July 25, 2016 |
A memorial service will be Sunday, July 24, for Oscar R. Weiner, 92, of Bala Cynwyd, a physician and practicing psychiatrist who died Wednesday, June 29, of heart disease at the Lankenau Hospital hospice. Well before the advent of drugs as a standard treatment for mental illness, Dr. Weiner dealt with patients suffering from anxiety, addiction, depression, and stress by talking them through their problems. In time, the talk therapy that he practiced gave way to psychotropic drugs, leaving Dr. Weiner feeling like "a dinosaur," his family said.
June 15, 2016
THE FOLLOWING is a list from the City of Orlando of the names of those killed in the attack on the Pulse nightclub and whose families have been notified. No hometowns have been provided. 1. Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 2. Stanley Almodovar III, 23 3. Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 4. Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 5. Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 6. Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 7. Luis S. Vielma, 22 8. Kimberly Morris, 37 9. Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 10. Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 11. Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 12. Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 13. Anthony Laureanodisla, 25 14. Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 15. Franky J. Dejesus Velazquez, 50 16. Amanda Alvear, 25 17. Martin Benitez Torres, 33 18. Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 19. Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 20. Xavier E. Serrano Rosado, 35 21. Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 22. Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 23. Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 24. Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 25. Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 26. Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 27. Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 28. Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 29. Cory James Connell, 21 30. Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 31. Luis Daniel Conde, 39 32. Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 33. Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 34. Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 35. Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 36. Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 37. Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 38. Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 ...
June 11, 2016 |
The movies of summer 2016 are rife with reboots and remakes, sequels and prequels, superheroes and supervillains. They're also full of cats and dogs - Weiner-Dog, The Secret Life of Pets, and Nine Lives , to name but three. Here's a select list of the high-profile Hollywood fare and more modest indie and art house titles coming to the big screen between now and Labor Day. If you experience an especially intense sense of déjà vu reading these capsule summaries, that's not necessarily because there are so many retreads and redos among them - some of the following blurbs appeared in an earlier summer movies roundup piece published in the Inquirer, Daily News, and on philly.com.
April 29, 2016 |
IN TRIBUTE to Steven Rea 's summer movie roundup of reboots, remakes and sequels (see Page 27), the Hollywood reporter reported yesterday that present-day "It" girl Alicia Vikander has signed on to star as Lara Croft in a prequel/reboot of Tomb Raider . It's about time. Virtually every day since 2003's Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life , someone emails Tattle about the need for another Tomb Raider movie. This one will be directed by Roar Uthaug ( The Wave )
April 15, 2016 |
As he approaches, the former N.W.A. member is still as cool as ice. As part of the legendary hip-hop group, Ice Cube burst onto the national scene in the early 1990s rapping about his unique perspective on life. Now, even though he's a big-time mainstream actor, he's still not shying away from controversy. As Cube has been making the rounds promoting Barbershop: The Next Cut , he has been holding forth on everything from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's oft-repeated 1996 remark about "super predators," which he says is an offensive label, to America's current fascination with GOP front-runner Donald Trump.
March 9, 2016
ISSUE | ACADEMY AWARDS Give us entertainment, not lectures I'm not sure I enjoyed watching the annoying, boring, dark humor (pardon the pun), reverse discrimination, and excessive protesting at the Oscar presentations (" 'Spotlight' wins best-movie prize," Feb. 29). Enough, already. I also want to thank the participants, including Vice President Biden, who gave us sermons on proper behavior. The TV viewers just wanted some entertainment, not preaching. |Richard Fitterman, Oreland, firstname.lastname@example.org
March 7, 2016 |
Last Sunday's Oscar results provoked much weeping and lamentation among Philadelphians with an overdeveloped attachment to Sylvester Stallone. Moviegoers from this region may have heavily favored the old warhorse, but Academy members did not. Sly fans can take comfort in the fact that the Academy Awards really don't have much to do with anything real people care about - Stallone is apparently unpopular in Hollywood circles - and that the victor, veteran...
March 4, 2016
Liberty City Radio Theatre (Society Hill Playhouse) After 55 years, the venerable house stages its last play, a live show in the style of old-time radio. (Performances at 8 p.m. today and Saturday). * Two Trains Running (Arden Theatre) Follow-up to Fences in August Wilson's monumental "Pittsburgh Cycle" touches down in Pittsburgh's Hill District in momentous 1969. (Thursday through April 10.) * Driving Miss Daisy (Act II Playhouse, Ambler) Alfred Uhry's award-winner about a car, a driver, his boss - and a nation's changing attitudes.
March 2, 2016
WITH HIS funny, sober, nerve-touching Oscar monologue Sunday night, Chris Rock used his strength - exploding hypocrisy and throwing shade on both sides of the racial divide. Rock solidified his grip on the superstar crown previously held by Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and, yes, Bill Cosby as America's favorite African American standup. Chris Rock is the African American King of Comedy. Rock's monologue was widely anticipated, but the brewing race controversy may have kept some viewers away, and Oscar ratings slumped to an eight-year low. Not Chris Rock's fault.