July 8, 1997 |
Earth wasn't the only thing Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones saved this weekend. Sony Corp.'s seemingly endless Hollywood nightmare, an eight-year misadventure that has drained billions of dollars and battered the reputation of the electronics giant, finally ended, thanks to "Men in Black. " Sony, already the leading studio this year, has now scored its first breakout hit since taking over Columbia and TriStar in 1989. "MiB," directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starring Smith and Jones as members of an intergalactic police force, took in an impressive $48.5 million at 3,020 theaters during its first four days, including $4.8 million from preview screenings last Tuesday.
February 23, 2010 |
The fire that swept through the offices of Philadelphia International Records on Sunday melted gold and platinum records, destroying about 40 percent of the company's memorabilia, but spared the legendary recording studio where the Sound of Philadelphia was born. The studio, where Patti LaBelle, Teddy Pendergrass, and other stars once recorded their hits, was undamaged despite having walls covered in the original orange shag carpet. "It's amazing," said Chuck Gamble, a company vice president and nephew of the songwriter Kenny Gamble.
December 31, 1995 |
This township's busy thoroughfares may not have much in common with the quaint streets of Amsterdam in the Netherlands, where bicycles seem to outnumber cars and barflies smoke more hashish than Marlboros. But a recording studio on bustling Ridge Pike is hoping to change that - sort of. Inside a renovated skating rink, producers at Plymouth's Silicon Chip Recording Co. have forged an international alliance, creating a cross- continental record label called Gateway TransAtlantic Records.
April 8, 1998 |
Since the arrest last month of the man police say killed dance instructor Joan DeMarco during a robbery of her King of Prussia studio, there have been long and sometimes emotional telephone conversations about the case between Montgomery County prosecutors and DeMarco's relatives. There have been tears and expressions of anguish, First Assistant District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr. said. "But the family supports our decision to seek the death penalty," he said. The paperwork was filed yesterday.
June 25, 1986 |
The people who made "Cannery Row," which lost big bucks at the box office in 1982, are in the can for an additional $10.8 million as the result of a jury verdict yesterday in a suit brought against them by actress Raquel Welch. A tearful Welch raised her hands above her head in a victory salute in the courtroom when the jury announced its award. The panel apparently was swayed by the same Welch tears shed last month when she testified that she had been unjustly fired from the film and felt her movie career had been ruined.
December 10, 1994 |
Less than a month after Bensalem police seized whips, paddles, handcuffs and other instruments during a raid on an Andalusia photo studio, two 19-year- old women, a man suspected of being their pimp, and a former township mayoral candidate were charged with prostitution before a Bucks County district justice yesterday. Robert M. Shockey, 36, of Willow Grove, who owns the Monteray Bay Photo Co. at 568 Bristol Pike, and the building's owner, Robert Olender, 48, of Bensalem, also were charged with promoting prostitution.
July 20, 1999 |
The Godfather theme, plucked out on a flamenco guitar by Miami street musician Nicholas Marx. The wisp of a voice of Mariel, a Lilith Fair-like performer from Cherry Hill, as she sings: "Yesterday, I got so old, I felt like I could die. Yesterday, I got so old, it made me want to cry. " And the roughhouse lyrics of "No Retreat" - a single from the soon-to-be-released first album of the Ninjas, rappers from Willingboro and Lindenwold....
October 20, 2006 |
Buying a fixer-upper is always a leap of faith. But as bold leaps go, it's hard to top Dominic Episcopo's. Two years ago, he picked up an old Fishtown church with 50-foot vaulted ceilings, two-story-high stained-glass windows, and a pipe organ, and embarked on a mission to carve a home and studio out of the crumbling, but still majestic, building. "Some of my friends thought I was out of my mind when I bought it," Episcopo says of the circa-1876 structure, which at 10,000 square feet is about twice the size of the average McMansion.
November 4, 1999 |
It was with an odd mixture of fascination and horror that Sarah Craft began sorting through the mess that had overtaken the studios of Haverford College's radio station, WHRC, during its five-year absence from the air. "When we first came in here in January, it was like going through Grandma's attic," said Craft, a sophomore and the reborn station's general manager, perched on a desk amid the clutter of the station's basement office in the college's...
May 6, 1995 |
It was a big finish: a four-alarmer at an old North Philadelphia factory, flames soaring over the roof, a phalanx of firefighters wrestling it under control - all in time to make the 11 o'clock news. Somewhere, Siegmund Lubin was taking a bow. America's first movie mogul knew audiences loved calamity. He had filmed the country's first disaster movie at the studio complex 82 years ago. An account of the San Francisco earthquake, it was called When the Earth Trembled. Lubin gave his public train wrecks, mining disasters, mill fires.