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May 4, 1992 | by Scott Huler, Daily News Staff Writer
"Everybody wants to be a star," Bud Light product manager Gary Grote said. "Everybody wants to be in a beer commercial. " Well, OK to the first, but the second statement seemed hard to believe. At least until Friday evening at Market Street Live. The place was crawling with beer commercial wannabes - some of whom even looked like those stereotypical babes and dudes who exist only on the tube. With any luck, they'd land a spot in Bud Light's "Spotlight on Philadelphia" TV promotion.
NEWS
July 28, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Rock star Billy Joel surprised his Soviet audience at a concert last night when he lost his temper, overturned an electric piano and smashed a microphone on stage. Angered by a film crew shining bright lights on the audience, Joel interrupted the lyrics of his hit single "Just a Fantasy" and shouted, "It's my show, for Christ's sake. " Then he flipped over an electric piano that he was playing at the rear of the stage and moved to the front, lifted a microphone stand over his head and smashed it on the stage.
NEWS
May 8, 1986 | By VINCE KASPER, Daily News Staff Writer
The production crew on the new George Washington mini-series is going to have a revolution on its hands if it doesn't clean up its act, the head of the Society Hill Civic Association warns. "If things get very bad, we'll just go out in modern dress and walk in front of the cameras," group president Myrna Field threatened Tuesday. "I mean, what else can we do?" She and other residents of the historic neighborhood are complaining that the crew, part of the entourage that's been filming the CBS television drama here since March 31, had dirtied the streets, inconvenienced residents and been "generally inconsiderate" over the last week or so. In the four-hour mini-series, "Washington II: The Forging of a Nation," Barry Bostwick and Patty Duke will recreate their roles as George and Martha Washington.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 17, 1996 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Fallen is about to fall. As in descend. As in descend on Philadelphia. Beginning tomorrow, the Turner Pictures thriller - starring Denzel Washington as a decorated homicide detective on the trail of a serial killer - will begin six weeks of principal photography in and around the area. Emmy Award winner Gregory Hoblit, who made his big-screen debut with the Richard Gere sus-penser Primal Fear, will direct the film, whose cast also includes John Goodman, Donald Sutherland and Schindler's List's Embeth Davidtz.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 1988 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
Two stories of Americans at war - a comic look at a recruit during World War II and a harrowing police drama set in Vietnam - are this week's best new videos. BILOXI BLUES (1988) (MCA) $89.95. 105 minutes. Matthew Broderick, Christopher Walken, Corey Parker, Penelope Ann Miller. Coming to his story in a mellow, reflective mood, playwright Neil Simon has found the right focus in this World War II service comedy, the second in his candidly autobiographical trilogy that began with Brighton Beach Memoirs and concludes with Broadway Bound.
NEWS
June 26, 1986 | The Philadelphia Inquirer / J. KYLE KEENER
The cast of the NBC television series "St. Elsewhere" was in Philadelphia yesterday to film scenes in next season's opener. Above, make-up artist Donna Moyer of Philadelphia puts the final touches on actress Bonnie Bartlett as her real-life and television husband, William Daniels, looks on. At right, Daniels, who plays University of Pennsylvania alumnus Dr. Mark Craig in the series, sits beneath a statue of Benjamin Franklin on the Penn campus....
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 1989 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
Some weeks are BIG in the world of home video, and this is one of them: Four major releases lead the video parade - a sexy baseball comedy, a gritty action-drama, the latest installment in the "Dirty Harry" series and a political thriller. BULL DURHAM (1988) (Orion) $89.98. 108 minutes. Susan Sarandon, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins. Set in the Carolina minors, this comedy is about the romance of curves and curve balls. Sarandon stars as an exalted baseball groupie who gives new meaning to the expression "playing the field.
NEWS
June 14, 1987 | By Mark Butler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hundreds of people each week pass through Marceline Brown and Anthony Porecca's security checkpoint at the Chester County Courthouse - lawyers, their clients and the occasional television news personality out from Philadelphia to cover a high-profile case. And most of the time, it's all fairly routine. But on Thursday, someone a little out of the ordinary passed through and gave them both something to talk about. Just after 2 p.m., veteran actor E. G. Marshall strolled in and stopped briefly on his way to Courtroom 2, where a 50-member film crew was setting up $2 million worth of equipment to film a commercial starring - obviously - Marshall.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2010
NEW FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) - Actor-director Corbin Bernsen has told police he was thrown to the ground during a bar brawl in Ohio, where he's making a movie. According to a police report, the star of TV's "Psych" and "L.A. Law" said he scraped a knee in the fight July 27 in the Akron area, where Bernsen is filming "25 Hill" about the All-American Soap Box Derby. A spokeswoman for the movie claims the scuffle began when a local man made unwanted advances to a woman on Bernsen's film crew while the moviemakers were having dinner.
NEWS
January 13, 1998 | by Ron Avery, Daily News Staff Writer
So far, the star of the show has not cooperated, but the shooting of a television documentary on convicted murderer Ira Einhorn will start in Philadelphia next week. The Canadian film company MicroTainment is making an hourlong documentary on the sensational trunk murder for the Arts & Entertainment Channel program, "Investigative Reports," hosted by Bill Kurtis. A film crew has gone to Paris to shoot scenes of the Bordeaux region of France where the fugitive is living. There are hopes that he will participate in the project, documentary producer Stewart Samuels said.
