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July 15, 2001 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
His hair is wet from the shower, he hasn't shaved and the double espresso can't come fast enough. On a Monday morning in the restaurant of his East Side hotel, John Cusack is fresh-out-of-bed tired. "We were working pretty late last night," he says, waking himself up with an egg-white omelette dashed freely with Tabasco - and omitting the information, published later in the New York tabs, that he dined the previous night with Heather Mitts, the Philadelphia Charge soccer star. "Sixty-five interviews in one day . . . and something like that the day before.
SPORTS
November 18, 2012 | By Lauren McCutcheon, mccutch@phillynews.com
Fame is not new to Anne Cappelletti, an 85-year-old Upper Darby grandmother of 12. About 40 years ago, her son John Jr., a star tailback at Penn State, won the Heisman and went on to spend a decade in the NFL. Today, John Jr. remains well known for his 1973 award acceptance speech, in which he dedicated the trophy to his 11-year-old brother Joseph, who was then battling leukemia. The speech was short, simple and heartfelt. It moved the tuxedoed Heisman audience - including then-Vice President Gerald Ford - to tears.
NEWS
November 13, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Adele the movie star?! Adele  tells a British radio show her experience making her "Hello" video has inspired her to seek work as an actor. The vid was directed by acclaimed Canadian helmer  Xavier Dolan  ( Mommy ). "I'm sure I'll get some flak for this," Adele, 27, says, "but I actually would like to act after working with Xavier. I would be in a film for him, definitely. " Colbert is Super Bowl icing Former Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert has nabbed one of the most coveted spots in the history of all visual media since Michelangelo left that little space open between God and Adam's fingers on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
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October 13, 1989 | By Richard Fuller, Special to The Inquirer
She is Her Serene Highness, Princess Faith of San Sebastian. Formerly, she was a slim, leggy black-haired Hollywood beauty with "the trick . . . of combining flame and ice," according to the slyly titled Amazing Faith by Leslie Waller (Dell, $4.50). Faith sure has amazed the natives of San Sebastian during the years, bringing the once-shabby gambling paradise to its present riches with the shrewd assistance of her wealthy father. Enter the mob, which once had a large piece of that gambling action and now is bidding to reclaim its place.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2007 | By HOWARD GENSLER gensleh@phillynews.com Daily News wire services and bang-showbiz.com contributed to this report
WOULD EVERYONE in India please stop kissing? First Richard Gere gets burned in effigy for planting a smooch on Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty, and now Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai (the Julia Roberts-but-bigger of Indian cinema) has been asked to appear in Muzaffarpur court on May 20 to explain an "obscene" kiss in her new action movie "Dhoom-II. " The "obscene" kiss is one in which Rai is pecked on the cheek. Joining Rai in court will be her co-star, Hrithik Roshan, and the owners of the theater where the movie was shown.
LIVING
August 10, 1993 | By Terry Bitman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER This report includes information from the Associated Press, USA Today and the Washington Post
So, who's the top movie star of all time, sweetheart? Let's round up the usual suspects and see. Yep, Humphrey Bogart is right there, followed by Katharine Hepburn in a list of the top 30 in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. The two, of course, starred together in the classic The African Queen. Others in the top 10 on the magazine's list are Cary Grant, Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, Charlie Chaplin, Bette Davis, James Stewart and Jack Nicholson. Among some of the current big box-office draws on the list are Clint Eastwood, 18th; Dustin Hoffman, 20th; Robert De Niro, 21st; Sean Connery, 25th, and Jodie Foster, 29th.
NEWS
December 25, 1994 | By Herbert Lowe, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Steven Raab is absolutely sure that the first autograph he ever got from a movie star was not signed by some secretary sitting in a Hollywood studio. Raab was 9 and living in Monmouth County, N.J., in 1958, when his parents took him to see the Three Stooges perform at the convention hall in Asbury Park. After the show, he waited in line for 20 minutes with other children until Moe, Larry and Curly Joe signed their names on a slip of paper for him. Thirty-six years later, Raab, a Center City franchise lawyer now living in Havertown, is aiming to preserve the purity of that experience for others who collect movie-star autographs.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 1999 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Smart, chatty and (yes, here comes that C-word) charming, Notting Hill is a fairy-tale romance about a big-time movie star (think Julia Roberts) and an appealingly dithering, witty Brit (think Hugh Grant) who seem to have true love at hand, if only the paparazzi - not to mention fame and fortune - wouldn't interfere. Scripted by Richard Curtis with the same flair for bon mots and badinage that he brought to Four Weddings and a Funeral, this lightweight love story has its pesky contrivances, but in the end (and almost right up to the end, which is too cornball for its own good)
SPORTS
October 6, 2010 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
IT WAS CLOSING on noon yesterday when I drove within a few blocks of Citizens Bank Park. Figuring we had more than enough people there for the Roy Halladay news conference, I made a quick detour to the Turf Club on Packer Avenue where I retrieved the scratches for the card at Parx Racing. I wasn't there long, but I was there long enough to hear some guy mutter under his breath about "lowlifes betting $2 per race. " I wasn't sure if he was talking about himself.   Who knew . . .   That WIP's Howard Eskin had a heart.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 1997 | By Jane Wollman Rusoff, FOR THE INQUIRER
Meryl Streep, at home in Connecticut, is giving last-minute instructions to her son and three daughters - ages 17, 13, 10 and 5 - before piling them into the car for a Saturday at Imax and the Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. "Do you have your clothes ready? Just one change of clothes!" she says, giving a good-natured sigh that sums up her hectic working-mom lifestyle. The two-time Oscar winner, 47, recently had taken the girls to see One Fine Day, about the angst of juggling parenthood and career.
