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July 11, 1990 | By Anthony R. Wood, Inquirer Staff Writer
ICI Americas Inc. went to Sheila Kutner and Lynn Katz last year and got a real song and dance. Actually, that's exactly what ICI, of Wilmington, was looking for. The company was inaugurating an in-house computer system and was looking for an unthreatening way to introduce it to employees. Enter Kutner and Katz, who own and operate something called the Showplace. You might say they're in show business: They write and perform original musical productions for corporations. They also run sales-training seminars.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
THE FUTURE is where we are headed, like it or not. And, generally, it's where we want to be. But sometimes it's nice to turn back the clock and remember how things were, say, between the end of World War II and the emergence of the Beatles. Back then, unlike today, show business was primarily for and by grown-ups. "Youth culture" meant kids playing with dolls or toy trucks. Every big city had at least one room where, late at night, adults could listen to sophisticated music as they ate, drank and smoked cigars and cigarettes.
NEWS
July 31, 2011 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
The summer wind is blowing hot on a recent Sunday night, but Jerry Blavat is rolling cool. Exiting a car plastered with stickers bearing his visage in various stages of Geator-dom, Blavat bops up the steps of an Old City restaurant, snapping his fingers. He has just spent the weekend deejaying and entertaining crowds at his Memories nightclub in Margate. Strolling into Positano Coast, "The Geator" greets the owner with a chipper "My man, pots 'n' pans" and a group of elders with a hand-clapping, fast-pattering set of salutations.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* DOLL & EM. 10 and 10:25 tonight, HBO. * THE 100. 9 tonight, CW57. LARRY DAVID ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Emily Mortimer ("The Newsroom") don't seem to share much beyond HBO. At least not until tonight, when Mortimer can be seen playing a less-than-flattering version of herself in a semi-improvised show of her own devising. Not that she devised it by herself. The six-episode "Doll & Em," which will be shown in back-to-back episodes each Wednesday for the next three weeks, is Mortimer's collaboration with best friend and fellow actress Dolly Wells ("Bridget Jones's Diary")
NEWS
May 7, 1987 | By Francie Scott, Special to The Inquirer
Marc Weil has done many bizarre things in the name of show business since the age of 3, when he deliberately toppled from his chair and put his head through a snare drum. During his 12-year career as a comedian in Europe and the United States, Weil has set his hair on fire; become a human "bomb," complete with smoke and firecrackers to resemble a bomb explosion, and "climbed" a sidewalk in full mountaineering dress. "I knew literally from the age of 10 I was going to be a clown," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2012 | Howard Gensler
It was one of those awkward live TV moments that now lives forever in infamy on youtube. On Wednesday morning's fourth hour of "Today," co-host Kathie Lee Gifford asked "Madagascar 3" plugger Martin Short about his wife, Nancy Dolman. Kathie Lee asked, "And you and Nancy have one of the greatest marriages of anybody in show business. How many years now for you guys?" "We ... have ... married ... 36 years," Short replied. Gifford: "But you are still like, in love?"
NEWS
May 12, 2012
Howard Stern is in such a good mood, he got all touchy-feely with Today host Matt Lauer Thursday on live TV, jumping into Matt's lap and gifting him with a big wet smooch. Stern, 58, later said he's dead serious about his new job as a judge on America's Got Talent, which returns Monday. Stern, who reportedly pockets $15 mil a year for the gig, joins Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel at the judge's table. "You know I love playing God," Stern told the crowd at a recent New York audition.
NEWS
September 27, 2013
THE FIRST staff meeting of what would eventually become "Saturday Night Live" was, in and of itself, a momentous occasion in show business annals. But that summer-of-1975 gathering in the office of "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels was a red-letter day in the life of comedy writer Alan Zweibel for reasons that transcend the 38-year-old comedy-variety show's pop culture importance. For that was the day he met the late, great Gilda Radner . It is that fateful occasion and its aftermath that are at the heart of the 1812 Productions presentation of Zweibel's "Bunny Bunny - Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy," which runs through Oct. 27 at Independence Studio on 3, at the Walnut Street Theatre.
NEWS
September 30, 1990 | By Susan Koomar, Special to The Inquirer
Education is no joke to Ben Peruso, but that doesn't mean it can't be fun. Peruso, a Harlem-born comedian known to audiences as Ben Perri, has spent more than 30 years in show business and about 75 days substitute-teaching in several Pocono schools. Peruso's stage-to-school odyssey may sound unusual, but the performer's methods of applying his show business experience to the classroom might make students more eager to study. "I don't care if it's toothpaste. If it gets them to learn, I'll try it," Peruso said.
