June 13, 2016 |
The last time we moved was in 2001. The time before that was in 1987. I hate moving, although I know that the hour is coming when I will have to leave my little bungalow in Brigadoon and head to a mortgage-free, low-property-tax land more conducive to retirement. Traditionally, when those of us who do the bulk of packing ourselves need boxes, we go to the supermarket or the liquor store and ask for used ones. For the more delicate stuff, I buy new, usually at U-Haul or similar outlets.
June 2, 2016
Last week and total box office in millions. Weeks Per Rank/Title/Studio Last Week Total Out Location 1. X-Men: Apocalypse (Fox) $79.8 $79.8 1 $19,231 2. Alice Looking Glass (Disney) 33.5 33.5 1 8,904 3. Angry Birds Movie (Sony) 24.6 72.2 2 6,246 4. Captain America (Disney) 20.0 377.5 4 5,892 5. Neighbors 2 (Universal) 11.4 40.7 2 3,350 6. The Jungle Book (Disney)
June 1, 2016 |
IT WAS a slow holiday weekend for celebrity silliness and for Alice Through the Looking Glass . ] X-Men: Apocalypse debuted on top with an estimated $65 million through Sunday and was expected to add on $15 million Monday. Alice did just $28.1 million. Both films were ripped by critics. Alice , however, had to deal with more than bad reviews. On Friday, as the film was hitting theaters, Amber Heard , star Johnny Depp 's wife, was granted a restraining order after alleging the actor previously assaulted her. Some fans called for a boycott of Alice . Paul Dergarabedian , senior media analyst for comScore, said, "I think the reviews had more to do with the film's performance than any personal drama for Depp.
May 24, 2016 |
GOOD THING the rain held off long enough for the Italian Market Festival, Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby, Mayfair's May Fair and the Rittenhouse Row Festival this weekend. Because there sure wasn't much fun to be had at the movies - if you were a grown-up, at least. The box office's big weekend winner was Angry Birds , a, er, film based on an epically successful cell-phone diversion that has been to this decade what Pac-Man was to the '80s, and hundreds of other games (in which human players actually interacted with each other)
May 15, 2016
THE PENNSYLVANIA Boxing Hall of Fame will hold its induction dinner at 4 p.m. Sunday at Romano's Caterers, Castor Avenue and Wingohocking Street in Philadelphia. Lightweight Charles "Chucky T" Tschorniawsky, a popoular fighter at the Blue Horizon, heads the class of inductees. Tschorniawsky, 39, was 25-10-1, with 14 knockouts in a 14-year career. Other living fighters to be inducted are featherweight Benny Amparo (12-3-5, 5 KOs), lightweight Monty Sherrick (10-0, 2 KOs), welterweight Hugh "Buttons" Kearney (18-2-1, 5 KOs)
May 7, 2016 |
At Temple University Hospital on Thursday morning, Naomi Stevens, all 6 pounds, 9 ounces of her, was resting up for the big day ahead. Born two days before, Naomi was going home that day with her mom, Aracely Castro, 22, to West Philadelphia to be introduced to her brother and sister. "They were always kissing my belly," her mother said softly. "They didn't meet her before. " Along with mother and baby would come a special welcome gift from the hospital - one that will be given to all babies born at Temple in the next year.
May 5, 2016 |
Before the mid-'70s, a psychiatrist would have been mad to admit he was gay. Quite literally. At the time, homosexuality was listed as a mental illness in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders . Philadelphia psychiatrist John Ercel Fryer, however, did just that in 1972 - and of all places at the American Psychiatric Association's annual conference in Dallas. "I am a homosexual. I am a psychiatrist," he said, opening a now-famous speech. To protect himself - he already had lost a job at the University of Pennsylvania because he was gay - he wore a rubber Halloween mask, calling himself Dr. H. Anonymous.
May 2, 2016 |
Any number of defense lawyers, not to mention adversaries in the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office, might have welcomed the opportunity to lace up 16-ounce gloves to go mano a mano with Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams. Alas, the task of stepping into the ring Saturday night at Temple University's Liacouras Center for three 90-second rounds with the prosecutor fell to Tariq El-Shabazz, a defense lawyer who is an old friend of Williams. El-Shabazz emerged the winner by decision, despite Williams earlier confident predictions.