11            VEGAS APPLAUDS                               VEGAS APPLAUDSENGELBERTCOMESTOPARIS                 Height   of...
33                                                  Editor in Chief - Bobbie Katz     CONTENT                             ...
Engelbert Humperdinck: The Height of Romance           The international music legend returns to the StripBy Bobbie KatzIt...
55     listening to other artists’ music about what is commercial and what is not commercial. The music business is a whol...
77 Engelbert, who refers to himself as a “thespian of song” (“I feel that people can better relate by watch- ing me as opp...
Rick Thomas Offers a Walk on the Wild SideThe illusionist lets the cats out of the bagBy Bobbie KatzAs I drove up to the h...
99     the Saxe Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.. Oh, they may work for food and know how to claw   ...
the tigers (one at a time, unless they are cubs).It is all part of Phase 1 of the huge compound, currently a 10,000-square...
1111  “Tigers are mischievous and constantly need to be told what to do,” he adds. “They are stubborn learners and they do...
Viper Vixens Debuts at OShea’sThe sexy showthrows some newcurvesBy Judy ThorburnThere is no shortage of toplessshows in La...
1313       phy for the 2002-2003 touring spectacular Spider-Man Live, which played to sold-out audienc-       es at Radio ...
LAS VEGAS QUICK BITESBy Barbara J. NosekGetting a “Head” and More in Las VegasBeer and bites on the dining sceneYou may we...
1515       micro brews, stouts, ales and more will pour every Thursday-Sunday, noon-11 p.m.. Also, there will be       foo...
ARTVOICEWilliam Carr: Reflections of a Golden EyeShedding light on God’s artwork is his natureBy Audrey RobertsPresident, ...
1717       Picture this – you’re standing in front of a       magnificent scene in the middle of a Tuscan       village at...
step for Carr is finding the right canvas. He and his wife, Victoria, travel the world seeking out themost stunning locati...
1919       Born in Los Angeles, California, Carr now resides in Harmony, Utah, during the week and in Las       Vegas on t...
Green Lantern 3D Shines in Theaters                One critic has seen the lightBy Judy ThorburnThis years sexiest man ali...
2121   Making it to our planet first is mortally wounded warrior Abin Sur (Teuera Morrison). He crash lands and is able   ...
ARTVAMERICA.COM1-702-242-8811Art consultants to the world since 1982     ARTWORK in all mediums     Appraisals—Evaluations...
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  1. 1. 11 VEGAS APPLAUDS VEGAS APPLAUDSENGELBERTCOMESTOPARIS Height of Romance ILLUSIONIST RICK THOMAS: A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE LV QUICK BITESARTVOICE “ Reflections of a Golden Eye “ William Carr , Master Photographer
  2. 2. 33 Editor in Chief - Bobbie Katz CONTENT Creative Director - Audrey Roberts Height of Romance Engelbert Returns PG 4 A Walk on the Wild Side PG 8 Viper Vixens PG 12 New Show LV Quick Bites PG 14 The Spa That Loves Me PG 20 ARTVOICE PG 16 “Reflections of a Gold- en Eye” Nightlife-LAVO PG 24 MOVIES—Green Lantern Shines PG 26 View from the Top– A trip to Mt. Charleston PG 28
  3. 3. Engelbert Humperdinck: The Height of Romance The international music legend returns to the StripBy Bobbie KatzIt’s more than just the 50-foot-tall beautifully lit Eiffel Tower on the Las Vegas Strip that signifies that love is inthe air at Paris Las Vegas this summer.It’s also the fact that the legendary international superstar who has remained at the top of his craft for the past44 years, Engelbert Humperdinck, long known as the “King of Romance,” will be presenting his vocal stylings onthe subject at the resort from July 21-24. And with his powerful 3 ½-octave voice, handsome countenance, anddynamic stage presence, romance won’t have time to rest – in fact, outdoor temperatures aside, it promises to beParis when it sizzles.“I’m always taking risks,” Engelbert, who will be receiving a star on the Las Vegas Walk of Stars in front of thehotel on July 20, acknowledges. “If you don’t take chances in life, you’re not going to succeed. My life is aboutupdating and keeping things in the mode of today. Romance will always be a part of who I am – I’ve just given ita pulse.”To that avail, over the last four decades, the perennially youthful artist has superbly passed the challenge of keep-ing himself contemporary and garnering cross-generational audiences without alienating his staunch legions offans worldwide. To Engelbert, age is just a number -- in excess of 150 million records sold (he is reported to bethe fifth top-selling recording artist in the world), 72 gold albums, 23 platinum albums, 1 Grammy and 4 Gram-my nominations, 1 Golden Globe Award, 1 star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and 1 Honorary Doctorate ofMusic. Add to that his having toured the world several times, having played to royalty all over the globe, andhaving played golf with presidents, and you’ve got the equation for a career built solidly on a high note.“To me, a song has to have good melody, lyrics and good vibes that people will listen to,” says the down-to-earthentertainer, whose well-paced well-rounded show presents everything from love songs of every era to standards,uptempo songs, country songs, new original songs, and his own legacy of classic hits. “The lyrics touch me per-sonally and relate in some way to my own life, then I communicate that to the audience. I don’t think I could singa song without feeling it, The honesty of a song’s story comes through the singer’s eyes and not his mouth.
