November 1, 2014 |
Few films demand that viewers make such a herculean attempt to suspend disbelief than Nicole Kidman's Before I Go to Sleep , a would-be Hitchcockian thriller about a woman unable to retain any memories for the last 20 years. It's a lot to ask of fans. But we'd comply gladly if the film paid off. Sadly, writer-director Rowan Joffé's does not. Adapted from S.J. Watson's 2011 novel, Before I Go to Sleep features Kidman as a 40-year-old woman who wakes up each morning having lost the memory of half her life.
November 22, 2013 |
MALVERN They were high school buddies, neighbors for a time, who liked to tinker with cars. They even lived together in this tranquil little town for a few months when one needed a place to crash. Their friends called them "wonderful" and "caring" and "sweet. " Now, one is accused of killing the other, stuffing his body into a sleeping bag, and hiding him behind some junk in a garage. Then he allegedly stole his car, wallet, and phone, and went home. Merritt Neil Dudas, 24, is accused of shooting Drew Alan Ferguson, 21, in the head at Ferguson's home in the 200 block of Miner Street.
August 29, 2013
LET'S TALK about suspension of disbelief and cognitive estrangement. Wait, wait don't go. I think they're part of a major political plan. Perhaps you've noticed Tom Corbett can't catch a break. Maybe you sense he needs some help. He just lost another top aide, William "we hardly knew ye" Harner, his acting education secretary, axed after less than three months. The Patriot-News reports Harner's former employer, a large Harrisburg-area school district, was not renewing his contract after investigating 15 to 18 allegations of, um, "awkward comments" to co-workers.
February 12, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO - From the parishes of Poland to the churches of Chile, Roman Catholics around the world were stunned Monday at the first papal resignation in six centuries, even as many prayed for a new charismatic pontiff who could lead the church into a new era after decades of disaffection and mistrust. "We received the news with great regret and much surprise," said Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who was discussed as a possible successor to Pope John Paul II when he died in 2005.
November 4, 2012 |
BRICK, N.J. - The FEMA mobile disaster-recovery station was nothing more than a trailer, a couple of folding tables, some phones, and a lot of people wandering around the parking lot of the Drum Point Elementary School, where a sign that said "Respect" on fading construction paper faced out a window. Nearby were giant Dumpsters where residents were allowed to bring the ruins of their flooded homes. Across the street was the PAL center, where hot meals were being served. Not far away was the Brick Little League field, where the ballplayers and parents have been serving hot breakfasts and lunches nearly every day. There were mostly dazed looks on the people who showed up at one of the two FEMA mobile centers that opened Friday - the other was in Cape May Courthouse - to start recovering.
February 15, 2012
DEAR ABBY : I married "Andy" a year ago. He has three children from a prior marriage. He had a vasectomy eight years ago, but promised he'd have it reversed so we could have a child together. He didn't get around to it, but I'm pregnant anyway. At first we felt it was our miracle baby. However, 15 weeks later, Andy is now "sure" the baby isn't his. Things have gotten so bad that I moved out of our house. Abby, I have NEVER been unfaithful. A paternity test will prove he's the father, but that can't be done until after our baby is born.
January 27, 2012 |
Man on a Ledge would have been much more impressive before Dec. 16. That was when Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol arrived in theaters with Tom Cruise treating the world's tallest tower like an indoor rock-climbing wall. He wasn't just teetering on a ledge 21 stories up in Manhattan. True, Cruise's derring-do is just a fraction of that movie while much of Man on a Ledge occurs on a 14-inch stone shelf outside a room on the 21st floor of a Manhattan hotel. That is where Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington)
December 16, 2011
DEAR ABBY: My fiancee said, "Shut UP!" during a recent conversation with my mom, using the phrase in the same way people say, "No way!" or, "Get outta here!" to express friendly disbelief. Mom didn't say anything and gave me no reason to believe she was offended; however, I find talk like that better suited to friends and siblings - not parents or future in-laws. As soon as we were alone I asked my fiancee to please not use that expression with my parents. She said she'd try, but warned me that it might be hard to stop herself.
November 10, 2011 |
STATE COLLEGE - All you needed to see were the tears in Daryll Clark's eyes, the lid to his Gatorade bottle tucked between his lips as he sluggishly slipped out of the Lasch Building after learning Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was stepping down. The former quarterback, simply stopping for gear to play basketball, was caught slightly off guard by the announcement he had watched on ESPN. Everybody was in the dark as the Paterno family released a statement early yesterday morning with the iconic coach's decision.
May 3, 2010 |
Owen Thomas was a trusted friend, a generous teammate, and a loving son and brother who finished his junior year at college as a tragic statistic. The 21-year-old scholar athlete with a wide-open future took his life last Monday afternoon, shocking his family and an extensive community at the University of Pennsylvania. During a candlelight vigil Thursday night attended by more than 200, Thomas was remembered for his complex personality. "You know in football . . . we want our guys to play with great tenacity," defensive coach Jim Schaefer said.