January 25, 2013 |
ARKER" ROARS into a dull January and enlivens the movie landscape, and thank the action-movie gods because we needed a little something to wake us from our winter slumber. Based on a novel in a series by Richard Stark, the alter ego of the late, great Donald E. Westlake, the film is basically a heist-and-payback movie. But it's made with such skill and smarts that it stands above such eye-rolling blow-'em-up fare as Arnold Schwarzenegger's "The Last Stand," its main competition at the box office.
January 18, 2013 |
Breaking News update: ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) - Algerian official: 20 foreign hostages, including Americans, escape from their captors. More to come; the original story is below: ALGIERS, Algeria - As Algerian army helicopters clattered overhead deep in the desert, Islamist extremists hunkered down for the night in a natural gas complex they had assaulted Wednesday morning, killing two people and taking dozens of foreigners hostage in...
October 1, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE - Recruit this. Though players and coaches said all the motivation they would need to beat Illinois was that it was the Big Ten opener, Penn State (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) came into Champaign, Ill., on Saturday and simply throttled the Fighting Illini (2-3, 0-1 Big Ten), 35-7. After the game, coach Bill O'Brien barely shook the hand of Illinois coach Tim Beckman, who sent coaches to State College in the summer to recruit Penn State players following the NCAA sanctions levied against the PSU program.
September 29, 2012 |
Pottsgrove made its first statement of the night when it stormed onto the football field wearing camouflage pants, in honor of Military Night. The second - and more impressive - came in the second half, when the hosts thoroughly dominated visiting Spring-Ford on both sides of the ball and, surprisingly, eased to a big victory. The Falcons, atoning for last year's high-scoring defeat in Royersford, blanked the continually frustrated Rams, 26-0, Friday night in a Pioneer Athletic Conference clash in Lower Pottsgrove.
August 22, 2012 |
Ayn Rand, the novelist and philosophical thinker whose books have for decades been ignored by literature and philosophy departments, had her revenge earlier this month when Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney named sometime Randian Paul Ryan as his vice presidential pick. "The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand," the Wisconsin congressman told the Randian Atlas Society in 2005. The attention has generated a swell of posthumous popularity for Rand that has boosted sales of her books Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead , which jumped 20 percent on Amazon.com in one day last week, according to Bloomberg News Service.
August 17, 2012 |
Tom Kane triumphant! One man, and only one man, was left standing in the season-one finale of Starz's drama Boss , which ended with a pitched battle over Chicago's mayoral office. Mayor Kane (Kelsey Grammer), the undisputed boss of all of Illinois, was left to survey the harrowing scene of bloody - political, if not corporeal - carnage left in the wake of a coup attempt. It pitted him against virtually every one of his most-trusted allies, including his young protege, Ben Zajac (Jeff Hephner)
August 10, 2012
REDEMPTION is the popular word being associated with the United States' 2-1 victory over Japan on Thursday in the gold-medal game of the women's soccer tournament. But the truth is that nothing will ever change the fact that Japan beat the USA in the finals of the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup. Besides, does placing second in the world really need to be redeemed? What the United States women got most in front of 80,203 fans at hallowed Wembley Stadium was reestablishment - a bit of revenge for the most disappointing loss in the program's history.
May 1, 2012 |
Theater companies cut Shakespeare to reflect casting, to indulge shortened attention spans, or to center the play on a director's artistic vision or insight, among other reasons. Curio Theatre's current production of The Tempest proves that a bit of risk lies in any of these approaches. And, like any gamble, it also hints at large, if quick, rewards. The Tempest's traditional three-hour run time presents one of Shakespeare's most straightforward plots. Courtly treachery dethroned Duke Prospero (Brian McCann)
April 3, 2012 |
NEWARK, N.J. - The mood was light inside the Prudential Center on Monday night as children screamed with delight at a local superhero and well-dressed adults sipped spring water and downed hors d'oeuvres. It was the Boys & Girls Club of Newark's 24th annual Evening of the Stars, and city native Shaquille O'Neal was being honored. The future Hall of Famer also took on some big donors in a free-throw competition. Lewis Katz was one of them, and he wasn't taking the competition lightly.
March 26, 2012
THE WINGS LOSt in sudden-death overtime, 16-15, to the West Division-leading Colorado Mammoth on Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. The Wings could have clinched a playoff spot with a win or a Washington loss, but were denied when the Stealth earned a victory over Minnesota. Colorado clinched with the win. Mammoth rookie Adam Jones scored the winning goal in the extra session, ruining the Wings' rally. The Wings were trailing, 13-7, early in the second half, but scored six unanswered goals to climb back into the game.