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September 10, 1993 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Hollywood's new red-hot screenwriter is a guy named Quentin Tarentino, whose scripts are so good it's believed no one can ruin them. Director Tony Scott tries his darnedest, though, in "True Romance. " The man who brought us "Top Gun" brings his Top-40, bubble-gum approach to Tarentino's punk-tone road movie. It's like hiring Whitney Houston to front for the Sex Pistols. "True Romance" stars Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette as Clarence and Alabama, a young couple on the run from Detroit to L.A. with stolen Mafia cocaine.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1994 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
A wacky witchy tale and an offbeat drama are among the first movies to come to video in 1994. HOCUS POCUS (1993) (Buena Vista) 96 minutes. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy. This silly but irresistible film stars Midler, Parker and Najimy as 17th-century sorceresses whose spirits are conjured up in present-day Salem on Halloween night. They think that they've died and gone to the devil's playground. The trick-or-treaters think that they have way-cool costumes.
NEWS
February 18, 2015
A story in Sunday's Live Life Love erred in identifying the male lead in True Romance . He is Christian Slater. Also, the release year for The English Patient was incorrect. It is 1996. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia does not draw from or depend on the treasuries of local parishes. A Sunday story on parish mergers failed to note that distinction. In a story Friday about the HBO documentary Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Dana Perry was identified incorrectly.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 10, 1993 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
The conversation that opens True Romance - a provocatively bloody lovers- on-the-lam odyssey from the twisted mind of Quentin Tarantino - isn't as obscenely funny as the thugs' symposium on Madonna's "Like a Virgin" that led off his Reservoir Dogs. But it comes darn close: Clarence Worley, a comic-book-store clerk with an encyclopedic appreciation of Sonny Chiba chopsocky movies, is in a Detroit bar talking to a woman about Elvis and Elvis' incredible sex appeal, and how, even though Clarence isn't of that persuasion, he'd entertain the notion of conjugal relations with the King.
NEWS
March 30, 1995 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Having examined the many entries for the official Brad Pitt Movie Quiz, we can now understand why Pitt needed armed weightlifters to keep fans out of his hair during the "Twelve Monkeys" shoot. Fanatical devotees swamped the Daily News with entries that displayed a keen - you might say disturbing - interest in the young career of young Brad. Pitt-o-philes had little trouble with our quiz (winners get a "Legends of the Fall" poster), often augmenting their answers with supplemental Pitt trivia.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 17, 1993 | By Ziva Branstetter, Daily News Staff Writer
There's one major problem with "Jurassic Park," "Coneheads," "Cliffhanger" and a few of the other big summer movies: a definite lack of cute guys. Sure, Sylvester Stallone is hunky, but these days, he's looking tired. So girlfriends, befor you plunk down $6 on any movie this season, here's our official list of the 10 Hottest Boys of Summer, in descending order of cuteness: 1. Brad Pitt in "True Romance" and "Kalifornia," That scene in "Thelma & Louise" with Brad shirtless was off scale on the hotness meter.
NEWS
September 23, 1993 | by Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
Christian Slater may be MTV's love object of the moment and tantalizingly on the verge of major movie stardom. But he would rather be thought of as a very serious young actor. And he would be - if he could just stop having so much fun. "I just loved this, loved the experience, just incredible," the 24-year- old actor said, referring to his latest movie, "True Romance. " But he expresses identically happy, if slightly weary, enthusiasm about most of the projects he has worked on recently, from hosting the MTV Video Music Awards to Barry Levinson's latest writing-directing effort, which Slater is filming opposite Joe Pesci.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
British goth-pop singer Charli XCX's debut album, True Romance , shares a title with Tony Scott's Quentin Tarantino-scripted 1993 road movie. The similarity, however, is only "incidental," says the 20-year-old songwriter, who will headline Union Transfer on Saturday. "I do love that movie, and I think that Clarence and Alabama [played by Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette] are two of the best romantic heroes ever," says the singer, who hails from Hertfordshire, north of London, and whose last name is Aitchison.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
At 31, Aziz Ansari is at a fascinating point in his comic career. So interesting, in fact, he can perform the nearly impossible task of filling a sports arena for what is ordinarily an intimate stand-up routine. That's what Ansari did Friday when he packed the Wells Fargo Center. Then again, Ansari is a different comic from most, a wiry stand-up who not only has rock-star status, but whose snarky routines have the tone and rhythm of daring musical artists, like Kanye West and LCD Soundsystem, whom he name-drops into his sets.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 1993 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
In Jurassic Park, the mega-dino movie that thunders into theaters on Friday, Samuel L. Jackson doesn't get much chance to mingle with the triceratops. For most of the film, Jackson's character - head computer geek for the prehistoric theme park where genetically cloned dinosaurs roam free - is hunkered behind a bank of keyboards and video monitors in the park's Mission Control. Jackson's bespectacled John Arnold is a systems engineer who worked on the Polaris submarine missile system in the late '60s, and supervised construction of several high-end theme parks, including Universal Studios Hollywood.
