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July 25, 2012 | By Susan Carpenter, Los Angeles Times
When Chris Colfer was just 20, he'd already been named one of GQ magazine's men of the year, having sung and acted his way into the hearts of America as Kurt, the high-pitched, openly gay brunet who is unabashedly himself on the hit TV show Glee . Colfer's star had risen so fast in the year he'd starred on the Fox comedy that a literary agent asked him to pen his autobiography - an endeavor Colfer had the good sense to decline because it was so...
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May 21, 2002 | By Douglas J. Keating INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
In the familiar fairy-tale plot, a prince eyes a beautiful young woman, falls in love at first sight, and they marry and live happily ever after. That is not the plot of Princess Ivona, a play by Polish playwright Witold Gombrowicz. Deliberately turning the story on its head, Gombrowicz has a prince take it into his head to marry the ugliest, most disagreeable young woman in the kingdom. They do not live happily ever after. Although his dark comedy was written in the late 1930s, Princess Ivona was not staged until 1965, when it was produced in Paris and Stockholm - Gombrowicz's work was banned in his native Poland until the mid-1970s, and it is now presented regularly in Europe.
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May 7, 2011 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
After a brief but emotional trial, Brutus Benedict Wolf, a.k.a. "Big Bad," was found not guilty Friday on two counts, to the shock of the Three Little Pigs. During a mock trial before Common Pleas Court Judge Idee Fox, the defense successfully argued that although there was some huffing and puffing, it resulted from bad allergies rather than malicious intent. Curly, Wilbur, and Babe Pig v. B.B. Wolf was one of a half-dozen cases heard Friday in City Hall courtrooms as part of Law Week.
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May 22, 1998 | By Miriam Seidel, FOR THE INQUIRER
The ballet Cinderella might seem better suited for the winter holidays, yet here it is, capping the Pennsylvania Ballet's season. And judging by the opening-night crowd at the Academy of Music, that suits Philadelphians just fine. The Pennsylvania Ballet reprises Ben Stevenson's version of Prokofiev's Cinderella (the company first performed it in 1995) through the end of May. It's a sumptuous production, with big, gorgeous sets and shimmering costumes. This sweet, straight-ahead fairy-tale conception chooses not to reflect the piquant dissonances of Prokofiev's score with any hints of modern tartness.
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November 2, 1988 | By Dorothy G. Wegard, Special to The Inquirer
Sometimes, dreams can come true. A dashing Prince Charming leading the woman he loves to happiness as they dance at their wedding is a fairy tale that can only come true in the dreams of young girls. But last weekend was Halloween weekend, when a fairy-tale wedding can become real - if only for one night. And in Bellmawr last Saturday afternoon, Cinderella did wed her Prince Charming. As a young girl, Sharon Rudnick, 26, of Westville, had dreamed of having a fairy-tale wedding.
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January 13, 1988
Ronald Reagan wants you to buy a refrigerator. That's what the president told the City Club of Cleveland on Monday at a fund-raiser for Mayor George Voinovich, a Republican who wants to run for the U.S. Senate. The president said the bad news being reported about the economy "could bring on bad times and a recession, if people just go on strike and quit buying. " The Gipper explained that people putting off purchase of a refrigerator or a new car would help cause any serious economic downturn.
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February 3, 2012 | By Antony Davies
I love the Harry Potter books. A world in which problems can be made to disappear with the flick of a wand is attractive. But adults know that anything worth doing can't simply be waved into existence. Calling on the government to solve problems usually involves fantasizing. The fairy tale begins with the words "The government should ... " and ends with a litany of wonderful results. How we get from start to finish is anyone's guess. The latest example of such fantasizing is in the debate about alcohol markets.
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April 2, 2004 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Well before the end of the Cold War bumped off the spy thriller, feminism already had buried Cinderella. In the equal-rights era, a young woman no longer aspired merely to marry the prince; she imagined becoming the (democratically elected or meritocratically selected) ruler herself. And while this was just and good, proponents of equal rights forgot to purge women of the princess lust imprinted on the female DNA. Thanks to Martha Coolidge's The Prince and Me, a sprightly fairy tale starring Julia Stiles as an American premed student courted by a royal, girls can entertain the question of whether one can be a practicing doctor and a princess.
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May 19, 1996 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
If you're among those whose first question about theater is "How does it look?," hie yourself forthwith to the Newman stage of the Joseph Papp Public Theater, where Caryl Churchill's The Skriker opened on Wednesday. If your curiosity runs more to "What does it mean?," you may proceed at a more leisurely pace. But I'd go anyway, if I were you. The helpful folk at the Public have provided a "Glossary of Fairies" in the evening's program, and I suggest you read it before the intermissionless play begins.
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November 11, 2003 | By SARAKAY SMULLENS
WAS PRINCESS Diana the paranoid "mental case" the Royals paint her to be? Her shocking letter recently revealed by butler and confidante Paul Burrell shows Diana feared for her life and predicted it would end in a car crash. My work in family therapy has taught me that even the exceedingly paranoid are often that way for very good reason. Diana, seemingly blessed by enchanting fortune, provides the most jolting of ironies. Strip away the designer clothes and jewels, and she's the symbol of what societies all over the world do to women who threaten an economic, political or cultural power base.
