March 4, 2014 |
Damian D. "Skipper" Pitts was not offended when a student in his leadership class at Temple University raised a hand one Thursday night last year and asked for an early dismissal. Pitts was just confused by the excuse: The student wanted to get home in time to watch Scandal . "I said, 'What the hell is Scandal ?' " Pitts recalled recently. "The only thing the classroom didn't do was stone me. " A year later, the former Marine and leadership consultant from Fort Washington cannot only rattle off the names of every character like a true Gladiator, as fans of the ABC-TV political drama are known, he aims to cash in on the program's wild appeal with a crisis-leadership game called Scandalytes.
February 17, 1995 |
Jamie Lee Curtis arguably was the best thing about "True Lies," but if that film is checked out at your video stores, look for one or more of these: "A Fish Called Wanda. " The 1988 comedy written by Monty Python's John Cleese and co-starring Kevin Kline. "My Girl. " The 1991 original with Macaulay Culkin - NOT the 1994 sequel. "Trading Places. " She does fine as the cliched hooker with a heart of gold. "Perfect. " A film that's far from great but serves as a kind of time capsule look at the mid-'80s, with yuppies fretting about their figures.
March 8, 1991 |
The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra are trading places, in a first-time-ever joint venture. The Philadelphia Orchestra Association is presenting the Israel Philharmonic conducted by Zubin Mehta on Wednesday. The Philadelphia Orchestra will give a concert in Israel during its 1992 tour of Europe and Mediterranean. The concerts were scheduled to facilitate the two orchestras' touring plans. Net proceeds from reserved parquet and balcony seats will be shared by both orchestras.
June 18, 2000
Regardless of what the experts say, we all have our own ideas on what tickles the funny bone. The "Hey, what about. . . " game is in full swing this week with readers recalling favorite flicks they think should have made the American Film Institute's recently published list of the 100 funniest American movies. A laugh-out-loud scene, a clever play on words or a cast with comedic chemistry were among the criteria readers cited in making their case for additional list-worthy films.
April 29, 2003 |
The Wildwood Catholic boys' basketball coaches are trading places, athletic director Sal Zuccarello announced yesterday. John "Champ" McGaffney, the Crusaders' head coach the last six years, will become the team's assistant, mostly because of his increased duties at his summer ice-cream business in Cape May. McGaffney will be replaced by Dave DeWeese, who was a Wildwood Catholic assistant last year. Wildwood Catholic went 21-6 last season and dropped a 67-51 decision to Cardinal McCarrick in the NJSIAA South Jersey Parochial B final.
February 15, 1988 |
Just a few seasons ago, the 76ers were the envy of the NBA. Owner Harold Katz probably would not have traded places with anyone in the league. Just a few months ago, the New Jersey Nets were playing Eddie Murphy's character in the movie "Trading Places" as well as the 76ers had once played Dan Akroyd's. Team president Bernie Mann certainly would have traded places with almost anyone in the NBA. Yesterday afternoon at the Meadowlands Arena, the once-charmed sank deeper into their evolving role as the damned.
December 29, 1989 |
One way to gracefully make the passage into the '90s is by turning New Year's Eve into View Year's Eve. There are any number of films, fortunately most of them comedies, where the characters have such immense and involving New Year's troubles that swiftly you will forget your own. Alternatively, you can use the movie you rent as a means of helping you resolve your crisis of the moment. Unemployed? Rent The Apartment (1960), in which working stiff Jack Lemmon quits his job on New Year's Eve and ends up hosting the merriest party in town.
September 18, 2013 |
IT'S A crisp autumn night, you're at a house party with some friends, and everyone's getting thirsty. There's good music, good food, good people - heck, maybe a couple of wild and crazy guys are making a scene on the dance floor - but the only thing you can find to drink is unrelentingly bad liquor. Who you gonna call? Dan Aykroyd. The Hollywood icon feels your pain, consumer of bad booze. He had some unfortunate encounters in the past with the perfectly awful tequila and vodka sold near his summer home in Canada.
April 1, 1994
Everything we know about commodities trading we learned from Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy in the movie "Trading Places. " The secret of commodity trading seems about as simple as a movie plot. Some people make enormous profits because nearly everybody else loses their shirts, trousers and firstborn in the market. It's not supposed to be a game for unsophisticated investors. So how dare Hillary Clinton make a potful of money? Not a real big potful, understand, by the standard set by the great hustlers of the Reagan Era, but major bucks in ordinary-people terms.
December 23, 1988 |
It's New Year's Eve and a Saturday night - a double whammy for those of us who say we choose to stay home but deep down believe we belong Out There where the air is rare. But if you have to ring in 1989 in your living room, kitchen and bedroom, don't despair. Here are ways to make the night a memorable one: A perfect solution is a simple pot luck dinner with friends (you're not the only one not out on the town), with everyone dressed up. Use your best tablecloth, but don't do the cooking.