February 23, 1989 |
The eldest was Leonard. You can tell him by his frantically silly piano stylings, that vaguely foreign-looking hat, his wicked ear for puns and his ridiculous Italian accent - the kind of cruel parody of immigrant dialect that would be picketed nowadays. He was known to the world as Chico. Next came Arthur, who one day acquired - of all things - a harp, which he taught himself to play - beautifully. (But incorrectly: Unlike classically trained harpists, he rested the harp on the wrong shoulder.
April 15, 1990 |
Those bulging eyes, that impertinent grin, that shiny, smeared-on mustache, that stump of a cigar, and those eyebrows, thick as raccoon tails, are all part of a wisecrack waiting to happen. Paul Wesolowski knows this; he relishes it. The bulging eyes are everywhere in his New Hope home: on the walls, behind plants, on the television, in the kitchen, in the bathroom, in the bedroom, and even peering up from Wesolowski's wristwatch, daring you to laugh. Finally, you do, at the scale and sheer madness of it all. Wesolowski is the king of Marx Brothers memorabilia.
December 15, 1993 |
Jean Lankford was sure she was going to die. Booted out of her car by a carjacker last year, she found herself sitting on the road next to the vehicle, locked to it by the seat belt that had caught her arm. "When I heard the engine getting revved up, I believed I was going to be killed," said Lankford, a travel-agency owner. "I did not think I was going to survive this. I was so frightened, so truly distraught. I was struggling to get my feet from under the car. "He took off. I was dragged a considerable distance.
April 16, 1993 |
"There's no such thing as an old joke if you've never heard it before," Groucho Marx says toward the end of Groucho: A Life in Revue, the ramshackle evening that runs through May 16 at the Walnut Street Theatre. That being so, few old jokes were in evidence when the 1985 entertainment by Robert Fisher and Arthur Marx (Groucho's son) opened on Wednesday night. It's hard to believe that anyone over the age of 25 hasn't heard, "I wouldn't belong to a club that would have me as a member," or "I shot an elephant in my pajamas.
April 22, 1989 |
The name is catchy: A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine. The concept is novel: Combine a first-act musical revue about Hollywood with a second-act re-creation of a Marx Brothers movie. The result, however, is not nearly as interesting as one might expect. The production at the Bristol Riverside Theater, directed by Edward Earle, is competent and entertaining but not particularly exciting. The first-act revue, which focuses on the film industry in the 1930s and 1940s, lurches fitfully and unschematically from scene to scene.
April 18, 1992 |
Before it was scratched from last summer's release schedule, Brain Donors (a title which makes absolutely no sense) was called Lame Ducks (a title which makes a little more sense). Marketing whizzes at Paramount probably decided to re-christen this curious venture - which has finally found its way into theaters - when they envisioned gleeful reviewers tripping over themselves to dub this neo-Marx Brothers farce Lame Duck Soup. Actually it's more like a half-lame A Night at the Opera, with a little A Day at the Races thrown in. Except it's set in the world of ballet, and instead of Groucho, Chico and Harpo you have John Turturro, Mel Smith and Bob Nelson.
October 28, 2010 |
Most writers would sell their souls to have their work spotlighted by Oprah Winfrey. After all, Winfrey's endorsement can make stars out of unknowns. When featured on her syndicated talk show, books routinely rocket to the top of the best-seller lists. So it comes as a bit of surprise to learn that one Philadelphia scribe is suing Winfrey, claiming that she read selections from a booklet he penned a decade ago. Charles Harris, in a suit filed this week in U.S. District Court, says Winfrey recited selections from his work last year without permission.
December 6, 2008 |
Oprah Winfrey tops The Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 list, an annual ranking of the most influential women in the entertainment industry. The chairman of Harpo Inc. was selected "based on her dizzying array of Oprah-branded media and her immense cultural influence," editor-in-chief Elizabeth Guider said yesterday. The Hollywood Reporter also ranks the industry's highest-paid actresses each year. Angelina Jolie is No. 1, commanding more than $15 million a movie, followed by Julia Roberts and last year's top earner, Reese Witherspoon.
March 16, 1993 |
Recently I had the honor of being asked to vote in the International Best Dressed Poll. According to the information accompanying the Official Ballot, this is a worldwide poll, conducted annually since 1940, of 1,000 "fashion professionals, journalists and others with the daily opportunity to see fashion at its best. " I was very proud to be asked to vote, although in all honesty I should note that I was not, technically, asked by the Best Dressed Poll Committee. I was asked by Ellie Brecher, who received a ballot because she used to cover fashion for The Miami Herald.
April 17, 2000 |
By all means, use your life and remember your spirit and all the other stuff Oprah Winfrey is always urging folks to do. Unless, of course, your life or spirit intrudes upon Oprah's. The talk-show magnate has successfully stymied the attempt of a former "Oprah Winfrey Show" staffer to write a book about the four years she worked on the program. It seems employees of Winfrey's production company, Harpo Inc., must sign a confidentiality agreement that forever bars them from talking or writing about their Oprah experiences.