July 10, 2015
WHILE CHASING down one tip, we stumbled upon another. Both involve former Councilman Bill Green . Because it's summer and Bill Green is probably up to something. Something Clout-worthy, not just walking his dog around Pastorius Park. The original tip: We heard that Green, a member of the School Reform Commission, might be teaming up with documentarian and three-time mayoral candidate Sam Katz as part of an independent ticket in the November election. Maybe Green for mayor and Katz for Council?
August 27, 2014 |
At 18, Andrew "Pop" Wansel made a promise to himself. Before he died, he'd work with both Kanye West and Alicia Keys. He did, all before his 30th birthday. The 26-year-old two-time Grammy-winning songwriter/producer sits in his new Old City apartment. His jovial demeanor warms the room, as his arms drape his plush couch. Wansel has just moved in, but the dining room table is topped with enough tableware to be the envy of the next issue of Good Housekeeping. He admits he wasn't the interior designer, but a painting of Jimi Hendrix, one of his earliest influences, at the head of the table reveals Wansel's touch.
August 16, 2013 |
Clowns used to scare the daylights out of me. (OK, they still do.) They were uncanny, creepy creatures with the darkest and scariest of souls, - why else, I reasoned, would they need to hide behind so much garish face paint? Seems the Chiodo brothers felt the same way. Born in the Bronx and raised on Long Island, the dynamic filmmaking trio is responsible for the 1988 cult classic Killer Klowns From Outer Space , a delightfully schlocky horror comedy about a race of vicious, bloodthirsty invading aliens who look like circus clowns - but with very sharp teeth.
October 2, 2012 |
John Waters brought a lot of his ax collection to Hairspray 's movie grindstone, and Mark O'Donnell and Thomas Meehan's book of the musical makes no attempt to minimize the story's crusades for civil rights, acceptance of differences, and the perennially controversial notion that the big girl with big hair can win the hunkiest boy in town with her big heart. In the Baltimore of 1962, proudly plump Tracy Turnblad (Victoria Mayo) wants to win a spot as a dancer on the Corny Collins TV show, achieve racial integration on television, earn her mother's respect, and fall in love with Elvis knockoff Link Larkin (Nathan Meyer, whose honeyed voice earns the comparison)
March 4, 2011 |
Nostalgia for the '80s - big hair, Madonna, cocaine, big hair, Duran Duran, more cocaine - is all well and good. Unless it's practiced with the charmless ineptitude of Take Me Home Tonight . Starring Topher Grace - who, to his career detriment, also gets a "story by" credit - this sloppy comedy is as cheesy and out of date as the era it aspires to celebrate. The art direction and costumes are clearly a conscious choice, but if you're going to look back with affection (and/or irony)
September 30, 2010 |
PORN STAR Devon James isn't giving up her 15 minutes of infamy without a fight. According to RadarOnline.com, the former Tiger Woods mistress is shopping an alleged Tiger sex tape to Vivid Entertainment. "The tape is 62 minutes long and 37 minutes of it is us having sex," Devon told Radar Online yesterday. One can only imagine what scintillating conversation fills up the remaining 25 minutes. "This sex tape is worth at least $350,000," Devon said, although if it's really Tiger, and he's really swinging his driver, that estimate seems a little low. But what about this story isn't a little low?
July 16, 2010 |
If you've ever seen "Flo," the cheerfully offbeat cashier in Progressive Insurance's ad campaign, you probably know her shtick: that when it comes to auto insurance, Progressive strives to be a little bit different, too. But Progressive's latest attempt to distinguish itself in Pennsylvania - a plan to offer rates based on drivers' habits, determined by connecting wireless monitors to their cars' computers - has run into a roadblock. The Ohio company says its usage-based "MyRate" plan offers drivers in other states, including New Jersey, discounts of up to 30 percent if they drive fewer miles, stay off the roads during the accident-prone hours after midnight, and avoid hard braking.
June 27, 2010 |
"You are as fake as the hair on your head!" "My hair is real!" - "Real Housewives of New Jersey" New Jersey is a ready-made reality show character all by itself. Suddenly, the Garden State is big time on TV, if a little prone to spending too much time on hair and makeup, from the über Jersey Shore of MTV to the fondant artistry of Carlo's Bake Shop in Cake Boss, to the wannabe Jerseylicious -ness of Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, where, the tagline goes, big hair meets even bigger personalities.
April 20, 2010 |
This year's biggest prom trend isn't the dress. It's the tress. Literally. Local hairstylists are predicting big hair - ? la the boobalicious and bodacious raven-haired "Snooki" from MTV's Jersey Shore - will be the hottest trend on teens on prom night. "Our prom girls are coming in and they want messy buns and tousled hair with bumps," said Tiffany Nurick, a stylist at Heaven and Earth in Lafayette Hill. "It's all about big, loose and not overly styled hair. And you aren't just seeing it in women, you are seeing it in men as well.