March 21, 2015 |
Matilda DeFlaviis Fumo could often be seen in the Independence Hall neighborhood, turned out as a well-dressed 18th century lady. In springtime and autumn, from the mid-1980s into 2009, Mrs. Fumo was a costumed guide for Centipede Tours. A very patient guide. The last tour that Mrs. Fumo worked alongside Centipede guide Sally A. Downey was especially memorable. Though the tour groups often consisted of local schoolchildren, this one was peopled by adults from out of state.
October 9, 2014 |
TORONTO - Before Robert Downey Jr. was Iron Man, his being Iron Man would have been inconceivable. Before "Iron Man" in 2008, Downey had been acting in movies for 25 years and had never top-lined a major hit. His biggest box-office movie was "Back to School," starring Rodney Dangerfield. His second biggest hit: "Bowfinger," starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. No. 3? "The Shaggy Dog," starring Tim Allen. Downey had always been an actor of great range and promise, but he was best-known for his drug habit, and he was hardly a movie star.
February 28, 2014 |
ACTRESS/producer Roma Downey decided to call her movie company Lightworkers for a reason. "We were tired of cursing the darkness," said Downey, the former "Touched by an Angel" star who produced last year's hit miniseries "The Bible" and this week opens a companion film, "Son of God. " "We're committed to stories that add light," she said. "We are people of faith. This is important to us. It's not just a job. " "We have jobs," chimed in husband Mark Burnett, with atypical understatement.
May 3, 2013 |
"IRON MAN 3" is good fun, and the story of how the franchise got its groove back is one of those strange only-in-Hollywood tales. Cut to 2004, when fallen star Robert Downey Jr. was trying to mount a movie comeback after rehab and exile - a history of arrests and relapse had made him uninsurable and nearly unemployable. Producers withheld salary until wrap day; friends paid his insurance bond. He was offered the lead in an offbeat mystery-comedy called "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" and took it, and while the movie didn't make much money, it reaffirmed Downey's chops - his speed-bag way with dialogue, his gift for blink-of-an-eye shifts from comedy to drama.
May 3, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - There's something of the old married couple about Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr., though they're married to other people. They've known each other for 20 years, through bad times (his) and good (hers all along, and now his, too). They're cozy and comfy sitting down together for an interview, shifting easily between talking about their Marvel Studios superhero sequel "Iron Man 3," chatting up each other's career and family, and trading small talk about their little ailments as Downey rummages through a case of nostrums he travels with.
February 28, 2013 |
James E. Downey Sr., 84, of Springfield, Delaware County, a banking executive who devoted himself to Catholic organizations, died Saturday, Feb. 23, of respiratory failure at Bryn Mawr Terrace. Mr. Downey began working for Beneficial Mutual Savings Bank in 1949 as a bookkeeper. He later moved to the company's audit department. When he retired in 1993, he was senior vice president and treasurer. He was instrumental in expanding the branch network and increasing the bank's assets.
January 2, 2013 |
For sufferers of the nation's most popular superstition, the arrival of 2013 opens the door to an annum of angst. Triskaidekaphobia - the fear of 13 - is a dread so common that some buildings don't label their 13th floors, some workers fall "sick" every Friday the 13th, and some passengers reschedule a flight if their only choice is a seat in the 13th row. For Margaret Downey of Pocopson, Chester County, a self-styled "treatment nurse" with...
December 30, 2011 |
Recent movie openings bring with them a duel between Tom Cruise in the punctuationally exciting sequel Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol and Robert Downey Jr. in his second sequel in as many years, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. At a glance, the two actors couldn't be more different. There's Cruise, with his clean-cut boy-next-door, Jerry Maguire good looks and box-office popularity, which remains undimmed by some of his weird antics and belief in Scientology.
July 25, 2011 |
IT WASN'T EASY for Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" to whip tax deadbeat Downey's Irish Pub and Restaurant, at Front and South streets, back into shape. In the series' premiere, which aired last night, consultant Jon Taffer grills owner Domenico Centofanti about unsanitary conditions that include rat carcasses that decomposed for weeks above a pizza oven, and food that was left just a few feet away from an overflowing trash room. Three things we learned from the show: 1 Centofanti admitted he became depressed after his brother Marco Centofanti shot their mother and killed himself in a third-floor apartment above the bar on Mother's Day 2005.
July 14, 2011
Thirty patrons have posted comments on Yelp.com about their experiences at Downey's, giving the pub a measly 2 1/2 stars. Here's a list of some comments made before the makeover: James B., of Philadelphia: "I really can't fathom the 1 star reviews here and can only assume they are extremely outdated opinions. Downey's is a totally fun place that really stands out from many of the crowded Irish bars in the same area that are full of half-wits, loudmouths and generally drunken a-holes.