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NEWS
April 25, 2014 | By Ellen Gray
* BLACK BOX. 10 tonight, 6ABC. * BAD TEACHER. 9:30 tonight, CBS3.   WHO'S funnier: a brilliant, bipolar doctor who's occasionally off her meds or a hard-drinking, pot-smoking middle-school teacher with no qualifications whatsoever? CBS hopes you'll pick "Bad Teacher," its new sitcom starring Ari Graynor as gold-digging divorcee Meredith Davis, who in tonight's premiere flirts her way into a job teaching social studies. But ABC might unintentionally have hit the funny jackpot with "Black Box," its new medical drama starring Kelly Reilly ("Heaven Is for Real")
NEWS
April 21, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Cinematographer Wally Pfister has a resumé rife with hits - Batman Begins , The Dark Knight , The Dark Knight Rises . He won an Oscar in 2011, for his sixth collaboration with Christopher Nolan , the mind-bending, gravity-defying Inception . Pfister shot Lisa Cholodenko 's smart, smart-looking Laurel Canyon . He shot Moneyball . Transcendence , he did not shoot. Instead, for the $100 million sci-fi thriller opening this weekend and starring Johnny Depp as a cyberscience superstar pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence, Pfister makes his directing debut.
BUSINESS
April 21, 2014 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bob Stanzione, one of the nation's top telecom-equipment executives, was recently visiting the sleek former Motorola campus in Horsham and making an important point: Those who wrote the obituary for cable-TV set-top boxes because of the Internet and smart TVs got it wrong. "You have a lot of stuff coming into the home, and it's coming through one of these boxes," said Stanzione, whose Suwanee, Ga., ARRIS Group Inc. now owns the Horsham business. "The in-home box business is thriving.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2014 | By Virginia A. Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
John Bartram was known for the wooden boxes he filled with botanical goodies from the New World and shipped off to wealthy customers in England and beyond. Though long gone from marketplace and memory, those utilitarian boxes and their quirky contents - plants, seeds, and "curiosities" such as birds' nests and live turtles - supported the 18th-century botanist's influential research and plant nursery. Now, they serve as artistic inspiration for an unusual exhibition called Bartram's Boxes Remix , a collaboration between Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia and the Center for Art in Wood in Old City.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014
What: Soul (0-3) at Orlando (3-1).When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Where: CFE Arena (9,993), Orlando. TV: The Comcast Network. Radio: None Internet: http://Soul.ArenaFootball.com/AllAccess About the Soul: The defense has let the team down these first 3 weeks and the Soul is 0-3 for the first time in franchise history. The 18-game schedule affords a little more time to get its act together, but bringing an 0-4 record into next week's home opener won't be good for ticket sales . . . The Soul gives up 65.0 points per game, last in the 14-team league . . . Second-year wide receiver Ryan McDaniel leads the team with 26 receptions and 296 receiving yards.
SPORTS
April 11, 2014 | BY ANDREW ALBERT, Daily News Staff Writer alberta@phillynews.com
BERNARD HOPKINS walked into Danny Garcia's gym yesterday with the swagger of a champion and the bounce of a much younger man. He hopped on top of the ropes, just above a frenzy of reporters to ask how many athletes could be at the top of their game at age 49, and draw the media that he does. The short answer: nobody. Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 KOs), who fights 30-year-old Beibut Shumenov (14-1, 9 KOs) next Saturday in Washington, D.C., is truly a timeless wonder. His trainer, Nazim Richardson, said candidly that he sees a pep in Hopkins' step that he sometimes does not see from guys even half his age a week before a fight.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
TAN MOM has not yet burnt to a crisp, and now she wants to get in the ring. Patricia Krentcil gained national notoriety and became a favorite of Howard Stern after taking her 5-year-old daughter to the tanning salon. Because our society is such that it is, Krentcil is still on the publicity-hound circuit, this time hooking up with celebrity-boxing promoter Damon Feldman . But Feldman is looking for an opponent for the leathery lady. Want a chance to win $5,000 on a Tan Mom TKO (take home $1,000 for a win, $500 for just stepping into the ring)
NEWS
March 13, 2014
T UNG TO, 45, of Berwyn, owns ToBox, a shoe salon designed as a living room filled with midcentury modern antiques and a fully stocked bar cart. ToBox, which opened last November on 19th Street near Chestnut, features a mix of fine men's leather dress shoes and boots as well as shoe accessories, leather bags and belts. To is a former regional shoe buyer for Nordstrom and also ran the men's shoe department at Boyds. Q: How did you come up with the idea for ToBox? A: I wanted to open a store where people felt like when they walked in they were coming into a friend's house.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
March 7, 2014 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
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)
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