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November 7, 1997 | By Carrie Rickey, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
A quick glance at Bean, that hellraiser in herringbone, and you would guess that he goes to Pee-wee Herman's tailor, studied brathood with Dennis the Menace, and learned his social skills from the Three Stooges. On closer examination - case in point, the feature film Bean - you realize that first impressions make Bean, alter ego of British comic Rowan Atkinson, seem more refined than this 10-year-old pest in a middle-aged body actually is. You've heard of an accident waiting to happen?
NEWS
April 10, 1991
A special cruelty has come in on the gentle wings of April this year. Violence has come in places and at times where it might be least expected. Too easily sometimes, we numb ourselves to violence in a far-off war or even on an inner-city drug corner. It's harder to do in magnolia-blossomed Lower Merion where death and flames fell from the sky into a schoolyard, or on the handsome promenade of Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The lamp posts nearest Monday's shooting of three insurance executives strolling back from a celebratory lunch bear flag names for "Brazil" and "Cameroon," more likely venues - or so it would seem - for an assassin firing.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2010 | By ROBERT W. BUTLER, McClatchy Newspapers
"Survival of the Dead" is the fifth zombie movie that George A. Romero has written and directed since beginning the cycle with 1968's "Night of the Living Dead. " Amazingly, the 70-year-old Romero seems to have learned nothing in all that time. While he gets credit for inventing the modern zombie movie, Romero's flat direction and dumb dialogue (made worse because he takes this stuff seriously) have long been surpassed by his imitators, especially Zack Snyder and his 2004 remake of Romero's "Dawn of the Dead.
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April 1, 2008 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If the gods - the ones Shakepeare's characters are constantly beseeching - could awaken the Bard for just one season of theater, they'd plop him onto the East Coast, for sure. Here, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Festival is doing for his little-produced Pericles, Prince of Tyre what Lincoln Center did earlier this season for his even-less-produced Cymbeline. They're transforming a confusing mess of a plot - both plays suffer more twists than a decent Philly pretzel - into a riveting, beautiful piece of stage magic.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
I'm not exactly sure why the over-the-top carnage in Kick-Ass doesn't offend, and why in The Losers - likewise an adaptation of a comic book - it does. (And after it offends, it numbs.) Certainly the difference has something to do with the writing, and the wit, behind all the firefights and slo-mo mayhem. In the case of The Losers , the script is boilerplate, the wit pretty much witless. Starring a smug squad of crack special forces operatives, The Losers opens in the jungles of Bolivia, where team leader Clay ( Watchmen's swaggering superdude, Jeffrey Dean Morgan)
ENTERTAINMENT
October 15, 2010 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Movie Critic
Beware, people: Flirtatious phone patter seems harmless enough - two strangers batting innuendos late into the night - but it can be hazardous to your health. One minute you're on the phone, separated from the husky-voiced gent by hundreds of miles. Next thing you know, you've been drugged and abducted, and folks are chasing you in cars and helicopters, shooting at you with guns and rockets. That's how things shake out for Mary-Louise Parker, anyway, gamely playing a lonely government pensions clerk in Red , a breakneck (for a time)
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October 18, 2000 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Looking like an absurdist Michelin man floating above the Macy's Thanksgiving parade, David Thomas waved his arms overhead while moaning and squealing into the microphone clipped to what resembled a red-rubber lobster bib. It was just another night at the avant-garage. Before an enthusiastic few on Monday at the North Star Bar, Cleveland art-punk outfit Pere Ubu - named after the big-bellied protagonist of Alfred Jarry's riot-starting 1896 Dadaist play - celebrated its 25 years of existence with 90 minutes of playfully subversive mayhem.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2005 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
When the trains whoosh by in Danny Boyle's exhilarating children's story, Millions, the 7-year-old hero's elaborate cardboard shack shakes, rattles and rolls. Damian (Alex Etel) hunches inside his makeshift hideaway, the railcars rocketing past a few feet away, his face pop-eyed with adrenalized joy. Damian, along with his older brother, Anthony (Lewis McGibbon), 9, doesn't have much to be happy about. Their mother has recently died, and her absence is still raw and palpable. But there are good things happening, too. Dad (James Nesbitt)
NEWS
December 4, 1996 | by Mark Angeles and Julie Knipe Brown, Daily News Staff Writers
He was known around the churches and choirs of West Chester as a kindly man dedicated to the lord's work. That only deepened the shock of what the gentle man had wrought with his own hand. What demons could have gotten into the 72-year-old retired Presbyterian minister to drive him to murder and suicide? The police account is grimly succinct: The former minister, Richard Whiteside, shot and killed Merton Ronald Radloff, 54, and beat and wounded Sharon Devilbiss, 54, in her home on Washington Lane in Pennsbury Township, Chester County, on Monday afternoon.
NEWS
July 25, 2006
DORIAN THOMAS should be commended for the ambition he has for his community, for all of our communities (letters, July 18). We would all be better off if people stood up for themselves, but it would be incredibly better if victims could count on the support of the community, to stand as a witness in court against the perpetrators, to make themselves known at the time of the crime - so that both the perpetrator and the victim know that they are...
