June 20, 2014 |
WHEN IT COMES to movies about unplanned pregnancies, ultraliberal Hollywood is surprisingly squeamish on the subject of abortion. The most famous example of this is "Knocked Up," about a gorgeous and with-it single woman who decides to go forward with her one-night-stand pregnancy, even though it means trying to make a suitable mate out of unemployed potbellied pothead pornographer Seth Rogen. Alternatives were not considered. The word abortion was not mentioned - one character describes a procedure to terminate the pregnancy as something that rhymes with "smashmortion.
June 18, 2014 |
When it comes to the small screen - the really small screens, of computers, tablets, and mobile devices - Philadelphia has a flourishing scene. At a time when Netflix is going strong with Web-only programs such as Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards , Philadelphia is home to a range of Web-only series, starring or written or produced by Philly folks. Among the local film crews in town, you'll find Lee Porter's My Ruined Life ( MRL ) shooting near a Rittenhouse park bench.
June 3, 2014
I WAS LOOKING for a moniker to hang on this November's election. We've had the Year of the Woman, the Tea Party Revolt, the Year of the Minority, the Year of the Older White Man. (Oh! That's every year. Sorry.) I wanted a catchphrase as I announce the 24th annual Stu Bykofsky Candidates Comedy Night, which will be held Thursday, Aug. 14, at its longtime home, Finnigan's Wake, 3rd and Spring Garden streets. This year Pennsylvanians will elect a governor, and across the commonwealth (and elsewhere)
May 21, 2014 |
A DAM PALLY , star of "The Mindy Project" and "Happy Endings," has been shooting in Philadelphia for only a month but he's already got his Wawa hoagie order down. That would be turkey, cheddar, horseradish, mustard. Pally has been filming "Bad Boys Crazy Girls" - about two friends (Pally and Sarah Burns ) who decide to hussy up their images to find love - in Philly and Media for the past month. Yesterday, Pally and the cast - including Reid Scott (of "Veep") - were filming a bar scene at G Lounge (111 S. 17th St.)
April 11, 2014 |
THERE are moments in "Cuban Fury," lots of them, when you wish it had been about an old Plymouth making taxi runs in Havana. Or the owner of the Dallas Mavericks bitching about the NFL. Alas, it's a purported comedy about chubby milquetoast Bruce (Nick Frost), who tries to woo his pretty new boss Julia (Rashida Jones) by reviving a long-dormant interest in salsa dancing. Bruce is a former youth salsa champion who was bullied out of his love of dancing, and now tries to reconnect with his old instructor (Ian McShane)
March 18, 2014 |
DURING HER early-'90s student days, Melissa Bernard did open-mic nights at the Comedy Cabaret, on Chestnut Street near 2nd, then schmoozed with her fellow stand-ups over postmortem coffee at Nick's Roast Beef. "I would do awful sets that I have no recollection of, just so I could drink Nick's bad coffee afterwards and tell funny stories with other comics," Bernard said. "After a while, I understood that I wasn't really into stand-up, except for the exhilaration of knowing other comics.
March 18, 2014 |
DAVID BRENNER was a West Philly corner kid who made good. In many ways, he never stopped being a West Philly corner kid. Whenever he returned from comedy tours and TV appearances, David always wanted to be taken to the old neighborhoods where he grew up. He remembered hangouts like Moe's, Golub's Market, Barson's and Phil's luncheonette. He could recite the menu from long-gone Fireman's at 52nd and Baltimore, where you could get a full-course meal for $1.75. And the characters he hung out with: Bird, Stan the Dancer, Beans, Needles, Goobie.
March 7, 2014
WHAT would you call a presentation that educates as much as it entertains? Well, on Monday and Tuesday, you can call it, "An Evening Without the Catskills. " Subtitled "A Brief History of Jewish Humor" and staged at Plays & Players Theatre by 1812 Productions - the region's only company dedicated exclusively to comedy - "An Evening Without the Catskills" is the latest in a series of special events that limn the history of American comedy. Past productions have included "An Evening Without Steve Martin " and "An Evening Without Woody Allen " (the point of the titles being that those individuals were not part of the shows)
February 26, 2014
THERE'S A line in the movie "Groundhog Day" that probably sums up how you feel about the recent weather. "I'll give you a winter prediction," says weatherman Bill Murray, condemned to Feb. 2 in Punxsutawney until he learns to love someone other than himself. "It's going to be cold, it's going to be gray and it's going to last you for the rest of your life. " The line was written by Harold Ramis, 69, who died yesterday after a prolonged struggle with an autoimmune disease. You probably know his name, but if you don't, know that Ramis probably made you laugh more than any writer/director/actor of his time.
February 26, 2014 |
LAST WEEK, the United Nations issued a report chronicling North Korea's massive human-rights violations under the rule of Kim Jong-un. It is estimated that there are up to 200,000 political prisoners. The report alleged that many have been executed, tortured and starved. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has visited North Korea and its idiot leader many times, which has inspired a 20th Century Fox film to be titled "Diplomats. " And get this: It's going to be a comedy. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Tim Story, whose past projects include "Ride Along," "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" and "Barbershop.