May 8, 2015 |
THE MAN who helped Spider-Man reach the "big time" is coming back to the City of Brotherly Love for Wizard Philly 2015 - and he couldn't be happier. "I've been to Wizard Philly numerous times. I love Philly," said Dan Slott, one of the most popular and prolific writers working in comics today. "I am most looking forward to finally putting to rest . . . Pat's or Geno's? The eternal question! Though, I hear if I want the real Philly cheesesteak experience, I have to stray from the bright lights of Pat's and Geno's.
May 8, 2015 |
WHEN A nobody cozies up to a celebrity in the black comedy "The D Train," the photobombs go off in all directions. Lighting the fuse is Dan (Jack Black), a dweeb planning his 20-year high school reunion, which is going badly until he recruits class heartthrob Oliver Lawless (James Marsden), now a Hollywood actor. Lawless - it's an apt name for the sexually voracious Oliver, who bunks with Dan and his wife (Kathryn Hahn) in the days leading up to the reunion. Along the way, there's an incident (beware spoilers)
May 7, 2015
IN "THE D TRAIN," Jack Black is Keyser Soze. He's the psychologist who treats a kid who sees dead people, then realizes he's dead. He's the guy in "The Crying Game" whose girlfriend has an Adam's apple. He is, in short, a guy at the center of a jaw-dropping plot turn. Should this plot point be revealed? In the case of "The D Train," opening Friday, it's a divisive question. Some critics are doing it, some aren't. So, we put it to the highest authority we could think of - Jack Black, who stars in "The D Train," and who produced it. "Its tricky!"
April 23, 2015 |
Mia is the kind of woman who once made a list of 257 must-haves in a future mate, including a sense of humor and an affinity for avocados. She assembled a wedding binder before Dan had even proposed and picked out a name for their firstborn before the baby was conceived. When that child, Judah, was 2, Mia - intent on conceiving again - endured Clomid injections, ovarian cysts, and surgery for endometriosis. She started acupuncture. She and Dan consulted a reproductive endocrinologist.
March 16, 2015
A Conversation with Pussy Riot. Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina of the Russian protest band Pussy Riot come to the University of Pennsylvania to screen the video for "I Can't Breathe," their Eric Garner-inspired single, and lead a discussion. Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. at the Penn Museum. Free. Kim Gordon, "Girl in a Band" (Dey Street, $27.99). Sonic Youth bassist dishes on the dissolution of her marriage to bandmate Thurston Moore, disses Lana Del Rey and Courtney Love, and tells her story, from growing up in Southern California to becoming a downtown Manhattan paragon of arty cool.
January 21, 2015 |
"Without it, we're animals. " In Patrick Marber's 1997 play Closer , you can take your pick of the qualities his four characters lack: honesty, conscientiousness, or any semblance of kindness as the quartet swap partners in an evening-long daisy chain of lies, betrayal and humiliation. By contrast, Luna Theater's intense, brutal production leaves little to be desired theatrically. The simmering chemistry between Gina Martino and Sam Henderson (as Alice and Dan) is at first adorable, complicated later by Dan's infatuation with Anna (Kirsten Quinn)
January 15, 2015 |
Dan was sure he did not want to conceive more children. Sure enough to have a vasectomy nine years ago. But that was before the divorce, before the joint custody arrangement that meant seeing his kids less than half the time, and before he ventured onto OkCupid and found Mary, who loved indie music, camping . . . and children. They e-mailed for two months - never talking on the phone, which both of them find "awkward" - before they met. Mary planned a date with an easy escape clause; she proposed that they meet for drinks at PJ Ryan's, just downstairs from her apartment.
December 19, 2014 |
Just how many "Do You Hear What I Hears" do you want to hear? One more, at least. The Christmas music invasion has been going on for weeks, if not months, by now. The playlist below highlights reindeer season songs of note by both flashy pop stars and less exposed indie acts, with a mix of traditional and freshly minted holiday songs. Some of these songs date back hundreds of years, but all have been recorded and released in 2014, starting with the gospel-blues "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
October 18, 2014 |
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The first time his father made the trip for a spring football game, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen warned him about the drive, that it would be a rural one from the airport in Jackson up to Starkville. Mullen told him it would be like traveling in the hills of Pennsylvania "past the Main Line. " The 42-year-old coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the improbable top-ranked college football team in the nation - after the fastest rise to the top in the history of the sport, from unranked to No. 1 in six games - is a Drexel Hill native and Ursinus College graduate.
October 10, 2014 |
RAHEEM BROCK (Dobbins Tech) and Dan Klecko were teammates on the defensive line at Temple for a couple of seasons at the turn of the century, and then again with an Indianapolis Colts team in 2006 that won the Super Bowl. So now maybe it's only right that they're part of the six-person class being inducted into the university's Athletics Hall of Fame, a group that also includes the late football coach Ray Morrison (1940-48). They'll be introduced - along with field hockey's Michelle Murawski (1997-2000)