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December 24, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
When last we visited Quentin Tarantino, he was in the "killin' Nazi bidness," and bidness was indeed boomin', to paraphrase Brad Pitt. His "Inglourious Basterds" violated all known rules of decorum regarding Holocuast art, and this seemed to bother no one - the movie attracted Oscar nominations and made $100 million. Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel have warned artists against any treatment of the Holocaust that denied its inexorable nihilistic reality. Tarantino sidestepped all that to give us a garish fantasy of a Jewish avenger burning Hitler alive in a movie theater - the fire starts in a spool of film, so Hitler is literally killed by movies.
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April 25, 2010 | By Craig LaBan INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
Spring wildflowers sprouted from Mason jars on the farm table at the heart of Talula's Table, where lucky guests had already begun to arrive on a recent evening. The seasonal tasting menu at this storied kitchen in Kennett Square has become one of the most coveted dinner experiences in America - just a handful of seats each night that must be reserved a year in advance. And as always, owner Aimee Olexy launched the evening with warm greetings and flutes of Champagne, while a parade of hors d'oeuvres began to arrive: tiny white asparagus tarts topped with almond brittle, marble-size masa cups filled with chipotle-sauced duck confit, warm little tater tots crowned with caviar, and scrambled local eggs.
NEWS
July 18, 2014
QUESTION: WHAT has the Broadway ticket-buying public achieved that Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago, Tommy Gunn and Union Cane failed to? Answer: They have KO'd Rocky Balboa. "Rocky," the 4-month-old musical rendering of the iconic 1976 film starring Sylvester Stallone as the fictional Kensington ham-and-egger who gets a shot at the heavyweight crown, has finally been vanquished. Producers of the $15 million extravaganza, starring Tony Award nominee Andrew Karl , have announced that they will pull the plug on the show Aug. 17. Despite a book that's ultrafaithful to the flick and a thrilling finale in a boxing ring that extends from the stage into the first eight rows of the audience, "Rocky" never was a critical or box-office champ.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
He moved us with his award-winning performance as President Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg saga. But did you know that Daniel Day-Lewis was himself moved beyond words, beyond reason, beyond love itself? "There has never been a human being that I never met that I loved as much as him - ever," the thesp says on the extra features on the Lincoln Blu-ray/DVD release. "I doubt there ever will be. " So deeply was Day-Lewis immersed in the spiritual and mental viscera of Lincoln, he found himself at an existential impasse after he finished the pic. "You're not quite sure what to do with yourself when it's finished," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By Sandy Cohen, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are ready to crack each other up at the Golden Globe Awards. The two multi-hyphenate talents offered a taste of their quick-witted banter on a conference call with reporters Wednesday, during which Fey promised, "We're going to sing the whole show. " "The whole show is going to be sung front to back and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine have written it," Fey deadpanned. "We just called up Sondy," Poehler said. "He just said, 'Jackpot.' " Fey, 42, and Poehler, 41, take over for three-time Globes host Ricky Gervais, who sometimes created a prickly atmosphere with his pointed barbs at individual stars and films.
FOOD
July 8, 2010 | By Rick Nichols, Inquirer Columnist
The unsustainable institution that is the pop-up restaurant comes in various flavors - in London, it may arise for a moment in a made-over sitting room; in Spokane, Wash., in a trail-side burger tent, as ephemeral as a chanterelle that flares after the rain. But one feature is a constant - it doesn't last long. If you blinked last week, you missed Philadelphia's own latest entry; a three-day stand by Talula's Table, the Kennett Square farm-table cafe famous for the year-long waits for its, well, the table.
FOOD
February 16, 2012 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Locally sourced ingredients and a daily menu are the watchwords behind the homey Russet (1521 Spruce St., 215-546-1521, www.russetphilly.com ), an American BYOB that opened Tuesday at the former site of Ernesto's 1521 Cafe. Andrew and Kristin Wood's fresh philosophy - he is into whole-animal butchery and traditional cooking; she is a pastry chef with an eye and nose for cheeses - is reminiscent of other top husband-and-wife duos, including Django and The Farm & Fisherman.
FOOD
December 26, 2001 | By Craig LaBan INQUIRER RESTAURANT CRITIC
When you eat for a living, a year can be measured in many ways. I could count the number of restaurants reviewed - 43 formally rated, plus at least 20 more mentioned in passing - and see it was a busy year. I have dining notes on 60 other spots that never made it into print. Or I could tally the number of dishes I tasted at those meals - roughly 2,500 - and marvel at the variety, not to mention my Olympian digestive powers. I could also gasp at my dry-cleaning bills (errant sauce is an occupational hazard)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2007 | By SHAUN BRADY For the Daily News
Though Frank DiBussolo may joke that he started playing "right around when the first baseball game was played," the Philly-born guitarist, 55, will be far from the oldest person on stage at Chris' Jazz Caf? tomorrow night, when his trio will be joined by legendary swing guitarist John "Bucky" Pizzarelli. Asked last week, two days after his 81st birthday, whether he had any plans to retire, Pizzarelli just laughed. "I've been playing all morning," he said, "and I've got a record date this afternoon in New York.
NEWS
October 17, 2004 | By Mary Anne Janco INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Joe Willson has had a role in bringing such guitar virtuosos as Australia's Tommy Emmanuel and Richard Smith of Nashville to this area to share their finger-picking magic. Willson, who as a teenager got hooked by the sound of country music legend Chet Atkins, said "fingerstyle" guitar playing has "got such a beat . . . a guitar player can identify with it. It's fun to play. " Emmanuel, who played to a sold-out crowd at the Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville in June, will make a return appearance at 8 p.m. Thursday, said Willson, who lives in Newtown Square and who introduced Emmanuel to this area in 2000.
