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NEWS
February 21, 2014 | BY ELLEN GRAY, Daily News Television Critic graye@phillynews.com, 215-854-5950
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]
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 11, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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...
NEWS
January 29, 2014 | By Mike Newall, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
January 23, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
BUSINESS
December 30, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
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....
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 7, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
NEWS
December 1, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
'Catching Fire' torches turkey Did the gang clear out post-turkey, as they did at our place, to go see The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ? So did the whole world! The Jennifer Lawrence vehicle set an all-time record for the gratitudinous holiday, with a $14.9 million take, beating the $13.1 mils of 1999's Toy Story 2. Fire may earn $100 mils total through Sunday! Whaaaat? The only flick anywhere near was Frozen, with $11.1 mils.   Snoopy obliterates Gaga!
SPORTS
November 21, 2013 | BY ED BARKOWITZ, Daily News Staff Writer barkowe@phillynews.com
THE FLORIDA Panthers are naming their press box after the late Roger Neilson, the franchise's first coach who also spent parts of three seasons behind the Flyers bench. A dedication will be held at the Panthers' arena on Monday afternoon. The Flyers play at Florida later that night. Neilson was known for his curly hair, loud ties and for occasionally getting lost on the way to the arena. His innovation with game tape earned him the nickname "Captain Video. " Neilson coached eight teams from 1977-02.
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