January 15, 2016 |
These days, if you want to impress your food-obsessed friends from New York with the culinary prowess of Philadelphia, you'd have no trouble dropping five figures on a ridiculously elaborate dinner at any one of this city's fine restaurants. But you might be surprised to hear that same boast was made by a group of well-to-do food enthusiasts from Philadelphia in 1851, and the bill from the resulting meal was in the same ballpark: between $1,000 and $1,500 (or between $29,000 and $47,000 today, depending on how inflation is calculated)
July 20, 2015 |
Accuracy or dramatic flair? Just what do we want from a historical epic? It's a question that makes some critics froth at the mouth with the premiere of every historical miniseries or show, from HBO's painstakingly researched Rome to Starz's saucy Spartacus and Showtime's downright naughty The Borgias . The question will no doubt be raised again this weekend when Spike unveils its first major scripted production , Tut ...
November 10, 2014 |
THERE WAS TOO much news in celebrity world this past week and we had to leave some Tattbits out like, our fave, "Star Wars: Episode VII" has completed principal photography and is officially titled, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and Bill Cosby 's private and epic African-American art collection will make its public debut tomorrow at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African Art on the National Mall. Read on for more news in "Celebrityville. " Yesterday The daughter of "American Top 40" broadcaster Casey Kasem has filed legal documents asking a judge to force her stepmother to return his remains back to the United States, TMZ.com reported.
August 21, 2014 |
Dear Nancy, So here you are, sending your first son off to college. Such a simple fact. Such huge implications. I certainly don't know where those 18 years went since I first held Samuel Ezra Friedman Zinn in my arms and told you, through tears that wouldn't stop coming, that nothing in your life would ever be the same, because now you were somebody's mother. Exhausted, exhilarated, awed, you couldn't possibly have known what I meant. I wanted to prepare you for what motherhood is: a series of astonishments, delights, sweetness, and tenderness - along with bursts of aggravation, frustration, and anger.
August 1, 2014
BEGINNING IN a month or so, local media outlets will be tripping over one other in order to yet again tell the story of how the 1964 Phillies let what seemed to be a mortal lock on the National League pennant and a showdown with the New York Yankees in that year's World Series slip out of their hands. But a South Jersey playwright has already been there and done that. In June, Vineland's Lou Mascolo had his play, "The Year the Phillies Blew the Pennant," staged at the Ashley McCormick Entertainment Center in Bridgeton, N.J. Despite its title, the drama isn't a documentary about the season that horrifically concluded with the infamous 10-game losing streak that ignited the bonfire upon which an entire region's hopes and dreams burned to ashes.
June 25, 2014 |
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is getting a makeover. It wants new health ideas to go viral. It wants partners in business and government to magnify its impact. And it seeks game-changing ideas from inventors to improve doctor visits and reshape medicine into a "Culture of Health. " The nation's largest health philanthrophy has long been focused on discreet health problems such as smoking and obesity. But in a major policy shift publicly discussed Wednesday for the first time, the Princeton-based foundation is seeking to up its game and inspire mass movements.
May 30, 2014 |
She surprised people. She was tall, more than six feet. Her voice - sonorous, precise, pleased at its own beauty - surprised, too, almost as much as the words it spoke. Poet, memoirist, and public voice Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday at age 86 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., made a life of escaping expectations. "She lived an epic life," said poet and publisher Lamont B. Steptoe, "and her success was well-deserved for what she went through. " At a news conference Wednesday, Mayor Nutter said, "I've been a fan and admirer of hers for a long, long time . . . . She spoke to so many different people through poems.
November 30, 2013 |
Alex Gibney's The Armstrong Lie started off as something else altogether: a celebration, not an indictment, a documentary about Lance Armstrong's 2009 Tour de France comeback try. Four years after announcing his retirement from professional cycling - a profession that had netted the Texas sports icon a record seven consecutive Tour de France wins - Armstrong was back in the race. And Gibney, the Oscar-winning documentarian ( Taxi to the Dark Side ), was invited along for the ride.
August 30, 2013 |
THE AD CAMPAIGN for "The Grandmaster" features a blurb from Martin Scorsese praising the movie for being "arranged with elegance. " Did he get the CliffsNotes? I had a much harder time with the arrangement of Wong Kar Wai's new kung fu, World War II (former) epic. The movie I saw looked like it had been made from a script dropped into a blender, made into a puree for quick consumption. Of course, the version I saw ran 109 minutes - 20 minutes shorter than the version available in China, and reportedly three hours shorter than the director's original cut. The subtitled U.S. version has the telltale fingerprints of Harvey Weinstein (massive voice-over explainers)
August 10, 2013 |
H.G. Wells' remarkable popularity shows no signs of diminishing nearly 70 years after his death. It's nowhere more apparent than in Hollywood, which continues to churn out adaptations of the science-fiction pioneer's output, which includes The Time Machine (1895), The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896), The Invisible Man (1897), and The War of the Worlds (1898). Yet Wells' later, politically charged work is virtually ignored today. A committed socialist, he wrote passionately in the 1920s and '30s about the dangers of extreme nationalism, and called instead for a united world government organized around Marxist ideals.