Chris Columbus

Feb. 09, 2010 | 1:29 a.m.

Will ‘Percy Jackson’ fans embrace Hollywood’s older version of the boy hero?

Rachel Abramowitz stirred an avalanche of reader comments last week with her post on “The Last Airbender“ and she may do the same with this update on the Hollywood treatment of a certain half-god. It’s a question, in a way, for the ages: What happens when Hollywood makes a bookshelf boy hero into a young man? To the devoted fans of the “Percy Jackson” books, the bestselling series is largely defined by the fact that it is a 12-year-old peer at the center of the sword-swinging adventure — so how will they feel by the decision to “age up” the title character in the Hollywood adaptation that arrives in theaters on Friday? Logan Lerman, 18, is the star of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” and don’t think that a lot of a thought didn’t go into the decision to pick an actor in the shaving-cream consumer demographic. […]
Feb. 03, 2010 | 10:33 p.m.

Uma Thurman and her hissing hair

Here’s a look at Uma Thurman in the role of Medusa in “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” which hits theaters Feb. 12 with aspirations of knocking “Avatar” out of that top spot at the box office. And yes, that’s an iPhone Thurman’s got, and since Percy (Logan Lerman) is about to swing his sword at her neck, I’m guessing this scene might have a one-liner about “a killer app.” Our Rachel Abramowitz previously talked to “Percy” director Chris Columbus about Thurman, her slithering scalp and her alluring appeal, you can read that story right here.  — Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED ‘Percy’ director: Uma Thurman is a ‘seductive’ Medusa Great Hera, ‘Percy’ has Erica Cerra of ‘Eureka’ ‘Percy’ and ‘Clash’ use same myths but with epic differences Chris Columbus feels pride watching his old ‘Potter’ stars from afar Is Percy’s myth too close […]
Jan. 12, 2010 | 12:55 a.m.

‘Percy Jackson’ director: Uma Thurman will be a ‘seductive’ Medusa

  How alluring is Uma Thurman? “She’s someone who’s so sensual and seductive,” filmmaker Chris Columbus says, “that you’ll look into her eyes and forget that she has 75 snakes on her head.” Columbus should know since, as the director of “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” he chose the statuesque actress for the role of Medusa, the cursed mythological creature with serpent tresses. The memorable Medusa is coming back in a big way with Thurman’s performance in “Percy,” which hits U.S. theaters on Feb. 12, and the character’s prominent appearances in “Clash of the Titans,” which opens domestically on March 26. Columbus, who directed the first two “Harry Potter” films as well as “Home Alone,” said the sinister appeal of Medusa was one of the key reasons he took on the “Percy” project, which is based on the bestselling Rick Riordan […]
Nov. 18, 2009 | 5:49 p.m.

Is Percy Jackson’s mythology too close to Harry Potter’s magic?

Here at the Hero Complex, we’ve circled “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” as a project to watch next year, so we’ll be bringing you lots of coverage of its odyssey as a Hollywood venture. Today, Rachel Abramowitz has a report on the similarities between two magical youngsters, one named Percy and the other named Harry.  — Geoff Boucher In February, moviegoers will get a chance to meet a character who is already a titan of the bookshelves: Percy Jackson, the rebellious 12-year-old hero of Rick Riordan’s bestselling novels, who discovers that he is the demigod son of the Greek sea god Poseidon. But will newcomers to the saga find themselves thinking of a certain boy wizard who discovered his own supernatural heritage within the walls of Hogwarts? The first Riordan novel, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” was published four years […]
Nov. 16, 2009 | 9:16 p.m.

Chris Columbus is ‘like a proud parent’ watching ‘Harry Potter’ stars from afar

  It’s been a long time since director Chris Columbus was the cinematic headmaster at Hogwarts but he said it’s been a joy to watch Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint graduate to bigger and better things. “My biggest pride is seeing the pictures now, and watching the three of them from a distance, and seeing them do an entire scene in one shot,” said the director of the first two “Harry Potter” films, which were released in 2001 and 2002. “Seriously, I know that sounds funny, but in the old days — and, you know, the old days meaning eight years ago — and in that first picture in particular, it’s filled with cuts because they couldn’t really get beyond the first line without either looking into the camera, laughing or looking at the lights.” I was talking to Columbus recently about his […]
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