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February 21, 1991 | By Sandy Bauers, Inquirer Staff Writer
How tempting, the idea of traveling to the past to correct a mistake or take advantage of a lost opportunity. What an enticement, the notion of traveling forward in time to see what the future holds. And how much fun, to hear all about it in an audio anthology produced by Dercum Audio. The imaginatively named Here Today . . . Gone to Tomorrow (six hours, $19.95) is a seven-story collection selected by science-fiction writer extraordinaire Isaac Asimov - and from his personal library, no less.
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October 8, 2008 | By Toby Zinman FOR THE INQUIRER
The cuteness of the title of this new play by Nicholas Wardigo sells both the script and Straw Flower's production short. Intriguing and substantial, The Do's and Don'ts of Time Travel, now at the Adrienne, is an impressive premiere from a company dedicated to discovering hidden talent. Rachel (played by Amanda Schoonover) is our guide through time and through the play, a kind of contemporary Proust if Proust were a film fan. Ostensibly, she is a young woman writing a dissertation on movies: "Time travel movies have an intrinsic problem: They all suck.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 1989 | By Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer
The universe is being ripped apart at the seams and the only person who can save it is . . . Cheryl Ladd. Sounds pretty grim - only one Charlie's Angel between us and oblivion - but that's the premise behind "Millenium. " Actually, despite the presense of a vapid Ladd and stoic co-star Kris Kristofferson, "Millenium" generally holds up well by putting an interesting spin on the old time-travel paradox. That idea is simply this: what would happen if you went back in time and killed your dad when he was just 10 years old?
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November 7, 1990 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 20-year hiatus from directing ends with Roger Corman's Frankenstein Unbound, a sci-fi horror tale every bit as corny as the drive-in fare that the wunderkind producer-director cobbled together in the late '50s and early '60s. Attack of the Crab Monsters, Creature From the Haunted Sea, The Last Woman on Earth, The Pit and the Pendulum - Frankenstein Unbound has all the hallmarks of a Corman classic. Which is not necessarily a compliment. Decades-old schlock has a certain aura about it - call it nostalgia, call it bad judgment - that imbues the lame dialogue, cheesy costumes and nickel- and-dime props with campy respectability.
NEWS
September 28, 2012 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer
IF YOU'RE some astrophysicist nerd who's going to "Looper" to live-blog about credibility problems with its time-travel plot, please stay home. Among the movie's many pleasures is its built-in disclaimer/manifesto, set forth by Bruce Willis: "I don't want to start talking about time travel. Because if we start talking about time travel, we're going to be here all day. " Hear, hear! This not only smooths the way for the mind-bending, time-hopping story that supports "Looper," but provides a framework for all time-traveling movies going forward.
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November 24, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
On page 266 of Kip Thorne's The Science of "Interstellar " - the companion book to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic about saving humankind by finding a new habitable planet - the Caltech theoretical physicist finally gets to the good stuff: time travel. "In 1987, triggered by Carl Sagan, I realized something amazing about wormholes," Thorne writes. "If wormholes are allowed by the laws of physics, then Einstein's relativistic laws permit transforming them into time machines. " Of course, Mr. Peabody, the talking dog from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show , already knew that.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 27, 2002 | By Lloylita Prout FOR THE INQUIRER
Being billed as a "dance carnival," a two-night event at Old City's Envy will welcome fall with a bow to dance trends - past, present and future. Tonight will feature music from the '70s to the '90s with Roland Riso and Mike Polvere. On Saturday, Perry Angelozzi and Polvere will spin sounds from today and some of what the future may bring. Maduro, the cigar maker, is known for its monthly happenings around town, whether at Eden Rock or Billy Wong's with DJ Qool Marv, so tonight, make your way to Bleu Martini.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 25, 2012 | By Gary Thompson, DAILY NEWS MOVIE CRITIC
The time-travel romp Men in Black 3 returns us to a previous century, all the way back to that bygone era when Will Smith had yet to make a sequel. The year was 1997, Smith was coming off the cheeseball hit Independence Day , and he was about to make what seemed like just another alien invasion movie, adapted from Lowell Cunningham's Men in Black comic books/graphic novels. The movie paired Smith with legendary sourpuss Tommy Lee Jones, an idea that might prove either ingenious or terrible.
NEWS
February 8, 2008 | By Peter Mucha, Inquirer Staff Writer
If you're a fan of ABC's Lost and missed last night's show, stop reading. Go to abc.com and watch the video replay. You missed one of the most informative shows yet in the mystery-a-minute series. Two of the biggest new enigmas: We see corpse-filled wreckage of Ocean Flight 815 at the bottom of the sea - nose, tail and midsection - so how could the plane have also crashed on the island, creating castaways? And how could the fossilized skeleton of a polar bear be found at a dig in the Tunisian desert?
