April 23, 1993 |
The durable professional marriage between novelist Stephen King and Hollywood continues with "The Dark Half," the latest of King's works to be adapted for the screen. Fans of "Misery" will recognize the basic story of "The Dark Half" - an evil entity forcing a writer to crank out hack novels. Timothy Hutton stars as Thad Beaumont, a failed novelist and lecturer who makes a secret and successful living writing violent action novels under the assumed name George Stark. When a blackmailer theatens to expose the respected professor's mildly sleazy secret identity, Beaumont decides to go public - taking credit for the popular novels and vowing never to write another.
June 23, 1992
Legislators in Harrisburg seem to be operating on what might be called "political hack time" these days. It's a pace that causes economic damage to a state because its politicians simply can't get off the dime. In this case it's somewhat more than a dime they need to get off of; it's $23 million that has to be authorized to enlarge railroad tunnel and bridge openings along the old Delaware & Hudson (D&H) railroad tracks that connect Philadelphia to western Canada. The Canadian Pacific, which took over the D&H with the help of $5 million from the state, expects to expand significantly the amount of freight it moves through Philadelphia, once it becomes possible to move trains out of the port that include "double-stack" cars.
October 9, 2007 |
During a recent Bruce Springsteen mini-concert on NBC's Today, he introduced a new song, "Livin' in the Future," and talked about what's great in America. He cited cheeseburgers, the Jersey Shore, the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry. Then he turned to a darker list: "illegal wiretapping, voter suppression, no habeas corpus. " I take exception. What exactly does he mean by illegal wiretapping? After 9/11, in an effort to uncover terrorist cells living in the United States and to thwart further murderous attacks on Americans, President Bush signed the Patriot Act, which was ratified by Congress, thus making it the official law of the land.
September 24, 1996
Can't blame it on the Russians anymore. Besides, it would be pretty sad if the once-ferocious Bear's spies had launched an assault on the CIA by hacking their way into the agency's Internet site to leave the sophomoric greeting, "Welcome to the Central Stupidity Agency. " No, last week's incident of cyber-vandalism on a U.S. government World Wide Web site wasn't an incident of international espionage - no more than a digital burglary at the Justice Department's Web site was in August.
August 7, 1999 |
About 30 taxicabs staged a horn-honking demonstration in front of the Daily News building yesterday, protesting a series of articles in the newspaper about problems with the city's taxis. "We're mad at you," declared James Walker, director of the 60-member Brotherhood of Unified Taxi Drivers and Owners. "We're upset. " A series of newspaper articles titled "Can't hack it" has charged that some of Philadelphia's taxicabs are mechanical heaps that imperil passengers. The stories also contend that state regulators do little to ensure public safety.
February 5, 2012
"After extensive deliberations with the board, I recommended to them that I was no longer the right person to lead Sunoco as it progresses to the next phase of its future. " - Lynn L. Elsenhans, announcing she will step down as chief executive officer of Sunoco Inc. after leading the Philadelphia company in winding down its oil-refining businesses. "She was brought here to do something, she did it, and now she's going. I know a couple thousand people who wouldn't mind helping her pack.
August 14, 2003 |
It certainly looks like the location where they're shooting Hack. The police have sealed off traffic. And production sentries wearing headsets are moving pedestrians to the opposite sidewalk, cautioning them to be silent. In the middle of the block, ringed by a small army of sound, light and camera crew members, David Morse is filming a scene with a woman and a young man on the front porch of his character's house. But wait. At the risk of sounding like the Talking Heads, this is not his wife, this is not his son, this is not his modest house.
June 2, 2002 |
Abducted, bound, drugged, and awaiting the aid of a disgraced cop turned cabbie. All in a day's work. Washington Township's Amanda Danielle VanDerziel, 16, plays a naive teenager who, after a conversation with a stranger on the Internet, is lured from her suburban home in the debut episode of a television show set in Philadelphia. Hack stars David Morse, of St. Elsewhere fame, as Mike Olshansky, a police officer fallen from grace. Helping fares he meets in his new job driving a taxi, Olshansky uses his detective skills to become a freelance do-gooder.
July 8, 1994 |
As a four-term GOP state senator from Cherry Hill, he was an iconoclast who never voted for a tax increase or a budget. Republicans couldn't count on him; Democrats dubbed him "Dr. No. " In his final campaign in 1991, his opponent won calling him "arrogant," "parasitic," "the ultimate political hack. " Yesterday, Lee B. Laskin moved a step closer to yet another title: Judge. Laskin, 58, one of the most controversial political figures in Camden County, was among five nominees to the New Jersey Superior Court announced by Gov. Whitman to fill vacancies around the state.
November 12, 2002
YOU OUGHTA be in pictures. Or better yet, your neighborhood oughta be. Philadelphia is now the silent co-star in two programs that have won sizable audiences: "Hack" and "American Dreams. " "Hack" has done a decent job of showing Philadelphia in all its gritty charm, with forays into Fishtown, Manayunk and West Philadelphia. (Recently canceled "Philly" never much got past Center City.) "American Dreams," on the other hand, hasn't filmed much in Philadelphia, even though there are neighborhoods that haven't changed since the 1960s, the show's focus.