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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 …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Oct. 12-18

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Don’t Miss The Walking Dead — What the heck is going on in Terminus? That’s the mysterious outpost where Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and some of his fellow survivors thought they might find “sanctuary.” Instead they found themselves locked up in a dark train boxcar during last March’s …

‘Dracula Untold’ Reveals the Origin of the Fangs

Saturday, October 11, 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 …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Oct. 5-Oct. 11

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Don’t Miss Homeland — OK, so Season 3 of this intense political thriller was kind of a mess. But the show hits the “reset” button while it delves into life after Brody. Can it regain its mojo? As Season 4 begins, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is riding high …

Coogan and Brydon Take Another ‘Trip’

Saturday, October 4, 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 …

A Lost Documentary Restored

Friday, October 3, 2014

In 1922 , Robert Flaherty, considered the first documentary filmmaker, had a huge success with his first feature-length film , Nanook of the North , which followed the lives of an Inuit family on Hudson Bay at the …

But ‘Dangerous’ Directors Take Edgy to New Levels

Friday, October 3, 2014

It’s a word that began popping into my head as I was seeing films at the beginning of the year, and it has returned to my mind repeatedly ever since. Despite dispiriting signs pointing to decline in the industry and drift to other platforms, there has also been …

Around the Remote: Television Picks for Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Don’t Miss The zany cop comedy Brooklyn Nine-Nine is back on the case. The Season 2 opener picks up six months after Detective Jake Peralta ( Saturday Night Live veteran Andy Samberg) admitted that he had a crush on squadmate Amy Santiago (Melissa Fumero). Sunday, 8:30 p.m., Fox. …

‘The Boxtrolls’ Tells an Animated Orphan’s Tale

Saturday, September 27, 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 …

Clooney and Fiancee Arrive in Venice to Prepare for Wedding

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Venice, Italy — George Clooney vowed he would never marry again, giving hope to millions of women that they one day might get their chance at romance with Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor. And for more than two decades, …

‘Tombstones’ Stars Liam Neeson

Saturday, September 20, 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 …