January 28, 2013 |
There's no shortage of big stars - marquee names as disparate as Justin Timberlake and David Bowie are returning, alongside boldfaced names Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Rihanna. But the coming months are more about medium-sized acts that, thankfully, aren't big enough to play the enormodome. Look for albums by alt-folkies Thao & the Get Down Stay Down ( We the Common , on sale Feb. 5, playing Underground Arts March 24), Richard Thompson ( Electric , Feb. 5), and the Mavericks ( In Time , Feb. 26)
January 13, 2013 |
It's easy to see what Bishop Eustace doesn't have: a go-to offensive player, a consistent double-figure scorer, a roster studded with some of the most familiar names in South Jersey boys' basketball. It's tougher to see what makes the Crusaders so special. But that doesn't mean it's not there, not real, not responsible for the team's success. "We try not to talk about it," Bishop Eustace coach Bob Falconiero said. "We don't want to overanalyze it. " Falconiero has been around long enough to know the value of chemistry, commitment, unselfishness - those intangible but invaluable qualities that make all the difference in team sports.
October 14, 2012
Turhan Bey, 90, an actor whose exotic good looks earned him the nickname of "Turkish Delight" in films with Errol Flynn and Katharine Hepburn before he left Hollywood for a quieter life in Vienna, Austria, has died. Marita Ruiter, who exhibited Mr. Bey's photos in her Luxembourg gallery, told the Austria Press Agency on Tuesday that he had died in Vienna on Sept. 30 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease and was cremated Monday. Born in Austria as Gilbert Selahettin Schultavey, the son of a Turkish diplomat, Mr. Bey assumed his stage name shortly after moving to the United States with his Jewish Czech mother from Vienna to escape the Nazis and being discovered by talent scouts from Warner Bros.
October 4, 2012 |
A fledgling theater group in Chester County has landed a bit of big-time help from showbiz dynamo Tina Fey. The Upper Darby High grad turned TV and film star filmed a surprise unpaid pitch for Facetime Community Theatre, a Phoenixville nonprofit that offered its first program this summer - a theater camp for children. "Hi, I'm domestic television personality Tina Fey, coming to you from here, the set of 30 Rock in New York City," the former Saturday Night Live star begins.
July 11, 2012 |
IF YOU LIKED watching former Big 5 stars such as Allan Ray (Villanova), Pat Carroll (Saint Joseph's) and Mark Tyndale (Temple), you will be able to see them play on the same team Aug. 5 at Saint Joseph's Hagan Arena. They will play an exhibition game for Team Philadelphia against a team of former Washington-area college stars. This is a precursor to what organizers hope will be the Basketball Alumni Legends League (The-BALL), set for the summer of 2013. The league hopes to start with four teams.
July 5, 2012
American soprano Evelyn Lear, 86, who became an opera star in Europe singing some of the most difficult contemporary roles before returning to the United States, died Sunday at a nursing home in Sandy Spring, Md. Her friend and collaborator John Edward Niles said she had been ailing for months after suffering a mild stroke. She and her husband, Thomas Stewart, the acclaimed bass-baritone, retired in the Maryland suburbs near Washington after singing together for decades around the world.
May 4, 2012 |
The new DVD releases this week are mid-range in quality. New Year's Eve, Grade C: Veteran director Garry Marshall has dusted off the bland formula he used in Valentine's Day - multiple story lines played out by a gaggle of big stars - to make New Year's Eve. It's a different day, but Marshall makes the same mistakes. The film plods along because of lackluster directing, a banal script, and wooden acting. It's not only Katherine Fugate's uninspired script that makes this such a bland offering.
March 13, 2012 |
Remember the Eagles' sneak-attack signing of Nnamdi Asomugha last July? Well, don't expect a repeat blockbuster acquisition from the Eagles when free agency kicks off Tuesday at 4 p.m. As much as Birds fans may be hoping for their team to drop another bomb - Mario Williams? Vincent Jackson? Peyton Manning?!? - the Eagles are likely to let other teams fend for the top free agents in this year's class. That doesn't mean they won't address areas of specific need like linebacker, running back, or backup quarterback.
March 5, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Martin Sheen commanded the stage with his impassioned portrayal of an attorney arguing for gay-marriage rights; Jane Lynch inspired instant response as a vehement same-sex marriage opponent; Brad Pitt dazzled as a judge. It was all part of the star-studded West Coast premiere of "8," a play about the 2010 federal court fight against Proposition 8, the gay-marriage ban that California voters approved in 2008. The performance Saturday at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles also featured George Clooney, Kevin Bacon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Christine Lahti, George Takei, John C. Reilly, Chris Colfer, Matthew Morrison and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
December 24, 2010 |
A version of this review appeared Wednesday. The Focker franchise is like Chrismukkah, an interfaith mashup serving plum pudding with a latke on the side. Starring Ben Stiller as the Jewish son-in-law who fails to meet the unreasonable expectations of his gentile father-in-law (Robert De Niro), Little Fockers , third in the series that began with Meet the Parents , comes to bury grudges and inevitably raises them instead. The best that can be said of the overpopulated and underwritten film is that it gives in-laws, spouses, and spawn a place to put their holiday anxiety and laugh at it. But the humor is sporadic, with Viagra jokes that don't provoke laughs so much as cringes.