March 7, 2014
What to eat : As far as we can tell, Sweet Box makes some of the best cupcakes in Philly: orange Creamsicle, chocolate peanut butter, thin mint, strawberries and champagne, chocolate Guinness Stout with whiskey filling and Baileys Irish Cream frosting, espresso hazelnut praline, bacon maple, beer infused, cayenne cinnamon. All served up by the lovely - yet extremely hardworking - Gretchen Fantini. If she doesn't make a flavor you like, your taste buds are on the fritz. Trust us. Don't miss: Based on the amount of strawberries Fantini purees, she believes her strawberries-and-champagne cupcakes are a best-seller.
March 7, 2014 |
LOOKS LIKE it may have only taken one camera to make "7 Boxes," a low-budget but inventive Paraguayan thriller about a delivery boy mixed up with gangsters. The movie - well-received at the Toronto Film Festival - blends genres and influences, but it's essentially a one-crazy-night, shaggy-dog story about a delivery boy who agrees to hide seven boxes of contraband for a local crook, and ends up in the middle of a very big mess. Victor (Celso Franco) pushes his cartload of boxes through Asuncion, brought alive by a series of hand-held tracking shots (the directors obviously grew up on Martin Scorsese and Kathryn Bigelow)
February 21, 2014 |
J.K. SIMMONS, who's played everything from a neo-Nazi on "Oz" to a tabloid editor in "Spider-Man," wasn't interested in being just another clueless TV father. "The prototype sitcom dad is a doofus who's sort of the oldest of the children," Simmons said last month in an interview in Pasadena, Calif. No one's likely to say that about Mel Fisher, the blind, fiercely independent and newly single father Simmons portrays in NBC's new comedy "Growing Up Fisher. " Still, "between the kids and the [guide]
February 13, 2014 |
THE GEORGE ZIMMERMAN boxing match that captured the attention of the nation is back on, according to local celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman . But Feldman will no longer be part of it, he said at a news conference yesterday. Rapper DMX , who was set to fight Zimmerman, seems like he's no longer involved, either. Instead, European media mogul and soda-bottling heir Alkiviades "Alki" David will broadcast the fight from an undisclosed location. David was scheduled to broadcast the fight even before Feldman backed out. The duo worked together before, once offering Chris Brown $10 million to take on Drake in the ring.
February 11, 2014 |
ON SATURDAY NIGHT, local celeb boxing promoter Damon Feldman announced via Twitter that he was canceling his proposed fight between George Zimmerman , who was acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter in the fatal shooting death of Trayvon Martin last year, and over-the-hill rapper DMX . But by yesterday, Feldman told me that the fight may resume, and that there's a 50-50 chance he will be a part of it. "I'm not saying whether...
January 29, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA Kevin Davis knew he could not beat 19-year-old aspiring boxer Jahmeer Alphonso Jett with fists, so, police said, the 26-year-old former convict got a gun instead. To settle a dispute over a car, police say, Davis ran up behind Jett - an accomplished amateur boxer and the son of a Philadelphia police officer - and shot him point-blank in the back on Jan. 17 just steps from his mother's front door in Southwest Philadelphia. Police said Davis kept squeezing the trigger of his .45-caliber handgun, the bullets striking Jett six times.
January 23, 2014 |
Ronald P. Greenley Sr., 69, of Bensalem, a well-known boxing judge in Pennsylvania and South Jersey, died Tuesday, Jan. 14, of lung cancer at his home. Mr. Greenley judged 25 world- or regional-level title bouts, including those of Philadelphia fighters Bernard Hopkins and Meldrick Taylor. In Pennsylvania, he served as a boxing judge from 1991 to 2006 and earned a reputation as one of the state's best judges, said Gregory Sirb, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission.
December 30, 2013 |
The pay-TV industry, threatened with federal regulations, has plunged a stake into the electric "vampire" in your living room. After a year of negotiating, Comcast Corp., DirecTV and other TV operators agreed last week to energy-efficiency standards for set-top boxes, which can suck more electricity off the grid than wide-screen TVs. The reason: Set-top boxes don't turn off - even when a subscriber turns off the TV, or the boxes themselves....
December 14, 2013 |
There are only 11 shopping days left, folks. Need a gift for your favorite sci-fi nerd? Two boxed sets, one American, the other British, should do the trick. They went where no man (or woman) has gone before on TV. Then the cast of late-'60s classic Star Trek came back a decade later to make the 1979 feature Star Trek: The Motion Picture . Five sequels followed. Paramount has gathered all six films and the four films made by the cast of the spinoff series, Star Trek: Next Generation , in the 12-disc boxed set Star Trek: Stardate Collection . Each film comes with a healthy dose of extras, including commentary tracks and making-of documentaries.
December 7, 2013 |
It can be maddening trying to find the right holiday gift for cinephiles. But it's hard to go wrong with compilations, especially one as extensive as the Best of Warner Bros. 50 Film Collection (Blu-ray) , a 52-disc boxed set featuring some of the studio's best films, on Blu-ray and UltraViolet digital copy. Titles range from the 1932 Oscar-winner Grand Hotel starring Greta Garbo and John Barrymore to Singin' in the Rain , Dirty Harry , Amadeus , the Lord of the Rings trilogy, through to 2010's sci-fi hit Inception . Warner's online store has been offering the boxed set for less than half the list price ( www.wbshop.com ; $597.92 list price; various ratings)