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September 9, 2010
8 p.m. CW Elena (Nina Dobrev, right) comes home to a nightmare as she discovers the fates of Uncle John and Jeremy (David Anders, Steven R. McQueen). Damon (Ian Somerhalder) realizes Elena's vampire doppelgänger has returned.
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February 27, 1990 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rockula is a vapid vampire comedy that tosses out the Transylvania rule book - vampires don't have mirror images, vampires can't venture into daylight, vampires go for the jugular - and replaces the Bram Stoker legend with rock videos. Lousy rock videos. A cable-ready teen pic from the cynically hip team that ripped-off Gremlins and called it Ghoulies a few years back, Rockula is a sorry attempt to do what Brian De Palma did with Phantom of the Paradise, a rock-musical inspired by a classic Hollywood horror tale.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 1992 | By Desmond Ryan, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
With John Landis' Innocent Blood, the vampire once again strikes out - and diehard fans are best advised to await the next transfusion from Francis Ford Coppola's much-touted remake of Dracula. Landis' erratic, raucous and occasionally erotic stab at the genre has its moments of sly wit, but most of the gibes are too gross and clumsy to sustain the delicate balance of humor and horror that he wanted. To be fair, there is a pitfall - or perhaps we should say an open grave - in the path of any filmmaker trying to strike that balance.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 2, 1993 | By Ryan Murphy, FOR THE INQUIRER
After nearly 20 years stuck in development hell, one of Hollywood's most coveted and frustrating properties is finally going to make it to the silver screen. And not only that, the film will be helmed by the most talked-about director in town. According to industry sources, Neil Jordan - director of the smash independent film The Crying Game - has agreed to direct Interview With a Vampire, a film based on Anne Rice's 1976 bestseller of the same title. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin shooting in Hungary, perhaps as early as April.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2009 | By Tirdad Derakhshani INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
There are plenty of vampire flicks on DVD this Halloween, but the best films feature the unlikeliest of all monsters: children. Writer-director Paul Solet's feature debut, Grace, from Anchor Bay (www.anchorbayentertainment.com/; $26.97; rated R) is a doozy: The villain is a newborn baby who also happens to be a vampire. Jordan Ladd stars as Madeline Matheson, a beautiful, pregnant young woman whose husband dies in a car crash. Refusing to believe the crash also killed her unborn child, Madeline decides to carry it to term.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2008 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
"You're not in Phoenix anymore," Charlie Swann tells his teenage girl, Bella, welcoming her to the rain-drenched, vampire-pocked Pacific Northwest town of Forks, Wash. And if that line echoes a famous one from The Wizard of Oz, well, so be it, because in Twilight - the surefire hit adaptation of the first book from Stephenie Meyer's mega-selling saga - Bella Swann, like Dorothy Gale, is in for the ride of her life. A pheromone-drenched high school romance rife with heavy-duty Dracula stuff, Twilight - directed with savvy humor by Catherine Hardwicke - turns vampirism into a metaphor for teen lust.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 1998 | By Steven Rea, INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
"There's something happening in the vampire ranks," cautions Kris Kristofferson. "Something big. " Yup: There are vampire car valets and vampire doormen standing at attention outside the city's best restaurants. There are all-night raves where bloodsucking throngs feast on "fresh meat" lured to their strobe-lit boites. There are board meetings where uptight vampire capos sneer at the young hotshot half-breed who's planning to take over the world. And there's Wesley Snipes wearing a really long, heavy-looking leather coat and a really long, heavy-looking stare.
NEWS
February 10, 1993 | By Frederick Cusick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The defense attorney for Chad Franciscus, the Chester County teenager convicted of murder in the sensational "vampire" trial last fall, says she has uncovered evidence that a state trooper perjured himself during the trial. The perjury, she contends in court papers, so damaged Trooper James J. Boyd's credibility that the court should order a new trial. Franciscus, 19, was convicted in Chester County Court of the 1991 murder of Michael Devine, 16, of Parkesburg. The case was based on the prosecution's assertion that Franciscus had an obsession with the devil and had stabbed Devine in a satanic quest for blood.
NEWS
November 20, 2008 | By Steven Rea INQUIRER MOVIE CRITIC
'You're not in Phoenix anymore," Charlie Swann tells his teenage girl, Bella, welcoming her to the rain-drenched, vampire-pocked Pacific Northwest town of Forks, Wash. And if that line echoes a famous one from The Wizard of Oz, well, so be it, because in Twilight - the surefire hit adaptation of the first book from Stephenie Meyer's mega-selling saga - Bella Swann, like Dorothy Gale, is in for the ride of her life. A pheromone-drenched high school romance rife with heavy-duty Dracula stuff, Twilight - directed with savvy humor by Catherine Hardwicke - turns vampirism into a metaphor for teen lust.
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April 25, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
IN "Only Lovers Left Alive," it's the end of the world as Jim Jarmusch knows it, and he doesn't feel fine. The bohemian deadpan minimalist is in the cranky old man phase of his career - "Lovers" has the sour mood of a guy who feels like he's been around too long, witnessed the decline of humanity and also wants the kid next door turn to down the blasted rap music. These feelings find expression in the movie's central idea of bored immortals - "Only Lovers Left Alive" is Jarmusch's vampire flick.
