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November 2, 1986 | Inquirer staff and wire service reviews, compiled by Christopher Cornell
Two successful but very different films have just arrived in local video stores. As is often the case, the box-office blockbuster is not as appealing as the "quieter" movie: INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (1984) (Paramount) $29.95. 118 minutes. This wild, noisy sequel to Steven Spielberg's enormously popular Raiders of the Lost Ark stars Harrison Ford as the archaeologist-adventurer helping a destitute Indian village reclaim its sacred stone from a nearby devil cult.
NEWS
April 1, 2011 | By Maria Halkias, Dallas Morning News
DALLAS - There will be at least three bidders for Blockbuster Inc. at Monday's bankruptcy court auction. Satellite-television company Dish Network and billionaire investor Carl Icahn each submitted bids by Thursday's deadline, according to people familiar with the bankruptcy proceedings. In February, a $290 million bid from a group of hedge funds led by Monarch Alternative Capital LP started the sale process. The Dish and Icahn bids are presumably valued at more than $290 million.
NEWS
February 8, 1995 | By Dwight Ott, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden grassroots organization last night threatened a boycott of Sony and Blockbuster products if developers of the proposed entertainment complex on the city's waterfront don't create enough job opportunities for Camden residents. Officials of the Greater Camden County Reinvestment Corp. (GCCR) told a town meeting of 70 residents that so far the developers of the Blockbuster- Sony Music Entertainment Center had filled five full-time jobs and only two of them went to Camden residents.
BUSINESS
July 12, 1990 | By Sheila Simmons, Daily News Staff Writer
A football is propped on a shelf in John Barry's office. Scribbled on it is "West Coast Video 73, Blockbuster 0. " These two video tape powerhouses haven't actually taken a romp on the football field. But there's little doubt that a contest is brewing. And the two companies - ever-growing in size and confidence - don't think mom-and-pop stores will even make it to the playoffs. Barry, vice president for franchise development for West Coast, outlines his chain's new strategies while surrounded by the team color.
NEWS
April 14, 1998 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Joey Coyle got one. So did Jessica Savitch. On the other hand, Ben Franklin is still waiting for his. So where does that leave Frank Rizzo, whose life story has just been purchased by Hollywood producers? Will there be a Rizzo blockbuster? Depends who you talk to. "The prospects are high right now," said Michael Mendelsohn, one of the showbiz executives who bought the rights to the biography "Rizzo," and now plans to turn it into a movie with partner Robert L. Friedman.
NEWS
July 11, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Before Jaws , there was no such thing as a summer blockbuster. The stretch between May and Labor Day was rife with genre fare, drive-in double bills, the schlock, the crock, the crusty. And then, on June 20, 1975, everything - everything - changed. Steven Spielberg's adaptation of a bestseller about a New England beach town terrorized by a giant shark opened to huge crowds, the media fueled the mania, the industry took note. High-concept "event" pics - heavy on action, thrills, chills - backed by massive ad campaigns and booked into as many theaters as possible had the potential to turn the summer doldrums into Hollywood's hot season.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2009 | By Elizabeth Wellington INQUIRER FASHION WRITER
Nicole Ross knows the chaos of major productions. That is why the 33-year-old director of marketing and multicultural affairs for the Philadelphia Film Office decided to keep her wedding low-key. In doing so, Ross pulled off a beautiful ceremony bubbling with 1940s glamour and sleek modern style. From the African wooden sculpture from Galerie Hamid in Glenside that she used as a reception decoration to her vintage-style dress, Ross put her special touch on the nuptials, held Labor Day weekend at Morris Arboretum.
NEWS
July 8, 1997 | by Dave McNary, Los Angeles Daily News
Earth wasn't the only thing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones saved this weekend. Sony Corp.'s seemingly endless Hollywood nightmare, an eight-year misadventure that has drained billions of dollars and battered the reputation of the electronics giant, finally ended, thanks to "Men in Black. " Sony, already the leading studio this year, has now scored its first breakout hit since taking over Columbia and TriStar in 1989. "MiB," directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Smith and Jones as members of an intergalactic police force, took in an impressive $48.5 million at 3,020 theaters during its first four days, including $4.8 million from preview screenings last Tuesday.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2005 | By Wendy Tanaka INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Blockbuster Inc. said yesterday that it had agreed to provide refunds to customers who rented movies and video games under a "no late fees" program that eventually converted some rentals to sales. The agreement covers rentals made since Jan. 1. Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett said yesterday that Blockbuster had not sufficiently alerted customers that they would have to buy items they had rented if they did not return them within seven days. Pennsylvania was one of six states that negotiated with Blockbuster.
BUSINESS
March 4, 2009 | INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Blockbuster Inc. has hired the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis L.L.P. to help rescue the struggling video-store chain from a financial bind. The Dallas-based company said yesterday it is bringing in the firm to help arrange enough financing to keep Blockbuster afloat amid a deepening recession that has already waylaid several major retailers. Blockbuster doesn't intend to file for bankruptcy protection, spokeswoman Karen Raskopf said. Earlier reports that the 7,500-store chain had hired Kirkland & Ellis to explore a bankruptcy filing caused Blockbuster shares to plummet 74 cents yesterday to close at just 22 cents.
