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September 19, 2004
Stella V. Biel, who ran a grocery store in Canton with her husband for nearly 20 years, died of pulmonary disease Sept. 12 at Bayview Care Center. She was 85. The former Stella Ostrowski was born and raised in Fells Point, where she lived in the same house on Anneslie Street until she married Anthony F. Biel in 1945. She attended Holy Rosary Elementary in Fells Point until the eighth grade, when she quit school because she had to work to help support her family. For a short time, she did factory work for Tindeco and Western Electric during World War II. Soon after marrying, she and Mr. Biel opened Tony's at Fait and East avenues, selling "everything your neighborhood corner grocery would carry," said her daughter, Natalie Leonard of Perry Hall.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | June 19, 2009
Mrs. Whitaker, the horrific head of a declining upper-class English household in Noel Coward's 1924 play Easy Virtue, snorts that the name of her new daughter-in-law, Larita, the archetypal woman with a past, is "excellent for musical comedy." The director of the new movie version, Stephan Elliott, who also co-wrote the script with Sheridan Jobbins, has taken that line as his clue for how to pep up Coward's musty period piece. He's made a movie full of audiovisual japery, including a soundtrack laced with Coward and Cole Porter songs and tunes such as "Sex Bomb" and "Car Wash" done in faux-Roaring Twenties style.
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October 8, 2005
Jessica Biel has been proclaimed "the sexiest woman alive" by Esquire magazine. The actress dons the cover of Esquire's November issue, following last year's honoree, Angelina Jolie. The 23-year-old Biel, who began as a teenager on the family TV series 7th Heaven, plays a supporting role in the coming Elizabethtown and starred this year in Stealth. "It seemed like it would be great -- having named Angelina Jolie sexiest woman of the year last year -- to try to come up with somebody who was on everyone's radar screen, but who was also fresh," said Esquire editor in chief David Granger.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun reporter | June 11, 2008
Superman. Batman. Spider-Man. X-Men. And now Iron Man. Big-time movie franchises all, major-league moneymakers that have their fans lining up around the block for more. But what about Wonder Woman? The Flash? Thor? Captain America? What's keeping them off the big screen? "Mainly, it's because we can only do so many at one time," offers 20th-century mythmaker supreme Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man, X-Men, Iron Man and a bunch of other superhero franchises-in-waiting. Maybe. But the truth is more complicated than that, having to do with a host of factors ranging from popularity to casting, from special effects to scriptwriting, from fulfilling fans' expectations to striking while the superhero iron is hot. At the moment, superhero movies are being churned out like widgets on an assembly line.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | June 19, 2009
Mrs. Whitaker, the horrific head of a declining upper-class English household in Noel Coward's 1924 play Easy Virtue, snorts that the name of her new daughter-in-law, Larita, the archetypal woman with a past, is "excellent for musical comedy." The director of the new movie version, Stephan Elliott, who also co-wrote the script with Sheridan Jobbins, has taken that line as his clue for how to pep up Coward's musty period piece. He's made a movie full of audiovisual japery, including a soundtrack laced with Coward and Cole Porter songs and tunes such as "Sex Bomb" and "Car Wash" done in faux-Roaring Twenties style.
NEWS
August 1, 2003
On July 29, 2003, FRANCES A. (nee Biel); beloved wife of the late Frank Ichniowski; loving mother of Francis Ichniowski and his wife Jerri, Robert Ichniowski, Sr. and his wife Joan, Mary Jane Nowakowski and her husband Bob, Gerard Ichniowski and his wife Claire, and Lenore DeSimone and her husband Richard; dear sister of Mildred Karczewski and Bernice Biel. Also survived by 12 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at CONNELLY FUNERAL HOME OF DUNDALK, P.A., 7110 Sollers Point Road, at Delvale Avenue, on Friday, 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 10 A.M. at Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church.
