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This comic book cover image released by Marvel shows the "All-New Captain America." Marvel Comics and DC Comics are leading a push for diversity in their industry’s mainstream characters. The new black Captain America comic book debuted in November.  (AP Photo/Marvel)

Comic Books Tackle Diversity

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Washington — For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Obama recently headlined a comic book. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim. Mainstream comic book superheroes — America’s modern mythology — have been redrawn from the stereotypical brown-haired, blue-eyed white male into a world of multicolored, multireligious and multigendered crusaders to reflect a greater diversity in their audience. Society has changed, so superheroes have to as well, said Axel Alonso, editor in chief …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Dec. 21-27

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Don’t Miss: Homeland — We were so ready to give up on this spy thriller after a clunky Season 3 in which Brody met his maker. But Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin and company have revived our interest with a turbocharged fourth season that, sadly, comes to an end this week. We can only hope our heroes make it out of strife-torn Islamabad alive. …

‘Interview’ Deserves To Be Seen

Saturday, December 20, 2014

That I was one of the relative few to see The Interview is not a boast I take any pleasure in. It’s with heavy sadness, not pride, that I review Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s North Korean farce. As of Thursday morning, the film has been shelved just a week ahead of its …

Holy DVD! It’s ‘Batman’

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Adam West knew going into the 1960s TV series Batman there was a good chance he would be typecast. Once you’ve played a costumed crimefighter on a camp comedy, it’s hard to be taken seriously for dramatic roles. Despite the super efforts West had to make to shake …

Capsule Reviews of Current Releases at Upper Valley Theaters

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than …

Redmayne Challenged To Portray Hawking

Friday, November 28, 2014

Toronto — At age 32, Eddie Redmayne is still boyish, with freckles not always visible on screen, a generous head of hair, a wardrobe that includes both a black leather jacket and Converse sneakers, and a humility about …

Tracking Sabra Field: Filmmaker Documents East Barnard Artist and Her Work

Friday, November 28, 2014

Hanover — In the upcoming documentary about her life and work, printmaker Sabra Field describes the at-first difficult decision to remove a herd of Angus cattle from one of her iconic scenes of a green Vermont hillside. After …

There’s Nothing Personal, but Katie Holmes Is All Business

Friday, November 28, 2014

“This is going to make us cry, isn’t it?” Katie Holmes asked me. We were sitting in a screening room on the Sony lot, waiting for the movie Foxcatcher to start. She’d rushed into the near-empty theater a few minutes late, an overstuffed purse slung over her shoulder. …

‘Star Wars’ Episode Trailer to Debut Over Holiday Weekend

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Los Angeles — The longest lines outside theaters this Thanksgiving weekend may be for the new Star Wars trailer that exhibitors will show in some locations. Director J.J. Abrams confirmed the Nov. 28 release plans on Twitter Monday. Regal Entertainment Group, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., Cinemark Holdings Inc. …

Documentary Explores Life of Kurt Cobain

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

New York — Kurt Cobain is the focus of a new documentary that probes the life and untimely death of the Nirvana singer-guitarist. It will be released in theaters next year and air exclusively on HBO, the network …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Nov. 23-29

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Don’t Miss The 88th annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade — Marching bands, cheerleaders, clowns, celebrities and giant balloons that, thankfully, are way more bloated than our bellies. The holiday spectacle returns in all its festive glory as the three-headed Today show crew — Matt Lauer, Al Roker and …

‘Book of Life’ Survives On Valley’s Movie Screens

Friday, November 21, 2014

Ratings by the Motion Picture Association of America are: (G) for general audiences; (PG) parental guidance urged because of material possibly unsuitable for children; (PG-13) parents are strongly cautioned to give guidance for attendance of children younger than 13; (R) restricted, younger than 17 admitted only with parent …

Master of All Mediums Mike Nichols Is Dead at 83

Friday, November 21, 2014

New York — A legend of film, theater and comedy in nearly equal measure, Mike Nichols was an unquestioned fixture of smart, urbane American culture across a relentlessly versatile, six-decade career that on stage or screen, reliably coursed with crackling intelligence. Nichols won nine Tonys, an Oscar, several …