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July 21, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
There is an inescapable survivor's mentality hanging over this year's Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. The eighth annual touring heavy metal festival is noticeably diminished from past years, with three or four stages reduced to two. This year's headliners both recently emerged from difficult periods. Danish singer King Diamond, 59, underwent triple-bypass surgery in 2010 following several heart attacks, while Slayer has regrouped following the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman and the firing of drummer Dave Lombardo.
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December 17, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Sure, NBC brought a whole new layer of uncomfortable subtext to its recent production of Peter Pan Live! , but for pure equilibrium-smashing anarchy, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland might still be the strangest classic children's tale. Quintessence Theatre Group makes it even "curiouser and curiouser," pairing with black-light mask-and-puppeteers Archedream for Humanity to take on Simon Reade's adaptation of Lewis Carroll's story. With quirky original music by David Cope and a cast of actors dedicated to full-tilt mayhem, director Alexander Burns retains the book's sense of nonlinearity while still moving the action forward.
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July 29, 2014 | BY DEBORAH WOODELL, Daily News Staff Writer woodeld@phillynews.com
SUICIDE SILENCE is off to the type of fresh start no band wants to go through. The deathcore quintet from Riverside, Calif., is touring in support of its fourth full-length album, "You Can't Stop Me" (Nuclear Blast Records), with new singer Eddie Hermida, who came on board in October 2013 after a motorcycle crash killed frontman Mitch Lucker the previous fall. The tour will take them to the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden on Friday as part of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival.
NEWS
April 11, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
NEW radar data indicates that the missing Malaysian airliner detoured around Indonesia, and "Raid 2: Berandal" gives you some idea why. This hyperviolent Indonesian action movie doubles down on all the elements in the cult hit original, "Raid: Redemption" - essentially the story of what appears to be the country's last honest cop, waging a one-man war against the forces of organized crime and co-opted law enforcement. Both movies depict Indonesia as a rolling mob war with civilization somewhere in the distant background (the word "berandal" is Indonesian for "hooligan")
ENTERTAINMENT
July 30, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
NBC10's Daralene Jones said "I do" this weekend to love Antoine Jamaal Bell . They wed at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, Fla. Jones started working at NBC10 in January. She originally hails from Chicago, but came to Philly from Orlando, where she met Bell, who still resides there, working as a mechanical engineer for Lockheed Martin. The couple were engaged in December, on Jones' final night in Orlando before making the move to Philadelphia to work at NBC. Bell, under the guise of a dinner invitation, took Jones to the park where he first told her he loved her. Major aw!
NEWS
April 18, 2013 | Associated Press
Police arrested four Rutgers University students last weekend during a rowdy off-campus street party where people brawled and set couches and mattresses on fire. New Brunswick, N.J., police say they arrested three students Saturday, and Rutgers police arrested a fourth while dispersing a crowd of more than 500 people. Overall, 16 disorderly-related summonses were issued by New Brunswick police. Authorities said officers were hit by bottles allegedly thrown by partygoers and people set furniture on fire.
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March 21, 2013 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Culture Writer
The tumultuous events of 1968 - the year of assassinations, massacres in a deadly war, chaotic street protests, and college shutdowns across the United States; the year of Janis Joplin and 2001: A Space Odyssey , Aretha Franklin and Apollo 7 and 8 - will flood the National Constitution Center with music, video, helicopters, bean bag chairs, and Boomer memories in an exhibition running from June 14 to Sept. 2. The show, called The 1968 Exhibit , "illuminates a pivotal year in our history and shines a light" down to the present, Vince Stango, interim head of the center, told a news conference Tuesday.
NEWS
January 29, 2013 | By Maggie Michael, Associated Press
CAIRO - An unpredictable new element has entered Egypt's wave of political unrest: a mysterious group of masked young men called the Black Bloc who present themselves as the defenders of protesters opposed to the Islamist president's rule. They boast that they're willing to use force to fight back against Islamists who have attacked protesters in the past - or against police who crack down on demonstrations. The youths with faces hidden under black wrestlers' masks have appeared among stone-throwing protesters in clashes with police around Egypt the past five days in the wave of political violence that has shaken the country.
NEWS
June 1, 2012 | By Barbara Boyer and INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Eight people were shot, three fatally, in less than 24 hours in Camden this week, bringing the number of homicides since Friday to five, authorities said Thursday. The mayhem began at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when a Pennsauken man was shot in the leg at an undisclosed city location, and it continued through about 5 p.m. Thursday, when a man was fatally wounded near Fifth and Royden Streets, authorities said. Seven of the shootings occurred within seven hours. "The violence in Camden overnight is a continuation of an ongoing pattern of crime increases we've seen since the Camden Police Department layoffs almost a year and a half ago," said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 9, 2012 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Lantern Theater Company's Romeo and Juliet begins before it begins: fights on the street, stealthy comings and goings, women are grabbed, rich, highborn men are drunk and belligerent. Everyone is armed to the teeth - swords and knives - and then somebody says "peace. " Yeah, right. What a place Verona is: Feuds, duels, and havoc will, as they say, ensue. The young star-crossed lovers will, through their suicides, teach their parents the need for reconciliation. This old, sad story is about two teenagers from warring families who have a moment of joy only to have things go terribly wrong through an agony of mistiming, mistakes, parental commands, and just plain bad luck.
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