  4. 4. 55 listening to other artists’ music about what is commercial and what is not commercial. The music business is a whole new kettle of fish today; it’s a totally different music scene altogether. So you have to apply what you’ve learned to what’s happening now and change things around a little. ” Having recently signed with Conehead Records out of his native England, the iconic singer, who cajoles that he is just in the middle stage of his life, is very excited about his upcoming recording project. At this writing, he cannot reveal the de- tails so he will only say that it will be a musical collaboration. His latest CD, RELEASED, is his first commercial studio album in years and was recorded in three continents during 2009-2010. Produced by award-winning producer Paul Wiltshire (Human Nature, “In the personal sense, I feel different now than I did in earlier days,” he continues. “I feel more comfortable on stage and feel like I’m in a more contemporary mode. I’ve learned so much from Shannon Noll, The Backstreet Boys, Delta Goodrem, Vanessa Amorosi, Marcia Hines and Guy Sebastian), RELEASED is a romantic journey consisting of Engelbert classics and original songs for which a collection of the worlds finest songwriters were brought together. In addition, in 2010, the singer also had his first-ever song on iTunes, a contemporary ballad called “Tell Me Where It Hurts.”
  5. 5. 77 Engelbert, who refers to himself as a “thespian of song” (“I feel that people can better relate by watch- ing me as opposed to just listening,” he maintains) but describes himself offstage as “a regular guy with stars in his eyes,” has never been one to rest on his laurels. He is highly critical of himself and to- tally aware of his audiences’ reaction. That response is something that one has to see to believe - – be- sides the very audible cheers and applause after every song, by the end of his performance, the crowd is standing 10-deep at the foot of the stage in an effort to get closer to him. That magic between artist and audience is something Engelbert has also never taken for granted. The same things are important to me now when I’m on stage as earlier in my career,” he continues. “I still have the hunger. I still get butterflies before I go on stage. And when I comes off stage, if some- thing “has upset me during the show – like the sound is bad or I feel that I haven’t given 110 percent of myself – I get depressed. I feel that part of my legacy is the way I breather when I sing. I can sing sev- eral lines before taking a breath, which is just part of me.” Stating that his tenacity is a result of his personal dreams, Engelbert was born Arnold George Dorsey and grew up in Leicester, England, where he still resides. He came from a large though tight-knit fami- ly– he has seven sisters and two brothers – and he wanted to stand out; he wanted to be somebody spe- cial. A good friend of his named Gordon Mills was a member of a singing group called the Viscounts and Dorsey soon found himself on tour with the group, sharing a flat with Mills. Then things changed. When Mills discovered a young singer named Tom Jones and began to manage him. Mills also took charge of Dorsey’s career, changing his name to Engelbert Humperdinck (borrowing it from the 19th- century Austrian composer who wrote Hansel and Gretel) as a gimmick to get the singer noticed. In 1965, Engelbert had his first European hit, “Domage, Domage.” But it was in 1967 that Mills gave him the song that would be the turning point of his career – “Release Me.” After Engelbert sang the song on TV on “Sunday Night at the Palladium,” the record sold 2.5 million copies in two-and-a-half weeks in England alone, 80,000-95,000 copies a day for six weeks. Around the world, it sold 15 million copies, staying on the charts for 56 weeks and ending up in the Guinness Book of World Records. Hit after hit followed after that, his last big single being 1977’s “After the Loving.” Four decades later, Engelbert is still selling out showrooms and major venues all over the globe. It goes to show that when it comes to romance, millions of people just can’t get over the Hump. Nor do they even want to try.
