BOX OFFICE: ‘Lantern’ lights the way

Posted by · 11:22 am · June 19th, 2011

I imagine $52 million for the “Green Lantern” start is lower than WB was hoping for out of a potential franchise-starter but solid enough given the critical thrashing (and seems about right for the film). I totally forgot “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” was coming out this weekend, and so did most others, it seems. “Midnight in […]

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Tell us what you thought of ‘Green Lantern’

Posted by · 8:31 pm · June 16th, 2011

I gave Martin Campbell’s “Green Lantern” a big fat pass this week, while the rest of the critical establishment was busy tearing it down. (Guy joined their ranks with a take 180 degrees from mine.) I still think there is a lot of reaching for negativity in many of these assessments, but as the steam […]

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Hero takes a fall

Posted by · 6:35 pm · June 16th, 2011

In coming up with an idle, pop-related title for this post, I was faced with two choices: the one I eventually went with, or “We don’t need another hero.” I decided against the latter — partly because I’m sure other writers have already exhausted it, partly because The Bangles can always do with another shout-out […]

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‘Green’ means go see it

Posted by · 9:17 am · June 15th, 2011

It didn’t really hit me how excited I (still) was for “Green Lantern” until the lights dimmed and the green hit the screen. It can’t be understated how much of a long-time-coming type of thing this is, a theatrical version of such a vast cosmic comic book creation. And given the mechanics of the world, […]

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New ‘Green Lantern’ trailer

Posted by · 5:36 pm · May 20th, 2011

Summer movie season is just heating up. We’ve already seen “Thor” delight and annoy with equal measure. “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” stinks up cinemas this weekend. I’m beginning to get nervous about “X-Men: First Class,” right around the corner, but mainly I’m holding out hope for “Green Lantern,” which could go either […]

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‘Green Lantern’ trailer

Posted by · 12:52 pm · November 17th, 2010

Hm.  Something is bothering me about the trailer for “Green Lantern.” I liked the footage — however brief — at Comic-Con, but, well…the mask stinks.  It just does.  I like the idea of the suit being fully CG and always have but that damn mask.  And there’s something Wishmaster-esque about Abin Sur’s makeup.  Hey, I’ll […]

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The kid and the Lantern

Posted by · 5:10 pm · July 26th, 2010

I’m yanking this from Devin Faraci’s Comic-Con wrap-up column because, as I mentioned Friday, it was one of those so-cute-I-could-kill-myself moments.  Had to share:

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COMIC-CON: WB brings ‘Green Lantern,’ ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Sucker Punch’ to San Diego

Posted by · 1:22 pm · July 24th, 2010

One of the most anticipated events at this year’s convention was Warner Bros. Pictures’ presentation of footage from Martin Campbell’s upcoming “Green Lantern” adaptation.  Starring Ryan Reynolds as test-pilot-turned-intergalactic-enforcer Hal Jordan, the film is the first big screen adaptation of the superhero to date. Comics writer and head of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns said during […]

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LA Times on DC vs. Marvel

Posted by · 4:39 pm · July 21st, 2010

Full disclosure: I don’t do comics. It’s not a matter of snobbery or dislike — I quite admire the medium, in fact — but I wasn’t brought up on them and can’t fabricate the kind of lifelong enthusiasm they inspire in others. The pile of unread novels on my bedside table is high enough without […]

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Meet your friendly neighborhood ‘Green Lantern’

Posted by · 9:03 am · July 15th, 2010

(Full version on the jump.)

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Comic-Con 2010 on the way

Posted by · 4:30 pm · July 12th, 2010

Well, the inbox is getting stuffed with this and that regarding breakfasts and panels and viral marketing and yada, yada, yada.  That can mean only one thing: Comic-Con is around the corner.  And as I poured over the recently released schedule over the weekend, I found myself excited for…very little. DreamWorks Animation will make its […]

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WB going mo-cap for ‘Green Lantern’ threads

Posted by · 10:26 am · April 12th, 2010

Remember all that talk last year about how actors saw “Avatar” as a threat to the future of their profession?  Well, it seems the costume designers should be shaking in their boots as well. Thanks to Peter Sciretta at /Film, news has trickled down that the reason we haven’t gotten a glimpse of Ryan Reynolds […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Four Vanguards and a Virtuoso

Posted by · 8:52 am · February 13th, 2010

“Precious” star Gabourey Sidibe couldn’t be here last weekend for the Virtuosos presentation, which recognized her, Carey Mulligan, Saoirse Ronan, Emily Blunt and Michael Stuhlbarg, so she was in town this evening as part of the Vanguard presentation.  Stanley Tucci, meanwhile, couldn’t be here this week to accept his Vanguard prize, so he was here […]

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Fan made art of Ryan Reynolds as The Green Lantern

Posted by · 4:40 pm · July 16th, 2009

I don’t usually bother with fan art because it’s always a dime a dozen, but this is pretty good.  Of course, the mask is too small/tight and the pleather look is just SO early-2000s.  And the logo should be a littler bigger (or maybe not).  But on the whole, very cool. (Courtesy: /Film)

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7/15 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:11 am · July 15th, 2009

• Alex Pappademas talks “Inglourious Basterds” with Quentin Tarantino the day following David Carradine’s death. [GQ] • How producer Don Murphy turned and online tiff into a novel option. [The Big Picture] • Eight blatantly misleading movie posters.  Hear, hear on “Reign of Fire.”  Never felt so burned… [Empire]

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7/14 Web Round-up

Posted by · 6:46 am · July 14th, 2009

• Who dropped the “Moneyball?” [CNN] • Steven Soderbergh can see the end of his career. [The Guardian] • Michael Adams talks to filmmaker Mick Garris about the all-but-forgotten 1997 short film “Ghosts,” starring Michael Jackson. [Movieline] • Need a “Green Lantern” primer?  Here’s a good one. [Empire]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Buried treasure, reading pleasure

Posted by · 11:30 pm · July 11th, 2009

Entirely slipped my mind to do this on Friday, but here’s what we (and you) were talking about this week: • At 2009’s halfway mark, this week’s list shone a light on the year’s most undersung films thus far. • In Page to Screen this week, we eagerly sank our teeth into Dennis Lehane’s “Shutter […]

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Ryan Reynolds cast in ‘Green Lantern’

Posted by · 7:13 pm · July 10th, 2009

It all started with a recent Hollywood Reporter piece claiming that Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds and Justin Timberlake (WTF) were up for the lead role in WB’s “The Green Lantern” (a script I’ve had for a while but preferred to satisfy the inner geek in me by reading the Geoff Johns saga in full, leading […]

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