September 5, 2016 |
Ron Howard's new Beatles movie, Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years , is being advertised with a trailer that begins with a familiar voice saying: "This is the greatest phenomenon in the century thus far. " That 1964 assessment came from a 21-year-old radio reporter at Miami's top-40 WFUN. Fifty-two years later, Philadelphians will instantly recognize the unmistakable voice of a young Larry Kane. The legendary local newsman has a significant on-screen presence in the movie due to his unique, front-row seat to the Beatles' invasion of America.
August 3, 2015 |
At the beginning of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (well, after he jumps out of a cargo jet hijacked by a band of Chechen separatists), Tom Cruise finds himself in a London record shop. Yes, an old-fashioned store filled with albums recorded on vinyl, with listening booths so you can sample before you buy. Cruise's special agent Ethan Hunt asks for a John Coltrane album - the one with Thelonious Monk, and Shadow Wilson on drums. That album was released in 1961. Mission: Impossible , the TV series on which Cruise's high-flying franchise is based, debuted five years later.
November 24, 2014 |
THREE DAYS AGO, the Daily News obtained court documents from a series of lawsuits that detailed the incredibly sad story of the off-the-field drama Ryan Howard has dealt with for the better part of the last 3 years. Howard's twin brother, Corey, sued him for $2.8 million, and his parents, Ron and Cheryl Howard, were demanding a total of $10 million to "walk away from Ryan's business affairs. " The suits were settled out of court last month. A first, interesting glimpse inside the inner workings of the Howard family, however, came almost 7 years ago in an episode of HBO's "Real Sports that debuted on Feb. 12, 2007, a few short months after Howard won National League MVP honors in his first full season with the Phillies.
November 21, 2014 |
Before Ryan Howard's twin brother sued him for $2.8 million; before his father, who helped manage the Phillies slugger's money, allegedly requested a $10 million separation payment; before Howard claimed his parents and brothers conspired to defraud him, Howard planned a mansion with eight bedrooms and 10 bathrooms. The sprawling Florida home was a place for the family - especially Corey, Ryan's look-alike confidant who moved from St. Louis to Philadelphia in 2008 to live with Ryan.
July 18, 2014
IN THE SPIRITUAL realm, they call it karma. In the celebrity realm, they call it payback. PageSix.com reports that Jennifer O'Neill , Lady Gaga 's ex-flunky, may have scored as much as a million bucks from Simon & Schuster's Atria Books to spill the beans about her former meal ticket. Fame Monster is the name of the literary landmark being conjured by O'Neill, who toiled in Gaga Land for two years, beginning with 2009's "Born This Way" tour. O'Neill ultimately took the pop singer-freak show to court, claiming that she was owed $393,000 for 7,168 hours of overtime, plus damages.
October 11, 2013 |
It's as close as you can get to a showbiz slam dunk. Get Academy Award winner Ron Howard to train his cameras on the inaugural Made in America musical festival in Philadelphia in 2012. Jay Z as impresario and headliner and a lineup of performers that is both eclectic and stacked - what could go wrong? Well, your director's eyes could be considerably larger than his mouth. That's not necessarily a liability for a filmmaker, but in this case, it makes for an incongruous and indulgent documentary.
September 27, 2013 |
RON Howard's "Rush" is the director's second car-crash movie - the first being his 1977 debut, a Roger Corman cheapie called "Grand Theft Auto. " It is unfondly remembered, but it gave the actor-turned-director a foothold, and only a few years later he'd make his reputation and cement his future with the Michael Keaton comedy "Night Shift. " Lately, the director's specialized in big, glossy sometimes swollen ("Da Vinci Code") Hollywood spectacles, and you can feel him in "Rush" trying to burn a little good-old-days rubber.
September 2, 2012 |
Ron Howard will be working all weekend to capture the chaos on the Parkway. The Oscar-winning director has seven crews on-site shooting footage for a film of the festival to be released in 2013. Eight, if you count the back-up camera he's lugging around. "I'm actually shooting. That's the potluck camera," he says, laughing heartily on the phone Friday night. At the press conference this week announcing the venture, Howard declared, "This will not be a concert film. " But, as he explains, that statement was simply an alibi.
August 18, 2012 |
The film director Ron Howard and his frequent producer partner Brian Grazer will be shooting a documentary when the Made in America music festival takes place on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend, the New York Post reported. Grazer told the Post he was producing the film with hip-hop exec Steve Stoute and artist Jay-Z. "It is going to be born through Jay-Z's perspective," Grazer said. "He is a phenom, like a musical Michael Jordan. " Budweiser marketing vice president Paul Chibe will share executive producer credit with Jay-Z, according to Advertising Age. Budweiser is sponsoring the event.