September 9, 2016 |
Grethe Kiley didn't think much about the film crew that set up in front of her family's market in Haddon Heights in July. Maybe the store would someday show up in a toilet paper ad, she speculated in passing. Instead, the facade of John's Friendly Market - an institution in the New Jersey town - is front and center in a presidential television campaign commercial that Donald Trump began running last week in nine battleground states, including Pennsylvania. Kiley, who took over the store with her sister in 2011 after their father, John Johnson, died, learned about the commercial only when she saw it on television.
July 25, 2015 |
More than a century ago, a Doylestown man crossed the globe and became the first person to walk the entire Great Wall of China. This week, crews from Chinese television embarked on a reverse journey. They brought their cameras to William Edgar Geil's childhood home and the 30-room estate where he once lived, flipped through thousands of his photographs, and filmed the cemetery where he is buried. Their six-part documentary will detail the nearly 3,000-year history of the wall.
May 18, 2015 |
GREENWOOD, Miss. - The 2011 film version of Kathryn Stockett's bestseller, The Help , was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, which cheerfully prompted Greenwood to create a new tourist attraction: The Help Tour. This lovely little Mississippi Delta city (pop. 16,000) has long been wrapped in blues heritage and Civil Rights history. Markers for both the Mississippi Blues Trail and the Mississippi Freedom Trail dot the landscape. Now, Greenwood is drawing on its cinematic connections, as well, by pointing visitors on self-guided driving tours of the local sites where The Help was filmed.
March 3, 2015 |
A 20-SOMETHING man was seated yesterday next to a teen girl at 30th Street Station, his arm around her small shoulders, working his charms to lure her to a party and so much more. But a film crew stationed a few feet away and a small number of adults standing nearby were a sign that all was not as creepy as it may have seemed. It was all in the service of "Keeping Our Children Safe: Online and IRL (In Real Life)," a volunteer, small-film production about human trafficking involving a couple of professional actors and five students from the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts.
February 14, 2015 |
When she first walked through the maze of cubicles at the National Veterans Crisis Line in the winter of 2012, Ellen Goosenberg Kent thought she knew what to expect. Goosenberg Kent grew up in Philadelphia during the Vietnam era, the daughter of a Marine who had served in World War II. An Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker, she had already made two films about soldiers coping with broken bodies and spirits after returning home from war. This latest project, however, exploring the inner workings of the nation's suicide help line for veterans, surprised her and the film's producer, Dana Perry.
September 14, 2013 |
The world of corporate espionage is finally making it to the screen, with films such as the Clive Owen-Julia Roberts romantic thriller Duplicity and X Files writer Frank Spotnitz's TV show Hunted , starring Melissa George. Actor-writer Brit Marling, 30, and writer-director Zal Batmanglij, who delivered a complex look at religious cults in last year's Sound of My Voice , collaborate again on The East , due Tuesday from Fox Searchlight, which costars Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson.
February 22, 2013 |
TIM TEBOW said he'll pass, which was probably a good idea under the circumstances. The Jets quarterback turned down an opportunity to speak at the First Baptist Church in Dallas because its pastor has made outrageous statements about gays and other religions. On Thursday, Tebow tweeted that he canceled an April 28 appearance because of "new information that has been brought to my attention. " The Rev. Robert Jeffress, the church's pastor, has said that Islam promotes pedophilia, and has railed against gays, Jews and Catholics.
January 2, 2013
Oscar-winning sound editor Mike Hopkins, 53, who worked on the Lord of the Rings trilogy and other movie blockbusters, has died in a New Zealand rafting accident. Mr. Hopkins drowned Sunday when his raft capsized during a flash flood in a river on New Zealand's North Island, authorities said. His wife, Nicci, survived. The New Zealand Herald quoted Rings director Peter Jackson as saying many actors, directors, and film crew members who were lucky enough to work with Mr. Hopkins would miss him deeply.
May 9, 2012 |
It was just before noon Tuesday when a famous Hollywood actor left his trailer on Torresdale Avenue in Frankford, strutted across Kinsey Street and disappeared inside a factory to shoot scenes for his violent mob thriller. If Colin Farrell had made a left on Kinsey and walked up a few blocks, a trail of dried blood would have led him to the door of the Kinsey Street Cafe. Inside, he would have heard some real dialogue about violence in the city, the kind that doesn't end when the credits roll.
April 13, 2012 |
By Paul F. Bradley From my house, I could hear the wailing start every Saturday at 8 a.m. It penetrated the walls, growing louder with each wave. By 9, it was loud enough to prevent any further sleep. By 10, it was deafening. Was it a battle reenactment? Perhaps M. Night Shyamalan was filming in the area? Hardly. It was just the sound of crazed parents screaming as their 6-year-olds played soccer. One day, I walked over to the sports complex, drawn by the shrieking.