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May 15, 1997 | By Kevin L. Carter, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tisha Campbell, singer and star of the new movie Sprung, has a lot to say about Martin. "We just got married Aug. 17," she says of her husband, Duane Martin, a basketball player and actor she met at an audition almost seven years ago. Not that Martin. "The best thing about Martin is that Tichina and I became even closer than we were," says Campbell, referring to her best friend, Tichina Arnold, who played Pam on the Fox sitcom and is Campbell's duet partner on the Sprung sound track.
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November 9, 2007 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Never thought I would read the following sentence, let alone write it. For a film about suicides, Wristcutters: A Love Story is strangely life-affirming. This film about slackers stuck in limbo between life and death is upbeat in an offbeat way. In its opening sequence a depressive dude named Zia (Patrick Fugit, the almost famous star of Almost Famous) morosely cleans his apartment and proceeds to commit the act referenced by the title. But instead of curling up under the oblivion blanket, Zia is stranded in the afterlife.
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October 17, 1987 | By KAY GARDELLA, New York Daily News
Television is easing into the big ratings month, November, known as a sweeps period (when ratings accrued translate to future ad rates), with what I call warmup films. They're not good enough for the hot sweeps competition but are good enough to keep viewers entertained for a couple of hours. One such film is CBS' "Conspiracy of Love" (tomorrow at 9 p.m. on Ch. 10) starring 12-year-old Drew Barrymore as Jody, the focus of a tug of war between her devoted grandparents, played by Robert Young and Elizabeth Wilson, and her deserted mother (Glynnis O'Connor)
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October 28, 2005 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In Shopgirl, Claire Danes is Mirabelle Buttersfield, a displaced Vermonter, an artist, a twentysomething salesgirl at the gloves counter on the couture floor of Saks in Beverly Hills. She can stand idle for hours, interrupted by the occasional shopper looking for evening gloves to go with that Oscar de la Renta gown. And then one day Mirabelle is interrupted by a nice enough man of middle age, apparently out to buy a present for his wife or girlfriend. He's not sure if he should choose gray or black.
NEWS
May 14, 1998 | by Jim Nolan, Daily News Staff Writer
We shouldn't have to tell you this, but here's a word of advice for guys who might be curious: Don't make love to a vacuum cleaner. It sucks! Alas, some lonesome fellow - from Long Branch, N.J., of all places - decided to date his Hoover. Of course, he was only in it for the sex. So it did what any upright appliance would do - it severed the relationship. And that's how a 51-year-old man became less of a man - and nearly bled to death in a bizarre mechanical love tragedy.
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September 10, 1992 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
Interracial love is the sensitive subject of the film that leads this week's list of new home video. MISSISSIPPI MASALA 1/2 (1992) (Columbia TriStar) 118 minutes. Denzel Washington, Sarita Choudhury. An exuberant film by Salaam Bombay! director Mira Nair, this is an exotic and erotic love story about an interracial couple - a black American who has never seen Africa and an African-born Indian who has never seen her native land - whose cultures have more in common than they ever imagined.
NEWS
February 14, 2002 | By SARAKAY SMULLENS
THIS IS a valentine to Philadelphia and our Kimmel Center. Even cynics should forgive me, remembering the day. In truth, I can't help myself. I love the center because it is majestic. I love it because the lifeblood of so many marvelous Philadelphians is in it, enriching its soul and strengthening it. I love it because it's world-class. I love it because we did it - against great odds - when so many said we couldn't. Of course, no love is perfect, and this includes the Kimmel.
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June 4, 1999 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
If the course of true love never did run smooth, then what of the course of true loathe? A Fish in the Bathtub, a ruefully funny film starring Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara as Sam and Molly, squabblers closing in on their 40th anniversary, suggests loathing is a knotty form of love. Can this marriage be saved? Or must it first be detangled? The film's title refers to a large carp that irascible Sam brings home one night and parks in the tub. The fish is not a symbol. It is a symptom.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 26, 2009 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
About 20 years ago, filmmaker Stephen Frears and screenwriter Christopher Hampton adapted the novel Dangerous Liaisons . From Choderos de Laclos' defining document of 18th-century French literature, they spun a movie that brilliantly contrasted the cynics, who play love as a sport, against the romantics, visibly elevated by the union of two souls. Lightning does not strike again with Chéri . Frears and Hampton's version of Colette's heartrending novels - Chéri and The Return of Chéri - about a young man initiated by an older woman in the teens of the 20th century is surprisingly flat.
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December 21, 2012 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
MARION COTILLARD has been working as an actress since she was a teenager, but it was her Oscar-winning performance as Edith Piaf in "La Vie en Rose" that brought her to the attention of American audiences - and Hollywood filmmakers. Since then she's worked with directors such as Michael Mann ("Public Enemies"), Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris"), Steven Soderbergh ("Contagion") and Christopher Nolan ("Inception," "The Dark Knight Rises"). In "Rust and Bone," she returns to France for an intimate relationship movie about a whale trainer and the fighter who sort of nurses her back to health after an accident at the Sea World-like water show where she works.
