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July 8, 1995 | By Robert Wright
There is some evidence that severe storms have grown more common in recent decades, and there are several theories as to why. One theory - recently espoused at a congressional hearing by Robert Fletcher of the Montana Militia - holds that the federal government is using "weather-control techniques" to kill millions of people. Another theory, favored by noted clergyman Pat Robertson, is that violent storms are a sign of the approaching apocalypse. A third theory comes from the Worldwatch Institute: Storms are intensified by the global warming thought to result from carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse gases.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Ellen Gray
YOU, ME AND THE APOCALYPSE 8 p.m. Thursday, NBC10. Maybe the end really is near. In the same week Fox brought back The X-Files and launched the comical cop show Lucifer - about you-know-who - NBC has found the funny in the end of the world. Turns out it was waiting on the other side of the Atlantic. You, Me and the Apocalypse, which premieres Thursday, was made in Britain for people who drive on the wrong side of the road, but it should be right at home on NBC, thanks to a cast that includes Jenna Fischer ( The Office )
NEWS
May 27, 2016 | By Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
IN X-MEN: Apocalypse , audiences are about to experience their favorite mutants going up against a villain that is the only one that may rival - or surpass - fan-favorite X-villain Magneto in both power level and popularity. With hundreds of villains to challenge them in their over 50 years of existence and thousands of comic book issues, how and why has Apocalypse stood out and towered above almost all the rest? Writer Louise Simonson, who co-created him with artist Jackson Guice back in 1986 ( X-Factor No. 6 is the villain's sought-after first appearance)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2001 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
All too often the reissue of a film with the authoritative stamp of "director's cut" turns into a redundant vanity production with little to add to the original. Or - as in the case of Apocalypse Now Redux - it's an occasion for welcoming a restoration that transforms a flawed movie, one that was touched by greatness, into a masterpiece. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola amid as much chaos and madness as the war it excoriated, Apocalypse Now went into release in 1979 in a drastically truncated form.
NEWS
October 2, 1994 | By William R. Macklin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the morning after the day he hoped the world would end, Alvin Allen got out of bed, dressed himself in white socks, khakis and a black sweat shirt, and went down to the enclosed patio of his home in Claymont, Del. Outside, morning was coming in grayness, rain and biting autumn cold. As he sat down yesterday at a table heavy-laden with Bibles, concordances and scriptural dictionaries, Allen glanced outside and seemed to shiver. This was not how he had envisioned this day. Like thousands of other conservative Christians, the 51-year-old chemist believed God would bring the apocalypse in September.
NEWS
December 29, 1999
There's a downside to making detailed predictions of the Apocalypse: Some spoilsport is always holding you to it. Now that it appears the Y2K bug will be more of an annoyance than it will be Armageddon, some millennial doomsayers are beginning to backtrack: Who said the Rapture was due 01/01/00? Not they. Contacted by the Washington Post this week, Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins, authors of millennial thrillers, said they regretted prophesying "global upheaval" for Jan. 1. Lately, they've been telling worried readers: Never mind.
NEWS
May 12, 2011 | By Faye Flam, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Skeptics, heathens and infidels can have a field day Friday night, smashing mirrors, walking under ladders, and sipping cocktails with famously outspoken atheists. All the Freethought Society needs is a black cat to complete their Friday the 13th anti-superstition party, planned for 7 p.m. at the Corinthian Yacht Club of Philadelphia in Essington. All are invited for $10. The local society, which was founded in 1991, includes atheists, agnostics, rationalists, skeptics and questioners of all stripes.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2010
THIS WEEK, instead of "Alien Vs. Predator," we have Nicholas Sparks vs. Cormac McCarthy. In the form of "Dear John" and "The Road," movies adapted from books that represent, shall we say, different strata of American literature. Still, each story seeks to arrive at the same place - neither succeeds unless, at the end, you're bawling like an infant. Sparks' "Dear John" is your classic three-hanky weeper, whereas in McCarthy's "The Road," all hankies have been destroyed in some cataclysmic holocaust, so you wipe your tears on your sleeve, unless your arm's been torn off by a roving band of cannibals.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 1997 | By Edward J. Sozanski, INQUIRER ART CRITIC
Apocalypse is Revelation, the last book of the New Testament, a prophecy about the end of the world and the triumph of good over evil. It has never been more graphically portrayed than in a series of 15 woodcuts by the German master Albrecht Duerer (1471-1528) first published in Nuremberg in 1498. Duerer's vision of Apocalypse created a major stir and secured his reputation, because the end of the world had been prophesied for 1500. With 2000 bearing down on us and the millennial chatter already begun, a look back at earlier visions seems timely.
NEWS
October 9, 1994 | By Michael Matza, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Execution, mass suicide, or both? Above all, to what end? Find the elusive Luc Jouret, the authorities say, and you'll have your answers. As the worldwide hunt continues for Jouret, leader of the Order of the Solar Temple and presumed author of the fiery carnage that took 53 lives in Switzerland and Canada last week, a portrait of the man has begun to emerge. It is a portrait of a clever, attractive, self-styled messiah with a taste for the high life and an obsession with the end of the world.
