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Grant Gallicho is an associate editor of Commonweal.
May 4th, 2007
Spider-Man 3 spins out of control

Until the advent of serviceable computer-generated imagery, fans of the Spider-Man comics were spared the disappointment of seeing their beloved hero bastardized on film. But that didn’t stop them from wanting a movie version anyway—especially after seeing Hollywood and even some critics bow down to Tim Burton’s Batman and Richard Donner’s Superman. Of course, capturing the likes of Batman’s caped crusades or even Superman’s up-up-and-aways was one thing. Filming Spider-Man’s balletic swinging, flipping, and twisting through Manhattan’s scraped sky posed a serious filmmaking challenge. Luckily for fans, the movie was stalled for fifteen years before Sony snatched up the rights…

June 27th, 2006
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a messiah? It's a gay icon?

“You’ll believe a man can fly,” teased the poster for Superman: The Movie. Audiences in 1978 were wowed by director Richard Donner’s vision for the first Man of Steel movie of the special-effects age. So were critics. The combination of box-office and critical success earned Superman its place in the pantheon of great American films, and set a movie franchise in motion.
But the blockbuster cost gobs of cash to make, and when the studio saw the budget for Donner’s sequel flying as high as the original’s, they canned him mid-production and brought in a more pliable hired gun, who reconfigured most of the material. Donner’s acolytes locate this moment as the event horizon that would bind all future…

May 9th, 2006
In the spirit of Judas, National Geographic announces plans for a two-hour special: Even More Gospels!

Through The Gospel of Judas, one of the greatest historical discoveries in the history of humankind, the world’s eyes were opened to a revolutionary view of the disciple traditionally known as Christ’s betrayer. No longer the traitor, Judas is portrayed in the new Gospel as carrying out Jesus’ command to give him up to the authorities: “You will exceed all of them [the twelve apostles]. For you will sacrifice the man that clothes me….You will become the thirteenth, and you will be cursed by the other generations—and you will come to rule over them.”
Continuing in the spirit of this monumental discovery, the National Geographic Society has authorized the pre-release of several other newly unearthed…

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