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NEWS
April 11, 2014
I'D HEARD that "Noah" was made animal-free - using no real animals - and I was prepared for a big-budget CGI-happy spectacle, which I got. But I wasn't prepared for what Darren Aronofsky's movie turns out to be - a milestone in blockbuster veganism, in mainstreaming the idea of committed nonviolence. The stakes are set in the opening seconds: Among quick clips of the Fall is one of a hand reaching for an apple - except that the apple is beating, like a heart, both visually and audibly.
NEWS
August 2, 2016
ISSUE | TOURISM An unholy ark As a Lutheran pastor, I am embarrassed by Christians who rejected science and spent $100 million to build an ark (" Noah's ark attraction opens in Kentucky city ," July 24). The story of Noah is from the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) and has little connection to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although the ark will surely attract a crowd, it will harm the advancement of both science and Christianity. Rev. Barry M. Ridge, Gratz, Pa.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"NOAH" director Darren Aronofsky has called his new epic "the least biblical film ever made" and, having seen it, I can tell you that he's full of beans. True, the movie is not woodenly faithful to the traditional story, but it's certainly biblical, padding the brief story of Noah (three dozen paragraphs in Genesis) with borrowings from later passages: from the Old Testament, the story of Abraham and Isaac; from the New Testament, miraculous pregnancies, paraphrasing of questions asked by Jesus of God, ideas from Revelations.
FOOD
November 13, 1994 | By Elaine Tait, INQUIRER FOOD WRITER
Just when we thought he'd turned in his divining rod, Alfred Johnston has discovered yet another waterside location for a restaurant. In his three decades in the business, Johnston has created a dozen fanciful eateries, many of them focused on views of waterfalls, water wheels, ponds, streams and rivers. Some of his better-known former restaurants include the Inn of the Four Falls in Conshohocken; the Jamaica Inn on Kelly Drive; Gulph Mills Inn in Gulph Mills; Manayunk Mining in Manayunk; and Philadelphia 1700 (most recently called the Riverfront)
NEWS
January 27, 1994 | By Paul J. Lim, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
When Alfred Johnston first approached Borough Council members with his idea of building a floating restaurant, they laughed. "Some people thought it was just a pipe dream," said Council President Gerald McTamney. Two years and two months later, it is on the verge of reality. Johnston has completed an agreement with the borough that will allow him to construct a 6,000-square-foot restaurant on a barge on the Schuylkill. The barge is to be tied to the north bank of the river adjacent to the site of an old mill on Washington Street, where he plans to put a parking lot. "I knew that with a little patience, I could get this thing going," said Johnston, 70, who owns a number of restaurants in the area, including the Gulph Mill Inn in West Conshohocken.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2016 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
The billboard on I-95 shouted their son's name. It was March 2014, and the movie Noah was about to open. Brad remembers whizzing by that sign on the way to the hospital in Langhorne, the hospital where Noah - their Noah - had just been born. Both remember the flood of feeling. "You can't go in there with balloons, saying, 'This is amazing!' " David says. "Because, at the same time, Noah's birth mom was grieving. Yes, she knew what she wanted to do with the child, but it was not an easy decision.
NEWS
November 18, 2013 | By Gloria Hochman, For The Inquirer
Same-sex marriage is now legal in 14 states and Washington D.C. An estimated six million children are being raised by gay or lesbian parents. More than twenty million are growing up with a single mother or father. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the traditional nuclear family - mom, dad, children - accounts for only 20 percent of households. This is the first in an occasional series of stories about the new modern family, one that may be living next door to you. On Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1992 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Standing in the smoldering rubble of yet another devastating fire, and dealing with people who have suffered often ruinous losses, the beleaguered insurance adjuster who must assess the damage surely is a prime candidate for burnout himself. But in Atom Egoyan's The Adjuster, one very strange film about alienation, Noah Render has the opposite response. For those who have lost everything in fires and who turn to him with their insurance claims, Noah is a figure of solace and salvation.
NEWS
April 14, 1987 | By Miriam Berkley, Special to The Inquirer
"We are all prisoners to the care of Noah," reads a passage from writer Josh Greenfeld's latest book. Greenfeld, an author and screenwriter (he won a best-screenplay Oscar nomination for Harry and Tonto), is undoubtably best known for his books about his brain-damaged son, Noah. In the first two books, A Child Called Noah and A Place for Noah, Greenfeld wrote of the hope and despair endured by him, his wife and their older son, Karl, in coping with Noah. Now, Greenfeld has written a third book, A Client Called Noah, that deals with his son's adolescent years.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 23, 2007 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Those fluent in Jabberwock will recognize the phrase from Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass : "All mimsy were the borogoves. " But you don't need to speak Jabberwock to enjoy The Last Mimzy , an involving fantasy for beamish boys and girls - and their parents. At moments, Mimzy captures the moonbeam awe of E.T. When scientists from the future send a box to the present, it is recovered by a school-age brother and sister from Washington state. At first they don't understand the significance of the assorted rocks, seashells, crystal card, and stuffed bunny rabbit.
