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July 5, 1994 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It's rare, in the course of interviewing movie stars about their new film, that one of the actors leans over and smacks another in the head, then rips a soggy bagel out of his mouth. It's simply not done in most proper social settings, even among pampered film actors. But then, most movie stars aren't Jacob and Adam Worton, the blond, blue- eyed, 19-month-old identical twins who make their acting debuts - actually, their crawling, grinning and drooling debuts - in the new comedy Baby's Day Out. "WWAAAAAHHH!
NEWS
July 14, 2014 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
Rather than presenting one dramatically large video installation, as they did for their last show at Locks Gallery, in 2012, the filmmaking team of Matthew Suib and Nadia Hironaka now have taken the opposite approach. Their current show at Locks, "Mirrors, Marks & Loops," is a cineaste's dream and my idea of the perfect visual torment: six videos, all running continuously in the ground-floor gallery. But Suib and Hironaka have become so good at what they do - making ambitious, witty films that play on the history of the moving image, among other things - that I soon found myself sitting in the dark on various cubes distributed throughout the gallery, watching each video from beginning to end. I think I may have seen the largest of them, Ascension (With Cat)
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 1991 | By Stu Bykofsky, Daily News Columnist
"Today is Black Thursday," Channel 6 cameraman Bob Kravitz said yesterday, the day Saddam Hussein had threatened a "rain of fire. " After almost a week in Saudi Arabia, Kravitz and Action News reporter Dann Cuellar have decided to sleep during the day and remain awake at night because "that's when he starts peppering us with his Scuds," Kravitz said in a telephone interview from eastern Saudi Arabia. "This was the first morning we didn't get a 'wake-up' call. We call it Scud awake," he said.
NEWS
February 13, 2007 | By Rebecca Nugent
Many parents in Evesham Township have found the recent curriculum changes in the K-8 district, which include the video That's a Family!, unacceptable. The reasons vary, and I can speak only to my own rationale. While I understand and support the schools' efforts to promote respect for all persons, the district circumvented this goal when it presented materials explicitly or implicitly endorsing one particular moral viewpoint over competing views. That's a Family! was produced not to encourage tolerance, but to aggressively advocate the normalization of homosexual behavior.
NEWS
June 5, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
What if we could heal our economic woes, reduce unemployment to less than 1 percent, and solidify America's position as the world's greatest financial and military power? What if we could do it all in only a handful of years? That's the utopian world offered in The Purge , a riveting, thoughtful psychological thriller starring Ethan Hawke ( The Woman in the Fifth ) and Lena Headey ( Game of Thrones ) which opens Friday. The Purge is set in an America that has instituted a simple formula for achieving economic success: Cull the population once a year, cutting out (killing)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2007 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
The weeds are sky-high in Times Square. Deer run the avenues, hopscotching around abandoned cars. Mass graves fill Central Park. Manhattan, in the year 2012, is a ghost town. Not even Rudy Giuliani could save the place. But maybe Will Smith can. In I Am Legend , a big-budget adaptation of Richard Matheson's 1954 sci-fi novel (and two film versions: the 1964 Last Man on Earth and the 1971 Charlton Heston-starring Omega Man ), Smith plays Robert Neville, a military scientist who seems to be the last man in Manhattan.
FOOD
February 16, 2012
Bridgeton, N.J., is poised for its second annual one-day/one-film food festival, April 21, with a screening of Like Water for Chocolate , director Alfonso Arau's 1992 film based on the novel by Laura Esquivel. Eventgoers will be treated to a beer/wine tasting with appetizers before the film, and a full-course dinner and dessert after it, with a meal inspired by the foods in the movie story line and produced by local restaurateur-experts in Mexican cuisines. Traditional Mexican music and a cooking demonstration round out the evening at the Ashley McCormick Center, a former furniture emporium on East Commerce Street.
NEWS
September 21, 2012 | By Augustine Anthony and Haris Anwar, Bloomberg News
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan deployed its army to protect diplomatic missions in Islamabad on Thursday amid some of the most sustained and violent protests yet against an American-made film that denigrates Muhammad. "We have to do everything we can to protect foreigners in the country," Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira told the GEO television channel, criticizing violence he said was an attempt to sabotage the government's call for peaceful rallies Thursday. "Is this the way to show respect to our Prophet?"
NEWS
February 15, 1986 | By VINCE KASPER, Daily News Staff Writer
The man responsible for bringing the controversial film, "Hail, Mary," to Philadelphia pondered the dozen religious protesters who were praying the rosary on the street below and felt a certain sense of relief. "We think this is the easier part now," film programmer Ray Murray, a Roman Catholic, said yesterday afternoon in his second-floor office as the French movie began a one-week run at the Theatre of the Living Arts on South Street. "We've been under a lot of tension with the letters and calls . . .," Murray said.
BUSINESS
August 19, 1988 | By Marc Meltzer, Daily News Staff Writer
The people behind the selling of the movie "The Last Temptation of Christ" are hoping the good word from the nation's movie critics will keep the box office humming. Although Universal Pictures refuses to talk about the marketing of the movie, it's clear that the studio is shunning TV advertising in favor of a low-profile newspaper campaign to reach the movie's target audience and to cool opposition to the film. And one industry observer speculated that to counter the outcry against the film, the company had been forced to spend more on advertising than it wanted.
