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February 17, 1995 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
"Mr. Payback," the first interactive, laserdisc movie to open across the country, arrives in Philadelphia today at the RiverView Plaza. "Mr. Payback" qualifies as "interactive" because the audience - using a control panel attached to each seat - decides how the story evolves. Every minute or so, the movie presents the viewers with a menu of plot choices. Each viewer pushes a button reflecting a choice, and the majority rules. Here's an example. As "Mr. Payback" begins, its vigilante hero (Billy Warlock)
SPORTS
February 28, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
BRENDAN Gallagher, Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta scored third-period goals in the visiting Montreal Canadiens' 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. Gallagher scored his sixth of the season 9:08 into the third to break a 2-2 tie. Pacioretty cemented the win with his sixth goal - and second of the game - at 14:26. Gionta added an empty-net tally with 2:26 left. Pacioretty also scored in the second, and defenseman Alexei Emelin got Montreal on the board in the first period.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 26, 1999 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In French Twist, a wife avenges herself on her philandering husband by starting an affair with a truck driver. The twist in this sizzling French comedy is that the trucker is a lesbian. The movie, written and directed by its star, Josiane Balasko, was an enormous hit in France three years ago, and enjoyed success here. This is one French comedy Disney will never remake. The gender of the third member of this triangle allows for some predictable gibes at homophobia and macho hypocrisy, but French Twist is elevated by its wit and the sophistication of its performances.
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February 5, 1999 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
John Boorman's Point Blank did not create much of an impact when it was released in 1967. But the movie - with Lee Marvin in a signature performance as a wronged thug and avenging devil - is now deservedly ranked among the most stylish and compelling thrillers of the '60s. Payback is more a reappraisal of the same material (Donald Westlake's novel The Hunter) than a remake. The paradox of the piece is that Mel Gibson is arguably both its principal asset and its main drawback. The bleak, sardonic humor he uses as the burned-out-beyond-recognition cop Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon series emerges in a different and not always comfortable guise in Payback.
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Letterman once altered a video to make it look as if Gov. Christie was preparing a turkey in the middle of an MSNBC-TV interview. He has also depicted the New Jersey governor struggling to get out of a chair during an Oprah interview. Letterman even devoted an entire "Top 10" list to Christie fat jokes: What if Christie were president? "Instead of Iraq, we'd invade IHOP. " And: "The cabinet now has a Secretary of Cake. " On Monday night, the governor got his payback. He made his first appearance ever on Late Night With David Letterman , and, according to highlights released by CBS, the governor at one point pulled a doughnut out of his pocket - and took a bite.
NEWS
August 19, 2011 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, hinkelm@phillynews.com 215-854-2656
FORMER Philadelphia police Officer Mark Williams felt a "great responsibility" to make large child-support payments, his attorney said in a court filing, offering a rationale for his client's criminal misdeeds. Williams, 28, was convicted by a jury in March in a plot to steal 300 grams of heroin and resell it for cash, and was sentenced yesterday to 16 years in federal prison. Two other ex-Philly cops convicted in the case - James Venziale, 32, and Robert Snyder, 31 - were sentenced in May to 3 1/2 and 13 years behind bars, respectively.
BUSINESS
June 28, 2006 | By Bob Fernandez INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Philadelphia chemical company FMC Corp. said yesterday that it would sell its insecticides research pipeline to a subsidiary of Bayer AG and exit insecticide-discovery research. The agreement allows Bayer CropScience, of Monheim, Germany, to discover and commercialize new compounds to control insect damage in crops from FMC's research. CropScience will buy early-stage compounds that show promise and FMC's chemical library, FMC spokesman Jim Fitzwater said. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 17, 1995 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Mainstream Hollywood has long been accused of manipulating audiences - pushing moviegoers' buttons to prompt this or that emotional response. With Mr. Payback, moviegoers get to push a few buttons of their own, manipulating the direction the action takes on-screen. Heralded by its Sony-backed developers as the first major interactive movie - and derided by others as a gimmick in a league with Smell-O-Vision - Mr. Payback arrives today on screens in the country's 22 biggest markets.
NEWS
July 1, 1994 | by Dave Racher, Daily News Staff Writer
For two weeks last year, the paralyzed 44-year-old woman lay helpless in her hospital bed, staring at the man who had put her there by shaking her head so violently he damaged her spinal cord, said the prosecutor. Portia Walker, of West Philadelphia, had feeding and breathing tubes in her throat and was unable to scream out for help when Alfonso Postell, 37, her former boyfriend, visited her each day to warn her not to tell anyone what he had done, said Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Jobes.
SPORTS
December 6, 1988 | By Jayson Stark, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a season in which they won 15 games in a row, a season in which they bulldozed through their conference without a loss, a season that took them to the NCAA tournament promised land. But for the La Salle Explorers, the otherwise glorious 1987-88 basketball season is always going to bear one incomprehensible blemish. Its Big 5 record: 0-4. The Explorers waited a long time to start turning that black mark around. But last night at the Palestra, La Salle made sure it would not repeat that 0-4 record this season, by rocking St. Joseph's, 81-57, behind a 31-point, 12- rebound performance from the brilliant Lionel Simmons.