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July 25, 2015 | By Cat Coyle, Inquirer Staff Writer
More than a century ago, a Doylestown man crossed the globe and became the first person to walk the entire Great Wall of China. This week, crews from Chinese television embarked on a reverse journey. They brought their cameras to William Edgar Geil's childhood home and the 30-room estate where he once lived, flipped through thousands of his photographs, and filmed the cemetery where he is buried. Their six-part documentary will detail the nearly 3,000-year history of the wall.
TRAVEL
May 18, 2015 | By Roberta Sandler, For The Inquirer
GREENWOOD, Miss. - The 2011 film version of Kathryn Stockett's bestseller, The Help , was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, which cheerfully prompted Greenwood to create a new tourist attraction: The Help Tour. This lovely little Mississippi Delta city (pop. 16,000) has long been wrapped in blues heritage and Civil Rights history. Markers for both the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Freedom Trail dot the landscape. Now, Greenwood is drawing on its cinematic connections, as well, by pointing visitors on self-guided driving tours of the local sites where The Help was filmed.
NEWS
March 3, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
A 20-SOMETHING man was seated yesterday next to a teen girl at 30th Street Station, his arm around her small shoulders, working his charms to lure her to a party and so much more. But a film crew stationed a few feet away and a small number of adults standing nearby were a sign that all was not as creepy as it may have seemed. It was all in the service of "Keeping Our Children Safe: Online and IRL (In Real Life)," a volunteer, small-film production about human trafficking involving a couple of professional actors and five students from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
NEWS
February 14, 2015 | By Melissa Dribben, Inquirer Staff Writer
When she first walked through the maze of cubicles at the National Veterans Crisis Line in the winter of 2012, Ellen Goosenberg Kent thought she knew what to expect. Goosenberg Kent grew up in Philadelphia during the Vietnam era, the daughter of a Marine who had served in World War II. An Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, she had already made two films about soldiers coping with broken bodies and spirits after returning home from war. This latest project, however, exploring the inner workings of the nation's suicide help line for veterans, surprised her and the film's producer, Dana Perry.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 14, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
The world of corporate espionage is finally making it to the screen, with films such as the Clive Owen-Julia Roberts romantic thriller Duplicity and X Files writer Frank Spotnitz's TV show Hunted , starring Melissa George. Actor-writer Brit Marling, 30, and writer-director Zal Batmanglij, who delivered a complex look at religious cults in last year's Sound of My Voice , collaborate again on The East , due Tuesday from Fox Searchlight, which costars Alexander SkarsgÄrd, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson.
SPORTS
February 22, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
TIM TEBOW said he'll pass, which was probably a good idea under the circumstances. The Jets quarterback turned down an opportunity to speak at the First Baptist Church in Dallas because its pastor has made outrageous statements about gays and other religions. On Thursday, Tebow tweeted that he canceled an April 28 appearance because of "new information that has been brought to my attention. " The Rev. Robert Jeffress, the church's pastor, has said that Islam promotes pedophilia, and has railed against gays, Jews and Catholics.
NEWS
January 2, 2013
Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins, 53, who worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and other movie blockbusters, has died in a New Zealand rafting accident. Mr. Hopkins drowned Sunday when his raft capsized during a flash flood in a river on New Zealand's North Island, authorities said. His wife, Nicci, survived. The New Zealand Herald quoted Rings director Peter Jackson as saying many actors, directors, and film crew members who were lucky enough to work with Mr. Hopkins would miss him deeply.
NEWS
May 9, 2012 | By Jason Nark, Daily News Staff Writer
It was just before noon Tuesday when a famous Hollywood actor left his trailer on Torresdale Avenue in Frankford, strutted across Kinsey Street and disappeared inside a factory to shoot scenes for his violent mob thriller. If Colin Farrell had made a left on Kinsey and walked up a few blocks, a trail of dried blood would have led him to the door of the Kinsey Street Cafe. Inside, he would have heard some real dialogue about violence in the city, the kind that doesn't end when the credits roll.
NEWS
April 13, 2012 | Freelance
By Paul F. Bradley From my house, I could hear the wailing start every Saturday at 8 a.m. It penetrated the walls, growing louder with each wave. By 9, it was loud enough to prevent any further sleep. By 10, it was deafening. Was it a battle reenactment? Perhaps M. Night Shyamalan was filming in the area? Hardly. It was just the sound of crazed parents screaming as their 6-year-olds played soccer. One day, I walked over to the sports complex, drawn by the shrieking.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 25, 2012 | By Dan Gross
JENNA JAMESON makes her Wingette debut at Sportsradio 94 WIP's Wing Bowl 20 on Feb. 3 at the Wells Fargo Center. The retired porn queen-turned-actress will appear at the city's most prestigious sporting event on behalf of the World Famous Gold Club (1416 Chancellor), where she will hang out after the Wing Bowl. Doesn't look as if she will be dancing onstage, but adult-film sensation-turned-politician and reality TV star Mary Carey dances at the club Feb. 1 to 4. Carey, who hints she may move to Philadelphia to run for mayor or possibly governor in a few years, is honored to serve as Wingette for the fourth time.
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