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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | October 26, 1990
'White Palace'Starring Susan Sarandon and James Spader.Directed by Luis Mandoki.Released by Universal.Rated R.... **"White Palace" is almost the flip side of "Avalon.""Avalon" celebrated the richness of Jewish family culture, the nurturing, the sweetness, the support -- and mourned its passing. "White Palace" looks at all that and says, goodbye. It finds happiness ever after in flight from the values of childhood and the snares of family.Conceived as a riff on the theme of erotic awakening, it concerns 27-year-old Max Baron, a St. Louis advertising man still in mourning over the death of his wife of two years ago (and still celibate)
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April 16, 2003
Michael Damas, 90, an Arab-American who grew up in a neighborhood called "Little Syria" and later became mayor of Toledo, Ohio, died there Sunday of congestive heart failure. Born to parents who fled their village in Lebanon to avoid service in the military, Mr. Damas was involved in politics for about 50 years. He was a state legislator, city councilman, and school board member. A Democrat, he served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1948-1952. He was mayor from 1959 to 1961.
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October 26, 1990
WE'RE INTO another cycle, a small but good one, the romantic film. It may have begun with ''When Harry Met Sally.'' It continued with ''Pretty Woman'' and ''Ghost.''It is certainly continuing with ''White Palace,'' and if the cycle continues to produce titles as good as this one, let it move along.''White Palace'' plays like a '30s romantic comedy, save for the language and the sex. The '30s movies were never this obvious, never this frank, but then a lot of comedy has passed under that bridge.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 1, 1996
Care for some movies to go with your Olympics? Up for a double dose of Sergio Leone, the Italian director who took over the Western genre in the 1960s and made a superstar of Clint Eastwood while he was at it? Check out TBS tonight."Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Tired of the real Olympics? Wondering who's to blame for getting them started in the first place? Turns out it was Hercules himself, who was tired of constantly having to kill his enemies and decided some sort of organized sporting competition would relieve men's bloodlust without them actually drawing blood.
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By Lou Cedrone | September 27, 1990
* ''Dreams'' Eight short stories from the mind of Japanese writer-director Akira Kurosawa.* ''I Come in Peace'' Dolph Lundgren is a Houston cop who pursues an intergalactic drug seller. A thriller with laughs.* ''Pacific Heights'' Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine are a couple who rent an apartment to a psychopath, played by Michael Keaton.* ''White Palace'' Susan Sarandon plays an older woman who falls in love with a younger man, played by James Spader.
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By Lou Cedrone | March 30, 1991
MOVIESA bridge through time Joanne Woodward was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in ''Mr. and Mrs. Bridge,'' and the honor was well deserved. Ms. Woodward stars with her husband, Paul Newman, as a Kansas City couple who make it through the Depression era '30s into the '40s. Many of us like to think that life was simpler back then, and maybe it was. But that doesn't mean Mr. and Mrs. Bridge were spared the familiar agonies. The film, sensitive and moving, is showing at the Rotunda and Westview cinemas.
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By Georgie Anne Geyer | May 9, 1994
IN THAT troubled spring of 1965, I abandoned the revolution in the Dominican Republic for a couple of days to go over to neighboring Haiti.I nearly threw up that first afternoon when I saw Haitian soldiers beating children back from the president's white palace with baseball bats.The brutal dictatorship of Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier was still in power then. That strange, awful man, who had "scientifically" studied his people as a respected anthropologist, used voodoo in the basement of his pure white palace while he tortured his many enemies there.
NEWS
April 16, 2003
Michael Damas, 90, an Arab-American who grew up in a neighborhood called "Little Syria" and later became mayor of Toledo, Ohio, died there Sunday of congestive heart failure. Born to parents who fled their village in Lebanon to avoid service in the military, Mr. Damas was involved in politics for about 50 years. He was a state legislator, city councilman, and school board member. A Democrat, he served three terms in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1948-1952. He was mayor from 1959 to 1961.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and Chris Kaltenbach,SUN STAFF | August 1, 1996
Care for some movies to go with your Olympics? Up for a double dose of Sergio Leone, the Italian director who took over the Western genre in the 1960s and made a superstar of Clint Eastwood while he was at it? Check out TBS tonight."Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" (8 p.m.-9 p.m., WNUV, Channel 54) -- Tired of the real Olympics? Wondering who's to blame for getting them started in the first place? Turns out it was Hercules himself, who was tired of constantly having to kill his enemies and decided some sort of organized sporting competition would relieve men's bloodlust without them actually drawing blood.