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | November 23, 1996
Hunt Valley Mall, once called the Death Valley of local malls because of its failure to attract shoppers, will be reinvented early next year with new stores, restaurants and a 14-screen movie theater.Saks Off 5th, Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Talbot's, Stein Mart and the Home Place are some of the stores that the mall's developers are negotiating with, sources said. The developers would like to build 120,000 square feet of new space -- the equivalent of a department store such as Hecht's -- two new restaurants and a bank, according to Howard S. Biel, a partner with the Faison Group of Charlotte, N.C., which is redeveloping the mall.
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By Liz Bowie and Liz Bowie,SUN STAFF | July 10, 1997
An attempted revival of Hunt Valley Mall -- the region's white elephant mall -- will begin in several months with the addition of outlet stores and discount retailers.Wal-Mart Stores Inc., a 12-screen cinema, a bank and three new restaurants will be added to the mall as will many new small retailers, said Howard Biel, a partner with the Faison Group of Charlotte, N.C., which is redeveloping the mall.Biel said yesterday that Hunt Valley's owner, Equitable Life Assurance Society, had committed to proceed with the redevelopment plan that would add some 170,000 square feet of space in the first phase of a major redevelopment.
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By Ian Spelling and Ian Spelling,Chicago Tribune | May 13, 1999
"7th Heaven." It's the show that shouldn't be a hit. A series about a family that sticks together through thick and thin -- nobody's going to watch that, right?Well, nobody watched it for a while, but now, in its third season, the WB network's "7th Heaven" is huge. Every week, more and more people -- kids, parents and grandparents -- tune in to the Camdens: Mom and Dad; daughters Mary, Lucy and Ruthie; and sons Matt, Simon and new twins David and Samuel."Kids always liked us, but now everybody watches us," says Jessica Biel, 17, who plays Mary.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | August 18, 2006
To billions of filmgoers, the essence of "movieness" may be something immediate, simple and viscerally satisfying, like snakes on a plane. But to an equally red-blooded audience with a taste for romantic conspiracy, movieness could be action filled with the white and black magic of political subterfuge and hocus-pocus. A time and place draped in elegant or risky mysteries like turn-of-the-century Vienna. And characters exuding intrigue - from a low-born illusionist named Eisenheim (Edward Norton)
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,Sun movie critic | July 20, 2007
As film formulas go, Adam Sandler's is proving especially hard to swallow. For the first half of the movie, be offensive. Be juvenile. Be crass. But then get all right-minded and realize how hurtful your behavior has been, and suddenly become something of a secular saint. This allows for everybody to become all happy and gushy and righteous in the end, with all previous offenses against humanity (not to mention taste) forgiven. I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry (Universal Pictures) Starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Jessica Biel.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | August 18, 2006
To billions of filmgoers, the essence of "movieness" may be something immediate, simple and viscerally satisfying, like snakes on a plane. But to an equally red-blooded audience with a taste for romantic conspiracy, movieness could be action filled with the white and black magic of political subterfuge and hocus-pocus. A time and place draped in elegant or risky mysteries like turn-of-the-century Vienna. And characters exuding intrigue - from a low-born illusionist named Eisenheim (Edward Norton)
FEATURES
October 8, 2005
Jessica Biel has been proclaimed "the sexiest woman alive" by Esquire magazine. The actress dons the cover of Esquire's November issue, following last year's honoree, Angelina Jolie. The 23-year-old Biel, who began as a teenager on the family TV series 7th Heaven, plays a supporting role in the coming Elizabethtown and starred this year in Stealth. "It seemed like it would be great -- having named Angelina Jolie sexiest woman of the year last year -- to try to come up with somebody who was on everyone's radar screen, but who was also fresh," said Esquire editor in chief David Granger.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 29, 2005
If you like hard bodies and hot engines, if you want to feel like you're inside a cockpit or a video game with someone else working the joystick, you'll find decent escape from the summer doldrums in Stealth. The director, Rob Cohen, photographs futuristic stealth airplanes as lovingly as he does his attractive, talented young stars. He lights the planes' control panels, portals and wingspans - and the actors' faces and physiques - for maximum definition and glamour. Cohen's willingness to go the limit when it comes to staging explosions, hitting every world tension point and testing romantic love with physical feats has an enjoyable excess that rests just north of camp.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,Sun Staff | June 5, 2005
American Gothic: A Life of America's Most Famous Painting By Steven Biel. W.W. Norton & Co., 201 pages, $21.95. Everyone has seen the picture: the dour Midwestern couple staring out from the front yard of their neat frame house with the pitched roof and pointed gothic window, the man in overalls holding a pitchfork and wearing an expression of exasperated forbearance, the woman thin-lipped and disapproving. Grant Wood painted American Gothic in 1930, and in the three-quarters of a century since then, the picture has meant something different to each subsequent generation of Americans.
