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March 6, 2000 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
When Fiona Apple first appeared on the Tower Theater stage Friday, she was clutching a stuffed animal and looking wary. Just days after melting down during an abbreviated performance at Roseland Ballroom in New York, the famously fragile waif, whose songs describe emotional troubles in exhaustive detail, appeared uneasy, maybe a tad anxious, not at all sure what would happen. Then she started to sing. Opening with the processional "On the Bound," Apple bellowed the melody as though battling a stubborn froggy throat.
NEWS
January 10, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
Shameless has always gotten the short end of the stick. In any other previous TV landscapes, it might get its due. But with so much to watch, it's too often neglected. Shameless - its sixth season premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on Showtime - perpetrates two great sins that keep it out of the Golden Age of TV conversation. The first is it's not perfect. It can be uneven. Characters can be written into corners. Its star - William H. Macy - was miscast in the lead as the ultimate deadbeat, formerly inebriated dad Frank Gallagher, who also ends up being the least interesting of his entire clan.
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May 2, 1992 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
The setting for When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout is a beach in summer, a time and place usually associated with soft sand, warmth, ease and relaxation. This beach, however, is in Scotland, which is not generally associated with sun or fun, and the scenic design at the Walnut Street Theatre's Studio 3 emphasizes the rock of the North Sea coastline and the concrete and stone of a promenade. It is a hard, uncomfortable place, and when Sharman Macdonald's play opens, Fiona and Morag are not having a very comfortable time of it. Morag, mother of 32-year-old Fiona, has lived all her life in the town adjacent to the beach.
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May 6, 1992 | by Nels Nelson, Daily News Theater Critic
The season closer of the Walnut's Studio Series is a remarkable first play by Sharman MacDonald, a Glasgow-born actress who tossed her brainchild through a transom and watched it become a sleeper hit of the 1984 Edinburgh Festival's fringe program and transfer thenceforth to acclaim in London's West End. "When I Was a Girl I Used to Scream and Shout" is about generational differences among women, and it covers the subject with passion and compelling...
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 2007 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Some people go from the frying pan into the fire. Fiona (Julie Christie) leaps from the frying pan into the icebox when she places the skillet in the freezer and recognizes it not as absentmindedness, but as the onset of Alzheimer's that will overwhelm her marriage of 44 years. An incisive character study from rookie filmmaker Sarah Polley, Away From Her is a triumph for Christie, who grows lovelier and more compelling with every performance. It is likewise a triumph for Polley, the Canadian actress of The Sweet Hereafter and Guinevere.
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March 3, 1995 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
That "The Secret of Roan Inish" arrives little more than a week before St. Patrick's Day is probably no accident. This bit o' blarney, filmed on location in western Ireland, is a nice complement to the holiday, especially for children, who will best appreciate the appeal of this quiet, bedtime-story fable. "The Secret of Roan Inish" is the story of little Fiona, sent to live for a summer with her fisherman grandfather (Mick Lally). He is the first to tell Fiona her mysterious family history and the first to aquaint her with the fanciful stories associated with the nearby island of Roan Inish (photographed by noted cinematographer Haskell Wexler.
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May 11, 2007 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
THE RECENT Botox revolution prompted one wag to observe that while youth may be wasted on the young, it looks ridiculous on the old. No Botox, thank heaven, in "Away From Her," an end-of-life drama featuring Julie Christie as a Canadian woman named Fiona succumbing to dementia. The heart of the drama is the impact of the advancing disease on her 44-year marriage to husband, Grant (Gordon Pinsent), and "Away From Her" wouldn't make any sense if you couldn't see all of those years reflected in Christie's face.
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April 15, 1994 | by Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
Roman Polanski has warned that his latest release, "Bitter Moon," is a comedy. And this claustrophobic tale of erotic obsession, faded love and addictively harbored hatred is a campy hoot. For a while. But halfway in - right after our impassioned narrator, Oscar (Peter Coyote), recalls how the magic went out of his relationship with the luscious young Mimi (Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski's wife) when the pig mask routine stopped working for them - giggles become gasps. Polanski leads us into an emotional no man's/woman's land of such exquisite cruelty that reactions like humor or horror can't protect us. "Bitter Moon" is Polanski's deepest, most disturbing film in two decades.
NEWS
February 23, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
To the Bock family of Chester Springs, the Bernese mountain dogs Fiona and Argus were happy, loving pets. To neighbor Gabriel Pilotti, they were apparently pests. And when he found them loose among his sheep last week, he shot them dead. "It was just really vicious," Mary Bock said. The dogs had not touched the sheep. Pilotti could not be reached for comment. As of Thursday evening, the Chester County District Attorney's Office and the West Vincent Township police still were trying to determine what happened the morning of Feb. 12 in a part of Chester County where sheep, horses, and alpacas amble in yards larger than the patches of green in more urbanized suburbs and smaller than more rural farms.
