November 13, 2009
IS THERE any political body attuned to the epidemic of violent crime in this country? We seem to be enamored with the deaths of entertainment (MJ, Patrick Swayze) but mostly oblivious to the storekeepers or police officers. Even more appalling is the prevalence of repeat offenders who have a history of crime leading up to their climactic masterpiece that claims a life - or two. Defendants sit in court and snicker at the charges in the faces of victims' families. We don't have the right to take a life, so there is virtually no death penalty.
September 12, 1995 |
A month has passed, and there's still no clear answer to one of the summer's biggest mysteries: What accounts for "Dangerous Minds"' box-office success? It can't be because Michelle Pfeiffer "dresses down. " After all, 1991's "Frankie and Johnny" bombed. Is it the popularity of the soundtrack? And how big would it be if the original title, "My Posse Don't Do Homework," had been retained? And is Andy Garcia hacked off because his cameo appearance, as Pfeiffer's boyfriend, was hacked from the final print?
April 13, 1991 |
A new generation may think that the Righteous Brothers is a Muslim rap group. But those in the mostly middle-aged audience at Valley Forge Music Fair Thursday knew better. The brothers - Bobby Hatfield and Bill Medley - are among the few '60s pop stars who can make a silly love song sound like it came from a Broadway musical. With the assistance of the film industry, specifically the Patrick Swayze vehicles Dirty Dancing and Ghost, their music is enjoying a renewed popularity made evident by this sold-out show.
May 4, 1990 |
As rock icons pass, we'll probably be seeing a lot more gatherings like the star-studded "Roy Orbison Tribute Concert to Benefit the Homeless. " Boasting great moments by the likes of John Hiatt, Bonnie Raitt, k.d. lang and the reunited Byrds, the 90-minute concert premieres Sunday at 10:05 p.m. on Showtime. All basic cable customers can enjoy it since the program is being descrambled to boost contributions to the Roy Orbison Homeless Fund. Orbison's sultry ballads and juicy rockabilly set the stage for much of today's music.
December 31, 1987 |
Just as we're ringing down the curtain on '87, along comes Gary Hart to announce he'll be around for '88. It figures. Nineteen eighty-seven was a year of surprises - the stock market took a tailspin, Cher's acting career soared, and Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker fell from grace. Nineteen eighty-eight - with an election, an Olympics and a leap day, no less - should be another lulu. Our advice? In perilous times, stick to Old Values: hearty food, true love, tax-free bonds, and home, sweet home.
December 10, 2015 |
Weiland's drug abuse Scott Weiland 's ex-wife, in an open letter in Rolling Stone, bemoans the late musician's chronic substance abuse. The cause of the rocker's death has yet to be determined, but cocaine was discovered in the tour bus where he died last week at age 48. "Dec. 3, 2015, is not the day [he] died," writes Mary Forsberg Weiland , who has two kids with Weiland: Noah , 15, and Lucy , 13. "The truth is, like so many other kids, they lost their father years ago. " Kimye baby update In a shocking report, TMZ says Kim Kardashian did not have the birth of baby boy Saint filmed for use in her reality show.
July 25, 2016
NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker will be on familiar turf as Hillary Clinton's campaign arrives here in Welker's hometown for the Democratic National Convention. Thrilled as she is that family and friends will be nearby, "I don't even know if I'll have time to see them," said Welker, who's nevertheless hoping to sneak in time with her fiance, John Hughes, a marketing director for Merck & Co. Inc. who works in the area, and her parents, Harvey and real estate agent Julie Welker, who live in Fairmount.
July 12, 1991 |
In the interest of critical credibility, allow me to make two disclosures before reviewing Point Break, a Feds-versus-surfers curiosity starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze. An avid kneeboarder during my youth, I attended surf movies religiously. In my pantheon of tubular experiences, Gidget, The Endless Summer, Big Wednesday and a cult classic called Salt Water Wine rank very high. Furthermore, I must disclose that Keanu Reeves has a profound effect on my hormone levels.
August 7, 1990 |
The summer of 1990 will be remembered as the season Hollywood discovered box-office life after death. First you had workaholic Bill Cosby dying in a car wreck, then coming back as the devoted father in Ghost Dad. (Sometimes it takes drastic measures to make a man accept his parental responsibilities.) Next you had the noncommital Patrick Swayze killed by a street punk in Ghost, but returning to solve his murder and - through the medium of Whoopi Goldberg - to tell girlfriend Demi Moore that he loves her. (Some guys would rather die than utter those three litle words.
December 10, 2015 |
Tattle has never understood why so many movies and TV shows have to be remade. No artist looks at the Mona Lisa and says, "I'd like to re-paint that. " It's art. And even if it's crappy, commercial art, it exists. Why do it again? We get that some older movies or characters can be improved by technology (comic book movies, for instance) and some stories can get a new interpretation or twist, but when we saw yesterday that ABC was filming a three-hour musical adaptation of the 1987 film "Dirty Dancing," originally starring Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze , and now to star Abigail Breslin and a hunk to be named later, the first thought that popped into our addled mind was "Why?"