She added smart to sexy as a Bond girl opposite Pierce Brosnan's 007, and proved her dramatic and action credentials in "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon," but for actress Michelle Yeoh, life and acting are both all about balance.
"Quantum of Solace," Daniel Craig's second outing as James Bond, begins just minutes after "Casino Royale" ended and sets off at such a furious pace -- a breakneck car chase along hairpin roads -- you half expect 007 to overtake himself and save his lover Vesper Lynd from the soggy Venetian fate that ended "Royale."
Think of a bullwhip and fedora and one man immediately springs to mind: Indiana Jones, the sardonic archeologist played by Harrison Ford in Steven Spielberg's '80s trilogy which started with "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
The reviews are in for "Iron Man," and they aren't great. One critic calls it "unmoving." Another says it's "crappy." Then there is the one who argues that the superhero saga offers only "aneurysm-inducing frustration."
It's been a long, long time since the last "last" time: When Dr. Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr. rode off into the sunset in May 1989, courtesy of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," the Berlin Wall was still standing, George H.W. Bush was only four months into his presidency, and Harrison Ford was just a young whippersnapper of 46.
If Stan Lee is the father of the modern comic book super-hero, then Avi Arad is the godfather of the modern super-hero movie - at least those that were adapted from Mr. Lee's creations for Marvel Comics.
You might attribute it to 9/11, or simply blame director Joel Schumacher, whose camp take on "Batman" derailed that franchise for several years. But, lately, Hollywood superhero movies have taken themselves awfully seriously.
On Friday, Marvel Entertainment releases "Iron Man," the saga of Tony Stark, a hard-drinking, amoral war-profiteer who redeems himself by donning high-tech armor and trouncing bad guys. Marvel is in the midst of a similar redemption.
History is repeating itself. More than 50 years ago, Hollywood embraced big-screen formats (CinemaScope, VistaVision) and 3-D to protect the movie business from television. Now, with the box office under threat from at-home viewing, industry watchers have noted spectacular returns for features released on the large-screen IMAX circuit.
This summer's big movies have gotten off to big starts at the box office but have fizzled fast, leading some industry analysts to wonder if filmgoers are feeling burned out by all the sequels at the multiplex.
Hasbro Inc. on Monday posted a surge in its first-quarter profits and sales versus a loss from a year ago, driven by sales of its Playskool pre-school toys, Marvel-licensed toys and its Transformers toys.
When Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird idly sketched perpendicular reptiles wearing ninja masks and bearing nunchaku in 1984, it was primarily for their own amusement. They gave them a name that was also a logo, and having nothing more profitable to do at the time, they inked out their first comic book, a spoofy homage to Frank Miller and Marvel Comics.
Don't be alarmed when you spot spider webs covering the bases at a baseball game next month. The eye-catching spider web pattern is just the latest marketing move by Columbia Pictures in an attempt to promote "Spider-Man 2."