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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
October 4, 1988 | By Jim Gladstone, Special to The Inquirer
It's a party on the edge of obscurity. Big white balloons float on the surface of a moonlit Central Park pond as dry-ice smoke bubbles up from beneath. On the waterside patio of the Boathouse Cafe, the semi-celebrities and demi-goons belly up to an open bar as they await the magic moment. There's Dennis Miller, the smart-alecky Saturday Night Live anchorman who couldn't fill half of the Theater of Living Arts in his appearances last week. There's long-haired, leather-clad Adam Curry, who acts like a rock star, but is really only an MTV veejay.
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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.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
We're happy to report that The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield , 29, hasn't been too badly jaded by the Hollywood experience. He's still fresh-souled enough to go gaga - and goo-goo - when he meets celebrities. "I'm a culprit of being a fan, of being overwhelmed when I meet a celebrity or someone who I respect and admire as an artist," the American-born, English-raised Garfield tells Vulture.com at ComicCon. "With [ Martin ] Scorsese , or with Jamie Foxx . It could be anybody!
NEWS
June 7, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LOS ANGELES - As a teenager, Esther Williams dreamed of Olympic glory on the U.S. swim team. She had to settle instead for becoming a movie star. The self-described "Million Dollar Mermaid," whose wholesome beauty, shapely figure and aquatic skills launched an entire genre of movies - the Technicolor "aqua musicals" - died yesterday at 91. She was remembered for her Hollywood fame, but also her influence on fashion and on synchronized swimming, the Olympic sport inspired by her cinematic water ballet.
NEWS
March 8, 2013
THERE'S an actor going around saying that Terrence Howard can be difficult to work with. And it's Terrence Howard. It seems a harsh thing for Howard to say about Howard, given that he's perhaps the most employed actor in Hollywood - in the last three years he's made 12 movies, 16 episodes of "Law and Order L.A. " and one of "Hawaii Five-O," because a guy needs a vacation. To boot, he has an interesting slate of upcoming movies (his thriller "Dead Man Down" opens Friday). He's just wrapped his contribution to "The Butler," directed by Philly native Lee Daniels, the big-buzz story of an African-American butler (Forest Whitaker)
ENTERTAINMENT
February 12, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
There was thievery this weekend at the box office, with Identity Thief stealing the No. 1 spot. Starring Jason Bateman , Jon Favreau , and Melissa McCarthy , director Seth Gordon 's R-rated road comedy was eviscerated by critics, but it raked in $36.6 mil in its opening weekend, according to studio estimates. The Wackness helmer Jonathan Levine 's Warm Bodies , described as a "paranormal romantic zombie comedy," took No. 2 with $11.5 mil. Steven Soderbergh 's star-studded Side Effects (it stars Jude Law , Ronney Mara , and Catherine Zeta-Jones )
NEWS
December 17, 2012 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
It's almost like Ingmar Bergman's Scenes From a Marriage , Judd Apatow's This Is 40 . "In fact, before I made the movie I watched Scenes From a Marriage , which actually has a lot of humor in it," says Apatow, whose own chronicles of domestic discord - the stormy to-and-fro between men and women, or man-boys and women - have become a brand unto themselves. The 40-Year-Old Virgin , Knocked Up , and now, This Is 40 . Not exactly fraught with Scandinavian angst, but still . . . . "I love the spirit of Scenes From a Marriage - so much of it is deadpan, and the scenes go on for a REALLY LONG TIME and force you to feel every aspect of these awkward moments.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 17, 2012 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 35, Jessica Chastain finally has achieved bona fide A-list stardom - though it's a mode of being she's not so comfortable embracing. At least that's what the Juilliard grad tells Marie Claire mag. "I never wanted to be a movie star. I wanted to be an actor," says JC, who starred in six films last year, including The Help , Terrence Malick 's The Tree of Life , and Ralph Fiennes ' Coriolanus . Besides, she doesn't have the requisite celeb inclinations.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 15, 2012
SEEING A movie star like you've never seen him before - it's an old pitch in movies but decidedly true of Bradley Cooper in "Silver Linings Playbook. " Writer-director David O. Russell said his top priority was to give heartthrob Cooper a significant makeover in the movie, and a fresh start with audiences. "I knew that I wanted to reintroduce him," said Russell, who cast the Abington native as Pat Solatano, an Upper Darby man just sprung from an institution where he received treatment in lieu of a criminal sentence stemming from an assault.
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