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August 13, 2004 | By Rob Watson FOR THE INQUIRER
In 1987, action hero (and now governor) Arnold Schwarzenegger and wrestler (now ex-governor) Jesse Ventura had a simpler agenda: to pummel that dreadlocked alien called the Predator. To coincide with today's Alien vs. Predator theatrical release, Fox Home Entertainment gives us the brawny Predator: Collector's Edition. While it doesn't stack up against last year's Alien box set, the two discs feature plenty of creature comforts for fans, including a free ticket to watch the beasts battle in a theater near you. In this rumble in the jungle, Arnold's Dutch depletes his ammo as well as his mercenary team while being hunted.
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December 15, 1995 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
During the arduous filming of Aguirre, The Wrath of God, Werner Herzog was rumored to have arrived at a new understanding of a "shooting script" by pulling a gun on his star, the late Klaus Kinski, who wanted to quit. Since cast and crew were enduring much privation in the jungles of Peru, Kinski's unhappiness and exhaustion were understandable. But he stayed, and Aguirre is one of his most arresting collaborations with Herzog. The film is a haunting story of the fate of a band of conquistadors under the command of the undeniably mad Don Lope de Aguirre (Kinski)
NEWS
August 30, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Contrary to reports, Brendan Fraser sounds eager to swing into a second installment of "George of the Jungle. " The star of this summer's hit family film notes that its success has resulted in a "flood of scripts coming my way, and a great many meetings - I'll have to make a careful decision about my next move. " However, the actor, who broke into the business in "School Ties," stresses, "I've never had as much fun making a movie as I did 'George of the Jungle' - and I really like the idea of making another.
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July 16, 1997 | by Ann Ritter, Daily News Staff Writer
"George of the Jungle" is a children's movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. Unlike many of the recent Disney spectacles - "Pocahontas" and "The Lion King" come to mind - our hero George has no deep emotional scars and no significant soul-searching to do. Because the film recognizes its complete lack of gravity, the result is a tight and actually funny comedy. George (Brendan Fraser) was a small boy when a plane crash left him stranded in the heart of the jungle. After being taken in by a talking ape named Ape (the voice of John Cleese)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* MOZART IN THE JUNGLE. Amazon Prime, today.   COMPLETE this sentence: Change is [BLANK]. How any of us answers likely has a lot to with whether we're driving the steamroller or lying under it, but "inevitable" is a one-size-fits-most reply. Which is why the classical-music dramedy "Mozart in the Jungle," the newest original series from Amazon Studios, doesn't require a degree in music or orchestra season tickets to appreciate. Developed by cousins and entertainment royalty Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, with writer-director Alex Timbers, and loosely based on a memoir by musician-turned-journalist Blair Tindall, "Mozart in the Jungle" is set in the apparently cutthroat world of classical music.
NEWS
January 9, 1992 | By Sonia R. Lelii, Special to The Inquirer
The lion stood passively in his jungle, a benevolent smile etched on his face while Linda Wengerd added the details to his bushy mane. A giraffe nibbled on some leaves as a tigress sat beside her cub - soundly asleep and oblivious to the hands that worked intently. Parents and school personnel painted diligently on the cinder block wall during the holiday break so the animals - ensconced in their surroundings - would be ready when classes resumed on Jan. 2 at Millbridge Elementary School in Delran.
SPORTS
January 8, 1989 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the day that will determine the combatants for the next Super Bowl, it may be time to consider the ultimate pro football irony: that for all their importance, today's conference championship games could be determined not so much by deeds of athletic heroism as by intangibles. That certainly would seem to be a possibility today at Riverfront Stadium, where the Bengals and Bills, both at 13-4, face each other for the AFC title. The impact of things uncoachable and immeasurable may be noticeable even before the 12:30 p.m. kickoff.
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March 2, 1986 | By Donald D. Groff, Special to The Inquirer
Romantic dreams of jungle safaris can still come true in the Amazon, but don't expect danger or overwhelming wildness in a one- or two-day river trip. Manaus is home to more than 600,000 people, and its growth as a commercial center has squeezed out much of the immediate wildness that the rubber barons of the late 19th century had to confront. The river remains full of piranha and other surprises, to be sure, yet the only Indians you'll be forced to deal with are those trying to sell you beaded necklaces.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2004 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Imagine Indiana Jones in Indochina during the early 20th century looting sacred statues of Buddha to sell at Western auction houses. Furthermore, imagine that in order to get the statuary he wants, this adventurer-archaeologist-poacher shoots a papa tiger whose lair is in an abandoned temple full of the holy sculpture. Left behind are Papa Tiger's playful cubs, Kumal and Sangha, the Two Brothers of Jean-Jacques Annaud's nature parable about how humans exploit those in the animal kingdom, and how, inspirationally, the animals ultimately resist their captors.
NEWS
December 5, 1987 | By FRANK DOUGHERTY, Daily News Staff Writer
Whenever friends of the Phantom find themselves in trouble, they communicate with their hero via The Talking Drum. "Messages go out on a large hollowed-out log. The drum 'talks' because the jungle has a thousand ears," explained Lee Falk, the man who created the Phantom some 51 years ago. Now it's the Phantom who's in a jam. Three weeks ago today he was abducted outside the Jabba jail house in Zabadabah by three power-crazed Daily News...
