January 29, 1999 |
The heart has its reasons. This, the moral of Jean Renoir's bittersweet souffle The Rules of the Game, enables viewers to enjoy the writer/director's unsurpassed social comedy without passing judgment on its inconsistent, incorrigible and indelible characters. The story is simple, the drama is complex. During a weekend house party, hosts, guests and help at a country chateau commingle, inflaming passions in an accelerated minuet of flirtation and infidelity. Made in France on the eve of World War II, the film stars Marcel Dalio as a courtly count, Nora Gregor as his wife, and Renoir himself as the bearish Octave, whose clumsiness of body and poetry of spirit are our entree to the social awkwardnesses and grace of this occasion.
January 16, 1991 |
"To Sleep with Anger" and "House Party" - two very different views of black, middle-class America - paced a diverse field of nominees Monday for the sixth Independent Spirit Awards. Each received seven nominations for the awards, presented by the Independent Feature Project/West to honor excellence in independent filmmaking. The controversial "Henry, Portrait of a Serial Killer" and the resurrected '60s black comedy, "The Plot Against Harry," received six nominations apiece, followed by "Pump Up the Volume" with four and "Metropolitan" with three.
March 22, 2000 |
North Carolina State concentrated on shutting down one player to reach the third round of the National Invitation Tournament. It didn't totally succeed - Arizona State's Eddie House still got his eighth 30-point game of the season - but the Wolfpack (19-12) still had enough to win, 60-57, over the visiting Sun Devils last night. House scored 32 points, but only two over the final 12 minutes. He missed the front end of a one-and-one with 1:18 left that could have given Arizona State a three-point lead, then missed a last-second shot after breaking open in the corner.
September 7, 2003 |
House Party equaled the track record for six furlongs at Delaware Park yesterday when she captured the $200,000 Endine Handicap in 1 minute, 8 1/5 seconds. The only 3-year-old filly in the Grade III field, House Party scored by a length under Jose Santos, matching the time set 23 years ago by Damitrius. Florida invader Vision in Flight finished second, 4 1/2 lengths before Mooji Moo. Haunted Lass finished fourth in a field of eight that was reduced by six scratches off the program.
October 23, 1991 |
Kid 'N Play were among the first Rap Stars to break into mainstream movies, and among the few to actually perform Rap onscreen recently. Their debut picture, "House Party," was built around their rap and dance routines. The silly plot was incidental to the numbers they performed. "House Party 2" is another story. It's the rap numbers that are incidental here - they don't occur until the movie is nearly over. The silly plot dominates the sequel, which is good news only for those of you who are entertained by constant references to the crotch area (and judging by the Clarence Thomas Hearings, there are a lot of you)
December 5, 2011
Police investigating the fatal stabbing of a man at an Avondale house party say they made a grisly discovery when searching the crime scene - a second dead body. Police believe a large fight broke out about 10 p.m. Saturday between guests and people who weren't invited. Police say Cuahuctemoc Bedolla, 27, was stabbed several times and died at Christiana Hospital shortly after midnight. When police combed the crime scene, they found the body of 29-year-old Jose Rodriguez.
June 18, 2012 |
More than 100 people gathered outside a house party in Logan Saturday night when gunshots erupted, injuring three people, including a 2-year-old girl. Ebony Stratton, 25, who was at the cookout in the middle of the block on 12th Street near Courtland, said on Sunday that the booming sounds first appeared to be fireworks, and a deejay told everyone to stay calm. But then, it was clear gunshots were being fired, and her first reaction was to "drop and get cover. " It was about 9 p.m. and everyone started running, she said.
June 10, 1992 |
One of my daughter's teachers had to leave the classroom unexpectedly. The party started as soon as the door closed on her behind. Music, laughing, screaming, wrestling, dancing, dancing on tables and desks, bad language spoken, then shouted, then written on the floor in some medium that would not wash off. In short, it was exactly what you expect when you leave a class of 8th graders to supervise themselves. It reminded me, of course, of Congress. According to the U.S. Constitution, the House of Representatives picks the president if no candidate receives a majority of Electoral College votes in the November election.
December 31, 1999 |
Last year, you partied like it was 1999. This year, with all the cosmic navel-gazing over the significance of a simple date change in the Roman calendar, and all the anxiety over the Y2K bug when the clock strikes 12 tonight, many of us seem content to party like it's, well. . .Monday. For most of us. that means ringing in the New Year at HOME. You know, where the heart(burn) is, in addition to the TV, free booze, your own bed and a three-month supply of Dinty Moore, just in case.
July 23, 2004 |
President Bush couldn't attend Barbara Macdonald's backyard party last week in Downingtown, but he said hello on the phone. Two nights later, as Margaret Boyce-Furey hosted a party for John Kerry in her Whitemarsh living room, the senator from Massachusetts offered his greetings, also on the phone. Thanks to the Internet and other technology - in these cases, the means to link hundreds or even thousands of homes into a single nationwide conference call - the candidates for president have been able to connect with supporters this year in a newly intimate way. The old political house party, or kaffeeklatsch, in which a host invited over the neighbors to have cake and meet a candidate, has been reinvented in 2004 as a tool of mass mobilization.