April 3, 2013 |
Fede Alvarez is wired. He's had too much coffee for sure. But mostly, the Uruguayan filmmaker is riding the buzz surrounding his debut feature, a stunning, in-your-face remake of Sam Raimi's beloved 1981 cult picture, the gory, joyfully hyperbolic demonic possession yarn Evil Dead , that has horror fans in a tizzy. Early reviews of the film are overwhelmingly positive and everyone wants to know Alvarez' story. A TV commercial director and special-effects whiz based in his hometown, Montevideo, Alvarez, 35, wasn't even a blip on the Hollywood radar until four years ago, when he posted a five-minute sci-fi film on YouTube called Panic Attack!
March 29, 2013 |
A former mechanic for J&J Snack Foods Corp., maker of SuperPretzel, Icee, and Luigi's Real Italian Ice, has sued the Pennsauken food manufacturer, saying J&J cheated him out of his pay and then retaliated against him for complaining. Robert McMaster, 55, of Brookhaven, Delaware County, says in his federal suit, filed last week in Camden, that J&J routinely docked his pay for lunch even when he worked through his break. The suit also alleges that J&J required him to clock out before he completed his final duty of the day, reporting any mechanical problems or issues to the person taking over his duties on the next shift.
March 16, 2013 |
This week's new DVD releases take you to worlds of fantasy, filmmaking, and furry heroes. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away, Grade B : A young woman is pulled into a magical world of acrobats and artists. The film uses a rather standard boy-meets-girl plot to take the audience on a fanciful journey to a land of acrobats and artists who look at gravity as more of a suggestion than a law. Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away should be appreciated like an abstract painting. It's beautiful to look at, but it isn't fully appreciated until you add in your own ideas about what all of the images are trying to say. There are positive and negatives of bringing the stage performance to DVD. It opens up the stage show to an audience who may have never had the opportunity, or the finances, to see one of the live shows.
March 10, 2013 |
Gardner Denver Inc., an industrial equipment maker with a small headquarters office in Wayne, agreed to be purchased by private-equity firm KKR & Co. for about $3.7 billion after KKR raised an earlier offer. KKR, run by Henry Kravis and George Roberts, will pay $76 a share for Gardner Denver, the companies said Friday in a statement. That's a 39 percent premium to the price on Oct. 24, the day before the company announced it was exploring a sale. KKR last month offered $75 a share, Bloomberg News reported Feb. 21. "The long-term future of Gardner Denver is bright," Pete Stavros, head of KKR's industrials team, said in the statement.
March 7, 2013 |
Generic drugs have dramatically changed the pharmaceutical and health-care landscape in the last 25 years and now account for about 80 percent of prescriptions in the United States, with lower prices for consumers and insurers. But a U.S. Supreme Court case scheduled for argument March 25 pits drug companies, generic and branded, against government officials who argue that prices for consumers would be even lower if those companies did not strike deals to restrain trade. Drugstore chains and health insurers back the government's side.
February 11, 2013 |
Grégoire Poux-Guillaume is president of Alstom Grid, one of the world's leading providers of systems that manage complex electrical networks. He was on a flight to Philadelphia last Sunday when the Super Bowl was under way, so he has an alibi during the blackout. "We don't have any direct involvement in that," he said, laughing. The Super Bowl outage was caused by faulty switchgear in the electrical lines serving the Superdome, but it amounted to a free half-hour commercial on the important role played by the power grid.
February 2, 2013
Velcera Inc., a Yardley-based maker of over-the-counter animal health-care products, will be acquired by Perrigo Co. for $160 million in cash, or 40 cents per share. Velcera markets its products under the name FidoPharm, including its PetArmor flea and tick preventive products. Allegan, Mich.-based Perrigo said that Velcera had 2012 sales of about $60 million. Perrigo, one of the largest manufacturers of store brands of OTC pharmaceutical products and infant formulas, reported sales of $3.17 billion for its fiscal year ended June 30. Perrigo shares rose $5.49 or 5.5 percent to $106.
February 2, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - In a noisy warehouse a mile from the Capitol, workers push sheets of steel through giant machines that turn the slices of metal into polished wheelbarrows. A new one rolls off the assembly line every six seconds. The Ames True Temper plant proudly calls itself the wheelbarrow capital of the world, a distinction claimed since 1876, when the original company, Jackson Manufacturing, began industrialized production of the implements. So workers there were dismayed to learn last month that the maker of Monopoly planned to retire one of the game's familiar tokens and Las Vegas oddsmakers predicted the silvery little wheelbarrow would lose the popularity contest.
January 31, 2013 |
WHAT IS a compound bow? The item used to kill Kereti Paulsen in South Jersey is a sophisticated hunting weapon with a lever system of cables and pulleys. Invented in 1966 by Missouri hunter Holless Wilbur Allen, the bow is designed to give archers greater velocity over the more traditional recurve bow and longbow, making it ideal for deer-hunting. It is legal with a license in most states, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey, according to Wasp Archery, a Harrisburg arrow-maker.
January 19, 2013
Aircraft parts maker Triumph Group Inc., of Berwyn, said it agreed to acquire Goodrich Pump & Engine Control Systems from United Technologies Corp. for an undisclosed amount. Triumph said the acquisition will add about $195 million in annual revenue, and will operate as Triumph Engine Control Systems L.L.C. The business, which supplies aerospace fuel systems, is located in West Hartford, Conn. It employs 530. The deal is expected to close in the current quarter, Triumph said.