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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | March 28, 2003
Can Frank Capra be saved from his copycats? First Adam Sandler remade Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and now Chris Rock does Mr. Smith Goes to Washington with a hero from a Washington neighborhood so tough, he quips, "You can get shot while you're getting shot." Rock's latter-day Mr. Smith is a hands-on alderman named Mays Gilliam. He attracts media attention by rescuing an old woman and her cat from a very-soon-to-be-demolished house just when two campaign planes crash into each other and eliminate a presidential ticket.
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By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2014
The new fall network TV season begins this week, and one of the most highly touted dramas of the year is one of the biggest disappointments. So big is the failure of “Madam Secretary,” a new CBS drama starring Tea Leoni as Secretary of State Elizabeth Faulkner McCord, that it makes me angry. Usually I like TV shows that rattle my emotional cage, but not this one, which premieres at 8:30 p.m. Sunday. What maddens me about “Madam Secretary” is the lie it's selling about Washington and the people who work there.
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By Josh Mooney | November 8, 1991
IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFERepublic Home Video$19.98To commemorate the 45th anniversary of "It's a Wonderful Life," the timeless holiday classic by Frank Capra, the film is being re-released in a version touted as the only one duplicated from the original film negative in a new state-of-the-art video transfer. This means a sharp, clear picture and soundtrack.This version also includes a four-minute short on the making of the film, including interviews with Capra and Jimmy Stewart, as well as the film's original 1946 trailer -- nice perks, but, after all the film's the thing.
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Sports Digest | June 14, 2012
Major League Lacrosse Seven Bayhawks named All-Stars, most in league Seven Chesapeake Bayhawks were selected to play in the Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Fla., on June 30, giving the team more representatives than any other MLL squad. Returning to the All-Star Game this year is the "Young Guns vs. Old School" format, in which MLL veterans will compete against players who entered the league in 2009 or later. Representing the Bayhawks for the Young Guns will be midfielder Ben Hunt (Severna Park)
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By Benjamin Snyder, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2011
For Beatrice Capra, reaching the third round of last year's U.S. Open seemed less like a fairytale and more like a wakeup call. While the amateur tennis player from Ellicott City had a chance to showcase her talent at the Grand Slam tournament, it also forced her to realize she was growing up and needed to make some major decisions. Almost a year after facing Maria Sharapova at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Capra, 19, is preparing to attend Duke University in the fall. That means pushing aside an opportunity to play professionally, a decision that was only made tougher by her success at the Open.
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By Dallas Morning News | December 19, 1990
When Paul Hogan first released " 'Crocodile' Dundee" in the United States four years ago, audiences told him it was "Capra-esque."The Australian actor didn't know whether that was a compliment or an insult."
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By Chuck Culpepper and Chuck Culpepper,Tribune Newspapers | July 14, 2009
WIMBLEDON, England - - In a daunting scenario, a 17-year-old from Ellicott City stayed in a threadbare London-area dorm for two weeks without television and without the Internet. The thing is, she adored it. Beatrice Capra loved not so much the dorm with its bed, desk and bathroom - "It's kind of lonely," she said - but her first absorption of the wonderland known as the All England Club, where she reached the third round of the junior girls singles and the semifinals of the doubles. Laurie Capra said her daughter has gone from being ranked No. 200 in the world to the top 20 after Wimbledon.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic | September 9, 2006
It's surprising that the great filmmaker Frank Capra never made a movie of Henrik Ibsen's An Enemy of the People. Like the title character in Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Ibsen's protagonist, Dr. Stockmann, takes on the political power structure. And like George Bailey in Capra's It's a Wonderful Life, Dr. Stockmann is -- at least initially -- concerned with the welfare of the people. But at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre, with the exception of Joseph Urla's carefully nuanced Dr. Stockmann, most of the portrayals of Ibsen's characters come across merely as foils, lacking dimension or shading.
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By Ross Hetrick and Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer | June 19, 1993
Going against the tide, an Italian-owned plastics manufacturer is moving from the suburbs into Baltimore, praising the cheap rent, the access to transportation and the availability of labor."
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By David Bianculli and David Bianculli,Special to The Sun | October 8, 1994
Slide on that jumpsuit and lace up those blue suede shoes. Tonight's the night of the big pay-per-view Elvis tribute.* "Summertime Switch" (8-10 p.m., Channel 13) -- Jason Weaver and Rider Strong star as kids with similar names who mistakenly get sent to the wrong summer camps: one posh, the other brutal. In this original ABC family telemovie, friends are made, lessons learned, and viewers in search of intelligent family TV are advised to switch rather than "Switch." ABC.* "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" (8-9 p.m., Channel 11)
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Sports Digest | October 8, 2011
Colleges Capra scores upset in first dual singles match In the first dual singles match of her college career Friday, Duke freshman Beatrice Capra earned an upset victory in the first round of the main draw at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Capra, an Ellicott City native, defeated Stanford's Nicole Gibbs , 5-6, 6-4, 6-2. Gibbs was a 2011 NCAA semifinalist and is ranked No. 7 in the nation. Capra will take on Southern California's Danielle Lao in the round of 16 beginning today.