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By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | September 19, 1990
THE FALL CALENDAR of films reveals one thing. No one genre seems to dominate. There seems to be something for all, romance, violence, comedy, action, adventure and, of course, the Mafia. What would the season, any season, be without a few films about the Mafia?One such film opens Friday. It is Martin Scorsese's ''GoodFellas,'' a movie based on the book ''Wiseguy'' by Nick Pileggi. Ray Liotta is the young man who dreams of being a member of the mob, and Robert De Niro is the mob chieftain he serves.
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By Georgie Anne Geyer | May 9, 1994
IN THAT troubled spring of 1965, I abandoned the revolution in the Dominican Republic for a couple of days to go over to neighboring Haiti.I nearly threw up that first afternoon when I saw Haitian soldiers beating children back from the president's white palace with baseball bats.The brutal dictatorship of Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier was still in power then. That strange, awful man, who had "scientifically" studied his people as a respected anthropologist, used voodoo in the basement of his pure white palace while he tortured his many enemies there.
FEATURES
By Lou Cedrone | March 30, 1991
MOVIESA bridge through time Joanne Woodward was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in ''Mr. and Mrs. Bridge,'' and the honor was well deserved. Ms. Woodward stars with her husband, Paul Newman, as a Kansas City couple who make it through the Depression era '30s into the '40s. Many of us like to think that life was simpler back then, and maybe it was. But that doesn't mean Mr. and Mrs. Bridge were spared the familiar agonies. The film, sensitive and moving, is showing at the Rotunda and Westview cinemas.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | October 26, 1990
'White Palace'Starring Susan Sarandon and James Spader.Directed by Luis Mandoki.Released by Universal.Rated R.... **"White Palace" is almost the flip side of "Avalon.""Avalon" celebrated the richness of Jewish family culture, the nurturing, the sweetness, the support -- and mourned its passing. "White Palace" looks at all that and says, goodbye. It finds happiness ever after in flight from the values of childhood and the snares of family.Conceived as a riff on the theme of erotic awakening, it concerns 27-year-old Max Baron, a St. Louis advertising man still in mourning over the death of his wife of two years ago (and still celibate)
FEATURES
October 26, 1990
WE'RE INTO another cycle, a small but good one, the romantic film. It may have begun with ''When Harry Met Sally.'' It continued with ''Pretty Woman'' and ''Ghost.''It is certainly continuing with ''White Palace,'' and if the cycle continues to produce titles as good as this one, let it move along.''White Palace'' plays like a '30s romantic comedy, save for the language and the sex. The '30s movies were never this obvious, never this frank, but then a lot of comedy has passed under that bridge.
FEATURES
By Lou Cedrone | September 27, 1990
* ''Dreams'' Eight short stories from the mind of Japanese writer-director Akira Kurosawa.* ''I Come in Peace'' Dolph Lundgren is a Houston cop who pursues an intergalactic drug seller. A thriller with laughs.* ''Pacific Heights'' Melanie Griffith and Matthew Modine are a couple who rent an apartment to a psychopath, played by Michael Keaton.* ''White Palace'' Susan Sarandon plays an older woman who falls in love with a younger man, played by James Spader.
FEATURES
By Lou Cedrone and Lou Cedrone,Evening Sun Staff | September 19, 1990
THE FALL CALENDAR of films reveals one thing. No one genre seems to dominate. There seems to be something for all, romance, violence, comedy, action, adventure and, of course, the Mafia. What would the season, any season, be without a few films about the Mafia?One such film opens Friday. It is Martin Scorsese's ''GoodFellas,'' a movie based on the book ''Wiseguy'' by Nick Pileggi. Ray Liotta is the young man who dreams of being a member of the mob, and Robert De Niro is the mob chieftain he serves.
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By Sloane Brown | July 11, 1999
As 540 guests arrived at the Glenangus Farm in Harford County, they were greeted by a scene that looked straight out of medieval legend. In the middle of a brilliant green meadow, a tent that looked like a white palace rose from a rainy afternoon mist.Inside that canvas castle, the "lords and ladies," in evening gowns and tuxes, celebrated at the Upper Chesapeake Health Foundation's "Starnight '99." The evening included a cocktail hour, dinner and a performance by country music singer Lee Ann Womack.
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By Ellen Goodman | November 9, 1990
CALL IT an occupational hazard, but like most journalists I have a tendency to destroy every nice romantic fantasy with some flat-footed realism. No matter how I may suspend judgment in the darkened movie theater, by the time I reach the parking lot I am writing a postscript to the happy endings.So I left ''White Palace'' as Susan Sarandon and James Spader were beginning their happily-ever-after. And as I was beginning my what-happens-next.It wasn't the age gap between these two that stuck in my de-constructionist imagination, although much ado has been made of the steamy love affair between a 43-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man. When we were younger, the older woman was cast as a predatory Mrs. Robinson.
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