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February 28, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Jennifer Garner opens up I'm still trying to get my head around the idea of Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck being apart. But it's a done deal, and, so far, the earth hasn't spun out of its orbit. Four months after announcing their shockingly amicable split, Garner, 43, opens up about the sad episode in a chat with Vanity Fair. First, she wants us all to know the marriage didn't end because of Nannygate - Ben's affair with Christine Ouzounian , who took care of the actors' kids, Violet , 10; Seraphina , 7; and Sam , 4. "We had been separated for months before I ever heard about the nanny," Garner tells the mag. "She had nothing to do with our decision to divorce.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, Television Critic
11.22.63. Monday, Hulu. His character in Hulu's new Stephen King series 11.22.63 is a time-traveler, but James Franco is in no hurry himself to take leave of the 21st century. "There are great things about the past, and there are horrible things about the past. I was probably born in the right time," Franco told a small group of reporters last month after a Hulu news conference. He's probably right. It's hard to imagine a movie star in the early '60s — where Franco's Jake Epping goes in 11.22.63 to try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — would have made the kind of career choices the 37-year-old Franco occasionally has, including a longtime recurring role on the daytime soap General Hospital, and the recent agreement to remake the 1996 Tori Spelling movie  Mother, May I Sleep with Danger for Lifetime.
NEWS
December 21, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Alicia Vikander pulled off a rare coup two Thursdays ago. That's when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its nominees for the 2016 Golden Globes, and the 27-year-old Swede heard her name - twice. Vikander was nominated in the best actress in a drama category for her turn as artist and illustrator Gerda Wegener in The Danish Girl . She'll be competing (if you want to call it that) against Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, both for Carol , Brie Larson for Room , and Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn . Vikander also was named in the supporting actress lineup for her eerie and compelling work as a sentient robot in Ex Machina . Her fellow candidates: Jennifer Jason Leigh for The Hateful Eight , Helen Mirren for Trumbo , Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs , and Jane Fonda for Youth . Not bad for an actress who made her feature debut - in the Swedish drama Pure - just five years ago. Interviewed in September when she and her leading-man-turned-lady, Eddie Redmayne, debuted The Danish Girl at the Toronto International Film Festival, Vikander obviously couldn't have anticipated the Golden Globes (or a possible repeat when the Academy Award nominations are announced next month)
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November 13, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Adele the movie star?! Adele  tells a British radio show her experience making her "Hello" video has inspired her to seek work as an actor. The vid was directed by acclaimed Canadian helmer  Xavier Dolan  ( Mommy ). "I'm sure I'll get some flak for this," Adele, 27, says, "but I actually would like to act after working with Xavier. I would be in a film for him, definitely. " Colbert is Super Bowl icing Former Daily Show correspondent Stephen Colbert has nabbed one of the most coveted spots in the history of all visual media since Michelangelo left that little space open between God and Adam's fingers on the Sistine Chapel ceiling.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 10, 2015 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
SARAH SILVERMAN was in a good mood and ready to give the Daily News her A-game interview material. "I've just been very aloof and giving one word answers until now," she said, when the Daily News entered her press room at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this fall. Silverman stars in "I Smile Back," a heavy, heavy drama about a drug-addicted suburban housewife who can't get out of her own way when it comes to living her own life and living with her family.
NEWS
November 2, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Wives and mothers beaten by police on Parliament Square. Seamstresses and shop workers carted off to jail. Women, wealthy and working-class alike, condemned by the government and made mockery of in the press for simply insisting they deserved the right to vote. "These things all really did happen," Carey Mulligan is saying, as though, even now, a century after the events depicted in Suffragette , she senses there still are disbelievers out there. Set in London in the years before World War I, Suffragette - playing now at the Ritz Five - follows Mulligan's Maud Watts, a laundry worker, a wife, a mother, who experiences a political awakening and becomes part of a group of female activists fighting, quite literally, for the chance to cast a vote.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former Eagle Jeremiah Trotter never wanted to star in a movie - even after he had agreed to do so. But a friend of his working on The North Star , the story of two escaped slaves who make their way to Bucks County, was persistent, and Trotter found himself in front of the camera. The North Star premieres Thursday at the Kimmel Center before opening at the County Theater,  Penn Cinema, and Newtown Theater  on Friday for its first regular run. Director Thomas K. Phillips, a Bucks native, also is launching an educational component to the film.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2014 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
TORONTO - Before Robert Downey Jr. was Iron Man, his being Iron Man would have been inconceivable. Before "Iron Man" in 2008, Downey had been acting in movies for 25 years and had never top-lined a major hit. His biggest box-office movie was "Back to School," starring Rodney Dangerfield. His second biggest hit: "Bowfinger," starring Steve Martin and Eddie Murphy. No. 3? "The Shaggy Dog," starring Tim Allen. Downey had always been an actor of great range and promise, but he was best-known for his drug habit, and he was hardly a movie star.
NEWS
January 17, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
KEVIN HART IS browsing the racks at Mitchell & Ness, looking for some free hometown sports gear, perks of being a movie star. He settles on a Flyers letterman-style jacket and a striped knit cap, also Flyers' colors. The energetic comedian then flits about the store like an orange-and-black bumblebee. Flyers garb - it may seem like an unlikely choice for a North Philly guy, two-time MVP of the NBA celebrity all-star game and co-star with LeBron James in the forthcoming comedy "Ballers.
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