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April 24, 2014 | By Kate Harman, For The Inquirer
Alyssa Messina didn't really have a lot to say about her own performance at the plate for the Lansdale Catholic softball team Tuesday afternoon. The senior third baseman and captain of the Crusaders went 2 for 3 with a double, home run, and four runs batted in, but she responded with a drawn-out "yeah" and a laugh when her stellar offensive output was mentioned. The cleanup hitter's bat was the difference against Conwell-Egan, but what Messina really wanted to talk about was the magnitude of the 5-3 win in the Catholic League matchup.
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March 31, 2014 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Flyers will try to avenge one of their ugliest losses of the season Sunday afternoon when they host arguably the NHL's best team, the Boston Bruins. Boston is on a 14-0-1 run and hasn't lost a road game in regulation since Jan. 9, a 4-2 defeat in Los Angeles. The Bruins scored three power-play goals, chased starter Flyers goalie Steve Mason, and rolled to a 6-1 win when the teams met at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 25. "Obviously our last game against them wasn't as planned," captain Claude Giroux said.
NEWS
January 31, 2014
BACK IN JUNE the DoALL Company of Wheeling, Ill., shipped an industrial bandsaw to the city's Water Department office at 4300 Ford Road. It sent a bill in July, thinking the city would pay in 30 days or less, as promised. Seven months later DoALL was still waiting to be paid $14,135 for the machinery, accessories and shipping. In frustration, late last week DoALL attorney Charley Thomson starting faxing Council members and others to ask why the city doesn't pay its bills promptly, why it is a municipal deadbeat.
SPORTS
January 21, 2014 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Wings spoiled the home opener for the Minnesota Swarm with a 15-8 National Lacrosse League win in front of 8,213 at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Sunday afternoon. Wings goaltender Evan Kirk, acquired from the Swarm (1-3) in an offseason trade, made his former team pay with 35 saves on 43 shots. The Wings (2-3) opened the scoring and never trailed, leading by 4-1 after the first quarter and by 8-4 at halftime. Jordan Hall led the way with four goals and four assists for the Wings, and Tracey Kelusky added a hat trick.
SPORTS
October 31, 2013 | By Ryan Hagerty, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kingsway outlasted Williamstown for the Tri-County Conference Royal Division title last year in girls' soccer, and the Braves refused to allow it to happen again. In a physical and emotional game between fierce rivals, Williamstown came out on top Tuesday, edging the host Dragons, 2-1, to clinch the division title. Both of the Braves goals came in the first half from sophomore Ashley Engler. "It's a big win for us, really big," Engler said. The victory left Williamstown at 16-2-1 overall and 9-0 in the Tri-County Royal.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2013 | By Don Melvin and Shawn Pogatchnik, Associated Press
DUBLIN - European Union finance ministers agreed Friday to grant Ireland and Portugal seven more years to pay their bailout loans, easing the burden on their economies and paving the way for a quicker return to sustainable growth. In their attempts to stabilize the economy of the 17 nations sharing the euro currency, the ministers also approved a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) loan package to stop Cyprus from sliding into bankruptcy. But the rescue comes at a heavy price for the Mediterranean island country.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | By Troy Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer
In April, the city was ready to begin more than $3 million worth of renovations at the Sturgis recreation facility in East Oak Lane. Instead, work at the six-acre site did not start until February, after more than nine months of delay. Philadelphia City Councilwoman Marian B. Tasco, who represents the area, said she suspected the source of the holdup was her opposition to the way Mayor Nutter was handling the potential sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works. Tasco, chairwoman and longtime member of the Philadelphia Gas Commission, objected last spring to Nutter's request to use $2.7 million in PGW ratepayer money to pay for advisers exploring the sale.
SPORTS
February 28, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
BRENDAN Gallagher, Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta scored third-period goals in the visiting Montreal Canadiens' 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night. Gallagher scored his sixth of the season 9:08 into the third to break a 2-2 tie. Pacioretty cemented the win with his sixth goal - and second of the game - at 14:26. Gionta added an empty-net tally with 2:26 left. Pacioretty also scored in the second, and defenseman Alexei Emelin got Montreal on the board in the first period.
NEWS
February 6, 2013 | By Matt Katz, Inquirer Staff Writer
David Letterman once altered a video to make it look as if Gov. Christie was preparing a turkey in the middle of an MSNBC-TV interview. He has also depicted the New Jersey governor struggling to get out of a chair during an Oprah interview. Letterman even devoted an entire "Top 10" list to Christie fat jokes: What if Christie were president? "Instead of Iraq, we'd invade IHOP. " And: "The cabinet now has a Secretary of Cake. " On Monday night, the governor got his payback. He made his first appearance ever on Late Night With David Letterman , and, according to highlights released by CBS, the governor at one point pulled a doughnut out of his pocket - and took a bite.
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