February 24, 2016
It's 'Dead' at box office Ryan Reynolds ' Deadpool , a Kierkegaardian dissertation on the sickness unto death cleverly disguised as a superhero comedy, stays atop the box office chart in its second week, making another $55 mil in America over the weekend, according to studio estimates. Its total worldwide take is just below $500 mil. It's a big deal for an R-rated pic. Jack Black 's Kung Fu Panda 3 made $12.5 mil in its fourth weekend, taking take second place, and the Jesus biopic Risen , starring Ralph Fiennes , debuted at No. 3 with $11.8 mil. My favorite movie of the weekend, the Danish import A War , made $36,047.
January 25, 2016 |
In the last year, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie has presided over an organizational chart of chutes and ladders where power rose and fell and rose again so precipitously that even the beefy employees on the first floor felt the vibrations from above. Like a man walking an Escher staircase, general manager Howie Roseman exerted his muscle, had it taken away, went into exile, and then climbed back to the top of the steps so rapidly he must have been taking them two at a time. It really was a remarkable year and, except for the part where the whole organization essentially blew up, it was fascinating to watch the show unfold.
December 30, 2015
By Kevin M. Dougherty Guaranteeing the fair and impartial administration of justice for all is a massive and complicated undertaking for a jurisdiction as large as the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, which encompasses the city of Philadelphia. During my tenure as the administrative judge for the First Judicial District, I have worked with amazing judges, as well as the incredible women and men who comprise the district, to improve court efficiencies, while balancing the need for public safety and the reentry and integration of formerly incarcerated people back into our communities.
September 16, 2015 |
Good week for The Weeknd The Weeknd , who performed Sept. 6 at the Made in America festival in Philly, keeps his place atop the Billboard charts with Beauty Behind the Madness , which sold 145,000 units in its second week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Got Your Six , the latest LP from metal band Five Finger Death Punch , debuted at No. 2, with 114,000, while Travis Scott 's Rodeo is at No. 2 with 85,000....
September 3, 2015 |
When he addressed the media at the start of Penn State's training camp last month, James Franklin sounded enthusiastic about having tight end Adam Breneman back after he sat out a year because of a knee injury. "He was in a much better place right now," Franklin said of the former No. 1 high school tight end. "I think in the long run it's probably going to be a positive for him and a positive for our program. " The Nittany Lions' regular-season opener against Temple at Lincoln Financial Field is three days away, but the prognosis on Breneman, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound redshirt sophomore, is anything but positive.
August 19, 2015 |
Luke Bryan rules chart Country crooner Luke Bryan beat out Dr. Dre in LP sales last week with Kill the Lights , which sold 320,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It took the top spot on the Billboard chart. Dr. Dre's Compton debuted at No. 2, selling 276,000 copies, while the Now That's What I Call Music! 55 compilation debuted in third with 76,000. Jon chooses high road Considered the greatest satirist since Mark Twain , former Daily Show host Jon Stewart has taken a suitably high-culture position for his next job: He'll host the four-hour WWE pro-wrestling SummerSlam on Sunday, says USA Today.
July 27, 2015
THE PHILLIES are in the basement. The Eagles are a major question mark. But at least we'll always have Hoagiefest. As president and CEO of Wawa, Chris Gheysens oversees the groovy annual discount-sandwich love-in, along with the chain's 695 stores (the new beachhead for expansion is Florida) and 23,000 employees. Gheysens, 44, is married with four children and visited Rome last month as part of the city's papal delegation, tasked with nailing down details for the pope's visit this September.
July 15, 2015 |
It might not seem true, but not everything is targeted at millennials. TV Land, born as an offshoot for Nick at Nite's reruns of classic TV, has been trying to reinvent itself as a hub for sitcoms geared toward Gen Xers, the once-ballyhooed generation now smack-dab in the middle of adulthood, looking to escape their ever-growing bundles of joy with a little TV. That strategy works exceedingly well for the The Jim Gaffigan Show. Starring Gaffigan, the King of Clean Comedy, it premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday.
July 10, 2015 |
YOU MIGHT THINK journalistic integrity would be a simple concept - something covered almost immediately in Journalism 101 and then beaten into every reporter's head forever after. To be honest, on some level that is exactly what happens. The problem is that "journalistic integrity," just like regular integrity, sometimes falls into those hazy shades of gray that do not present a universal definition. In almost every case, journalistic integrity comes down to a few opinions decided by an individual reporter and the directors of the news entity that person works for. Something viewed as pushing the envelope by one news organization could be no big deal by another, or way out of bounds by a third.
December 29, 2014 |
Aretha Franklin's powerhouse version of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" became her 100th single to hit the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart when it came out in October. Recently, it also hit No. 1 on the Dance Club chart. Aretha's back, and she returns to Philadelphia Monday for a performance at the Kimmel Center. "Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha Version)" comes from Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics , her 38th studio album. The Queen of Soul interprets songs from her youth (Dinah Washington's "Teach Me Tonight," Etta James' "At Last")