June 13, 2014 |
BEFORE YOUR time, and my time, there was a television show called "This Is Your Life. " It is the first thing that comes to mind as Jimmy Rollins stands on the cusp of Phillies history. For 15 years, he has been the franchise and the franchise has been him and everything that that means. The funny thing is that it means different things to different people, and it always will - because people are different, arriving at any conversation with a variety of experiences and preconceptions.
June 13, 2014 |
JAY BARUCHEL and "How to Train Your Dragon" director Dean DeBlois had more than their Canadian upbringing to bond them during the making of the first film. They were both sort of artsy, skinny kids who grew up in the hockey-mad, rough-and-tumble Great White North, not sure how they were going to fit in - not unlike skinny little Hiccup, the Viking boy in "How To" who's a misfit among his burly countrymen, not to mention his burly countrywomen. "It's a story that I lived through, and I know Jay did as well.
June 11, 2014 |
After the Eagles' practice concluded Monday, most players scurried off the field. Quarterback Nick Foles stayed behind and held a conversation for nearly 10 minutes. He spoke with team owner Jeffrey Lurie. The conversation was innocent enough - Foles said they discussed the practice that had just concluded, which opened the team's third week of organized team activities. Lurie's presence is not a surprise at Eagles practices, even in the offseason. But the relationship between quarterback and owner is an important one, because Foles might soon merit a significant sum of Lurie's money.
May 23, 2014 |
WITH A projected $125 million opening weekend and an incredible 94 percent "fresh" rating on RottenTomatoes, it appears "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is set to not only revive the mutant franchise but take it to new heights. Fox certainly has confidence in the film, as there has been talk among producers that "Days Of Future Past" could lead to as many as 10 new or rejuvenated X-film franchises. These include already-confirmed "X-Men: Apocalypse" in 2016, a third "Wolverine" film starring Hugh Jackman in 2017 and a "Gambit" solo film starring Channing Tatum.
May 19, 2014 |
The City Hall courtyard filled with 1,000 people on May 17, 1994, to celebrate Jeffrey Lurie's introduction as owner of the Eagles. Mayor Ed Rendell and Eagles players, Mummers, cheerleaders, season-ticket-holders, and the Keystone jazz band all welcomed him. They snacked on cheesesteaks, hoagies, and soft pretzels. Lurie spent a then-record $185 million to buy the Eagles, fulfilling a dream of owning a professional sports franchise. The Boston native was an outsider prepared to make Philadelphia home.
May 13, 2014 |
Herb Hauls grew up far from environmental nirvana, in an asphalt-heavy North Philadelphia neighborhood where buses and cars junked up the air and blades of grass were few. He earned a degree in electrical engineering at Drexel University, working first at Peco Energy Co. and then for the Navy in ship acquisitions, overseeing vessels' electric plants and control systems. He cleared six figures last year, he said. Now, he's mowing lawns for a living. This is not an act of desperation.
April 29, 2014 |
As matchmaking goes, this is as unromantic as it gets: hooking up small contractors with commercial-property managers. But a Kansas company has been at it with great financial success since the late 1990s, and now it wants to break into the Philadelphia market. City Wide Maintenance hopes to have franchises open here and in Pittsburgh within the year to manage commercial-space upkeep in these regions. Despite its name, City Wide's target market would not be the Comcast Center or other downtown properties, but, rather, suburban complexes of 10,000 to 100,000 square feet.
March 17, 2014 |
When the 76ers decided to rebuild through the draft, everyone knew they would slip significantly. It was just a question of how far the tanking Sixers would fall. The answer is that the Sixers, two years removed from the postseason, are on par with one of the most infamous teams in sports history when it comes to consecutive losses. They suffered a 103-77 setback to the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. It was their 20th consecutive defeat, tying the franchise record set by the 1972-73 squad that finished 9-73.
March 10, 2014 |
Yo, Paulie, I hope this don't sound crazy or nothing, but I think I feel a song coming on. In the strangest pop crossover since Jerry Springer: The Opera, Rocky , the saga of the stumblebum boxer from Philadelphia, will open this week on the Great White Way. As a musical. But what brought this ungainly adaptation about? And why now - 38 years after the first film debuted? The project owes its life to the stubborn persistence of Sylvester Stallone, the creator and on-screen alter ego of Rocky Balboa.
February 25, 2014 |
With winter's fury paralyzing this region again and again, the wisdom of Taria Avery's decision six years ago to chuck a 13-year career in international marketing became clear as ice. Not because she didn't have to travel anymore, but because it was difficult for pet owners to get around. What better way to sell the attributes of her new mobile pet-grooming business? "People are calling . . . saying, 'We can't get out,' " Avery said one morning last week when the Philadelphia area awoke to a few more mayhem-causing inches.