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100 years ago, the first filmed Tarzan hit.

by Nathaniel R

On this weekend in 1918 the first filmed version of Tarzan of the Apes movie appeared. You may recall that I have a bit of an...um... problem with Tarzan that stems from childhood. I'd never seen the first Tarzan but it is streaming on YouTube and is only 60 minutes long. It has all the typical Tarzan controversial flashpoints (whitewashed pro-coloniaism history and in-the-now-whenever-that-happened-to-be gender politics) plus the origin story and even the yodelling (you can't actually hear it, mind you, but he does beat his chest while wailing so you know that's what's happening. 

Despite the worst Tarzan wig that ever existed and the lack of jungle animals (it was shot in Louisiana) it's significant for having launched a now 100 year old franchise...
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Bob Ingersoll The Law Is A Ass #408

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Sometimes I’m not here to tell you what went wrong with a story. Not what I usually do, but sometimes a story just gets the law right. Doesn’t stop me from writing about it. I can have as much fun explaining why the law works the way it was portrayed in a story as I can explaining why the law doesn’t work the way it was portrayed in a story. In fact, I can have more fun. When I write about why a story is right, no one gets mad at me.

Champions v2 #7 is one of those stories that got it right. For those who haven’t read it, the new Champions comic tells the adventures of some teenaged Marvel super heroes who teamed up after they became disillusioned with the behavior of the adult Marvel super heroes. Particularly their behavior in Civil War II.
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Jane Goodall Humbly Reflects on Her Animal Rights Legacy: ‘It’s Bigger Than I Ever Could Have Dreamed’

Jane Goodall Humbly Reflects on Her Animal Rights Legacy: ‘It’s Bigger Than I Ever Could Have Dreamed’
Jane Goodall‘s love for animals started long before her first encounter with a chimpanzee.

The legendary primatologist tells People she was “born loving animals” and after reading Tarzan of the Apes at just 10 years old, she knew she had found her calling.

“I decided I would have to go to Africa and live with animals and write books about them,” she says. “Eventually I was invited by a school friend and met the famous anthropologist, paleontologist Louis Leakey and he was the one who said would I go study not just any animal but the ones most like us,
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Famous Primates in Film: A Brief History

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Later this month, the mighty Kong returns to the big screen! To celebrate, we’re looking back at all the major primate appearances in film.

For as long as films were being made, humans have starred alongside primates. Unlike other animals, their human-like qualities can lend a sense of comedy or horror. Throughout the history of film, primates have been used to fulfill certain roles. In the early days, they were often a form of antagonist, carrying out dastardly deeds or causing mayhem. More common is the primate cast in a role of mischief, causing all sorts of comedic hijincks. While most primate roles were portrayed by live animals, it was not uncommon for men to dress up in ape suits for roles where the primates needed to carry out specific actions. Later, the advent of CGI has led to men mimicking primates in real time to create a motion-capture performance.
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Review: "The Legend Of Tarzan" (2016) Starring Alexander Skarsgard

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By John Lemay

For many years Tarzan was a staple of cinema—in fact from its very onset. The first Tarzan feature, Tarzan of the Apes, came out in 1918 and was followed by close to 50 other adaptations in the last century. His star started to fade in the late 1960s and there were no Tarzan features in the 1970s save for one. The 1980s somewhat provided his last gasp on the big screen with movies like the Bo Derek vehicle Tarzan, the Ape Man (1981) and- more impressively- the well-received Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes. The 1990s saw only 1998’s Tarzan and the Lost City and the 1999 Disney animated version. In fact, for all many “youngsters” know Tarzan may as well have originated with the Disney cartoon. For the first time in many years, we finally have a new big-budget live-action iteration of one of the screen
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The Legend Of Tarzan – Review

The Legend Of Tarzan brings back an old Hollywood hero for a summertime, popcorn-munching adventure in 19th century colonial Africa. The movie, which stars Alexander Skarsgard and a sterling supporting cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson, Christoph Waltz, Margot Robbie and Djimon Hounsou, provides a certain amount of fun and serviceable entertainment. It is likely to please Tarzan fans more than the 1984 Greystoke, as this movie has a less serious tone but a story closer to the original books than some movie Tarzans. Still, the fine cast is not quite enough to rescue the film entirely from its shortcomings, some inherent in the Tarzan story.