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By Sports Digest | August 22, 2011
Tennis Capra falls in final in bid for U.S. Open Madison Keys , at 16 the youngest competitor in the U.S. Open Wild-Card Playoff at the Junior Tennis Champions Center in College Park, rallied to defeat Beatrice Capra of Ellicott City, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, in the women's final Sunday. Capra, who trained at College Park's Junior Tennis Champions Center as a youngster, was the defending champion and went on to win two rounds at the Open. She was disappointed she didn't finish off Keys after playing steadily in the first set. "I just starting thinking about it in the second set and I got tight," Capra said.
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By Sports Digest | August 21, 2011
U.S. Open Wild Card Playoffs Capra defeats Cohen, faces Keys in final today No. 5 seed Beatrice Capra of Ellicott City upset top-seeded Julia Cohen of Philadelphia, 6-4, 6-4, in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Wild Card Playoffs on Saturday at the Junior Champions Tennis Training Center at College Park. Capra will face No.7 seed Madison Keys of Boca Raton, Fla., in today's final at 11 a.m. The winner earns a wild-card berth in the main draw at the U.S. Open, which will be held Aug. 29-Sept.
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By The Washington Post | July 26, 2011
COLLEGE PARK — Madison Brengle defeated Ellicott City native Beatrice Capra, 7-6 (4), 6-7, 6-1, in final-round qualifying Monday at the Citi Open. Rain delayed the match for nearly two hours midway through the first set. Capra burst onto the pro tennis scene with her run to the third round of the U.S. Open last September but has had a rough time since. "Right after the U.S. Open, I got injured and then in the beginning of this year I got really sick and couldn't play for two months.
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By Sports Digest | July 26, 2011
Towson football Patriot League honors Hollingsworth Former Towson University defensive end Andrew Hollingsworth was selected to the Patriot League's 25th anniversary team. In 2000, Hollingsworth was selected as the Patriot League Player of the Year and Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year. He was also a consensus first team All-American first-team selection. He finished his career as the conference's all-time leader with 43 sacks, which remains a Towson record.
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By Benjamin Snyder, Special to The Baltimore Sun | June 19, 2011
For Beatrice Capra, reaching the third round of last year's U.S. Open seemed less like a fairytale and more like a wakeup call. While the amateur tennis player from Ellicott City had a chance to showcase her talent at the Grand Slam tournament, it also forced her to realize she was growing up and needed to make some major decisions. Almost a year after facing Maria Sharapova at Arthur Ashe Stadium, Capra, 19, is preparing to attend Duke University in the fall. That means pushing aside an opportunity to play professionally, a decision that was only made tougher by her success at the Open.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck | December 19, 1991
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and it's also beginning to look a lot like a trend: Two different musical versions of the 1946 Frank Capra movie, "It's a Wonderful Life," are now playing on area stages.However, based on the latest entry -- an original adaptation at Toby's in Columbia -- there's no immediate threat to the seasonal proliferation of "Christmas Carols."Toby's version has been scripted by Michael Tilford with a score by David Nehls. Though far smaller than the glitzy Sheldon Harnick-Joe Raposo "A Wonderful Life" at Washington's Arena Stage, both shows suffer from a similar shortcoming: They fail to offer a compelling reason to set Capra's Christmas chestnut to song.
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By CHRIS KALTENBACH | December 20, 2008
With the headlines dominated by news that the governor of Illinois was apparently looking to sell off the state's U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, maybe it's time for all of us to sit down and watch Frank Capra's Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (12:15 p.m., TCM) for a reminder of what American politics could (dare one suggest, should?) be all about. James Stewart, in a role that should have won him an Oscar as the Best Actor of 1939, is Jefferson Smith, a rube from the backwoods, picked by political bosses to fill the seat of a deceased U.S. senator.
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By Sports Digest | January 26, 2011
SUPER BOWL XLV Steelers vs. Packers 6:25 p.m., Feb. 6 TV: Chs. 45, 5 Line: Packers by 2 1/2 Tennis Ellicott City's Capra signs letter of intent to attend Duke Leading junior player Beatrice Capra , who grew up in Ellicott City and attended McDonogh, has signed a letter of intent to go to Duke. Capra, 18, earned attention at last year's U.S. Open by reaching the third round. Making her Grand Slam debut while ranked 371st, Capra upset 18th-seeded Aravane Rezai and 95th-ranked Karolina Sprem in New York, before losing to three-time major champion Maria Sharapova . Duke and the U.S. Tennis Association both announced Capra's signing.
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By Sports Digest | December 19, 2010
Women's tennis Capra falls to Vandeweghe, ending bid for Australian Open Ellicott City's Beatrice Capra fell short in her bid to earn a wild-card berth for the Australian Open, falling to CoCo Vandeweghe , 6-1, 6-4, in a second-round match Saturday at a USTA eight-woman playoff in Atlanta. The defeat came a day after Capra beat Shelby Rogers , 6-3, 6-2, in her first match since losing to Maria Sharapova in the third round of the U.S. Open last summer.
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