February 20, 2012 |
"Planet of the Apes" by Faye Flam does not appear this week.
March 3, 2000 |
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...
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.
March 15, 1990 |
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.
November 29, 2007 |
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.
July 26, 2001 |
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.
August 6, 2012 |
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.
April 13, 2006 |
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?
November 19, 2009 |
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.
February 15, 2000 |
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.