August 22, 2015 |
Emily DiPrimio was about 4 years old when her dad, Ron, cast her in one of the scary movies he makes in his spare time. She played a little girl who gets to tell a guy he's dead. "Ever since then, she had the bug," her father said. On Friday evening, the Vineland 15-year-old will really get to strut her stuff. Carver , a 1980s-style slasher flick that Emily directed and cowrote with her father, will premiere as the opening feature of the second annual Reel East Film Festival.
May 21, 2015 |
New York-based Carey Watermark Investors plans a $21.3 million renovation of the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia hotel after acquiring a majority interest in the property, the company said in a release. The renovation, to be done in a joint venture with previous full-owner Philadelphia Hospitality Partners, will cover the South Broad Street hotel's 299 guest rooms, lobby, ballroom and other spaces, Carey Watermark said. Work is due to be completed before the end of June 2016, the company said.
March 3, 2015 |
Sam Ritz of Germantown Academy set a state record in the boys' one- mile run at the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches' Association indoor state championships Sunday at Penn State. Ritz won the race in 4 minutes, 9.56 seconds, breaking his own record of 4:10.50 that was set three weeks ago. He beat the previous meet record of 4:12.61, set by Unionville's Paul Springer in 2007, by more than three seconds. Cardinal O'Hara's Kevin James also broke the old meet record and placed second with a time of 4:12.57.
June 23, 2014 |
They had the Hollywood premiere for Obvious Child a few weeks ago, and Gabe Liedman , who plays a stand-up comedian and best buds with Jenny Slate 's lead character in the hot-button indie, walked the red carpet with the stars. "It was cool," he says, on the phone from L.A. But for the 32-year-old comic and Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer, it's even cooler to know that the film opened Friday at the Ritz Five. Liedman grew up in Queen Village, just a few blocks south of the Center City art house.
March 7, 2014 |
Bruce A. Curless recalls the Ritz Theatre Company's earliest days as "let's put on a show" time. "We were like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland," says the affable impresario, who in 1985 inspired a volunteer group to begin transforming the former X-rated-movie house into a South Jersey cultural institution. After 180 main-stage productions, nearly 30 years of summer theater camps, and countless opportunities for local performers to tread the boards, the Ritz faces an unhappy plot twist.
February 1, 2014 |
Paulina García is on screen for just about every frame of Gloria , Chile's official Academy Awards entry for best foreign-language film. (It didn't make the final cut of five - a shame.) The actress inhabits the title role, bringing this fiftysomething woman alive in ways that are haunting and raw. As a divorced office worker, with a grown son and daughter busy with their own lives, García's Gloria frequents clubs, dancing to disco, drinking and smoking, occasionally meeting a man and spending the night with him. Back in her apartment, she eats and sleeps and shoos out a pesky hairless cat that belongs to a neighbor.
June 28, 2013
Directed by Paul Andrew Williams. With Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave, and Gemma Arterton. Distributed by the Weinstein Co. Running time: 1 hour, 33 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13 (sexual references and rude gestures) Playing at: Ritz Five
February 1, 2013
YOU CAN SEE the 2013 Oscar-nominated live-action and animated short films at the Ritz at the Bourse starting Friday. The program for the animated films runs 88 minutes and features "Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare,' " in which the Simpson toddler longs to join the elite children at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center. Other titles include "Paperman" (USA) "The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore" (U.K.), "Fresh Guacamole," and "Adam the Dog," both from the U.S. A separate program for nominated live-action short films runs 113 minutes and features "Asad," a coming-of-age fable about a Somali boy, "Buzkashi Boys," set in Afghanistan and directed by Philadelphia-area native Sam French, "Curfew," from the U.S., "Henry," from Canada, and from Belgium/France, "Death of a Shadow.
December 6, 2012 |
Chef Eric Ripert is stepping away from his affiliation with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and its 10 Arts restaurant after nearly five years. He said a project in New York affiliated with his famed Le Bernardin required too much of his time. Ripert did say he will maintain his apartment next door at the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton. Sous chef Nathan Volz, who manages 10 Arts' day-to-day operation, will continue to run the kitchen while Miguel Hernandez, the hotel's assistant food-and-beverage director, oversees the dining room.
September 28, 2012
Stars in Shorts Seven short films directed by Rupert Friend, Neil LaBute, Robert Festinger, and others, with performances from Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, and more. (The Ritz at the Bourse).