August 28, 2015 |
The Isley Brothers released The RCA Victor and T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983) last week, a collection of 21 of their albums that unfurl with crisply remastered productions, rare tracks, and the never-released Wild in Woodstock: Live at Bearsville Sound Studio 1980 . "That's a lot of music," said Ernie Isley, the guitarist-brother who, with vocalist Ron Isley, form the still-touring, currently recording Isley Brothers - soul's first family...
August 18, 2015 |
"STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON" got people straight inta theaters this past weekend, blowing away estimates with just over $56 million. With a production budget slightly under $30 million, "Compton" is destined to be more profitable than . . . Compton. We're not talking Dr. Dre money, but still . . . N.W.A. members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube served as producers on the film, which has Ice Cube's real son O'Shea Jackson Jr. playing his father. Dr. Dre also released the companion piece "Compton," - his first new album in 16 years.
July 27, 2015 |
Boxed wines have come a long way over the last decade in variety, image, and quality, joining the screwcap as a once-controversial technical innovation that's now widely appreciated for its worth. The bag-in-a-box format is smart for fresh young wines, and the air-tight bag's prevention of oxygen damage maintains freshness for weeks after opening. It's also the most cost-effective and earth-friendly way to bring three liters of vino (that's four bottles) to a party. Choosing the right one, though, is tricky, as many boxed wines are still plonkers.
June 27, 2015 |
Jurassic World is helping Comcast Corp.-owned Universal Pictures devour box-office records like a T. rex. The futuristic franchise reboot barreled to $1 billion in a record-setting 13 days this month and could surpass $1.5 billion before it fades to extinction on the big screen, movie-industry observers say. Though it's only June, the Hollywood studio says it already has set an all-time record for annual gross receipts - $3.8 billion through...
June 24, 2015 |
DESPITE ITS rock-'em-sock-'em roots, Rock Ministries has vastly expanded its outreach efforts beyond boxing. Missionary Lizzie Savar heads the Rock's women's ministry, which meets weekly for breakfast and Bible study. The women's group complements a children's ministry and Sunday school, which occupy the floor above the gym and practice areas. During one study, Savar teaches a little-known passage from the Book of Genesis, which in its description of dynastic wars and familial conflict sounds more like a Game of Thrones excerpt than a Bible passage.
June 23, 2015 |
IT MAY NOT be archeologically accurate to say this, but dinosaurs still rule the Earth. With $102 million, "Jurassic World" kept the No. 1 spot with one of the biggest second weeks ever, while "Inside Out" nearly matched it with a $91.1 million debut, well above expectations. "Jurassic World" became only the second release to break $100 million in its second week. "The Avengers" took in $103.1 million in its second week. "Inside Out" became the first Pixar release not to open in first place, following 14 straight No. 1s, but it's the largest opening for a wholly original movie (one not based on source material or a sequel)
June 19, 2015 |
A woman was attacked and slashed with a box cutter Wednesday morning while walking into a El stop in Frankford, SEPTA officials said. Transit police were still searching for the suspect in the case Wednesday afternoon, said SEPTA Police Chief Thomas Nestel III. The attack happened at 9:27 a.m., officials said, when a woman tried to enter the Margaret-Orthodox station of the Market-Frankford Line and got into an argument with a man inside the station....
June 18, 2015 |
SEPTA Transit Police are searching for a person of interest after a woman was slashed with a box cutter at the Margaret-Orthodox station on the Market-Frankford Line this morning. A man punched a 50-year-old woman and sliced her forearm with the weapon during an argument around 9:30 a.m., SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel said at a news conference. The woman, who lives near the station and did not know her attacker, had raised her arm to protect herself. The blade left a 5-inch gash in the arm, Nestel said.
June 16, 2015 |
HOLLYWOOD spends so much time and money on box-office predictions the big studios are usually as accurate as Nate Silver was on national elections. Then along comes "Jurassic World," a fourquel, 14 years from its last installment and directed by a man making his summer tentpole debut. Expectations are for a "World"-ly $125 million. But no. "Jurassic" is the Hollywood version of The Raptor, with all the world's true believers heading to the multiplexes. With nearly $205 million domestic (estimated)
June 16, 2015 |
CANASTOTA, N.Y. - Perhaps more than any other sport, boxing is about family, of bonds formed between fathers and sons. Those bonds are almost always born of love, but love can come in several forms. Sometimes it is tender, sometimes tough, still other times a curious mixture of each. But during the International Boxing Hall of Fame's 26th annual induction ceremony here yesterday afternoon, several of the inductees spoke of being introduced to boxing, at least indirectly, by mothers, siblings or dear friends who could just as well have been blood relatives.