November 25, 2008 |
Australia, the audacious epic from visionary director Baz Luhrmann that opens tomorrow, is being hailed as the Pacific Gone With the Wind. The movie's scintillating star, Hugh Jackman, endorses that comparison, but he also sees a number of other intentional echoes in Australia. "I can see shades of Out of Africa," the 40-year-old actor says on the phone. "Some of From Here to Eternity, some from The Wizard of Oz. It's a swashbuckling adventure with romance at the center of it, and Baz draws on all those sources but still manages to do something unique with it. " Set in the days leading up to World War II, it's the story of a stiff English noblewoman (Nicole Kidman)
December 13, 1987 |
The numbers involved in Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor are in a cast-of-thousands, cost-of-millions bracket to satisfy the extravagant appetites of epic filmmakers from Cecil B. DeMille to David Lean. There were the 19,000 extras, the massive crew of 270 technicians, the 9,000 costumes, the 60 main characters, the three dozen interpreters to keep six nationalities happy and the location in a palace with 9,999 rooms. Not to mention the 2,000 kilos of pasta and the 100 kilos of Parmesan cheese.
April 23, 1987 |
"The Odyssey of Homer," adapted for the stage by Leon Katz. Directed by Joseph Leonardo, set and lighting design by Daniel P. Boylen, costumes by Neil Bierbower, sound by Charles Cohen, music composed by Jeff Cain, choreography by Kathy Garrinella, fight choreography by Payson Burt. Presented by Temple University Theater at the Tomlinson Theater, 13th and Norris streets, through May 2. It has become a tradition for Temple University Theater to close its season with a bang. Homer's "The Odyssey" certainly lends itself to such treatment, and the company not only has taken up the gauntlet but spares its audience the anguish of running one. In short, the production that opened last night at Tomlinson Theater is worthy of the challenge: It is eye-filling, inventive, unfailingly interesting and as faithful to the manuscript as any enactment of a Greek epic has a right to be with a mere two hours at its disposal.
September 9, 1993 |
Chaplin, originally scheduled to appear last month, finally arrives in video stores this week, along with a thriller from south of the border. CHAPLIN (1992) (LIVE) $94.98. 135 minutes. Robert Downey Jr., Kevin Kline, Dan Aykroyd, Geraldine Chaplin, Anthony Hopkins, Milla Jovovich, Moira Kelly. Director Richard Attenborough specializes in epic biography and the big picture, but is there a canvas large enough to encompass Charlie Chaplin? Probably not, but this lavish, affectionate and rewarding film is anchored by a brilliant, Oscar-nominated performance from Downey and is particularly moving on the poverty and tragedy that shaped the screen's greatest comic artist.
February 12, 2009 |
Patrick Maroon's goal in the ninth round last night ended a marathon shoot-out and gave the Phantoms a 2-1 AHL win over the Lowell Devils. Andreas Nodl scored the regulation goal. Jared Ross and Jonathan Matsumoto also scored in the shoot-out.
November 3, 1986 |
PSFS's involvement with EPIC, the bankrupt real estate syndication company, continues to be a potential threat to the bank's economic performance more than a year after its EPIC-related loans went into default. PSFS - whose consolidated EPIC holdings totaled $228.7 million - was the largest investor in the $1.4 billion worth of mortgage securities sold by the Virginia-based Equity Programs Investment Corp. The money was used to finance the purchase of 19,000 homes, mostly in Texas and the Southwest, including some in the Philadelphia area.
May 28, 1987 |
PSFS has agreed to pay $2 million to settle two shareholders' suits, which developed from the bank's involvement with EPIC, the bankrupt real estate syndication company. Bank spokesman Joseph M. Barrett said yesterday the cost of the settlement represents a potential penalty against earnings. The effect of the settlement on earnings per share was unavailable. whose consolidated EPIC holdings totaled $228.7 million - was the largest investor in the $1.4 billion worth of mortgage securities sold by the Virginia-based Equity Programs Investment Corp.
January 21, 2012 |
The Rape of Nanking, the 1937 rape and murder rampage by Japanese troops, comes so vividly to life in The Flowers of War that you wish the great Chinese director Zhang Yimou had a better movie to put in front of it. Japan, both officially and informally, has spent the intervening 74 years ignominiously denying that this slaughter of Chinese women and children in that city ever happened. But while the filmmaker who gave us Ju Dou and Raise the Red Lantern presents a visual epic of a city reduced to black rubble and gray ash, the cliche-ridden story of a cynical American (Christian Bale)
April 16, 2010 |
The grunting, glorious battle scenes in the 19th-century China fightfest The Warlords go on and on, but the moment that may take the proverbial cake is when Jet Li, as a renegade general, finds himself encircled by a troop of blade-slinging enemy soldiers. The Asian action star takes his long spear and swiftly runs it low through the calves of the surrounding throng. Defeat takes on a new meaning - and a new spelling - for the instantly amputated men. Directed in thumping, thundering fashion by Peter Ho-Sun Chan, The Warlords , with Takeshi Kaneshiro and Andy Lau fighting alongside Li, is the latest in a line of historical war epics (see Red Cliff , also with Kaneshiro)