April 26, 1991 |
If plagiarism were legal, imagine what a great novel you could write. Take the best passages from your favorite books, and weave them into a single integrated story, and watch it climb the best-seller list. Of course, plagiarism is frowned upon in the publishing business, which is why people who borrow liberally from other material work in movies. Thus, "Toy Soldiers. " There are at least a half a dozen other movies here. A bunch of rejects ("The Dirty Dozen") from a boys' prep school ("Dead Poets Society")
January 13, 1990 |
With sales of baseball cards and military memorabilia coming up, next week promises to be one for bidders on battles and batters. The baseball cards will be offered Thursday at two Montgomery County locations, at 9 a.m. in Hatfield at the Alderfer Auction Center and at 5:30 p.m. in Royersford at Ken Reed's Auction Gallery. In addition to the baseball cards, the Reed's sale will feature coins, antique toys, and arcade-game posters and signs from West Point Park, an area amusement center.
December 16, 1987 |
It is, as Stewart F. Taylor puts it, a conglomeration of "color splashes," pleasing to the eye and challenging to the imagination. But it would drive von Clausewitz and other military tacticians daffy. Up there, for example, a British military band, resplendent in red and with its goat mascot walking proudly in front, precedes an infantry outfit along a road that leads to battle. Across the way, the adversary - an assortment of French troops, most in horizon-blue garb - is ready for action.
December 15, 2002 |
Stewart Taylor, 72, of Marshallton, has been playing with toy soldiers for more than 65 years. It all began on a Christmas morning when he was 5 years old. "I walked into my father's den and saw 100 toy soldiers, complete with a marching band, lined up with care. It is my most memorable Christmas," Taylor said. Taylor is the guest curator of "Toy Soldiers on Parade," a holiday exhibition at the Chester County Historical Society in West Chester. By using 700 figures from his collection of 2,200, he has created displays that illustrate the long connection between toy soldiers and Christmas.
March 31, 1996 |
On a sun-splashed Saturday of early spring, Terance Harris was sitting at the edge of a smoky battlefield 11 stories above Center City, worrying about mud. Back 134 years in time, he was replaying the Battle of Williamsburg with half-inch soldiers and had to figure a week of rain into his plans. Sitting across from him, Karl Soderholtz wore a Confederate-gray cap and fretted about reinforcements. Did Gen. Richard H. Anderson get his message on time? "It's 1862," began their host, Richard Henkus, whose acrid Center City living room served as the Tidewater battlefield.
April 26, 1991 |
Toy Soldiers is a high-concept movie that works. Take a school of misfit rich kids who've spent their formative years defying authority, have 'em held hostage by a gang of Colombian terrorists, et voila: It's Taps meets Dead Poets Society, with a script that's as youth-empathic as the latest John Hughes teen opus. Although the premise of Daniel Petrie Jr.'s slick action pic can be -and no doubt was - pitched to studio execs in a matter of minutes, the end result is mighty snappy stuff.
May 12, 2011 |
Demetrius M. Frison was happy to hear the news that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden, but the Philadelphia native told his wife that he "still had a job to do. " Frison, 26, an Army first lieutenant, was serving his first combat tour in Afghanistan when he was killed Tuesday by a bomb, said his wife, Mikki, 25. His body is scheduled to arrive Thursday afternoon at Dover (Del.) Air Force Base. Funeral arrangements were pending, his wife said. They lived in near Fort Knox, Ky., where he was stationed.
January 4, 1990 |
Toys and dolls like the ones grandma and grandpa - maybe even great-grandma and great-grandpa - used to play with fill the main gallery at the James A. Michener Arts Center in Doylestown. Turn-of-the-century toy trains and dolls dating from 1860 to 1920 are highlights of the holiday exhibit, which opened Nov. 26 and continues through Feb. 4 at the center, which is at the site of the old Bucks County Jail, 138 E. Pine St. More than 1,000 toy soldiers made in England are included in the display, as are a rocking horse, jumbo stuffed animals, model cars and key-wound dolls on music box stands.
May 14, 2010
The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society Tusk is the aficionado's favorite Fleetwood Mac album. A brilliant, eccentric 1979 follow-up to the mega-selling Rumours , it was a double album of Christine McVie sweetness ("Over & Over"), Stevie Nicks witchiness ("Storms"), and, especially, Lindsey Buckingham madcap weirdness ("Not That Funny"). The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society features six mostly local musicians, including multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hall (the War on Drugs)
April 23, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Kevin Jarre, who wrote the screenplays for the movies "Glory" and "Tombstone," has died. He was 56. His aunt, Patty Briley Bean, tells the Los Angeles Times that Jarre died unexpectedly of heart failure earlier this month at his Santa Monica home. Jarre was a history buff who was entranced by the Civil War since childhood, when he'd received toy soldiers for Christmas. His research on a black regiment led him to write the 1989 movie "Glory," which won three Academy Awards, including one for actor Denzel Washington.