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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.
SPORTS
May 7, 2014
Here is how the 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams stacked up against other top rookies in the NBA this season statistically:    TEAM   PPG.   RPG.   APG.   SPG.    Michael Carter-Williams   76ers   16.7   6.2   6.3   1.9 Victor Oladipo   Magic   13.8   4.1   4.1   1.6 Trey Burke   Jazz   12.8   3.0   5.7   0.6 Tim Hardaway Jr.   Knicks   10.2   1.5   0.8   0.5
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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 2, 2014 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Go big or go home. This line of thinking dominates Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine , this summer's free outdoor production by Shakespeare in Clark Park and Team Sunshine Performance Corporation. For starters, Henry IV: YPM boasts several of Philly's top professionals in a standout cast of 12, with little doubling of roles. Local musical virtuoso Alex Bechtel leads a choir of eight and composed sterling thematic music that emotionally underscores many of the intrigue- and familial-driven scenes.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2014 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
At first, Hamilton Leithauser thought his debut solo album would turn into a big band orchestral project. For 13 years, Leithauser had fronted the Philly/Brooklyn band the Walkmen, singing their dramatic rock-and-roll songs, but when the group decided to go on an indefinite, amicable hiatus following 2013's excellent Heaven and a farewell show at Union Transfer (before which the group served fans a spaghetti dinner), Leithauser had to redefine his work, knowing that his wide-ranging, forceful tenor would be forever linked to the Walkmen's sound.
NEWS
July 3, 2014 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
The Prince Music Theater will close its doors and cease to exist as a cultural institution Nov. 30 unless new leadership takes on the expense and work of keeping it alive, its current leaders say. With the death in May of meat-processing entrepreneur and philanthropist Herb Lotman, the Prince lost its board chairman and chief fund-raiser. His widow, Karen Lotman, and their family are not interested in continuing his role in remaking and running the theater since it emerged from bankruptcy auction in January 2013.
NEWS
May 25, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Though Rickie Lee Jones started as a post-Beat Gen babe with cocky, restless wiles - a wordsmith reminiscent of poet Anne Waldman with the musicality of Joni Mitchell - time has shown her to be more stately and adventurous than her boho-folk jazzbo start. She became the soul of complexity, lyrically and sonically, as her music opened to great spaciousness. Balm in Gilead , Jones' last disc of originals, found her in a cheerful, intimate mood, pulling her strains of blues, folk, Tin Pan Alley jazz, and cool contemporary oddity into one blunt vortex.
SPORTS
May 7, 2014
Here is how the 76ers' Michael Carter-Williams stacked up against other top rookies in the NBA this season statistically:    TEAM   PPG.   RPG.   APG.   SPG.    Michael Carter-Williams   76ers   16.7   6.2   6.3   1.9 Victor Oladipo   Magic   13.8   4.1   4.1   1.6 Trey Burke   Jazz   12.8   3.0   5.7   0.6 Tim Hardaway Jr.   Knicks   10.2   1.5   0.8   0.5
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.
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