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NEWS
August 19, 2016
ISSUE | CAPTAIN NOAH All about nurturing kids' imaginations It takes a special gift to capture the hearts and minds of children. For 27 years as TV host of Captain Noah and His Magical Ark , W. Carter Merbreier, who passed away Aug. 9 at the age of 90, did just that ("Captain Noah, generous with smiles and his time," Aug. 10). At the Please Touch Museum, the set from his show is a permanent exhibit. As the museum celebrates its 40th birthday, it is fitting that this priceless piece of Philadelphia iconography lives on in an institution dedicated to learning through play.
NEWS
August 11, 2016 | By Ronnie Polaneczky
CAPTAIN NOAH said his days were numbered, back in March when I sat down with him for an interview. "At my age, you know you're closer to death than when you were 49," said the captain, a.k.a. W. Carter Merbreier, star of Captain Noah and His Magical Ark , the iconic kids' show that ran on WPVI-TV from 1967 to 1994. "And please don't say, 'Oh, but even a 49-year-old could get hit by a truck!' as though the odds of dying soon are equal for everyone. At 89, my odds are greater. " So, in preparation for the obituaries he knew reporters would one day write about his life, he had sent to the Daily News a paperback version of his 2014 Kindle book, Captain Noah and His Magical Ark: Remembrances and Ruminations About the Animals and the Guests - Celebrities, Sports and Music Stars - Who Prowled Our Decks . It was a magazine-size, name-dropping paperback whose 74 pages documented Merbreier's favorite memories of his 27-year children's-television career.
NEWS
August 2, 2016
ISSUE | TOURISM An unholy ark As a Lutheran pastor, I am embarrassed by Christians who rejected science and spent $100 million to build an ark (" Noah's ark attraction opens in Kentucky city ," July 24). The story of Noah is from the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) and has little connection to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Although the ark will surely attract a crowd, it will harm the advancement of both science and Christianity. Rev. Barry M. Ridge, Gratz, Pa.
NEWS
April 21, 2016 | By Chuck Darrow, For the Daily News
John Oliver. Amy Schumer. Chris Rock. These were just some of the prominent names floated in winter 2015 after the announcement that Jon Stewart was retiring as host of Comedy Central's satirical news program The Daily Show . But it wasn't a comedy A-lister who ultimately got the gig. Instead, Trevor Noah, a relatively unknown stand-up comic from South Africa, assumed the daunting task of filling Stewart's seemingly unfillable shoes....
ENTERTAINMENT
February 18, 2016 | By Anndee Hochman, For The Inquirer
The billboard on I-95 shouted their son's name. It was March 2014, and the movie Noah was about to open. Brad remembers whizzing by that sign on the way to the hospital in Langhorne, the hospital where Noah - their Noah - had just been born. Both remember the flood of feeling. "You can't go in there with balloons, saying, 'This is amazing!' " David says. "Because, at the same time, Noah's birth mom was grieving. Yes, she knew what she wanted to do with the child, but it was not an easy decision.
SPORTS
November 21, 2015 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
This time next season, Cameron Chambers and Noah Ellison plan to be playing NCAA Division I football. But they have unfinished business as high school athletes. Chambers and Ellison, a pair of senior wide receivers, will lead fourth-seeded Timber Creek into Friday night's South Jersey Group 4 showdown with top-seeded Hammonton. Timber Creek is attempting to make the sectional finals for the fifth year in a row. After winning titles in 2011 and 2012, the Chargers lost in the championship game in 2013 and 2014.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2015 | By Ellen Gray, Daily News
THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH,  11 tonight, Comedy Central. Premiere to be shown on all Viacom networks, including MTV, VH1, BET, Spike, Logo, TV Land, Epix and Nick at Nite. When Trevor Noah welcomes Philly's Kevin Hart as his first guest on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" tonight, he'll do so as just the third host in the show's history. (Honk if you remember Craig Kilborn's 1996-98 run , sandwiched between his time anchoring ESPN's "SportsCenter" and hosting CBS' "Late Late Show.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trevor Noah's baptism by fire How's that saying go? "There's no such thing as bad publicity"? Just ask Trevor Noah , 31, who has made headlines after raising the ire of the irate, less than 24 hours after Comedy Central announced that he was to replace Jon Stewart as the host of faux-news/meta-news show The Daily Show . A slew of commentators, pundits, fans, busybodies, and layabouts have taken to the blogosphere to complain about...
ENTERTAINMENT
April 2, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IN AN INDUSTRY that preaches the importance of social media over ratings or ad sales to demonstrate star power, one would think that Comedy Central, in making the most important hire in its history, would somehow remember to check its hire's Twitter feed. Whether you think new "Daily Show" host Trevor Noah is an anti-Semite, a misogynist, a self-hating biracial man, a mocker of fat women or just painfully unfunny, based on a series of tweets pulled from his Twitter account, it's difficult to think that Comedy Central seriously vetted the South African comedian.
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