March 11, 2014 |
Dan DeLuca from SXSW South by Southwest kicked off in Austin, Texas, over the weekend, with its Interactive and Film festivals first. Statistics whiz Nate Silver and Grantland founder and hoops analyst Bill Simmons discussed sports tech at a panel for the SXsports segment. "A scientist is just a kid who never grew up," said astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson at his SXSW keynote Saturday with journalist Christie Nicholson . The host of the TV series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey , which debuted on Fox Sunday night, Tyson held 3,500 attendees rapt in an engaging, funny hour-plus talk.
March 7, 2014 |
For the next 10 days on the Internet, one four-letter word will be difficult to avoid: SXSW . That's because the South by Southwest Conference is getting underway in Austin, Texas, with the gathering's interactive and film portions starting in earnest tomorrow, followed by the annual music festival, which will crank up the volume starting Wednesday. The streets will be most crowded during the music fest, when more than 2,000 acts - from big names such as Coldplay and Cee-Lo Green to up-and-comers such as Philadelphia's Chill Moody and Low Cut Connie - descend on the Lone Star State's capital city.
March 7, 2014 |
LOOKS LIKE it may have only taken one camera to make "7 Boxes," a low-budget but inventive Paraguayan thriller about a delivery boy mixed up with gangsters. The movie - well-received at the Toronto Film Festival - blends genres and influences, but it's essentially a one-crazy-night, shaggy-dog story about a delivery boy who agrees to hide seven boxes of contraband for a local crook, and ends up in the middle of a very big mess. Victor (Celso Franco) pushes his cartload of boxes through Asuncion, brought alive by a series of hand-held tracking shots (the directors obviously grew up on Martin Scorsese and Kathryn Bigelow)
March 4, 2014
J ACK PRAUL, 51, of Washington Square West, co-owns Philadelphia Photographics, a digital-imaging and film photo lab in Midtown Village that has served photographers, artists and businesses since 1990. Q: How'd the biz start? A: My life partner, James Hood, who's 67, started the business. I was part of the team that came aboard in 1990 and helped set up darkrooms, build equipment and buy used equipment. I worked part time from 1990 to 1995, and in 1995 I came to work full time.
February 25, 2014 |
AFTER SO MANY movies based on toys have sunk like a "Battleship," has the unbelievable success of the "The Lego Movie" taught Hollywood anything? You know, like the movie needs to be good. For the third weekend in a row, the animated comedy adventure, based on 82-year-old plastic Danish building blocks, took the No. 1 slot at the box office, and a sequel was set for May 2017. Such success can only mean that somewhere "The Lincoln Log Movie" is in development. "Lego," featuring the voices of Chris Pratt , Elizabeth Banks and Morgan Freeman , earned $31.5 million, according to studio estimates yesterday.
February 1, 2014 |
François Truffaut came of age during an extraordinary cultural boom in postwar France. He began his career as a film critic for the journal Cahiers du cinéma before releasing his remarkable debut feature, The 400 Blows , in 1959. He's considered one of the defining figures of the New Wave, but Truffaut's best work transcends labels, including his 1962 masterpiece Jules and Jim , which is finally available on Blu-ray in a restored edition. Considered one of the finest films ever made, Jules and Jim is the story of two bohemian friends, Austrian writer Jules (Oskar Werner)
January 7, 2014 |
Inside Llewyn Davis , Joel and Ethan Coen 's study of a struggling folk singer in 1961, was the big winner Saturday at the National Society of Film Critics, taking best film, best actor for Oscar Isaac , best director for the Coens, and best cinematography for Bruno Delbonnel . American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave placed second and third for best film; Chiwetel Ejiofor in Slave and Robert Redford in All is...
January 1, 2014 |
Stephen DiJoseph was six years old when it began. He'd have uncontrollable urges to grab an object and squeeze it, to throw things, to bang his hands on a piano keyboard. One night, the South Philly native took an ornament off the family's Christmas tree, a brightly painted ball. "I'm six years old and I'm under this compulsion to squeeze this thing," DiJoseph said Monday in a phone chat, "to see how far I could get before breaking it. " He did break it, suffering a minor cut. His parents were alarmed.
December 27, 2013 |
EXCEPT FOR 6-month-old North West receiving designer presents 99 percent of working adults couldn't afford, Christmas was typically slow in the world of celebrity shenanigans. But there are always lawsuits. Members of the Ramapough Lenape Nation of Native Americans filed a $50 million suit against the makers of the movie "Out of the Furnace," saying it depicts their people in a negative light. In that case, the makers of "The Wolf of Wall Street" better prepare for a $50 billion suit from stock-market con men. The suit was filed in New Jersey against the film's producers and writers ("Furnace" was co-written by local guy Brad Ingelsby )
December 13, 2013 |
NAVY BEAT Army three in a row in the early '60s. So West Point put the skates on Dale Hall, big, stoic, by-the-book coach. Tried to lure Vince Lombardi, but he'd been there, done that, and besides, he had a dynasty brewing in Green Bay. So Army hired Paul Dietzel, who had won a national championship at LSU. Called his defensive guys "Chinese Bandits. " Sent them screeching, swarming after the quarterback, from unorthodox angles. Had Wayne Hardin, the Navy coach, drooling. First time he faced Dietzel, in '62, he had Chinese calligraphy stenciled on every gold Navy helmet.