  6. 6. Rick Thomas Offers a Walk on the Wild SideThe illusionist lets the cats out of the bagBy Bobbie KatzAs I drove up to the home of Rick Thomas, I felt truly excited – in fact, I couldn’t have beenmore ready to take the tiger by the “tale.”Not only is Thomas one of the most talented illusionists in the business, but for the past 21 years, he has had a story totell about raising a bevy of magnificent exotic felines and exhibiting them in his acclaimed show, “The Magic and Ti-gers of Rick Thomas,” now at
  7. 7. 99 the Saxe Theater in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood.. Oh, they may work for food and know how to claw their way to the top, but being one of the” cool cats” of the Las Vegas Strip is serious business, as I was about to find out. Thomas answered the door to his beautiful self-designed house where he lives with his wife, five children, six ti- gers, five macaws, four cockatoos, twenty doves, and a domestic cat named Kitty (who, like the doves and a few of the other birds, is also in his show). “Multiply by 1,000 times what your cat does and you’ll have a tiger,” Thomas told me as he introduced me to two -year-old Kitty and then took me into the kitchen so that he could prepare the food for the tigers (each one eats 10-15 pounds of raw meat, chicken, and turkey a day; they’re fed once a day). “A cat is just a tiger, only smaller. You can’t figure out a feline. They love you as much as they want to love you/. They will come to greet you, then they want to be left alone. They want to be taken care of when they want to be taken care of.” Thomas has raised 13 tigers from birth over the last two decades and currently has four of his six in his show. He began telling me his story by dismissing some of the myths that so many of us have heard about exotics – and believed. “White tigers are not endangered and therefore are not on any list,” Thomas begins, as I watch him take pounds of meat out of one of his two huge freezers. “That’s because white tigers are manmade. They are not in the wild and have never been in the wild. All tigers are half white – they’re all white on the bottom. But what happened was that back in the 60s, there was a tiger found in the wild that had a lot of white and it was captured and bred by the Prince of India. It was bred for seven years – during which time all that was produced were orange Bengals – until they finally figured it out. The animal was finally inbred with its daughter, and the first pure white tiger was pro- duced.”After some more conversation, it’s time for me to meet Thomas’ feline family. As we walk out his back door, I’m greeted by the sight of an aviary and a beautiful pool surrounded by rocks, in which Thomas swims with
  8. 8. the tigers (one at a time, unless they are cubs).It is all part of Phase 1 of the huge compound, currently a 10,000-square-foot area where the tigers, weighing from 350-500 pounds, are resting in individual, spacious chain-link enclosures. Thom-as is getting ready to build Phase 2 to give the tigers even more space to romp.First, I meet Samson, a beautiful 16-year-old white tiger now retired from show business (tigers generally live 15-20 years).The magnificent creature, sleeping contentedly on his side, rolls over on his back like a kitten when Thomas gently nudgeshim to wake him up to say hello.The other tigers are 7-year-old Mercury, 8-year-old Kaos, 10-year-old Max, (who is lying in his “bathtub” filled with wa-ter), 10-year-old Rocky, and 9-year-old Star, the only female. They are all beautiful, curious creatures and being that closeto them – even though fencing separates us – couldn’t be more of a thrill.Thomas reveals that each of the cats has his or her distinct personality.“Rocky is like Scar from The Lion King,” he smiles. “Scar was the evil one who killed his own brother. Max, who isRocky’s brother, is much more even-tempered. Kaos’ name says it all – he is aggressive for food; he loves to eat. Mercuryis the first tiger I ever had that lets me do anything with him. Samson is fabulous. And Star is a female, meaning that she’smuch more aggressive than the males because the females are the ones that raise the cubs.”Kaos, Mercury, Max and Rocky are the ones currently performing in the show. Thomas, who has a huge training area inthe center of the compound, says that one has to have a heightened sense of awareness to work with exotics.