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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")
BUSINESS
December 16, 1987 | By MARC MELTZER, Daily News Staff Writer
A share of Philadelphia blue blood was bought by European royalty yesterday. One-third of the venerable Philadelphia-based brokerage firm, Butcher & Singer, is now in the hands of Johannes Fuerst von Thurn und Taxis, one of the world's richest men and an honest-to-goodness prince whose family lineage and fortune can be traced back to medieval Europe. Nicknamed "Johnny TNT" since his youth, the 61-year-old West German Thurn und Taxis bought the interest in Butcher and Co., parent of Butcher & Singer, for $20 million.
NEWS
August 19, 1994 | by Chuck Arnold, Daily News Staff Writer
He came and he conquered. Now, on the macabre cover of the new album by the Artist Formerly Known as Prince, you'll find the tombstone dates for Pre-Symbol Prince (1958-1993). Well, don't give away all your purple to Goodwill just yet, because Prince lives! On "Come" (Warner Bros., 1/2), which is the last studio album he recorded as Prince (although tons more tunes remain locked in vaults), he takes U back 2 a time when his music and his nomenclature were much simpler.
NEWS
March 10, 1989 | By Paddy Noyes, Special to The Inquirer
After pushing the elevator button, Prince, 12, begins on his favorite subject: the weather. He feels that he's lucky today because it's raining and, besides, he has the day off from school. We get to the sixth floor at the Adoption Center and walk to the window to survey our kingdom. Prince is delighted to see a tree growing out of a crack in a tar roof. I wonder aloud how it got there, and he says, reasonably, that spring's here and it's magic. We sit at a long table and draw with crayons and felt pens.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 1989 | By Tom Moon, Inquirer Popular-Music Critic
That Batman is incredible. In two-plus hours of lavish Hollywood fantasy, the Caped Crusader takes care of what ails Gotham City, blurs the distinction between good and evil, and gets the girl besides. Now Batman - or, more accurately, Batman, the film that has grossed more than $200 million - is credited for reviving Prince's career as well. Faster than you can say "comeback," Prince, the funk visionary whose popularity had waned in recent years - has been vindicated by the marketplace, his status as pop idol restored.
NEWS
October 7, 1991 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Is the sun setting on the Purple Empire of Prince? Or can the pandering popster rise again, like Phoenix from the ashes, with his most commercially attuned new album "Diamonds and Pearls"? The signs of a desperate man are impossible to miss. In recent weeks, the diminutive demigod of pop has been reduced to merciless pandering to the peons - baring his tush on MTV's Music Video Awards, performing for free with his surprising new group (The New Power Generation) at a bunch of radio industry conferences - just to grab attention for the album package.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1986 | By JOE BALTAKE, Daily News Film Critic
"Under the Cherry Moon. " A comedy-drama with music starring and directed by Prince. Featuring Jerome Benton, Steven Berkoff, Alexandra Stewart, Francesca Annis. Introducing Kristin Scott-Thomas. Based on a screenplay by Becky Johnson. Photographed in black & white by Michael Ballhaus. Music by Prince and the Revolution. Running time: 98 minutes. Warner Bros. release. In area theaters. The difference between the superstar's first two films is that "Purple Rain" is a psychological/autobiographical glorified rock video starring Prince and the Revolution, while his new one, "Under the Cherry Moon," is a movie starring Prince, period.
NEWS
May 5, 1988 | By John Milward, Special to The Inquirer
Prince is no stranger to raised eyebrows - it's no accident that his publishing company and fourth album bear the name Controversy. And now a bit of a furor has arisen over the portrait that adorns the cover of his new album, Lovesexy. The photo is a coy sideways shot of Prince, reclining in the nude on huge white lilies, with his hand spread across his chest and his left leg poised at an angle that hides his penis. One of the flower's pistils, however, serves as a fairly blatant approximation.
NEWS
April 2, 1996 | BY FRANCESCA CHAPMAN Daily News wire services, the New York Post and Washington Post contributed to this report
Imagine if Prince got this much publicity for his actual music! Then he'd really be on to something. But today's story, like the last dozen Prince stories, is just the latest installment in the wee artiste's hectic domestic life. Prince's new bride, Mayte, will have his baby in November. The flack who made yesterday's announcement - and volunteered the helpful information that conception took place after the couple's Feb. 14 wedding - stressed this was not an April Fool's joke.
NEWS
April 2, 1987 | By DAVID HINCKLEY, New York Daily News
For Rock 'n' roll's premier chameleon, a double album means twice as many branches to leap onto and laugh merrily as the rest of us try to figure exactly where he went. Welcome back to the world of Prince, whose "Sign O' the Times" (due in stores this week) once more trips lightly from sex to sacred and serious to silly behind a beat that's as strong as it is lean. He plays almost everything himself this time, and often that's little more than drums and guitar. Largely because of this, much of "Sign" harks back to the pre-"Purple Rain" days.