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May 3, 2016
THE NEW version of The Jungle Book has been so successful, Tattle is waiting for Hollywood to start a run on Rudyard Kipling adaptations. Jungle Book trounced a handful of so-so new releases to rule the box office again, while next week's certain champ, Captain America: Civil War , began setting records overseas. Book earned $42.4 million in its third week at North American theaters, according to studio estimates Sunday, and has now totaled $684.8 million globally.
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April 18, 2016 | Howard Gensler, Staff Writer
The latest version of The Jungle Book had a lot more than the bare necessities at the box office. The movie opened with $103.6 million in North America, making it one of the biggest April debuts ever at the box office and continuing Disney's streak of unearthing live-action riches buried in its animated classics ( Cinderella , Alice in Wonderland , Maleficent ). Jon Favreau 's update of the 1967 animated version of Rudyard Kipling 's 1894 book tells the tale of Mowgli with computer-generated imagery and big-screen bombast.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 16, 2016
Directed by Jon Favreau. With Neeli Sethi, Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken,    Lupita Nyong'o. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Running time: 105 mins. Parents guide: PG (sequences of scary action and peril). Playing at: Area theaters.
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March 16, 2016 | A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
In its rehearsal spaces and on its main stage, the venerated Walnut Street Theatre currently resembles a jungle gymlike maze of elevated catwalks and open portals - all for Peter and the Starcatcher , which opens Thursday. Peter is such a massive, madly active production that, for the cast to rehearse adequately, a replica of the huge, multilevel, Rube Goldbergian set on the main stage, all ladders, paths, and openings, had to be built in the fourth-floor rehearsal space, for which, in the words of director Bill Van Horn, "rail heights and step lengths were cut in half, to get used to the real estate.
NEWS
March 11, 2016 | By Steven Rea, MOVIE CRITIC
Ciro Guerra's profoundly beautiful Embrace of the Serpent , one of the nominees for best foreign language film at this year's Academy Awards, touches on many of the same themes that Terrence Malick (see the review of his Knight of Cups , Page 4) explored in his 2005 feature The New World . Malick's film was about the arrival of the British on the shores of 1600s Virginia, with John Smith's meeting the beautiful Pocahontas of the Powhatans and white men from Europe invading and corrupting the virgin Americas.
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February 24, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CLASSICAL MUSIC CRITIC
It's a safe bet the only thing standing between children and their ability to absorb the most challenging art is the adult with a limited imagination. There was no danger of that happening Sunday at the Curtis Institute of Music, where a new production of The Jungle Book emerged from the pen of a group of grown-ups with an enormous sense of regard for their audience. What's more, the 45-minute ballet with a stunning small-ensemble score and crisply told story is an absolute charmer.
NEWS
February 22, 2016 | By Peter Dobrin, CULTURE WRITER
T he Jungle Book , with a score by composer John B Hedges and choreography by Colby Damon, receives its premiere Sunday by Curtis Institute of Music instrumentalists and dancers from Pennsylvania Ballet II. The work, based on the Rudyard Kipling stories, is meant to capture the attention of young listeners and their families. Hedges, 41, born in Wilmington and a Penn and Curtis graduate, talks about his new work. For a project like this that involves dancers, music, and a narrator, who made the first move?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2015
_ KENNEDY CENTER HONORS. 9 p.m. Tuesday, CBS3. The "Late Show's" Stephen Colbert hosts the 38th annual celebration, which this year honors songwriter Carole King, filmmaker George Lucas, actresses Rita Moreno, and Cicely Tyson, and conductor Seiji Ozawa. _ MOZART IN THE JUNGLE. Wednesday, Amazon. Season 2 of this delicious classical-music dramedy finds Rodrigo (Gael Garcia Bernal, "Rosewater") trying to whip the orchestra into shape in hopes of impressing his former mentor, even as contract talks threaten to stop the music.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2015 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Were you raised by wolves? For most kids (and many adults), the answer might be, "I wish" - especially if they've read The Jungle Book , Rudyard Kipling's stories of the fantastic adventures of Mowgli, a child abandoned in the woods. Nurtured and taught by wild animals, including those wolves, Baloo the bear, Bagheera the panther, Kaa the snake, and a gang of monkeys - all the while dodging the tiger Shere Khan - Mowgli learns valuable life lessons that can apply in any jungle.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 9, 2015 | By Monica Peters, For The Inquirer
The 2015 Philadelphia International Children's Festival at the Annenberg Center celebrates its 31st year Friday and Saturday with a plethora of performances: The acrobatic Pilobolus Dance Theater mixes dance, theater, and technology (ages 5 and older; 10 a.m. Friday). The Catherine Wheels Theatre Company drama Lifeboat is about two teen girls struggling to survive after their ship is torpedoed during World War II (ages 8 and older; 10 a.m. and noon Friday; noon and 2 p.m. Saturday)
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