June 20, 2016 |
Steven Spielberg's The BFG , which debuted last month at Cannes and comes to theaters July 1, is an appropriately big adaptation of a characteristically strange Roald Dahl story, first published in 1982, about an orphan girl (played by the very-Dahlish sounding Ruby Barnhill) scooped up and taken away in the dead of night by a big friendly giant. The towering BFG takes the diminutive SLG (scared little girl?) clear across England to the land of giants, where she becomes less scared, and he becomes more open to the notions of friendship, feelings, and the benevolent power of the British monarchy.
December 3, 2015 |
The buyer of the Frankford Chocolate Factory site at 2101 Washington Ave. paid $7.8 million for the 100,000-square-foot property, according to records filed with the city. Kennett Square-based 2101 Washington Real Estate L.P. closed on the 126-year-old industrial building and surrounding land on Nov. 6, according to the filings. The group is exploring its options for developing the site, vice president Jacob Ketcham said Tuesday. The property had been purchased in 2007 by the late New York property mogul Truong Dinh Tran's Alphonse Hotel Corp.
November 20, 2015
How Dark and weird is "Matilda," the Tony-glomming musical playing through Nov. 29 at the Academy of Music? Dark enough that the emotional and physical abuse of children is presented in a most enthusiastic, designed-for-laughs manner, and the deaths of several characters, including a pregnant acrobat figure in a significant way in this ostensible tale for kids. And weird enough that both telekinesis and the Russian Mafia make appearances in the program's last 15 or so minutes. But somehow, "Matilda," based on the beloved book by British author Roald Dahl ( Charlie and the Chocolate Factory )
November 11, 2015 |
The Frankford Chocolate Factory site on Washington Avenue has been sold to developers who are said to be planning a mixed-use project, the latest move to bring homes, shops, and offices to the industrial strip. On Monday, the 100,000-square-foot property at 21st Street was sold to a consortium of buyers that plans to develop the site, said Robert Fahey, an executive vice president at commercial real estate services firm CBRE in Philadelphia. One of the buyers, Anthony Nguyen, confirmed the acquisition but declined to provide other details.
September 23, 2015 |
Call her Miss Ross, and do it quickly. At the Mann Center on Sunday night, legendary diva Diana Ross - the rare figure for whom neither word is an exaggeration - breezed through a selection of hits in barely an hour and a quarter, leaving ample time for cocktails before it was time to relieve the baby-sitter. Ross' set, part of her In the Name of Love tour, featured numerous costume changes that further cut into the ex-Supreme's time on stage. Taking the stage in what might have been an aquamarine shower curtain, she changed colors like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 's Violet Beauregarde, always bringing along a matching hand fan. Although signs at the entrance warned of strobe lights and "haze effects," the evening's technical flourishes were minimal, but when you've got Diana Ross wrapped in tulle, what more do you need?
May 31, 2015 |
What is it?: Salt water taffy is that chewy sweet treat that comes in an abundance of flavors, from simple chocolate or vanilla to newfangled ones like sour cherry and wild banana, and lollipop colors wrapped up in twisted-end waxed paper. Boxes of it touting various vacation locales on the outside are as common as souvenir gifts as fruitcakes at Christmas. How it found its way to New Jersey: The lore at the Jersey Shore is that salt water taffy was invented by Atlantic City Boardwalk confectioner David Bradley.
November 7, 2012
IN THE REGION Moody's cuts ArcelorMittal to 'junk' ArcelorMittal saw its credit rating get cut to "junk" status by Moody's Investors Service as the world's largest steelmaker seeks to reduce its $23.2 billion in net debt. Luxembourg-based ArcelorMittal's senior unsecured note rating was lowered to Ba1 from Baa3. "We see challenging conditions continuing for ArcelorMittal over several quarters with its operating environment more likely to get worse before it gets better," Moody's said.
August 11, 2012
Mel Stuart, 83, an award-winning documentarian who also directed Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory , died of cancer Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, his daughter, Madeline Stuart, said. Mr. Stuart's documentaries include The Making of the President 1960 , for which he won an Emmy, as well as subsequent explorations of the 1964 and 1968 campaigns. Other programs were The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and the Oscar-nominated Four Days in November . His groundbreaking 1973 film Wattstax focused on the Wattstax music festival of the previous year and Los Angeles' Watts community in the aftermath of the 1965 riots.
November 7, 2011 |
The State Department is capping a popular exchange program for foreign college students over persistent problems that have included low-paid participants turning to homeless shelters, a walkout over working conditions at a Hershey Co. chocolate factory and in one case a woman forced to work as a stripper. The agency published new rules Monday that limit the number of future participants to this year's level and put a moratorium on new businesses becoming sponsors for thousands of foreigners who use the program to visit the United States.
July 5, 2011 |
It has been interesting to see soul's kinky king R. Kelly going for something more traditional with his recent recording, Love Letter . Packaged like a classic '60s album with musical nods to the past, Love Letter is the least salacious of all of Kelly's winning efforts. It's a showcase for his voice at its most silken and his songwriting at its catchiest. Sunday's sold-out Love Letter Tour gig at the Mann, with Marsha Ambrosius and Keyshia Cole, seemed to promise old-fashioned goodness.