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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
April 16, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
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)
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NEWS
April 12, 2016 | By Stephan Salisbury, Staff Writer
ALL JOURNEYS begin at the beginning. So it was that four Philadelphia artists gathered to launch an epic trek - epic thanks to its arduous length, difficult terrain, and mystical purpose - at 61st Street and Baltimore Avenue. Undertaken at the end of winter, this quest, like most others, became a study of itself and of the travelers themselves. And when the travelers arrived back where they started, they knew the place for the first time. "I feel like I've been shaken up in this interesting way," writer Ann de Forest said when the trek was over and she was standing in front of Caribbean Cuisine, about to hop on the 34 trolley.
NEWS
April 10, 2016
J.S. Bach from the master. At 82, conductor Helmuth Rilling has possibly logged more Bach than anybody, having recorded all of Bach's choral works over some 170 compact discs. In Philadelphia this week, he is hosted by Temple University in master conducting classes on Tuesday and a performance of the Bach motets - some of the more difficult choral works of any era - at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, with the Temple University Concert Choir and Graduate Conductors Chorus at the Church of the Holy Trinity.
SPORTS
March 13, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, Columnist
NEW YORK - You know the saying St. Joseph's folks like to go by, no need to repeat it. On Friday afternoon, the Hawks really put their mantra to a basketball test. They were still flapping but looked dead, down 16 points right after the half in the Atlantic Ten quarterfinals. They had just gotten to Brooklyn and it looked like they'd be right back on the Turnpike heading south, dragging along a three-game losing streak into Selection Sunday. In a basketball history that goes back over a century, St. Joe's hadn't had too many comebacks like Hawks fans saw at the Barclays Center, with stakes so high - down 16 in the second half, winning 86-80.
FOOD
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.
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