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February 20, 2012 | By Faye Flam, Inquirer Columnist
"Planet of the Apes" by Faye Flam does not appear this week.
NEWS
March 3, 2000 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
One of the nice things about the Internet and Hollywood is that they make the holidays last so much longer. It's March, and we're still getting gifts ordered through dot-com companies about four months ago. We're also still getting Christmas movies, like "Reindeer Games," set during the holidays but released, rather suspiciously, as the daffodils bud. When a "Christmas" movie is released in March, it can can mean three things: There...
NEWS
September 8, 2008
Both parties have selected leaders with little experience to run a nation, let alone deal with foreign affairs. One candidate stands at the top of the ticket, the other is at the bottom. So why the fuss? Let?s face it, the most important issues in the minds of the American people are oil and the war. If the Republicans win, there?s a chance that we?ll dig for oil and salvage what remains of a cancerous economy. If it?s the Democrats, we can expect troop withdrawals that will leave the Iraqi people fending for themselves.
NEWS
March 15, 1990 | By Pheralyn Dove, Special to The Inquirer
Be kind to the environment. Clean up polluted air and water. Protect Earth's ozone layer. Nurture its ecological systems. Preserve its natural resources. And, acknowledge the beauty and diversity of humanity worldwide by respecting various cultures and traditions. That was the gist of the message Friday for the students at Wyncote's Ancillae-Assumpta Academy, which celebrated Catholic Schools Week by participating in a special program called "Our Planet In Every Classroom.
NEWS
November 29, 2007 | Kathleen Parker
Kathleen Parker is a columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group Hey, did you hear the one about the woman who aborted her kid so she could save the planet? That's no joke, but Darwin must be chuckling somewhere. Toni Vernelli was one of two women recently featured in a London Daily Mail story about environmentalists who take their carbon footprint very, very seriously. So seriously, in fact, that Vernelli aborted a pregnancy and, by age 27, had herself sterilized.
NEWS
July 26, 2001 | By ALEX ABRAMOVICH
THE TAGLINE for Tim Burton's upcoming ape movie is "Rule the Planet," but given the flood of products pegged to its release - action figures, baseball caps, binders, board games, comic books, fanny packs, key chains, lunchboxes, scooters, skateboards, stickers, trick-or-treat bags, temporary tattoos - "Rule the Playground" might be more appropriate. Judging from the previews, Fox ended up with a shadowy space-opera whose flash libretto was drawn up in crayon. It's a neat reversal of the pattern established by five previous Ape flicks: There, the production values were comically shoddy but the story lines strikingly mature.
NEWS
April 13, 2006 | By Martin Levin
Moorestown, which Money magazine named the top town in the United States last year, again lived up to its reputation for being on the cutting edge by hosting South Jersey's first Pachamama Symposium. The first what? Pachamama Symposium. Pachamama is a word from the Quechua language of South America often translated as "Mother Earth" or, more fully, "the sacred presence of the Earth, the universe and all time. " The symposium brought together about 30 caring citizens at Moorestown High School on March 25 for a daylong program based on the best information available regarding the question: What shape is our Earth in?
NEWS
August 6, 2012 | Reviewed by Sandy Bauers
Moonbird A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 By Phillip Hoose Farrar Straus Giroux. 160 pp. $21.99   It was Feb. 20, 1995. The bird-banding team had caught so many birds that they ran out of the usual colored bands. Someone found black plastic in one of the trucks, and they fitted strips of it around the legs of the final birds, including one very special bird - a small shorebird that probably has become one of the most iconic birds known.
NEWS
November 19, 2009 | By GARY THOMPSON, thompsg@phillynews.com 215-854-5992
The animated sci-fi spoof "Planet 51" makes you wonder if things might be more interesting on Planet 52. The movie's reverse "E.T. " premise has a cocky astronaut (voice of Dwayne Johnson) landing on a planet where the little green men and women live in a near-facsimile of 1950s America - with tailfinned vehicles and a paranoid fear of being invaded by aliens. The movie has fun with its proud lack or originality, up to a point - after a while, you realize even its sci-fi riffs are re-riffted.
NEWS
February 15, 2000 | by Bob Strauss
In an effort to avoid the complaints about racial stereotyping that greeted "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" last summer, series creator George Lucas is apparently planning to give the next film, which is scheduled to be released in 2002, a more ethnically diverse cast. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like the concept of diversity's subtler points has quite been grasped up at Skywalker Ranch. According to the entertainment trade paper Variety, Lucasfilm's casting director, Robin Gurland, has asked several Hollywood agencies to look for actors who can fill such new, proposed roles as a spiritual American Indian and an Asian who might be good at martial arts.