The character Tarzan debuted in Edgar Rice Burrough’s 1912 novel “Tarzan of the Apes,” and made to leap to films in the silent era, in a 1918 film of the same name. But many film fans know the character best from the early sound era Johnny Weissmuller movies.
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Koko: the Gorilla Who Talks to People review – animal magic or monkey business?

This reverse Tarzan story, about a gorilla who has ‘learned’ 1,000 human words, was all going well until a sceptical professor turned up. Plus! They’re still doing the business in Versailles

It’s like Tarzan in reverse. A baby ape is separated from its mother in sad circumstances, very nearly dies. It is rescued, by humans, one in particular, called Penny, who adopts it – adopts her; she’s a female western lowland gorilla, known as Koko. Penny becomes Koko’s mother; Koko is brought up among humans, lives like them, learns their ways ... She learns to talk, using sign language. Not Tarzan of the Apes, then; this mirror version could be called Koko of the People. Actually, the documentary – which spends time with Koko (now 44) and Penny Patterson (69) in northern California, and looks back over their life together using footage filmed by Penny’s colleague Ron – is called Koko: the Gorilla Who Talks to People (BBC1).

Koko hasn’t just learned more than 1,000 words; she communicates complex emotions to Penny. Project Koko is the longest ever exploration into interspecies communication and it has changed the way we think about animal consciousness. Swinging back to Tarzan for a moment, there’s even a Jane, though he’s a he, and a gorilla (this is Tarzan in reverse, don’t forget). A male named Michael is shipped in from Europe, to be Koko’s boyfriend.

Related: Koko the rhyming gorilla and the woman trying to get her pregnant

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He Really Is the King of the Jungle! Alexander Skarsgard Gets Up Close and Personal with Some Cute Critters

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He Really Is the King of the Jungle! Alexander Skarsgard Gets Up Close and Personal with Some Cute Critters
Alexander Skarsgard is a real-life Tarzan! The 39-year-old actor, who stars as the king of the jungle in The Legend of Tarzan, got up close and personal with some cute critters on Tuesday while on a trip to Sydney, Australia. Wearing a formfitting blue sweater and a pair of gray jeans, the hunky True Blood alum cuddled up with the Australian animals - including a baby kangaroo who nearly planted a smooch on Alexa Chung's longtime boyfriend. The meet-and-greet at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo also included a visit with a prickly pet echidna, whose coarse hair and spines
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He Really Is the King of the Jungle! Alexander Skarsgard Gets Up Close and Personal with Some Cute Critters

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He Really Is the King of the Jungle! Alexander Skarsgard Gets Up Close and Personal with Some Cute Critters
Alexander Skarsgard is a real-life Tarzan! The 39-year-old actor, who stars as the king of the jungle in The Legend of Tarzan, got up close and personal with some cute critters on Tuesday while on a trip to Sydney, Australia. Wearing a formfitting blue sweater and a pair of gray jeans, the hunky True Blood alum cuddled up with the Australian animals - including a baby kangaroo who nearly planted a smooch on Alexa Chung's longtime boyfriend. The meet-and-greet at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo also included a visit with a prickly pet echidna, whose coarse hair and spines
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Examining Hollywood remakes: The Mask of Zorro

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It’s time to talk about remakes again. In this installment of our series, we’re going to be looking at a revamped version of one of the most legendary fictional heroes ever. This week, Cinelinx looks at The Mask of Zorro (1998).

The Zorro character was introduced in the 1919 serialized story, “The Curse of Capistrano”, written by Johnston McCulley, and was published in All-Stories Weekly, the same magazine that first published Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Tarzan of the Apes” and “John Carter: Warlord of Mars”. Zorro was partly the inspiration for Batman. (Parenthetically, in DC comics, Bruce Wayne and his parents were coming out of a theater after seeing a film version of Zorro when his parents were killed.)

