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By Russell Smith and Russell Smith,Dallas Morning News | September 3, 1991
How is "Fame," the exuberant musical about gifted school kids, like "Midnight Express," the true story of a young American's harrowing experience in a Turkish prison? What do "Bugsy Malone," "Birdy" and "Pink Floyd: The Wall" have in common with "Angel Heart," "Mississippi Burning" and "Come See the Paradise"?The answer is Alan Parker, the British director whose eclectic bent has taken him, most recently, to "The Commitments," a lighthearted, music-filled comedy about the rise and fall of a working-class Irish soul band.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter | May 16, 2008
Douglas Alan Parker, a Howard County entrepreneur whose eSchoolnewsletter , an e-mail communication link, connected schools with the homes of their students, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at Four Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital Center. The Woodbine resident was 49. The genesis of Mr. Parker's e-mail system came about in 2002 during the height of the sniper attacks in the Washington area, when worried parents were trying to call schools whose phones were constantly busy. "We couldn't get to principals to find out what was going on," Mr. Parker, the father of four, told The Sun in a 2007 interview.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen and Frederick N. Rasmussen,sun reporter | May 16, 2008
Douglas Alan Parker, a Howard County entrepreneur whose eSchoolnewsletter , an e-mail communication link, connected schools with the homes of their students, died Monday of pancreatic cancer at Four Seasons Hospice at Northwest Hospital Center. The Woodbine resident was 49. The genesis of Mr. Parker's e-mail system came about in 2002 during the height of the sniper attacks in the Washington area, when worried parents were trying to call schools whose phones were constantly busy. "We couldn't get to principals to find out what was going on," Mr. Parker, the father of four, told The Sun in a 2007 interview.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | February 21, 2003
If only sincerity and good intentions were enough. In The Life of David Gale, they don't even come close, drastically outweighed as they are by hamfistedness, inane plot points and a smugness that suggests the movie has said all there is to say, when it's barely scratched the surface. A screed against the death penalty that should succeed in converting no one to its cause, David Gale is one of those movies where you have to wonder if the creative team - director Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning)
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By Lou Cedrone | September 12, 1991
* ''The Commitments'' An Alan Parker (''Fame'') film in which a young man, living on the north side of Dublin, organizes a soul band, one whose members are more spirited than the songs they sing.* ''Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare'' Freddy, the kiddie killer, is back again, tormenting the kids who dream about him. Robert Englund is Freddy.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | February 21, 2003
If only sincerity and good intentions were enough. In The Life of David Gale, they don't even come close, drastically outweighed as they are by hamfistedness, inane plot points and a smugness that suggests the movie has said all there is to say, when it's barely scratched the surface. A screed against the death penalty that should succeed in converting no one to its cause, David Gale is one of those movies where you have to wonder if the creative team - director Alan Parker (Mississippi Burning)
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By Steve McKerrow | September 14, 1991
TELEVISIONA duet for Miss America In the realm of pop culture, maybe this is something significant: For the first time in its 65-year history, "The Miss America Pageant" (at 10 tonight on NBC/Channel 2) will hear a female voice singing the traditional "There she is . . ." serenade to the winner as she walks the Atlantic City runway. Well, half singing the song, anyway. For first-time co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin are scheduled to perform the song as a duet upon the crowning of the new beauty queen.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 12, 2001
"Everybody pretty much acknowledges he's the man," Jack Nicholson says of director Stanley Kubrick, "and I still feel that underrates him." That's pretty much the tenor of "Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures," a 2 1/2 -hour documentary on the legendarily spotlight-shunning filmmaker, made with the cooperation of his family and premiering at 7:30 tonight on Cinemax. Produced and directed by Kubrick's longtime assistant Jan Harlan (who was also his brother-in-law), the film includes interviews with family members, co-workers and a host of actors from his films, including Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Matthew Modine, Malcolm McDowell, Keir Dullea, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise (who also narrates)
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | August 1, 1997
A 16-year-old Woodlawn boy was fatally shot early yesterday in a fight between two groups of boys outside the Featherbed Apartments near Featherbed Lane Elementary School in Woodlawn.Baltimore County police spokesman Sgt. Kevin B. Novak said Alan Parker was found dead in a grassy area on the 2000 block of Rich Glen Drive near a playground. Neighbors reported hearing several shots at 1: 22 a.m.Police said the shooting occurred during an argument involving Parker and his group of friends and another group.