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NEWS
April 22, 2016
ISSUE | EARTH DAY Rebuild prudently As a doctor, a professor of medicine, and an activist for 40 years, I've cared for the health of people and our planet. With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day on Friday, the state of disrepair of our country's infrastructure presents us with a golden opportunity to rebuild not based on fossil fuels, but on efficiency and renewable energy. While rebuilding, we can fortify our communities against the severe storms that climate change will continue to bring.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2016
Paper Planet The long: PIFA not for kids? Pish posh. The Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts' preeminent must-do for wee-nagers is on the Kimmel Center's top floor: a fantastical, pop-up, all-paper, explorable forest. The short: If they like an empty cardboard box, they'll love this. The background: Aussie kids' theater company Polyglot builds and rebuilds its best-known, all-recyclable, totally interactive performance space, inviting littler Yanks to explore, craft, and listen to the paper trees in the Kimmel's airy, enclosed Hamilton Garden.
NEWS
December 21, 2015
More than a box set, Vladimir Horowitz: The Unreleased Live Recordings 1966-1983 is closer to being its own musical planet, full of familiar yet strange creatures who adhere to no laws but their own. Of course, there's really only one creature, pianist Horowitz, a musician who truly lived up to the word legendary , though not necessarily because he was infallibly great. The 50-CD set ($149.52 on Amazon), originally recorded by Columbia (now Sony) and RCA, comes from a time when recording machines were ever-present at the live concerts he gave, recordings that were distilled down to an LP or two a year, with the rest left unheard by the public.
NEWS
September 28, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
TORONTO - When we last checked in on Matt Damon, he was stranded on a faraway planet, hoping to be rescued by NASA. The movie was Interstellar , Christopher Nolan's space-time-continuum epic, and the actor - uncredited, but pivotal - was abandoned on a galactic orb, desperately plotting to get himself back to Earth. So, for Damon's next movie, what's the actor offered? The lead in something called The Martian , directed by Ridley Scott, about an astronaut left for dead on the Red Planet, hoping against hope that NASA will discover he's alive and dispatch a crew to collect him. "It's a bizarre coincidence, to be sure," Damon, soon to turn 45, acknowledges with a laugh.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
Miss USA? Was it on? Donald Trump  may be bigger than any particular network, corporate partner or golf tournament, which has wanted to sever ties with him, but the Miss USA pageant sure isn't. The Nielsen company said that only 925,000 people watched  Olivia Jordan , of Oklahoma, crowned as Miss USA on the Reelz Channel, sharply down from the 5.6 million people who watched last year on NBC. In records that date back to the 1970s, the pageants had ranged from 4.6 million viewers in 2013 to 38.1 million in 1979.
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
I WOULD LIKE TO CARE about the FIFA scandal. But it's hard. I care about a lot of things, and they currently take up all the space in my brain. If I start caring about the racketeering, corruption and conspiracy charges that are rocking the Federation Internationale de Football Association, something else will have to go. What should I get rid of? I'd love to stop caring about ISIS. The crazies blew up a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia yesterday, the group's second attack in two weeks.
FOOD
February 27, 2015 | By Anna Herman, For The Inquirer
Eating fish on Fridays is a longstanding tradition in Catholic households worldwide dating back to the first century of the modern era. Why abstain from meat? Why on Friday? Why during Lent? Meat once was for celebrations and feasting. Early Christians abstained from eating meat on Friday as a kind of sacrifice and reminder that acknowledged the death of Jesus on the cross on Good Friday. This still holds true today in the Catholic Church, but only on Ash Wednesday, and Fridays during Lent.
NEWS
October 31, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things continue to roll well for Philadelphia's Wash Cycle Laundry, the bicycle-powered laundry delivery service that recently expanded to Washington and Austin. Gabriel Mandujano, founder and CEO of the eco-friendly company, won the $25,000 first-place prize Tuesday at the Blackstone LaunchPad Demo Day pitch competition in New York. Calling Blackstone "among the savviest investors on the planet," Mandujano said the win was valuable recognition for sustainable businesses in general.
NEWS
September 9, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Staff Writer
There are more ways than you might realize to save the planet. You can swap your old clothes for other people's old clothes. You can eat crickets on crackers instead of creamed cheese. Or, you can purchase a $136,650 BMW hybrid sports car to tool around your favorite unspoiled paradise. The list of ways to do environmental good was long enough on Sunday to staff vendor tables from Spruce to South Streets at Headhouse Square's regular farmers market, where the Clean Air Council was holding its ninth annual Greenfest.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2014 | By Jacqueline Bigar, For The Inquirer
ARIES (March 21-April 19) ***** Friday night you might experience a significant mood change. Your ruling planet moves to the sign Scorpio, adding to your charisma and desirability. Those who fought with you for the last 5 months now cannot get enough of you. Love the moment. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) **** Your charm finally pulls in an interesting potential suitor. Attraction unresolved often can lead to fights and warlike situations. Do not hesitate too much or you might prefer to move on as the fireworks could be overwhelming.
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