January 14, 2013 |
As the temperature steams toward 60 this weekend, one thought doesn't immediately leap to mind: "Let's go skiing!" Resorts in the Poconos and elsewhere must be melting in the faux spring, the runs awash in mud, you say. Managers must be cursing the heavens, you say. But what do you know? "Ski season is going pretty well," said Ryan Werst of Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Macungie, south of Allentown and about 55 miles from Philadelphia. After less-than-frightful weather in early December forced a late start, most Pennsylvania ski areas report that business is not headed downhill - at least not yet. They credit nighttime temperatures that were cold enough (below freezing)
January 6, 2013 |
ROME - Rescue crews used boats and aircraft on Saturday to search for a small plane that disappeared in Venezuela carrying the CEO of Italy's Missoni fashion house and five other people. Twenty-four hours after the BN-2 Islander aircraft disappeared from radar screens on its flight of about 100 miles from Venezuela's resort island of Los Roques south to Caracas, the capital, no sign of the plane had been found, officials said. "We have no other news" about the plane carrying Vittorio Missoni, the head of the company; his wife, Maurizia Castiglioni; two of their Italian friends; and two Venezuelan crew members, said Paolo Marchetti, a Missoni SpA official.
January 3, 2013 |
With its big reveal slated for Memorial Day weekend, Resorts Casino Hotel has $60 million in renovations under way, including its Margarita-themed entertainment complex. In addition to the $35 million Jimmy Buffett-themed venue, the casino announced today that it is spending $25 million to renovate hotel rooms. It will also recarpet the entire casino floor, regut 259 bathrooms at the Ocean Tower, add a food court, redo the parking garage and the entrance onto the main floor from the parking garage.
November 2, 2012 |
THE GAP BETWEEN the 1 percent and 99 percent is also on the minds of Europeans, if the engrossing "Sister" is any measure of things. Ursula Meier's new movie introduces us to a poor and virtually orphaned French boy named Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) living in the Swiss alps, where he makes a daily trip from a shabby valley apartment to the alpine ski resort where he steals expensive equipment from the swells above the clouds. Little Simon is the kind of kid you intuitively like - a thief, yes, but a hardworking one, stealing equipment to order, remodeling the "merchandise" to give a lived-in look that makes the stuff more marketable to his cash-strapped friends.
October 2, 2012 |
CRAVING SOME intel on ABC's action-thriller "Last Resort," (8 p.m. Thursdays, ABC) we sought out Andre Braugher on the North Shore of Oahu for some answers: Q: What's the best and worst thing about working in Hawaii? A: The best thing is that it's paradise and that it's infused with a fascinating spirit. The worst thing is that it's 5,000 miles away from the people I love. . . . but opportunities to work on potentially groundbreaking shows cannot be overlooked. Q: Why were you attracted to this role?
September 28, 2012 |
SHAWN RYAN has never been the kind of TV writer who colors inside the lines. In the pilot for "The Shield," he had the show's main character, a cop named Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) murder a fellow officer. Ryan's also the guy who put Jennifer Beals in charge of one of the largest police departments in the country in "The Chicago Code. " And in ABC's "Last Resort," which premieres Thursday, he and co-creator Karl Gajdusek bring us Andre Braugher as the captain of a nuclear submarine who, when his government appears to have turned against him, decides to take his sub - and his nukes - and change the rules.
September 28, 2012 |
Thursday night - time to roll out the networks' big guns, literally and literarily. ABC opens with Last Resort , perhaps the most ambitious and expensive-looking new series of the season, and a program whose mature and violent content seems ill-suited to the 8 p.m. slot. The captain (Andre Braugher) and crew of a dreadnought ballistic Navy sub get an authenticated missile launch code. When both Braugher and his commanding officer ( Underworld 's Scott Speedman) have qualms about heaving nuclear warheads at Pakistan, their sub is targeted for destruction.
September 27, 2012
* LAST RESORT. 8 p.m. Thursday, 6 ABC. * ELEMENTARY. 10 p.m. Thursday, CBS 3. SOMEONE'S OUT to get the USS Colorado. Placed in the most precarious of positions in the Thursday premiere of ABC's "Last Resort," the submariners aboard don't have much going for them, beyond nuclear missiles and a captain, Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher), who knows how to use them. If he's smart, he'll keep a couple trained on those head-of-the-class clowns on CBS' "The Big Bang Theory," and maybe reserve another for Fox's "The X Factor.
September 7, 2012 |
ATLANTIC CITY - For the past few years, Atlantic City's casinos have been thinking outside the box to try to drum up new business and compete with gambling halls proliferating in neighboring states. But the Golden Nugget Atlantic City is literally outside the box. It has become the first casino in New Jersey to offer outdoor gambling. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement recently granted the casino's request to move three blackjack tables onto its deck. Tom Pohlman, the casino's executive vice president and general manager, said the outdoor games debuted right before Labor Day weekend and did better than expected.