November 21, 2015 |
Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis Lacey, the Irish country girl at the heart of the magnificent and moving Brooklyn , with an intelligence and spirit that fills the screen and radiates beyond it. One of the most memorable characters of recent film, born from Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel and brought to life via a screenplay by Nick Hornby and the smart, steady direction of John Crowley, Eilis is a young woman who faces a huge choice. She can stay in Enniscorthy, the County Wexford town where she has grown up and where, in truth, the future holds small promise.
November 20, 2015 |
IN THE RADICALLY decent "Brooklyn," a poor, vulnerable Irish girl arrives in America and . . . nothing awful happens. You keep waiting for folks to exploit poor little Eilis (Saoirse Ronan), but nobody does, and this is somehow transfixing. The been-around-the-block dame on the boat to the U.S. gives Eilis useful advice. The priest (Jim Broadbent) who sponsors her is honest, compassionate and helpful. The landlady (Julie Walters) who houses her gives her the best room and a hilarious floor show with every meal.
November 20, 2015 |
SAOIRSE RONAN was looking for a specific kind of role. She wanted something that would continue her transition from child actress to adult - "it's a transition everyone has to make when you start out young," she said - and she wanted to play an Irish person. After years, speaking in all types of accents, Ronan wanted to hear her own voice. And that's what led this lass born in the Bronx but raised in Ireland, to "Brooklyn. " Speaking in September at the Toronto International Film Festival, Ronan said the role of Eilis (pronounced Ailish )
November 16, 2015 |
For Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn is personal. Never mind that the film, adapted from Colm Tóibín's novel of the same name, is set in the early 1950s - four decades before Ronan was born, a decade before even her parents were born. As a story of a girl transitioning to womanhood, a story of an immigrant in a strange new land, a story of loneliness and empowerment and family, the heartbreakingly beautiful Brooklyn resonated with the Irish actress. "It was the first time in my career where my personal life and my character's life paralleled in every way," says Ronan, who stars as Eilis Lacey, a country girl who leaves Ireland for New York to find a job, to find freedom.
August 19, 2015
Oct. 6 At Washington 7 Oct. 8 Cleveland 7 Oct. 10 Brooklyn* 3 Oct. 12 At New York 7:30 Oct. 16 Washington 7 Oct. 18 At Brooklyn 1 Oct. 23 Boston** 7:30 * - In Albany, N.Y. ** - In Manchester, N.H. Home games in bold, at the Wells Fargo Center.
August 8, 2015
Villanova will face defending NIT champion Stanford in the semifinals of the 2015 NIT Season Tip-Off on Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The game will be played at 4:30 p.m., after Arkansas and Georgia Tech meet in the other semifinal. Even though Villanova is guaranteed a slot in the semifinals, the Wildcats will host two tournament games before traveling to Brooklyn. 'Nova will host East Tennessee State on Nov. 20 and Akron on Nov. 22, both at the Pavilion.
June 27, 2015 |
Meyer Kramer, 96, a rabbi for decades in Northeast Philadelphia who was known for reaching out to everyone, died at a Brooklyn, N.Y., nursing home Wednesday, June 24, after nearly a decade battling dementia. "He was a lover of peace who pursued peace," said his son Doniel Kramer. Kramer remembers how his father interacted closely with area congregations of other faiths. Rabbi Kramer, known as "Mike," received "tremendous respect" from other religious leaders and was very well-known in the Jewish community, his son said.
February 13, 2015 |
WHEN IT WAS announced last month that Danny Garcia would be headlining NBC's "Premier Boxing Champions" second show in a much-anticipated fight with Lamont Peterson, there were some obvious questions that needed answering. Where would the fight happen? Would the two junior welterweight titleholders be unifying their belts, or fighting at a catch weight? One month later, we have at least one answer, and the second seems all but official. Barclays Center in Brooklyn will host the April 11 bout, featuring Juniata Park's Garcia (29-0, 17 KOs)
February 13, 2015
LEHIGH VALLEY Beer Week starts Sunday, and among the assortment of festivals, tastings and tap takeovers that will draw beer lovers to Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton is a seven-course dinner with Garrett Oliver, the author, engaging lecturer and debonair brewer at Brooklyn Brewery. The lavish menu pairs the likes of truffled prosciutto, foie gras and aged strip steak with Brooklyn's most exotic beers, including K is for Kriek and Wild Streak . Oliver's one-night appearance on Tuesday, though, won't be taking place at a swank restaurant or prominent craft beer bar. This $70-a-plate affair is at a supermarket.
December 2, 2014 |
This is the player that Temple coach Fran Dunphy has been waiting to see. Now the only question is when Owls fans will see more of Texas transfer Jaylen Bond. Bond, a 6-foot-8 junior forward, played his best game so far Sunday in Temple's 70-56 victory over LIU Brooklyn at the Liacouras Center, finishing with 11 points and a career-high 13 rebounds as Temple rallied from a sluggish start to keep the Blackbirds winless. Bond, widely regarded as the team's starting power forward as soon as he decided to transfer here, sprained his right ankle one week before the season opener.