“Still, I’d rather do this than jump out of an airplane,” he acknowledges. “There is also far more danger in a car than witha tiger. I have less fear because I work with them everyday. I’m not trying to downplay the danger but we all choose ourlots in life.”Thomas, who transports the tigers back and forth from the hotel every day for the show, admits that he doesn’t like push-ing the tigers when it comes to their performing and that if one is a challenge on a particular day, he lets it go because hedoesn’t want the animal to do anything that is uncomfortable for it. He will sometimes bring the tiger to the hotel anywayto see if it will snap out of what’s bothering it but if it doesn’t, Thomas will switch it with one of the other tigers to do theillusion.“Tigers can be trained but never tamed,” he informs. “You are able to obtain one when there is a need for one to be obtainedand you get them as cubs. You have to be hands-on with them constantly – it takes a lot of dedication. They can put up withpeople when they are 6 months to a year old but after that, they separate from humans, although they will bond with one ortwo.”Thomas notes that tigers and people don’t mix and that he has two handlers for the tigers who are with him at home andat the hotel but that the dancers in his show aren’t allowed within 10 feet of the tigers’ cages. His act is designed so thatthere are no dancers performing when the tigers are on stage.
  9. 9. 1111 “Tigers are mischievous and constantly need to be told what to do,” he adds. “They are stubborn learners and they don’t need humans to survive. I spend five hours of constant time with them everyday -- two hours before the show cleaning them up and loading them into the trailer, then the hour-and-a half of the show, and an hour after the show. When it comes to the stage, they all know their spots – they hear their music and they know what’s going on.” Thomas notes that tigers and people don’t mix and that he has two handlers for the tigers who are with him at home and at the hotel but that the dancers in his show aren’t allowed within 10 feet of the tigers’ cages. His act is designed so that there are no dancers performing when the tigers are on stage. “My show is my life,” Thomas sums up. “I’m always designing a new show. I’m always pursuing my dream non-stop and I’m looking forward to doing something grand for Vegas in the near future.” Guaranteed his beautiful feline companions will give their roar of approval. That’s the magic of Rick Thomas.
  10. 10. Viper Vixens Debuts at OShea’sThe sexy showthrows some newcurvesBy Judy ThorburnThere is no shortage of toplessshows in Las Vegas. Yet, a newone with the intriguing title ViperVixens, featuring five sultry tempt-resses and one sexy guy, whichrecently opened in the intimate 99-seat theatre at OShea’s, claims tobe different than any other staged on the world famous Strip.Mr. G, otherwise known as Ottavio Gesmundo, is the producer, director, choreographer andthe lone male performer in Viper Vixens and he has assembled some of Las Vegas hottest, mul-ti-talented dancers and specialty artists to perform as characters that were “inspired” fromQuentin Tarantinos Kill Bill movies with nicknames such as Cottonmouth, Diamondback andBlack Mamba. The twist is that they employ -- get this -- dangerous weapons like swords andwhips in their act. Another unique element of the production is the choreography that incorpo-rates Gesmundos knowledge of dance, martial arts and yoga. Thats something audiences dontordinarily expect to see in a top-less revue.This one-of-a- kind productionincludes the death defyingcrossbow act of Mr. and Mrs. G(otherwise known as Naomi), whohave appeared on The TonightShow with Conan O’Brien andworked with Brit- ney Spears onthe opening video of her Circustour. Mr. G was celebrated forhis stunt direction and choreogra-
  11. 11. 1313 phy for the 2002-2003 touring spectacular Spider-Man Live, which played to sold-out audienc- es at Radio City Music Hall. Also featured as "Mistress of Ceremonies" is Deena Cary, a talented singer/dancer who adds live vocals to her sexy moves. The dynamic performers resume includes touring the country for two years as lead singer of Purrfect Angelz in which she opened for artists including Big & Rich, Trace Adkins, and Earth, Wind & Fire. She was also one of the top 20 women selected to be part of what is now the inter- national pop sensation “The Pussycat Dolls.” For a surprising, entertaining and edgy evening of hot curves and dangerous weapons, go check out Vi- per Vixens. Viper Vixens is a topless show for guests 18 years or older. Tickets are $45 plus tax and fees. Performanc- es are nightly at 9 p.m., dark Sundays. Courtesy of www.lasvegasroundtheclock.com