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May 27, 2016 | By Jerome Maida, For the Daily News
IN X-MEN: Apocalypse , audiences are about to experience their favorite mutants going up against a villain that is the only one that may rival - or surpass - fan-favorite X-villain Magneto in both power level and popularity. With hundreds of villains to challenge them in their over 50 years of existence and thousands of comic book issues, how and why has Apocalypse stood out and towered above almost all the rest? Writer Louise Simonson, who co-created him with artist Jackson Guice back in 1986 ( X-Factor No. 6 is the villain's sought-after first appearance)
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | Ellen Gray, Television Critic
If working on NBC's The Office taught Jenna Fischer anything, it's that she needed to get out more. "I spent 10 years sitting at the same desk, in the same office, on the same soundstage. So I said, 'With my next project, I'd like to get out a little bit, see the world,'" said Fischer in an interview during an NBC party this month. "So when the opportunity came to live in London for six months," playing an unlikely cyber-terrorist on the run from authorities in You, Me and the Apocalypse , Fischer leapt at the chance to be part of the dramedy about the end of the world.
NEWS
January 29, 2016 | By Ellen Gray
YOU, ME AND THE APOCALYPSE 8 p.m. Thursday, NBC10. Maybe the end really is near. In the same week Fox brought back The X-Files and launched the comical cop show Lucifer - about you-know-who - NBC has found the funny in the end of the world. Turns out it was waiting on the other side of the Atlantic. You, Me and the Apocalypse, which premieres Thursday, was made in Britain for people who drive on the wrong side of the road, but it should be right at home on NBC, thanks to a cast that includes Jenna Fischer ( The Office )
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2016
_ THE X-FILES. 8 p.m. Monday, Fox29. I still want to believe. Sunday's post-football premiere of the limited-series reboot may have been far from the best "X-Files" episode ever, but as the show settles into its regular time slot tonight, things are looking up, at least for fans of the long and tortured personal history of Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson). _ LUCIFER. 9 p.m. Monday, Fox29. Unless someone's truly made a deal with the devil, I don't see much of a future for a show in which the Prince of Darkness (Tom Ellis)
NEWS
January 24, 2016
Lucifer. Loosely based on Neil Gaiman's character, Lucifer follows the devil after he's grown bored with hell. He teams up with the LAPD to punish those he'll eventually meet in the underworld. 9 p.m. Monday on Fox. The Magicians. Lev Grossman's "Harry Potter for adults" trilogy gets adapted for the small screen. 9 p.m. Monday on Syfy. Outsiders. Local guy David Morse stars as the head of a secluded Appalachian clan who must deal with an impending prophecy and cops from a nearby town.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 10, 2015 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Over the last decade, American cities have been making a concentrated effort to repair the damage done by a century of car-first policies. It hasn't been easy, because so much public territory was ceded to motorists in that period. Streets got wider, sidewalks narrower. Elegant street lamps were replaced with highway lights that cast our neighborhoods in the melancholy shadows of an Edward Hopper painting. But now, urban planners are starting to pile up the wins. They've introduced amenities that encourage the slow-movers - things like sidewalk cafes, parklets, bike lanes, and riverfront trails.
NEWS
October 9, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
AS THE TITLE promises, there is indeed widespread mobster slaughter in "Yakuza Apocalypse," but that ain't the half of it. Some of the mobsters are vampires, so they are invincible in battle, and can hack up enemies with impunity. This gore makes them thirsty, so they commence to feeding on people. And because the movie is subtitled, whenever a vampire bites into the neck flesh of a victim, we get this helpful prompt: "Suck!" Subtitles, though, don't help us understand very much of what happens.
NEWS
August 21, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
* FEAR THE WALKING DEAD. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. THE LAST thing that high-school guidance counselor Madison Clark (Kim Dickens) needs is a zombie apocalypse. As AMC's "Fear the Walking Dead" opens Sunday, Madison's drug-addicted son, Nick (Frank Dillane), is missing. She and her English teacher boyfriend, Travis Manawa (Cliff Curtis), are new to living together and the blending of their families - which also include her daughter, Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey), and his son, Chris (Lorenzo James Henrie)
NEWS
May 15, 2015
"MAD MAX: Fury Road" reminds us that there is nothing filmmakers love more than imagining mankind's destruction, and nothing we love more than watching it. At various times, we've found the end of our world horrifying or funny, or both. Here, in no particular order, are the some of the best apocalypse movies, with an eye to how they've evolved. "La Jetee": French, intellectual, black & white, only 28 minutes long but endlessly influential. The way it combined the apocalypse, time travel and the idea of a man who foresees and shapes his own destiny has been updated by Terry Gilliam as "12 Monkeys," James Cameron in "The Terminator" and even "Looper," in which Bruce Willis replaces the existential poetry of "Jetee" with something more concrete: "I don't want to talk about time travel.
NEWS
July 15, 2013
Even if the television viewers of Great Falls, Mont., were not sufficiently shocked by the revelations of The Steve Wilkos Show one afternoon last winter (topic: "Teen Cheaters Take Lie Detectors"), the emergency alert that interrupted the program may well have roused them from their recliners. Following the iconic tones of the Emergency Alert System, a voice warned: "Civil authorities in your area have reported that the bodies of the dead are rising from their graves and attacking the living.
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