October 25, 1999 |
Anti-smoking educator Sterlen Barr is getting some help from an unlikely ally: the world's biggest tobacco company. Two weeks ago, the Philip Morris Co., maker of Marlboro cigarettes, acknowledged that smoking is dangerous and addictive, a move that experts say was a calculated legal effort to protect Philip Morris from lawsuits by smokers who might contend that they were unaware of the dangers. "There is an overwhelming medical and scientific consensus that cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema and other serious diseases in smokers" is the no-nonsense warning on the Philip Morris Web site, www.philipmorris.
June 29, 1987 |
Michael J. Fox is positively oozing intensity in a full-page, close-up photograph in a recent issue of Rolling Stone. His jet-black sweater is pulled over his hunched shoulders, his hazel eyes have a no-nonense penetration, his fingers are holding a cigarette. A cigarette??? A dirty, cancer-causing, disgusting weed in the hand of the clean-cut, All- American boy, the hearthrob of "Family Ties" and "Back to the Future"? Yes, it's true. The young man is a chain-smoker. And for Rolling Stone, he agreed to reveal this aspect of his personal life.
September 19, 2004 |
It's going to be a good day, the American soldiers thought as they left the base and started their patrol in the most dangerous part of Baghdad. On the decrepit streets lined with raw sewage and garbage, Iraqi men silently stared down the passing humvees, sometimes with arms crossed. One man stepped out of his shop and spit toward the convoy. Children ran along the patrol route, waving, cheering, and begging for candy. A dirty look is better than no one out at all, the soldiers said.
July 3, 1998 |
There have been movies about American Indians before, but "Smoke Signals" claims to be the first one with the proper credentials - conceived, written, directed and co-produced by Native Americans. This kind of on-the-cheap, grass-roots authenticity can be a mixed blessing. While watching such productions, viewers can be forgiven for wondering what Jerry Bruckheimer, to pick a name, might have done with the same material and about $50 million in Hollywood money. Or Kevin Costner, whose well-meaning "Dances with Wolves," is roasted pretty thoroughly in "Smoke Signals," a movie with a lively contempt for Hollywood treatment of Indian stories.
July 3, 1998 |
From John Ford's Cheyenne Autumn (1964) to Kevin Costner's Dances With Wolves (1990), the dominant tone in Hollywood films chronicling the unconscionable treatment of the Indians has been one of sobering and long-overdue guilt. In Smoke Signals, the first widely distributed feature to be directed, written and coproduced by Indians, you might expect the view from the other side to be filled with pent-up rage or solemn elegy for their oppressed ancestors. Instead first-time director Christopher Eyre and Sherman Alexie, the gifted Indian novelist and poet, approach their film with an offbeat, subversive humor.
July 2, 1998 |
In a dilapidated trailer, the cavalry is chasing whooping Indians on a battered old black-and-white TV. Three young American Indians sit on a couch and watch. "The only thing worse than Indians on TV," muses one of them, "is Indians watching Indians on TV. " The archly funny line in Smoke Signals defines both the humor of a unique film and the kind of Hollywood stereotyping it ingeniously rebuts. Smoke Signals, which opens tomorrow at the Ritz at the Bourse and Ritz Twelve/NJ, is the first widely distributed feature about American Indians to be made by American Indians.
November 27, 2008 |
Not budging Relax, Dolphins fans. Joey Porter is sorry he refused to come off the field late in Sunday's loss to the Patriots. The star linebacker is sorry he committed penalties for unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct in the same series. He's sorry he blew off head coach Tony Sparano and defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni after they did everything but send up smoke signals to get him off the field. He's sorry he ordered backup Charlie Anderson back to the bench.
May 24, 1996 |
Darren Daulton doesn't agree with Phillies general manager Lee Thomas, who said earlier this week that the catcher-turned-leftfielder could be back in the lineup shortly after the All-Star break. Heck, Daulton thinks he can be back a whole lot sooner than that. "I'm 99 percent sure I'm going to come back and play in the near future," he said from his Pinellas County, Fla., home yesterday as the Phillies prepared to play the Padres on the opposite edge of the continent. "And the 1 percent is I could break my leg tomorrow.
February 9, 1995 |
CANDY GRAM: Hey, stupid Cupid . . . with six shopping days until Valentine's Day upon us, some love-ly trivia. V-day, it's thought, dates back to the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, dedicated to Pan, the god of fertility, and Juno, goddess of married life. It's not clear which saint or martyr the Christians had in mind when they appropriated and renamed the day. Most likely candidate is a Valentine beheaded on Feb. 14, 269 A.D., in Rome after converting his prison guard.
April 20, 2005 |
HIGH-TECH met low-tech in Vatican City yesterday, and low-tech won. For a few delicious minutes, TV news anchors and their panels of pundits were reduced to the level of ordinary mortals, peering into their monitors to try to determine whether the smoke rising from the stack atop the Sistine Chapel was white or black, and whether what they were seeing was the first announcement of a new pope or merely a signal that the choice still lay in the...