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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 21, 2006
Even fans of Quentin Tarantino's gonzo gangsterism may find Shadowboxer to be a neo-noir novelty act worthy of rotten green tomatoes. Lee Daniels is a highly regarded indie producer with credits such as Monster's Ball and The Woodsman behind him. This movie about the humanity of paid assassins has enough gloss, pace and picturesque Philadelphia locations to suggest that he might have a career as a director in front of him. But he won't have much of...
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 20, 2009
At the Baltimore premiere of "Precious," Jacqueline Robarge, the founder of Power Inside, a support group for women in jail or at risk outside, and Adam Rosenberg, executive director of Baltimore Child Abuse Center, declared that the domestic atrocities depicted in the film occur every day - and that facing them squarely provides hope as well as release. This movie proves them right. In the end, it's cathartic and exhilarating. Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe is an emotional lodestone as Precious, an obese teenager whose life is filled with horror.
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By GILBERT SANDLER | November 2, 1993
IF AND WHEN John Thanos dies in the gas chamber of the Maryland Penitentiary, A. Bennett Brown, wherever he is, may smile. Forty years ago, Brown was a draftsman with the architectural firm that designed the new prison hospital and death house section, where Thanos will die if efforts to save his life fail.It was May 1956. In a photograph that appeared in this newspaper, Brown, who looked like 1993's John Waters, was shown strapped in the chair at the chamber. The unit had just arrived from the manufacturer in Denver.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 15, 2009
Describing how her character brutalizes her daughter in "Precious" and at one point endangers the life of her infant granddaughter, Mo'Nique says, "That was rough for me. But the moment the director says 'cut,' you leave it right on the floor." In this break-out year for the popular Baltimore County-born comedian and instant BET talk-show star, Mo'Nique's fearlessness in the movie, as well as her professional equilibrium, should make her a sought-after dramatic actress - and maybe an Academy Award nominee, along with her surprising co-stars, pop diva Mariah Carey (as a social worker)
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 20, 2009
At the Baltimore premiere of "Precious," Jacqueline Robarge, the founder of Power Inside, a support group for women in jail or at risk outside, and Adam Rosenberg, executive director of Baltimore Child Abuse Center, declared that the domestic atrocities depicted in the film occur every day - and that facing them squarely provides hope as well as release. This movie proves them right. In the end, it's cathartic and exhilarating. Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe is an emotional lodestone as Precious, an obese teenager whose life is filled with horror.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 15, 2009
Describing how her character brutalizes her daughter in "Precious" and at one point endangers the life of her infant granddaughter, Mo'Nique says, "That was rough for me. But the moment the director says 'cut,' you leave it right on the floor." In this break-out year for the popular Baltimore County-born comedian and instant BET talk-show star, Mo'Nique's fearlessness in the movie, as well as her professional equilibrium, should make her a sought-after dramatic actress - and maybe an Academy Award nominee, along with her surprising co-stars, pop diva Mariah Carey (as a social worker)
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April 26, 2004
On April 21, 2004, FRED LEE DANIELS. Friends may call at the FAMILY OWNED MARCH FUNERAL HOME WEST INC. 4300 Wabash Avenue on Monday, after 8:30 am where the family will receive friends, Tuesday at 11:30 am followed by service at 12 noon.
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By From Staff Reports | July 23, 1993
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Reliever Lee Daniels gave up two runs before halting an eight-run rally in the eighth by the Fayetteville Generals as the Hagerstown Suns won, 12-11, in a Single-A South Atlantic League game last night.Daniels went on to earn his eighth save and make a winner of starter Brad Cornett (7-5). Hagerstown took a 12-1 lead in a five-run seventh.
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April 6, 2004
On April 3, 2004, MRS. DANIELS; devoted mother of Moses, Jr., Eugene and Johnny Lee Daniels; cherished sister of Charlton Lemon, Cecelia Bennett, Haristeen Bozier and Mary Ann Byas. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, two daughters-in-law, Joanne and Ellen A. Daniels and a host of nieces and nephews. Visitation at 2140 N. Fulton Ave. on Wednesday, 3 to 8 P.M. The family will receive friends at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, 20 W. Montgomery St. on Thursday at 11 A.M. Funeral to follow at 11:30 A.M.
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By From Staff Reports | July 27, 1993
HAGERSTOWN -- Lonnel Roberts' three RBI led the Hagerstown Suns to a 9-3 win over the Charleston (S.C.) Rainbows last night in a Single-A South Atlantic League game.It was the Suns' fifth straight win and their 10th straight at home.Andy Dolson (8-7) allowed three earned runs on seven hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out eight and walking none.Lee Daniels gave up one hit in the final 1 1/3 innings for his 10th save.Loser Ramiro Martinez (4-6) gave up four runs on seven hits in four innings.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW and MICHAEL SRAGOW,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | July 21, 2006
Even fans of Quentin Tarantino's gonzo gangsterism may find Shadowboxer to be a neo-noir novelty act worthy of rotten green tomatoes. Lee Daniels is a highly regarded indie producer with credits such as Monster's Ball and The Woodsman behind him. This movie about the humanity of paid assassins has enough gloss, pace and picturesque Philadelphia locations to suggest that he might have a career as a director in front of him. But he won't have much of...
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By GILBERT SANDLER | November 2, 1993
IF AND WHEN John Thanos dies in the gas chamber of the Maryland Penitentiary, A. Bennett Brown, wherever he is, may smile. Forty years ago, Brown was a draftsman with the architectural firm that designed the new prison hospital and death house section, where Thanos will die if efforts to save his life fail.It was May 1956. In a photograph that appeared in this newspaper, Brown, who looked like 1993's John Waters, was shown strapped in the chair at the chamber. The unit had just arrived from the manufacturer in Denver.
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