NEWS
May 27, 2012 | Freelance
Redefining Diva Life Lessons From the Original Dreamgirl By Sheryl Lee Ralph Gallery Books/Karen Hunter Publishing. 224 pp. $14 Reviewed by Karen E. Quinones Miller       Many people who are asked to describe a diva would say that it's a demanding and arrogant woman who believes she's entitled to having all of her needs met, even at the expense of the inconvenience of others. In fact, diva is often considered synonymous with a less polite word starting with "b. "   But in a new book, actress Sheryl Lee Ralph (best known for playing Deena in Dreamgirls, the role reprised by Beyoncé in the movie based on the huge Broadway hit, and stepmother to singer/actress Brandy in the hit television show Moesha)
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May 22, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
The final Late Show with David Letterman opened up with footage of former Presidents Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and President Obama echoing the same sentiment: "Our long national nightmare is over. " Obama capped it off: "Letterman is retiring. " "You're just kidding, right?" Letterman said, coming into the frame. After 33 years on the air and 6,028 shows, Letterman said his final farewell to late night television. Stephen Colbert, who got his own shout out, will replace Letterman at the host desk at the Sullivan Theater in the fall.
NEWS
May 8, 2015 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
FOR COMICS writer and historian Danny Fingeroth, coming to Wizard World Comic Con Philly (through Sunday at the Convention Center) is like coming home. "I have a sentimental attachment to Philadelphia," said Fingeroth, who is best known for editing the Spider-Man group of titles for Marvel in the 1990s. "I grew up in New York. If my family wanted to go away for a weekend or a few days, we'd often go to Philadelphia. "I remember the Mummers Parade and just enjoying some old-time Jewish neighborhoods," he continued.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 1, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
No one needed to remind the audience at the Kimmel Center on Monday that Aretha Franklin, 72, is the reigning Queen of Soul - not the T-shirt vendors or the announcer by the side of the stage. From the first notes of Jackie Wilson's upbeat "(Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher and Higher" to the night's playful finale, Franklin's voice showed subtlety, grace, and strength - hallmarks of her continued majesty. Aficionados who have witnessed erratic performances and late starts were pleased that Franklin hit the stage minutes after 8 p.m., ready to sing.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
FEATURE FILMS are often accompanied these days by a companion documentary that's spoon-fed first to an HBO or Showtime - a marketing ploy to get folks excited about the movie. Clearly, Alex Gibney's two-hours-short documentary, "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," debuting tonight at 9 on HBO, was made in the same time frame as the recent James Brown biopic "Get On Up. " But Mick Jagger, producer of both projects (and a lifelong fan of Brown) opted to hold back the doc, first dishing the dramatized version (with Chadwick Boseman as Soul Brother No. 1)
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2014 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Staff Writer
Catch Joel McHale while you can. The hardest-working funnyman in show business is taking advantage of a rare lull in his schedule to bring his stand-up act to the Music Box at the Borgata for two shows (7 and 10 p.m.) on Sept. 13. Soon production will begin on the sixth season of Community , which is moving from NBC to Yahoo Screen this year. The Soup , the weekly show he has hosted for 10 years on E!, will be back in full swing. And he's increasingly active in movies like Blended and Deliver Us From Evil . "I'm one of those people who can't relax very well," says McHale, 42, on the phone from his home in Los Angeles.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2014 | By Toby Zinman, For The Inquirer
Flashpoint Theatre does it again: Herringbone , the second show of its summer season - following the The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington - is another knockout, with Ben Dibble giving a performance of stunning virtuosity in a musical that's strange and compelling by any standard. Everyone who attends Philadelphia theater regularly knows Dibble's range, from Shakespeare to children's shows; he sings, he dances, he acts in comedies and tragedies.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* TYRANT. 10 tonight, FX. TV AND THE Mideast: It's complicated. Not even Hollywood's most successful writers can solve the problems of a region that dominates international news while supplying show business with a steady stream of fanatical villains with hard-to-remember names and harder-to-explain motives. So points to FX's new "Tyrant" for trying a different tack by putting us on a plane with Bassam "Barry" Al-Fayeed (Adam Rayner) and taking us home to meet his folks. And what folks they are: Barry's dad, Khaled (Nasser Faris)
ENTERTAINMENT
March 20, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* DOLL & EM. 10 and 10:25 tonight, HBO. * THE 100. 9 tonight, CW57. LARRY DAVID ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Emily Mortimer ("The Newsroom") don't seem to share much beyond HBO. At least not until tonight, when Mortimer can be seen playing a less-than-flattering version of herself in a semi-improvised show of her own devising. Not that she devised it by herself. The six-episode "Doll & Em," which will be shown in back-to-back episodes each Wednesday for the next three weeks, is Mortimer's collaboration with best friend and fellow actress Dolly Wells ("Bridget Jones's Diary")
ENTERTAINMENT
March 19, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
THE FUTURE is where we are headed, like it or not. And, generally, it's where we want to be. But sometimes it's nice to turn back the clock and remember how things were, say, between the end of World War II and the emergence of the Beatles. Back then, unlike today, show business was primarily for and by grown-ups. "Youth culture" meant kids playing with dolls or toy trucks. Every big city had at least one room where, late at night, adults could listen to sophisticated music as they ate, drank and smoked cigars and cigarettes.
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