February 9, 2013 |
For years, Philadelphia Zoo visitors were treated to the roar of Merlin, the African lion who declared each morning and afternoon that he was the boss. He had fathered 11 cubs and, at 21, had enjoyed a long life for a lion in captivity. Last weekend, zoo officials said Thursday, his health declined rapidly, and he was euthanized Sunday. "On Friday, he didn't eat his dinner, and that was very unlike him," said Tammy Schmidt, the curator of carnivores and ungulates. He refused to eat again Saturday, even when offered a treat of liver and a shank bone, Schmidt said.
February 8, 2013 |
For years, Philadelphia Zoo visitors were treated daily to the roar of Merlin, the African lion who declared each morning and afternoon that he was the boss. The 21-year-old fathered 11 cubs and had exceeded a lion's typical life expectancy. Last weekend, zoo officials said Thursday, his health declined rapidly, and he was euthanized Sunday. "On Friday, he didn't eat his dinner, and that was very unlike him," said Tammy Schmidt, the zoo's curator of carnivores and ungulates.
January 28, 2012 |
AMSTERDAM - Nicol Williamson, the British actor best known for his role as the wizard Merlin in the 1981 film Excalibur , has died of esophageal cancer, his son said Wednesday. He was 75. His son Luke said the actor died Dec. 16 in Amsterdam, where he had lived for more than two decades. Williamson had dozens of film credits to his name but won more plaudits for his stage acting. Playwright John Osborne once described him as "the greatest actor since Marlon Brando. " He was nominated for a Tony Award in 1966 for his role in Osborne's Inadmissible Evidence and again in 1974 for Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya . He also was nominated three times for acting honors at the British Academy Film Awards, Britain's equivalent of the Oscars.
January 20, 2012 |
The DVD pickings are slim this week, but there are a few good new releases. The Ides of March, Grade B: An idealistic staffer for a presidential candidate learns about dirty politics. George Clooney and Ryan Gosling star. The battle between two Democrats in Ohio's primary is just the scenery for this tale of ambition, loyalty, sex, betrayal, and abuse of power. In other words, it's a lot like real-world politics. Gosling plays a whiz-kid consultant who believes a charismatic governor (Clooney)
March 31, 2011 |
Merlin . The name evokes a wizened old man with a long, white Gandalfian beard, leaning on a gnarly old staff. You can say goodbye to that tired old cliche, says Chris Chibnall, cocreator of Starz's smart, character-driven drama Camelot , which premieres Friday at 10 p.m. A gritty blood-, mud-, and sex-soaked take on the Arthurian legends, the series stars a hyperactive Joseph Fiennes ( Shakespeare in Love ) as the wizard of yore. "The first thing I said was no beard, no cloak, no staff," says Chibnall, who developed the show with Tudors creator Michael Hirst.
June 21, 2009 |
It's tough to squeeze fresh life out of a legend as overtilled as Camelot, but Merlin, a 13-part summer series on NBC, debuting tonight, finds a workable approach: Dial the traditional tale back a few decades and twist the premise. Forget the Round Table; say hello to the Kiddie Table. This BBC import, exceedingly handsome but poky, takes King Arthur and his wizard Merlin back to their days as shavers. Trivia note: NBC broadcast a TV movie with the same title and covering the same hallowed ground back in 1998.
October 6, 2004 |
Ignatius J. "Iggie" Wolfington, 84, who performed on the stage, on television and in movies and set up a fund for needy actors, died of heart failure Thursday at his home in Studio City, Calif. Mr. Wolfington, the youngest of nine children, maintained residences in New York and California and continued to share the family home in Overbrook with his siblings until 1999. The chubby, baby-faced performer known for comic and character roles, once told a reporter, "I thought I was the Orson Welles of West Philadelphia.
August 14, 2000 |
Mycle Gorman thinks he knows you better than you know yourself. What will entice you in the boudoir. Send you swooning in the sunroom. Get the juices flowing in the kitchen. He does it with luxe fabric, fine wood, and colors as cool as Plantation Beige and as hot as Roasted Pepper. He fills picture frames with smiling faces and tosses pillows, dripping eyelash fringe, everywhere. By the stove, he sets a faux cherry pie and, in the bedroom closet, a pair of plush slippers. Part decorator/part dream weaver, Gorman is the Merlin of model homes.
April 22, 1998 |
The spring "sweeps" period begins tomorrow, commencing four weeks of television gimmicks, big-budget dramas and sitcom weddings, plus two mob mini-series and a Dallas reunion. Jumping into the morass is Merlin, a star-studded and marvelous piece of film, eminently worthy of two nights of your attention. NBC's retelling of the Arthurian legend through the eyes of the sorcerer behind the throne will air Sunday and Monday nights at 9 on Channel 10. This time, instead of loopy animation (The Sword in the Stone)
January 5, 1996 |
At Fonthill Museum in Doylestown Borough, children can explore places typically closed to visitors during tomorrow's special family tower tour. They'll climb narrow, winding stairs to the top of the tower and then descend into the basement, where tilemaker Henry Mercer developed and revised plans for the construction of his 44-room concrete castle. "These stops are not on the normal tour. On this tour, we focus on how the house was built and where Mercer got his ideas for designing the house and the tiles," said Maurrie Salenger, site assistant at Font-hill.