April 2, 2016 |
The lawsuits: 'Empire' strikes back A federal court has dismissed a $500 mil suit filed by Las Vegas entertainer Jon Astor White claiming Lee Daniels and Danny Strong stole his idea for their Fox hit Empire . White says it's based on a show called King Solomon he had pitched to several producers. The gangsta pimp show White's is one of several lawsuits targeting Empire . Still pending is a $10 mil suit filed by a self-described "gangsta pimp" named Ron Newt who says the show is based on his memoir, Bigger Than Big . TMZ says Newt also is shopping around a reality show based on his book.
August 8, 2015 |
Sure, Billy the goat is cute and Duck Girl is elegant, but we think the sculpture that's the most fun in Rittenhouse Square is Antoine-Louis Barye's 1832 work Lion Crushing a Serpent . (Well, maybe not for the snake, but for everybody else.) That's because you can fit your arm through the lion's mouth and make it look like you're Tarzan. Judging from the worn spots on the bronze around the big cat's jaws and teeth, it looks like many generations have figured this out. (There's also evidence of sympathy for the slithery reptile - the snake's head is polished to a butterscotch hue, as well.)
August 8, 2014
I ALWAYS felt like a little bit of an imposter in college. It wasn't that I was straight and a significant percentage of the Bryn Mawr population loved both Virginia Woolf and Emily Dickinson. (Take whatever inference you want from that . . . ) It wasn't that I was pro-life and most of my sister students were busy protecting their ovaries from my rosaries. It wasn't that I loved football, and the only Eagles they were interested in were the ones on the endangered-species list.
January 11, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Denise Darcel, the French-born actress known for vampy roles in such films as "Vera Cruz" and "Thunder in the Pines," has died. She was 87. Darcel's son Craig said Monday that she died Dec. 23 at a Los Angeles hospital from complications from an emergency surgery to repair a ruptured aneurysm. After coming to the U.S. in 1947, Darcel starred opposite several leading men in a string of films in the '50s, including "Battleground" with Van Johnson, "Tarzan and the Slave Girl" with Lex Barker, "Westward the Women" with Robert Taylor and "Young Man with Ideas" with Glenn Ford.
December 29, 2011 |
Dick Clark on Saturday will mark the 40th anniversary of his televised Times Square bash, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve . "There have been many memorable moments," Clark tells USA Today. "The year of the Iran hostage crisis [in 1980], the ball almost didn't drop," he says. The owner of One Times Square wanted to cancel to protest Iran's detention of 52 Americans. "The most nerve-racking would have to be the first New Year's Eve after the 9/11 tragedy," Clark adds. Clark says the popular show had its origins in Philly.
September 11, 2011
Eve Brent, 81, a veteran character actress whose most recognizable role was Jane to Gordon Scott's Tarzan, died Aug. 27 in Sun Valley, Calif. Ms. Brent rebooted the character of Jane, Tarzan's civilized love interest, in the 1958 films Tarzan and the Trappers and Tarzan's Fight for Life , after Jane was left out of the two previous Tarzan movies. She said she took the part to please her son, who was then about 6. But although it raised her profile, she later concluded it had been a disastrous career move.
October 24, 2010
Johnny Sheffield, 79, who played the character Boy in the Tarzan movies of the 1930s and '40s, died Oct. 15 of a heart attack at his home in the San Diego suburb of Chula Vista. His wife, Patty Sheffield, said that he fell off a ladder while pruning a palm tree four hours earlier. Mr. Sheffield beat out more than 300 other youngsters for the role of Boy in the 1939 movie Tarzan Finds a Son! and went on to costar with Johnny Weissmuller in seven more Tarzan films. He later played another jungle boy, Bomba, in a dozen movies before quitting the role in 1955.
October 11, 2010 |
Dynamite is starting to make magnificence monotonous. The company has again taken an aged, beloved property which hasn't been seen in any medium for awhile, kept the essential elements that made it stand the test of time while expanding the story to include elements that will make it more contemporary and compelling. Shake, stir and voila! There's another . . . ahem . . . Dynamite book on the shelves, in this case "Warlord of Mars," the first issue of which just hit comic shops at the extremely affordable price of one dollar - the best value of the month.
June 9, 2010 |
Chris Pronger isn't upset, but some women are. A poster in Tuesday's Chicago Tribune shows the Flyers stalwart defenseman in a skirt, along with a headline that reads, "Chrissy Pronger. Looks like Tarzan, skates like Jane. " Clever like sixth grade. Not only is the Tarzan joke as old as Tarzan, the skirt thing rips off the New York Post. "The Frillies Are Coming to Town!" its front page declared in October, next to a picture of outfielder Shane Victorino in a skirt. Pronger barely bothered to react.