October 9, 2015 |
THE reimagined "Pan" takes place in a nutty new Neverland - so nutty it actually includes music from Nevermind. Yes, it's Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," chanted by captives as they mine pixie dust for Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), the tyrannical pirate who has dominion over all things (except, apparently, his freakish wardrobe, hair and make-up). What sort of director would create a fantastical imaginary world, then risk deflating the illusion by bringing us back to earth with 1990s grunge?
September 22, 2014 |
As blasts from cannons filled the air, dozens of 18th-century reenactors swarmed Marcus Hook on Saturday, harking back to an era when the Delaware River community was a haven for plundering pirates, including the notorious Blackbeard. Hundreds turned out under sunny skies for the sixth annual Pirate Festival, a daylong waterfront event to raise money to preserve the Marcus Hook Plank House, a 1700s property that, according to legend, belonged to one of Blackbeard's mistresses, Margaret.
September 6, 2014 |
Who is Nicholas Brody? Is the antihero at the heart of Showtime's espionage thriller Homeland an American hero or an Islamist terrorist? Portrayed by British thesp Damian Lewis ( Life , The Forsyte Saga ) with a reserved intensity that can be disquieting to watch, Brody was a U.S. Marine sergeant held prisoner for eight years by al-Qaeda who came home in the pilot episode a hero. In Season 1, we found the military man had converted to Islam - and the Islamist cause - while in captivity.
March 23, 2013 |
Looking for something to do Friday night? If you like Pirates, then this is for you. A documentary, Treasure: The Story of Marcus Hook , will be holding a free special preview screening at 7 p.m. in the Marcus Hook Community Center. The film chronicles the efforts of the Delaware County Borough of Marcus Hook to change it image - and future - by highlighting it's history. Pirate history to be exact. Arrr Matey, What say ye? The struggling Delaware River community of 2,400 residents, is sandwiched between two dying refineries.
November 15, 2011
ONE OF the first things you notice when you enter Pat Croce's Villanova home is the pirate memorabilia. Sure, there are some mementos from his days as owner of the Sixers and there is evidence of his fascination with the late Harry Houdini. But the skull and crossbones motif is everywhere. On the walls, pillows, his desk - even in his mouth, where a molar is tattooed with a tiny skull wrapped in a red bandanna. On the stairs leading to his spacious home office, each step is decorated with tiny skulls and crossbones.
November 23, 2009 |
These pirates don't wear mascara! Indeed, one only has to look at the covers of Dynamite's outstanding new series, "Blackbeard: Legend of the Pyrate King," to realize this is a brutal, realistic tale that couldn't stand in starker contrast to "Pirates of the Caribbean" - the only successful pirate-themed entertainment vehicle in recent memory. Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow stood out in the cartoonish, campy "Pirates" films with traits highlighted by his clownish nature and affinity for eyeliner.
June 9, 2008 |
In an industry dominated by superhero titles, Zenescope continues to make a name for itself by offering quality titles different from anything else on the shelves. First, they turned "Grimm Fairy Tales" into a successful, "Law and Order"-esque franchise. Next, they breathed new life into the undead genre with "The Living Corpse. " Now, with the launch of "1001 Arabian Nights: The Adventures of Sinbad," the Fort Washington-based company has again produced a quality title for those looking for a fresh take on an old genre and a unique read.
July 11, 2006 |
The most successful pirates, from Blackbeard and Jean Lafitte to Jack Sparrow, have always employed the element of surprise, sneaking up on their prey. When Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, with Johnny Depp reprising his role as the deliciously dissolute Sparrow, raked in more than $135.6 million this weekend, that was far more plunder than anyone expected. The pirates' bounty brightened the mood in Hollywood, boosting its recovery from last summer's box office doldrums.
February 7, 2002 |
No island is a man, but, as with men, isolation sometimes breeds a wild and coarse character. Take Petty's Island, 292 acres in the Delaware River, separated from Camden and Pennsauken by roughly 1,200 feet of water. The island's history is one of dueling and gambling. It has been a graveyard for ships and destination for floaters - corpses that turn up in the water, often in spring, when decomposition produces gases that lift them to the surface. The surviving lore is colorful.
June 7, 1998 |
As we pulled into Hyannis' Ocean Street Docks, we could see the flag-waving masts of the pirate ship bobbing on the shimmering water. Standing next to the small boat were about a dozen pint-sized pirates, wearing paper hats and painted scars, eager to set sail for the open seas. The 1 1/2-hour cruise promised lots of swashbuckling fun, with costumed pirates, water cannons to ward off an enemy frigate, even a sunken treasure. We were all set to start yo-ho-ho-ing when the ship's captain told me he had given away our places because we were five minutes late.