May 23, 2014 |
NOTE TO DIRECTORS: When you cast Marion Cotillard in your movie, you can get rid of all the dialogue related to how beautiful she is. The camera has already told us everything we need to know. So it's highly redundant when all the men gush about her in "The Immigrant," cast as Ewa, a Polish woman fleeing her war-ravaged country for (she imagines) a better life with relatives in the United States. Those dreams don't survive the journey across the Atlantic. At Ellis Island, we hear references to an incident aboard ship that threatens Ewa's chances at citizenship, and she's immediately separated from her sister, who has TB. She's ticketed for deportation, but spotted by a fellow named Bruno Weiss, who bills himself as a representative of "Traveller's Aid Society.
May 18, 2014 |
Thanks to our loving and benevolent parents, my brother Dan and I have been to Walt Disney World in Florida numerous times. However, on all those trips, we never met a Hollywood celebrity while there - well, none that made any real impact on me. We did see Cher from a distance while dining at the Rainforest Café in Animal Kingdom in 1999. But I was only 5 at the time and didn't know Cher from Sonny or Chaz Bono, to be honest. Well, this time, the result was far different. The cast of the ABC hit show The Middle happened to be filming in the Magic Kingdom the March day we visited, so we decided to stay near Space Mountain and watch the filming of the show's season finale.
July 14, 2013
Disney's Magic Kingdom near Orlando, Fla., was the most-visited theme park in the country - and the world - last year with 17.5 million visitors, according to the Themed Entertainment Association. Altogether, the top nine parks on the list of most-visited in North America were Disney and Universal parks in Florida and California. Hersheypark came in at No. 17. See the entire list at http://is.gd/BuhprJ 1. Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. 2. Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif.
June 21, 2013 |
The English poet laureate Alfred Austin once said: "Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are. " No need to channel your late self over to my East Falls garden, Al. I'll make it easy for you. I think you'd conclude that I'm a bit of a dreamer, and very enthusiastic, but not especially organized or blessed with leisure time. Fortunately, with Emily Tynan, a professional gardener who has been my helper over the last 18 months, the garden has come a long way. It's better organized, less dense, and delightfully different from what it was even a year ago. Emily has not only lightened my load - the girl is a workhorse - but also rekindled the excitement I felt in 2003 when the first sections of lawn came out and the initial plantings went in. "I love working in your garden," she says.
March 11, 2012 |
We took a cruise with 912 children, 911 of whom were not ours. For people who don't like other people's kids in such quantities, or who believe that cruise ships are floating tubs of gluttony and indolence, this must all sound like a nightmare. There was a moment when the poolside noise level was enough to make Davy Jones himself swim up to the surface and tell us to hold it down, but Davy Jones was actually at the party. At least everyone went quiet when the ship launched the fireworks.
January 6, 2011 |
Thursday night's forecast of snow is a tad iffy, but I fearlessly predict Gov. Christie will not be on vacation. Instead, he'll be doing whatever a governor does in Trenton when a street in, say, Toms River needs a plow. Rest assured: Long before the next sighting of flakes over Freehold, the Big Guy will be out there. Shoveling. "This administration's always going to be about substance first," Christie boldly told Sean Hannity during a mini-blizzard of talk radio interviews this week.
September 14, 2008 |
You have to start somewhere. For Cafe Lift, born on the ground floor of a loft-conversion building, it was at 13th and Callowhill, in the middle - no, make that on the edge - of nowhere. That was in 2003. The start was shaky and the crowds thin; now five years later, it has its sea legs, serves a great lunch to a full house, and its owners are about to open a second spot featuring craft beer and solid, farm-fresh pub fare. The point is, you can't always predict the future of a place from its first few faltering steps.
June 10, 2007 |
My eldest daughter has picked out her wedding dress, and I have to say it's a big load off my mind. You never want to delay such an important decision until the last minute. Sure, she probably could have waited for, say, 20 years - she's 6 - but when the perfect dress comes along, a girl doesn't dare miss it. Other pesky wedding-day details, such as choosing a groom, have to take a backseat. Jin Yu's choice is a creamy off-the-shoulder number called Cinderella - it looks like it sounds.
June 1, 2007 |
Billy Donovan is finally leaving the Gators, hoping he isn't done winning titles in Florida. Donovan yesterday agreed to become coach of the Orlando Magic, the team confirmed last night. A news confererence was scheduled for today. He accepted a 5-year, $27.5 million contract, a source told the Associated Press. After winning the last two NCAA championships at Florida, Donovan is set to join the core of those Gators teams in the pros. Also yesterday, the Memphis Grizzlies hired Phoenix assistant Marc Iavaroni, who was a starter on the Sixers' 1983 championship team, and the Indiana Pacers chose ex-Sixers coach Jim O'Brien to replace Rick Carlisle.
March 8, 2007 |
When my daughter slyly suggested running the Disney World half marathon, I sweetly suggested she was nuts. I ran track in high school. Now I'm in my walking phase of life. My daughter, currently on her high school track team, thought a run through the Magic Kingdom sounded like fun. After much debate, I told her we could sign up, and start training. If we completed the training (ha!), we'd do it. People who run marathons say the exhilaration is unbelievable. Run one, and you're hooked.