September 3, 2006 |
Oliver Stone, who is at the Venice Film Festival for his Sept. 11 drama, World Trade Center, has accused Hollywood of glorifying war. "Pearl Harbor and Black Hawk Down - these movies worshiped the machinery of war," Stone said. "And I think America went back to the concept of war too easily. " Unlike previous decades, which also produced antiwar films, Stone said, the '90s were dominated by pictures "that promoted the concept of war. " "I have reasons to be depressed as a Vietnam veteran," said Stone, who made the Vietnam film Platoon.
August 7, 2004 |
Someone doesn't like Tom Brokaw. That would be Steven Koplan, 46, of Staten Island, N.Y., who has been charged with second-degree aggravated harassment after sending 3,500 e-mails to MSNBC over two months last year, including 13 that threatened Brokaw. According to the Staten Island Advance newspaper, a 66-count indictment alleges that Koplan sent the messages with the "intent to harass, annoy, threaten and alarm" Brokaw. Koplan, who will be arraigned Wednesday, comes off as a bit off-kilter.
June 20, 2003 |
Harry Potter may be all about fantasy, but publishing is all about business. (Well, it's about reading, too, of course, but first things first.) Harry's creator J.K. Rowling and publisher Scholastic Inc. have sued the New York Daily News, which published excerpts Wednesday from the much-anticipated Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, for copyright infringement, among other things. As everyone surely knows by now, the book does not go on sale until one minute past midnight tonight.
March 3, 2003 |
TALK ABOUT corporate synergy. Playboy gives "Hot in Herre" artist Nelly a camera to take nekkid model shots for its April issue and Hugh Hefner and nekkid Playboy bunnies then show up in Nelly's new video "Work It," with Justin Timberlake. The vid was shot at the Playboy mansion and this one has too much flesh for even flesh-happy MTV. If you want to see what the London Sun is billing as the uncut world exclusive, check out www.thesun.co.uk/article/ 0,,2003080005-2003081405,,00.
December 14, 2001 |
Oh archers, the "Roger Culture's Annual Sagittarian Birthday Bashment" is upon us. Held at Upper Deck last year, the commemoration of another year relocates to Gasoline on Saturday. Though the host of "Philly Reggae Vibe" on WPHI-FM (103.9) says he has been throwing the bash for about 10 years, he won't provide more clues about his age. But all of you born between Nov. 22 and Dec. 21 will want to get out for what Culture says "is always a massive event. " Jamming with him this year is his WKDU-FM (91.7)
August 14, 2000 |
QUOTE "As far as collaborating with Michael is concerned, I would like to leave well enough alone. There was great success with 'Scream' and I'm just fine with that. " - Janet Jackson, when asked if she and big brother would team up again. The "Material Girl" now has the most perfect accessory to go in her collection. Madonna gave birth to a baby boy on Friday, one month earlier than the given date. She named the lad Rocco Ritchie. (We hope the little boys in the schoolyard will have mercy on him.)
August 12, 2000 |
The closer that Al Gore and Joe Lieberman get to Los Angeles, the more they back away from Hollywood. The Democratic presidential candidate and his new No. 2 extended the Philadelphia-area run of their faith-and-family-values tour into its second day yesterday. In Montgomery County, Lieberman bashed vulgarity in the mass media even as the uproar over his past Hollywood-bashing, as well as a fund-raiser for Latino Democrats at the Playboy Mansion in Southern California grew more intense.
January 9, 2000 |
The following memo was distributed to the Lower Halfwydd School District last Tuesday by Norman Querb, the head of the school board: Dear Fellow Board Members: I don't have to tell you all what a trying period this has been for all of us charged with running the Lower Halfwydd School District. There was that enormous stink over the fact that kindergarten classes were being held in the bus garage in the afternoons. Then came the reports in the Halfwydd Picayune about the Middle School String Ensemble having to use kazoos for half a year.
December 20, 1999 |
Decisions, decisions. . . Let's say you're one of the lucky swells who got an invitation to President Clinton's huge New Year's Eve party at the White House. Let's also say you've had your eye on that hot on-line auction at Playboy.com. The nudie mag is selling off a pair of tix to ring in the new year with Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion in L.A. At last report, the asking price had reached $12,500. Which should you attend? It's a tough call. . . The host White House: Sex-crazed commander-in-chief Playboy Mansion: Sex-crazed editor-in-chief The chicks WH: Hillary, Tipper, Elizabeth Taylor PM: Miss August, Miss April.
October 13, 1999 |
Legends, they say, die hard. In the case of Wilt Chamberlain, we can only imagine. After all, by his own account,he was the world's greatest lover. Others will praise the glory of his athletic career. They'll quote his NBA statistics: 31,419 points, nearly 24,000 rebounds. They'll remember how he once scored 100 points in a single game. But there is one other number, and it is the one that everyone remembers with awe: 20,000. It is the number of women he once claimed he had made love to since he was a high schooler at Overbrook.