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May 31, 2009
I like a rosé with curves, and the 2008 Sofia from Francis Ford Coppola's winery turns out to be a beauty with substance that goes well beyond its eye-catching, voluptuous bottle. The vivid pink brew of Monterey syrah and grenache fruit inside has a refreshingly coquettish balance of sweet and tart. With a kiss of ripe strawberries cut by an herbal, floral, tea-like complexity and spice, it steps up from run-of-the-mill blush to sippable crush. It's a stylish warm-weather cure, to be sure, with an undeniably feminine appeal.
NEWS
February 15, 1999 | By Shannon O'Boye, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When School Superintendent Patricia Parente Sofia took over in August, she told parents and teachers that she could envision Woodlynne becoming a state-recognized blue-ribbon school. Though she had never been a superintendent before, Sofia separated herself from the other candidates with her clear, strong ideas for change, according to Mary Rose Stabinski, the school board president. "The thing that really stuck out about her is that she's a child advocate," Stabinski said.
NEWS
July 18, 1993 | By Mike Shoup, INQUIRER TRAVEL EDITOR
"Bulgaria?" questioned a friend. "Why are you going there? Didn't they try to kill the Pope? "Is it safe?" asked another. "What about the war?"
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2006 | By Carrie Rickey INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
As a blind American expatriate on permanent vacation from his former life as a diplomat, Ralph Fiennes etches an indelible performance in The White Countess, a historical romance set in 1937 Shanghai. It is the last of the 28 films made by the prolific filmmaking team of James Ivory and Ismail Merchant, who died in May. Novelist Kazuo Ishiguro wrote the original screenplay for this atmospheric story about the dissolute, disillusioned man whose only remaining goal is to create his ideal refuge: a bar with the delicate balance between the "erotic and the tragic.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 24, 1999 | By Clifford A. Ridley, INQUIRER THEATER CRITIC
A flock of birds in full flight decorates the backdrop of Two Sisters and a Piano, Nilo Cruz's new play at the McCarter Theatre. But they are situated far from the action of the drama, which transpires in a downstage open box that might as well be a cage. In fact, to the two women living in this once-elegant drawing room in 1991 Cuba, their environment is a cage. Maria Celia (Ivonne Coll), a writer whose stories have angered the Castro government, is under house arrest. Neither she nor her sister Sofia (Marissa Chibas)
NEWS
November 7, 2012
Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, 98, who weathered a revolt over his communist-era ties to lead the Balkan country's Orthodox Christians for more than 40 years, has died. The patriarch died of heart failure early Tuesday at a Sofia hospital where he had been for a month, the Holy Synod said in a statement. Orthodox Christianity is Bulgaria's dominant religion, followed by more than 80 percent of the country's 7.4 million people. Maxim was the church's leader for more than four decades, bridging the country's transition from communism and withstanding efforts to oust him by the new democratic government and rebel priests who saw him as a communist stooge.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 1999 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Throw Groundhog Day, The Matrix, Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound, and a bit of Phantom of the Opera into the blender, add some Spanish flavorings, a dream-plagued hero, and the dreamy Penelope Cruz, and you've pretty much got Open Your Eyes (Abre los Ojos), a dark and mostly effective psycho-thriller from filmmaker Alejandro Amenabar. Like Groundhog Day, there's an alarm clock that heralds the morn with a menacing sense of deja vu. Like The Matrix, the question of is-it-real-or-is-it-illusion?
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 1990 | By Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
As far as movies are concerned, 1990 should be remembered as the year the casting couch was moved into the family room. It is fitting that the year concludes with "The Godfather Part III," the most famous example of nepotism in a year that's packed with cozy family relationships. When Winona Ryder walked off the set of "The Godfather Part III," director Francis Ford Coppola had to hustle to fill a starring role in one of the most expensive movies ever made. Acting quickly and decisively, he called home.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
ELLEN DeGENERES was hailed as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, in Washington. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations. When DeGeneres first heard that she was receiving the same honor that Bill Cosby , Tina Fey and Will Ferrell won in recent years, she joked, "It really makes me wonder . . . why didn't I get this sooner?" More than just 'Avatar' Deep-sea explorer James Cameron has come up from beneath the sea. The director of "Aliens," "Terminator 2," "Titanic" and "Avatar," has picked up movie rights to The Informationist , a novel by Taylor Stevens , whose main female character has been compared with Lisbeth Salander, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 3, 1990 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
She's a sweet little old lady who lives in New Brunswick, N.J. An esteemed member of the local garden club, her most recent accomplishment was coaxing a night-blooming cereus on her fire escape into flower. But then her CIA control sends her to Sofia, Bulgaria, to deliver eight counterfeit passports. And the Bulgarian underground, the secret police and the government will never again be the same. Meet Pollifax. Emily Pollifax. Grandmother, gardener and part-time spy. Author Dorothy Gilman's delightful character - sort of a James Bond in a kooky hat - has charmed readers through eight books, with the ninth title, Mrs. Pollifax and the Whirling Dervish, due in June from Doubleday.