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NEWS
February 18, 2015
A story in Sunday's Live Life Love erred in identifying the male lead in True Romance . He is Christian Slater. Also, the release year for The English Patient was incorrect. It is 1996. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia does not draw from or depend on the treasuries of local parishes. A Sunday story on parish mergers failed to note that distinction. In a story Friday about the HBO documentary Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Dana Perry was identified incorrectly.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 30, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
At 31, Aziz Ansari is at a fascinating point in his comic career. So interesting, in fact, he can perform the nearly impossible task of filling a sports arena for what is ordinarily an intimate stand-up routine. That's what Ansari did Friday when he packed the Wells Fargo Center. Then again, Ansari is a different comic from most, a wiry stand-up who not only has rock-star status, but whose snarky routines have the tone and rhythm of daring musical artists, like Kanye West and LCD Soundsystem, whom he name-drops into his sets.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 31, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
British goth-pop singer Charli XCX's debut album, True Romance , shares a title with Tony Scott's Quentin Tarantino-scripted 1993 road movie. The similarity, however, is only "incidental," says the 20-year-old songwriter, who will headline Union Transfer on Saturday. "I do love that movie, and I think that Clarence and Alabama [played by Christian Slater and Patricia Arquette] are two of the best romantic heroes ever," says the singer, who hails from Hertfordshire, north of London, and whose last name is Aitchison.
NEWS
February 14, 2005 | By Michele H. Lacina
As an aspiring romance writer and member of the Romance Writers of America and the New Jersey Romance Writers, I'm often asked the secret to finding and keeping love alive. While I'm not an expert, I have been married to the same man for 32 years, and I've completed two novels (as yet unpublished) that deal with romantic elements. So I'd like to shed some light on the steps I believe lead to true romance. These are simple ways anyone from age 16 to 90 can use to increase his or her romantic IQ. Stop and listen.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2004 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
Somewhere in the midst of the smog-shrouded, color-saturated orgy of retribution that is Man on Fire, Denzel Washington - playing a drunk, has-been mercenary hired to protect a rich girl from kidnappers - offers up the line, "Revenge is a meal best served cold. " This is, of course, the same sage maxim (with minor alterations) that appears onscreen at the outset of Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill, Vol. 1. Tony Scott - who directed a Tarantino script once, True Romance - is clearly on to something.
NEWS
May 17, 1999 | by Jenice M. Armstrong, Daily News Staff Writer
At 56, Cecilia Riley had long ago quit waiting for Prince Charming to show up with a glass slipper. She figured he was dead or just not interested. So, instead of hanging out at balls, Riley made plans to retire, sell her house in East Falls and move to Arizona. Then, one day, he showed up - her own bright, shining prince. He didn't gallop in on a white horse, but he does live in Arizona, which for Riley is even better. They got engaged in October. Since their meeting, Riley has told and retold the story of her whirlwind summer romance with Dwight Bandy, the courtly divorced man she met at her daughter's graduation.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 25, 1995 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
"I touch of the exotic East" is what Laura Bowman's sister has promised her, hoping the lush rain forests, the rice paddies, the towering pagodas, the collision of colonial architecture and serene Buddhist statuary, would help the young American doctor forget her tragedy back home. But Laura (Patricia Arquette) can't forget. Her dreams are haunted by the deaths of her husband and son. Her tour group journeys upriver to a temple guarded by giant carved Buddhas. "I stared at those stone faces but nothing stirred in me," Laura says in voice-over.
NEWS
March 30, 1995 | by Gary Thompson, Daily News Movie Critic
Having examined the many entries for the official Brad Pitt Movie Quiz, we can now understand why Pitt needed armed weightlifters to keep fans out of his hair during the "Twelve Monkeys" shoot. Fanatical devotees swamped the Daily News with entries that displayed a keen - you might say disturbing - interest in the young career of young Brad. Pitt-o-philes had little trouble with our quiz (winners get a "Legends of the Fall" poster), often augmenting their answers with supplemental Pitt trivia.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 6, 1994 | Inquirer staff reviews and synopses, compiled by Christopher Cornell
A wacky witchy tale and an offbeat drama are among the first movies to come to video in 1994. HOCUS POCUS (1993) (Buena Vista) 96 minutes. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy. This silly but irresistible film stars Midler, Parker and Najimy as 17th-century sorceresses whose spirits are conjured up in present-day Salem on Halloween night. They think that they've died and gone to the devil's playground. The trick-or-treaters think that they have way-cool costumes.
NEWS
September 23, 1993 | by Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News
Christian Slater may be MTV's love object of the moment and tantalizingly on the verge of major movie stardom. But he would rather be thought of as a very serious young actor. And he would be - if he could just stop having so much fun. "I just loved this, loved the experience, just incredible," the 24-year- old actor said, referring to his latest movie, "True Romance. " But he expresses identically happy, if slightly weary, enthusiasm about most of the projects he has worked on recently, from hosting the MTV Video Music Awards to Barry Levinson's latest writing-directing effort, which Slater is filming opposite Joe Pesci.
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