The '61 Lincoln convertible has pulled up to the curb once more and Vincent Chase's crew is climbing out for a seventh season of Entourage (Sunday, June 27, 10:30/9:30c, HBO), but the bonds between the party-hardy boys and the women who love them will grow — and, in one case, be tested.
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Iron Man stomped box office sales this past summer with a powerful combination of phenomenal casting, serious special effects, tight dialogue and fast-paced action. Months later, the air may be getting crisper, but fans can relive the summer blockbuster all over again with the flick on DVD, which hits streets September 30. To usher in the arrival of the film on disc, TVGuide.com spoke with the comic's creator, Stan Lee, to get his take on the movie, how much of him we'll see on the DVD and what we can expect from him next. Plus: Will we soon see Iron Man: The TV Series? - Anna Dimond
Stan Lee, Who Wants to Be a Superhero?
You're the man, Stan! As master of the Marvel Comics universe, Stan Lee cocreated Spider-Man, the Hulk, Fantastic Four and X-Men. But that's not enough for the 84-year-old wunderkind. He's just signed a mega-deal with Disney. He's developing a Paris Hilton cartoon series for MTV. Hasbro is about to issue a Stan Lee action figure (complete with his trademark specs, khakis and windbreaker). And this week he returns for his second season as judge on Sci Fi Channel's Who Wants to Be a Superhero? (premiering tonight at 9 pm/ET).
TV Guide: What sets Superhero apart from the other reality contests? Stan Lee: It's really about heart, and being an empathetic human being. There's genuine crying and caring among the competitors when someone is eliminated. Yo
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Paris, you look Marvel-ous. Such is the opinion of legendary comic stripper Stan Lee, who tells the New York Daily News he's developing an animated MTV series (à la Pam Anderson's Stripperella) starring the headline-turning heiress. A start date has not been set.Elsewhere in Parisland (we just live in it): Hilton left the medical ward Wednesday night and returned to Century Regional Detention Center to finish her sentence. In a Thursday-mormning press conference, a sheriff's department spokesperson declared her medical condition "stable." Paris has shed five pounds in the clink, a source tells the News, because she's "still depressed and not eating or sleeping much." A law enforcement source tells TMZ, "To describe Paris as emotionally upset would be an understatement." An analysis by the Los Angeles Times finds that should Paris actually serve 23 days, she will have done more time than 80 percent of other (albeit not-as-hot) people in similar situations.POLL...
Per the Hollywood Reporter, Tyler Perry will portray Madea and Uncle Joe in Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns, an adaptation of his stage play about a single mother who travels with her kids to the funeral of the father she never met.... Stan Lee has inked an exclusive deal with Walt Disney Studios, giving the Mouse first dibs on any stuff churned out by Lee and his POW! Entertainment.... Per Variety, Naomi Watts will star in We Are All the Same, an adaptation of Nightline correspondent Jim Wooten's novel about a white South African woman who adopted a black child with AIDS.
Stan Lee and His Mosaic
Having celebrated his 84th birthday on Dec. 28, comic-book legend Stan Lee is still as exuberant and industrious as ever. In 2005, the man responsible for creating or cocreating Spider-Man, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk and dozens of other Marvel characters formed POW! Entertainment with partners Gill Champion and Arthur Lieberman. The company's first release is the animated tale Mosaic, arriving in stores today on DVD. It's the story of a teenage girl (voiced by Anna Paquin) who's given the responsibility of saving the world after being transformed into a chameleon-like creature. TVGuide.com recently spoke with Lee about his plans for POW! and about the upcoming season of the Sci Fi
Question: Who Wants to Be a Superhero? was cheesy fun, but how real do you think it was? An online search shows most of the contestants have acting experience, and you can see that a lot of it was staged. Do you think that Feedback's actual hero is Stan Lee? I kind of believe his explanation, but what do you think?
Answer: Even by the genre's standards, Superhero looked an awful lot like manufactured reality, but given the fantasy wish-fulfillment nature of this particular series, I didn't mind. (And even as a fan, I thought the protracted finale was painfully amateurish in its production quality... hard to sit through.) But the one thing I never doubted was the sincerity of Feedback's adoration, even father worship, of Stan Lee. Feedback's not a good enough actor to fake that kind of emotion. Seemed genuine (almost disturbingly so) to me.
There’s no taking vacation from summer TV. Used to be everything went mostly dark between May and September. No longer. This off-season’s deluge of shows includes the usual glut of reality TV, much of it disposable — though some, like Bravo’s delicious Project Runway, are must-sees. Meanwhile cable networks deliver signature dramas and comedies nearly every night of the week. Even in normally sleepy late July, there are plenty of fresh and compelling choices. Here’s a sampler of the new series and specials, rated by whether they’re worth coming inside for.
Work Out Tuesdays, 9 pm/ET, BravoReason to stay in: To see how the rich and famous get in shape, as cameras follow the buff trainers at an exclusive Beverly Hills penthouse gym.Worth watching? I’ve met barbells with more personality. Too little sweat, too much attitude fr
... it's a geek in a cape? Yep, most likely. Wannabe superheroes are being encouraged to audition at www.whowantstobeasuperhero.com for an upcoming reality series that comic-book creator Stan Lee (Spider-Man, X-Men) is developing with Sci Fi. The winner of the six-week competition will star in his or her own comic book and TV-movie, and be given Wonder Woman's private e-mail address.
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The SopranosLast week I gave The Sopranos a bit of a smack for what I saw as a gimmicky ending that left us with Tony lying on the floor critically wounded. (It was only after I filed my piece that my wife pointed out the beauty of having Tony lecture A.J. about how you can only depend on your family in this world, not your friends, not long before his uncle plugged him in the chest. Don't know how that got past me.) Anyway, this week's a whole different ball game, especially in the closing moments. There are two different kinds of fans of this show — the mob-drama lovers who get bored when nobody's whacked, and those who want the more thoughtful, philosophical aspects of Tony's life. I sit firmly in the latter category, and man was I happy.
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