obvious examples that people who have only thought about visiting Universal are probably already aware of. First and Foremost, there’s the twin Harry Potter lands. Also, there’s the expanded Simpsons area of the original Universal park. With a truly impressive group of properties like Shrek, Despicable Me, Jurassic Park, Transformers, Men in Black, and their legendary set of classic monsters to choose from, Universal has created a crowd-pleasing destination. This list will mostly avoid the more obvious examples of the attractions which pull people into the parks by the millions each year. Mostly. There will be little to no coverage of the new Diagon Alley area here and we’ll be sticking to the theme parks exclusively, so that means nothing about CityWalk or the resort where we stayed. You’ll have to wait for information on those topics in later posts.
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What the Hell Happened to Tobey Maguire?


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Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire is best-known as the first movie Spider-man.  But before he donned the blue and red tights, Maguire was a promising actor who seemed destined for a long career.  During the 90’s, Maguire built a reputation as a talented actor in a string of independent movies.  After he crossed over into the mainstream, Maguire continued supplementing his super hero duties with high profile dramatic roles.  But after he hung up his Spidey-suit, Maguire practically disappeared from the big screen.

What the hell happened?

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Spider-man 2 Vs . Captain America: Winter Soldier


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Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Spider-man 2 Vs. X-Men 2


Spider-man 2 vs. X-Men 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Blade Vs. Spider-man 2


Blade Vs. Spider-man 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron has kicked off the summer movie season.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Marvel Movie Bracket Game: Spider-man Vs. Spider-man 2


Spider-man Vs. Spider-man 2

Avengers: Age of Ultron kicks off the summer movie season on May 1.  To celebrate, we’re spending the first half of May looking at Marvel movies.  The superhero genre was dominated for decades by Warner Brothers with its Batman and Superman movies.  But in recent years, Marvel has become the dominant force.  Not only have they taken the momentum from their distinguished competition, they have pushed superheroes into the spotlight.  Nowadays, the cineplexes are overflowing with movies based on Marvel comics.  Which one will rise above the rest?  That’s up to you, True Believer.

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Super Heroes of the Seventies


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It has been said that we are living in a Golden Age of super hero stories.  The genre is certainly experiencing a boom in popularity at the movies and on TV.  But the seventies were no slouch in the super hero department either.  Some of the seeds of our modern day super hero explosion were sown back in the 70’s.

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What the Hell Happened to Kirsten Dunst?


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Kirsten Dunst

Kirsten Dunst was a child actor who successfully transitioned into adult roles.  She worked opposite Brad Pitt, Robin Williams and Jim Carrey.  She was directed by the likes of Woody Allen, Sam Raimi and Neil Jordan.  She played a cheerleader, a vampire and Spider-man’s true love.  But when her web-slinging stopped, Dunst disappeared from the once-hot spotlight.

What the hell happened?

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Top Ten Movie Trilogies


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To celebrate the release of The Hobbit, I’m counting down the top 10 movie trilogies.

As always, there are a few rules to review.  In this case, what constitutes a trilogy.  Obviously, a series of three films is technically a trilogy.  However, while three is a minimum requirement, I won’t disqualify a film series that extended beyond three films.  Ideally the series should contain three films that tell a tightly connected story.

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Review/RANT – The Amazing Spider-Man: Where It Went Wrong (and Why You Probably Don’t Care)


Review/RANT - The Amazing Spider-Man: Where It Went Wrong (and Why You Probably Don't Care)

My colleague over at read/RANT went on a good one about Amazing Spider-man.  I thought I’d share.

Review/RANT – The Amazing Spider-Man: Where It Went Wrong #and Why You Probably Don’t Care#.

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