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November 25, 2008 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 1987 | By Desmond Ryan, Inquirer Movie Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 1987 | By NELS NELSON, Daily News Theater Critic
"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.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 1993 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
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.
SPORTS
February 12, 2009 | BY THE INQUIRER STAFF
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.
BUSINESS
November 3, 1986 | By MARC MELTZER, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
May 28, 1987 | By MARC MELTZER, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2012 | By Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
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)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 24, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Next time you go for a walk in the country, or in the park, or in your garden if you have one, watch out for the teensy-weensie folk dressed like Robin Hood, zipping through the blades of grass, whooshing this way and that on the backs of hummingbirds. Watch for the talking micro-snails and slugs, too, the jolly caterpillars and sinister Boggans with their pointy teeth and animal cowls, and the beautiful faerie princess-type - you definitely don't want to step on her. Or, you could just go see Epic , a hyperactive CG cartoon, very loosely adapted from children's book author and artist William Joyce's The Leaf Men and the Brave Good Bugs.
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January 15, 2016 | Drew Lazor, For The Inquirer
These days, if you want to impress your food-obsessed friends from New York with the culinary prowess of Philadelphia, you'd have no trouble dropping five figures on a ridiculously elaborate dinner at any one of this city's fine restaurants. But you might be surprised to hear that same boast was made by a group of well-to-do food enthusiasts from Philadelphia in 1851, and the bill from the resulting meal was in the same ballpark: between $1,000 and $1,500 (or between $29,000 and $47,000 today, depending on how inflation is calculated)
NEWS
July 20, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Accuracy or dramatic flair? Just what do we want from a historical epic? It's a question that makes some critics froth at the mouth with the premiere of every historical miniseries or show, from HBO's painstakingly researched Rome to Starz's saucy Spartacus and Showtime's downright naughty The Borgias . The question will no doubt be raised again this weekend when Spike unveils its first major scripted production , Tut ...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THERE WAS TOO much news in celebrity world this past week and we had to leave some Tattbits out like, our fave, "Star Wars: Episode VII" has completed principal photography and is officially titled, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and Bill Cosby 's private and epic African-American art collection will make its public debut tomorrow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art on the National Mall. Read on for more news in "Celebrityville. " Yesterday The daughter of "American Top 40" broadcaster Casey Kasem has filed legal documents asking a judge to force her stepmother to return his remains back to the United States, TMZ.com reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2014 | By Sally Friedman, For The Inquirer
Dear Nancy, So here you are, sending your first son off to college. Such a simple fact. Such huge implications. I certainly don't know where those 18 years went since I first held Samuel Ezra Friedman Zinn in my arms and told you, through tears that wouldn't stop coming, that nothing in your life would ever be the same, because now you were somebody's mother. Exhausted, exhilarated, awed, you couldn't possibly have known what I meant. I wanted to prepare you for what motherhood is: a series of astonishments, delights, sweetness, and tenderness - along with bursts of aggravation, frustration, and anger.
NEWS
August 1, 2014
BEGINNING IN a month or so, local media outlets will be tripping over one other in order to yet again tell the story of how the 1964 Phillies let what seemed to be a mortal lock on the National League pennant and a showdown with the New York Yankees in that year's World Series slip out of their hands. But a South Jersey playwright has already been there and done that. In June, Vineland's Lou Mascolo had his play, "The Year the Phillies Blew the Pennant," staged at the Ashley McCormick Entertainment Center in Bridgeton, N.J. Despite its title, the drama isn't a documentary about the season that horrifically concluded with the infamous 10-game losing streak that ignited the bonfire upon which an entire region's hopes and dreams burned to ashes.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2014 | By Rachel Zamzow, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is getting a makeover. It wants new health ideas to go viral. It wants partners in business and government to magnify its impact. And it seeks game-changing ideas from inventors to improve doctor visits and reshape medicine into a "Culture of Health. " The nation's largest health philanthrophy has long been focused on discreet health problems such as smoking and obesity. But in a major policy shift publicly discussed Wednesday for the first time, the Princeton-based foundation is seeking to up its game and inspire mass movements.
NEWS
May 30, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
She surprised people. She was tall, more than six feet. Her voice - sonorous, precise, pleased at its own beauty - surprised, too, almost as much as the words it spoke. Poet, memoirist, and public voice Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday at age 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., made a life of escaping expectations. "She lived an epic life," said poet and publisher Lamont B. Steptoe, "and her success was well-deserved for what she went through. " At a news conference Wednesday, Mayor Nutter said, "I've been a fan and admirer of hers for a long, long time . . . . She spoke to so many different people through poems.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 30, 2013 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Alex Gibney's The Armstrong Lie started off as something else altogether: a celebration, not an indictment, a documentary about Lance Armstrong's 2009 Tour de France comeback try. Four years after announcing his retirement from professional cycling - a profession that had netted the Texas sports icon a record seven consecutive Tour de France wins - Armstrong was back in the race. And Gibney, the Oscar-winning documentarian ( Taxi to the Dark Side ), was invited along for the ride.
NEWS
August 30, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
THE AD CAMPAIGN for "The Grandmaster" features a blurb from Martin Scorsese praising the movie for being "arranged with elegance. " Did he get the CliffsNotes? I had a much harder time with the arrangement of Wong Kar Wai's new kung fu, World War II (former) epic. The movie I saw looked like it had been made from a script dropped into a blender, made into a puree for quick consumption. Of course, the version I saw ran 109 minutes - 20 minutes shorter than the version available in China, and reportedly three hours shorter than the director's original cut. The subtitled U.S. version has the telltale fingerprints of Harvey Weinstein (massive voice-over explainers)
ENTERTAINMENT
August 10, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
H.G. Wells' remarkable popularity shows no signs of diminishing nearly 70 years after his death. It's nowhere more apparent than in Hollywood, which continues to churn out adaptations of   the science-fiction pioneer's output, which includes The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898). Yet Wells' later, politically charged work is virtually ignored today. A committed socialist, he wrote passionately in the 1920s and '30s about the dangers of extreme nationalism, and called instead for a united world government organized around Marxist ideals.
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