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July 12, 2004 | By MICHAEL McGONIGLE
RECENTLY, I came across another conservative blowhard weighing in against Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11. " This columnist added nothing new to the debate but mentioned the film had won the top honor at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and noted this was no surprise. Ignoring the fact that the Cannes jury is international, not exclusively French, he said you could expect this kind of thing from France because, after all, the French worship Lewis. I have heard this platitude many times, usually by someone who has taken issue with something the Republic of France has done.
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November 22, 1996 | By Douglas J. Keating, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
The show at the Merriam Theater is Damn Yankees, but it doesn't take long to discover what most people in the audience have really come to see. During the second scene there's a flash of flame, suddenly Jerry Lewis is on stage, and the show stops for a couple of minutes until the applause dies down. Yes, Damn Yankees is definitely a star vehicle, and the fans who come specifically to see Lewis won't be disappointed. He's on stage a good deal, and in more than one guise. There's Jerry Lewis the actor playing, at the age of 70, in his first Broadway musical; there's Jerry Lewis the entertainer giving a vaudeville performance; and there are glimpses of the famous braying, idiot Jerry Lewis in the movies he made with Dean Martin.
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August 30, 1986 | By GEORGE MAKSIAN, New York Daily News
Labor Day weekend means only one thing to millions of TV fans - it's the time for Jerry Lewis to step into the limelight for his annual effort to raise funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association or, as Lewis likes to put it when talking about victims of the disease, his kids. The telethon, now in its 21st year, will for the fifth year in a row be broadcast from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, starting 11:30 p.m. Sunday and continuing until the following night at 6:30. Tony Orlando will again serve as host for the New York tie-in, with Ed McMahon, disc jockey Casey Kasem and Sammy Davis Jr. helping Lewis out in Vegas.
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May 11, 1990 | By W. Speers, Inquirer Staff Writer Contributors to this report include the Associated Press, Reuters, the Los Angeles Times and USA Today
Jerry Lewis reacted angrily to a supermarket-tabloid story saying his off- camera role in the annual Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Labor Day telethon is being reduced. "You can attack any part of me, but leave my kids alone," Lewis said Wednesday. "They should be writing about whores and pimps and crackheads, not MDA. They don't have any concern about the kids. " MDA officials have announced that the telethon is moving from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to attract bigger-name performers.
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February 15, 2000 | By W. Speers, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jerry Lewis, who elicits laughs and tears on his annual Labor Day weekend Muscular Dystrophy Association telethon, surprised and perplexed an audience with remarks he made at last weekend's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen. After a retrospective on his career - attended by about 1,000 people including Steve Martin - the comedian was asked which female comics he liked. "I don't like any female comedians," replied Lewis, 73. "You must have loved" Lucille Ball, said Q&A moderator Martin Short.
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June 15, 2006 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Vegas publicist has disclosed that comedy icon Jerry Lewis, 80, suffered "a very minor heart attack" Sunday, just days after the nutty professor, who had been sidelined for six years by pulmonary fibrosis, announced he was returning to showbiz. "He is under hospital care and is expected to make a full recovery," said Candi Cazau, rep for the Orleans Hotel & Casino, where Lewis had been due to perform July 13 to 16 in his first comeback shows. Cazau said Lewis also had "a touch of pneumonia.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 16, 2011
* METHOD TO THE MADNESS OF JERRY LEWIS. 8 p.m. tomorrow, Encore.   IT NEVER hurts to ask. That should probably be Gregg Barson's motto. The Allentown-reared filmmaker's documentary, "Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis," premieres on Encore tomorrow night and it's a testament to Barson's persuasiveness that a guy who's worked mostly on the marketing side of show business got to make it at all, much less that he did so with the help of a group of talking heads that included the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Steven Spielberg (a former student of Lewis' at the University of Southern California)
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August 13, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
You can now see footage online from the Jerry Lewis film he never wanted anyone to see. The Day the Clown Cried was a 1972 Holocaust drama in which Lewis (who also directed) played an unsuccessful German clown who finally found an audience with Jewish children in a concentration camp. The film was so overwhelmingly deplored for its bad taste that the comedian pulled it from release. It would seem that Lewis came to agree with the critics. At the Cannes Film Festival in May, the showman, now 87, was asked if the film would ever see the light of projectors.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2014
WE HATE the thought of you starting your day by conjuring a cringeworthy image, but, hey, we here at Tattle Central are sworn to deliver all the news that celebrity bottom-feeders churn up. And this one's a doozy: In the latest issue of GQ magazine, hot comic (and we mean that in multiple ways) Amy Schumer swears that 88-year-old showbiz immortal Jerry Lewis tried to use physical force (!) to get her on her back. It happened, said Schumer, who works in sex jokes the way Monet worked in pastels, last year at an event at the Friars Club, the venerable Manhattan showbiz hangout where mostly aging comedians overpay for mediocre food.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 1995 | By Karen Heller, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
So 50 million Frenchmen can be right. Jerry Lewis is huge. Jerry is back. Do not doubt the second coming of Jerry. Jim Carrey does Jerry. So, too, Urkel. Pee-wee did Jerry. White socks do not lie. Once too cool, Eddie Murphy is pumped to geek. He's doing a remake of Jerry's masterpiece, The Nutty Professor. Steve Martin tried to out-jerk Jerry, but then, really, who can? And what is Jerry doing? Jerry is tangling with the devil in Damn Yankees. At age 69, he's in heaven.
