December 12, 1997 |
Between all the punches and pratfalls, the Home Alone series tells children that adults come in two categories: dumb and dumber. The very existence of Home Alone 3 should persuade any kid who remains doubtful. This is a movie to make Macaulay Culkin glad he's a teenager and too old to take the lead in a tired and relentlessly unimaginative recycling of the premise of the two predecessors. The main difference is that the jokes are a litle meaner and the comeuppance meted out by the kid to the visiting villains is noticeably nastier.
November 26, 1997 |
Flubber, the glob of lime Jell-O that giggles like the Pillsbury Doughboy, is not this season's holiday must-have, though it does share many of Tickle Me Elmo's most endearing (and irritating) traits. And while it can't bend steel in its bare hands, it can leap tall buildings in a single bound - not to mention make autos airborne. Would that it could do the same for Flubber, Disney's charmless, effects-clogged remake of its charming 1961 comedy The Absent-Minded Professor. Will kids like Flubber?
March 21, 1997 |
Three people with Philadelphia connections - Walt Chyzowych, Alex Ely and John Hughes - are among 14 nominees for induction announced by the National Soccer Hall of Fame. The 14 were nominated for the U.S. Soccer Federation section of the hall. This year's inductees will be chosen from among them by a USSF committee and inducted in ceremonies later this year at the Hall of Fame, which is located in Oneonta, N.Y. Chyzowych, who died in 1994, was coach at Philadelphia Textile from 1966 to 1976.
January 12, 1997 |
Scrawled in the pages of Jodi Masso's 1967 Edgewood High School yearbook are scores of promises - naive, youthful intentions that would later give way to the compromises of adulthood. One reads: "Jo, to a real 'nut,' and a friend - I will always remember our fun in hockey and school, but most of all, don't forget me. Look forward to seeing you this summer. Y.F.A. (Your Friend Always), Debbie. " Lies, all lies, just like the rest of them, Masso says as she peruses the tattered pages of the annual from her senior year.
December 11, 1996 |
Call it his branch office. John Hughes hauls a Christmas tree to a customer's car. Hughes sells Douglas firs (at a timely $19.96 each) from his home on Route 49 in Quinton Township, Salem County.
October 11, 1996 |
For the great brains on the Route 422 pharmaceutical corridor who are toiling toward cures for cancer and indigestion, respite could be just down the road. The Audubon Land Development Corp. has signed a deal with Regal Cinemas Inc. to build a 24-screen movie theater in Oaks. "This would be the largest one in the Philadelphia market," said Jay Gordon, vice president of Audubon Land Development. "It's six minutes away from King of Prussia. " The 4,200-seat cinema is planned near the intersection of Mill and Egypt Roads in Upper Providence Township.
March 1, 1996 |
John A. Hughes, 51, of Narberth, a retired Lower Merion police officer, died of cancer Tuesday at his home. Mr. Hughes was a member of the Lower Merion Police Department for 27 years, and since 1977 had been assigned to the police traffic safety unit. He retired in June. As a traffic safety officer, he assisted in traffic studies, handled requests about setting and posting speed limits, supervised the township's nine school crossing guards, and presented child safety programs annually at public and private schools in the township.
October 18, 1995 |
As the political season heats up, placards for local candidates begin to sprout in front yards. But in this township, Democrats say someone has been pulling up their signs like dandelions before a garden show. Code enforcement officer John D. Hughes removed eight Democratic campaign signs last week, claiming they violated a township ordinance. "It was on a private lot, and the owner had not given his permission," Hughes said yesterday. Furthermore, he said, the Democratic candidates had failed to obtain township sign permits.
April 7, 1995 |
The name is Mrs. John Hughes. Very proper-sounding. Actually an anachronism in this day and age when women insist on their own identity. Mrs. John Hughes indeed. As one might expect, she looks like the pleasant, kindly woman we would all like to have living next door. Perhaps a favorite aunt. Or a loving grandmother, which she happens to be. So what is Mrs. John Hughes doing performing in a casino showroom, being more than a little naughty, telling jokes that are sometimes on the risque side?
November 18, 1994 |
"Miracle on 34th Street" isn't what you hoped to find under the Christmas tree. But it's better than an empty box. This is a kinder, gentler John Hughes at work as producer-writer. The creator of "Home Alone," "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" and "Dennis the Menace" has abandoned the violence-as-slapstick format that makes kids howl and parents cringe. In its place, he substitutes a slooooow retelling of the 1947 classic about a white-bearded man who claims to be Kris Kringle, a dubious child and her cynical mother, and the evil district attorney (J.T.