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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!
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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.
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November 4, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
For more than five weeks, the family of Sunil Tripathi of Radnor mobilized a massive effort to find him. The Internet was a major resource. Family posted videos pleading for the Brown University student to come home. Social networks spread the word about the missing 22-year-old, but then, in a matter of hours, they became the medium by which Tripathi was falsely identified as a terrorist responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings. A new documentary, Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi , shows how old and new media's quest to be first with information wrongly accused an innocent man and created a nightmare for Tripathi's family.
NEWS
September 3, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
After Red Mascara, 92, wrote "I'm From New Jersey" in 1960, he started campaigning for it to become the official state song. After 54 years, the effort "needs a spark," says Red, who was born Joseph Rocco Mascari in Phillipsburg, Warren County, where he still lives. "Maybe this is the spark. " "This" is an almost-finished documentary by Daniel Goodman. His film also is called I'm From New Jersey , and its hero is a gentlemanly, self-taught tunesmith who refuses to give up. I'm from New Jersey / and I'm proud about it / I love the Garden State "I realized that his song really is all about what I was trying to talk about in my film," says Goodman, 30, who's raised $48,000 for the project through the Kickstarter online funding platform.
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
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.
LIVING
March 30, 1986 | By Gary Haynes, Inquirer Graphic Arts Director
Color film is expensive and getting more so. Several years ago, market manipulations pushed silver prices to $50 an ounce, and manufacturers of film and paper escalated prices sharply. Now that silver is back to less than $10 an ounce, film and paper prices keep going up, with no ceiling in sight. One way to economize on film is to buy in volume. A roll of Kodachrome 36's costs $7 list, but if you buy 20 rolls at a time almost any dealer will give you a discount, and of course if you buy a case, 300 rolls, some will cut the price further and even store it for you. Buying film in quantity from discounters is not a bad idea, because lower prices ensure rapid turnover of stocks, meaning that you will be getting fresh film, not something that has been gathering dust on the shelf.
NEWS
May 14, 1987 | By Theresa Conroy, Special to The Inquirer
It begins with teenagers drinking "just for fun. " It ends in death. During a 13-minute color video, a car carrying a drunken driver and his friend veers out of control on a narrow, County Line Road bridge. The car strikes a guardrail and flips onto its roof. Workers from the Horsham Township Volunteer Fire Company and Rescue Squad rush to the scene and perform lifesaving emergency procedures. But the teenagers die. The video, which took volunteers from local school districts and businesses two years to make, simulates the dangers of drunken driving in an effort to dissuade teenagers from making fatal mistakes, one of the producers said.
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December 15, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
The two most daring and innovative films of 2014 - Birdman and Boyhood - couldn't be more different. Alejandro G. Iñárritu's wild, woolly backstage drama, with Michael Keaton in his tighty-whities worrying about his career and his soul, is a nonstop whirl of crackling dialogue, crackerjack performances, and careening camerawork. This story of an actor trying to shake off his winged superhero persona from decades past literally flies. Richard Linklater's Boyhood , on the other hand, is a movie about steady passage, the incremental steps in a journey from grade school to college dorm.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 13, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
November 24, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
On page 266 of Kip Thorne's The Science of "Interstellar " - the companion book to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic about saving humankind by finding a new habitable planet - the Caltech theoretical physicist finally gets to the good stuff: time travel. "In 1987, triggered by Carl Sagan, I realized something amazing about wormholes," Thorne writes. "If wormholes are allowed by the laws of physics, then Einstein's relativistic laws permit transforming them into time machines. " Of course, Mr. Peabody, the talking dog from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show , already knew that.
NEWS
November 22, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than 80,000 children have been adopted from China, a nearly all-female wave of cultural transplants, and many of the eldest are now traveling to a lost homeland in search of their birth parents. Ricki Mudd is one of them. In the hands of Millersville University professor and documentary filmmaker Changfu Chang, her complicated life story stands for all the rest. Chang's new film, Ricki's Promise , is the tale of a girl granted the unlikely opportunity to ask all her questions - and finding only uncertainty in the answers.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
FILM DIRECTOR Rupesh Paul , who sparked anger earlier this year with plans for "The Vanishing Act," a love triangle-themed movie about the Malaysia Airlines plane disappearance, says he's changing the plot to a thriller so he won't offend the families of the missing. Yeah, that should do it. Can't imagine why a grieving relative wouldn't appreciate that thoughtful gesture. "We respect the sentiments of all those who experienced loss due to the tragedy, and the intention was never to benefit out of it," the Indian director said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their visages enthrall us, their physiques amaze us. Why, then, are so many A-list stars so eager to deprive us of those pleasures by acting in animated films? Why would acclaimed thespian Sir Ben Kingsley and his Boxtrolls costars - Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg, and Tracy Morgan - want to be in a film that won't allow them to use their actor's bag of tricks? No facial gestures or physical movements. No costumes, no props, no set. Voice acting, after all, consists of speaking lines in a lonely sound booth.
NEWS
November 8, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gorgeous and disturbing, Big Hero 6 is a departure for Disney: a film targeted at older kids, and the studio's first venture into straight-up comic book culture. Walt would flip in his cryogenic chamber if he saw this anime-style production. The protagonist is a 14-year-old robotics genius named Hiro Hamada, whose nanotechnology creation promises to change everything. Until it is stolen. The film is presumably set in the near future in a San Francisco altered by Asian influences.
NEWS
November 4, 2014 | By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
For more than five weeks, the family of Sunil Tripathi of Radnor mobilized a massive effort to find him. The Internet was a major resource. Family posted videos pleading for the Brown University student to come home. Social networks spread the word about the missing 22-year-old, but then, in a matter of hours, they became the medium by which Tripathi was falsely identified as a terrorist responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings. A new documentary, Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi , shows how old and new media's quest to be first with information wrongly accused an innocent man and created a nightmare for Tripathi's family.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 4, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
J OHN DU PONT is a notorious name for longtime residents of the Philadelphia area who remember him killing Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz in 1996 at du Pont's Newtown Square compound. But neither director Bennett Miller , nor actor Anthony Michael Hall had heard of the case before starting work on the movie "Foxcatcher. " In fact, Miller only heard about it after a stranger handed him an envelope full of clips about the story at an event. The film held its Philadelphia premiere at the Prince Music Theater last night, where the likes of Greater Philadelphia Film Office's Sharon Pinkenson , negotiator on the du Pont case Anthony Paparo , Kal Rudman and Cozen O'Connor's Justin Wineburgh walked the red carpet.
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November 1, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Love of literature. Lust for food. The history of the Israeli Air Force. These are just some of the themes that will come together in the 34th annual Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, which will screen 16 feature films and seven shorts at area venues, including the Gershman Y and the National Museum of American Jewish History, from Saturday through Nov. 16. This year, there is a notable profusion of "personal stories about individuals who...
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