November 21, 2015 |
Everybody knows a princess. (Sometimes one is born to you, sometimes you marry one - sometimes both.) Based more on the 1939 Shirley Temple classic film than the great 1905 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, Alfonso Cuarón's film A Little Princess is no fairy tale, but it is gorgeous. The 1995 gem is unfortunately little known, but well worth a look for the Emmanuel Lubezki cinematography as well as the affecting story of a young aristocratic girl whose fortunes take a turn for the worse when her father is lost in World War I. Those of a certain age may be surprised to see Eleanor Bron (the ingenue of the Beatles' Help!
October 8, 2015 |
COMIC Paul Reiser and "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey star in the new Amazon Studios comedy series " Red Oaks ," which premieres this Friday. But stand-up comedy was much on Reiser's mind when he spoke with Daily News TV critic Ellen Gray in Beverly Hills, Calif., earlier this year. He's been doing more stand-up gigs in the past two years than he had in 20, he said. "I've been doing it at a very gentlemanly pace. I just kind of missed it. " Asked how his comedy had changed over the years, he replied: "One of the things that struck me is that it was much more fun, and, not that I had something more to say, [but]
June 1, 2015
Bunny Lake is Missing Colonial Theatre, Phoenixville, 2 p.m. Sunday Otto Preminger's 1965 psychological mystery, shot in widescreen black-and-white, stars Carol Lynley as a woman who reports her 5-year-old missing from a London nursery school. Laurence Olivier is the police inspector on the case and the Zombies are on TV (singing "Just Out of Reach") in this cool, ahead-of-its-time thriller. Also in the cast: Keir Dullea and Noel Coward. Info for this and other film and live events at the Colonial: www.TheColonialTheatre.com Flicker: Your Brain on Movies Jeffrey M. Zacks , Oxford University Press, 360 pp, $26.95 Zacks, a psychology professor at Washington University in St. Louis, starts his perceptive, passionate examination of how we watch movies with a gem of a Martin Scorsese quote: "Whenever I hear people dismiss movies as 'fantasy' and make a hard distinction between film and life, I think to myself that it's just a way of avoiding the power of cinema.
March 14, 2015 |
Celebrate pi - and pie! - on Saturday as the fun begins four minutes early at the Franklin Institute. In honor of the mathematical constant pi, the institute will open at 9:26 a.m. instead of 9:30. Why? The first eight digits of pi are 3.1415 926 , so on 3/14/15 it makes sense to open at 9:26. Pi Day will feature a pi station where guests can learn about the number's significance and measure it without doing complicated math. There will be catapult pie launching and plain old pie-eating, plus the presence of Pi Day mascot Pi Man. Those at the door at 9:26 a.m. will be entered in a raffle to win a year of free family membership.
March 7, 2015 |
For her new album, Gretchen Peters ended up going where, in her estimation, none of her female songwriting peers really had. Blackbirds is a set that unflinchingly confronts aging, and it's haunted by loss and death. "You're not supposed to specifically talk about aging, ever," the 57-year-old songwriter's songwriter says over the phone from her Nashville home. "You're either not supposed to talk about it and try to look as young as you can, or go away. That's the message that women, especially in the entertainment business, get. "I've done my best work, I think, by going to the places that scare me a little bit, and that was definitely one of them.
September 10, 2013
Paul Christian , a general dentist in Middletown, has been elected president of the Delaware State Dental Society. Wanda Whitted , director of human resources for Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, Philadelphia, has been elected to the board of the Women's Law Project. People's Light & Theatre, a not-for-profit professional theater in Malvern, appointed the following to its board of trustees: Tom Johantgen , vice president, business development and Mid-Atlantic Region sales leader for Sedgwick Insurance Co., formerly Sedgwick CMS; Nicole Sakowitz , a human-resources consultant in the pharmaceutical industry; John Spellman , a retired dentist and active West Chester community member who volunteers as a Rotarian and for the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville; and Brian C. Zwaan , president, chief operating officer and chief lending officer of Penn Liberty Bank.
July 28, 2013 |
Sunday Witchy women Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman's 2003 Wicked takes place in a pre-Dorothy Oz in which two sorcery-college roommates - a smart, green-skinned brunette and a shallow, popular blonde - vie for renown in the Wizard's world. Guess who becomes who? The show goes on at the Academy of Music , Broad and Locust Streets, at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 6:30 p.m. next Sunday. Tickets are $40 to $175.
July 12, 2013
FAMILY Andrew Wyeth's Birthday Were he alive, this Chester County artist would be 96 today. The museum, rich in Wyeth family works, celebrates with free admission . Brandywine River Museum, 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., Chadds Ford, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today, free, 610-388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org. BLOB-Fest Quaint Phoenixville goes all-out in this yearly celebration of all things "The Blob. " The movie screens at the historic Colonial Theatre, and the local branch of Iron Hill Brewery gets in on the act with cherry beer, "BLOBster" bisque and a tinfoil hat contest.
June 14, 2013
STILL HAVEN'T bought the old man something special for Father's Day this Sunday? Lucky for you, most dads are still into compact discs for their home and car sound rigs. And the music biz keeps courting this clientele with new CD releases by "catalog artists" boasting a long history and heritage. Herewith some primo examples, affordably available at a store near you. * Eric Clapton flaunts his own senior status with "Old Sock" (Surfdog), cool and comfortable countrypolitan renderings of pop standards like "All of Me," "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" and "Our Love is Here to Stay.