  12. 12. LAS VEGAS QUICK BITESBy Barbara J. NosekGetting a “Head” and More in Las VegasBeer and bites on the dining sceneYou may well already know her cooking - now discover her new restaurant . . . Carla Pellegrino, previous-ly the acclaimed exec chef at Rao’s in Caesars, has now opened the delightful Bacio at the Tropicana.While the hotel is transforming into a vibrant new venue, the restaurant fits right in with its white andbright design, indoor patio, and many-windowed view of the hotel’s new Nikki Beach. But the real star ofthis show is the fresh and fabulous Italian cuisine that reflects Chef Pellegrino’s singular talent for coax-ing the simple to be simply elegant.www.troplv.comWhat a great way to spend some tasty time in Las Vegas . . . Bellagio’s state-of- the-art show kitchen, theTuscany, hosts [most of] the hotel’s quite awesome Epicurean Epicenter Series where guests “watch tal-ented chefs prepare their masterpieces and then moments later savor the cuisine paired with wine from theworld’s finest vintages.” Upcoming: “Beer and Barbecue with Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong”on July 2, “Husic Vineyards and Prime’s Sean Griffin” on Sept 17, “Araujo Estate and Picasso’s JulianSerrano” on Nov. 5. www.bellagio.com/restaurants/epicurean-epicenter.aspxCheers for beers . . . It will be suds galore when the year-long “Las Vegas World Beer Fest” and its 500brews from around the globe come to town, on Oct 13. The international Oktoberfest-style showcase of
  13. 13. 1515 micro brews, stouts, ales and more will pour every Thursday-Sunday, noon-11 p.m.. Also, there will be food, entertainment, even a pool and spa. At Flamingo & Koval, behind Bally’s. Adm $10, pkgs avail. Limit 5,000 entries per day. www.patrickgagnon.ca. What a cool place . . . Town Square is just a bit south of Mandalay Bay at Sunset Road and is unlike virtu- ally any other shopping area in town, with its street parking [big parking lots, too], lamplit walkways, out- standing selections of shops and restaurants, and – yes – a town square. Among the eateries is the island- vibed Tommy Bahama’s, which recently intro-ed Patio Thursdays, an outdoors party with the delectable Is- land Time small plate, specialty rum cocktails [the Zombie – yum!], and high energy live entertainment. 4 p.m.-7 p.m.. At Sunset & S. Las Vegas Blvd. www.tommybahama.com Third time’s a charm? . . . The Boca Park space that used to house Tre and Hannah’s (and another so short -lived we didn’t let it spoil our lead-in) has now been transformed into Hotel California Restaurant & Can- tina. Highlights include purse-friendly Baja cuisine, two chef tables, a line of signature Mezcal liquor, live entertainment, party-ready patio, and “man cave” cigar lounge. Its commitment to nutritious dining rever- berates not only in the menu but as well in a program that brings children up close and personal with na- ture’s bounty. At Rampart & Charleston. Opens 11 a.m. daily, till 11 p.m.weekdays, 2 a.m. Fri/Sat. www.hotelcaliforniarestaurant.com. http://www.celebritychefsconnection.com
  14. 14. ARTVOICEWilliam Carr: Reflections of a Golden EyeShedding light on God’s artwork is his natureBy Audrey RobertsPresident, ARTV
  15. 15. 1717 Picture this – you’re standing in front of a magnificent scene in the middle of a Tuscan village at dawn. Every colorful detail of the architecture, landscape and foliage jumps out at you. Then, slowly, the light begins to change, transporting you from early morning to late afternoon, and, within seconds, it be- comes dusk in the village as moonlight mys- tically transforms the scene over which sun- light had previously reigned. It is truly a magical sight – one captured by the camera lens of world master photographer William Carr, www.worldfocusimages.com, whose Las Vegas .gallery resides in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. The world traveler, whose passion lies in old world antiquity, focuses on making people feel that they are actually inside the scenes he has photographed. In the process, he is al- lowing them to see the light – his pictures actually change with the time of day -- a unique tech- nique that is the signature of his work. It all began around 25 years ago when Carr picked up his wife’s camera, an Olympic OM1, and started shooting scenes in Lake Tahoe. With his photos of nature in all her glory gaining the approval of his friends and family, he contin- ued experimenting with many different cameras and taking shots at various intervals. Soon people wanted to buy his pho- tos, and his passion took on a force of its own. Today, Carr is the best-selling photographer in America. Having no formal training in the arts or photography, Carr’s technique has evolved to create “plein air” photos (a French term for photographs taken outside in open air) in a way that majestically captures God’s artwork. The combination of timing – taking the shot at the precise moment -- and the use of the best equipment are the key components of his mastering a perfect picture. The first
