December 7, 2012 |
No doubt about it - the secondary is the primary focus of the wrath of Eagles fans. When fans were asked, "Who is the Eagles weakest link?" from among 25 choices, more than 70 percent of the 2,335 votes went to cornerbacks Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and safeties Kurt Coleman and Nate Allen. Asomugha himself got 40.2 percent - 939 votes. Now it's time, as promised in Tuesday's story, for the final showdown to determine Mr. Disappointment for the 2012 season.
September 16, 2008 |
The U.S. banking industry, both the cause of much of the nation's economic malaise and its greatest victim, was left reeling yesterday. A horrid day on Wall Street and in the international markets ended with experts predicting even more carnage for banks and other financial institutions. The topics were largely limited to "how much more" and "who else. " The range of assessments was huge. Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., attempting to calm investors, said the American people could remain confident in the "soundness and resilience in the American financial system.
July 2, 2007
"I DON'T MEAN to be rude, but . . . " If "American Idol" judge Simon Cowell has said it once, he's said it a thousand times - he even used the disclaimer for the title of his autobiography. But ask yourself: Why, exactly, are so many of us still listening? Especially when what follows is, to be perfectly honest, so often very rude? It was 231 years ago this week that a group of British colonists gathered in Philadelphia, and in language considered direct for its time, declared "that these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved.
June 18, 2002 |
Simon Cowell is the new Brit you will love to hate, the smug judge on American Idol who gives Fox's star-search smack-down its nasty edge. Like The Weakest Link dominatrix Anne Robinson, Cowell dresses in black and specializes in humiliation. The English record producer (of such unsuccessful-on-these-shores prefab outfits as Westlife) shares talent-assessing duties for the summer series with former pop star Paula Abdul and music-industry veteran Randy Jackson. American Idol - grandiosely subtitled "The Search for a Superstar" - debuted last Tuesday and Wednesday with two high-rated episodes, and continues with an hour-long show at 9 tonight and a half-hour live installment at 9:30 tomorrow.
November 27, 2001 |
AND NOW, for a little March Madness. Oft-hospitalized singing sensation Liza Minnelli will marry her fourth husband, producer David Gest, on March 2, with best men Michael Jackson and brother Tito Jackson looking on. "I am the happiest I've ever been," Minnelli, 55, said in a statement. "Everything I've been through was worth it to find David. " The lovebirds were introduced by the oddball pop yente when Minnelli, the daughter of filmmaker Vincente Minnelli and actress Judy Garland, appeared on Gest's production of the singer's 30th-anniversary special in September.
May 15, 2001 |
The Weakest Link is strong enough for NBC, a quiz show so cheap and popular that the network will double its airplay next fall. Moving first among the TV networks, NBC announced its fall lineup yesterday. By Thursday, all six will have unveiled their schedules. In addition to adding a Link to its programming chain, NBC will premiere three new sitcoms - one starring superchef Emeril Lagasse - and three dramas, including yet another Law & Order offshoot and a medical/mystery/woman-against-the world saga starring Law & Order alumna Jill Hennessey.
April 14, 2001 |
I was too weak for The Weakest Link. Forget any chances at winning $1 million. What a relief. Two weeks ago, at Center City's DoubleTree Hotel, NBC held open tryouts for the super-hyped quiz show, which debuts Monday night at 8. I went full of hope. I left thrilled I'd failed. While dozens of us waited to hear how we did on a trivia test, a tape of the hit British version rolled. We watched in horror. For a contestant, it's the stuff of nightmares.
February 2, 2001 |
In the center ring of The Invisible Circus is its teenage heroine's tightrope walk between present and past, less an act of balance than one of self-reclamation. In the present, which is to say 1977, Phoebe (the magnetic Jordana Brewster) is 18 and recognizes that her big sister's suicide in 1970 has choked something vital in her. Only by tracing the last months of Faith (Cameron Diaz), her anarchist older sibling, can Phoebe regenerate her stunted identity and grow into a woman.
January 21, 2001 |
The ingredients for success are simple enough: ridicule, humiliation, money - and a dominatrix in designer black. Those are the elements of Britain's hottest television show, The Weakest Link, whose mortifying attractions may soon be available to U.S. viewers. NBC, confident that public abasement will be at least as popular on the western side of the Atlantic, shot a pilot here Jan. 11 for a U.S. version, perhaps hosted by Survivor winner Richard Hatch. The British quiz show - in which a dragon-lady host ridicules contestants and encourages them to vilify each other - is a sort of cruel cross between Survivor and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.