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July 18, 2014
QUESTION: WHAT has the Broadway ticket-buying public achieved that Apollo Creed, Ivan Drago, Tommy Gunn and Union Cane failed to? Answer: They have KO'd Rocky Balboa. "Rocky," the 4-month-old musical rendering of the iconic 1976 film starring Sylvester Stallone as the fictional Kensington ham-and-egger who gets a shot at the heavyweight crown, has finally been vanquished. Producers of the $15 million extravaganza, starring Tony Award nominee Andrew Karl , have announced that they will pull the plug on the show Aug. 17. Despite a book that's ultrafaithful to the flick and a thrilling finale in a boxing ring that extends from the stage into the first eight rows of the audience, "Rocky" never was a critical or box-office champ.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
FOLLOWING WEEKS of promotion - speaking of promotion, the Weekend Daily News is back on Saturdays with a new "Tattle Week in Review" column - "Django Unchained" has been pulled from Chinese theaters on its opening day. Movie theaters throughout China said Thursday that they were ordered to suspend the film. Employees at two Beijing movie theaters say an order issued by the importer, China Film Group Corporation, cited an unspecified technical problem with the film. Calls to China Film Group and the government's film regulatory agency were unanswered.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
He moved us with his award-winning performance as President Abraham Lincoln in the Steven Spielberg saga. But did you know that Daniel Day-Lewis was himself moved beyond words, beyond reason, beyond love itself? "There has never been a human being that I never met that I loved as much as him - ever," the thesp says on the extra features on the Lincoln Blu-ray/DVD release. "I doubt there ever will be. " So deeply was Day-Lewis immersed in the spiritual and mental viscera of Lincoln, he found himself at an existential impasse after he finished the pic. "You're not quite sure what to do with yourself when it's finished," he says.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2013 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
At some moments, Django Django sounds like surf guitar master Dick Dale got time-warped into a 1990s British rave. At other times, the London band sounds like a loping, psychedelic cousin to Animal Collective; then again, the band can seem like acid house producers obsessed with big-beat climaxes. The musicians are fascinating because they're hard to pin down. "We don't really see boundaries too clearly," says vocalist Vinnie Neff, on the phone from London. "When you love a lot of music like we do, I see it as a problem: We could never make a decision about what direction we were going.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Weinstein Co. has put the kibosh on a line of Django Unchained action figures after protests from civil rights leaders that toys based on the violent, Jamie Foxx -starring, Quentin Tarantino -directed film trivialize the horrors of slavery. On Friday, the studio said it stopped release of the dolls despite its tradition of making dolls, meant for adults, to commemorate Tarantino pics, including Inglourious Basterds . A few lucky collectors stand to make a bundle: TMZ says 1,000 dolls were released before the plug was pulled.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By Sandy Cohen, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are ready to crack each other up at the Golden Globe Awards. The two multi-hyphenate talents offered a taste of their quick-witted banter on a conference call with reporters Wednesday, during which Fey promised, "We're going to sing the whole show. " "The whole show is going to be sung front to back and Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine have written it," Fey deadpanned. "We just called up Sondy," Poehler said. "He just said, 'Jackpot.' " Fey, 42, and Poehler, 41, take over for three-time Globes host Ricky Gervais, who sometimes created a prickly atmosphere with his pointed barbs at individual stars and films.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
A LINE OF action figures based on the characters from "Django Unchained" have recently gone on sale ($34.99 retail), but Najee Ali wants them taken off the market. Ali, director of the advocacy group Project Islamic Hope, in conjunction with other Los Angeles black community leaders, called for the removal of the toys and said they're "a slap in the face of our ancestors" that "trivializes the horrors of slavery. " But do they really? More than the film itself? Did the action figures made for Quentin Tarantino 's last film, "Inglourious Basterds," trivialize the horrors of the Nazis?
NEWS
January 7, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
WHAT DOES IT TAKE to take down a killer ex-slave? A chainsaw. Movie-studio estimates Sunday show the horror sequel "Texas Chainsaw 3-D" at No. 1 with a $23-million debut. The follow-up to 1974's "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" has masked killer Leatherface on the loose again. Quentin Tarantino 's revenge saga "Django Unchained" held on at No. 2 for a second-straight weekend with $20.1 million, raising its domestic total to $106.4 million. After three weekends at No. 1, part one of Peter Jackson 's "The Hobbit" trilogy slipped to third with $17.5 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 25, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
A version of this review appeared in Sunday's Arts + Entertainment section. Neck-deep into Quentin Tarantino's antebellum western Django Unchained , I had this mental image of the ├╝ber-geek genre filmmaker tapping furiously on his laptop, beaming at the brilliance of every new piece of dialogue he's writ. For all I know, Tarantino works on a typewriter, or longhand on a legal pad (or dictates his copy to a Gal Friday in spike heels), but in any event, as the banter ping-ponged across the dining table in the plantation mansion of slave-master Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio, twirling his mustache)
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December 24, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
When last we visited Quentin Tarantino, he was in the "killin' Nazi bidness," and bidness was indeed boomin', to paraphrase Brad Pitt. His "Inglourious Basterds" violated all known rules of decorum regarding Holocuast art, and this seemed to bother no one - the movie attracted Oscar nominations and made $100 million. Primo Levi and Elie Wiesel have warned artists against any treatment of the Holocaust that denied its inexorable nihilistic reality. Tarantino sidestepped all that to give us a garish fantasy of a Jewish avenger burning Hitler alive in a movie theater - the fire starts in a spool of film, so Hitler is literally killed by movies.
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