John Calvert Dies At 102; Stage Magician Was Also In Movies

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3 John Calvert — magician, actor, flier and yachtsman — at the wheel of Thespian in 1957. (Los Angeles Times) Also By David Ng September 28, 2013, 4:49 p.m. John Calvert, a Hollywood illusionist whose magic tricks won him numerous fans as well as several film roles, including three movies during the 1940s in which he played the detective known as the Falcon, has died. He was 102. Calvert died Friday in Lancaster, according to the International Brotherhood of Magicians. No cause was given. Hollywood’s Magic Castle said on its Facebook page Friday: “We are very sad to report that Mr. John Calvert, our oldest performing magician, has passed away at the age of 102.” Calvert impressed many of Hollywood’s most famous personalities with his sleight-of-hand tricks, and he invited some of them to perform in his stage shows. Among the stars he counted as friends were Cary Grant, Danny Kaye and Gary Cooper. His magic shows were often humorous and usually involved sequences such as firing a woman from a cannon and sawing volunteers with a buzz saw. His wife, Tammy, sometimes served as his onstage assistant. In his heyday during the ’40s and ’50s, Calvert performed regularly in Hollywood to star-filled audiences. He also brought his acts to Las Vegas and Broadway.

Special Features – Marvel Movies for Kids, DC Movies for Adults?‏

Now, if we use the certificates as a guide, Marvel movies are rated PG-13. That said, most movies that are considered “kid’s movies” are really for all ages. Kids wouldn’t get all the satire in Shrek for example, but they still enjoy it just as much as their parents. The only real kids movie in recent memory this year is Planes which really functions as a babysitting video to keep children busy. Despicable Me 2, Monsters University and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, all entertain anybody, so therefore are they really kids movies? Is the title “kid’s movie” something that’s even relevant anymore, considering most of them go straight to DVD? I don’t think so, or at least not as a negative connotation, just like saying something is a “TV movie”. In this golden age of television that’s not necessarily a bad thing. So in my opinion I don’t think Marvel movies are kid’s movie because I don’t believe in that term. However, how accessible are they to kids? Who makes up the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s audience? Well according to Box Office Mojo, The Avengers had an evenly split demographic of under and over 25. While it could be argued that parents taking their kids to the movies would account for the balance, this still very much debunks the whole “just for kids” argument. All ages would be the apt description. However, maybe those DC fans making this claim mean that Marvel movies are kids movies in comparison to DC’s “edgier and darker” body of work. I still say this in very much incorrect. Iron Man 2, the black sheep of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, could be considered lighthearted escapist entertainment, but that description certainly doesn’t fit the rest of Marvel’s movies. Iron Man is a techno character study, The Incredible Hulk has very little levity in it, Thor is a Shakespearean drama, Captain America: The First Avenger is a war movie, and Iron Man 3 is a techno thriller as described by Shane Black. Now a kid isn’t going to be able to appreciate the snappy dialogue in Avengers, or the mystery and political undertones in Iron Man 3. A kid can really only enjoy the visual gags and the spectacle. And as far as Marvels movies not being as dark, first off this is a largely misunderstood and overused term as already explored in a previous article . Towards the end of every arc in a Marvel movie our heroes are completely devastated – be it through personal failings, loss of loved ones, ineffectualness, or being totally defeated – especially Tony Stark in Iron Man, who is torn apart that his entire legacy has been a lie. This is a really human character arc that makes him sympathetic. This is why Iron Man 2 doesn’t work, because his character doesn’t have any real conflict. And I’m not saying these movies are dark, but they’re a lot more nuanced then people give them credit for. And as mentioned earlier, they’re guided by powerful and assured storytelling by Oscar-calibre directors who make every frame and every scene memorable, along with scripts that have great humour – which probably gives off the impression that they’re just comedies, or too kid friendly. So then, let’s talk about Warner Bros. and DC now. I already mentioned I’m not a big fan, but I think I have good reason. They simply don’t make movies that appeal to me. And these people saying “DC is darker” – if you ask them to give an example they’ll say The Dark Knight, Man of Steel and maybe the more informed ones will mention Watchmen. I guess they forgot about Catwoman, Green Lantern, and Jonah Hex, which are considered amongt the worst of the comic book movie genre, and are definitely not dark nor edgy. And while I would say The Dark Knight trilogy is edgy in comparison to say Catwoman or Green Lantern, I still wouldn’t consider it edgy or dark outside of that. There’s the appearance of something that’s edgy, but really if you look at those movies overall they’re about hopefulness and faith in the face of a dire situation. How many main or secondary character deaths are there in this entire trilogy, not including villains? From memory, one. I could be wrong, but isn’t that the same as the supposed kids movie The Avengers? And while that certainly isn’t all that matters, it puts things into perspective, especially in The Dark Knight Rises, which by all means should have been an opportunity to kill off at least a few of the supporting characters. And with Man of Steel as well, the tone seems to me to be uplifting and inspirational, especially with the final scene. Maybe if you’re only factoring in recent DC movies, sure Warner Bros. makes somewhat “mature” movies. If they continue to go on this road of pseudo edgy movies and they actually start to get better reception (outside of The Dark Knight Trilogy), then I’ll bury the hatchet and become a fan. I certainly welcome competition and the two companies could complement each other very well. But I don’t think Warner Bros. / DC is there yet and I don’t think Marvel Studios movies are these kiddie comedies that haters like to make them out to be. Overall, what should matter is who makes better movies, which many can say is subjective. However, people vote with their wallets, and not being kid friendly didn’t stop The Dark Knight from becoming a huge success. If you make a great blockbuster people will see it and then see it again, regardless of who the target audience is. I look forward to being a DC fan once Warner Bros.

Notable deaths of 2013

“But it’s just a really quiet year this October for horror movies. It’s kind of a bummer.” The month still features a large number of limited releases and video-on-demand horror films, such as Nothing Left to Fear (co-produced by former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash) opening Friday, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane (Oct. 11) and Haunter (Oct. 18), with Abigail Breslin. There’s even a spider invasion film starring Greg Grunberg as a hero exterminator called Big Ass Spiders (Oct. 18). TRAILERS: Coming soon to theaters “But if you’re in a small town, the multiplexes don’t show these limited-run movies. So you’re stuck at home watching them on VOD,” says Ryan Turek, the managing editor of horror film website ShockTillYouDrop.com. “October is normally all about the communal experience of having it on the big screen and getting that energy rush in an audience. It’s that time of year where everyone wants to share that.” There are reasons for the October boo malaise. Horror movies have now become a year-round phenomenon, thriving even in the age of piracy and shrinking box office.

Rinema has a smooth sign-up process. An email sign up or you can use your Facebook or Twitter accounts to login too. I logged through my Twitter account and was asked to select the languages I watched. After selection, the page threw up a Pinterest-like array of movies and asked me to rate them. You begin by rating at least 20 movies, so that the platform understands your choice of movies. I went upto 121, so lost was I! I also added some movies into my Want to watch list. In the next step, you can follow Taste Buddies or Rinema users recommended to you based on the ratings you just gave. Interestingly, it also gives a similarity percentage based on ratings for the common movies, through which I followed quite a few. Finally, I added some personal details to my profile and was set to go. My Profile sorted every movie I had rated into Rated and also into Watched, and the others into Wants to watch. By default, the platform has also created collections named Favorites and Own it but you can create collections like Inspiring, Hacker movies, etc.