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June 19, 2014 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
MARVEL AND DC may dominate the comic-book market, but one of the top independent publishers is based in Horsham. It's Zenescope, started by Upper Dublin's Ralph Tedesco and Abington's Joe Brusha, which is celebrating its ninth year in business and the 100th issue of its flagship comic, Grimm Fairy Tales . Growing up, Brusha was the comic-book fan, while Tedesco wanted to be an actor. The pair had written screenplays, but it was when Tedesco was home from California for a wedding that Brusha asked him what he knew about comic books.
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January 21, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
What a difference two decades make. In 1993, Jonathan Harvey's Beautiful Thing seemed like a fairy tale of two gay teens finding love and acceptance in the violent, addiction-plagued public housing of London's working-class suburbs. Twenty-one years later, Mauckingbird's uneven production treats Beautiful Thing like an after-school special. In director Peter Reynolds' production, truant Jamie (Griffin Back), popular athlete Ste (Kevin Murray) and dropout Leah (Sofie Yavorsky)
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September 26, 2013
A SH MONIF, 36, of Center City, is co-founder and chief executive of Grimm Bros, a studio developing online role-playing video games. Monif, in the game industry 10 years, helped develop the mobile game "Fort Courage" as chief operating officer of Human Head Studios. Grimm Bros wants to meld twisted versions of classic fairy tales with black humor and artwork. Q: When did you start Grimm Bros? A: My business partner, Randis Albion, who lives in Bangkok, and I started in November 2012 but didn't officially launch until February.
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May 19, 2013 | By Sally A. Downey, For The Inquirer
As a little girl, Evelyn Haines (nee Schufrieder), dreamed of marrying Prince Charming. Instead of living in a turreted castle, though, she and her prince would live in the big barn in Roxborough where she and her father bought produce every week. Evelyn didn't know why the barn held her spellbound. "There was just something about it," she says. Time went by. The barn, which was built in 1750, became a horse stable, then for two decades sheltered Girl Scout campers. Evelyn grew up, married a prince named Evan Haines, and moved to a condo nearby.
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May 16, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Culture Critic
PRINCETON - "Is this professional or volunteer?" asked one of the younger audience members at Into the Woods , now playing at the McCarter Theatre Center in a production by the Fiasco Theater. Good question. Before the show began on Saturday afternoon, the scrupulously casual actors loitered around the stage, greeting friends in the audience, slowly coalescing into the intricate web of fairy tales retold by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine with a wisdom that grows deeper with repeated exposure.
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May 6, 2013 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Aliyah is a beautiful 14-year-old with sparkling eyes and a brilliant smile. Very articulate and outgoing, she has many friends and is usually the center of attention. Aliyah has an eye for fashion and loves to get dressed up and wear costume jewelry. Her favorite pastimes are shopping at the mall with her friends and creating art projects. She also enjoys writing poetry, which she feels is good for her. "I don't like to talk about my feelings," she says, "but when I get them down on paper, it helps me a lot. " Aliyah likes going to school and works very hard to please her teachers.
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March 27, 2013 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Storybook tales are easy to write. The truth is messier. It doesn't hold still to be tied up with a neat bow. The truth can actually be a lousy storyteller. From the outside, La Salle is the perfect fairy tale for college basketball in March. The Explorers haven't been in the NCAA tournament for 22 years and now, after three wins in five days, they are in the Sweet 16. Isn't that cute? A 13 seed. Among the current survivors in the tournament, only Florida Gulf Coast University, a 15 seed, is more adorable.
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March 1, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
FEE FIE HO-HUM, you smell another medieval Game of Clones - an over-inflated fairy tale along the lines of "Snow White and the Huntsman" or "Red Riding Hood. " The new one is called "Jack the Giant Slayer," a 3-D spectacle almost as massively budgeted as "The Hobbit," and directed by Bryan Singer ("Superman," "X-Men") - credentials that establish expectations of another pointlessly supersize bedtime story. And the movie does suffer a bit from giganticism. But, in "Jack's" defense, it's about giants.
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March 1, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Never taunt police by quoting a fairy tale if you're unsure how the story ends. So would seem the moral of a real-life tale featuring Mark Gross Jr., 21, of Hatfield. Gross is an alleged drug dealer who Montgomery County authorities say posted a bad rendition of portions of the "gingerbread man" rhyme online after the District Attorney's Office asked for the public's help in locating him. The post, typos and all, read: "im not turnin my self ... run run as fast as u can u cant catch me im da ginger bread man......sincierly da gingerbread man. " Gross was wanted on a bench warrant for drug charges.
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March 1, 2013 | By Mari A. Schaefer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Never taunt police by quoting a fairy tale if you're unsure how the story ends. So would seem the moral of a real-life tale featuring Mark Gross Jr., 21, of Hatfield. Gross is an alleged drug dealer who Montgomery County authorities say posted a bad rendition of portions of the "gingerbread man" rhyme online after the District Attorney's Office asked for the public's help in locating him. The post, typos and all, read: "im not turnin my self ... run run as fast as u can u cant catch me im da ginger bread man......sincierly da gingerbread man. " Gross was wanted on a bench warrant for drug charges.
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