July 8, 2016 |
If your humble narrator were a bratty 9-year-old, he would perhaps look at the onetime tween sensations Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas' "Future Now" tour and annoyingly tease, "Demi and Nick, sitting in a tree, k-i-s-s-i-n-g. ... " That is, if it weren't for the fact that the talented vocal twosome - along with sharing stages such as Camden's BB&T Pavilion on July 14 - are old friends partnering on a new label, Safehouse (an imprint of Island Records), and furthering their own adult careers in several ways.
March 4, 2016 |
With new channels and lower prices, Sony enhanced its programming Wednesday on PlayStation Vue, a streaming TV service that offers Philadelphia TV viewers a viable alternative to cable or satellite TV. Vue's starter Access channel lineup now includes several Disney group holdouts that were missing at the original launch last March. Among them are local ABC affiliate WPVI-6, ESPN, ESPN2, the Disney Channel and Disney Jr. Newly reduced (by $10) to $39.99 a month, the 60+ Access channel package also boasts live streaming of our local CBS03, NBC10, MyNetwork17, FOX29 and Telemundo62 stations, not available on other "over-the-top" streaming TV services, plus channel packages from Turner (including March Madness favorites TBS and TNT)
May 1, 2015 |
DISNEY JUST can't let it go. The publishing division and Imagicademy of the Mouse House, which has turned synergy into an art form that would make Pixar jealous, announced yesterday that it would create apps for a "Frozen: Early Science" series, featuring characters from the "Frozen" movie. "We are excited to introduce early learners to another educational concept in a fun and uniquely Disney way," said Disney Learning exec Jeff Sellinger in a statement. "The 'Frozen: Early Science' apps bring together Frozen's hugely popular story and characters with an early sciences curriculum developed in conjunction with education experts and academics.
March 21, 2015 |
Gathering mo with Mo'ne Davis After becoming a successful shoe designer and author, Mo'ne Davis , the pride of the Taney Dragons, will now have a movie made about her life, courtesy of the Disney Channel. The title: Throw Like Mo . Davis will consult on the film, from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants producer Debra Martin Chase . "There are so many great things happening to me right now, and it's a very exciting time in my life," Davis said in a statement.
March 21, 2015 |
Mo'ne Davis is getting into movies. After becoming a successful shoe designer and author , the pride of the Taney Dragons will now have a movie made about her life, courtesy of the Disney Channel. The title is Throw Like Mo. Davis will consult on the film from Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants producer Debra Martin Chase. "There are so many great things happening to me right now and it's a very exciting time in my life. A year ago, I never would have thought that Disney Channel would make a movie about me. I can't wait to get started and I hope it will encourage other viewers to believe that dreams really do come true," Davis said in a statement.
January 15, 2015 |
IT'S HARDLY stop-the-presses news that we love old TV shows. There probably hasn't been a day in three decades or more that didn't see some outlet showing reruns of such classic fare as "I Love Lucy" or "M*A*S*H. " But for fans of classic TV, these are high times indeed, with the explosion of new channels specializing in vintage programs from the 1950s through the '80s. And we're not just talking the pop culture touchstones, either. For every "Gilligan's Island" or "The Brady Bunch," there is a far more esoteric but no less-entertaining program to be found, from the cerebral 1960s drama "Route 66" to the "Twilight Zone"-ish "One Step Beyond.
July 28, 2014 |
If anyone is having a Best Decade Ever, it's composer Robert Lopez. Along with 2013's powerhouse Frozen ($1.2 billion worldwide box office, the highest-grossing animated film ever) for which he cowrote songs with wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, and his controversial Broadway smash written with South Park 's creators, The Book of Mormon , at the Forrest Theatre starting on Tuesday, the 39-year-old is an EGOT (winner of an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) - and the youngest at that.
August 16, 2013 |
Fanboys rarely have reason to celebrate capitalism. The system is rigged by the entertainment/merchandising complex to ruthlessly exploit ardent fans' enthusiasm for pop culture. The Boba Fett action figure? Four easy payments of $29.99. Whoever thought it would cost so much to sit at the geeks' table? But then, the free marketplace has always been a cafeteria ruled by bullies. There has been one production megadeal that fanboys can applaud, however - Disney's $4 billion purchase of Marvel Entertainment and its rich pantheon of comic-book superheroes, from Ant-Man to Zuras.
June 10, 2013 |
A Tony Award nomination is a big deal, especially when you're part of a young songwriting duo who are really in it for the fun. Ardmore native Benj Pasek, 27, and his songwriting partner, Justin Paul, 28, who have been called "the heirs of Rodgers and Hammerstein" by Vanity Fair, have a formula, and clearly it's working - well enough to have earned them invitations to Sunday night's Tony Award ceremonies as nominees for best original score for...