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By michael sragow and michael sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 14, 2008
Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly's editor-at-large and music critic for NPR's Fresh Air With Terry Gross, wasn't sure he had picked the right subject when he set out to chronicle Scarface Nation: The Ultimate Gangster Movie and How It Changed America (St. Martin's Press). "Scarface wasn't my favorite Brian De Palma movie," he says on the phone from his home in suburban Philadelphia. "I liked Blow Out a lot better." With Al Pacino acquiring a deep tan and adopting a Desi Arnaz accent as the Cuban-American drug lord Tony Montana, who believes that if you have guts in America "the World is Yours," the movie was treated, for my money with good reason, as a bloated, over-hyped event when it premiered in 1983.
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By michael sragow and michael sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | November 14, 2008
Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly's editor-at-large and music critic for NPR's Fresh Air With Terry Gross, wasn't sure he had picked the right subject when he set out to chronicle Scarface Nation: The Ultimate Gangster Movie and How It Changed America (St. Martin's Press). "Scarface wasn't my favorite Brian De Palma movie," he says on the phone from his home in suburban Philadelphia. "I liked Blow Out a lot better." With Al Pacino acquiring a deep tan and adopting a Desi Arnaz accent as the Cuban-American drug lord Tony Montana, who believes that if you have guts in America "the World is Yours," the movie was treated, for my money with good reason, as a bloated, over-hyped event when it premiered in 1983.
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By Bernard Weinraub and Bernard Weinraub,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 9, 2003
Twenty-five years ago Al Pacino was walking down Sunset Boulevard with some friends when he passed a revival theater showing Scarface, the 1932 classic directed by Howard Hawks and written by Ben Hecht about the rise and fall of a Chicago gangster, played by Paul Muni. Pacino promptly purchased a ticket. "I had been wanting to see it since '74, when I had done a workshop production of Arturo Ui," said Pacino, referring to Bertolt Brecht's Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, a thinly veiled fable about Hitler's rise to power set in the world of Chicago gangsters.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | January 12, 2007
Alpha Dog may well go down as the most dispiriting film of 2007. It's a sordid depiction of a bunch of sordid people doing unbelievably sordid things. The lunkheads portrayed in this film would be funny, were the results of their vapidity not so inexorably tragic. Based on a California kidnapping case from 2000, the film centers on a passel of drugged-out teen reprobates for whom every word is a four-letter one beginning with F, every action is a reaction to some perceived slight and every waking moment is an opportunity to be squandered.
FEATURES
November 5, 2005
Critic's Pick-- Ego and paranoia threaten the drug empire built by a ruthless Cuban emigre in Scarface (7 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Bravo). Al Pacino (above) stars.
NEWS
May 12, 1992
Ben Frommer, 78, a character actor in films and on television, died yesterday in Burbank, Calif. His film credits included "Scarface" in 1983. He also appeared on such TV shows as "F Troop" and "Hawaii Five-O."Wilbur Hobby, 66, president of the North Carolina AFL-CIO from HTC 1969 to 1980, when he was charged with fraud, died Saturday in Durham, N.C. He had suffered from diabetes. In 1981, he was sentenced to a year in prison after being convicted of misusing federal job-training funds awarded to his printing company.
ENTERTAINMENT
By MICHAEL SRAGOW | October 1, 2006
SCARFACE Platinum Edition -- Universal / 29.98 BODY DOUBLE Special Edition --Sony / 19.98 Tuesday's most heavily promoted DVD reissue is Brian De Palma's 1983 Scarface (Universal), which already received a special edition three years ago. That one came with extras such as a documentary about the movie's influence on hip-hop personalities who view Al Pacino's Cuban refugee and Miami drug lord Tony Montana as a street hero. This "platinum edition" contains all the old features and three new ones targeted at the same audience.
SPORTS
July 23, 1998
Martin ChasePosition: Defensive tackleHeight: 6-2Weight: 295Age: 23College: OklahomaSeason: RookieHighlights: Drafted with first of the Ravens' fifth-round picks, Chase will compete for a spot on the defensive line. "After I get in good shape, I'll be ready to step it up," he said. "They'll be saying good things about me before the end of the season." He tied a school record with 14 sacks last season and added 60 tackles to finish with 174 in his college career. Nicknamed "Big M."Favorite food: RibsFavorite TV show: "Mob Stories"Favorite movie: "Scarface"Memorable college moments: Beating rival Texas and sacking Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb three times last season.
NEWS
By Sara Engram and Sara Engram,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 5, 2003
Some sippers need no gimmick to enjoy a good cocktail. But it's fun, at least once in a while, to add a theme to cocktail time. Naturally, beverage folks, from distillers to bartenders, are happy to oblige. If you're looking for a theme for a late-fall party, want to tap into the latest trends or just hanker for a jauntier-than-usual cocktail hour, here are some ideas. The folks at Allied Domecq spirits have come up with some movie-themed drinks, including a "Scarface" cocktail tied to the recent release of that movie in DVD format.
SPORTS
By Mary Beth Kozak | August 2, 2002
Position: Running back College: Georgia Tech Who he is: The free-agent rookie started one game at Georgia Tech last year. He totaled 1,290 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns in his college career. Best football moment: "My senior year in college. Our coach [George O'Leary] unfortunately had left us and tried to go to Notre Dame. We had an interim coach [Mac McWhorter] come in. The way the team pulled together ... was great." What he brought to camp: "My wife ... and the $10 in my pocket."
