December 13, 2014 |
Chris Rock established himself as one of our foremost comics with his 1996 HBO special, Bring the Pain . Nearly two decades later, he proves he's also a brilliant filmmaker with Top Five , a stunning, joyous, big-screen comedy written and directed by and starring the 49-year-old Rock. An innovative take on familiar material, Top Five is an exquisitely paced, rich, idiosyncratic, satirical, yet deeply moving free-form comedy about a Hollywood star who is shadowed for one day by a New York Times reporter.
February 18, 1986 |
Let's declare a national moratorium for 100 years or so on the creation of halls of fame. In case you haven't noticed, the flame of fame is burning brightly - indeed, blindingly - across the land, and halls of fame are being opened at the rate of one per month. It's a veritable hailstorm of name- dropping. Just last month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame held its inaugural ceremony in, of all places, the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. After inducting Elvis and Fats and Chuck, everybody joined in singing "Roll Over, Beethoven," and he probably did. But Ludwig will never be asked to join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, nor the Songwriters Hall of Fame (New York)
March 26, 1986
I was insulted by Mark Randall's article on the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame ("Is rock-and-roll ready for a hall?" Op-ed Page, March 11). First he calls rock-and-roll trash and bad music, and then he claims that our generation spent the first half of our lives in adolescence. All this from a man who can only think of Fabian? Perhaps Mr. Randall is living the second half of his life under a rock. He was right about the trash situation, and his article helped to make it worse.
March 10, 1988 |
The Marple Newtown School District is planning a Hall of Fame to honor distinguished graduates of Marple Newtown High School, said Naomi Zaslow, school district director of information. "Lots of different kinds of people will be included. Whatever milieu they find themselves in, if they are contributing, we'd like to recognize them," Zaslow said. The names of those elected to the Hall of Fame will be engraved on a plaque to be displayed in the high school. Honorees will also be recognized at a special assembly next fall.
June 24, 1993 |
They've got all their marbles in Wildwood. The national Hall of Fame for marbles will be dedicated tonight in Wildwood, the site of annual marbles tournaments for the past 34 years. "There's a list of the national champions, photographs, trophies and tournament shirts," said Robert Scully of the Wildwood Historical Society. "One thing that surprised me was the handmade clay marbles from the late 1800s. Today, they're made of glass and manufactured by the millions. " The Marbles Hall of Fame will occupy a room in the George F. Boyer Museum at Spencer Avenue and Holly Beach station.
February 1, 1987 |
Seven years after the premiere of the movie, and four years after NBC's cancellation of the series, Fame continues to make good the promise of its theme song: "I'm gonna live forever. . . . I'm gonna learn how to fly. " Fame (Saturdays at 6 p.m. on Channel 29), now in its sixth season of production for television, is alive and well - very well - and living in syndication. People who haven't seen it since its NBC days have missed a lot. Janet Jackson, for example, was a series regular two years ago, and its latest cast is its strongest yet. Creatively, Fame is now a better program than ever before.
January 8, 2012
Between four and seven enshrinees will be announced Feb. 4, the day before the Super Bowl. Bill Parcells, coach Tim Brown, wide receiver Cris Carter, wide receiver Andre Reed, wide receiver Jerome Bettis, running back Curtis Martin, running back Will Shields, offensive lineman Aeneas Williams, defensive back ...
December 30, 1986 |
Joe Ostroski, one of Philadelphia's most famous bowlers, may soon realize a dream of long standing - a berth in the American Bowling Congress National Hall of Fame. "There's a possibility I could be placed in the veterans' category," said Ostroski, a venerable pin toppler who was prominent in the match-game era. "I've been near induction, but as for now, the votes, especially in the East, are hard to come by. It seems the West and Midwest dominate the hall. " But Ostroski's hopes are rising.
October 21, 1993 |
I recently had the opportunity to participate in a hobby-dealer gathering at the new NHL Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. I was impressed with the facility, the scope of the collection and the enthusiasm with which this sports mecca is being greeted by visitors. Housed in a refurbished bank building, the Hockey Hall of Fame is located right off the lake front in the banking district of the city. Hall president David Taylor said the decision to locate the facility in the city has paid big dividends since it opened in early June of this year.
December 7, 1986 |
It happened this way: Don Lee Van Winkle, Don Ferris and Mickey Brook were rehearsing "under the grate" at J & R Parking on Sansom Street in Center City. This was in the late 1960s, when their band, the Great American Dream, spent eight to 12 hours a day honing its musical talents down there. Guitarist and songwriter Van Winkle was toying with a country melody one day when band members Nick Jameson and Nicky Indelicato came into the underground studio with lyrics they'd worked out as they rode into town.