September 6, 2014 |
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.
April 28, 2014 |
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.
November 8, 2013 |
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.
November 6, 2013 |
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.
January 29, 2013 |
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.
December 27, 2012 |
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.
December 16, 2012 |
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.
September 28, 2012 |
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...
August 26, 2012 |
BOSTON - The Los Angeles Dodgers are stocking up for the stretch run with some new, expensive players who couldn't help the Boston Red Sox make it to the postseason this year or last. The Dodgers officially acquired first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, pitcher Josh Beckett, and injured outfielder Carl Crawford from Boston on Saturday, hoping to boost their playoff hopes by taking on the underperforming and high-priced stars who failed to thrive in a fractious Red Sox clubhouse. Boston also sent infielder Nick Punto and about $11 million in cash to Los Angeles in the nine-player trade that was the biggest in Dodgers history.
July 14, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Film producer Richard Zanuck, 77, who won the best picture Oscar for Driving Miss Daisy and was involved in such blockbuster films as Jaws and The Sting after his father, Hollywood mogul Darryl F. Zanuck, fired him from 20th Century Fox, died Friday. Mr. Zanuck's publicist said that he died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home. Mr. Zanuck's run of successes as an independent producer rivaled the achievements of his legendary father who reigned over 20th Century Fox from the 1930s until age and changing audience tastes brought him down.