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February 3, 2016 | Sam Adams, For The Inquirer
The Sundance Film Festival's awards, announced on Saturday, were dominated by Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation , the story of Nat Turner's slave rebellion that won both the Grand Jury Prize and the audience award. But another, less bloody take on the African American experience made waves in Park City as well: Southside With You , which follows a Chicago lawyer and her summer associate who just happen to be the future Barack and Michelle Obama on the course of their first date.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 29, 2015 | By Ellen Gray
DOWNTON ABBEY. 9 p.m. Sunday, WHYY12. Lady Mary's had her Matthew, Bates his Anna. But as Downton Abbey enters its sixth and final season on PBS's Masterpiece Sunday, the greatest love story - beyond the one between the show and its fans - may belong to the long-married couple whose union made the whole thing possible. So a toast, please, to Lord and Lady Grantham (Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern), whose marriage of convenience became a love match in which the earl, Robert Crawley, got much more from his American wife, Cora, than just the money to keep his sprawling estate going, and she got more than their three headstrong daughters and the right to be called "milady.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 14, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog is a dreamy thing, part doc, part memoir, part meditation, in which the dauntingly multidisciplined artist (painting, sculpture, poetry, music, moviemaking) celebrates the life of her beloved rat terrier, Lolabelle, mourning her death and honoring it, too. Incorporating old 8mm home movies, staging reenactments of childhood events, quoting Kierkegaard, and noting how the Department of Homeland Security's cautionary catchphrase, "If you see something, say something," sounds like it was written by the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, Anderson explores spiritual and physical dimensions - and the points where they might intersect.
NEWS
October 9, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"Freehold" brings a stubborn issue-movie earnestness to what should be the rousing story of Ocean County, N.J., detective Laurel Hester. That "Freeheld" doesn't have much of a pulse is almost inexplicable, given the level of talent involved - last year's Oscar winner Julianne Moore has the marquee role as Hester, the Jersey police detective who fought at death's door to win the right to assign her pension benefits to her legally recognized domestic...
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
FXX's Wednesday-night season premieres offer the weirdest love stories on TV. Yes, they feature people who show their love by having an online forum to mock each other more effectively. Or who try to keep the honeymoon phase of their relationship going by getting wasted and stealing a DVD kiosk. Fantasy-football-themed The League (10 p.m. Wednesday) and (very) cracked romance You're the Worst (10:30 p.m. Wednesday) are those shows. These aren't nice, frothy love stories, but love isn't always nice and frothy.
NEWS
August 23, 2015 | By Kellie Patrick Gates, For The Inquirer
Officiant: Pastor Francois Lacroix, Wallingford Presbyterian Church, Wallingford. Venue: Treno Pizza Bar, Westmont, N.J. Food: Treno; Cake: Gift of Carrie L. Salsbery, Cherry Hill. Photography: Tricia Burrough, owner of Lilac Blossom Photography, Collingswood. Flowers: Bridal bouquets and attendant flowers, Maria Anastasia, Allentown; reception centerpieces, Wegmans. Brides' attire: Liz: Roaman's; Denine: Macy's. Music: The Liz and Denine Choir, comprising friends of the couple; DJ Mike from No Macarena, Philadelphia.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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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