July 17, 2016
Her Again Becoming Meryl Streep By Michael Schulman; HarperCollins. 293 pp. $26.99 Reviewed by Carrie Rickey 'Superlatives stick to her like thumbtacks," Michael Schulman writes early in his chronicle of the making of America's most-acclaimed actress. It is a sign that he comes not to bury her, but to puncture her with praise. The book's title comes courtesy of Streep's 2012 Oscar acceptance speech for her role as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady . "When they called my name," she said, "I had this feeling, I could hear half of America going, 'Ohhh, no. Oh, come on. Why?
May 15, 2016
John Quincy Adams Militant Spirit By James Traub Basic Books. 640 pp. $35 Reviewed by Paul Jablow To read this biography of our sixth president is to see both how little and how much has changed in American politics in the last two centuries. John Quincy Adams, son of our second president, John Adams, spent a miserable and largely unsuccessful four years in the White House from 1825 to 1829. Like Jimmy Carter, he is generally acknowledged to have made his greatest contributions after leaving office.
April 22, 2016 |
JARED GOFF Quarterback, University of California Height: 6-4. Weight: 215. Age: 21. Born: Oct. 14, 1994, in Novato, Calif. Arm length: 32 3/4 inches. Hands: 9 inches. 40-yard dash: 4.82 seconds. Wonderlic score: 36. Twitter: @jaredgoff16. Instagram: jaredgoff In college: Started all 37 possible games at Cal, coming out after his junior year . . . The Bears went 14-23 overall, but 13-12 after Goff's miserable freshman year, when the Bears went 1-11 . . . Cal was 8-5 this past season, with a win over Air Force in the Armed Forces Bowl . . . Goff threw for 467 yards and six TDs in the bowl game . . . Set 26 school records, including career passing yards (12,220)
April 3, 2016 |
The stars are aligned. Music stars, that is. In one of those weird what's-going-on-here? Hollywood convergences, a quartet of biopics about jazz, pop, and country-and-western luminaries is playing on theater screens right now, or is about to be. And a spate of other song-driven bios is heading this way, with even more in development. Of course, music and movies have been intrinsically intertwined all the way back to 1927's pioneering talkie, The Jazz Singer , and music bios have been a staple of studio fare down through the decades (James Stewart in The Glenn Miller Story , Cary Grant as Cole Porter in Night and Day , Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett in The Runaways )
February 7, 2016
Loretta Lynn, "Who's Gonna Miss Me?" The latest cut from the 83-year-old honky-tonk angel's album Full Circle (there's also an Elvis Costello collaboration, "Everything It Takes") looks death in the eye the way classic country songs used to do. Out now, album due March 4. "Miles Ahead" trailer. The teaser to the Don Cheadle-starring and -directed biopic on the brilliant, iconoclastic jazz trumpeter Miles Davis hit the Web last week. Whether it turns out to be a great movie or not, the film, which opens in April, clearly is going to have an electric presence at its center in Cheadle.
November 26, 2015 |
The biotech industry convention that brought nearly 16,000 biotech professionals to Philadelphia in June will be back in 2019 - a major business win for the city's hospitality industry and the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Biotechnology Industry Organization's BIO International convention is expected to fill more than 27,000 total hotel-room nights and generate more than $41 million for the region upon its return. "My experience was nothing but positive," said Scott Whitaker, BIO convention president, describing BIO's show in June.
June 20, 2015 |
Computer hacking is still generally frowned upon. But hackathons, once the province of programmers and cool coders, have spread like viruses to almost every human domain, even health care. No gathering seemingly can exist without one, even if the brainstorming mostly uses such old-school materials as paper and Post-it notes instead of laptops. Such was the case Thursday when the new MIT Hacking Medicine Institute held a four-hour Idea Hack on the final day of BIO International 2015 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
June 17, 2015 |
Former president Bill Clinton said Monday in Philadelphia that high prices for some medicines are hard to justify, and the biotech and pharmaceutical industries should try full explanation and disclosure to make their case. "Explain, explain, explain and disclose, disclose, disclose," Clinton said in a speech and question-and-answer session before about 200 biotech and health-care executives at the National Museum of American Jewish History. "Don't expect everybody to love you, but at least they will hear your side of the story.
June 3, 2015 |
After years of trying, California-based BioMed Realty Trust has abandoned its controversial plan to develop an 18-acre property along Radnor Township's main corridor. The company said Friday that it had sold the former Wyeth Laboratories site - at a $32 million loss - to the University of Pennsylvania Health System, which plans to build doctor's offices and a surgical center. The decision marked a major defeat for BioMed, which once envisioned a hotel, apartments, and retail space for the site on King of Prussia Road near Lancaster Avenue and I-476.
January 8, 2015 |
Why so slow? Pennsylvania is one of the states where fewer people are working than in 2007. This isn't quite new. Job growth here has been half the national average for the last 75 years, writes senior economist Mark Vitner and his team at Wells Fargo Securities L.L.C. , the investment arm of the Philadelphia area's dominant bank, in its yearly report reviewing the state's economy. Last year, Pennsylvania suffered layoffs at military contractors, steelmakers, drugmakers. Home prices went flat, and Philadelphia developers are building so many apartments, they are risking a glut - unless the city attracts "considerably more jobs and residents," according to Wells Fargo.