Christopher Reeve

Nov. 11, 2011 | 9:12 a.m.

Tom Welling: Five ‘Smallville’ co-stars who taught me most

"Smallville" star Tom welling photographed at Tom Welling Productions at Warner Bros. Studios on April 25, 2011. "I feel so grateful. But I also know it's time to move on," Welling said. He is executive producing the CW series "Hellcats." (Ricardo DeAratanha/Los Angeles Times)
In May, after 10 seasons, Tom Welling said goodbye to “Smallville” (and Metropolis) but loyal fans can revisit the world of Clark Kent, his friends, foes and lovers with the massive new collector’s DVD set that hits stores on Nov. 29. And we do mean massive — the super-sized collection costs $340 but has all 218 episodes and more than five hours of special features, all spread out over 62 discs. That’s right, 62 discs. For Welling, now 34, the decade as the Man of Steel has defined his career and adult life. “Even in the early days of the show, I approached it like I was in school and I was always going to be learning,” Welling said. “Luckily, we got people through the door who were creative and highly talented and the environment on the set was always very collective and open […]
June 23, 2011 | 12:31 p.m.

‘Superman’: Richard Donner on Christopher Reeve’s daredevil spirit

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The 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival is in the books and what a weekend it was. Robert Downey Jr. shocked the crowd for a surprise “Iron Man” reunion; Jon Favreau made jaws drop with 10 minutes of footage from “Cowboys & Aliens” ; Warren Beatty stretched a Q&A to nearly two hours and declared his need to “vomit” a “Dick Tracy” remake/sequel; “Superman” director Richard Donner wowed the crowd with sparkling stories about the classic film and the late, great Christopher Reeve;  Marvel won the crowd over with the world premiere of a new “Captain America: The First Avenger” trailer and the coolest give-away of the year;  ”Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan” director Nicholas Meyer confessed a painful regret about the late Gene Roddenberry,  while the new “Trek” creative team looked to the Federation’s future on the big screen; comics superstars Geoff Johns and […]
June 20, 2011 | 6:10 p.m.

‘Superman’: Marlon Brando packed a green suitcase for Krypton

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The 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival is in the books and what a weekend it was. Robert Downey Jr. shocked the crowd for a surprise “Iron Man” reunion; Jon Favreau made jaws drop with 10 minutes of footage from “Cowboys & Aliens” ; Warren Beatty stretched a Q&A to nearly two hours and declared his need to “vomit” a “Dick Tracy” remake/sequel; “Superman” director Richard Donner wowed the crowd with sparkling stories about the classic film and the late, great Christopher Reeve;  Marvel won the audience over with the world premiere of a new “Captain America: The First Avenger” trailer and the coolest giveaway of the year;  ”Star Trek II: Wrath of Khan” director Nicholas Meyer confessed a painful regret about the late Gene Roddenberry,  while the new “Trek” creative team looked to the Federation’s future on the big screen; comics superstars Geoff Johns and […]
June 09, 2011 | 7:44 a.m.

Hero Complex Film Festival, the day-by-day guide

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The 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival is underway. Here’s a rundown of the day-by-day schedule. There will also be trivia, prizes and some very interesting surprises throughout the four-day program. THURSDAY DICK TRACY: Fourteen-time Oscar nominee Warren Beatty – the very definition of the Hollywood hyphenate as world-famous leading man, an acclaimed director and an elite producer — will be the opening-night guest for the 2011 Hero Complex Film Festival to celebrate his 1990 hit “Dick Tracy“ and talk about the film future of a square-jawed character who is celebrating his 80th anniversary as an iconic crime fighter in American pop culture. Beatty directed  “Dick Tracy,” which was nominated for seven Academy Awards and won three. He also starred as the title character, leading a stellar cast that included Al Pacino, Madonna, Dustin Hoffman,  Glenne Headly, Charlie Korsmo, Mandy Patinkin, Dick Van Dyke, William Forsythe, Kathy Bates, Charles Durning, James […]
June 05, 2011 | 1:41 p.m.

‘Superman’ returns: Christopher Reeve statue will be on display at Hero Complex Film Festival

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Fans at the Hero Complex Film Festival will be able to take a photo with a life-size — and lifelike — statue of Hollywood’s most heroic Superman. The amazing statue is the work of British sculptor and artist Mike Hill, who is building an international reputation as a master in his field. He has worked frequently with horror film icons as his subjects but in creating this caped tribute to the late, great Christopher Reeve, Hill tapped into something more sentimental from his own past. “I made this piece to remind me of my youth,” the 42-year-old sculptor said. “As adults we forget the magic moments that forged our childhood dreams. For me ‘Superman’ still ignites that little boy who couldn’t afford popcorn watching an uplifting and incredibly exciting superhero save the planet. I believed a man could fly … and I still […]
May 30, 2011 | 11:28 a.m.

Jon Favreau, Richard Donner and Warren Beatty headline Hero Complex Film Festival

Warren Beatty, Richard Donner and Jon Favreau (Los Angeles Times photos)
There’s a special Memorial Day discount of 15% on all single-day tickets for the Hero Complex Film Festival. Go to the event ticket page  and enter in the code “MEMORIAL” to get the special limited price. The festival is June 9-12 at the Chinese 6 theaters in Hollywood. June 9: On opening night it’s a screening of “Dick Tracy” and an on-stage conversation with 14-time Oscar nominee Warren Beatty, who will talk about his plans to revive the character in a new feature film with a young star in the role he himself made famous. There will also be some Dick Tracy trivia and prizes. June 10: Just like last year, Friday is Starfleet night with a screening of “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” followed by 2009′s “Star Trek.” On stage it’s Nicholas Meyer, director of the fan-beloved “Khan” (as well as writer […]
Sept. 25, 2009 | 12:30 p.m.

FLASHBACK: Christopher Reeve on ‘The Tonight Show’

The late Christopher Reeve would have been 57 today. The actor, born in New York in 1952, died on October 10, 2004, after a truly valient second-life as a champion for victims of spinal cord injury and advocate for stem cell research. Reeve had been left a quadriplegic after he was thrown from a horse in Virginia in 1995 during an eventing competition. The Man of Steel in four films, he also had memorable turns in “Remains of the Day,” “Deathtrap” and “Somewhere in Time.” He is sorely missed. Here’s a look at his appearance on ” The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson” shortly after the release of Richard Donner’s 1978 classic “Superman.” – Geoff Boucher RECENT AND RELATED A look back: Superman on Broadway in 1966 Richard Donner: Give Geoff Johns a crack at a new Superman movie  See the 1959 L.A. Times coverage of […]
Sept. 05, 2008 | 5:40 p.m.

Mark Millar wants a shot at ‘Superman’ on screen

Comics writer Mark Millar (who brought the world “Wanted,” “Superman: Red Son” and Marvel’s “Civil War“) is a big fan of Richard Donner’s 1978 film “Superman.” How big? Well, he has one of Christopher Reeve‘s capes from the movie hanging in his home in Glasgow and (this is not a joke) he bought the stuffed and mounted corpse of Frisky, the stranded cat that Superman plucks from a tree in the movie. He recently got a chance to meet Donner and giddily compares it to “meeting Gandhi.” Millar was in Los Angeles visiting Golden Apple and he chatted with Blair Butler of G4′s Fresh Ink for an interview and the subject turned to the future of Superman on the screen, which is quite the hot topic right now. It turns out that, a while back, Millar hatched an idea for […]
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