March 6, 2013
Last week and total box office in millions. Weeks Per Rank/Title/Studio Last Week Total Out Location 1. Jack Giant Slayer (W. Bros.) $27.2 $27.2 1 $7,717 2. Identity Thief (Universal) 9.7 107.4 4 3,005 3. 21 and Over (Relativity) 8.8 8.8 1 3,159 4. Snitch (Summit) 7.8 24.5 2 3,094 5. Last Exorcism II (CBS Films) 7.7 7.7 1 2,862 6. Escape Planet Earth (Wein.)
February 8, 2013 |
THEY SAY 90 percent of a movie is casting, and it's at least 99 percent of "Identity Thief. " This a flimsy road movie whose main achievement is to pair cinema's most adroit straight man with its biggest comedy wild card. Jason Bateman is the former - stoic, unflappable, with the low-key verbal dexterity that makes him a peerless counter-puncher paired with zanier co-stars in movies such as "Horrible Bosses. " Here, he shares the screen with the volatile Melissa McCarthy, a rumbling volcano of out-there energy, the X-factor in movies such as "Bridesmaids" and recently released "This is 40. " The premise, in broad strokes, plays to their strengths.
September 6, 2010
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (1 p.m., NBC10) - Katherine Heigl; Nick Cannon; 7-year-old Preston Scarborough. How I Met Your Mother (8 p.m., CBS3) - As the show logs its 100th episode, Barney debates giving up wearing suits to land an attractive bartender, a conundrum that leads the cast to perform an awesome musical number Rachel Bilson and Tim Gunn guest star. Little People, Big World (8 p.m., TLC) - As season six opens, Matt Roloff, who is recovering from a serious health scare, resolves to lead his family on a quest to live life to the fullest.
July 4, 2009 |
The unusual news of a Thomas Parkin caught in New York impersonating his dead mother to collect her Social Security struck Thomas Parkin of Plymouth Meeting uncomfortably close to home. Almost a decade ago, the Pennsylvania Parkin reported his identity stolen - and the pattern of fraudulent finances over the years turned out to match details in news stories about the Parkin who impersonated his own mother. Pennsylvania's Parkin contacted New York prosecutors, who are investigating whether the New York Parkin, 49, stole the identity of the Pennsylvania one. The New York Parkin allegedly turned up in a Department of Motor Vehicles office in Brooklyn in April, dressed as his mother - who had died in 2003 - to renew her driver's license.
January 1, 2007 |
Whatever the weather this New Year's Day, one kind of freeze in the forecast will come as welcome news to many Pennsylvanians: a newly available "security freeze" for their credit reports, designed to help them thwart identity thieves. The state's new law, signed by Gov. Rendell in November and similar to laws already on the books in New Jersey and other states, is aimed at a problem fueled by the growth in "instant credit" available from retailers, auto dealers, cell-phone companies, and other businesses.
November 3, 2003 |
Identity theft is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the United States. About 9.9 million Americans were victimized by identity thieves in 2002, and numerous cases of identity theft have occurred in Southeastern Pennsylvania. This issue was most recently brought to my attention by Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr., who is prosecuting a case in which an auto dealer allegedly forged fraudulent car-loan applications with former customers' personal information.
October 31, 2003 |
Like F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Philip Roth's exceptional novel The Human Stain is about a writer so absorbed in observing a doomed love triangle that he does not act to avert the inevitable. Also like Gatsby with its new-money gangsters, old-money blue bloods and hot-blooded proles, Stain telescopes an era of American identity politics into the tragedy of a disgraced professor, an illiterate beauty, and an unstable Vietnam vet. Would that I felt as passionately about Robert Benton's ambitious adaptation of The Human Stain as I do about its rich source material.
August 30, 2002 |
For two years, North Philadelphia's Darryl Brown promised people he could get them a new car even if they had bad or no credit. Yesterday, Brown could not even get himself credit for helping prosecutors convict him and 11 associates in an identity-theft ring that trashed the credit records of 59 people and defrauded 11 car dealers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey of 80 vehicles worth $2.8 million. Brown, 36, was sentenced to a 15-year no-parole prison term - the region's longest federal fraud sentence in recent memory - by a judge who said Brown "wreaked havoc on an awful lot of lives.
April 29, 2001 |
A man who used Tiger Woods' identity to steal $17,000 worth of goods was sentenced to 200 years to life in prison in Sacramento, Calif. Anthony Lemar Taylor was convicted of falsely obtaining a driver's license using the name Eldrick T. Woods, Woods' Social Security number and his birth date. Though he looks nothing like golf's best player, the 30-year-old Taylor then used the false identification and credit cards to buy a 70-inch TV, stereos and a used luxury car between August 1998 and August 1999.