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By Helene Lorber and Helene Lorber,Knight-Ridder News Service | July 4, 1993
AFTER ALL THESE YEARSSusan IsaacsHarperCollins343 pages. $23 Susan Isaacs' characters in "After All These Years" are back where and when they belong -- present-day Long Island. No more nasty Nazis, as in "Shining Through"; our villains are social climbers and corporate raiders.The eternal Isaacs heroine is firmly in place. This time she's an up-from-Brooklyn English teacher whose math-teacher husband has climbed to the top of the business world as founder of a high-tech research company. Rosie and Richie Meyers move to a Gatsby-esque enclave where she feels out of place, and he feels he's only begun.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,Sun pop music critic | June 28, 2007
Cyrus Chestnut is a soft-spoken man, and over the phone he comes off as reserved, a little shy. But the jazz pianist's music suggests another side. "I want to be someone who's never stagnant," says Chestnut, who kicks off Towson University's Summer Performing Arts series tomorrow night at Stephens Hall Theatre. "Jazz is freedom. It's always been about that." Since the mid-1980s, the Baltimore artist, 43, has been one of the most respected pianists in jazz, releasing 14 well-received albums as a leader.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | October 11, 2004
In pop music these days, the word diva is often flung around. Sell a million, overdo the hair, makeup and attitude and suddenly everyone is supposed to revere you. But there are actually few true pop divas still on the scene - performers with long, amazing track records, brains, abundant talent, a magnificent presence. Female artists who grandly re-invent themselves and refreshen the stuff of yesterday, pulling us in again and again. Aretha Franklin. Barbra Streisand. Diana Ross. Cher. Madonna.
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By Jim Farber and Jim Farber,New York Daily News | March 4, 2007
NEW YORK-- --Patty Griffin is back in front on her new CD. When Griffin recorded her first album 13 years ago, her producer gave her a stinging suggestion. "He told me, `It's so much nicer when you sing quietly,'" she recalls. "I got that from a lot of people. So I thought my voice must be really harsh and ugly." That's far from the case. But the criticism stuck - to the point where Griffin tempered her powerhouse voice for years, stressing more croons than shouts. Now, that's changing.
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By David Zurawik and David Zurawik,SUN TELEVISION CRITIC | May 17, 2000
Staying with its we-love-baby-boomers formula of the 1990s, CBS will announce a new fall lineup today in New York that features Bette Midler, Christine Baranski and a remake of "The Fugitive" among its seven new series. Midler will star in a sitcom titled "Bette," loosely modeled on her own larger-than-life life as an actress and singer. Star appeal won't be a problem, but it will be interesting to see how the Divine Miss M adapts to the physically demanding grit-and-grind of carrying a weekly television series.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,SUN FILM CRITIC | April 4, 1997
There's about 64 minutes of slam-bang comedy, hot, fresh, snappy and just the way you like it, lost in the great sluggish tide that is the almost endless "That Old Feeling." That old feeling is fatigue.Yet this is one of those curious films far more interesting for what it says than for what it is. What it is is mediocre comedy. What it says is, Let the spirit of Dionysian fury liberate you. Escape the tyranny of evil white Republicans. Hooray for our team!Bette Midler -- in fine form -- and Dennis Farina -- gray-haired guy, very macho, usually plays cops and was a cop -- are a long-divorced couple.
