July 14, 2015 |
Independent booksellers, long the losers in the Internet war with Amazon, are seeing a modest rebound in their fortunes by being hyperlocal, diversifying into new products, and of course selling books online. The American Booksellers Association, a trade group promoting independent booksellers, had 1,712 members as of May, an increase of 311 members - or 22 percent - since 2009. "There is no doubt about the resurgence of the independent bookstore," said Oren Teicher, CEO of the booksellers association.
April 5, 2015 |
Ben Stiller and Noah Baumbach have worked together before. Naomi Watts and Noah Baumbach have not. For the actress, trying to crowbar her way between the collaborators of 2010's Greenberg - Stiller starred in a decidedly Baumbachian role, Baumbach wrote and directed - seemed like it might not be that easy. "Noah's relationship with Ben was already well-established," Watts says. "So it was scary coming into that dynamic. I thought, 'How am I going to hold my own?' These guys are, like, besties and totally in love with each other.
March 26, 2015 |
The weekend traffic crawled onto the turnpike and inched along Route 611. Then slow-moving local roads lined with big-box stores opened up into fields of melting snow interrupted by sprawling developments. We were getting close. My wife, Jackie, and I drove out to Bucks County this weekend to visit two of my closest friends, Mike and Jay. We all grew up in Brooklyn, and we've all been growing up together ever since. Mike and Jay lived in downtown Brooklyn when it was beautiful, bruised-up downtown Brooklyn.
March 2, 2015 |
Fox Searchlight Pictures President of Production Claudia Lewis and Participant Media Executive Vice President of Production Jonathan King announced today that production on the upcoming sequel, "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel 2," had begun in India. – Press release, Jan. 10, 2014 They're called art house films, or specialty films. You know, the ones that never show up at your local multiplex. Except that every once in a while, they do . Look what happened with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel , the saffron-scented romcom about a group of British pensioners who resettle to cheaper digs, and sunnier climes, in a rundown hostelry on the subcontinent.
January 14, 2015 |
If leaders of the Philadelphia Singers are ready to throw in the towel, the singers themselves aren't. A core group of members, plus assistant conductor Brian Schkeeper, says it is forming its own successor organization - a new 150-voice symphonic choir. The effort is being led by six or seven members, and already about 80 current singers have signed on to sing on, says Schkeeper. "I think it's an artistic imperative to continue professional music-making," he says, referring to the Philadelphia Singers' pioneering role as a substantially paid, rather than all-volunteer, choir.
December 8, 2014 |
Voters elected minister Rodney Muhammad president of Philadelphia's NAACP chapter Saturday, and he promised to bring stability and direction to a group riven by controversy. One defeated candidate immediately sought to challenge the results of the three-person race to replace J. Whyatt "Jerry" Mondesire, who was ousted by the national NAACP along with three board members in April. Election workers announced the winner to a rain-soaked crowd of voters, candidates, and supporters who waited outside the Beech Cos. offices near Temple University in North Philadelphia.
December 7, 2014 |
Leaders of the National Urban League announced a $1 million grant to the organization's Philadelphia chapter and voiced concern Friday about fatal shootings by police in Ferguson, Mo., and New York City that have sparked protests over the last two weeks. With Mayor Nutter and U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah (D., Pa.) standing by, Marc H. Morial, president of the league, announced that the chapter would receive the five-year commitment to boost its programs for job-seekers, entrepreneurs, and youth development.
November 12, 2014 |
The country's first business incubator for veteran-owned technology firms will launch a local chapter here Wednesday at the Hub Cira Centre, next to Amtrak's 30th Street Station. Under the name the Bunker, the new incubator will assist military veteran-owned start-up companies and entrepreneurs. Launched in Chicago earlier this year, the Bunker is opening affiliates in Philadelphia and six other cities. "The veteran community is an able and ready talent pool of entrepreneurs," said Todd Connor, CEO of the Bunker and a Navy veteran.
September 11, 2014 |
AVALON, N.J. - When you walk into the Paper Peddler, there is an accumulated-over-time perfume of ink and paper - a vintage scent in an era when electronic devices have taken over delivering the written words of books, magazines, and newspapers. And so - shut out by potential customers who would sooner take a photo of the cover of a book with a plan to download it later and a dwindling customer base of print newspaper readers - the Paper Peddler will close its doors at the end of the month after 46 years.
April 18, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA In ongoing changes at the local chapter of the NAACP, a new slate of officers has taken over leadership of the organization. Carl Fitchett, pastor emeritus of Mount Moriah Temple Baptist Church in South Philadelphia, was named the new president of the chapter. The other new officers are Rodney Muhammad, first vice president; Rahim Islam, second vice president; Jennifer Whitfield, third vice president; and Shirley Jordan, assistant secretary. Gill Ford, the NAACP national director of unit administration, said the appointments were made last week following the suspension of president J. Whyatt Mondesire.