April 3, 2016
Barrymore and Kopelman to split We were hoping it was an April Fools' joke, but TMZ and eonline.com believe it, so we must report it. Drew Barrymore and husband of three years Will Kopelman are planning to become a former couple. They still like each other but have agreed to scram. They have luscious kids Olive, 3, and Frankie, soon to be 2. This will be her third former marriage, his first. She goes for men of substance We are struggling to triangulate this in a six degrees of Kevin Bacon kind of way, but apparently Wendi Deng , former wife of Rupert Murdoch , and the one who bravely came to his aid when some joker served him with a pie in the face in 2011, is said to be dating . . . Vlad "The Impaler" Putin . As in the guy who runs Russia.
June 19, 2015 |
Bette Midler reminded nearly 10,000 fans of her enduring power and charisma on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, putting ona muscular show filled with palpable emotion, wise-cracking jokes, and charming nods to Philadelphia. Midler opened with her tour's namesake "Divine Intervention," before jumping into "I Look Good," a classic full of characteristic sass.Midler quipped that she's like vodka: ageless, odorless, and tasteless. Her famed dancers, the Harlettes, were fabulous and essential to the performance, not just as backup, but as gossip girls and playmates.
May 30, 2015 |
Memorial Day may be the unofficial start of the summer, but the beginning of the concert season in Philadelphia is definitely the Roots Picnic. The favorite sons of the 215 come home annually from their steady gig on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to put on a daylong party. Between the Roots Picnic and the Welcome America celebration July Fourth, the band holds more than its share of sway over the local concert season. There's plenty more going on, however, beyond the mostly big events highlighted below.
March 14, 2015 |
It's likely that most who entered the TLA on Wednesday knew about Meghan Trainor's back-story. That's why her show was sold out, with kids, tweens, and parents drawn to the now-21-year-old's message, as well as her brand of merry synth-pop, doo-wop, and such. Trainor was a Nantucket-raised, plus-size teen dissed by girl frenemies and jock boys for not having a tall, stick-figure frame. Luckily, the young Trainor had confidence in her big talent: a brassy singing voice, a way with funny lyrics, a winning personality, and musical-theater panache.
November 22, 2013 |
When Sophie Tucker called herself "the Last of the Red Hot Mamas," the plus-size ragtime café singer-turned-Ziegfeld Follies vaudevillian-turned radio and TV personality crafted an archetype, a sassy icon of traditional Yiddish song and bawdy comic tunes whose catalog was dwarfed only by her outsize personality. Tucker (1884-1966) was brassy, bodacious, loud and proud - Mae West and Fanny Brice rolled into one big lady. In her time she made hits of such songs as the slow, jazzy "Some of These Days," "Real Women Have Curves," and "Hula Lou," and in her wake she inspired the likes of Bette Midler.
November 15, 2013
IF YOU were to construct a backward-directed timeline of female performers who flaunted conventions of public behavior and decorum, you'd likely start with Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga , and continue on through Madonna , Marilyn Monroe and Mae West , who was actually jailed for writing and acting in a Broadway show called "Sex" in the 1920s. But that line would end (and, actually, begin) with Sophie Tucker , whose fame has faded as the decades have rolled by, but who is the spiritual forebear of every headline-grabbing show biz femme fatale who has emerged in her wake.
May 31, 2013 |
LET'S JUST START BY saying we know this is an item that's even sillier than usual, but the Phillies have been having a rough enough go of it this year that we thought they needed some good news. Or another excuse to rib 1-8 Cole Hamels . CougarLife.com, one of the countless Internet dating websites aimed at niche hook-ups - has named Hamels the second-most desirable baseball player in their survey of 11,000 cougars. The bad news is that our Phillie lost out to a Met - third baseman David Wright . Given that Hamels is married to the former Heidi Strobel (a Playboy model and "Survivor" contestant)
December 24, 2012 |
THE family-friendliest comedy this holiday-movie season is also the sappiest and schmaltziest. And thanks to Billy Crystal, the shtickiest. "Parental Guidance" is a mild-mannered riff on parenting, then and now. It contrasts the top-down/career-first mentality of one generation with the coddled "nurturing" of today, but never takes a stand on which is better. Basically, it's a vehicle for Billy Crystal, and to a lesser degree Bette Midler, to riff on the spoiled, overindulged and sometimes-uptight kids their kid is raising.
December 24, 2012 |
ALTHOUGH HE'S done voice-over for animated films like "Monsters Inc. " and "Cars," it's been 10 years since Billy Crystal has appeared as himself in a movie. His "comeback" film is "Parental Guidance," opening Christmas Day, a sentimental comedy about two old-school grandparents (Crystal, Bette Midler) who spend a week parenting their new-school grandchildren. Crystal loved the experience, he said, so we asked why he stayed away so long? His answer: He was busy with his one-man show, "700 Sundays.
August 10, 2012 |
Bette Midler hasn't been on the big screen nearly enough as she should since wrapping up her Vegas revue, The Showgirl Must Go On , in 2010. "I . . . take meetings" all the time, Bette, 66, tells USA Today. "Doing a movie is like pulling together a giant ship. It's not easy. " Luckily, Bette has a new pic due over the holidays, the Billy Crystal comedy Parental Guidance . Bette, who bagged a reported $40 mil from the revue, isn't eager to return to the stage. "I served my time.