  16. 16. step for Carr is finding the right canvas. He and his wife, Victoria, travel the world seeking out themost stunning locations. When he finds a scene or landscape he desires to share, he depicts its bril-liance in the way it is meant to be seen, in all its natural beauty, which is the inspiration that propelshis artistic and technical instincts. Camera, light, action! “It is the intent of the artist to articulate the words that the subject cannot say in its own voice,” Carrsays, expressing his greatest hope. “It is within nature that beauty lies, but it is the artist that stopstime and interprets the beauty for all to enjoy.”Carr sometimes has only minutes or even seconds to get the shot when the lighting dictates; there-fore, the decisions and choices he has to make are instantaneous. On the other hand,, he willsometimes wait six to eight hours, to get the right light. He might be on a mountain top or on abeach with waves smashing against the rocks, or in a freezing cold blizzard in the Alps or in the heatof the Mohave desert. These are just a few of the locations that draw the eye of this artist.When I first observed his photos, it was on his internet site. I thought they were beautiful but assumedthat they had been digitally manipulated on a computer to get the changing light effects. This is notthe case at all. I was amazed when I visited his Las Vegas Gallery.. Only then did I realize, that Carruses no filters or special effects, just his eye, camera and gift of timing.Once Carr captures the shot, he then utilizes a process called the Euroflex mounting system.The filmis developed onto very sensitive paper to preserve the natural colors, then a clear laminating tech-nique is used to preserve his workThis process seals out air, dirt and moisture, extending the life of the piece. Each one of his photoscomes in very small limited editions. Most can be hung as is or framed with specially designed ma-terials that he manufactures especially for each piece.
  17. 17. 1919 Born in Los Angeles, California, Carr now resides in Harmony, Utah, during the week and in Las Vegas on the weekends, in-between his travels. A visit to his Gallery is well worth the trip while in Vegas. 3663 Las Vegas Blvd. South suite # 400 Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 702-888-
  18. 18. Green Lantern 3D Shines in Theaters One critic has seen the lightBy Judy ThorburnThis years sexiest man alive (according to People Magazine), gets to show offhis hot, sculptured body and have a super time playing a comic book superheroin the newly released summer blockbuster Green Lantern, based on the DCcomic book character. I admit, I enjoyed eyeing Ryan Reynolds sexy, finetoned abs. Moreover, I found the movie to be an exhilarating and fun experi-ence and one of the best superhero flicks since the original Spiderman.Ryan Reynolds plays Hal Jordan, a cocky test pilot following the career path ofhis late father (Jon Tenney, shown in flashbacks), who died in an accident aftera test run. Hal was just a kid when he witnessed the explosion of his dadsplane. Since then, he has been obsessed with that memory and has had emotion-al issues, resulting in his disobeying orders that result in breaking the rules ofengagement, destroying a plane and putting his life in danger. Hal also has afear of commitment, which has affected his relationship with his pretty col-league/on-and-off girlfriend, Carol Ferris (Blake Lively, going from her usualblonde to brunette for this role), whose father (Jay O. Sanders) owns the avia-tion company for which Hal works.So why would an extraterrestrial force choose Hal, of all people in the world, tobecome the next and only human Green Lantern? We are informed that “itnever makes a mistake” and sees something in Hal that he doesnt know he has.First, we are given a backstory of the Green Lantern. Thousands of years ago, acorps of 3,600 intergalactic peacekeepers known as the Green Lanterns wasformed from all parts of the universe to keep order and justice. Each of thewarriors has been given a green ring that grants them superpowers channeledfrom the green power of Will, the strongest source of energy in the universe, tobe used for good. Headquartered on the Planet Oa are the guardians that over-see the Green Lanterns. One day, one of the guardians was seduced by the pow-er of fear and, therefore, imprisoned on the Planet Ryut. Named Parallax(voiced by Clancy Brown), he looks like a gargantuan multi-legged spider en-gulfed in a gray cloud. Possessing the yellow power of fear, he has now escaped,killed four Lantern brothers, and is out for revenge, declaring war on the plan-ets and headed for earth, feeding on the fear of his victims.
