Hunky makeover for Archie in sexed-up ‘Riverdale’
It’s not the boy next door you remember. Archie Andrews gets a hunky makeover in the Netflix series “Riverdale,” as New Zealand actor KJ (Keneti James) Apa plays the beloved American high schooler in the angsty live-action TV series. Apa, 19, previously played a similar part in his home country’s nightly “Shortland Street” soap. He appeared in over 40 episodes of the series.
Apa, not really a redhead, is half-Samoan, and while he isn’t that attached to the light-hearted source material, the actor told Teen Vogue recently, “[N]ot being a massive fan of the comic [book] was beneficial in a way because I could have the script for the pilot as my main focus.”
The CW show, a sexed-up version of the wholesome line of teen humor comics, features the Kiwi-Samoan as a more attractive Archie, torn between two gorgeous girls, Betty and Veronica—and between becoming an athlete or a musician.
Creepy ‘Twin Peaks’ toys
Just in time for the “Twin Peaks” revival this year, a series of bobblehead figures has been announced, including the bizarre Funko Pop Laura Palmer, which is a cartoonized version of the victim character from the supernatural-drama series.
But, that’s not all; there’s another version of the popular corpse, which was played by actress Sheryl Lee. Funko’s more realistic line of 3.75-inch figures also has the deceased teen Laura, wrapped in a makeshift body bag.
Some social media users have expressed bafflement over the morbid merchandise, since the tragic character was abused and murdered, leading to an investigation in her serene but darkly enigmatic town.
The toy company’s pop culture-inspired bobbleheads include characters from “Game of Thrones,” “Stranger Things,” “Doctor Who,” “Breaking Bad,” and Marvel movies.
Film faves turn 20
Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year are box-office hits and/or critically acclaimed films such as “Titanic,” “Austin Powers,” “LA Confidential,” “Gattaca,” “Good Will Hunting” and the “Star Wars” trilogy special edition.
Throughout the year, fan gatherings and official commemorative screenings will remind how 1997 was a year that captured moviegoers’ imagination—mostly.
Also released that year was the universally alienating “Batman and Robin,” the campy Joel Schumacher film that ended that particular film series.—Oliver Pulumbarit
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