The story has been adapted several times. The first time was a silent film version in 1920, starring the cinema’s first-ever action star Douglas Fairbanks as the title character. However, we
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'Legend of Tarzan' Poster: Alexander Skarsgard Is King of the Jungle

'Legend of Tarzan' Poster: Alexander Skarsgard Is King of the Jungle
Just one day after the first photos debuted from The Legend of Tarzan, Warner Bros. has debuted a new poster. This one-sheet, which arrived via the Legend of Tarzan Twitter account, features Alexander Skarsg&#229rd as the King of the Jungle, who is seen surveying his dominion with a massive ape. With the arrival of yesterday's photos and this one-sheet, the first trailer should be arriving very soon, so stay tuned.

The Legend of Tarzan takes a much different approach to this iconic character, who first appeared in Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1912 novel Tarzan of the Apes. While Tarzan is still raised in the jungle in this version, the story picks up years after the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsg&#229rd) left the jungles of Africa behind. He now lives a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side.
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Dracula Of The Apes Novel Trilogy Swings Into Action

Dracula of the Apes picks up where Bram Stoker’s Dracula left off and Edgar Rice BurroughsTarzan of the Apes began. In this horror/fiction hybrid, genre-jumping indie author G. Wells Taylor puts a terrifying twist on a pair of timeless classics. The complete trilogy is now available to download with Book One: The Urn Free and Books Two: The Ape and Three: The Curse for $3.99 each at Amazon, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, … Continue reading →

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Harry Belafonte speaks on Hollywood's history with social rights at Governors Awards

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Harry Belafonte speaks on Hollywood's history with social rights at Governors Awards
Hollywood — At the 6th annual Governors Awards Saturday night, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award recipient Harry Belafonte brought things to a sober, classy close with a lengthy speech detailing some of Hollywood's history with social rights issues. It was a pretty powerful send-off (Michael Keaton seemed particularly knocked out from my vantage point). I've included the full text of the speech (the bulk of his remarks, that is) below, as it seemed like something worth sharing. For more on the evening, be sure to read our coverage from the event. *** America has come a long way since Hollywood in 1915 gave the world the film "Birth of a Nation." By all measure, this cinematic work was considered the greatest film ever made. The power of moving pictures to impact on human behavior was never more powerfully evidenced than when after the release of this film, American citizens went on a murderous rampage.
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Disney Classics Getting Blu-Ray Release August 12th – Tarzan, Hercules, And More

A slew of classic Disney movies are hitting for the first time on Blu-Ray, including one double-pack release, and you’re going to want to make sure to pick these up. You haven’t paid attention to some of these titles for a while, and it’s about time you got the chance to catch them on Blu-Ray. The best part is that there’s a great mix of releases hitting. Bedknobs and Broomsticks is all but lost in the cultural consciousness, and it deserves a return. The Academy Award-winning movie from the year I was born is filled with a lot of fun and adventure, and like most Disney films, holds up well for a whole new generation.

The rest of the group covers a great spectrum, including two animated “big” titles, and a 10th Anniversary release. There’s a lot to expose your family to here, so check out all the info below,
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'Tarzan 3D' in Indian cities this April

'Tarzan 3D' in Indian cities this April
New Delhi, March 7: Animated adventure movie "Tarzan 3D" is all set to release in India April 18.

Being released by PVR Pictures, it features "Twilight" heart-throb Kellan Lutz as Tarzan and actress Spencer Locke as Jane.

The latest adaptation of Edgar Rice Burrough's classic book "Tarzan of the Apes", it is expected to be a visual delight as the movie will include special effects in 3D technology, said a statement.

