April 21, 2015 |
THERE IS SIMPLY no stopping the "Fast & Furious" franchise. Numero Siete topped the box office for the third weekend in a row with $29.1 million, bringing the film's domestic take to $294 million and global take to over a billion. "The film has set a new standard for the potential for box office in the presummer month of April and has truly become part of movie folklore with its record-setting numbers, strong reviews, spectacular word-of-mouth and, of course, the outpouring of support for late star Paul Walker ," Rentrak senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian said.
June 27, 2014 |
LEAVE IT TO Bill Cosby to turn a sad situation into a laughing matter. Cosby will hold a benefit concert for Temple's men's gymnastics program at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market streets, on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. In December, Temple head men's gymnastics coach Fred Turoff found out his sport was being demoted from varsity to club status. That means Turoff and his gymnasts have to raise money for the program to continue. Enter the Cos, a Philly native, who attended Temple and still bleeds Cherry & White.
June 26, 2014 |
THE BENEFIT concert hosted by Connor Barwin last week was a big hit. What do you expect from an Eagles linebacker? The event netted $85,000 for the Ralph Brooks revitalization project, a South Philly park at 20th and Tasker. The sum will be matched by Barwin's Make The World Better Foundation, bringing the total to $170,000.
May 21, 2014 |
THE EAGLES now have four of their seven draftees under contract, after fourth-round cornerback Jaylen Watkins and fifth-round defensive lineman Taylor Hart signed their deals Monday. The Birds also signed corner Davon Morgan, who played indoor football last year and was with the Jets in their 2011 camp, after starring at Virginia Tech. The team released former Alabama corner John Fulton. As expected, the Eagles brought back wide receiver Arrelious Benn, who was released last week.
February 22, 2013 |
IF YOU are going to Friday's concert by The Who at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall, do yourself a favor and get their early enough to see show-opener Vintage Trouble, the youthful, Los Angeles-forged quartet supporting the legendary Brit rockers on their current U.S. tour. Although still flying under the radar here, the unit has made considerable noise in the United Kingdom by combining old-school R&B with an almost New Wave-y attitude, and having it all delivered by electrifying front- man Ty Taylor.
February 15, 2013 |
THE ROOTS' Tarik "Black Thought" Trotter returns to Philly this weekend to support the GrassROOTS Community Foundation, bringing with him DJ extraordinaire King Britt , poet Ursula Rucker , singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius , rapper Chill Moody and singer Malene Younglao . Besides holding it down for the Roots, Trotter is chairman of GrassROOTS, the nonprofit hosting this weekend's "Let's Move It Philly!" benefit concert, featuring Trotter, Ambrosius, Moody and Malene.
December 31, 2012 |
Helen Kardon Moss of Center City, a singer who performed on operatic stages, on Broadway, and in area clubs, died of a Parkinson's related illness at Penn Hospice Rittenhouse on Wednesday, Dec. 26, her 81st birthday. As a young woman, Mrs. Moss performed as a soprano with the New York City Opera Company and the San Francisco Opera Company. Her repertoire for most of her career, though, was the Great American Songbook. "I'm fortunate enough to have a background in many musical forms," she said in a 1994 Inquirer article.
December 20, 2012
Army will seek death penalty SEATTLE - The Army said Wednesday it would seek the death penalty against the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan villagers in a predawn rampage in March, a decision his attorney called "totally irresponsible. " The announcement followed a pretrial hearing last month for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, 39, who faces premeditated murder and other charges in the attack on two villages in southern Afghanistan. Prosecutors said Bales left his remote base early March 11, attacked one village and returned to the base, then slipped away to attack another compound.
December 14, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Music and comedy royalty, from Bruce Springsteen and Kanye West to Jon Stewart, struck a defiant tone in a benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy victims Wednesday, asking for help to rebuild an area most of them know well. The sold-out Madison Square Garden show was televised, streamed online, and aired on radio all over the world. Producers said up to two billion people could experience the concert live. "When are you going to learn," New Jersey native Stewart said.
May 23, 2012 |
The whole world is going Hollywood. But is this a good thing? Florida-based Digital Domain Media Group, the special-effects company that brought the "Transformers" movies and the Tupac Shakur hologram to life, is setting up a studio in oil-rich Abu Dhabi. The deal signed Monday between Digital Domain and Abu Dhabi's government-backed twofour54 deepens the Emirati capital's ties to Hollywood as it accelerates its efforts to become a media hub. Digital Domain plans to establish an animation, visual-effects and motion-capture studio and a media school in Abu Dhabi as part of the deal.