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January 10, 2016 | By Molly Eichel, Staff Writer
Shameless has always gotten the short end of the stick. In any other previous TV landscapes, it might get its due. But with so much to watch, it's too often neglected. Shameless - its sixth season premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday on Showtime - perpetrates two great sins that keep it out of the Golden Age of TV conversation. The first is it's not perfect. It can be uneven. Characters can be written into corners. Its star - William H. Macy - was miscast in the lead as the ultimate deadbeat, formerly inebriated dad Frank Gallagher, who also ends up being the least interesting of his entire clan.
SPORTS
August 18, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - One shares a name with a fairytale princess; another, with a real-life royalty. Yesterday, the little Evans redheads couldn't wait to watch athletic majesty. Fiona, 12, and Kate, 8, patiently waited in their seats behind third base at Lemade Stadium for the Taney Dragons to play their first Little League World Series game. Specifically, they waited to watch Mo'ne Davis, the 13-year-old starting pitcher for the Philadelphia all-star squad. "I want to see the girl pitcher," said Fiona, who plays third base in softball back home in Scranton.
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February 21, 2014 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
J.K. SIMMONS, who's played everything from a neo-Nazi on "Oz" to a tabloid editor in "Spider-Man," wasn't interested in being just another clueless TV father. "The prototype sitcom dad is a doofus who's sort of the oldest of the children," Simmons said last month in an interview in Pasadena, Calif. No one's likely to say that about Mel Fisher, the blind, fiercely independent and newly single father Simmons portrays in NBC's new comedy "Growing Up Fisher. " Still, "between the kids and the [guide]
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February 23, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, Inquirer Staff Writer
To the Bock family of Chester Springs, the Bernese mountain dogs Fiona and Argus were happy, loving pets. To neighbor Gabriel Pilotti, they were apparently pests. And when he found them loose among his sheep last week, he shot them dead. "It was just really vicious," Mary Bock said. The dogs had not touched the sheep. Pilotti could not be reached for comment. As of Thursday evening, the Chester County District Attorney's Office and the West Vincent Township police still were trying to determine what happened the morning of Feb. 12 in a part of Chester County where sheep, horses, and alpacas amble in yards larger than the patches of green in more urbanized suburbs and smaller than more rural farms.
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February 22, 2013 | By Carolyn Davis, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
To the Bock family of Chester Springs, Bernese mountain dogs Fiona and Argus were happy, loving pets. To neighbor Gabriel Pilotti, they were apparently pests. And when he found them loose among his sheep last week, he shot them dead. "It was just really vicious," said Mary Bock. The dogs hadn't touched the sheep. Pilotti could not be reached for comment. As of Thursday evening, the Chester County District Attorney's Office and the West Vincent Township Police still were determining what happened the morning of Feb. 12 in a part of Chester County where sheep, horses, and alpacas amble in yards that are larger than the patches of green in more urbanized suburbs and smaller than the acreage of more rural farms.
NEWS
January 25, 2013
* SHAMELESS. 9 p.m. Sunday, Showtime.   PASADENA, CALIF. - Emmy Rossum has stopped worrying about looking too good. Three seasons into "Shameless," the Showtime series in which she stars as Fiona Gallagher, a harried twenty-something who's raising her siblings with no help whatsoever from their alcoholic father (William H. Macy), Rossum's found a way to bridge the divide between the polished red-carpet persona that's made her the darling of fashion bloggers and her often disheveled character, whose look she also loves - if only for its ease.
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June 18, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca and INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
‘That's where the pain comes in, like a second skeleton," Fiona Apple sings on "Every Single Night," from her fourth album and her first in seven years, whose full title is The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do . With Apple's music, the pain comes in early and often, along with the anxiety, neuroses, and — even better — the survival skills and talent that...
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March 26, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Fiona Apple is playing just a handful of small-venue shows this month in advance of the June release of her first album in seven years. (It has a 23-word title, the first three of which are The Idler Wheel .) So there was electricity in the air for Saturday night's sold-out performance at the cozy Music Box theater at the Borgata in Atlantic City - a space less than half the size of the casino hotel's Event Center, where marquee acts normally perform. That wasn't due only to the show's rarity or relative intimacy, though.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2010 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
"Shrek Forever After" is about the big green ogre wrestling with the problems of middle age, and though he has a tough time of it, things could be worse. For one thing, Shrek doesn't have to fret about getting fat and cranky. He was already both of those things. And he's already made the biggest decision confronting males of his age - do I wear my pants under my paunch, or over it? Shrek's an under. So how are his problems made manifest? Well, his kids are in his face all the time, and his spouse is a constant, throbbing pain in his rear-end.
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