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January 10, 2016
Kitty Kallen, 94, the silken-voiced pop singer who sang with some of the most popular big bands of the 1940s - including groups led by Artie Shaw, Jimmy Dorsey, and Harry James - and who achieved her biggest success as a solo artist with the 1954 chart-topping hit "Little Things Mean a Lot," died Thursday at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. A onetime child radio star in her native Philadelphia, Ms. Kallen grew into a singer who evinced an expressive style on both sweet and bluesy numbers.
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September 16, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Good week for The Weeknd The Weeknd , who performed Sept. 6 at the Made in America festival in Philly, keeps his place atop the Billboard charts with  Beauty Behind the Madness , which sold 145,000 units in its second week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.  Got Your Six , the latest LP from metal band  Five Finger Death Punch , debuted at No. 2, with 114,000, while  Travis Scott 's  Rodeo  is at No. 2 with 85,000....
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October 3, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
WHEN WE first heard Stephon Marbury was starring in a musical in China titled "I Am Marbury," we briefly morphed into Tom McGinnis and let go with a lusty, "Are you kidding me?" The 37-year-old Marbury, it seems, is a megastar in China. Bigger than Jerry Lewis in France or David Hasselhoff in Germany. Heck, there's even a statue of the two-time NBA All-Star outside the MasterCard Center in Beijing where he led the Ducks to the Chinese Basketball Association title in March. The musical, which opened last night in Beijing and runs 11 days, is sold out for the first three shows.
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June 8, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Another marriage bites the dust Melanie Griffith 's fourth marriage is over. Griffith, 56, who was previously married to Don Johnson (twice in two decades) and to Steven Bauer (just the once), is divorcing husband of 18 years, fellow actor Antonio Banderas , 53, TMZ reports. According to court documents filed Friday, Griffith wants out because of . . . drumroll . . . "irreconcilable differences. " The duo both were married when they fell for each other on the set of Two Much , and they married in May 1996.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 8, 2014
WE HATE the thought of you starting your day by conjuring a cringeworthy image, but, hey, we here at Tattle Central are sworn to deliver all the news that celebrity bottom-feeders churn up. And this one's a doozy: In the latest issue of GQ magazine, hot comic (and we mean that in multiple ways) Amy Schumer swears that 88-year-old showbiz immortal Jerry Lewis tried to use physical force (!) to get her on her back. It happened, said Schumer, who works in sex jokes the way Monet worked in pastels, last year at an event at the Friars Club, the venerable Manhattan showbiz hangout where mostly aging comedians overpay for mediocre food.
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April 19, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
It took 56 years, but Orson Welles' Touch of Evil is finally available in high-definition. One of most stylized, intense, and frantic films noir to come out of the 1950s, Touch of Evil features Welles - at his most corpulent, sweat-glazed worst - as a corrupt police captain put in charge of investigating a car bomb that kills a couple at the Mexican border. Charlton Heston plays the voice of reason and all things moral as Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel "Mike" Vargas (yes, it's a white actor playing a Latino in brownface)
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August 13, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
You can now see footage online from the Jerry Lewis film he never wanted anyone to see. The Day the Clown Cried was a 1972 Holocaust drama in which Lewis (who also directed) played an unsuccessful German clown who finally found an audience with Jewish children in a concentration camp. The film was so overwhelmingly deplored for its bad taste that the comedian pulled it from release. It would seem that Lewis came to agree with the critics. At the Cannes Film Festival in May, the showman, now 87, was asked if the film would ever see the light of projectors.
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July 12, 2013 | BY MANNWELL GLENN
  WHEN I WAS a child, I religiously watched reruns of the old "Our Gang" series. You may remember them better as "The Little Rascals. " Well, one thing I remember about those kids is that whenever they needed to raise money, someone would always yell, after the lightbulb went off, "Hey, gang, let's put on a show!" And they would: Spanky, Alfalfa, Mickey, Darla, Froggy, Buckwheat, you name them . . . all would jump in. Which brings me to Philadelphia and our ongoing school-budget woes.
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May 9, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, INQUIRER CULTURE CRITIC
Iconic crooners don't get any more comfy than Dean Martin, who ambled through his performing life with supreme ease and deceptive artistry, most apparent when he wasn't making fun of himself. Supposedly, he was so cool that his heart beat only five times a minute. But that's not what you see with Dino! An Evening With Dean Martin at the Latin Casino , now playing to full-ish houses at the Walnut Street Theatre's Independence Studio. The show's conceit is that Martin arrives at Cherry Hill's Latin Casino in 1978 amid a snowstorm and without his band.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2013 | By Howard Gensler
FOR COLIN FIRTH , one of the first challenges he took after winning Best Actor for "The King's Speech" was the title role in the little indie "Arthur Newman. " Not a challenge in terms of scale - the movie opened Friday on a handful of screens. The challenge was in taking a role that asked him to step so far outside himself. Firth is a family man, a married father of two, and Arthur Newman is a failure as a father and husband. "Any parent will tell you how detrimental parenthood can be to your freedom, to your self-worth, to your composure.
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