June 7, 1996 |
PULP. With opening act The Drag at TLA, 334 South St., 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10:50 in advance, $12.50 the day of the show. Info: 215-922-1011. As an opening act last year for Blur, they watched the blokes from Manchester go down in flames - constantly (and often unfavorably) compared to that other big British band of the hour, Oasis. Now the worm's turned and that opening act (from nearby Sheffield) is headlining their first U.S. tour. They're trying their hardest to avoid being the next big thing that lasts a lunchtime.
June 11, 1996 |
Ladies and gentlemen, the new British Invasion has finally found its showman, and his name is Jarvis Cocker. Pulp, the Sheffield, England, band led by the 6-foot-4 stickman with the foppish 'do, completed its first U.S. tour on Sunday with a sold-out show at the Theater of Living Arts. For 90 minutes, Cocker was everything his immobile countrymen in Oasis - the band Pulp deserves to follow to a mass-audience breakthrough - aren't. As his Bowiesque croon soared on one terrific post-disco pop tune after the next, Cocker pumped his pelvis, kicked like a Rockette, and acted out the lyrics with theatrical flair.
January 7, 1994 |
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority celebrated the eagerly-awaited sound of pile drivers finally sinking the foundation of a new "forest products" warehouse near Pier 78 at Delaware and Snyder avenues yesterday with a ceremony at the site. The state Legislature appropriated the money to build the warehouse six years ago, but it got stalled in lawsuits. The Legislature passed a special act last year to get the project moving. Forest products means paper, pulp and plywood - some 700,000 tons that was imported from Finland, Sweden and Great Britain last year through PRPA-owned terminals leased to Penn Trucking and Warehousing Co., according to John Brown Jr., Penn Trucking's vice president.
July 4, 1990 |
Once upon a time, according to Richard Greene, Americans read for entertainment. Apparently they liked it a lot, though that seems a little far- fetched in the Bart Simpson era of today. But Greene - who calls himself an archivist of American popular culture - has hard evidence of this bygone literacy: his collection of several thousand "pulp magazines. " The pulps were low-brow fiction digests that sold tens of millions of copies from the late 1800s through the early 1950s.
June 9, 2006 |
One of the least prolific and most interesting of American indie filmmakers, Victor Nunez, ably adapted a John D. MacDonald thriller, A Flash of Green, in 1984. He made Ruby in Paradise, a keenly observed tale of a woman's voyage of self-discovery - introducing Ashley Judd to audiences in 1993. Four years later, Peter Fonda got an Oscar nomination for his performance in Nunez's Ulee's Gold. Like those films, Nunez's latest, Coastlines, is set in Florida - in the flat, scruffy panhandle where the beaches remain relatively undeveloped and the culture of the South hangs heavy in the air. It's an area peopled by oystermen and shrimpers, car mechanics and cops, and Nunez - who has lived there most of his life - captures the hot, loping feel of the place with a documentarian's eye. Alas, Coastlines, which owes much of its plot, and its characters, to the kind of hard-boiled crime fiction of folks like MacDonald, isn't anywhere near as good as Nunez's earlier work.
October 17, 2008 |
Max Payne is a junkyard dog of a film that is true to its video-game roots even as it transcends them. Irish director John Moore ( The Omen ) has fashioned an atmosphere darker than noir. His New York (a transformed Toronto) is a hellhole of back alleys, not boulevards; of deserted subway platforms, not teeming sidewalks; a place where ashy snow drifts down like endless regrets. In this bleak warren, Max Payne stews. Dressed in black and packing a firearm heftier than Dirty Harry's, he's the Ahab of the police department.
June 7, 1996 |
Jarvis Cocker realized he wanted to be a pop star when he was a wee lad growing up in Sheffield, England, in the '70s. "I knew from a very early age," says the 6-foot-4, 140-pound leader of Pulp, calling from London before the Brit-pop band of the moment plays the TLA on Sunday. "I remember watching the Osmonds' television show and Donny saying his favorite color was purple, which was the same as mine. I thought maybe I had it in me to be a pop star, too. " It took some time - Pulp was first formed in 1978 - but with Different Class (Island)
February 19, 2014 |
A Brazilian pulp and paper company will relocate its Northeastern United States distribution center to the Tioga Marine Terminal in July, creating 228 stevedore and terminal jobs and up to 380 total jobs, including ones for rail workers and truckers. Fibria Celulose S.A., the world's largest producer of bleached eucalyptus wood pulp, will bring in from 12 to 18 ships a year to start, with 300,000 to 350,000 metric tons, for distribution to paper plants in Pennsylvania and beyond.
May 30, 1986 |
From the makers of Night of the Comet comes Jake Speed, a loopy, appealing B-movie that tickles the ribs, the fancy and the combined plots of The African Queen, Remo Williams and Romancing the Stone. It also might be the first picture in 60 years (since Son of the Sheik, anyway) in which saving a blonde from the clutches of white slavers is the hero's mission. Jake Speed (Wayne Crawford, who co-wrote the screenplay) is an engagingly earnest hero whose exploits on behalf of the underdog are the stuff of pulp fiction.
October 25, 1994 |
Scott Paper Co. said yesterday it will sell off assets valued about $1 billion, including its entire pulp and timberland operations. Albert Dunlap, Scott's chairman and chief executive, said the divestitures are part of Scott's transformation from a broad-based paper manufacturer to a consumer-products company focusing on its core tissue business. Scott, after several years of financial decline, is undergoing a major restructuring led by Dunlap, who joined the company in April.