May 27, 2010
I don't play video games, so any pre-awareness of "Prince of Persia" comes from my addiction to pop-culture Web sites. That puts me dead center in the wider audience that the studio needs to make "Prince of Persia" a movie blockbuster. To ensure that, they hire an over-serious A-list actor like Jake Gyllenhaal to elevate multi-platform pablum (what used to be called a B-movie) into mass-market gold. It's worked before, but putting Tobey Maguire (a nerd) in a superhero movie about a nerd ("Spider-Man")
September 17, 2010
JERRY BRUCKHEIMER made a couple of tries this year to recapture some of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" magic, and the first was "Prince of Persia. " It's a breezy, swashbuckling adventure yarn featuring Jake Gyllenhaal as an adopted member of a royal family rooting out throne-grabbing treachery with the help of a pretty girl and a magic dagger. The movie was a hit overseas, but a borderline dud in the U.S. But "Persia" is not as bad as its box-office rep and is very suitable for families, though the DVD is miserly with special features.
October 8, 2010
1. Get Him to the Greek . (R) 2. Robin Hood . (PG-13) 3. Iron Man 2 . (PG-13) 4. Prince of Persia . (PG-13) 5. Killers (PG-13) 6. The Experiment (R) 7. Letters to Juliet . (PG) 8. Just Wright . (PG) 9. Legendary 1/2 (PG-13) 10. Marmaduke . (PG) Top DVD titles at U.S. Blockbuster stores for week ended Oct. 3. ( New this week)
June 16, 1986
Considering the extremely difficult task of eradicating graffiti here in Philadelphia, did they not have a similar problem in Persia hundreds of years ago? "The moving finger writes; and, having writ, moves on: Nor all your piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line; nor all your tears wash out a word of it" (The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by Edward FitzGerald). Dave Spielberg Philadelphia.
March 11, 1996 |
Deborah Glanzberg-Krainin of West Chester and her daughter, Eliana Glanzberg-Krainin, 2, stroll through the Philadelphia Zoo during activities celebrating the Jewish festival of Purim. Eliana dressed as a jack-o'-lantern for the event, which included a costume parade and face painting. The festival commemorates the victory of Esther over Haman and his plan to destroy the Jews of Persia.
March 8, 1987 |
Residents will get the chance to sample some hamantashen, win a prize in a Shushan chariot race or "punch Haman in the eye" at the annual Purim carnival from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. next Sunday at the Jewish Community Center on Route 70 in Cherry Hill. A concert of Jewish music that same evening also will be part of the Purim celebration. According to Martha Karasick, director of adult activities and cultural events at the center, Purim celebrates the rescue of the Jews from a plot to kill them in Persia: Haman, an aide to the king of Persia who lived in the city of Shushan, ordered all the people to bow down to him. Mordecai, a Jew, refused to do so, and an angry Haman plotted to kill all the Jews in Persia.
July 14, 2010 |
THE SUMMER OF '10 may be remembered as the season Jerry Bruckheimer lost his Midas touch. I long ago ceased to question Bruckheimer's uncanny sense of audience taste - I gazed uncomprehendingly at sequels to "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "National Treasure," and was just as dumbfounded by their cumulative box office (a billion or two). Lately, though, his gift for turning leaden scripts into gold seems to have deserted him - "Prince of Persia," though a much less awful film than "National Treasure 2," is a certifiable bomb.
March 12, 1989 |
The ancient Jewish feast of Purim will be celebrated in modern fashion next Sunday, when the Jewish Community Center of Southern New Jersey (JCC) presents "The Great Purim Happening," complete with games, prizes, entertainment, a moon walk ride and a recording studio. The event will be held from 1:30 until 4:30 p.m. at the center, 2395 W. Marlton Pike (Route 70), Cherry Hill. Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jews of Persia from a plot to kill them. Ahashverowsh, a king in ancient Persia, was married to a Jewish woman named Esther.
June 2, 2010
1. Shrek Forever After (Paramount) $57.1 mil. $146.8 mil. 2 $13,066 2. Prince of Persia (Disney) 37.8 mil. 37.8 mil. 1 10,371 3. Sex and the City 2 (Warner) 36.8 mil. 51.0 mil. 1 10,692 4. Iron Man 2 (Paramount) 21.1 mil. 279.1 mil. 4 5,541 5. Robin Hood (Universal) 13.4 mil. 86.1 mil. 3 3,960 6. Letters to Juliet (Summit) 7.5 mil. 38.