ENTERTAINMENT
By MICHAEL SRAGOW | October 1, 2006
SCARFACE Platinum Edition -- Universal / 29.98 BODY DOUBLE Special Edition --Sony / 19.98 Tuesday's most heavily promoted DVD reissue is Brian De Palma's 1983 Scarface (Universal), which already received a special edition three years ago. That one came with extras such as a documentary about the movie's influence on hip-hop personalities who view Al Pacino's Cuban refugee and Miami drug lord Tony Montana as a street hero. This "platinum edition" contains all the old features and three new ones targeted at the same audience.
FEATURES
November 5, 2005
Critic's Pick-- Ego and paranoia threaten the drug empire built by a ruthless Cuban emigre in Scarface (7 p.m.-10:30 p.m., Bravo). Al Pacino (above) stars.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Elaine Dutka and Elaine Dutka,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 10, 2005
Tyson Craemer, a 22-year-old graphic-design student, is crazy about Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock series, a show about three civilizations cohabiting the same universe. It made its debut on HBO in 1983 - the year after Craemer was born. His hopes for a DVD resurrection faltered when the Hallmark Channel canceled reruns a few years ago. Undeterred, he became one of 30,000 petitioners for a home-video release. Late last year word came that HIT Entertainment, lured by the prospect of a passionate, easy-to-reach audience, would release two DVDs in January and another April 15. Craemer and his obsession have plenty of company.
NEWS
By Sara Engram and Sara Engram,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 5, 2003
Some sippers need no gimmick to enjoy a good cocktail. But it's fun, at least once in a while, to add a theme to cocktail time. Naturally, beverage folks, from distillers to bartenders, are happy to oblige. If you're looking for a theme for a late-fall party, want to tap into the latest trends or just hanker for a jauntier-than-usual cocktail hour, here are some ideas. The folks at Allied Domecq spirits have come up with some movie-themed drinks, including a "Scarface" cocktail tied to the recent release of that movie in DVD format.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Bernard Weinraub and Bernard Weinraub,NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | October 9, 2003
Twenty-five years ago Al Pacino was walking down Sunset Boulevard with some friends when he passed a revival theater showing Scarface, the 1932 classic directed by Howard Hawks and written by Ben Hecht about the rise and fall of a Chicago gangster, played by Paul Muni. Pacino promptly purchased a ticket. "I had been wanting to see it since '74, when I had done a workshop production of Arturo Ui," said Pacino, referring to Bertolt Brecht's Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui, a thinly veiled fable about Hitler's rise to power set in the world of Chicago gangsters.
SPORTS
By Mary Beth Kozak | August 2, 2002
Position: Running back College: Georgia Tech Who he is: The free-agent rookie started one game at Georgia Tech last year. He totaled 1,290 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns in his college career. Best football moment: "My senior year in college. Our coach [George O'Leary] unfortunately had left us and tried to go to Notre Dame. We had an interim coach [Mac McWhorter] come in. The way the team pulled together ... was great." What he brought to camp: "My wife ... and the $10 in my pocket."
ENTERTAINMENT
By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Pop Music Critic | September 17, 1993
HUMAN WHEELSJohn Mellencamp (Mercury 314 518 088)In many ways, John Mellencamp's "Human Wheels" is a lot like Bob Dylan's "Desire." Both albums are obsessed with issues of justice and criminality, and their songs flirt with violence as eagerly as they seek redemption from it. Moreover, both albums are built around a funky, folk-rock sound that stresses violin and congas as much as guitar and drum kit. But Mellencamp is not Dylan, and that, in the end, is...
FEATURES
By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | January 12, 2007
Alpha Dog may well go down as the most dispiriting film of 2007. It's a sordid depiction of a bunch of sordid people doing unbelievably sordid things. The lunkheads portrayed in this film would be funny, were the results of their vapidity not so inexorably tragic. Based on a California kidnapping case from 2000, the film centers on a passel of drugged-out teen reprobates for whom every word is a four-letter one beginning with F, every action is a reaction to some perceived slight and every waking moment is an opportunity to be squandered.
SPORTS
July 23, 1998
Martin ChasePosition: Defensive tackleHeight: 6-2Weight: 295Age: 23College: OklahomaSeason: RookieHighlights: Drafted with first of the Ravens' fifth-round picks, Chase will compete for a spot on the defensive line. "After I get in good shape, I'll be ready to step it up," he said. "They'll be saying good things about me before the end of the season." He tied a school record with 14 sacks last season and added 60 tackles to finish with 174 in his college career. Nicknamed "Big M."Favorite food: RibsFavorite TV show: "Mob Stories"Favorite movie: "Scarface"Memorable college moments: Beating rival Texas and sacking Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb three times last season.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | May 27, 1994
Since he was born there, it might be easy to confuse the Spanish director Pedro Almodovar with the Man of La Mancha. But his windmill is sexual repression and he tilts against it in all forms, sometimes with success and sometimes without.Latest score: Windmill 1, Almodovar 0.It's not that "Kika," which opens today at the Rotunda, is awful, although it is pretty pathetic. What's dispiriting about it is the sense of lack of control. Almodovar, who had so much better luck with "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down" and "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" and even (a personal, though not critical, favorite)
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