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NEWS
April 27, 2009 | By Merilyn Jackson FOR THE INQUIRER
Gamers don't know much about geography. Outer space invades their consciousness, but inner space is where they live. Physically, they don't wander much more than 10 feet from their dude caves; mentally, no further than the commands on a TV screen. On Friday night, the droll choreographer Megan Mazarick took only one hour to paint this portrait of three gaming guys in her show, Avatard. That was all she needed to please the filled-to-the-rafters crowd at West Philly's Community Education Center.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 26, 2008 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Great works of literature have often begun life as stories told to kids. Alice in Wonderland comes to mind, and Peter Pan. It's hard to imagine the tales of Bedtime Stories - fantasies set in ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, the Old West and outer space - becoming classics, although they serve the goofball purposes of Adam Sandler well enough in this antic family vehicle. Directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), Bedtime Stories stars the man behind Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer as Skeeter Bronson, a sad-sack hotel-maintenance dude.
NEWS
December 25, 2008 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Great works of literature have often begun life as stories told to kids. Alice in Wonderland comes to mind, and Peter Pan. It's hard to imagine the tales of Bedtime Stories - fantasies set in ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, the Old West and outer space - becoming classics, although they serve the goofball purposes of Adam Sandler well enough in this antic family vehicle. Directed by Adam Shankman (Hairspray), Bedtime Stories stars the man behind Happy Gilmore and The Wedding Singer as Skeeter Bronson, a sad-sack hotel-maintenance dude.
NEWS
October 8, 2007 | By Charles Krauthammer
Fifty years ago, America was shaken out of technological complacency by a beeping 180-pound aluminum ball orbiting overhead. Sputnik was a shock because we had always assumed that Russia was nothing but a big, lumbering and all-brawn bear. He could wear down the Nazis and produce mountains of steel but had none of our savvy or sophistication. Then one day we woke up and found he had beaten us into space, placing overhead the first satellite to orbit the Earth since God placed the moon where it could give us lovely sailing tides.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 21, 2007 | By David Patrick Stearns INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
When East meets West in classical music, it's usually artistic fusions between, oh, Beijing and Vienna. Recent days at the Kimmel Center, however, suggested that a far wider gap can yawn between Philadelphia and San Francisco. Cases in point: Terry Riley's multimedia piece Sun Rings performed by Kronos Quartet Thursday at the Perelman Theater, and John Adams' Harmonielehre performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra yesterday at Verizon Hall (in a program with the superb young violinist Janine Jansen)
NEWS
March 2, 2006 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Outer space isn't a vacuum. But it's getting awfully sparse out there. Space operas have always been an integral part of the TV menu, from Captain Video to Farscape. But at the moment, apart from the various Stargate series starring that guy from MacGyver, the only franchise still in orbit is Battlestar Galactica (Fridays, 10 p.m.) on the Sci Fi Channel. That series is zipping along in its own curious warp drive. Because Battlestar Galactica is an extreme overhaul of a beloved '70s series with the same name, it both invites and shatters preconceptions with every episode.
NEWS
August 19, 2005 | By Bill Bonvie
It was a cinematic coincidence that ranks up there with the debut of The China Syndrome just a few days before the 1979 nuclear accident at Three Mile Island. I'm referring to the news of the discovery of a 10th planet in our solar system on the same day a network showed the movie K-Pax, in which a mental patient who claims to be from another world tells his psychologist that 10 planets, in fact, revolve around the sun. Apart from the bizarre timing, the observation by Kevin Spacey's self-proclaimed spaceman was one of the rare occasions when conjecture of this sort has turned out to be the right stuff.
NEWS
June 15, 2005 | By Craig Eisendrath and Helen Caldicott
On May 18, Tim Weiner reported in the New York Times that the Air Force is seeking President Bush's approval for a national-security directive that would bring the country closer to deploying offensive and defensive weapons in outer space. The article suggests that such a move poses the danger of provoking a space arms race, particularly with Russia and China, and that costs could escalate into the trillions of dollars. The obvious question is: Why are we doing this? A close look at the U.S. space program over the last 50 years suggests an answer.
NEWS
September 29, 2004 | By ELMER SMITH
WHEN YOU first hear about SpaceShipOne, it sounds like billionaire Paul Allen has run out of things to buy on Earth. Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, surpassed the stage where millionaires finance yacht races about three zeroes ago. He owns half of DreamWorks studios, Oxygen Media, the Seattle Supersonics, the Portland Trailblazers and he's buying up every acre of available real estate in the Northwest corner of the United States that...
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