December 24, 2012 |
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.
April 25, 2010 |
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.
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.
March 26, 2013 |
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.
January 12, 2013 |
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.
July 8, 2010 |
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.
February 16, 2012 |
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.
December 26, 2001 |
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)
January 19, 2007 |
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.
October 17, 2004 |
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.