February 27, 1988 |
Nineteen-eighty-eight is shaping up to be another banner year for Beatlemania - in movies, records and television. Fans can look forward to an animated musical titled Strawberry Fields Forever. Produced by Yellow Submarine producer Al Brodax, the film's soundtrack features new artists singing "Blackbird," "Hey Jude" and other Beatles favorites. Michael Jackson, who owns the Beatles song catalogue, is reportedly investigating the possibility of making feature-length films based on Fool on the Hill and Eleanor Rigby.
August 21, 1990 |
As Ross Grimsley once proved, almost anybody can win 20 games. But you have to be somebody special to lose 20. That must be true, or else it wouldn't be 10 years since anybody has done it, right? When you think of all the lousy pitchers who have passed through baseball in the last decade, you recognize how impressive it was that Oakland's Brian Kingman was the only 20-game loser of the '80s. Why, Kingman did it way back in 1980, and people still talk about him in reverent tones.
October 14, 2011 |
I VIEWED "The Big Year" and for the first time in my life left a movie thinking: needs more bird-watching. Weird, since it's putatively ABOUT competitive bird-watching, loosely based on a nonfiction book about three actual people who devoted a year of their lives to an obsessive, continental bird-spotting contest. There is a rich premise here for a distinctive comedy about a singular subculture - think of how "Best in Show," for example, looked for laughs by delving into the details of dog-show culture.
December 28, 1988 |
Max von Sydow can do more with a walk than most actors can do with 10 pages of dialogue. See him in "Pelle the Conqueror," and you'll know just what that means. As Lasse Karlsson, Pelle's itinerant farm-worker father, he shambles across the screen, all elbows and knees, hands flapping, duck-footed, head bobbing down in habitual obeisance with every step. It's a walk that speaks of a lifetime of oppression. It shouldn't surprise you to learn that that is not the way that he walks as Max von Sydow.
May 10, 1995 |
This hasn't been easy for Ryan Luzinski. The starting catcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers' double-A farm team in San Antonio, Texas, missed 11 games because of injury. It's been a seemingly interminable stretch. Sure, he has a fractured right cheekbone. But hey, Luzinski played for two weeks after the home-plate collision in El Paso, Texas, on April 15 before realizing how serious it was. Luzinski was activated prior to last night's game against Jackson, Miss., the second of a five-game series.
August 20, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Monday to Ukee Washington, who'll wake up with the city (or, as he says, his "morning family") by celebrating his 54th on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " The West Philly-born news vet's been at Channel 3 since 1986, first as a sports anchor, now as the anchorman for both "This Morning" and "Talk Philly. " (You can also catch him on the CW.) Recently recovered from a left-hip replacement, Washington has a big year ahead of him, starting with a few more squats and lots more fabulous Fridays.
August 29, 2012 |
AND NOW THE least surprising turn of events in the Phillies' season: Charlie Manuel digs the long ball. A former longtime, big-league hitting coach and a power hitter in Japan, Manuel can't help but be intrigued with Double A slugger Darin Ruf, who tied Ryan Howard's Reading franchise record with his 37th homer on Tuesday night against the Binghamton Mets. Of Ruf's 37 blasts, he has hit 19 of them in 28 games in August. With Reading's regular season set to end on Monday, Manuel said he'll bring up Ruf's name when the Phillies make decisions on September call-ups this week.
October 21, 2011
Spotlight: Triton RB/DB James Burns It's easy to overlook James Burns. On a Triton team that features quarterback Brian Keller and running back Josh Woods, Burns is the guy who does a little bit of everything. And all of it well. "I think people do overlook me sometimes," Burns said. "I'm a guy who fills in the gaps. " Triton (4-1) will need Burns to play his typical complete game Friday night at Bishop Eustace (3-2) in what looms as a tough WJFL interdivision clash.
March 23, 2009 |
Brett Myers does not want to talk about whether he will start for the Phillies against Atlanta on opening night. "What, am I going to say no? I'll do whatever they need," Myers said when asked if he wanted the ball April 5. The righthander threw five innings in yesterday's 3-0 loss to Boston, allowing five hits and two runs. He walked five and struck out one. Asked which pitches he was unhappy with in yesterday's loss, Myers said: "Every one of them, but I think I made the pitch when I had to. . . . I'm going to have games like that during the year.
September 5, 2013
GAMES TO WATCH: * Oct. 11: SCH Academy at Penn Charter, 3:45 Quakers coach Tommy Coyle makes his Inter-Ac debut. * Oct. 12: Haverford School at Malvern 2:30 A league opener with title implications? * Nov. 1: Malvern at Episcopal, 7 EA standout defensive lineman Evan Butts looks to shutdown Friars' ground game. * Nov. 9: Haverford School at Episcopal, 2:30 Last year, this matchup decided Inter-Ac honors. Possible repeat? * Nov. 9: Germantown Academy at Penn Charter, 1:30 The oldest continuous prep football rivalry in the country meets for the 127th time.