Directed and produced by German filmmaker Reinhard Klooss, the story begins with John Greystoke and his wife getting killed in a helicopter crash in the remote African jungle, while investigating a mysterious.
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"Tarzan" Enter Margot Robbie

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Australian actress Margot Robbie will star as 'Jane Porter', the love interest of 'Lord Greystoke', aka 'Tarzan Of The Apes", for Disney's upcoming live-action 3D feature "Tarzan", directed by David Yates, co-starring Alexander Skarsgård ("True Blood") as 'Tarzan', with Christoph Waltz and Samuel L. Jackson:

Debuting in the first "Tarzan" novel, "Tarzan of the Apes" (1912), 'Jane Porter', aka 'Jane Clayton Lady Greystoke', an American from Baltimore, Maryland, was the love interest and later the wife of 'Tarzan', mother of their son 'Korak'. 

She developed over the course of the series from a conventional damsel in distress who must be rescued from various perils...

"...to an educated, competent and capable adventuress in her own right, fully capable of defending herself and surviving on her own in the jungles of Africa.

"...'John Clayton' is born in the western coastal
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Margot Robbie Takes Z for Zachariah, Eyed for Tarzan

Margot Robbie, on the big screen now in The Wolf of Wall Street , is, according to TheWrap , being eyed for both the Jane role in Warner Bros.' reboot of Tarzan and the female lead in Craig Zobel's Z for Zachariah . To be directed by David Yates (the last four Harry Potter films), the former project is set to star Alexander Skarsgard (in the Tarzan role), Samuel L. Jackson and Christoph Waltz while the latter film will feature Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine. Amanda Seyfried was originally planning to star in the sci-fi project, but Robbie will replace her in the part. Featuring a screenplay by Stephen Sommers and Stuart Beattie, Tarzan is a live-action film based on the character that first appeared in Edgar Rice Burroughs' 1912 book "Tarzan of the Apes," but is...
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Go Ape For The New ‘Tarzan’ Trailer

Before I move onto the news, I feel genuinely ashamed for using such a generic and predictable pun in the title of this article. If you can come up with a better one, please let me know.

An all-new German-language trailer has been released for Constantin Film’s animated 3D-fest Tarzan. The American-German-French film is currently screening in Germany and Russia and is set to release elsewhere in 2014.

Directed and co-written by Reinhard Klooss, Tarzan is one of numerous adaptations of Edgar Rice Burrough’s immortal novel ‘Tarzan Of The Apes’. The film extensively uses motion capture, which was recorded by the English-language voice actors themselves at the Bavaria Film Studio, Munich. Tarzan is portrayed by Kellan Lutz, known for his role as Emmett Cullen in the Twilight saga, while Resident Evil’s ‘K-Mart’, Spencer Locke, plays Jane Porter.

Unfortunately for non-German speakers, this new trailer does not feature subtitles,
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Murder themes rampant in children's classic books

Murder themes rampant in children's classic books
Washington, Nov 3: If you thought that modern children's books are too violent for their young readers, try re-reading classic books for kids from the past.

From Snow White to Tarzan of the Apes to Harry Potter, literature for children and teens has always been awash in violence and murder, according to a new book by Michelle Ann Abate, associate professor of literature for children and young adults at The Ohio State University.

"There has been a lot of hand-wringing recently about the final installments of the Harry Potter books and the Hunger Games novels because of their violence. But that level of violence is nothing new for children's books," Abate, author of 'Bloody Murder: The Homicide Tradition in Children's Literature'.
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Disney 53: Tarzan

Directed by Chris Buck and Kevin Lima

1999/88 minutes

Tarzan was the final film of the so-called “Disney Renaissance”; after this, Disney movies suffered a slump in popularity. Some say quality, but that’s an unfair assessment.

In any case; based upon the novel Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs (who also wrote the original John Carter stories), Tarzan was – at the time – the most expensive animated film ever made, until Disney’s own Treasure Planet three years later. From the outset, it was decided that animation was the perfect way to execute a Tarzan story because the character is so lithe and animal-like – it would have been nearly impossible to achieve those effects with live action. To create sweeping 3D backgrounds, a new 3D painting/rendering technique was developed, allowing the creation of CGI backgrounds that looked like a traditional painting, allowing the traditionally-animated characters to blend seamlessly into the environment.
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