October 9, 2014 |
ON OCT. 22, 1996, Kathy Chang doused herself in gasoline and set herself on fire in front of the peace-sign sculpture on the University of Pennsylvania college green. The 46-year-old social activist protested in that same spot on campus for 15 years, waving flags and wearing brightly colored, diaphanous costumes, to call for change - something she wanted so deeply, she added an "e" to her surname and often called herself "Kathy Change. " Soomi Kim is exploring the life of Chang in her upcoming show, "Chang(e)
August 30, 2013 |
THE AD CAMPAIGN for "The Grandmaster" features a blurb from Martin Scorsese praising the movie for being "arranged with elegance. " Did he get the CliffsNotes? I had a much harder time with the arrangement of Wong Kar Wai's new kung fu, World War II (former) epic. The movie I saw looked like it had been made from a script dropped into a blender, made into a puree for quick consumption. Of course, the version I saw ran 109 minutes - 20 minutes shorter than the version available in China, and reportedly three hours shorter than the director's original cut. The subtitled U.S. version has the telltale fingerprints of Harvey Weinstein (massive voice-over explainers)
July 10, 2013 |
W. KAMAU Bell was never one of those kids who walked around with a pretend microphone, improvising banter with some imaginary bandleader. "I wanted to have a comedy show," the host of FX's "Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell" said in a recent phone interview. In September, "Totally Biased" moves to FX's spin-off network, FXX, and expands from one to five nights a week - four originals with a best-of show on Sundays - a development that has the comic a little nervous. "Pretty much all of it worries me. I was just getting used to one day a week" on FX, said Bell, who's bringing his "Totally Biased Standup Tour" to Philadelphia's Prince Music Theater on Friday.
July 3, 2013
Actor Jim Kelly, 67, who played a glib American martial artist in Enter the Dragon , with Bruce Lee, died of cancer Saturday at his home in San Diego, his ex-wife Marilyn Dishman said. Sporting an Afro hairstyle and sideburns, Mr. Kelly made a splash with his one-liners and fight scenes in the 1973 martial-arts classic. His later films included Three the Hard Way, Black Belt Jones , and Black Samurai. During a 2010 interview with Salon.com, Mr. Kelly said he started studying martial arts in 1964 in Kentucky and later moved to California where he earned a black belt in karate.
October 4, 2011 |
Nobody else could sell pistachios. Others tried. Just Pistachio Girl. She parted the seas, the standing-room-only crowds at Citizens Bank Park on Sunday night, and bounced down the aisles, a cult figure. Art Ehlo, 58, a season-ticket holder down the third-base line, gave her a fist bump. "I've got pictures of her in my phone with me," he said. Debbie Brown, an usher in Section 136, took a photo. "She's fascinating," Brown said. "She's part of this ballpark. There's a whole page for her on Facebook, 'Fans of The CBP Pistachio Girl.' " More than 500 people "like" it. Pistachio Girl has no idea who started it. In Section 116, a desperate voice rang out, "I love you, Pistachio Girl!"
September 7, 2010 |
He may be small at 5-foot-9, 200 pounds, but middle linebacker Brucelee Sterile throws big hits. The Lincoln University junior, known to fans as the "Mighty Miniature One," routinely overpowers linemen 100 pounds heavier and is called "the pulse of our team" by his coach. "Since he's been here, he's probably been one of the most intense student-athletes I've ever been around, from class work to on the field," Lions coach O.J. Abanishe said. "What I mean by intense is, whenever he is doing something, it's 100 percent.
May 21, 2008 |
TATTLE HAS heard a lot of bizarre questions asked at movie press events, but someone asking 77-year-old Clint Eastwood if had any plans to return as "Dirty Harry" is right up there. Eastwood said at a Cannes press conference for his new missing-child movie, "The Changeling," starring Angelina Jolie, that Harry Callahan was probably retired by now and he was not interested in bringing him back to the big screen. Then Jolie chimed in: "I am. " "Dirty Harriet and the 'Tomb Raider' will play it," Eastwood joked.
May 13, 2008 |
Ask BET's Reginald Hudlin why mixed martial arts is the newest muse among BET's reality television offerings, and he will take you back to tales of rooting for the greatest fighters to ever step into a ring. "You know when we were kids, the question of whether Muhummad Ali or Bruce Lee would win in a fight? Well, mixed martial arts can answer that today," said Hudlin, 46, president of entertainment for BET. "I have followed the Ultimate Fighting Championship since my brother [Warrington]
December 10, 2007 |
"Jungle Girl" is one of the more pleasant surprises of 2007. When this book was announced, many felt it would be simply another T&A book that would distinguish itself with some Frank Cho covers. However, the results so far have been impressive. While Jana, the star of "Jungle Girl," does not quite match her fellow Dynamite hellion, Red Sonja, in the toughness or nastiness department, and while her stories have not been quite as epic as those starring the She-Devil With a Sword, she comes darn close.
November 28, 2006 |
IF PAMELA Anderson and Kid Rock can't make it work, what hope is there for the rest of us? The pneumatic pinup and the stringy-haired rocker each filed divorce papers yesterday seeking to end their marriage of less than four months. It seems that once the three-month honeymoon ended, all that was left were the "irreconcilable differences. " Pam's rep had no comment on the matter, but Pam wrote on her Web site, "Yes, it's true," adding the cryptic: "Unfortunately impossible.