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NEWS
March 28, 2014
ORI FEIBUSH just doesn't get it. His first big mistake was spending nearly 25G to clean, landscape and decorate a trash-strewn city-owned lot without the city's permission . How dare he! After international publicity about the earnest developer vs. clueless city government, the city backed off. He now has permission to keep the lot - next to his Point Breeze OCF Coffee Shop at 20th and Federal - clean and tidy. Seems like wanting to make things better is a sin in Philly.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2014 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
Among operagoers, Prince Igor is one of those titles that you're sure you know. Orchestral excerpts turn up in light symphonic music. Aleksandr Borodin tunes adapted into pop songs for the musical Kismet long ago achieved elevator-music status. The plot about noble Russians battling Polovtsian invaders is business-as-usual in medieval Russia. Yet the Metropolitan Opera HD simulcast at noon Saturday (encore presentation 6:30 p.m. Wednesday) at six area theaters is only the company's second-ever production.
NEWS
February 7, 2014 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE BUFFALO are gone, the beating drums replaced by tree branches colliding in the winter wind, and on a frigid afternoon last month a wide, metal gate blocked the entrance to what was once South Jersey's only Native-American reservation. Beyond the gate, down a snow-covered road, the Powhatan Renape Nation's museum sat empty, its artifacts in storage. Deeper in the forest, two-pronged deer tracks led to the late Chief Roy Crazy Horse's rancher, built illegally atop a bluff overlooking Rancocas Creek, birds now fluttering in and out of its chimney and broken windows.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
  PRINCE   AND HIS LAWYERS have unleashed a "Purple Rain" of terror on fans he believes to be bootleggers. The Artist presently known as Plaintiff has filed a $22 million lawsuit against 22 people, accused of illegally posting concert footage on Facebook, blogs and other online spots. The move has split Prince's kingdom, but the suit says, "The defendants in this case engage in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince's material. "For example, in just one of the many takedown notices sent to Google with respect to Doe 2 (a/k/a DaBang319)
NEWS
December 2, 2013 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
At 10, Jane Cohen of Moorestown is already a veteran of Pennsylvania Ballet's George Balanchine's The Nutcracker . In the last two seasons she's been the bunny, an angel, and a grandchild. This year's goal was to be a girl in the party scene and a Polichinelle - one of the children who emerge from Mother Ginger's immense skirt. Instead, she was stunned to find herself cast as Marie, the female child lead. Jane had dreamed one day of landing the coveted role, but "I thought maybe two years from now. " Nor was she the only one so happily surprised.
NEWS
September 27, 2013 | BY JASON NARK, Daily News Staff Writer narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
MUSICALS - all those cats and teenagers and fiddlers bursting into random songs in the middle of knife fights or rainstorms - require a suspension of disbelief I'm usually incapable of. But give me an ancient book bound in human flesh, a creaky, old cabin in the woods and a bunch of dumb college students getting possessed by demonic forces, and I'm spellbound. To be fair, I haven't seen many musicals and likely won't. But when I first heard that the unholy film trinity, "Evil Dead," "Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn" and "Army of Darkness (Evil Dead III)"
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Let us begin with that most beautiful event, birth - which, we are assured, happens not only to royal families and celebrities, but also to all humans. Jimmy Fallon , 38, has revealed that the baby girl his wife Nancy Juvonen Fallon delivered on Tuesday has been named Winnie Rose Fallon . "I'm the father of a beautiful baby girl," he said during his Late Night monologue Wednesday, "and she's so cute. She's 5 pounds, 9 ounces. " Facts of Life alum Kim Fields , 44, and hub Christopher Morgan , 37, are expecting a boy in early December.
NEWS
July 26, 2013 | By Anthony Faiola and Karla Adam, Washington Post
LONDON - The bookies were right: He Who Had Not Been Named is now Prince George. His Royal Highness Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge, to be exact. On Wednesday, that regal name was bestowed on Britain's 2-day-old royal baby by his parents, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton. Although the thoroughly modern royal couple chose a thoroughly modern way to distribute the news - via Twitter - "Prince George" is as old-school as it gets.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 25, 2013 | By Hanna Rosin, SLATE
You're a boy! Photographers are no doubt bribing your parents for the privilege of being the first to cram their zoom lens between the bars of your crib. You're not even days old, and you are a bigger celebrity than your rivals - Suri, Blue Ivy, North West. Life seems sweeter than breast milk, softer than that toy kangaroo the former Australian prime minister knitted for you. And it will stay that way until you turn, say 8 or 9, depending on how precocious you are, and you realize what a royal bummer it is to grow up as the royal heir.
NEWS
July 25, 2013 | By Sylvia Hui, Associated Press
LONDON - Prince William and his wife, Kate, presented their newborn son to the world for the first time Tuesday, drawing whoops and wild applause from well-wishers as they revealed the new face of the British monarchy - though not, yet, his name. "We're still working on a name. So we'll have that as soon as we can," William told scores of reporters outside St. Mary's Hospital as he cradled the child. The young family's debut public appearance was the moment the world's media had been waiting for, but the royal couple showed no sign of stress in the face of dozens of flashing cameras.
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