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By Stephen Wigler | September 13, 1991
"Father, when I sing hymns in the choir, all I can think of is 'When a Man Loves a Woman' by Marvin Gaye," a young musician tells his priest as he makes his confession."That's Percy Sledge," says the voice on the other side of the curtain."What?" asks the young man."Percy Sledge!" comes the second and louder reply.This is soul music-crazed Dublin as Alan Parker imagines it in "The Commitments," the director's best film since "Fame," his most interesting since "Shoot the Moon," and perhaps the most enjoyable film on screens anywhere right now.This movie, adapted beautifully from Roddy Doyle's street-sharp novel of the same name, tells what happens when two out-of-work musicians from Dublin's depressed Northside ask Jimmy Rabbitte to help them form a band.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 12, 2001
"Everybody pretty much acknowledges he's the man," Jack Nicholson says of director Stanley Kubrick, "and I still feel that underrates him." That's pretty much the tenor of "Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures," a 2 1/2 -hour documentary on the legendarily spotlight-shunning filmmaker, made with the cooperation of his family and premiering at 7:30 tonight on Cinemax. Produced and directed by Kubrick's longtime assistant Jan Harlan (who was also his brother-in-law), the film includes interviews with family members, co-workers and a host of actors from his films, including Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Matthew Modine, Malcolm McDowell, Keir Dullea, Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise (who also narrates)
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By Steve McKerrow | September 14, 1991
TELEVISIONA duet for Miss America In the realm of pop culture, maybe this is something significant: For the first time in its 65-year history, "The Miss America Pageant" (at 10 tonight on NBC/Channel 2) will hear a female voice singing the traditional "There she is . . ." serenade to the winner as she walks the Atlantic City runway. Well, half singing the song, anyway. For first-time co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Regis Philbin are scheduled to perform the song as a duet upon the crowning of the new beauty queen.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 12, 1991
* ''The Commitments'' An Alan Parker (''Fame'') film in which a young man, living on the north side of Dublin, organizes a soul band, one whose members are more spirited than the songs they sing.* ''Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare'' Freddy, the kiddie killer, is back again, tormenting the kids who dream about him. Robert Englund is Freddy.
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By Russell Smith and Russell Smith,Dallas Morning News | September 3, 1991
How is "Fame," the exuberant musical about gifted school kids, like "Midnight Express," the true story of a young American's harrowing experience in a Turkish prison? What do "Bugsy Malone," "Birdy" and "Pink Floyd: The Wall" have in common with "Angel Heart," "Mississippi Burning" and "Come See the Paradise"?The answer is Alan Parker, the British director whose eclectic bent has taken him, most recently, to "The Commitments," a lighthearted, music-filled comedy about the rise and fall of a working-class Irish soul band.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun Movie Critic | September 28, 2007
Across the Universe is disarming, discombobulating and disappointing. Director Julie Taymor has torn page after page from the Beatles' songbook and used it to assemble an allusive pop history of the 1960s. At the film's core is a love story that encompasses the Fab Four's Liverpool, England, roots, American flower power and the increasing despair and division of the Vietnam era. But contrivance overpowers inspiration. With characters named after Beatles titles and echoes of McCartney-Lennon and George Harrison lyrics peppered into the setups and dialogue, the movie is like a fresco done in prefab slabs.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | October 16, 1990
The collection of prize-winning commercials opening today at the Charles under the title "Cannes Goods III" is enjoyable, but its lessons are by this time commonplace.Taken together the commercials simply illustrate a principle that has been obvious on the feature screen for some time now, and explain why so many commercial directors end up as feature directors, and that's simply because the methodology of television advertising has so aped the methodology of the feature film that by now they are nearly interchangeable.
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