January 24, 2016
FRESH OFF his turn as Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Mike Webster in "Concussion," Philly-based actor David Morse gets a backwoods makeover in his new TV series, "Outsiders. " Premiering at 9 p.m. Tuesday on WGN America, the "Sons of Anarchy"-meets-"Justified" drama has him playing "Big Foster" Farrell, the combative would-be leader of an off-the-grid family fighting to stay atop the mountain they've occupied for 200 years. Morse talked with Ellen Gray about the joys of long hair, getting dirty and riding ATVs through the woods.
January 22, 2016 |
Well-publicized events involving professional athletes, along with a federal lawsuit and a Hollywood movie now in theaters, have spurred unprecedented interest in concussions - and set off a business boom. Companies around the country are developing headbands, mouth guards, helmet padding, and skullcaps to try to protect athletes' heads during impacts. Medical experts warn that no product can prevent concussions or the repeated subconcussive hits that may also cause lasting brain damage.
December 26, 2015
Directed by Peter Landesman. With Will Smith, Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, David Morse, Luke Wilson. Distributed by Sony Pictures. Running time: 2 hours, 3 mins. Parent's guide: PG-13. Playing at: Area theaters.
December 25, 2015 |
Concussion tells the story of how a Pittsburgh pathologist's research led to the discovery of chronic traumatic encephalopathy - CTE, the degenerative disease linked to repetitive brain trauma. CTE can cause chronic headaches, dizziness and fatigue. Changes in behavior mimic dementia. The disorder also raises the risk for depression and abuse of alcohol and drugs. Several NFL players depicted in the movie committed suicide. Movies often oversimplify complex medical issues.
December 25, 2015 |
Midway through Concussion , the film's already grim focus gets a fiery exclamation point. As a wild-eyed Justin Strzelczyk, beset by demons in his head, speeds away from his Pennsylvania home carrying $2,700 and a fistful of crucifixes, the movie cuts to grainy footage of the ex-Steeler lineman's black SUV. Accompanied by the frantic buzz of police chatter, we see the eastbound car racing recklessly through the westbound lanes of the New...
December 24, 2015 |
"Consussion" seems like a strange Christmas release: Hey, lets go see that movie where pro football players with brain damage kill themselves. And in truth, it's not a knee-slappin' good time at the theater. But it is more appropriate to the season than you might guess - the story of a deeply religious man who undertakes a moral crusade, motivated by an abiding faith that gives him the courage to take on the NFL, based on his conviction that "God does not want us to play football.
December 18, 2015 |
Will Smith says his upbringing as a football-loving Eagles fan made it difficult, at first, to accept the science behind his new movie "Concussion. " Smith plays Dr. Bennet Omalu , the Nigerian-born Pittsburgh pathologist who discovered degenerate disease (he named it CTE) in the brains of deceased football players, making him an enemy of the NFL. "My son played for four years, and it was some of the most beautiful time that we've had together," Smith, 47, told ABC News.
December 16, 2015 |
IF YOU ever want to dabble in time travel, try whispering two words to Philadelphia Eagles fans of a certain age: Andre Waters. Let it sink in for a moment, like a secret password, and watch the years disappear from their faces. Wistful smiles replace the usual heavy frowns. Waters was an underdog who had to fight and claw for his job - not the most naturally gifted guy on the field, but one of the toughest. He was, in other words, the embodiment of all the blue collar traits Philly sports fans always hope to see in a local athlete.
December 10, 2015 |
THIS JUST in: Football is a violent game. It's a dangerous, unnatural, collision sport where human beings essentially play demolition derby with their bodies. There are injuries, many of them serious. Broken bones. Torn ligaments. And concussions. Lots of concussions. Not that long ago, no one ever used that word. Now, it's the name of a soon-to-be-released movie that the NFL would prefer you not go and see. "Back in our day, when we were young, I remember seeing stars a few times," said Kent Bradford, who played for the University of Oklahoma in the late 70s. "Getting a head-hit where you're kind of stung for a minute and you walk it off. That occurred a lot. "But they weren't called concussions back then.