January 17, 2003 |
There comes a turning point in some actors' careers (if they're lucky) that signals the emergence of a major talent. Cary Grant came of age with "The Awful Truth"; Rock Hudson proved he was more than just beefcake in "Giant"; Julia Roberts? "Erin Brockovich. " With his superb performance last year in "About a Boy" (VHS: priced for rental; DVD: $26.99), new this week to video, we can add Hugh Grant's name to the list. The actor - he of the cutesy stammer and seductive grin - gives a gimmick-free performance to create a sympathetic though truthful portrait of a wayward, self-centered ne'er-do-well who quite unexpectedly finds his direction in life.
March 26, 2014 |
VATICAN CITY — Hours after arriving in Rome, the local delegation did a photo op outside the Pantheon for Philadelphia journalists who made the trip. Reacting to the herd of camera crews following Mayor Nutter and Gov. Corbett, confused Italians and tourists crowded around and asked one another who the celebrities were. Ever the politician, Nutter dived right in, greeting strangers as if they were potential voters at a campaign stop in Philly. He ended up finding a couple from Gettysburg and posted a selfie with them on Twitter.
February 12, 2006 |
There?s nothing quite as thrilling for a critic as opening the door to the four-bell penthouse and welcoming a new member of the restaurant elite. This is especially true for Striped Bass. That grand institution endured my nitpicking for years, bankruptcy and jail for its creator, and new ownership that installed some gaudy chandeliers, but also promoted the talented young chef who finally escorted the big fish to the top. Of course, there isn?t much room in that club. And it?s inevitable that its members should evolve to reflect the highest levels of Philadelphia dining, those few standard-bearers where memorable meals glide lyrically from the first sip to the final bite.
September 6, 2006 |
Bill Lyon was an Inquirer sports columnist for 34 years At the plate, he paws at the dirt, takes root like an oak and, holding the bat like Thor's hammer, points it, one-handed, out toward some distant dot on the horizon, where soon he will mash yet another home run. In Philadelphia, where we gleefully eat our own, a new hero is on the ascent. Ryan James Howard is his name, and swatting pitched balls jaw-dropping distances is his game. He has elevated himself right up there on the town's marquee alongside Allen Iverson, the Little Big Man, and Donovan McNabb, to whom is entrusted the care and feeding of the city's hottest passion.
October 29, 2000 |
The heavy doors swing open and an honor guard of top hats and royal blue tails showers us with greetings: "Good evening! . . . Good evening! . . . Good evening! . . . Welcome to the Ritz-Carlton!" No pleasantries, though, can really prepare me for those first few steps into the rotunda. I get the sensation of soaring as I look up into the dome, where, 140 feet above, an oculus window hovers like a spyglass into the evening's fading light. The glow of polished white marble columns inside grows even more intense, illuminating the lushly upholstered furniture, the glittering crystal chandelier, the palms and chiseled classic busts that circle the city's most spectacular new space.
August 1, 1993 |
Philadelphia is working very hard to transform itself into a destination city, a place where tourists will come and stay for a few days - something more than a three-hour stop between Washington and New York. With the opening of the new Convention Center, that has never been more likely. There is general agreement that Philadelphia's attraction for tourists is "history. " So it's not surprising that attention is being focused on finding ways to make our extraordinary historical resources more accessible.
March 13, 1994 |
TRAVELING BACK IN TIME TO BLAST 13TH-CENTURY GRIME The three portals of Paris' Notre Dame Cathedral are about to get a state- of-the-art face lift using the latest laser technology. The cleaning, scheduled to begin Friday, is the first major restoration of Notre Dame's main doors since the mid-19th century. Experts said the laser beams would dislodge particles of dirt built up since the 13th century without damaging the vestiges of color still visible in the sculpted folds of the saints' clothes.
January 25, 2002
ON THIS, the day before the weekend of the big game, we come together to give thanks to a football team that has grown close to our hearts. You know who we're talking about. Has a finer team of athletes ever graced a ballfield than these giants of the gridiron? Have you ever seen such courage in the face of overwhelming odds? Indeed, as our former governor works to keep our homeland secure, we know that the team from his state will be inspired to "Win One for the Ridger. " Sunday's contest is so much more than a game: It's Life.
September 30, 2009 |
MY FAMILY went to Rome this summer, and we spotted the scene in the photo above in front of the Pantheon, which captures the theme of my new Daily News column. Don't panic. Paying tribute to some important building is the opposite of what this column is going to be about. The Pantheon was built by the Romans 1,900 years ago as a pagan temple and converted into a church in 609 AD. For 13 centuries, its famous dome, 142 feet across, was the largest in the world, only surpassed in 1436 by the Duomo in Florence.
October 29, 2006 |
Multiple listing service Seven things to know about The Great Book of Philadelphia Sports Lists, by Glen Macnow and Big Daddy Graham, which is out Nov. 1 ($14.95, Running Press): 1. Contains less filler than you expect. There's more than 270 pages and some serious research in here. 2. Awesome idea collecting lists from local, non-media people - including John Chaney, the late Eric Gregg, Bill Bergey, and J. Russell Peltz. 3. Ed Snider's "Greatest and Worst Flyers Games Ever" already needs an update.