REVIEW: Without it, The Incredible Hulk, The Terminator and Conan could have had very different visages. 1977 docudrama Pumping Iron made both Lou Ferrigno and Arnold Schwarzenegger household names, propelling them for the niche world of bodybuilding into mainstream Hollywood
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This is the moment toddler Jaxson Denno found out that superheroes don’t exist – and the moment Robert Downey Jr wished they did. The 18-month-old Iron Man fan teared up when he met his idol’s alter-ego, Downey Jr, who was in the boy’s home town filming his latest film, The Judge
Movie fans have come to learn that Marvel likes to include something special for all those who stay to the very end of its films. Iron Man’s post-credit scene with Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury started the whole shebang off, hinting at an Avengers team-up further down the line.
A well-chosen art collection is a work of art itself; it has integrity and takes the pulse of an era.
If it’s the first weekend in May, it must be Marvel superhero time. Spider-Man and its two sequels, plus both Iron Man movies and the Wolverine prequel, have all kick-started the summer movie season in burly style.
BHP Billiton on Wednesday added its voice to tentative signs of a more broad-based global recovery when the Anglo-Australian mining group reported record iron ore production in the three months ended September.
A depressed aluminum market dragged down first-half earnings at Rio Tinto, the global mining company, which paid no interim dividend in order to husband cash and cope with $39 billion in net debt. Rio, fresh from a $15.2 billion rights issue, recorded a $206 million loss before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization at its Rio Tinto Alcan aluminum unit, compared with an ebitda gain of $2.38 billion in the first half of 2008
Beneath an Antarctic glacier in a cold, airless pool that never sees the sun seems like an unusual place to search for life. But under the Taylor Glacier on the East Antarctic Ice Sheet, near a place called Blood Falls, scientists have discovered a time capsule of bacterial activity. At chilling temperatures, with no oxygen or sunlight, these newly found microbes have survived for the past 1.5 million years using an “iron-breathing” technique, which may show how life could exist on other planets