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ENTERTAINMENT
January 21, 2012 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
The most thankless task in show business - besides being Chelsea Handler's sidekick - has to be hosting an awards show. You simply cannot win. Ask Ricky Gervais. Last year he was widely reviled for being too mean, too insulting on the Golden Globes. This year he was pilloried for being too bland. How are you supposed to take direction from that? Whatever you're doing, we don't like it. It's like having Goldilocks as a porridge- taster. Good luck getting that temperature just right.
NEWS
January 16, 2012 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
The first thing anybody needs to know about Ludwig Live! is that the cabaret show, playing at the Kimmel Center's Innovation Studio, has little to do with Beethoven or even having laughs at his expense. Using tired devices such as the clash of high and low art, Ludwig Live! , which opened Friday, explores how intentionally ramshackle showbiz somehow holds the stage. The concept is that cranky old Beethoven - played by Charles Lindberg, in the cheapest wig imaginable - is somehow back from the dead and taking his story on the road with a troupe of actors.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 13, 2012
* NAPOLEON DYNAMITE. 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Fox 29.   PASADENA, Calif. - Sandy Martin knows a good job when she sees one. Starting Sunday, the veteran actress reprises her "Napoleon Dynamite" role of Grandma as the 2004 film about a teenager and his friends and family in rural Idaho is transformed into the latest player in Fox's animation lineup. She won't be alone: The show's reunited "the entire original cast, so all of us were in the film," said Martin.
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.
NEWS
November 22, 2006 | By Robyn McCloskey
Among the many eccentricities of my dear mother, Darlene, is her fondness for celebrities. My mom was a walking People magazine long before Mia Farrow ever graced the first cover. To this day, she has a wealth of Hollywood knowledge to rival that of Ryan Seacrest. Any time we end a phone conversation, I half expect her to say, "Darlene out. " She has a penchant for referring to famous people as if they are her close, personal friends. She'll say things like: "Did you see my Oprah yesterday?"
NEWS
October 18, 2005 | By Alfred R. Ashford
In his relatively brief time in the governor's office, acting Gov. Richard J. Codey has begun to build a reputation as a leader in tobacco control, signing a law to ban smoking in New Jersey dormitories and, last month, announcing a proposal to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco. But these measures alone won't bring the intended results. To make a dent in what he calls the "tobacco-addiction death march," Gov. Codey must incorporate his proposal into a comprehensive plan that helps smokers quit and keeps kids from starting.
NEWS
January 14, 2004 | By Don Steinberg INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
They call it a reality show, but does The Apprentice reflect any realities of the business world? Yes, kind of, but not really - especially not the miniskirts, say businesspeople who watched the debut episode on NBC last week. In the hit program, whose second episode will air at 8:30 p.m. tomorrow, 16 young candidates compete in contrived business tasks to dazzle real estate tycoon Donald Trump. The winner gets to be president of one of Trump's various accounting entities.
NEWS
May 2, 2003 | By Abe Goodhart
I've had an affinity for cabdrivers ever since my early years as a Philadelphia schoolteacher, when I spent eight summers driving a yellow cab on our city streets. That's why I was delighted when I was accepted as an extra on the TV show Hack last fall after an open casting call. I've been in four episodes of the show, about a disgraced police officer turned cabbie, and played a different role in each. In one, I was told that I would portray a customer in an upscale, conservative men's clothing store.
BUSINESS
September 7, 2000 | By Leslie J. Nicholson, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Software-makers SAP AG and Oracle Corp. are competitors most of the time. So are accounting and consulting firms PriceWaterhouseCoopers L.L.P., Arthur Andersen L.L.P. and KPMG L.L.P. Nevertheless, these companies and about 50 others have formed a consortium to promote a new way of presenting business information on the Internet. It is a method that promises to make financial documents easier to share, search, analyze and compare. It is called XBRL, or Extensible Business Reporting Language.
NEWS
April 20, 2000 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
If the folks behind Natural Born Killers - Oliver Stone's hallucinogenic 1994 film about honeymooners on a massive, messy killing spree - tried to get their project green-lighted in Hollywood today, there's a good chance Natural Born Killers would never exist. A year after Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris gunned down a teacher and 12 classmates at Columbine High School, gratuitous violence just isn't cutting it in Hollywood - at least not on the scale it used to. But whether the studios' new restraint is a sign of altruism or business savvy is open to debate.
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