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By Rashod D. Ollison | January 22, 2004
3 Doors Down / Constitution Hall 3 Doors Down established itself two years ago with the gargantuan hit "When I'm Gone." The rock band plays Constitution Hall Sunday night at 7:30. Tickets for the show at D.A.R. Constitution Hall (18th and C streets Northwest, Washington) are $34.50 and are available through Ticketmaster. Bette Midler / MCI Center She's back to her old whimsical, colorful self on her latest tour, "Kiss My Brass." The divine Bette Midler plays MCI Center tomorrow night at 8. Tickets for the MCI Center (601 F St. N.W., Washington)
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March 25, 1992
Jodie Foster is the clear favorite for best actress for this year's Academy Award, according to callers to SUNDIAL. Her portrayal as the FBI agent in ''The Silence of the Lambs" earned her 118 votes. Bette Midler (''For the Boys'') captured second place with 44 votes.The "Thelma & Louise" co-stars crashed and burned together, as Geena Davis got 34 votes and Susan Sarandon got 31. Laura Dern ("Rambling Rose") received just 10 votes."It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | February 23, 1996
Wynonna Judd and Bette Midler? Who thought up this pair?* "Family Matters" (6 p.m.-6:30 p.m., WDCA, Channel 20) -- Urkel gets in the ring with the Bushwhackers, a tag-team wrestling pair who have three teeth between them, walk as if they just stepped off a comics page and endearingly lick each other's heads. Talk about must-see TV.* "Strange Luck" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WBFF, Channel 45) -- This season-ender may be your last chance to watch the series, as the folks at Fox won't decide until May whether to renew it. Tonight, Chance (D. B. Sweeney)
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January 6, 2005
SINGLES 1. "Let Me Love You," Mario. 2. "1, 2 Step," Ciara (feat. Missy Elliot). 3. "Drop It Like It's Hot," Snoop Dogg (feat. Pharrell). 4. "Lovers and Friends," Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz (feat. Usher and Ludacris). 5. "Soldier," Destiny's Child (feat. T.I. and Lil Wayne). (From Billboard magazine) ALBUMS 1. Encore, Eminem. 2. Now 17, Various Artists. 3. How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, U2 4. Destiny Fulfilled, Destiny's Child 5. Greatest Hits, Shania Twain (From Billboard magazine)
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June 29, 2006
William A. Shurcliff, 97, a physicist who helped develop the atomic bomb and went on to play an outspoken role in defeating plans for a supersonic passenger plane in the 1960s and the Star Wars anti-missile defense system in the '80s, died June 20 in Cambridge, Mass. At his death, Dr. Shurcliff was working on a new method of insulating houses, said a granddaughter, Elizabeth Shurcliff. Arif Mardin, 72, a Grammy Award-winning producer who worked with stars including Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Norah Jones, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday at his home in New York City.
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February 24, 2005
Top Fives SINGLES 1. "Let Me Love You," Mario 2. "Candy Shop," 50 Cent 3. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day 4. "1, 2 Step," Ciara 5. "How We Do," The Game Billboard magazine ALBUMS 1. Seventeen Days, 3 Doors Down 2. The Documentary, The Game 3. American Idiot, Green Day 4. Gemini, Brian McKnight 5. Totally Country Vol. 4, Various Artists Billboard magazine CONCERT TOURS 1. Bette Midler 2. Metallica 3. Cher 4. Jay-Z and Friends ...
FEATURES
By Los Angeles Times | January 24, 2005
Johnny Carson's legacy is not one of catch phrases or famous one-line jokes. It was his physical shtick - his trademark golf swing at the end of every monologue or the trip on stage when he made his entrance as the bumbling Carnac the Magnificent. It was his perfectly timed deadpans and slow-burn reactions - who'll forget the look on his face when a marmoset relieved himself on Carson's head? It was his gallery of zany characters whom audiences never tired of during his three-decade tenure on NBC. Here's a look at some key moments in the history of Carson's reign on The Tonight Show: 1964: Carson introduces two of his most popular characters: the all-knowing, all-seeing, all-silly mind reader Carnac the Magnificent and the crabby, wisecracking Aunt Blabby.
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By Randy Lewis and Randy Lewis,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 28, 2004
By name, he's Prince again, but on the concert trail he was king. Prince's Musicology tour grossed $87.4 million in 2004, tops among concert attractions in North America, according to Pollstar magazine. The concert-industry-tracking publication will finalize figures this week for some acts that are on tour through the end of the year, but no one will earn enough in the next few days to dislodge Prince, whose tickets averaged $61.04 on his stops in 69 cities. He also sold more tickets than any other act, more than 1.4 million.
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By Rashod D. Ollison and Rashod D. Ollison,SUN POP MUSIC CRITIC | October 11, 2004
In pop music these days, the word diva is often flung around. Sell a million, overdo the hair, makeup and attitude and suddenly everyone is supposed to revere you. But there are actually few true pop divas still on the scene - performers with long, amazing track records, brains, abundant talent, a magnificent presence. Female artists who grandly re-invent themselves and refreshen the stuff of yesterday, pulling us in again and again. Aretha Franklin. Barbra Streisand. Diana Ross. Cher. Madonna.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | June 11, 2004
This chaotic version of The Stepford Wives (from Ira Levin's 1972 thriller) is wacky in a retro party-animal way. It's as if Frank Oz directed with a lampshade on his head. That would account for storytelling that stumbles halfway in, and for gags so old you've read them on cocktail napkins. Because some of these jokes are revived by Bette Midler as, basically, bawdy, truth-telling Bette Midler, the token Jewish gal in town, Roger Bart as the wisecracking gay in town and Nicole Kidman as the frantic new wife in town, the film has moments of Hellzapoppin' energy.
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