Marvel is resting its high profile "Iron Man" franchise on the shoulders of Oscar nominated, and occasionally volatile, leading man Robert Downey Jr.
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By SONJA BARISIC, Associated Press Writer
Fri Sep 22, 7:30 PM ET
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The F-14 Tomcat, the dogfighting Cold War fighter jet immortalized in the movie "Top Gun," made its ceremonial final flight Friday in a display that suggested the timing was right for retirement.
Pilot Lt. Cmdr. David Faehnle and radar intercept officer Lt. Cmdr. Robert Gentry gave a final salute from inside their cockpit before aircraft no. 102 taxied down the runway and out of sight at Oceana Naval Air Station.
The plane that actually took off as thousands applauded and whistled, however, was aircraft no. 107, with Lt. Cmdr. Chris Richard at the controls and intercept officer Lt. Mike Petronis in the back seat.
The first jet had mechanical problems — "a common occurrence with the F-14," said Mike Maus, a Navy spokesman. The second jet had been on standby just in case.
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'Spaceballs' Series Enters G4's Orbit
The Schwartz will be with G4.
The cable network, which skews heavily towards young male viewers, has acquired the distribution rights to an animated series based on the popular Mel Brooks film "Spaceballs."
Production on "Spaceballs: The Animated Series" began in early 2005 with the participation of Brooksfilms Limited, MGM and Berliner Film Compane GmbH. Brooks and "Spaceballs" co-writer Thomas Meehan co-wrote the pilot and Meehan will either writer of oversee the writing on all 13 episodes which will premiere on G4 in the fall of 2007.
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SYDNEY, Australia (CNN) -- Steve Irwin, the Australian TV presenter known as the "Crocodile Hunter," has died after being stung in a marine accident off Australia's north coast.
Australian media reports say Irwin was diving in waters off Port Douglas, north of Cairns, when the incident happened on Monday morning.
Irwin, 44 was killed by a stingray barb that went through his chest, according to Cairns police sources. Irwin was filming an underwater documentary at the time.
Ambulance officers confirmed they attended a reef fatality Monday morning off Port Douglas, according to Australian media.
Queensland Police Services also confirmed Irwin's death and said his family had been notified. Irwin was director of the Australian Zoo in Queensland.
He is survived by his American-born wife Terri and their two children, Bindi Sue, born 1998, and Robert (Bob), born December 2003.
Levine has also co-written the pilot episode of a Solomon vs. Lord TV series that's being produced by Mel Gibson's Icon production company.
I just co-wrote the “Solomon vs. Lord” pilot for CBS …but in an obvious oversight, the network did not pick up the series. I get the rights back in September and will take the books out again. Fun, though writing the pilot. Challenging, too. Boiling down a 500 page book to a 60 page script that would play in 44 minutes.
The original "Star Trek" series is going back into syndication next month, but the show may not look quite the same as fans remember it.
CBS Paramount Domestic Television, which syndicates the series, is remastering the old episodes to include computer-generated effects and re-recorded music, in hopes of offering a vision of the future that doesn't look quite so dated. All 79 episodes of the show will eventually get the digital treatment, with several fan favorites undergoing the retouches first.
He has an uncanny memory for celebrity birthdays. He once slept on a box spring all night thinking it was just a really firm mattress. He writes poetry because he is weird.