December 19, 2003 |
Any families out there who don't have a game plan for surviving the holidays together can head over to the Wachovia Center for "Disney on Ice presents Monsters, Inc. " The big-furry-creatures-on-ice show will open Christmas Day. Allentown native Beth Luciano, a member of the Monsters, Inc. ensemble, has skated in the Disney on Ice shows for six years and she still loves it. Luciano, who was inspired to take up skating after watching Brian...
April 17, 1998 |
Ramblin' Jack Elliott is no stranger to whirlwind tours. Back in 1975, he was along on the Rolling Thunder Revue with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and a horde of others. "Thirty-two shows in 35 days," he said a couple of weeks ago from his home outside San Francisco. "I was worried about how many clothes to bring in my bag. 'Are we going to have a chance to do laundry?' I asked Bob. . . . 'How many pairs of jeans are you taking along?' He said, 'Just one pair of Lees,' " Elliott recalled, imitating Dylan's nasal drawl.
May 14, 2010 |
Monster Hunter Tri For: Wii From: Capcom ESRB Rating: Teen (blood, use of alcohol, violence) Capcom has tried and failed to persuade America to love Monster Hunter the way Japan does, but Monster Hunter Tri - imperfect and saturated with old trappings though it still is - might be where that persistence finally pays off. Should Tri's breakthrough happen, credit likely will go to the surprising support for four-player online co-op...
September 20, 2002 |
Finally out of the shadow of that big green ogre Shrek, "Monsters, Inc. " (VHS: $24.99; DVD: $29.99) gets the spotlight all to itself this week. Disney's delightful computer-animated comedy from Pixar follows one-eyed Mike (voiced by Billy Crystal) and furry Sully (John Goodman) as they do their duties scaring kids in their closets and under their beds. While not as ambitious as "Toy Story," there is an incredible joy in the colorful animation, and Goodman and Crystal have such a natural rapport you'd think they've been a team since vaudeville.
November 21, 2007 |
The Mist, a flawed, sometimes goofy, but exciting and surprisingly clever adaptation of Stephen King's horror yarn, is about a small Maine town that is suddenly enveloped by a creepy, milky fog full of unearthly, grisly creatures straight out of H.G. Wells (Food of the Gods) and Edgar Rice Burroughs (The Land That Time Forgot). It's probably the worst of the three King stories so far adapted by three-time Oscar-nominated director Frank Darabont. But this is no diss, considering that the French-born American director's previous King flicks are the critically acclaimed The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption.
October 28, 1990 |
What do you get when three former school teachers turn to acting, directing and playwriting and create their own children's theater? Homework. The producers of the Stages of the Imagination theater group - who staged their original musical, Monster in the Woods, at the Montgomery County Community College this week - mail educational pre-packets to schools planning to attend their play. The lessons contain vocabulary words, a reading list and a synopsis of their production and are for teachers as well as students.
November 16, 2011
THEIR FACES. The mix of confusion, self-torture, unfettered agony. It's a memory I'll take to my grave, that warm, summer twilight several years ago, when a cluster of baseball parents tried to wrap their heads around the unconscionable, that one of their own was one of those child-preying monsters they read about from time to time, in towns they often had to look up on maps. This was their town, though. This was the president of the organization, for God's sake, a guy everyone knew, a guy with a son of his own, a guy whose house they had all been invited to, a house some of their kids had spent sleepovers in. Now here he was on the front page of the local newspaper, his past chasing him down finally, more than 10 years after his conviction for child sexual assault, and only two towns over from where it occurred.
April 5, 2012 |
Add the Icelandic sextet Of Monsters and Men to that list of rock acts with a "Philadelphia story. " Joined by seventh musician Ragnhildur Gunnarsdóttir on trumpet, accordion, and keyboards, the cheerful Icelanders delivered an exultant 90-minute set at the Theatre of Living Arts on Tuesday. It was the first of two sold-out nights and their purposefully chosen live Philadelphia debut, coming on the release date of their keenly anticipated debut album, My Head Is an Animal. The Philly honor roll that Of Monsters and Men has now joined includes old regional faves such as Yes and Peter Frampton (both playing before 130,000 at a gate-crashed JFK Stadium gig in June '76)
November 5, 2009 |
Touring with Jim James, M. Ward, and Mike Mogis in the indie super group Monsters of Folk has been like "a fantasy, an erotic dream" for Conor Oberst. The acclaimed songwriter doesn't mean that in a kinky way, though these Monsters - who will don shiny suits to play the Academy of Music Monday in support of their self-titled debut album - showed a talent for role playing by dressing up as Kiss in Louisville on Halloween. The Omaha singer/guitarist is simply saying the spotlight-sharing shows have been thoroughly gratifying for all. This week, Oberst and James - the singer for the Louisville rock band My Morning Jacket with the celestial sans vibrato voice - sat together for a speakerphone chat backstage from Toronto's Massey Hall.
May 19, 1991 |
What Jim Henson did for puppets, Stan Dzedzy does for clay. No Kermit the Frog statues here, but Dzedzy does breathe life into his stoneware sculpture, creating a world of dragons, fanged monsters and castles in his Chalfont home. Step into his basement studio and you're in Dzedzy's world of mythical monsters. The artist, wearing a T-shirt, shorts and an apron covered with clay dust, stands among his creatures like a proud father, as hundreds of eyes peer around him. The dragons and Creaturz, as he calls many of his goblinlike monsters, are animation in 3-D - minus the cartoon voices.