Buck Rogers

May 13, 2010 | 4:03 p.m.

A new 3D ‘Buck Rogers’ film? Great, says Gil Gerard, just don’t make it bleak

I caught up with Gil Gerard not long ago at the Anaheim Comic-Con and we got to talking about the Hollywood revival hopes for Buck Rogers, a character that dates back to 1928 but has been mostly gathering dust since Gerard’s television version gave up the ghost in 1981. There was some talk of Frank Miller directing a revival, but that faded away and now, by all appearances, it’s  “Resident Evil” director Paul W.S. Anderson  who will be thawing out the old-school future hero for a 3D film and a video-game property that will both be conceived and produced in a truly interlocked creative process. Gerard shrugged when I asked what he would hope for in a new “Buck Rogers” adventure, as far as tone and spirit. “As far as a film, I’ve heard that for a while now. It’s hard to have a concrete idea since I […]
Jan. 08, 2009 | 12:42 a.m.

Mickey Rourke for ‘Iron Man 2,’ ‘Twilight’ and The Force all in Everyday Hero headlines

MICKEY ROURKE IN "IRON MAN 2"?: In a testimony to the benefits of clean, good living, Mickey Rourke may join Robert Downey Jr. in the armor-plated 2010 blockbuster "Iron Man 2." At least that’s the rumor that Michael Fleming is floating in the trades, a tidbit timed to land right before the Golden Globes this weekend, where Rourke might put a headlock on the best actor trophy after his career-reviving turn in "The Wrestler." Even if the casting decision is a myth, it’s a fact for the next few days and will be repeated a million times. Here’s what Fleming writes: "In what would mark his first studio film since resurrecting his career with ‘The Wrestler,’ Mickey Rourke is in talks to play the heavy in ‘Iron Man 2,’ the Marvel Entertainment sequel that director Jon Favreau begins shooting this […]
Dec. 19, 2008 | 9:01 p.m.

Majel Rodenberry, ‘The Wolf Man’ and Frank Miller’s ‘Buck Rogers,’ all in Everyday Hero headlines

Sorry for the skimpy blog this week! I’m trying to finish up some long pieces for the upcoming 2009 Film Sneaks Issue of the Los Angeles Times and also keep pace with assorted holiday doings. Anyway, here is a two-day edition of Everyday Hero, your roundup of handpicked headlines from the fanboy universe … MAJEL B. RODDENBERRY DIES AT 76: One of the signature faces — and voices — of "Star Trek" through the decades has died. Majel B. Roddenberry, the widow of "Trek" creator Gene Roddenberry, died Thursday in Bel-Air after a battle with leukemia. My colleague Dennis McLellan has written a fine obituary, here’s an excerpt: "’She was a valiant lady,’ Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on ‘Star Trek,’ told The Times. ‘She worked hard, she was straightforward, she was dedicated to ‘Star Trek’ and Gene, and […]
Nov. 10, 2008 | 3:09 p.m.

Captain America, Buck Rogers and the barbaric Brett Ratner in Everyday Hero headlines

Today’s handpicked headlines from the fanboy universe… Wrapped in the flag: The Captain America movie, which will be a World War II tale and lead up to the hero’s appearance in the modern-day setting of the "The Avengers," will be directed by Joe Johnston, who has experience with the vintage-style screen adventures with "The Rocketeer." Johnston also directed "Jumanji," "Jurassic Park III" and the upcoming werewolf revival, "The Wolf Man," which stars Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. Borys Kit interviewed Marvel Studios executive and "Cap" producer Kevin Feige for this morning’s announcement story in the trades: "Johnston first met with Marvel two years ago. When the two parties clicked, general talks turned into Captain America-specific meetings, with much of the project’s current direction resulting from those early conversations. ‘This is a guy who designed the vehicles for ‘Star Wars,’ […]
July 25, 2008 | 5:15 p.m.

Comic-Con: Erin Gray and the autograph area

Though it’s still early in the convention, the autograph area can sometimes be a lonely place for celebrities. Tens of thousands will walk by with either a look of worship, a slight tinge of recognition, a glance of bewilderment as they try to figure out who that person is, or even a quick peek of pity for those stars who may have burned brightly, then fallen out of orbit because of time or fickle crowds.  The list includes former wrestling stars, obscure artists, semi-popular film and TV stars, and recognizable names and faces that give us pause — maybe even stirring a memory or two. Erin Gray is probably one of the latter.  A ’70s and ’80s star for her work in "Buck Rogers" and "Silver Spoons," she frequents the convention circuit looking to give back to fans.  In a […]
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