August 11, 2010
A.J. Khubani's greatest TeleBrands hits include: Ped Egg (foot callus shaver): $300 million State Quarters Map: $180 million Pedi Paws (dog nail trimmer): $150 million Ambervision sunglasses: $150 million Smart Mop (shammy mop): $150 million Windshield Wonder: $50 million Shoes Under (shoe storage): $50 million
February 15, 2002 |
Long a superstar in Hong Kong, Jet Li made a splash in America in the otherwise forgettable "Lethal Weapon 4. " And now, Jet Li has seen a veritable flood of his earlier works get released in the United States, sating an appetite for his intense and often incredible kung-fu. This week sees two releases, both competently dubbed into English. The better of the two is "The Legend of the Red Dragon" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $24.99). After his wife is murdered but his 10-year-old son is spared, the two go on a mission of vengeance while also searching for a cache of hidden Shaolin treasure.
June 8, 1999 |
Nick Italiano has always placed a high emphasis on winning, even as a youngster, when he was just beginning to get hooked on baseball. "He always had a lot of determination," said Cathy Italiano, his mother. "Even when he was little, he never liked losing. People would say, 'You went 3 for 3; you should be happy.' " When hearing that, young Nick would look sadly at his mother and say, "Yes, but we lost. What good is going 3 for 3 if you lost?" So for Italiano, winning was all that mattered, which is why he never gloated over personal statistics.
April 24, 2012 |
IN BRIAN DAWKINS' prime, the most rare part of his hybrid game might have been that amazing, shark-on-the-hunt deep-coverage skill, the way Dawk could adjust, arriving just in time to help a teammate, even if he'd been in another quadrant of the field when the ball left the quarterback's hands. But that isn't what Eagles fans will remember when they tell tales of No. 20 to their grandchildren on some far-off day, when Lincoln Financial Field is awaiting the wrecking ball and all the images from the Andy Reid era look impossibly dated and quaint.
August 29, 1995 |
Greatest hits used to mean greatest hits. But in these days of instant nostalgia, anyone who has had at least one hit song can somehow release an entire greatest hits album. Case in point: Expose has a greatest hits CD coming (excuse me?). And oddly, so does Stacey Q. ("Two of Hearts"). And then there are those who have earned a retrospective of their work, pop divas such as Janet Jackson. Jackson's bouncy single "Runaway," on sale today, is the first release on Miss Jackson's hits CD, "Decade 1985/1995," due in October on A&M. The album begins with her hit "Control" and spans her platinum-bricked career path from "Nasty" to "Rhythm Nation.
June 11, 2004
Picture the God he pictures as he prays, that man who missed his flight and later learned it had gone down with all on board. He weighs their lack of luck (What if one had been turned away, having arrived too late, and he had made the trip instead?) against the chance that kept him grounded: some small casualty to his valise, a minor circumstance that altered all his days. And now he kneels, but how? Distraught? Elated? In despair, picturing them, wondering how it feels to pray while hurtling through indifferent air?
August 13, 2004 |
Philly is great because of its neighborhood bars - and nothing reflects the personality of a spot more than the jukebox. At best, a jukebox is not just a collection of songs, but a reflection of of the people behind the place. A few good ones.... Hank's Bar & Grill 201 Market St., Camden, 856-541-6651 A sample: "Crazy, I'm crazy for feeling so lonely / I'm crazy, crazy for feeling so blue. " - "Crazy," from Patsy Cline's 12 Greatest Hits Hidden gems: Old country crooners Cline and Gene Autry.
February 18, 2012 |
Married cuties Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel sounded dandy in 2003, looked Next-Big-Thing-ish, then never quite popped off, as countless "twee" and keyboard-based indie-pop acts swept in with increasing popularity, notably the similar duo Matt & Kim. But while Mates of State toiled under the radar, their albums got better and better, and their near-flawless set at the Union Transfer on Thursday played like the greatest hits of a band you've never heard....
February 9, 1986 |
I never thought I'd be saying this, but this is a good time for middle-of- the-road pop music. The number-one album in the country is Barbra Streisand's The Broadway Album, a release that even diehard rockers can appreciate for Streisand's artistic integrity and vocal power. Better she should be tearing through show tunes, says this rock fan, than laying waste to rock-and-roll songs, as she has done in the past. The number-one single in the country is "That's What Friends Are For," credited to "Dionne and Friends," which is actually Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Elton John.
September 24, 1987 |
Compact-disc fans increasingly are faced by the expensive temptation of replacing their favorite old records with shiny new CDs. After months of hesitation, for instance, I broke down and bought Buddy Holly - From the Master Tapes (MCA), an essential collection of 20 greatest hits with sound as crisp as the chord changes to "That'll Be the Day. " The last track, "True Love Ways," underscores the irony of using state- of-the-art technology to present vintage recordings by including a few seconds of studio sounds.