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July 28, 2006 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Take Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, throw some Antz on it, and you have The Ant Bully, the awkwardly titled and altogether unnecessary computer-generated cartoon about a boy who gets insect-a-sized, joins a colony, makes friends, fights fights, and acquires some life lessons that he can take back to his human world. Adapted from John Nickle's 1999 picture book by the folks behind Nickelodeon's Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, this generic-looking endeavor boasts an A-list roster of voice actors - Nicolas Cage, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Paul Giamatti - and a whole set of challenges for the miniature 10-year-old hero, Lucas (Zach Tyler Eisen)
NEWS
May 5, 2012 | By Marlene Zuk
For those who think spring is all about robins arriving, window cleaning, or crocuses budding, I have two words for you: ant sex. Now, I know what you're thinking: Those tiny black creatures marching relentlessly toward the sugar bowl are all infertile females who have no interest in sex. This is true. But when the days lengthen and the earth warms, the thoughts of a select class of ants turn to passion. An ant queen produces all the ants in a colony. The vast majority are sterile female workers.
FOOD
April 12, 1989 | By Sonja Heinze, Special to the Daily News
Q. I usually leave the door to my microwave oven open to air it out and one day came home to find that tiny black ants had invaded it. Rather than use a spray, I closed the oven door and turned it on high for a full minute. When I opened the door, the ants were still alive and running around. I had to do this three times before they finally collapsed. Why did it take so long? P. Strosse Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. A. Dr. Diana Wheeler with the department of entomology at the University of Arizona answers: "I am not sure why small ants take so long to cook in the microwave.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2003 | By Steve Klinge FOR THE INQUIRER
On Electric Version (Matador), Vancouver's New Pornographers overload each ultra-catchy song with buzzing guitars, whirring keyboards, and soaring harmony vocals. It's almost too much of a good thing, but songs such as "The Laws Have Changed" and "Testament to Youth in Verse" offer an irresistible sugar rush of over-the-top pleasure. "They would probably be considered relatively tasteless if you didn't actually care about them," says Neko Case, one of the band's three lead vocalists, on the phone from Arizona.
NEWS
May 2, 1996 | By Albert DiBartolomeo
Spring has sprung. I know this not because snowstorms have finally given way to 80-degree days, nor because the potholes appear to be filling up with fresh loads of black glop, nor even because lately I seem to be sharing the streets with spirited skateboarders and rollerbladers, who move about as well through the city as I do in my car. I know spring has arrived because of the transformation that has occurred over the recent weeks in our tiny...
NEWS
March 8, 2005 | By Dianna Marder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Life is short. Go to the gift shop first. Case in point: The shop developed for the Salvador Dal? exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, now through May 15. The exhibition itself, which originated in Venice, Italy, is extraordinary, and Philadelphia is the only place in the United States where it can be seen. But the gift shop is ingeniously original, too. Created by the museum's two-person marketing and design team of Stuart Gerstein, 47, director of wholesale and retail operations, and whiz kid Alain Frank, 35, the shop features unlikely items that authentically reproduce Dal?'s striking blues as well as his sense of the peculiar.
NEWS
March 17, 2003 | By Faye Flam INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As individuals, army ants have almost no brain to speak of, just a clump of neurons inside their tiny heads. Working as a group, however, they rule the Amazon jungles, marching in formation over acres of land and flushing out thousands of insects, even scorpions, that are their prey. The ants move out and then file back in orderly lines, with the returning parties efficiently forming lanes inside the outgoing ants. Iain Couzin, a biologist at Princeton University, has watched army ants in Panama's rain forest and figured out how they do it. Army ants don't follow a leader.
LIVING
April 13, 1986 | By Robert Ebisch, Special to The Inquirer
After one of the legs of your sundeck has collapsed, spilling your dinner party onto the lawn, you may well swell with pride to know that you have been honored by the attentions of one of nature's most awe-inspiring organisms. Or, more likely, you will shrink with revulsion and call in the exterminator. A sense of awe about termites is not instinctive in the human species. Often incorrectly identified as "white ants," they are small organisms of a sickly, even repulsive appearance - white, soft-bodied, blind, looking as much like grubs or maggots as they do ants.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 12, 1988 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ants, you might say, are no picnic. But, as Aesop pointed out, what's a picnic without them? "It's tough to even turn around without seeing ants," noted Jon Bluth, a consultant in entomology at the Philadelphia Zoo. "They're in the walls," said Stanley Green of the Pennsylvania State University Agricultural Extension Service. "They get into computers. They get into hospitals, into operating rooms. " Swarmers are crawling up out of the earth these days, flexing their new wings and taking to the air by the millions.
NEWS
September 12, 1994 | By Carolyn Acker, with reports from Inquirer wire services
TO BE YOUNG, GIFTED AND A GAME-SHOW HOST What's next for the 10-year-old Alabama boy who graduated from college last June? Graduate study? Medical school? Rocket science? No. Young Michael Kearney and his family will move to Los Angeles, where Kearney, the world's youngest college graduate, hopes to become a television game show host. Michael's parents, Kevin and Cassidy Kearney, have been in discussions with Castle Rock Entertainment about a show featuring their young prodigy.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2016
Accept the ants. To say that they're out there in plenitude would be quite the understatement. Right now, they are everywhere. Yesterday, I watched a line of them march both ways 45 feet down a stone path, up a tree, across the clothesline, down another tree, across to the porch, up the pillar, up into the grapevine, and all the way out to the tips of the vines, where they congregated so thickly the stems were black. Close examination showed them to be taking care of a flock of aphids - which is exactly what they do in their mutualistic relationship.