NEWS
September 19, 2004
Stella V. Biel, who ran a grocery store in Canton with her husband for nearly 20 years, died of pulmonary disease Sept. 12 at Bayview Care Center. She was 85. The former Stella Ostrowski was born and raised in Fells Point, where she lived in the same house on Anneslie Street until she married Anthony F. Biel in 1945. She attended Holy Rosary Elementary in Fells Point until the eighth grade, when she quit school because she had to work to help support her family. For a short time, she did factory work for Tindeco and Western Electric during World War II. Soon after marrying, she and Mr. Biel opened Tony's at Fait and East avenues, selling "everything your neighborhood corner grocery would carry," said her daughter, Natalie Leonard of Perry Hall.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 29, 2005
If you like hard bodies and hot engines, if you want to feel like you're inside a cockpit or a video game with someone else working the joystick, you'll find decent escape from the summer doldrums in Stealth. The director, Rob Cohen, photographs futuristic stealth airplanes as lovingly as he does his attractive, talented young stars. He lights the planes' control panels, portals and wingspans - and the actors' faces and physiques - for maximum definition and glamour. Cohen's willingness to go the limit when it comes to staging explosions, hitting every world tension point and testing romantic love with physical feats has an enjoyable excess that rests just north of camp.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Glenn McNatt and Glenn McNatt,Sun Staff | June 5, 2005
American Gothic: A Life of America's Most Famous Painting By Steven Biel. W.W. Norton & Co., 201 pages, $21.95. Everyone has seen the picture: the dour Midwestern couple staring out from the front yard of their neat frame house with the pitched roof and pointed gothic window, the man in overalls holding a pitchfork and wearing an expression of exasperated forbearance, the woman thin-lipped and disapproving. Grant Wood painted American Gothic in 1930, and in the three-quarters of a century since then, the picture has meant something different to each subsequent generation of Americans.
NEWS
September 15, 2004
On September 12, 2004, STELLA (nee Ostrowski), beloved wife of the late Anthony, devoted mother of Timothy Biel, Natalie Leonard and her husband Joseph. Cherished grandmother of Gina Stick and her husband Dan and Gary Leonard and his wife Jennifer. Great-grandmother of Tiffany, Nicole, Keiron, Jason and Evelyn, sister of Jenny Rakowski, Dorothy Bayer, Henry Ostrowski, Marie Mc Call and the late Anthony Ostrowski, Helen Kleinsmith and Louis Sharpe and his wife Helen Friends may call at CONNELLY FUNERAL HOME OF DUNDALK, P.A., 7110 Sollers Point Road on Tuesday and Wednesday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 P.M. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday 9:45 A.M. at Sacred Heart of Mary Church.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | October 17, 2003
Why remake The Texas Chainsaw Massacre? To make it more hip? Appeal to a wider audience? Demonstrate how chainsaw technology has changed since the original film came out in 1974? Try none of the above. This is not a classic storyline that warrants an update. This is a movie about a guy with bad skin and a predilection for wearing other people's faces and killing people with power tools. But if you believe original director Tobe Hooper did everything right 29 years ago, and plenty of people do, why do it again?
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