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August 14, 1992 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
The need to have a hearty laugh is the only reason to see "Single White Female," another farcical comedy masquerading as a suspense thriller. The picture stars lanky Bridget Fonda as a young woman who kicks a cheating boyfriend out of her Manhattan apartment, advertises for a new roommate, and gets Jennifer Jason Leigh, a psycho in sheep's clothing. "Single White Female" is directed by the unbelievably sardonic Barbet Schroeder, who made a hero out of Claus Von Bulow in "Reversal of Fortune," while at the same time presaging the development of crusading defense lawyer Alan Dershowitz into an egomaniac.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 30, 2011 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Jason Statham was on holiday, as he and his fellow Brits like to say, when he flipped open a script sent for his perusal. It was by Lewis John Carlino , it was about a cool hit man whose specialty was making his kills look like accidents - and it was cracking good. "I read it, and I loved it," Statham says of the screenplay, which was called The Mechanic - the same title as a 1972 action pic starring Charles Bronson . And as it turns out, he was reading the shooting script from the Bronson film.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 5, 1990 | By Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Danny Glover came to Philadelphia yesterday to talk about his new picture, "To Sleep With Anger," but by evening, he'd had just about enough. Sprawled casually in the back of a limo, his painful shoes discarded and his bare feet resting on the floor, the actor was too tired after nine hours of interviews to talk about anything but football. The San Francisco-raised Glover was talking about his hometown 49ers, remembering fondly and pointedly the 49ers' comeback victory over the Philadelphia Eagles last season.
NEWS
May 21, 2012 | Steven Rea
One of the obvious differences between The Dictator, the new Sacha Baron Cohen comedy, and Borat and Bruno, his 2006 and 2009 endeavors, is that the latter two, of course, were real. That is, they presented themselves as documentary-like affairs, with Baron Cohen's Kazakh TV personality and Austrian fashion journalist, respectively, inserting themselves into real-life situations with real-life people. Unscripted. Let the fur fly. In The Dictator, Baron Cohen plays General Admiral Haffaz Aladeen, the ruler of a fictional North African republic.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 2001 | By Desmond Ryan INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In Hit and Runway, a desperate, aspiring screenwriter dreams of penning a blockbuster action movie even though he has absolutely no discernible talent or qualifications. Given the prevailing standards in Hollywood, this should assure him a lifetime of work. But in Christopher Livingston's erratic comedy, which features a lot more misses than hits, Alex Andero, a Greenwich Village dishwasher, realizes his work is terrible. This kind of honest self-appraisal would in real life ruin his chances of a three-picture deal with Jerry Bruckheimer.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 3, 1996 | By Joe Logan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The film opens with Howard Stern - suspended over the stage, his buttocks bare - wondering whether he's doing the right thing as he prepares for his infamous entrance at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards. It ends in a dream sequence, with Stern, in the same get-up, suspended over the stage at the Oscars, about to receive an Academy Award. "God . . . What a dream," Stern, now awake, says to wife Alison. "Good or bad?" "I don't know," says the exasperated jock who, in his dream, has just splattered onto the stage.
NEWS
September 1, 2008 | By Howard Shapiro, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seems like every year, at least one Fringe musical explores - or maybe exploits - the trials of an aspiring singer who looks for fame and love against all odds. Trite? You bet, but when it's good it connects. The Hoppers Hit the Road, about two singing brothers on a quest for the big time, is composed of a cast of Philadelphia improv actors who decided it would be fun to use a script. And it's good. If it can smooth out rough edges during this run, it will be better than that.
NEWS
February 13, 2003 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Arturo Brachetti appears before our eyes as a horseman, or possibly a royal mounted cop. Then he ducks behind a scrim. Poing! In a split second - not a full second, mind you - he's before us again, this time in full bumblebee getup. He disappears for an instant once more, then . . . He's back. As a sort of cartoon flower, in full splendor, pistils and stamens blushing in the stage lights. The talented Brachetti is a quick-change artist, and in his native Italy, he is a big star.
NEWS
September 2, 2008 | By Howard Shapiro INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Seems like every year, at least one Fringe musical explores - or maybe exploits - the trials of an aspiring singer who looks for fame and love against all odds. Trite? You bet, but when it's good it connects. The Hoppers Hit the Road, about two singing brothers on a quest for the big time, is composed of a cast of Philadelphia improv actors who decided it would be fun to use a script. And it's good. If it can smooth out rough edges during this run, it will be better than that. Hoppers is classic Fringe, done with joy and a sense that everyone, audience included, is a conspirator.
SPORTS
November 2, 2003 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Things haven't gone exactly as planned for the Eagles so far this season. Coach Andy Reid's original road map to Houston - site of Super Bowl XXXVIII - didn't include a malfunctioning passing game led by a quarterback with the NFL's worst passer rating and completion percentage. Or a defensive line and secondary ravaged by injuries. But at least one thing is still working as the Eagles reach the midpoint of their season with a game against the Atlanta Falcons this afternoon at the Georgia Dome.
