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December 31, 2002
The motion picture industry went into 2002 anxious . . . that fears would keep people at home rather than at the movies. . . . Instead, more Americans went to the movies than at any time since 1959, and box office revenues worldwide were up sharply over 2001, which was already a record year. Hollywood's tinsel turned out to be the silver lining in an otherwise bleak U.S. holiday sales season. People flocked to films that provided comfort much as The Wizard of Oz and Snow White did in the Depression years before World War II. Los Angeles Times, editorial, Dec. 29
NEWS
April 2, 1989 | By Burr Van Atta, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a modest, American-boy beginning, complete with typical Saturday matinees - a Western or two, a cartoon, a serial, a newsreel and previews of coming attractions. There was no hint anywhere along the line that the screen fare would get to that quiet, big-eyed kid back there, the one slumped down in his seat, munching 5-cent candy. Or that he would go on to make it big in the business. But it did and he did. Jerry Frebowitz fell in love with the silver screen, with everything that he saw on it. He became a film collector, and out of his hobby, a business was born.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2006 | By JEROME MAIDA For the Daily News
"Red Sonja" is hot. That may seem an obvious statement when we're talking about a character who has flame-red hair, is endowed like a supermodel, looks as physically fit as a world-class athlete and wears a metal bikini. However, since the character's new Dynamite series launched last year, her sales figures have been more ablaze than fanboys' hearts when they glance at her bodacious bod. Why? Michael Avon Oeming has spun some entertaining stories, Mel Rubi has wowed fans with his interior art and Dynamite has promoted the character.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 23, 1992 | By Andy Wickstrom, SPECIAL TO THE INQUIRER
Turner Home Entertainment's Kisses, released last week in time for Valentine's Day viewing, bills itself as a retrospective of great movie love scenes from 100 years of filmmaking. But that's apparently an overstatement by several decades; the most recent movie excerpt seen here is from Some Like It Hot in 1959. The implication is that, with the dawn of the swinging '60s, the screen kiss lost the emotional wallop that once seduced a more innocent audience. Nonetheless, Kisses (47 minutes, $14.98)
NEWS
March 24, 1994 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Here's a man who collects old film projectors - each weighing a ton or two. Just for fun, he will assemble one of the seven-foot projectors and set it up in his living room. Then, he will work on the next one, piecing together the nuts and bolts of another relic from a long-gone theater. Louis DiCrescenzo traces his ardent interest in films and film technology to the early '60s. "Dad was a home-movie enthusiast, so we always had something on the silver screen flickering in the living room," the Langhorne resident said.
NEWS
October 19, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mitt Romney bulled his way through the first debate, verbally trampling his opponent and the moderator, while Barack Obama offered the nation the sulky, downcast persona of President Sourpuss. In the second match Obama got up off the mat and counterpunched, while Romney played the tight-lipped Gov. Snippy. With a third and final debate set for Monday, some political thinkers ask: Where the heck is President Jordan Lyman when we need him? Perhaps retired to the beaches of a cinematic San Clemente.
NEWS
December 4, 1996 | By Nancy Petersen, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Watch whom you go to the movies with these days. It could be your neighbor, your boss - or even your date - whose face shows up on the silver screen, thanks to Chester County's latest brainstorm on tracking fugitives. Chester County's Most Wanted, a feature so far confined to local cable channels, is about to move into theaters, sandwiched between the previews and the main attraction. "You never know who you're sitting next to, and that's what we're counting on," said Shawn Riley, head of the county's Central Warrants Office, and the person who came up with the idea.
NEWS
September 22, 1995 | by Yvonne Latty, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writer Marc Meltzer contributed to this report
Break out the popcorn! Manayunk is getting a movie theater. The Planning Commission approved a plan yesterday for a six-screen United Artists theater to grace trendy Main Street. The now empty junk field on Main Street near Ridge Avenue will hold the 1,300-seat theater and a separate 10,000-square-foot structure with a restaurant or ice cream parlor and four stores - and 400 parking spaces. Parking is a big issue for anyone who has crept along Main Street on a weekend night in a search of a spot.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 5, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
As the product of a '90s upbringing - during the era of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" - I was especially tickled to interview the lovely Jane Seymour recently. She'll be in the area next week to debut her newest collection of oil paintings and watercolors. The exhibition, "Jane Seymour: Up Close and Personal," will be at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, N.J.) from May 15 to 25. Aside from the Jersey Shore, Seymour told me she comes to our fair city a lot and called it "an amazing place," where she has hosted a number of art shows in conjunction with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 1, 2015
Steve Friedman, was a local radio/TV personality known as "Mr. Movie" to film buffs throughout a large part of North America. The Harrisburg native had a lifelong passion for motion pictures and an encyclopedic memory that made him a one-man IMDB.com decades before the Internet existed. His ability to retain minute details of virtually every film he ever watched bordered on the supernatural. Friedman, who died while awaiting a kidney transplant at age 62, in 2009, spent several decades as the region's go-to guy about all things movies, primarily as the host of a late-night Saturday program on WPHT-AM (1210)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 3, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
TONIGHT WE turn the clocks back an hour, giving the stars more time to make news - like tweeting that they're sick when, hmmmmm , maybe they're not. And putting spin on a canceled interview. Read on to find out what's been going on in Celebrityville. Yesterday * Looks like native son Bradley Cooper won't be just a movie star any longer. Now you can also call him a TV producer. Deadline.com reports that CBS has committed to a "Limitless" pilot, based on the 2011 movie hit that Cooper starred in and executive-produced.
