April 9, 1999 |
Any truly accomplished writer of comedy knows that deciding what to take out of a script often can be a lot harder than coming up with just the right line in the first place. A witty exchange or a bit of business can be very amusing in its own right and yet still stop a movie dead in its tracks by seeming out of place or out of synch with the character. Christopher Heisen and Adam Zarembok, who wrote My Engagement Party - a comedy that struggles to rise to the level of sophomoric, have yet to learn this fundamental truth about what separates situation comedy from the genuine article.
March 15, 2013 |
The widow and children of Robert C. Daniels, a former Pennsylvania Superior Court judge and chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, have sued prominent lawyer Sherrie R. Savett and a Philadelphia catering company, charging negligence in his death. The suit, filed Tuesday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, says Daniels was attending a party at Savett's Bryn Mawr home to celebrate the engagement of her daughter when he fell down a flight of stairs to the basement and cracked his head.
June 5, 2016
DEAR ABBY: Was I spreading gossip by telling my former husband that our granddaughter's wedding was off? We had just returned from their engagement party. It is my understanding that one wants to cancel, while the other wants to go through with it. The wedding is a year away, and this has been the talk of the family for the last six months. Apparently, there has been trouble in paradise because she had an affair. As a result, they are now going to counseling. Our granddaughter said she was going to move back in with her mother for a while.
January 31, 2013 |
Hello there When Lauren, 29, began law school at the University of Pennsylvania in fall 2005, she thought she had a pretty good idea where life was taking her: She'd marry a Jewish guy and they'd settle in Philadelphia, or possibly New York. Early that semester on a group outing to a 76ers game, Lauren met Paulo, an MBA candidate from Brazil. He was attractive, smart, fun, and interested in her. And there was a certain chemistry between them. But Paulo did not fit her plan. "He's not Jewish, he's leaving soon [to return to Brazil]
December 28, 2015
Q uestion: I have a friend who always points when talking about someone, which I think is incredibly rude and makes people (especially those being pointed at) feel uncomfortable. But when I told her this, she insisted there was nothing offensive about this, and that people don't even notice it. Please settle this argument. - Liz in New Jersey Answer: Pointing is rude. It's that plain and simple. A person will certainly notice if he or she is being pointed at by a stranger or a friend.
August 4, 1999 |
QUOTE "Lying on the couch watching TV, eating fat-free chocolate cake with syrup on it and drinking coffee with fat-free Coffeemate, with Laura Dern. " - Boyfriend Billy Bob Thornton, on how he spends Saturday nights Maybe Barry White can't get enough of your love, but he's had enough of promoting his new album. The big soul star, who's spent recent weeks busily flogging "Staying Power" in TV and print interviews, has checked into a San Diego hospital for tests. He's also postponed the first month of his tour with Earth, Wind & Fire, slated to begin tomorrow in Concord, Calif.
May 13, 2011 |
Question: I am marrying a wonderful man this fall. His sister has had a falling-out with all of her brothers. She did not accept a few invitations that have been offered to her (Thanksgiving, birthday parties, our engagement party). The groom's mom has refused to go to our wedding if his sister does not attend. If his mom does not attend, his father has stated he will not be attending. I am sad for my fiance, but also concerned the wedding may be all of my family and our friends, but no relatives on his side.
June 11, 2010 |
Dear Amy: I am wondering about proper gift-giving etiquette when it comes to a combined engagement party/wedding reception being held nearly a year before the actual wedding. This is in celebration of one of my husband's coworkers and her fiance, who have a rocky "on again, off again" relationship. They are notoriously irresponsible with their finances. The wedding will be a destination wedding a year away. But on the invitation we received, they are requesting their wedding gifts now!
April 22, 1998 |
"I don't play golf and I don't fish. I want to die in the office. " - "60 Minutes" producer Don Hewitt, 75, on his retirement plans Ellen DeGeneres, convinced ABC will cancel her sitcom "Ellen" after its season finale next month, should resolve to spend some of her newfound free time studying show-biz etiquette. DeGeneres recently taped a guest appearance on the NBC series "Mad About You," and reportedly left the set with everybody mad at her. The star, playing a nanny on the May 19 episode of the Paul Reiser/Helen Hunt sitcom, "forgot it wasn't her program," the New York Post reported.
November 20, 1987 |
"Date with an Angel," a romantic comedy/fantasy starring Michael E. Knight, Phoebe Cates and Emmanuelle Beart. Written and directed by Tom McLoughlin. Running time: 105 minutes. A De Laurentis Entertainment Group release. It's a good thing that Tom McLoughlin's "Date with an Angel" is billed as a romantic comedy/fantasy, because one must suspend a fantastic amount of reason to get through his tale of boy meets girl. Michael E. Knight - formerly "Tad Martin" on the ABC soap "All My Children" - plays Jim Sanders, a hapless hero engaged to a spoiled little rich girl named Patty Winston - played by an appropriately bratty Phoebe Cates.