May 20, 1999 |
The most unlikely rock star in America is sitting in Miller's, a wood-paneled pub on this college town's pedestrian mall, where not so long ago he poured drinks for a living. It's lunch, and already he has lost his willpower. "When I woke up this morning, I told myself I wasn't going to smoke or have anything alcoholic," he says, dragging on a Camel Light, a beer nearby. He is trying to describe what happens when he and the other four members of his band, the Dave Matthews Band, hit their stride on stage.
February 25, 1988 |
Naturally, the focus at the Olympics is on the athletes, but before it's all history, can we pause just a moment for a Cinderella story about a coach? This particular Cinderella - Linda Leaver - is unusual because she has two princes in her life: figure skating gold medalist Brian Boitano, and her husband, David Leaver. Linda Leaver, 41, has been 24-year-old Brian Boitano's coach ever since he was 8 years old and his parents enrolled him in a group class Leaver was teaching at a neighborhood ice rink in Sunnyvale, Calif.
July 16, 2004 |
A certain evergreen is losing its needles. Where Ever After was a terrific feminist re-imagining of Cinderella, and The Prince and Me at the very least allowed one to fantasize about the possibility of being both a doctor and Prince Charming's wife, A Cinderella Story is a mostly charmless affair. This, even though it boasts the bouncy Hilary Duff as the girl who wants her prince and early-decision admittance to Princeton. The good news is that Clueless and Ever After proved that there was an audience for a smart Cinderella rethink.
June 20, 1998 |
It looks as though Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise, who have never worked together, are preparing to do just that. Variety reports the two Hollywood heavyweights recently "shook hands" over a promise to make a movie next summer, their first mutual window of availability. Spielberg has already committed to his next project, an adaptation of Arthur Golden's novel "Memories of a Geisha," which is described as a Cinderella story set in World War II Japan. Cruise, meanwhile, is busy planning "Mission Impossible 2" with director John Woo. What project will the two heavyweights collaborate on?
June 18, 1999 |
Continuing the Seinfeld-Reiser legacy of mediocre comedy books written by talented comedians comes "Cinderella Story: My Life in Golf," by Bill Murray; "Bootleg," by Damon Wayans; and "Feel This Book: An Essential Guide to Self-Empowerment, Spiritual Supremacy and Sexual Satisfaction," by Janeane Garofalo and Ben Stiller. What's missing in all three books is the sizzling delivery that elevates their anecdotes from the mundane to the trenchantly funny. "Cinderella Story" (Doubleday, $29.95)
December 13, 2010 |
If the North Philadelphia Blackhawks, the 2010 Pop Warner National Champions, are a Cinderella story, then Mayor Nutter must be the team's Prince Charming. The week before the 120-pound Blackhawks - along with the 160-pound Frankford Chargers - were to leave for the Pee Wee tournament at Walt Disney World, there was a fear that financial woes would keep the two teams home. Nutter, getting wind of the teams' problems, reached out to six local companies and organizations, and gathered the $26,500 needed to cover the expenses.
July 24, 2004 |
The hardest-working girl in show business performed before a mostly tween-girls crowd at the sold-out Wachovia Center on Wednesday night. Hilary Duff's new film, A Cinderella Story, is in theaters, but she showed clips from her next one. She also promoted a music DVD due next month and a CD scheduled for September. Her brisk, purposeful program covered material from Duff's singing debut, Metamorphosis; the Cinderella soundtrack; and her coming CD, Fly. The best songs, such as the opener "Girl Can Rock" and "Rock This World," had a sinewy, Sheryl Crow-ish air. There was also a fair amount of paint-by-numbers pop that sounded like bad Josie and the Pussycats, including "Little Voice" and "Why Not. " The only covers were the encores.
March 11, 1987 |
It was Thursday, April 4, 1985, and the Villanova Wildcats were standing in the White House Rose Garden, listening to the president of the United States pay homage to their NCAA basketball championship victory. As Ronald Reagan lauded them for overcoming such great odds and showing such great spirit, he recalled a quote from their point guard: ". . .As Gary McLain said, 'We worked hard for this. No one in America knows how hard we worked.' " Something else nobody in America knew right then was that Gary McLain, standing less than 10 feet from the president and wearing a three-piece suit and a wide grin, was "wired on cocaine," as McLain details in a first- person story in this week's Sports Illustrated.
March 19, 1987 |
What do Snow White, Pinocchio, China, a disgusting habit, and the old saying "Look before you leap" have in common? Nothing, unless you are master storyteller Ed Stivender and about 200 students from Ambler Catholic Elementary School. Stivender was at the school Friday telling tales for students in kindergarten through fourth grade in celebration of Catholic Schools Week Stivender, 40, of Germantown, who said he was one of about 200 professional storytellers in the country, used a banjo, a harmonica and a wealth of imagination to entertain the students.
June 3, 2010 |
The stuff of Hollywood Neil Walker lived the dream on Tuesday night. The rookie went to the plate for his hometown team, swatted a gigantic home run, and helped the team he had followed as a kid win a big-league game. Shades of Robert Redford and Kevin Costner, huh? Nope. It was a real-life event in the good city of Pittsburgh, which hasn't had a whole lot to cheer about lately. Walker was the Pirates' top draft choice in 2004, after he had starred for Pine-Richland High in Allegheny County.