“Man of Steel,” the new Superman movie, opens Friday, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill. Here is a look at the last five movies in the superheroes canon:
v “Superman Returns” (2006): Brandon Singer directed and Brandon Routh played Superman, who returned to earth after a five-year absence.
v “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” (1987): Christopher Reeve’s final appearance in the franchise could not save it from being a flop.
v “Superman III (1983): Richard Pryor played computer wizard Gus Gorman.
v “Superman II (1980): Richard Lester finished helming after Donner’s exit, giving the film a tongue-in-cheek tone.
v “Superman” (1978): Director Richard Donner launches the series with Christopher Reeve in the title role.
“Royal Pains” (9 p.m., USA): As Season 5 of “Royal Pains” opens, Hank (Mark Feuerstein) is antsy to return to work after spending the winter recuperating from brain surgery. His first patient is a woman whose fundraising efforts may be harming her health.
“Guys Choice 2013” (9 p.m., Spike TV): It’s all about what dudes dig during “Guys Choice 2013,” the awards show that feels like a frat party. Among the offbeat categories: Holy Grail of Hot (“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke).
“Ghost Hunters” (9 p.m., Syfy): The team heads to an old, um, “haunt” of Elvis and Johnny Cash in tonight’s summer premiere.
“Necessary Roughness” (10 p.m., USA): One of Dani’s clients has a fear of flying.
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Live shows abound at Cedar Point
Cedar Point’s nighttime show is back with an all-new lineup of music, dancing and pyrotechnics.
“Luminosity,” which is performed on the amusement park’s Celebration Plaza, takes visitors on a musical road trip across the country. When the show ends, a dance party with a DJ begins at 9:30 every night except Tuesday and runs through Aug. 18. “Luminosity” is just one of nine family-friendly live shows at Cedar Point this year. New this year is “On Broadway,” an array of classic show tunes at the Jack Aldrich Theatre.
Snoopy and his pals star in “Happiness Is … Snoopy,” a celebration on ice in the Good Time Theatre, and “Snoopy’s Sing-A-Long” and “Charlie Brown’s Funtime Frolics” at Camp Snoopy. Guests can also catch the whole Peanuts gang at 5 p.m. each day in Celebration Plaza. For a complete schedule of live shows at Cedar Point, go to cedarpoint.com.
Ringo rewrites ‘Octopus’ for kids
Ringo Starr is turning an old Beatles favorite into a children’s book. The drummer has a deal with Simon & Schuster’s Children Books for “Octopus’ Garden,” based on one of the few songs the drummer wrote and sang while with the Beatles. The publisher announced Tuesday that the book will come out in Britain this fall and in the U.S. in early 2014.