May 7, 2015 |
NICK BARRUCCI runs Dynamite Entertainment, one of the world's largest and most respected comic-book companies. He has attracted top talent and compelling licensed and original material. He just launched "Swords of Sorrow," the biggest, most ambitious crossover of iconic female characters ever, told mostly by female creators, led by superstar scribe Gail Simone. But all that is not what has Nick Barrucci the most excited as Wizard Philly Con begins. It's that the spotlight of the pop-culture world is shining once again in his back yard.
October 12, 2014 |
'A Play, a Pint and a Pie" is not your father's dinner theater. The Tiny Dynamite company's version offers: a drink, a slice of pizza, and a professional production of an hour-long play, with a new show each week. This week's is A Number by major British playwright Caryl Churchill, and it is not to be missed. A Number is about human cloning. Churchill imagines, and asks us to imagine, that if it's difficult as an adult to discover you have a twin, how unimaginably difficult it would be to discover you were one of "a number.
October 8, 2014 |
AFTER NEARLY 20 years, James Bond is returning to comics. Dynamite Entertainment, of Mount Laurel, N.J., has announced perhaps the biggest deal in its history, landing the worldwide rights to publish comic books, digital comics and graphic novels starring Ian Fleming 's Secret Agent 007. As part of the deal, Dynamite plans to create a series of brand-new adventures about the little-known early years of Bond's career, in addition to bringing...
July 31, 2014 |
THE GODFATHER of Soul. Mr. Dynamite. Soul Brother No. 1. And who can forget . . . The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. If you're of a certain age, you know immediately who we're talking about - James Brown - and are likely intrigued by the flavorful biography of this complicated man, "Get on Up," which hard-core Brown admirers-turned-movie producers Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger have brought to the screen. Yeah, that Mick Jagger. But a lot of water has passed under the dam. Brown's gospel/soul-scorched first hit "Please, Please, Please" came out in 1956, when music radio was still divided (like most of the country)
October 16, 2012 |
WHEN CATHERINE Elizabeth Russell Minnis was a non-teaching assistant at University City High School, she earned the nickname "Grandma Dynamite. " It's not hard to imagine how she got that appelation. Catherine was a ball of energy when it came to doing something she enjoyed - like helping others. Her dedication to be of use to everyone who needed her special love and devotion was the keystone of her life and her reason for being. Catherine Minnis, whose musical talents were prized by churches in the city and suburbs that called on her to play the organ and piano for the choirs that she often organized, a community and political activist and a devoted family matriarch, died on Wednesday.
August 19, 2012 |
The worst day, as screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein remembers it, was when Vestron executives brought in movie producer Aaron Russo to advise how to salvage Dirty Dancing . "Burn the negative and collect the insurance money," he reportedly suggested. Had the execs heeded Russo's advice, the indie movie - released 25 years ago this week - would not have gone on to earn an Oscar, $214 million, and the fervent love of generations of moviegoers. The story behind Dirty Dancing is much like that of Bergstein's heroine, Baby (Jennifer Grey)
June 23, 2012 |
Lawyers call a judge's speech to a deadlocked jury a "dynamite charge," the workingman's nickname for a bid to blast through an impasse. On Wednesday, the 12th day of jury deliberations in the 13th week of the child-endangerment and sex-abuse trial of two Archdiocese of Philadelphia priests, the dynamite sticks came out. It just wasn't clear who might get hurt. Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina's directive could dislodge a verdict in the landmark trial of a Catholic Church supervisor.
March 24, 2011 |
Before reality television dames were dripped in diamonds, draped in furs, and devoted to their dogs, there was the beautiful, raven-haired, violet-eyed fashion and lifestyle icon Elizabeth Taylor. From the time Taylor began her film career in Lassie Come Home at the tender age of 10, women and young girls have been coveting her on-screen style choices, from those jodhpur pants in National Velvet to the lace and silk white slip she favored in 1958's sultry Cat on a Hot Tin Roof . "She wasn't a fashion person, but her images in whatever role she was playing . . . would be picked up by everyone," said Jane Likens, associate professor of fashion design at Philadelphia University.
November 8, 2010 |
This game of giants changes remarkably when one of its littlest threats takes the field. DeSean Jackson yesterday returned from a concussion and, with a special helmet hopefully designed to lessen the risk of further head trauma, Jackson provided the answers to every question the Colts' defense offered. He caught a 9-yard touchdown pass less than 2 minutes into the game. He burned the Colts for a 58-yard reception 10 minutes into the quarter that set up a field goal. He took a pair of end-around handoffs 11 yards, then 6 yards, to help milk 69 seconds off the clock near the end of the Eagles' 26-24 win. "He's able to do so many things other players can't do," said quarterback Michael Vick, who also returned from injury.