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July 17, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THERE WAS A time, said Brother Gerry Molyneaux, FSC, that the Negro League all-star showcase drew as many fans last night's All-Star Game. "They used to have 50,000 or so show up at [Chicago's] Comiskey Park," said Molyneaux, who teaches in La Salle University's communication department. Baseball - and sports in general - is one of Molyneaux's favorite pastimes. This summer he has teamed up with 21-year-old communication major Tom MacLeod on a project studying films dealing with racism in sports.
NEWS
July 14, 2014 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
Rather than presenting one dramatically large video installation, as they did for their last show at Locks Gallery, in 2012, the filmmaking team of Matthew Suib and Nadia Hironaka now have taken the opposite approach. Their current show at Locks, "Mirrors, Marks & Loops," is a cineaste's dream and my idea of the perfect visual torment: six videos, all running continuously in the ground-floor gallery. But Suib and Hironaka have become so good at what they do - making ambitious, witty films that play on the history of the moving image, among other things - that I soon found myself sitting in the dark on various cubes distributed throughout the gallery, watching each video from beginning to end. I think I may have seen the largest of them, Ascension (With Cat)
BUSINESS
July 7, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alki David, the Greek billionaire and Hollywood maverick who owns film libraries, was talking on his mobile phone last week from his estate on the isle of Spetses about what comes next for FilmOn. He has watched the "roadkill" of online-streaming companies over the years, but he still has the fight - and apparently the financial resources - to take on the TV networks. "I'm prepared to be the biggest pain . . . they have ever experienced," he said. He will get his chance. The U.S. Supreme Court decided 6-3 on June 25 that Aereo Inc. - and, thus, David's FilmOn - violated copyright laws with their mini-antenna farms that grabbed free broadcast-TV signals out of the air and transmitted them over the Internet.
NEWS
July 4, 2014 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
While the new French biopic Yves Saint Laurent shows how the designer's angst fueled his work - especially those iconic A-line dresses inspired by Piet Mondrian's paintings - the impact of his work is not the focus of the movie. Director Jalil Lespert chose instead to explore Saint Laurent's mental issues, his drug and alcohol abuse, and the tumultuous relationship with business partner and lover Pierre Bergé. It makes for a film that is intense, enjoyable, and fast-paced, filled with smashed vases, seductive looks, and sex scenes that are more than implied.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2014 | By Patricia Mans, For The Inquirer
Ryan is so passionate about football that if he had his druthers, he would play the game all day long. He especially enjoys tackling, as well as the overall challenge of competition. This 14-year-old's dream is to play in the NFL, but he knows the odds of achieving that goal are slim. Construction, he figures, would be a good career path, too. Ryan is a movie fan, and watches just about all genres, from horror to comedy to action. Among his favorite film superheroes are Spider-Man and Iron Man. He may be slow to warm up when meeting new people, but talking about the movies and television programs he likes puts him more at ease.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE PUNCH was so hard you can hear it on videotape. It was posted to Facebook, a video of teens laughing as one of them goes up to an unarmed 58-year-old man sitting at the Aronimink trolley stop in Upper Darby and punches him square in the jaw. "It was a violent, vicious, cowardly, punk act," Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said. "He's lucky he didn't kill him. " Chitwood said the unprovoked violence was part of the "knockout game. " "They were conspiring to go in and do the knockout-game thing on this guy," he said.
SPORTS
June 6, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
NFL COMMISSIONER Roger Goodell isn't going to like this: Variety reports that West Philly native Will Smith will star in a film about concussions in professional football. The news comes a week after another group of former NFL players filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia claiming the league knowingly failed to inform them there was a link between concussions and long-term health problems. That came on the heels of a class action - also filed in Philly - in which a $765 million settlement, reached by the league and former players last August, was declined by a judge who said it wasn't enough money to last over the 65-year span of the suit.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
People were talking about a little black-and-white Polish movie at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. People like Alfonso Cuarón , who would go on to win the Oscar for directing Gravity , and who couldn't say enough about Ida , the story of a quiet, sheltered 18-year-old preparing to become a nun. Cuarón called it the best thing he'd seen in years. At the Philadelphia Film Festival a month later, Alexander Payne , who came to town to premiere his not-yet-Oscar-nominated-best-picture Nebraska , likewise praised Ida to the skies.
NEWS
May 16, 2014 | By Harlan Jacobson, For The Inquirer
CANNES, France - Eyebrows go up when a film like Grace of Monaco , which opened the 67th Cannes film festival Wednesday night, starts with the descriptor, "A fictional account inspired by real events. " It's an odd defensive crouch for a movie about an Irish German Catholic girl who ranks as the number-one Philadelphia blowout of all time, trading in life as the daughter of well-heeled contractor Jack Kelly for not one fairy tale, but two: Hollywood star, and princess of all she surveyed in the tiny principality of Monaco, wedged on a rock between France and Italy.
NEWS
May 15, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Victoria Ellen Denenberg, 69, of Merion, archivist for the NFL's treasure trove of game footage, died Monday, May 5, of cancer at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life. Ms. Denenberg began her career at NFL Films in 1966 as an assistant to the league's business manager. She handled a variety of duties before becoming the manager of its film library. In that role, she oversaw the cataloging and archiving of all footage shot by NFL Films camera operators. NFL Films was located initially in Philadelphia, but when it moved from Center City to Mount Laurel in 1980, she helped guide the transition.
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