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NEWS
July 11, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Before Jaws , there was no such thing as a summer blockbuster. The stretch between May and Labor Day was rife with genre fare, drive-in double bills, the schlock, the crock, the crusty. And then, on June 20, 1975, everything - everything - changed. Steven Spielberg's adaptation of a bestseller about a New England beach town terrorized by a giant shark opened to huge crowds, the media fueled the mania, the industry took note. High-concept "event" pics - heavy on action, thrills, chills - backed by massive ad campaigns and booked into as many theaters as possible had the potential to turn the summer doldrums into Hollywood's hot season.
NEWS
December 28, 2015
Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights By Salman Rushdie Random House. 304 pp. $28 Reviewed by Patrick Rapa Like a big-budget summer blockbuster, Salman Rushdie's latest novel threatens civilization with a heavy hand and an impish shrug. In Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights , jinn, a.k.a genies, sneak into the mortal realm to troll humanity with horrific but meaningless pranks: an undermining of physics here, an unraveling of politics there.
BUSINESS
September 6, 2014 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
In a huge boost to the research efforts of drugmaker Merck & Co., the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a new type of drug that unlocks the body's immune system to attack cancer cells. Merck, which is based in Whitehouse Station, N.J., and employs thousands of people in Montgomery County, had staked much of its future hopes on approval and then sales, which analysts expect will generate billions of dollars a year. The chemical name of the drug is pembrolizumab and its brand name will be Keytruda.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Reboots on the ground! If the 2014 summer movie season - officially underway with Friday's opening of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - will be remembered for anything, it could be its head-spinning deluge of giant-screen sequels, prequels, retreads, and franchise revivifications. Take the aforementioned Marvel-branded action romp starring the arachnoidal crime-stopper: a sequel to a reboot of an original franchise based on a comic book series. Shall we go on? If some enterprising soul out there has Final Cut Pro and time to burn, there's a great mashup to be culled from the trailers of S pider-Man, Godzilla, Transformers , and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
SPORTS
November 8, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
SHOULD Andrew Bynum step onto the court at the Wells Fargo Center tonight when his Cleveland Cavaliers take on the 76ers, the noise that will greet him probably will be near ear-splitting level. It will be in stark contrast to the amount of sound Bynum made yesterday when talking to reporters after the team's practice at Temple. Speaking in a barely audible tone on the side of the Owls' practice court, Bynum answered the questions lobbed at him quickly and seemingly without much feeling.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 6, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
OBAMACARE is going Hollywood. Since the healthcare.gov website is turning users into the Incredible Hulk, the .gov is calling on TV creative folk to make a difference and persuade the uninsured to sign up. The California Endowment, a private foundation, recently provided a $500,000 grant to ensure that TV writers and producers have information about the Affordable Care Act that can be stitched into plot lines watched by millions. The aim is to produce compelling prime-time narratives that encourage Americans to enroll, especially the young and healthy, Hispanics and other key demographic groups needed to make the overhaul a success.
BUSINESS
January 29, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Columnist
As Debbie and Troy Smith revel in steadily increasing sales, a backlog of demand for their services, and the freedom of being their own bosses, the Chester County couple has earned the right to gloat. Not that they are gloating. They're just relieved that in 2006, while both had good jobs, they developed and began implementing Career Plan B. "We just saw the way the economy was going and were concerned about losing our jobs," Troy Smith said. In his wife's case, those worries were justified.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
WHEN SHOPPING for gifts this holiday season, buyers want value. One would think that's what Hollywood producers want also, but they always seem drawn by the big star and the big summer tentpole with the $200 million budget. But with so few stars consistently bankable - even Tom Cruise hasn't lured audiences lately - Forbes magazine has come out with a list of the stars who provide the best value. It isn't very helpful, however, because aside from the woman at the top of list, Natalie Portman , the others are young actors in huge, blockbuster franchises.
SPORTS
December 16, 2012 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
At some point Thursday, David Altchek will look Andrew Bynum directly in the eyes, and the doctor will relay either good or bad news concerning the 76ers center's chronically aching knees. (Or, as Bynum now says, knee, as he has proclaimed the right one pain-free.) Cognizant that there have been too many false starts and false reports, the Sixers expect that, some seven months after Bynum last played a game in the NBA, they will finally know whether or not the 7-footer is actually on the road to recovery.
NEWS
September 28, 2012 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer
WRITER/DIRECTOR Rian Johnson is trying to bring some indie cred to the studio blockbuster. After "Brick" and "The Brothers Bloom," his new film "Looper" is a bigger-budget sci-fi suspenser that's filled with ideas and quirky touches and doesn't go - like most studio films - exactly where you expect it to. When we spoke with Johnson at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel during the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, he said the indie/studio...
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