NEWS
August 21, 2015 | Drew Lazor, For Daily News
Street art, by its very definition, is temporary. But when you're literally sketching on the street, the window of time between "voila!" and "Where'd it go?" can be devastatingly small. Just ask Sara Walker. A server and resident artist at Center City's Jose Pistola's, she busted out the chalk bucket the second the eighth annual Philly Beer Week came around earlier this summer. She spent hours hunched over the 15th Street sidewalk, scratching out an elaborate series of colorful illustrations promoting the bar's dozens of scheduled Beer Week events.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
DON'T DOUBT the "Ant-Man. " The diminutive superhero finished first again at the box office, narrowly beating out "Pixels," $24.8 million to $24 million. Critics crushed "Pixels," which combined two things reviewers usually hate: video games and Adam Sandler . An estimated 62 percent of "Pixels" goers were under 25. Age or IQ? Holdovers "Minions" and "Trainwreck" took the third and fourth spots with $22.1 million and $17.3 million, respectively. The R-rated boxing drama "Southpaw" surpassed expectations and finished fifth with a $16.5 million opening.
NEWS
July 24, 2015 | BY MEREDITH NEWMAN, The Kansas City Star (TNS)
IT'S A BUG'S world, and we're just living in - and now eating - it. Credit (or blame) environmentalists. Or the push for healthier diets. Or the Internet. Regardless, cooking with insects - especially crickets, mealworms and wax worms - is trendy, spawning hundreds of Pinterest boards, cookbooks and the term "entopreneurs" (as in entomology), people profiting from this six-legged fad. The business-trend magazine Fast Company recently reported that the niche industry is worth $20 million and growing.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 21, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
A MY SCHUMER may have come into the weekend with more buzz than a bee, but she ended up crushed like a bug by "Ant-Man. " People say they want to hear women talk about sex, but what they really want is to hear men talk about insects. "Ant-Man" debuted with an estimated $58 million at the weekend box office, while "Trainwreck" finished third at $30.2 million. The result for "Ant-Man" didn't match some of Marvel's better known properties, but this was "Ant-Man," for goodness sake.
NEWS
July 17, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
SOONER or later, someone was going to make fun of the incredible hulking obesity of the "Avengers" franchise, so Marvel was smart to keep the jokes in-house. Its nimble, amusing new "Ant-Man" has fun deflating the run-on visual giganticism of other recent comic-book adaptations - here, the title character shrinks to the size of an insect. Smaller than a minion, less powerful than a Thomas the Tank Engine locomotive, unable to leap tall buildings in a single bound . . . He's played by Paul Rudd, well-suited to the role in his capacity as cinema's most engagingly self-effacing comedian.
NEWS
July 14, 2015
AS A FOLLOWER of politics and pop culture, I can't help but notice some similarities between the current politics of Harrisburg and the current crop of hit movies. Think summer blockbuster films aligning with summer budget-busting pols. Let's start with Democratic Gov. Wolf, who ran pitch-perfect primary and general campaigns to make history as the first candidate to unseat an incumbent Pennsylvania governor. He no doubt hoped that when he got to the Capitol he'd have "Pitch Perfect 2" (a sequel about an a cappella group's struggles to succeed, starring Anna Kendrick)
NEWS
July 13, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Ant-Man is upon us. On Friday, another superhero heads to the multiplexes. A Silver Age brethren of Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Thor, Ant-Man is, um, a little different. Sure, he has the superhuman strength, the supercool costume, and the supersmart-alecky retorts of a Marvel Comics crimebuster. But this guy is less than an inch high, and if he joined his fellow Formicidae in an invasion of your kitchen pantry, you'd grab the Raid and gun him down with the rest of the pests. How can this tiny speck possibly do battle with evil masterminds bent on world domination?
NEWS
March 25, 2015 | Will Bunch, Daily News Staff Writer
IT STARTED exactly 40 years ago in cramped dorm rooms at the State University of New York-Binghamton, a half-dozen guys staying up late to play poker on a drab, rain-soaked campus that didn't even have fraternities. But what started as a poker game morphed into a wider obsession for the card-dealing buddies that included the future Philadelphia suburbanites Joel Greenberg, Jeff Yass and Arthur Dantchik. Its wide, colorful playing field grew to include timeworn horse tracks, the gaming tables of Las Vegas, jai-alai frontons in Florida and finally, improbably, the floor of the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
OF ALL the smaller characters in the Marvel universe, the one generating the most buzz as a potential movie is "Ant-man. " It seems as if director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead") has been developing the film for a decade, but progress has taken a giant leap forward recently with the casting of Paul Rudd and now, Variety reports, Michael Douglas . After winning a slew of awards, including the Golden Globe, for his role as Liberace in HBO's "Behind the Candelabra," Douglas has agreed to a role as scientist Hank Pym in what's likely to be a somewhat offbeat superhero film.
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