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Comic Riffs Archive: Superheroes

'SNL' MOCKS 'SPIDER-MAN's' JULIE TAYMOR: Video Clip of the Day

"Saturday Night Live" has officially turned "Spider-Man" director Julie Taymor's ouster from the director's chair into a firing. Kristen Wiig did her cutting impression of the Tony-winning director/designer last night, just days after "Turn Off the Dark" producers announced...

By Michael Cavna  | March 13, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General, Superheroes  
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'SPIDER-MAN' TURNS OFF THE LIGHTS: Show to shutter in April; open June 15

As expected by some entertainment observers, Broadway's "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" will shut down for more than two weeks as the troubled production's new creative team rushes in like emergency mechanics, ready to install their overhaul. The lead...

By Michael Cavna  | March 11, 2011; 7:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General, Superheroes  | Tags:  Philip William McKinley, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark  
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'SPIDER-MAN' SPINS NEW COURSE: New creative team, summer opening announced [UPDATED]

Note: This article originally published at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday. For weeks, rumors have swirled that Julie Taymor was hanging on by a thread. Now, the producers of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark" -- aka Broadway's most expensive musical ever...

By Michael Cavna  | March 9, 2011; 8:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General, Superheroes  | Tags:  Bono and the Edge, Broadway, Julie Taymor, Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark  
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IT TAKES TWO TO 'RANGO': Why the animated Depp hit is a very, very good film

"RANGO": Rango, you scaly devil -- you had me at "smuh!" As delivered by Johnny Depp, Rango the pet thespian's opening lines, actually, become "Smuh-smuh-smuh-SMUH!" With all his terrarium's a stage, our monologue-happy chameleon is doing vocal warm-ups, yet...

By Michael Cavna  | March 8, 2011; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Superheroes  | Tags:  Clint Eastwood, Gore Verbinski, Johnny Depp, Rango  
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RIP, DWAYNE McDUFFIE: Shocked fans, friends mourn the comics/animation force [UPDATED]

Tomorrow, Dwayne McDuffie had written on his blog, he planned to be celebrating the launch of Reggie Hudlin's new website at a signing alongside such Hudlin friends as Rashida Jones, Eriq LaSalle, Ziggy Marley and McDuffie's Milestone Media co-founder,...

By Michael Cavna  | February 22, 2011; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  General, Superheroes, The Comic Book  | Tags:  DC Entertainment, Damage Control, Dan DiDio, Dwayne McDuffie, Marvel Entertainment, Milestone Media, Reggie Hudlin, Static Shock, Tom Brevoort  
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LIGHTS! CAMERA! PORTMAN! New 'THOR' trailer's best special effect: Natalie

The first "Thor" trailer left some viewers underwhelmed -- beyond Anthony Hopkins's booming presence, all that Norse power seemed rather, well, muted and diluted. Today, though, a new post-Super Bowl "Thor" trailer lands -- and with it, Comic Riffs,...

By Michael Cavna  | February 17, 2011; 8:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Geek Buzz, Superheroes  | Tags:  Chris Hemsworth, Henry Cavill, Iron Man 3, Marvel Comics, Natalie Portman, Robert Downey Jr., Shane Black, Superman, Thor, Zack Snyder  
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Older Entries in This Category »

STAN LEE reacts to big-screen Spider-Man's new look, Michael Cavna , February 16, 2011
ANIMATION OF THE DAY: If superheroes were hipsters, Michael Cavna , January 19, 2011
OBAMA & GLENN BECK agree on one thing: Spider-Man!, Michael Cavna , January 13, 2011
STAN LEE gets a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, Michael Cavna , January 4, 2011
This Just In: Spider-Man gets canned, Michael Cavna , March 1, 2010
The Six Disney/Marvel Projects We Most Fear..., Michael Cavna , August 31, 2009
Quick Hit: Robert Downey Jr. Talks 'Iron Man 2', Michael Cavna , August 4, 2009
Why Sean Hannity Should Play 'Captain America', Michael Cavna , June 17, 2009
'Superhero' Michelle Obama: Armed & Dangerous, Michael Cavna , May 11, 2009
Sneak Peek: Marvel's New "Wolverine" Images, Michael Cavna , March 18, 2009
The List: Our Top 10 Black Superheroes, Michael Cavna , February 20, 2009
Talking "Black Panther: The Sex Change", Michael Cavna , February 18, 2009
Will Batman Capture His Oscar Nod? , Michael Cavna , January 21, 2009
Obama the Comic Superstar: Stan Lee Explains All..., Michael Cavna , January 14, 2009
Superheroes: Spidey Spins Into a New Direction: Sex, Michael Cavna , November 11, 2008
The Interview: Marvel Comics' Joe Quesada, Michael Cavna , July 24, 2008
Readers Speak: Your Top Joker Moments, Michael Cavna , July 18, 2008
Dark Knight: Joker Moment No. 1..., Michael Cavna , July 18, 2008
Dark Knight: Joker's Top Moments..., Michael Cavna , July 17, 2008
Dark Knight: Heath vs. Jack, Michael Cavna , July 17, 2008
Batman: The Joke That Just "Kills", Michael Cavna , July 16, 2008
The Countdown: The Joker Gets The Last Laugh, Michael Cavna , July 15, 2008
Let the Countdown to "Dark Knight" Begin..., Michael Cavna , July 14, 2008
 
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