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ENTERTAINMENT
October 6, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
WHETHER IT WAS due to interest in Mars after the recent discovery of water there or because it led the Daily News ' Friday Features section, or maybe because it's just a good movie, "The Martian" won this weekend's battle for the box office. Ridley Scott 's 3-D space epic (just as enjoyable in 2-D) took in a propulsive $55 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates yesterday. The Matt Damon starrer exceeded expectations to nearly rank as the top October debut ever.
NEWS
October 1, 2015 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, For the Daily News
PUERTO RICAN pride, or how that pride translates to the island's deep and abiding love of boxing, is not or should not be restricted to New York City. That is the genesis for the "Puerto Rican Boxing Classic," which will be staged Friday night at the 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia. The seven-fight card, with each bout featuring a Philly- or South Jersey-based Puerto Rican fighter, is topped by a scheduled eight-rounder pitting Camden junior lightweight Jason Sosa (17-1-3, 13 KOs)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 22, 2015 | By Howard Gensler, Daily News
"The Maz Runner: The Scorch Trials" edged out "Black Mass" at the box office on the first weekend of the fall movie season. 20th Century Fox's sequel to "The Maze Runner" earned an estimated $30.3 million, according to studio estimates yesterday. Although that came in slightly below the debut of the 2014 young-adult dystopian sci-fi original, it counted as a win for a movie that cost $61 million to make. Warner Bros.' "Black Mass," starring Johnny Depp as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger , premiered with $23.4 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IT WAS NOT ONLY a slow weekend on the celebrity non-news front, it was a slow weekend at the box office. Summer blockbusters gave way to niche films over a sleepy Labor Day weekend, with notable performances from the faith-based "War Room" and the Spanish language cartoon "Un Gallo con Muchos Huevos. " "War Room" fought its way to first place in its second weekend in release, earning $12.6 million across the four-day holiday weekend, according to Rentrak estimates on yesterday.
SPORTS
September 2, 2015 | BY BERNARD FERNANDEZ, For the Daily News
THIS JUST IN from the "All Trump, All the Time" news desk . . . Donald Trump is one of 12 notables who will be inducted into the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame at its 46th annual Dinner and Induction Ceremonies on Nov. 12 in Garfield, N.J. But before you rush out and buy a ticket (they're $85) in the hope of hearing the current front-runner for the Republican presidential nomination announce a comprehensive plan to deport illegal immigrant boxers or to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexican border to keep any more from slipping into this country, be advised that it is a longshot that he shows up to accept the mini-championship belt on a plaque that goes to honorees.
NEWS
August 28, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The Isley Brothers released The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) last week, a collection of 21 of their albums that unfurl with crisply remastered productions, rare tracks, and the never-released Wild in Woodstock: Live at Bearsville Sound Studio 1980 . "That's a lot of music," said Ernie Isley, the guitarist-brother who, with vocalist Ron Isley, form the still-touring, currently recording Isley Brothers - soul's first family...
ENTERTAINMENT
August 18, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
"STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON" got people straight inta theaters this past weekend, blowing away estimates with just over $56 million. With a production budget slightly under $30 million, "Compton" is destined to be more profitable than . . . Compton. We're not talking Dr. Dre money, but still . . . N.W.A. members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube served as producers on the film, which has Ice Cube's real son O'Shea Jackson Jr. playing his father. Dr. Dre also released the companion piece "Compton," - his first new album in 16 years.
NEWS
July 27, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Boxed wines have come a long way over the last decade in variety, image, and quality, joining the screwcap as a once-controversial technical innovation that's now widely appreciated for its worth. The bag-in-a-box format is smart for fresh young wines, and the air-tight bag's prevention of oxygen damage maintains freshness for weeks after opening. It's also the most cost-effective and earth-friendly way to bring three liters of vino (that's four bottles) to a party. Choosing the right one, though, is tricky, as many boxed wines are still plonkers.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2015 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jurassic World is helping Comcast Corp.-owned Universal Pictures devour box-office records like a T. rex. The futuristic franchise reboot barreled to $1 billion in a record-setting 13 days this month and could surpass $1.5 billion before it fades to extinction on the big screen, movie-industry observers say. Though it's only June, the Hollywood studio says it already has set an all-time record for annual gross receipts - $3.8 billion through...
NEWS
June 24, 2015 | BY DAN SPINELLI, Daily News Staff Writer spineld@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
DESPITE ITS rock-'em-sock-'em roots, Rock Ministries has vastly expanded its outreach efforts beyond boxing. Missionary Lizzie Savar heads the Rock's women's ministry, which meets weekly for breakfast and Bible study. The women's group complements a children's ministry and Sunday school, which occupy the floor above the gym and practice areas. During one study, Savar teaches a little-known passage from the Book of Genesis, which in its description of dynastic wars and familial conflict sounds more like a Game of Thrones excerpt than a Bible passage.
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