January 17, 2014 |
THE CEMETERY in Southwest Philadelphia is an abandoned, tumbledown ruin, overgrown in many places, gravestones knocked on their sides. To attempt to find a grave there, amid tens of thousands of graves, would have been impossible without the help of the Friends of Mount Moriah Cemetery, a volunteer group working to preserve and restore the property. The email was answered within a day or so. Harry Shifren's grave is in Section K, Range 29, Lot 41. With a map, it took only a few minutes to find.
December 13, 2013 |
JEAN LUC GODARD once said that all you need for a movie is a gun and a girl. Peter Jackson hasn't the option of a gun in his second "Hobbit" extravaganza, but he gives us the Middle Earth equivalent of the Godard exacta - a girl and a dragon. Both are desperately needed. Especially the girl - Evangeline Lilly, playing a female elf named Tauriel who appears nowhere in J.R.R. Tolkein's text, but surely can be found in the studio-boardroom minutes after executives pondered the demographics of "The Hobbit.
November 20, 2013 |
THE ROM-COM ensemble "The Best Man" was a surprise hit when released in 1999, winning the week against "Fight Club" and Martin Scorsese 's "Bringing Out the Dead. " That's usually the prelude for a quick sequel, but it's taken a full 14 years for the follow-up, "Best Man Holiday," in part because writer-director Malcolm Lee didn't want to make a sequel back then. "I was a young director. This was my first movie. I didn't want to get pigeon-holed. I wanted to try different things," Lee, in town Thursday to promote the movie, told Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson . "But there's no question it made news.
November 8, 2013 |
IF YOU THINK the movie-ratings system in the U.S. is arbitrary, maybe you should go to Sweden. In the equality-minded Scandinavian country, they're introducing a new rating to highlight gender bias, or rather the absence of it. To get an "A" rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk with each other about something other than a man. Like, say, "Thelma and Louise....
October 31, 2013 |
Finding the perfect wig for your Halloween costume can be the difference between a trick or a treat. Especially this year when our celebrities du jour - many of whom do scary things all year long - are so creative when it comes to coifs. Think Nicki Minaj's ombré, white-to-pink tresses; singer Miguel's dark pompadour; and the signature Afro of Philly's own Questlove Thompson that isn't complete without a perfect power-to-the-people pick. "The wig makes the character," said Lois Arnold, owner of Lois A. Wigs on South Fourth Street.
September 27, 2013 |
* MASTERS OF SEX. 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. MICHAEL SHEEN'S played famous people before - David Frost in "Frost/Nixon," former British prime minister Tony Blair in three movies, including "The Queen" - but he's never portrayed anyone quite like Dr. William Masters, the groundbreaking sex researcher whose story Sheen brings to life in Showtime's "Masters of Sex. " "So much of him is buried, and he shows so little of what's really going...
September 26, 2013
A SH MONIF, 36, of Center City, is co-founder and chief executive of Grimm Bros, a studio developing online role-playing video games. Monif, in the game industry 10 years, helped develop the mobile game "Fort Courage" as chief operating officer of Human Head Studios. Grimm Bros wants to meld twisted versions of classic fairy tales with black humor and artwork. Q: When did you start Grimm Bros? A: My business partner, Randis Albion, who lives in Bangkok, and I started in November 2012 but didn't officially launch until February.
September 6, 2013 |
THE ROSTER is set. The film has been broken down to within an inch of its life. In 3 days, the Eagles will finally take the field for a regular-season game with the most interesting college coach to hit the pros since Steve Spurrier. Here is a look at what Chip Kelly faces over the next 17 weeks: Week 1 - Monday at Washington, 7:10 p.m. (ESPN) Kelly is so giddy for his debut, he mistakenly flies the team all the way to Seattle thinking he is playing at former conference rival University of Washington.
August 23, 2013 |
NICK APOSTOLU thought his eyes were betraying him. There before him, amid the squalor, lived a family in a squat, gutted home. It looked as if someone dropped a bomb on the place. There was no electricity. No running water. None of the most minimal essentials we take for granted daily. It's when Apostolu, a human 6-5 1/2, 305-pound bulldozer, went to work. Most Division I-caliber football players spend their summers building themselves up to attract heavier interest from major schools.
July 31, 2013 |
Summer of '42 - the musical? The well-remembered but not-exactly-classic film would not seem to cry out for song, since so much of it was seashore scenery and long, dialogue-free passages except when its teenage characters berated themselves for all the dopey things they say. Yet the musical exists, and opened over the weekend at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, having originated roughly a decade ago, though its Off-Broadway presence reportedly...