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May 18, 2015 | BY DAN GERINGER, Daily News Staff Writer geringd@phillynews.com, 215-854-5961
THEIR LOVE story began nearly 40 years ago when Leslie Manas walked into Sassafras Cafe in Old City and "Jean and I met in a mirror's reflection and we've been partners ever since," she said. Jean is Jean Huffenus, a French designer/metalsmith on Jewelers Row whose creations range from tender "Mother and Child: Arms of Love" necklaces to erotica. "Jean's back was to me," Manas said. "He was facing this wall of mirrors. He saw me pass by behind him. He said to his crazy French friend Jean-Claude, 'Oh, I must know her.' " Manas laughed and said, "So I guess you could say our partnership started in bed. " One fruit of that partnership is this weekend's Craft Phila Liberty Bell Fair, an outdoor show of made-in-the-USA handcrafts, art and fashion on 6th to 7th streets between Chestnut and Market.
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February 6, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Olivier's erotic letters "I woke raging with desire for you," writes the greatest Shakespearean actor of the 20th Century in a scorching, randy, salacious letter to his lover Vivien Leigh . "Oh dear God how I did want you. " Laurence Olivier 's missive is part of a cache of 200 previously unpublished letters between the two lovers that is to be made public. Explicit, anatomical, and yet somehow also poetic, most of the letters, held in the Victoria and Albert Museum archive, can't be printed here.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
*  SELFIE . 8 tonight, 6ABC. *  MANHATTAN LOVE STORY . 8:30 tonight, 6ABC. *  STALKER . 10 p.m. tomorrow, CBS3. THEY SAY YOU never get a second chance to make a first impression, but without mistaken first impressions, most romantic comedies would end in Act 1. That's true in different ways for two new rom-coms premiering tonight on ABC. "Selfie," whose nose-wrinkle of a title almost anticipates the vomit to come,...
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September 18, 2014 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Officiant: Duncan Robertson; Humanist Fellowship of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland Venues: Dundas Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland; the Philadelphia Zoo; the Ramada Inn, Fargo, N.D. Catering: Prestige Scotland, Edinburgh Photo: Gabe Haney, Haney's Photography, Moorhead, Minn.   Music: Edinburgh Sounds, Edinburgh. Dress: Designed by Sue Wong, purchased online.     Do you have the date? Email us - at least six weeks before your ceremony - why we should feature your love story: weddings@phillynews.com . Unfortunately, we can't personally respond to all submissions.
NEWS
September 8, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
It doesn't take long for Emily Browning to break into song in God Help the Girl . The first scene of Stuart Murdoch's impossibly charming Glasgow tale - of a young woman and the friends she makes and the hearts she breaks - is of Browning's character Eve on the run from a mental health facility. "I look down the barrel of the gun" - that is, straight into the camera - "and I start singing," says the actress. God Help the Girl , opening Friday at the PFS Roxy, declares its intentions immediately.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* SHARKNADO 2: THE SECOND ONE. 9 p.m. tomorrow, Syfy.   BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Directing the "Sharknado" movies is like fighting off airborne sharks: It helps to be able to think on one's feet. That's been the experience of Anthony C. Ferrante, whose rematch with the "Jaws" of weather systems, "Sharknado 2: The Second One," makes its Syfy debut tomorrow night with many more famous humans than the first. And at least as many sharks. (Keep your eyes peeled for the one from ABC's "Shark Tank.
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April 2, 2014 | By Merilyn Jackson, For The Inquirer
This is a love story. It's also a dance story, one that began in Dresden, Germany, in 1994. Its middle is happening here in Philadelphia, now. The lovers are award-winning artists, collaborators onstage and in real life - husband and wife Niki Cousineau and Jorge Cousineau, founders of the dance company Subcircle. Their new ensemble work All this happened, more or less , opens Thursday night at the Performance Garage. The story of their life and work together, its title is the opening line of Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse 5 . The novel's key event is the World War II firebombing of Dresden in which 130,000 people died - bombings Jorge's grandparents survived.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Attention, Phantom of the Opera lovers: Prepare to fall in love all over again. Cameron Mackintosh has redesigned Andrew Lloyd Webber's classic musical, which for the next month is receiving its North American premiere at the Academy of Music. Actually, remake more accurately describes what he has conceived here. Phantom , now almost 30 years old, needed to catch up with the times, particularly with advances in stagecraft. Accordingly, the sets (now by Paul Brown)
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February 15, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Valentine's Day and its extended V-Weekend will always be for lovers. Normally, that means reservations for romantic tete-a-tetes at a local restaurant, most of which are surely booked by now. It could, if you're really ambitious, be about booking an overnight stay at one of the area's hotels that offer the amenities of l'amour at varying price points such as string quartets in your suite, one-on-one boudoir photo shoots, aphrodisiac dining menus,...
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February 1, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
  Into the sad, shut-in life of Adele Wheeler, the tremulous single mom played by Kate Winslet in Labor Day , comes a man. A strong, hushed, handsome man. He's handy around the house. He knows how to dance. He can cook chili and make breakfast. He teaches Adele's 13-year-old boy, Henry (Gattlin Griffith), how to play baseball. And he has an awesome recipe for peach pie. The fact that Frank Chambers (Josh Brolin) is also an escaped convict, imprisoned for killing someone, may complicate matters a bit. But hey, you take what you can get. Labor Day is a strange, strangely compelling romance - one minute it's Harlequin bodice-ripper, the next it's Jim Thompson pulp.
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