Some summer movie seasons are hotter than others, and that’s not just referring to the weather. So far, the 2014 summer movie season has yet to have a mega-box-office and critical success of the caliber of these films from 10, 20 or 25 years ago.
v “Batman” (1989): The series got off to a flying start with Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader and scene stealer Jack Nicholson as the Joker.
v “When Harry Met Sally” (1989): The Meg Ryan-Billy Crystal romcom was the perfect summer date movie, and it didn’t hurt business at delicatessens, either.
v “Forrest Gump” (1994): The Tom Hanks hit about a slow-witted Southerner who popped up at historic moments made us all look at a box of chocolates differently.
v “The Lion King” (1994): Hamlet met “Hakuna Matata” in this Disney epic that roared big time at theaters and spawned a long-running Broadway hit.
v “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (2004): Director Alfonso Cuaron worked his magic on the wiz kid and took the series in a darker direction.
“History Detectives Special Investigations” (9 p.m., PBS): “History Detectives Special Investigations” kicks off Season 11 with a new format that focuses on one iconic mystery per episode. Up first: the 1865 explosion of the SS Sultana, a Mississippi steamboat packed with Union soldiers.
“Drunk History” (10 p.m., Comedy Central): One of tonight’s segments focuses on boxer Joe Louis so, one way or another, somebody’s going to get hammered.
TV listings, B6
Concert, fireworks at Packard lawn
The Packard Concert Band will present a free Fourth of July concert, followed by a fireworks display, beginning at 8 p.m. Friday at the South Lawn Band Shell of Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave. NW.
The concert, led by conductor Stephen L. Gage, will include vocalist Helen Welch.
Gehrig retirement ticket on the block
A ticket stub signed by Lou Gehrig on July 4, 1939 — the day he retired from baseball — is going on the auction block.
Heritage Auctions says more than 60,000 tickets to the game at Yankee Stadium were sold. Only two are known to have survived.
Of the two, only the mezzanine box ticket was signed by Gehrig. It is estimated to bring over $100,000 at the Aug. 1 sale in Cleveland.
The owner is an unidentified collector.
Gehrig retired after being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, now known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. In his farewell speech that day, he said, “I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.”