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August 10, 2001 | By Rashod D. Ollison INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you went to the Mann on Wednesday night with an appetite for soul-glazed treats from Natalie Cole, you surely left unsatisfied with the largely bland fare she put before you. Ever since the sweeping success of 1991's Unforgettable With Love, she has remained in this unadventurous world of schmaltz, almost completely ignoring her sandy roots in rhythm-and-blues. Backed by an 18-piece band, which included son Robert on drums, Cole mostly strolled the stage and crooned from the American songbook.
NEWS
November 12, 1991 | By Kevin L. Carter, Inquirer Staff Writer
Natalie Cole promised "a night of romance, memories and a little bit of magic" Sunday at Trump Taj Mahal's Etess Arena. And for the most part, she delivered. Dressed smartly in a sequined, red strapless gown on the second night of her two-day engagement, Cole surrounded herself with a 30-piece orchestra, complete with strings, horns and a strong, four-man rhythm section. The setup had a '40s feel that Cole meticulously tailored her words, songs and look to reinforce. Her repertoire, all of it taken from her superstar father, Nat King Cole, called for Cole to interpret her songs in two ways.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 1993 | By Mark Marymont, FOR THE INQUIRER
So many songs. So little time. It must be tough for Natalie Cole to put a live show together. With 40 cuts on her last two classic-song collections and a string of her own pop and rhythm-and-blues hits dating back to 1975, Cole has plenty of material. But at Valley Forge Music Fair on Wednesday night, she chose to focus on the albums, Unforgettable - With Love, a tribute to her father, Nat "King" Cole, and her new Take a Look, a collection of tunes from the '20s through the '60s.
NEWS
February 26, 1992 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Philly's music contingent brought home Grammys by the carload from New York last night as DJ Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince won best rap performance by duo or group and Boyz II Men claimed best R&B performance by vocal duo or group. Philly's eternal bluebell of happinesss, Patti LaBelle, seven times nominated but never before victorious at the Grammys, finally tied for best R& B female vocal honors in a unique, unexpected award shared with Lisa Fischer (former backup singer to Luther Vandross and the Rolling Stones.
NEWS
February 26, 1992 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
What does it say about the state of pop music when the Grammy for song of the year goes to a tune written in 1951? When the braying Michael Bolton beats one of the planet's great voices, Aaron Neville, in the male pop vocal category? When the wimpiest of rock groups, Van Halen, overcomes Guns N' Roses and AC/DC in the hard-rock performance category? When the sentimental Marc Cohn bests more deserving nominees Boyz II Men and Seal in the new-artist category? Another Grammy night, another collection of embarrassingly out-of-step votes from the 7,000 members of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 11, 1990 | By Anita Myette, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Philadelphia Hero Scholarship Fund Super Thrill Show, canceled in September due to the closing of JFK Stadium, has been rescheduled for May 18 at Veterans Stadium. Some of the show's traditional acts will return, including the Philadelphia police motorcycle drill team. There will also be appearances by singers Bobby Vinton and Natalie Cole, 35 Ninja Turtles performing in a special skit with the Phillie Phanatic, and, the grand finale, a laser-fireworks display by the renowned Grucci family of New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 20, 2000 | By Ed Condran, FOR THE INQUIRER
Howie Mandel's stand-up is not topical or angst-ridden, like that of many of his peers. "I try to go for the moment," Mandel said by phone from his Los Angeles home before his appearance this weekend at Caesars. "Sure, I tell some jokes, but I try to work with what's happening. . . . During an HBO special I did . . . a woman went to the ladies' room and I had everybody move to another seat, so when she came back she was lost. " He added: "What was thought of as a problem as a child has turned into a way of life.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2008 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jones cited for his career James Earl Jones, whose distinctive bass was used to bring Darth Vader to life in Star Wars, is being honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Jones, 77, described by SAG prez Alan Rosenberg as "a vocal presence without peer," says he was mute as a child because of a stuttering problem. He said he overcame the problem "through a love of reading. " Stern: Married again . . . By the time you read this, Howard Stern will be on his honeymoon.
NEWS
July 14, 2012
Maria Hawkins Cole, 89, widow of jazz crooner Nat "King" Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole, has died in South Florida after a short battle with cancer. A representative of the family confirmed that she died Tuesday at a Boca Raton hospice, surrounded by her family. Before and after marrying the famed singer and piano player, Mrs. Cole had her own singing career, performing with greats such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Born in Boston in 1922, she lived as a child in North Carolina after her mother died, according to a statement from the family.
