July 15, 2001 |
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.
November 18, 2012 |
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.
October 13, 1989 |
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.
April 30, 2007 |
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.
August 10, 1993 |
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.
December 25, 1994 |
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.
May 28, 1999 |
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)
October 6, 2010 |
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.
February 13, 1997 |
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.
October 4, 1988 |
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.