September 20, 2013
THINK Jane Austen and you think Pride and Prejudice , right? Not if you're director Kathryn MacMillan . While she is an Austen fan right down the line, "P&P" is, at best, a runner-up. For her, it's all about "Emma. " "It was the first thing I ever read and it's still my favorite," offered McMillan, who last night saw her version of "Emma" launch its six-week run at Center City's Lantern Theater with the first of five nights of previews. "I'm a big fan of all her writing, but 'Emma' is my favorite.
August 2, 2013 |
All the principals in the Simon Cowell - Lauren Silverman - Andrew Silverman love (or merely lust, it's unclear) triangle are keeping schtum about the sordid affair that reportedly has left Lauren 10 weeks pregnant with Simon's child . . . and Andrew, 37, foaming at the mouth. Simon, 53, didn't find out Lauren, 36, was pregnant until July 10, the New York Post and New York Daily News report. He was then hit with news that Andrew named him as a co-respondent in divorce papers he filed in Manhattan Supreme Court on July 15. Andrew's petition cites that dread scarlet-letter word, adultery . If the case reaches court, Simon may have to testify about the affair.
May 28, 2013 |
CANNES, France - In the end, it was all very civil, according to Steven Spielberg, president of the 66th Cannes Film Festival jury, characterizing the decision to award the Palme d'Or to the French love story Blue is the Warmest Color : The Life of Adele over the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis . The latter took the Grand Prix, a runner-up prize, for the Coens, who were not present for the ceremony but whose long shadow has been...
May 28, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the Central Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved. Davis did get to read the diary - but not until nearly 70 years later, when she saw it in a display case at the National World War II Museum. "I didn't have any idea there was a diary in there," said the 90-year-old Mooresville, Ind., woman.
May 15, 2013 |
It's hard to imagine a better production of Philip Dawkins' lovely, bittersweet play Failure: A Love Story . Directed with great delicacy and imagination by Allison Heishman for Azuka Theatre, it is a triumph for this superb cast of young actors, some working professionally for the first time. The plot would be a straightforward one about falling in love if it were told forwardly, but since it's all flashback, and since it takes place in the 1920s, and since it's set in a clock shop, the Fail family's business, it's really about time, and how, when you're remembering, the past seems to be present, just as it does onstage.
March 24, 2013 |
Lil Wayne has posted a video thanking fans for their support while he was ill. Lil, 30, was hospitalized after having what has been described as a serious seizure last Friday. "I just want to say thank you to all y'all for all y'all prayers," Lil says. "I want all y'all to know that I'm good . . . more than good. " Lil's rep has denied a TMZ report that he fell ill due to an overdose and that his condition was so grave he received last rites. But can they top LiLo?
March 24, 2013
The Porsche Santiaga Story Atria/Emily Bestler Books. 432 pp. $26.99 By Sister Souljah Reviewed by Karen E. Quinones Miller It's here! A Deeper Love Inside: The Porsche Santiaga Story , the long-awaited sequel to Sister Souljah's 1999 debut novel, The Coldest Winter Ever , which sold more than a million copies, is finally here! And it was released with even more fanfare than the 2008 publication of Midnight: A Gangster Love Story , the prequel to The Coldest Winter Ever that centers on the Sudanese immigrant Midnight, who was introduced in Coldest Winter . It's little wonder that this sequel, like the prequel, made an early appearance on the New York Times best-sellers list, especially since fans of The Coldest Winter Ever had to wait 14 years to find out the fate of the characters in that book.
March 15, 2013 |
THE PROTAGONIST of "Lore," a powerful and haunting drama set in Germany immediately following the country's defeat in World War II, is a teenage girl. Subtly played by Saskia Rosendahl, Lore (pronounced "Laura") is just old enough to have learned to fear and hate Jews. It's a sick lesson imparted to her by her Nazi parents (Hans-Jochen Wagner and Ursina Lardi) who, as the film gets under way, are being taken into custody by Allied troops. This leaves Lore the rest of the film to begin to unlearn that lesson, and maybe to pick up a few new ones, as she and her four younger siblings, who are still relatively untainted by anti-Semitism, make their way through the Black Forest to a relative's house near Hamburg.
February 25, 2013 |
It's like watching a novel: all the intimacy, all the language, all the complexity of character, without having to turn a page. Nicholas Wright's engrossing, prize-winning play about the young van Gogh, Vincent in Brixton , is receiving a just-about-perfect production at the Walnut's Independence Studio under Kate Galvin's direction. Before he became the painter he became, Vincent van Gogh (Brian Cowden, who manages to sound Dutch and crazy and profoundly sweet all at once) lived for a short while in a London boardinghouse.
February 17, 2013 |
Frank and Dolores Ciaccio dance in the living room of the Norristown twin they have shared for 57 years. They are the picture of an old and comfortable love. "They don't do this in nursing homes," he says. "That's why I'm going to keep her here forever. " Frank knows about persevering. For decades, the 89-year-old has been better known by the nickname "Hank Cisco," Norristown's cheerleader-in-chief and honorary ambassador. About 10 years ago, Dolores, now 84, was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.