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February 14, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'Insanity," Albert Einstein famously said, is "doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. " By that definition, Dean (Josh McConville), the hapless hero of Australian time-travel romcom The Infinite Man , is bonkers, loco, loopy, barking mad. A brilliant, if absurdly obsessive scientist, Dean finds his noodle overheating when he falls head-over-heels for the girl of his dreams, Lana (Hannah Marshall). So he spends virtually every waking moment - and one imagines plenty of dream time - deploying his massive intellect to come up with ways to ensure Lana loves him back.
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November 24, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
On page 266 of Kip Thorne's The Science of "Interstellar " - the companion book to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi epic about saving humankind by finding a new habitable planet - the Caltech theoretical physicist finally gets to the good stuff: time travel. "In 1987, triggered by Carl Sagan, I realized something amazing about wormholes," Thorne writes. "If wormholes are allowed by the laws of physics, then Einstein's relativistic laws permit transforming them into time machines. " Of course, Mr. Peabody, the talking dog from The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show , already knew that.
SPORTS
October 8, 2014 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Staff Writer
THE CONVERSATION wouldn't end. That's what the 10-year-old next to me was thinking. The mission to the local 7-Eleven had been a success, the Slurpee procured, but this endless conversation with this older, friendly face - this had not been anticipated. "You know that report you just did on Wilt Chamberlain?" I asked the boy, finally. "Remember that radio broadcast you found?" The kid nodded. "This is Bill Campbell," I said. "He was the announcer on that broadcast. " There are memories of your children that you will take to the grave.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns is an odd choice for a revival. It's not particularly relevant, and its "work is for squares" credo held more weight back when the American Dream signified middle-class mass uniformity and there was enough of a middle class to include the masses. But, mostly due to its success as a 1965 film starring Jason Robards as Murray Burns, unemployed comic TV writer and default foster dad to nephew Nick, there's still an audience with a fondness for this sort-of romantic sort-of comedy.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
THE BIG nonnews yesterday was about old DNA. Did it prove that Michael Jackson was the father of 31-year-old Brandon Howard or was it merely a website publicity stunt? Don't know. Don't care. But according to TMZ.com and Alki David and his company, FilmOn.com, there's a 99.9 percent chance (for those of you bad at math that's a very good chance) that Brandon is Michael's illegitimate son with singer Miki Howard . Brandon (a/k/a B. Howard), however, was not at the news conference and says he had nothing to do with it.   Ho, Canada!
NEWS
November 1, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IN "ABOUT TIME," a young man finds he has the time-traveler's ability to revisit moments in his own life and to make improvements, if called for. And because he's a young man, his first order of business is picking up girls. Clumsy moments in key dates can be replayed and smoothed out, until every nuance and action is exactly to the woman's liking, and the man (Domhnall Gleeson), via trial and error, becomes irresistible. You may recognize this as a riff of sorts on "Groundhog Day," and "About Time" plays like a bland version of it, with perpetually genial Gleeson subbing for the arch Bill Murray.
NEWS
April 1, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
Multitudes the Kimmel Center wanted, and multitudes it got. With its 100-foot time tunnel, a 20-minute commissioned piece of music theater in the lobby, and other lures, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts on Thursday woke the Kimmel from its usual somnambulism. Opening night of the biennial festival, which runs through April 27, coincided with regular subscription concerts in the Kimmel's two bigger venues by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.
NEWS
March 29, 2013 | BY REBECCA BORISON, Daily News Staff Writer borisor@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
BACK FOR A second round, the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts is traveling through time this year. Led by festival director Jay Wahl, the Kimmel Center will put on a monthlong festival based around the theme of time travel. The festival will have 51 ticketed events, and each event will tie into time travel in some way. The Philadelphia Orchestra, for example, will go back to 33 A.D. and the crucifixion of Jesus when they perform "St. Matthew Passion" on Friday and Saturday.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Culture Writer
The concept that unlocks the possibilities of time travel may remain obscure. But what we now know about time machines is that they take up a lot of space. One such specimen landed Monday morning in the lobby of the Kimmel Center as workers began assembling an enormous "interactive" time machine to be the centerpiece of the Kimmel's upcoming arts festival. With its time-travel theme, the 2013 Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts will frame performances and other events with time-related exhibits and activities experienced in the 100-foot-long cylinder.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2013 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
With no conductor for Thursday night's Philadelphia Orchestra concert, the ensemble was left to confront Mozart on its own. Little surprise that the Eine kleine Nachtmusik was small and bland, the Symphony No. 25 erratic. And yet, the composer's C Minor Piano Concerto glowed with a point of view of such blinding beauty that we probably won't hear its likes again anytime soon. It was all planned, actually - even rehearsed that way. Conductors are a relatively modern invention, especially the breed of whom celebrity is expected, and for this one program the orchestra constructed a concert that asked musicians to find leadership elsewhere.
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