February 17, 1995 |
"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)
February 28, 2013 |
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.
February 26, 1999 |
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.
February 5, 1999 |
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.
February 6, 2013 |
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.
August 19, 2011 |
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.
June 28, 2006 |
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.
February 17, 1995 |
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.
July 1, 1994 |
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.
December 6, 1988 |
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.