  19. 19. 2121 Making it to our planet first is mortally wounded warrior Abin Sur (Teuera Morrison). He crash lands and is able to stay alive long enough to hand over his green ring to a new, very reluctant recruit, Hal Jordan, who, as I previ- ously stated, has issues. He doesnt think he has the right stuff to take on the honor and responsibility that is required to be a Green Lantern. Like he has a choice! What he does like is the way he looks in his green, skin- tight suit that looks like it was painted on (actually it was...thanks to CGI effects) and showcases every muscle of his body. Before you know it, Hal is transported to the Planet Oa for the obliga- tory training sessions. There he is met by Tomar-re (voiced by Geoffrey Rush), a tall, slender, fish- faced alien that shows him how to fly. That is followed by intense man-on-man combat training with the giant, rhino-like Kilowog (Michael Clarke Dun- can). Corps. Commander, Sinestro (Mark Strong), on the other hand, has little re- spect for Hal, since humans are considered inferior by the more highly evolved aliens. Central to the story is the idea of will versus fear, or to put in another way, good versus evil. In order for Hal to become the superhero he is meant to be, he must overcome his fears by focusing so that he can har- ness the green power of will and use the ring to create anything his mind imagines, such as a weapon or what- ever else he deems necessary for his cause. Meanwhile, the enemy is taking form in the body of nerdy biologist/scientist, Dr. Hector Hammond (an almost unrecognizable Peter Sarsgaard), son of a U.S. Senator (a miscast Tim Robbins) who sees him as a major dis- appointment. Again, some daddy issues! Hector has also being carrying a torch for Carol and is jealous of her relationship with Hal. All this comes to a head after Hector is called in by a government agent (an underused Angela Bassett) to au- topsy the body of Abin Sur. After touching the dead aliens skin, Hector becomes infected with Parallaxs DNA and is transformed into a mind reading, grotesque, power-hungry tool for Parallax to accomplish his goal. It all leads up to the inevitable fight between the newly recruited Green Lantern and villain -- Superhero versus powerful adversary. There is nothing new about that or the unfolding formula. So what is it that kept me glued to the screen? The answer is many ele- ments. Director Martin Campbell (Casino Royale) moves the storyline at a steady pace, injecting just the right amount of humor and wit. The team of CGI artists have imagined and created an eye-dazzling spectacle and there are several thrilling action sequences. Ryan Reynolds would not have been my choice as Green Lantern. But, I must say he surprised me – he was convincing, and kept my interest. Okay, that hunky body surely helped. All things considered, I was entertained. It is as simple as that. Green Lantern has everything fans could want from a comic book to screen ad- aptation. As I was leaving my preview screening, I was surrounded by people who had only positive feedback. My advice is to ignore the nega- tive reviews and check it out for yourself. At the end, there is a teaser for a sequel to perk interest. I await the green light, er, lantern, and look forward to another adventurous ride. Review Courtesy of www.theflickchicks.com
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