June 29, 2015 |
ABC did it in the 1950s with The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin , a children's program based on the silent films of the 1920s. Bogie and Bergman's 1942 classic, Casablanca , was done over not once but twice, first in 1955 with Charles McGraw in Humphrey Bogart's role, and NBC's ill-fated 1983 version featured singer and TV cop David Soul as Rick and Scatman Crothers as Sam. Though it may seem the small screen today is virtually clogged with...
May 16, 2015 |
Pinky Kravitz has spent Fourth of July in Atlantic City since Nucky Thompson ruled the Boardwalk Empire, or at least nearly so. "There is nothing like the summer holiday at the beach. Everyone comes and everyone has a good time," said Kravitz, whose Pinky's Corner radio show on WOND-AM (1400) is in the midst of its sixth decade, and whose similarly named column runs in the Press of Atlantic City every Thursday. Kravitz, who will turn 88 a week after the Fourth, has, as they say, seen it all. He worked on the Steel Pier near the diving horses as a youth and has been part of the scene in earnest in the casino era. "The Fourth was the time when the ice cream vendors and the hotdog guys always did their best sales," Kravitz said.
April 17, 2015 |
P EARCE BUNTING , who played the bootlegger Bill McCoy in the hit HBO series "Boardwalk Empire," with Steve Buscemi , has returned to his hometown of Philadelphia to step into a new role. Edward Albee 's 1962 play "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" premieres Wednesday night at the Plays & Players Theatre (1714 Delancey Place), in Rittenhouse Square. Bunting portrays the passive-aggressive George, who gradually loses his patience with his taunting, drunk wife, Martha, after she brings home a younger, married couple who - over the course of several hours of drinking - become enmeshed in George and Martha's domestic disputes.
January 10, 2015 |
Peter Quill (Chris Pratt), one of the central heroes of Marvel's wildly successful comic-book film Guardians of the Galaxy , is a space rogue who was kidnapped as a kid from his Missouri home by a band of marauding interstellar pirates called the Ravagers. There's some planet called Morag, where Quill steals a superspecial orb, and an assassin named Gamora (Zoe Saldana) who goes after him. Huh? Don't worry if descriptions of director James Gunn's Disney film make it sound more complicated than the entire Lord of the Rings saga.
September 12, 2014 |
TORONTO - It's a good example of how international the movie business has become that a Belgian director (Michael Roskam), his stars from Great Britain (Tom Hardy), Sweden (Noomi Rapace), New Jersey (James Gandolfini) and Belgium (Matthias Schoenaerts) met the media in a hotel room in Toronto to discuss a movie set in Brooklyn written by a guy from Boston. The guy from Boston (Dorchester, actually) is author Dennis Lehane ("Mystic River," "Gone Baby Gone," "Shutter Island"), who set "Animal Rescue," the short story "The Drop" is based on, in his usual Boston-area, working-class neighborhood, but was told by producers that they thought he had become a victim of his own success and that blue-collar Boston was played out. So they gave him some options, one of which was to shoot the movie in Philadelphia.
August 2, 2014 |
Werner Herzog has created some of the most indelible images in modern cinema: A riverboat being pulled over the side of a steep hill in the Amazon in Fitzcarraldo ; Klaus Kinski as the vampire Nosferatu, leaning over the sleeping body of Isabelle Adjani in Nosferatu the Vampyre ; the hapless conquistadors making their way down the Orinoco River in South America in Aguirre, the Wrath of God . The German filmmaker, who has directed more than...
August 1, 2014 |
When she brought Philadelphia's BlackStar Film Festival into being two years ago, Maori Holmes, its producing artistic director, was carrying out an imperative. She thought it necessary, she says, "to address what felt then - and feels now - like an absence of representation of people of African descent in the mainstream festivals in town. " Even black film fests have tended to cast the spotlight on "Hollywood films that feature black people," Holmes says. But she wanted to look beyond the best-knowns - the Spike Lees, the Steve McQueens - and "create a space" to explore the African diaspora and "global black identity through an independent lens.
April 23, 2014 |
If you're a local theater aficionado, Pearce Bunting probably has been at the top of your must-see list since the Yale Drama School grad won a best-actor prize for one of his initial plays here, the Wilma Theater's Road , at the very first Barrymore Awards ceremony in 1995. Since then, Bunting, 55, has defined the idea of an adventurous Philly actor, diving into an array of surprisingly un-handsome character roles. Most particularly, he's been driven to the edgy conceptualism of Theater Exile since the company's founding artistic director, Joe Canuso, directed him as a boozy slob-father in Tracy Letts' Killer Joe (2006)
January 29, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY It takes a lot to close the iconic Irish Pub in Atlantic City - before this week, the last time was Hurricane Sandy. But a man who was refused service Sunday afternoon left the pub on St. James Place and had some trouble executing his getaway. Next thing anyone inside knew, his SUV was crashing through the front wall, landing in a heap of brick, old stained glass, and dark wood, denting the wooden bar and brass foot railings of this place just off the Boardwalk that dates back to before Prohibition (but has Foghat on the jukebox)
October 17, 2013 |
MONTCLAIR, N.J. - In a campaign debate that touched on gay marriage, presidential aspirations, and even Wawa, Republican Gov. Christie again cast himself as a bipartisan leader supported by state Democrats, while Democratic State Sen. Barbara Buono argued that she would be an independent governor who bucked party bosses. Buono appeared feistier and more confident than in the first debate as she sought to frame herself as an independent woman not beholden to Christie's political allies, whom she described as "bosses" straight out of the HBO drama about 1920s New Jersey corruption, Boardwalk Empire . Specifically, she zeroed in on Essex County Executive Joseph "Joe D. " DiVincenzo, the highest elected Democrat to endorse Christie.