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July 17, 2014 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - The moment was staged for TV. Red Sox manager John Farrell instructed White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez to wait until Fox returned from a commercial break between the third and fourth innings of Tuesday's 85th All-Star Game. Ramirez stepped onto the field at 8:31 p.m. Central time. A lone cameraman trailed him. Frank Sinatra crooned over the loudspeakers. Derek Jeter, a reluctant participant for this national farewell, acted as if he were surprised. But Major League Baseball, in conjunction with Fox and Jeter, plotted the celebration details before Tuesday's first pitch because the Yankees shortstop loathes gratuitous attention.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
It's not often I get to write an unabashed rave that's also an expression of civic pride, so listen up: The Arden Theatre's revival of Incorruptible is a valentine to and from the Philadelphia theater community. An Arden greatest hit from its 1995-96 season, it's written by Michael Hollinger, a Philadelphia-based playwright, and features an all-Philadelphia cast, director, and designers. But that's not the only reason you should care. You should care because this production, about a medieval French monastery whose saintly miracle-performing relics and income have both flatlined, has a nimble, sharp script matched with performances by a cast that's a natural fit. Proven entities such as Ian Merrill Peakes as Brother Martin, a high-strung, Machiavellian monk, and Marcia Saunders as Agatha, a tyrannical monster (monstress?
NEWS
May 14, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
AS IF THE Goffney twins' saga couldn't get any more unusual, their next chapter could pair them with another set of twins - police officers - to tell their story on film. Troy and Trevor Parham, founders of Twin Tone Entertainment, are no strangers to the media spotlight. In 2012, Trevor, a police officer in the tiny Delaware County borough of Colwyn, was criminally charged with assault and oppression for Tasing a teen while he was handcuffed in the borough's holding cell. Trevor was acquitted by a judge and has since returned to the Colwyn Police Department.
NEWS
March 28, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
SOMETIMES I think I'd feel better about our nation's future if people worshipped David Ayer the way they do Wes Anderson. Ayer, if you didn't know, is a guy who grew up in South Central L.A., served in the Navy, then started writing and/or directing movies - hard-boiled stuff about mean streets and meaner cops ("Harsh Times," "Dark Blue," "Training Day," "Street Kings," "End of Watch. ") You wouldn't mistake his work for strict realism, but there's an urgency to it - "Harsh Times" remains one of the most interesting, unpredictable movies yet made about a contemporary war vet. Last fall's "End of Watch" was a vivid, patrolman's-eye view of the war on drugs.
NEWS
March 3, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
  WILLINGBORO A dozen years after local officials persuaded Merck Medco to build the nation's largest pharmaceutical mail-order facility in the township and create more than 1,000 jobs, the company's latest owners are relocating to a neighboring community, a few miles away, where sweeter tax breaks and other incentives beckon. Florence Township officials wooed Express Scripts, the new owner, with an offer that will slash the property taxes on the site by more than 75 percent - from $417,000 to $108,000 in its first year.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - David E. Kelley has a fast car. His name is Robin Williams. From the moment that CBS announced that Williams would star in "The Crazy Ones," a new comedy from Kelley ("The Practice," "Ally McBeal") in which the free-associating comedian and actor plays a wild and, well, crazy advertising genius, I've wondered how that might work. Because Kelley's a writer used to hearing his words delivered pretty much the way he wrote them. And that isn't necessarily what people expect from a Robin Williams comedy.
NEWS
June 9, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
BEIJING - The Philadelphia Orchestra was divided but not conquered. The orchestra's 40th anniversary tour of China was moving on to Macau on Friday - its last and glitziest tour stop - when a handful of musicians and orchestra executives on the early-bird flight from Beijing were stuck on the tarmac due to heavy rain. The takeoff was delayed six hours. Nonetheless -. "Our musicians would like to offer you a musical surprise," announced orchestra president Allison Vulgamore to the marooned, disgruntled passengers.
NEWS
May 3, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
When it comes to online video, men aren't the boss anymore. Rapidly growing in numbers and influence, female viewers are reshaping original programming at major platforms such as AOL, Hulu, and YouTube. WIGS, YouTube's popular women's channel, marks its first anniversary with the premiere Friday of the second season of Lauren , a powerful drama about rape in the military starring Troian Bellisario, Jennifer Beals, Bradley Whitford, and Raymond Cruz. Founded by filmmakers Jon Avnet ( Fried Green Tomatoes )
NEWS
March 18, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of this spring's most anticipated TV shows isn't actually on TV. It's on Netflix. Hemlock Grove , a creepy werewolf thriller directed by horror maestro Eli Roth, will premiere April 19 on the subscription video-streaming site. It's part of a new wave of sophisticated, polished online scripted shows that - finally - have propelled online video into the big leagues. With backing from major studios and creative spark from Hollywood A-listers including Tom Hanks and Jerry Seinfeld, online platforms including Yahoo!
NEWS
January 6, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
On the first day of 1863, as the Civil War raged on, President Lincoln proclaimed all the slaves in the rebellious Confederate states to be "forever free. " With his Emancipation Proclamation, whose 150th anniversary the United States celebrates this week, Lincoln made the end of slavery a Civil War goal. As PBS's ambitious documentary miniseries The Abolitionists shows, Lincoln's words came at the end of a decadeslong antislavery campaign led by a tiny group of activists whose fervor alienated them from the mainstream of American life.
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