April 20, 2000 |
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.
July 12, 1999 |
Four students from Bucks and Montgomery Counties placed in the top 10 at a national competition sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America from June 29 to July 2 in Chicago. Christopher Muller from Morrisville High School won second-place honors for information-processing concepts. In the category of machine transcription, Lisa Frankel of Wissahickon High School in Ambler placed third, and Evan Steinberg of Cheltenham High School took fourth. Peter Haas from Neshaminy High School in Langhorne placed 10th in computer applications.
June 5, 1999 |
McLain Ward continued his amazing two-year streak when he won the $50,000 Devon Grand Prix on Thursday, his sixth Grand Prix victory of the year and his 16th during the last two seasons. McLain is following in the footsteps of his father, Barney Ward, a Grand Prix champion and a well-known horseman on the Devon grounds. But at moments of triumph such as the Devon Grand Prix, father and son are forced to savor victory apart. Barney Ward accepted a plea bargain on charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice for his part in a scheme to kill show horses for insurance money.
January 15, 1999 |
While so many other acts come and go, the Spinners refuse to disappear. Scoring their first hit in 1961, the group is bearing down hard on 40 years in the pop/R&B ranks - and though the five vocalists haven't had a major recording triumph since the early '80s, they are in greater demand than ever. "It's pretty amazing," Bobbie Smith said this week from his home in Orlando, Fla. "We really are working harder than ever. January is probably the slowest month of the year for most acts, but we're completely booked.
July 3, 1998 |
The Anthony Wayne is back in business. After sitting vacant for nearly a year and generally decaying for long before that, the landmark movie theater in Wayne is slated to reopen late this year under the management of Clearview Cinemas, owner and local developer Steve Bajus said yesterday. Clearview, a Chatham, N.J.-based cinema company that specializes in small suburban theaters, has signed a 30-year lease with Bajus, who promised when he bought the building last year that the historic 700-seat theater would remain a theater.
May 9, 1998 |
Yesterday's miserable weather couldn't dampen the turnout at the 17th annual Arts and Business Council's award luncheon. A record number - 1,500 people, from the world of the arts and business - showed up in the train-shed ballroom of the Convention Center. They came to celebrate the partnership of arts and business in the region. And they came to learn the winners of this year's awards for arts management excellence and business-arts partnership. The foundation that exists for the benefit of one of the city's oldest institutions - the Free Library, now celebrating its 107th birthday - was named the sole winner of the arts management excellence award - an award given in past years to two institutions.
October 8, 1997 |
Radnor-based Chilton Research Services - which has surveyed Americans about whether to raise the minimum wage, whether Magic Johnson is a good role model for children, and how teenagers are spending time on the Internet - is up for sale by its new owner. Reed Elsevier PLC, the British-Dutch business publisher, last month completed its $447 million purchase of Chilton's magazine, research and trade-show businesses from Walt Disney Co. Disney acquired Chilton when it bought the ABC television network.
October 5, 1997 |
A singer's speaking voice doesn't have to jibe with her stage voice. Still, the soft, lilting sound coming through the closed bedroom door of the Four Seasons couldn't possibly be Gladys Knight. We all know Knight's voice. A rich, heart-and-gut contralto, it's as much her trademark as Mick Jagger's lips are his or Tina Turner's gams are hers. For 37 years, until she went solo in 1989, her gospel-hued vocals provided the lead for Gladys Knight and the Pips, the rhythm-and-blues group as legendary for its longevity as for its hits.
June 24, 1997 |
Chilton Publishing Co., the Radnor-based publisher of trade magazines and automotive how-to books, is being broken up and its pieces sold off by its owner, the Walt Disney Co. A European group has agreed to purchase Chilton's trade magazines, research service and trade show business for $447 million, and negotiations are under way to sell off the automotive book publishing business, Disney said yesterday. Nearly 1,000 people are employed at the company's Radnor campus, and 400 more work for Chilton around the nation and overseas.
June 1, 1997 |
A man walking along North Broad Street yesterday squinted toward the New Freedom Theater, where hundreds upon hundreds of people - babies in strollers to women leaning on canes - formed a line that looped and twisted its way around two blocks. "What's going on in there?" he asked. "They giving away money?" Actually, no. But the producers of Beloved were looking for extras for the movie based on the best-selling novel by Toni Morrison, who wrote of Sethe, a former slave haunted by her past and the infant daughter she sacrificed.