NEWS
March 13, 2014
WE ONCE called the Board of Revision of Taxes flesh-eating zombies. That was back in 2010, when the BRT filed a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court challenging the city's ability to abolish it, prompted by decades of patronage, mismanagement and arbitrary property assessments. The city, with the support of voters, split the BRT into two, separating its property-assessment function from its appeals function. When the city tried to gain control of the appeals function, the BRT balked, and the court backed them.
NEWS
February 9, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ever since Twilight convinced tweens that vampires were hot and fangs a girl's best friend, the multiplex hasn't been safe for honest, blood-soaked, vampires-are-nasty movies. Instead, we're served limp fare like Vampire Academy , a silly fizzle of red corpuscle-spiked froth from Freaky Friday and Mean Girls director Mark Waters. Adapted from the first installment of Richelle Mead's six-novel young adult series, Vampire Academy is a derivative magic 'n' monsters teen rom-com that mixes the not-so-risqué sexuality of Twilight with the high school histrionics of Mean Girls and plops it all down at a Harry Potter -ish school of magic.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Ellen Gray
* THE MILLERS. 8:30 tonight, CBS3. * WELCOME TO THE FAMILY. 8:30 tonight, NBC10. * SEAN SAVES THE WORLD. 9:30 tonight, NBC10. * THE ORIGINALS. 9 tonight, CW57. Moves to 8 p.m. Tuesdays next week. "OH, RELAX. It's a fart. Some people think they're funny. " That's Margo Martindale's character talking with her uptight son (Will Arnett) in the premiere tonight of CBS' "The Millers. " But it might as well be the Emmy-winning Martindale addressing fans who loved her as the poisonous Mags Bennett in "Justified" and the ruthless Russian handler Claudia in the FX spy drama "The Americans" and who can't quite get their heads around the idea that she's been reduced to CBS sitcom flatulence.
NEWS
September 22, 2013 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
'Wisdom's a gift, but you'd trade it for youth," Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend sang on the Skyline Stage of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday. "Age is an honor, but it's still not the truth. " Since releasing its debut album in 2008, Vampire Weekend have fit the definition of a postcollegiate indie-pop band. Famously, the four members met while matriculating at Columbia University. It's likely that the words "Ivy League" have appeared alongside the band's name more than any other act in the history of rock-and-roll.
NEWS
June 28, 2013 | BY ROGER MOORE, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    "BYZANTIUM" doesn't breathe new life into the weary vampires-on-the-run / young-vampires-in-love formulas. But Neil Jordan ("Interview with the Vampire," "The Crying Game") still manages to return this sort of tale to the realm of adults, with the meaty themes and grim, gory violence that "Twilight" scrubbed out. Saoirse Ronan plays our heroine, Eleanor, the young woman who narrates the tale in snippets of memoir that she writes and then throws away. Why? "My story can never be told," she narrates.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 18, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV CRITIC
The last of this week's broadcast upfronts was by The CW, whose brand is young, fresh, and hip. Fittingly, The CW's presentation at New York's City Center on Thursday opened with Icona Pop performing the infectious "I Love It. " The network's new schedule includes superpowered teens, vampires, and . . . Mary, Queen of Scots? A series about 16th-century royalty - didn't see that one coming. Despite the departures of Gossip Girl and 90210 , and the looming expiration of Nikita , it is a typically modest harvest of new shows (three dramas)
ENTERTAINMENT
May 7, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
With legendary film auteur John Cassavetes as their father and Oscar-nominated actor Gena Rowlands as their mom, it must have seemed inevitable that at least one of the Cassavetes children would become a filmmaker. But all three? Alexandra "Xan" Cassavetes laughs when asked if film was a destiny pre-written for the Cassavetes brood: The 47-year-old writer-director's brother Nick, 53, and sister Zoe, 42, are also directors. Cassavetes this week follows up her 2004 documentary, Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession with the vampire love story Kiss of the Damned . "I didn't plan to be a director until I was 35. For years I wanted to do anything but!"
NEWS
April 18, 2013 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONG BRANCH, N.J. - I know what you did last summer on New Jersey's beaches . . . and it was gross. Based on the trash left behind by beachgoers, washed ashore from distant landfills or sewer overflows, one can only assume it was a summer to remember. "Volunteers find the wild, the wacky and the weird during the beach sweeps - everything from ant traps to Yoda," said Cindy Zipf, executive director of the Clean Ocean Action environmental group, which organized the cleanups.
NEWS
December 4, 2012
WASHINGTON - The proverbial "fiscal cliff" is getting closer and closer, but the two sides tasked with negotiating a solution seem to be moving further away. Republicans have to stop using "political math" and say how much they are willing to raise tax rates on the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, President Obama's surrogate, said on Sunday. House Speaker John Boehner countered that Republicans have a plan for providing $800 billion in new government revenue over the next decade and would consider the elimination of tax deductions on high-income earners.
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