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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | February 20, 1997
A great actor portraying a great actor.That's the gist of "Barrymore" -- William Luce's biographical drama starring Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore.But while this nearly one-man show -- which is playing a pre-Broadway run at the Mechanic Theatre -- pays homage to the late legendary leading man, it is by no means a reverent homage.Plummer makes his staggering entrance pushing a costume rack and singing a boozy rendition of "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo." Dressed in a navy double-breasted suit with broad-brimmed fedora over his wavy gray hair, he is the incarnation of dissolute elegance -- the sort of over-the-hill, larger-than-life celebrity you would stare at in awe, and perhaps disbelief, but not dare approach.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Sun reporter | February 26, 2012
In winning the Supporting Actor Oscar for "Beginners," 82-year-old Christopher Plummer became the oldest Oscar winner ever in the acting categeories. But backstage, he good-naturedly declined that distinction. "I don't believe that for a second," Plummer said, claiming that Charlie Chaplin was older when he received an honorary Oscar in 1972. "An honorary Oscar is an Oscar after all," Plummer insisted, before adding, "We hope. " Whatever the distinction, Plummer added, "It feels pretty good, anyway.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | February 16, 1997
The subject is John Barrymore and Christopher Plummer.Here's the quiz. Which actor has or had:Major success in the title roles of "Richard III" and "Hamlet"?A personal life earmarked by alcohol and multiple marriages?A film career considered less distinguished than his stage work?A daughter who followed in her father's career footsteps?If you answered "both" to each question, you will appreciate the coup of casting Plummer in the new William Luce play, "Barrymore," which begins a pre-Broadway run at the Mechanic Theatre Tuesday.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 9, 2005
Named after a think-tank term for a reconstituted Middle East, Syriana is an exercise in futility posing as a modernistic thriller. Writer-director Stephen Gaghan jams a diverse group of players inside a jagged-edged, radical-chic plot. George Clooney is an out-of-favor CIA agent, Matt Damon an international-finance whiz grieving for his son, and Jeffrey Wright a Washington lawyer ordered by his boss (Christopher Plummer) to vet an oil merger - but also to make sure he paints a good face on it. Along with a subplot about impoverished Muslim oil workers recruited for suicide bombing, these characters and their storylines merge into a picture of a political-industrial complex on the brink of self-destruction.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | September 17, 1998
"Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer, taking his cue from Andre Braugher, also thanked Baltimore after winning an Emmy on Sunday, noting that he'd worked here in Charm City once. Apparently, he wasn't kidding -- at least not about the working here part. According to his publicist, Grammer, before striking TV gold as Frasier Crane, appeared in a 1981 production of "Othello" at the Morris Mechanic Theatre, opposite stars James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer. At the time, Sun theater critic R.H. Gardner said he "liked" Grammer's performance as Cassio.
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By Annie Linskey | January 20, 2005
Where: The Hollywood Ballroom at 2126 Industrial Parkway in Silver Spring. When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Why: For anyone who has seen Julie Andrews (Maria) and Christopher Plummer (Captain von Trapp) waltz in The Sound of Music, this is an obvious date choice. The Hollywood Ballroom gives a one-hour Viennese waltz lesson that is followed by open dance time in a 7,200-square- foot hall. Plenty of time to sweep somebody off his or her feet. Alternatively, if you haven't seen the movie, a cozy night at home watching it could be in order.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Sun reporter | February 26, 2012
In winning the Supporting Actor Oscar for "Beginners," 82-year-old Christopher Plummer became the oldest Oscar winner ever in the acting categeories. But backstage, he good-naturedly declined that distinction. "I don't believe that for a second," Plummer said, claiming that Charlie Chaplin was older when he received an honorary Oscar in 1972. "An honorary Oscar is an Oscar after all," Plummer insisted, before adding, "We hope. " Whatever the distinction, Plummer added, "It feels pretty good, anyway.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1996
Only one more presidential debate to get through, from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. on ABC, CBS, NBC, MPT and MSNBC, 9 p.m.-10: 30 p.m. on Fox and CNN. On a somewhat lighter note"Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Just to torment me, networks occasionally -- without telling me! (what nerve) -- postpone scheduled shows and air them at a later date. That's what happened here. As advertised last week, this is the one where Ellen tries to get her estranged parents back together by re-creating their Cuban honeymoon, complete with an appearance from singer Eddie Fisher.
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By Kim Clark | February 19, 1991
Eastern Stainless Steel, which is about to be merged into Armco Inc., said a drop in orders and the falling price of nickel contributed to a $2 million loss in the last three months of 1990, down from a $1.1 million profit in the last quarter of 1989.Eastern, which is a subsidiary of Pittsburgh-based Cyclops Industries Inc., said orders for the plant's stainless steel sheets and plates in the last quarter of the year were only $42.9 million, 10 percent lower than the revenues for the same period of 1989.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | December 9, 2005
Named after a think-tank term for a reconstituted Middle East, Syriana is an exercise in futility posing as a modernistic thriller. Writer-director Stephen Gaghan jams a diverse group of players inside a jagged-edged, radical-chic plot. George Clooney is an out-of-favor CIA agent, Matt Damon an international-finance whiz grieving for his son, and Jeffrey Wright a Washington lawyer ordered by his boss (Christopher Plummer) to vet an oil merger - but also to make sure he paints a good face on it. Along with a subplot about impoverished Muslim oil workers recruited for suicide bombing, these characters and their storylines merge into a picture of a political-industrial complex on the brink of self-destruction.