SPORTS
December 6, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
LEBRON JAMES, already a major star in the NBA, could soon become a Hollywood headliner too. According to Deadline.com, James will co-star with Philly's own Kevin Hart in a basketball comedy titled "Ballers. " It's sure to be a suspend-belief flick as the 6-8 James and 5-3 Hart are cast as brothers. Sounds like a hoops version of "Twins," which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and the vertical-challenged Danny DeVito. The plot has Hart taking a backseat to King James who is an NBA star (what a stretch for the big guy)
NEWS
April 26, 2013
THERE ARE ONCE again so many numbers on the summer-movie calender, it's starting to look like a math test. Question one: What do you get if you divide "Fast & Furious 6" by "Hangover 3?" Two furious hangovers? The number two is surely a theme: "Red 2," "Smurfs 2," Despicable Me 2," "Kick-Ass 2," the second JJ Abrams "Star Trek," the second Hugh Jackman "Wolverine," a second "Monsters Inc.," a second "300," a second "Percy Jackson. " There are two comedies about the end of the world - "The World's End" and "This is the End," and one of the two comedies about the end of the world is one of four movies with two directors - also "Girl Most Likely," "Lovelace" and "Way Way Back.
NEWS
November 16, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
So far, only a few people have showed up to stand and stare at John Ricketts' house in Ridley Township, but that might change soon. His family home on South Swarthmore Avenue has a starring role in Silver Linings Playbook , a movie that's generating Oscar talk ahead of its Friday opening. "It was really cool," said Ricketts, a retired truck driver whose house serves as the blue-collar home of Tiffany, the female lead, played by Jennifer Lawrence. It turns out that Silver Linings contains an outstanding performance by an uncredited actor: The western suburbs of Philadelphia.
NEWS
October 19, 2012 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
Mitt Romney bulled his way through the first debate, verbally trampling his opponent and the moderator, while Barack Obama offered the nation the sulky, downcast persona of President Sourpuss. In the second match Obama got up off the mat and counterpunched, while Romney played the tight-lipped Gov. Snippy. With a third and final debate set for Monday, some political thinkers ask: Where the heck is President Jordan Lyman when we need him? Perhaps retired to the beaches of a cinematic San Clemente.
SPORTS
April 26, 2011
MICHAEL VICK is headed to the silver screen. According to Sports Business Journal, Vick and Bombo Sports & Entertainment have partnered to do a documentary film on the life of the Eagles quarterback. Bombo CEO Bob Potter told SBJ that the film will be between 70 and 90 minutes long with a planned release in Philly and other NFL cities around the start of the NFL season (assuming there is one). "I am a dog owner, so this won't be a sugarcoating, but it should be a good film about an athlete who is fantastically talented and really polarizing at the same time," Potter said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 24, 2011 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Before reality television dames were dripped in diamonds, draped in furs, and devoted to their dogs, there was the beautiful, raven-haired, violet-eyed fashion and lifestyle icon Elizabeth Taylor. From the time Taylor began her film career in Lassie Come Home at the tender age of 10, women and young girls have been coveting her on-screen style choices, from those jodhpur pants in National Velvet to the lace and silk white slip she favored in 1958's sultry Cat on a Hot Tin Roof . "She wasn't a fashion person, but her images in whatever role she was playing . . . would be picked up by everyone," said Jane Likens, associate professor of fashion design at Philadelphia University.
SPORTS
March 4, 2011 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
Sports and movies. In tandem, the two are almost always badly miscast. For every Raging Bull, there are 99 Rocky V 's. What is it about sports that makes them a less-compelling movie subject than Michael Nutter? Well, first, no matter how good the actor, it's nearly impossible to convey the physical attributes a world-class athlete possesses. I give you Gary Cooper (as Lou Gehrig in Pride of the Yankees ) and Tony Perkins (as Jimmy Piersall in Fear Strikes Out )
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