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NEWS
May 10, 2015 | Inquirer Staff
Vergara and ex vie over embryos Remember how deific Sofía Vergara , now engaged to Joe Manganiello , used to be (2013) with NYC bizguy Nick Loeb ? Employing surrogates, Loeb and Vergara created two embryos, which were frozen. Last August, Loeb sought the legal right to continue their gestation. On April 29, he wrote a New York Times op-ed making the same plea. On Thursday, both took to the talk shows. On NBC's Today , Loeb said he wants to father the two children.
NEWS
April 17, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
IN WHAT could turn out to be a real "Modern Family," Nick Loeb , the ex-fiance of Sofia Vergara , is suing the Colombian bombshell to prevent her from destroying the fertilized eggs they created when they were a couple, TMZ.com reports. Loeb, it seems, still wants to have her baby. Is this going to be another Diane Sawyer interview? According to TMZ, Loeb claims that he and Sofia made a contract nearly two years ago in which they agreed to attempt to have children by means of in vitro fertilization.
NEWS
December 13, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sofia Vergara likes to earn Sofia Vergara , 40, is one of the best-paid TV stars, having reportedly made $30 mil last year. And she's OK with it. "I'm not ashamed to say I love making money," the Modern Family star tells Glam Belleza Latina magazine. "I like business, and the truth is I save way more than I spend. I invest. I plan for the future. " The Colombian thesp said she'd been serious about money since she gave birth to her son, Manolo , when she was 19. "I had a child to support," she says.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
Patriarch Maxim of Bulgaria, 98, who weathered a revolt over his communist-era ties to lead the Balkan country's Orthodox Christians for more than 40 years, has died. The patriarch died of heart failure early Tuesday at a Sofia hospital where he had been for a month, the Holy Synod said in a statement. Orthodox Christianity is Bulgaria's dominant religion, followed by more than 80 percent of the country's 7.4 million people. Maxim was the church's leader for more than four decades, bridging the country's transition from communism and withstanding efforts to oust him by the new democratic government and rebel priests who saw him as a communist stooge.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 2012 | By Howard Gensler
ELLEN DeGENERES was hailed as a trailblazer Monday night as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center, in Washington. The show will be broadcast Oct. 30 on PBS stations. When DeGeneres first heard that she was receiving the same honor that Bill Cosby , Tina Fey and Will Ferrell won in recent years, she joked, "It really makes me wonder . . . why didn't I get this sooner?" More than just 'Avatar' Deep-sea explorer James Cameron has come up from beneath the sea. The director of "Aliens," "Terminator 2," "Titanic" and "Avatar," has picked up movie rights to The Informationist , a novel by Taylor Stevens , whose main female character has been compared with Lisbeth Salander, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2012 | Howard Gensler
In "Modern Family," Sofia Vergara plays the va-va-va-voomy trophy wife of a wealthy, older family patriarch played by Ed O'Neill. In real life, the recently engaged Colombian actress is a major breadwinner in her own right. According to Forbes' list of TV's top female earners, Sofia is numera una, with an estimated $19 million take during the fiscal year ending in May. Granted, that's not all "Modern Family" money, but the funny sitcom launched Sofia in the States, making her a credible pitchwoman for Cover Girl, Pepsi, Burger King, Comcast and State Farm, among other business ventures — including a quartet of bad movies.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 1, 2012
WHERE WOULD lovers of the world's strongest, darkest beers be without a thin, pale German teenager named Sophia Augusta Frederica? One of the great chapters of brewing history might not exist. There'd be no stouts named Old Rasputin or The Czar or Ivan the Terrible. On the upside, the tiresome debate over whether to call it "double" or "imperial" IPA would never have started. Indeed, no fewer than a third of BeerAdvocate.com's top 100 beers would be classified as something pedestrian (Estonian Extra Porter, maybe?
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2011 | BY ALICIA QUARLES, Associated Press
NEW YORK - At times, it's hard to tell the difference between Sofia Vergara and Gloria, the character she plays on ABC's hit comedy "Modern Family. " Both have gregarious personalities, an uproarious sense of humor, an enormous shot of sex appeal and daring fashion sense. Now other women can be more like Vergara - or Gloria - thanks to the Colombian star's new clothing line at Kmart. The line features the kind of outfits that have made Vergara so popular - figure-hugging dresses, tight pants, bright colors and short skirts.
NEWS
August 28, 2011 | By Veselin Toshkov, Associated Press
SOFIA, Bulgaria - Giant statues of Soviet dictators Vladimir Lenin and Josef Stalin. Paintings of enthusiastic socialist laborers. A huge red star that graced Communist Party headquarters. As Europe marks the 20th anniversary of the Soviet collapse, this nation that's still shaking off its troubled communist legacy is opening a museum dedicated to the totalitarian past. A debate is raging on whether the museum romanticizes the Soviet era or teaches new generations about its horrors.
SPORTS
June 2, 2010 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Staff Writer
Detroit sends Dontrelle to Diamondbacks Lefthander Dontrelle Willis, once among the most promising young pitchers in baseball, has been traded to Arizona, pending a physical, MLB FanHouse reported. The Tigers designated Willis for assignment on Saturday and had 10 days to trade him or pass him through waivers. Willis was the NL rookie of the year in 2003, when he was 14-6 with a 3.31 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 1602/3 innings for Florida. He was 22-10 in 2005 but was sent to Detroit after the 2007 season.
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