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By Annie Linskey | January 20, 2005
Where: The Hollywood Ballroom at 2126 Industrial Parkway in Silver Spring. When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Why: For anyone who has seen Julie Andrews (Maria) and Christopher Plummer (Captain von Trapp) waltz in The Sound of Music, this is an obvious date choice. The Hollywood Ballroom gives a one-hour Viennese waltz lesson that is followed by open dance time in a 7,200-square- foot hall. Plenty of time to sweep somebody off his or her feet. Alternatively, if you haven't seen the movie, a cozy night at home watching it could be in order.
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By Chris Kaltenbach | September 17, 1998
"Frasier" star Kelsey Grammer, taking his cue from Andre Braugher, also thanked Baltimore after winning an Emmy on Sunday, noting that he'd worked here in Charm City once. Apparently, he wasn't kidding -- at least not about the working here part. According to his publicist, Grammer, before striking TV gold as Frasier Crane, appeared in a 1981 production of "Othello" at the Morris Mechanic Theatre, opposite stars James Earl Jones and Christopher Plummer. At the time, Sun theater critic R.H. Gardner said he "liked" Grammer's performance as Cassio.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | February 20, 1997
A great actor portraying a great actor.That's the gist of "Barrymore" -- William Luce's biographical drama starring Christopher Plummer as John Barrymore.But while this nearly one-man show -- which is playing a pre-Broadway run at the Mechanic Theatre -- pays homage to the late legendary leading man, it is by no means a reverent homage.Plummer makes his staggering entrance pushing a costume rack and singing a boozy rendition of "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo." Dressed in a navy double-breasted suit with broad-brimmed fedora over his wavy gray hair, he is the incarnation of dissolute elegance -- the sort of over-the-hill, larger-than-life celebrity you would stare at in awe, and perhaps disbelief, but not dare approach.
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By J. Wynn Rousuck and J. Wynn Rousuck,SUN THEATER CRITIC | February 16, 1997
The subject is John Barrymore and Christopher Plummer.Here's the quiz. Which actor has or had:Major success in the title roles of "Richard III" and "Hamlet"?A personal life earmarked by alcohol and multiple marriages?A film career considered less distinguished than his stage work?A daughter who followed in her father's career footsteps?If you answered "both" to each question, you will appreciate the coup of casting Plummer in the new William Luce play, "Barrymore," which begins a pre-Broadway run at the Mechanic Theatre Tuesday.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | October 16, 1996
Only one more presidential debate to get through, from 9 p.m.-11 p.m. on ABC, CBS, NBC, MPT and MSNBC, 9 p.m.-10: 30 p.m. on Fox and CNN. On a somewhat lighter note"Ellen" (8 p.m.-8: 30 p.m., WMAR, Channel 2) -- Just to torment me, networks occasionally -- without telling me! (what nerve) -- postpone scheduled shows and air them at a later date. That's what happened here. As advertised last week, this is the one where Ellen tries to get her estranged parents back together by re-creating their Cuban honeymoon, complete with an appearance from singer Eddie Fisher.
BUSINESS
By Kim Clark | February 19, 1991
Eastern Stainless Steel, which is about to be merged into Armco Inc., said a drop in orders and the falling price of nickel contributed to a $2 million loss in the last three months of 1990, down from a $1.1 million profit in the last quarter of 1989.Eastern, which is a subsidiary of Pittsburgh-based Cyclops Industries Inc., said orders for the plant's stainless steel sheets and plates in the last quarter of the year were only $42.9 million, 10 percent lower than the revenues for the same period of 1989.
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December 13, 2005
STEFANO PALTERA Today's birthdays Comedian Dick Van Dyke, 80 -- Actor Christopher Plummer, 78 -- Singer Ted Nugent, 57 -- Country singer Randy Owen, 56 -- Actress Wendie Malick, 55 -- Actor Steve Buscemi, 48 -- Actor Jamie Foxx, (above) 38 -- Steve Carell Said It "So far I've accepted every acting job I've ever been offered. ... I hope to someday to actually play a part that's less of a jerk." Actor Steve Carell, who portrays the smug, egoistic boss on NBC's The Office.
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By Robert W. Butler and Robert W. Butler,Kansas city star | November 21, 1999
Jeffrey Wigand told the truth.He testified in court -- and for Mike Wallace in front of the "60 Minutes" cameras -- about his work as chief of research and development for Brown & Williamson Tobacco. He stated flatly that the heads of tobacco companies knew beyond a doubt that nicotine was addictive, even though they denied it before Congress. He said tobacco in cigarettes was routinely treated with chemicals to enhance the effect of the nicotine.Jeffrey Wigand told the truth. As a result, his marriage crumbled, he became unemployable in his field of expertise.
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