NEWS
March 9, 1993 | by Ellis Widner, Daily News Staff Writer
Just when you thought you were safe from awards shows until Oscar time, along comes two - yes, two - more. And, if you just have to see both, better warm up that VCR, you glitz, glamour and awards-show junkies. Philly's own Patti LaBelle, who recently got a star all her own on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, joins Luther Vandross and Natalie Cole as host of the seventh annual "Soul Train Music Awards" at 8 tonight on WGBS-TV (Channel 57). Meantime, "The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards" will be broadcast at 9 tonight on WCAU-TV (Channel 10)
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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.
NEWS
July 14, 2012
Maria Hawkins Cole, 89, widow of jazz crooner Nat "King" Cole and mother of singer Natalie Cole, has died in South Florida after a short battle with cancer. A representative of the family confirmed that she died Tuesday at a Boca Raton hospice, surrounded by her family. Before and after marrying the famed singer and piano player, Mrs. Cole had her own singing career, performing with greats such as Count Basie and Duke Ellington. Born in Boston in 1922, she lived as a child in North Carolina after her mother died, according to a statement from the family.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 28, 2011 | By Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press
Most entertainers prepare for a concert tour with rehearsals. For Amy Winehouse, it was rehab. Just before her disastrous European tour last month, the infamously addicted singer entered a rehabilitation center on doctor's orders, ostensibly to ensure that she would be ready to perform. She left a week later, with her publicist announcing she was "raring to go. " She clearly wasn't. At the tour's opening concert June 18 in Belgrade, Serbia, Winehouse struggled to remember the words to her songs, stumbled around the stage, and even tried to get one of her background vocalists to sing for her. Her tour was soon canceled.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2010
Bally's Atlantic City, Boardwalk at Park Place, 609-340-2000, ballysac.com. "The Godfaddah Workout," 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (Palace Theater), $25. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, 609-317-1000, theborgata.com. Lewis Black, 9 p.m. today and tomorrow (Music Box), sold out. Yes/Peter Frampton, 8 p.m. tomorrow (Event Center), $70, $60 and $55. Macy Gray, 9 tonight (Music Box) $39.50. Adam Lambert, 8 p.m. tomorrow (Event Center), sold out. Caesars Atlantic City, Boardwalk at Arkansas Avenue, 609-348- 4411, caesarsac.
NEWS
June 10, 2009 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Adam Lambert: No surprise, I'm gay It took American Idol Season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken five years - five years of dodging reporters' questions, tabloid rumors and innuendos - to come out of the closet as a gay American man in September 2008. Adam Lambert, 27, on the other hand, has announced in the new issue of Rolling Stone mag that he is also a gay American man - barely five minutes after he was announced as the Season 8 runner-up. "I don't think it should be a surprise for anyone to hear I'm gay," Adam says.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2008 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jones cited for his career James Earl Jones, whose distinctive bass was used to bring Darth Vader to life in Star Wars, is being honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. Jones, 77, described by SAG prez Alan Rosenberg as "a vocal presence without peer," says he was mute as a child because of a stuttering problem. He said he overcame the problem "through a love of reading. " Stern: Married again . . . By the time you read this, Howard Stern will be on his honeymoon.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 18, 2007 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The whole truth, nothing but the truth, so help him? That's the oath sworn by Bernard McCullough - the bug-eyed giant you know as Bernie Mac. The clown with the frown greets you in wincing pain, a bad case of the piles, he says. Proffer tea and sympathy and Mac erupts with volcanic laughter. Just kidding. He's perfectly OK. "People don't give comedians credit for being great actors, but we're the best," he says. If he sounds immodest, check out his turn as Elston, Philadelphia Department of Recreation maintenance man, in Pride.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2004 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
When Night and Day, the 1946 movie biography of Cole Porter, was released, William Bowers, one of the troika responsible for its hackneyed screenplay, apologized profusely to Porter for pasting movie platitudes onto the composer's complex songs. Night and Day is so howlingly bad that it enjoys the dubious distinction of being the worst biopic ever made. For most of the film, Cary Grant, who plays Porter, looks off-camera with such desperation that you'd think he was hunting for an emergency exit.
NEWS
June 24, 2002 | By Nathaniel Friedman FOR THE INQUIRER
With pop-jazz headliners Natalie Cole and Chuck Mangione, corporate sponsor tents, and pricey gourmet catering, Saturday's Mellon Jazz Festival at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts epitomized this year's new-look festival. But while the spottily attended event had all the trappings of a class act, the music itself was sorely lacking. The Cole and Mangione performances were expert renderings of what one might call "lifestyle jazz" - sophisticated background music to tony, leisurely activity.
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