May 18, 2015 |
If legendary snoozer Rip Van Winkle went to sleep in the spring of 1982 and woke up today, his beard might have stretched a hundred nasty, matted yards, but he'd probably think he had taken only a power nap: Mad Max is going post-apocalyptic in movie theaters. Poltergeist is poised to scare up business at the box office. And Jerry Brown is governor of California. OK, the new Mad Max is called Fury Road , not Road Warrior , and Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron star, not Mel Gibson.
May 18, 2015 |
The grassy Burlington City promenade came alive Saturday with rows of tents that shielded politicians, business representatives, and civic groups from the bright sunshine and the gentle breezes wafting from the Delaware. About 1,000 people milled around for Burlington Day, stopping to gawk at the Zumba dancers off the shoreline and the colorful potted plants that were offered for sale by a Marine Corps auxiliary. Many were drawn to a display of pictures, set up on easels, that illustrated what would be the riverfront promenade of the future, if a planned multimillion-dollar makeover is approved.
May 15, 2015 |
The Philadelphia city controller says the "greatest economic impact" in jobs and tax revenue for the 200-acre Southport section at the eastern end of the Navy Yard would be as a marine terminal for container cargo. Controller Alan Butkovitz said in a 15-page report released Wednesday that putting an energy port on part of the land also made "long-term economic sense," but should not impinge on the scale needed for a modern container ship terminal. Officials in recent years have suggested use of this undeveloped site for a marine terminal, energy port, or auto-processing facility.
May 12, 2015 |
Although Daevon is only 8, he already has his sights set on a career. Make that two careers: He aspires to be a firefighter and a professional basketball player. Until he's old enough to do one - or both - he has plenty of other interests to keep him occupied. He's athletic, and delights in any kind of physical activity, including riding his bike. In school, his best subject may be math, but his favorite class is gym. He also enjoys video and computer games, Buffalo wings, French fries, and shrimp-fried rice.
May 11, 2015 |
About an hour after separate head butts left their foreheads spouting blood in their eyes and onto the canvas, newly crowned Pennsylvania State Heavyweight champion Amir Mansour and Joey Dawejko shared a bench in the champ's dressing room, talking about the future. "Keep building it up and getting that experience," Mansour, 42, an ice pack over his eye, told the 24-year-old Dawejko. "I've been in four 12-rounders and eight 10-rounders. This is your first 10-rounder, and you did a hell of a job. . . . And you hit hard as [heck]
May 7, 2015 |
WITH "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" crushing everything in its path and obliterating box-office records along the way, the question, as always, is: "What does the future of the Marvel cinematic universe have in store?" Thankfully, Comics Guy was able to chat with Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige to get some answers! (Warning: Mild spoilers if you haven't seen "Ultron" yet!) In the wake of the premiere screening of "Age of Ultron," Feige was already excitedly talking about the next film on Marvel's slate.
May 4, 2015 |
Preston Brown packed up a teenager's future this week. He gathered up the recruiting letters for one of Woodrow Wilson High School's most promising football players and delivered them to the family, along with his condolences. Brown said Ja'Meer Bullard was a "special talent" on the football field. But that's hardly the only reason why Brown has been so devastated by Bullard's death - so haunted by the eerie familiarity of the violence, so shocked by the harsh reality of another young life lost on Camden's streets.
May 3, 2015 |
MIKE BABCOCK didn't hesitate. Addressing reporters in Detroit yesterday for the first time since his Red Wings were eliminated by Braydon Coburn and Tampa Bay on Wednesday night in Game 7 of their first-round NHL playoff series, Babcock said he struggled on Thursday. "The worst day I've had coaching in Detroit, period, in my 10 years here was [Thursday], bar none," Babcock said. "So was that because I thought in my heart we were going to win that series and that we should still be playing?
May 2, 2015 |
Laurie Anderson - calling from the Philharmonie de Paris, scoping it out for a show - is balancing many things. That balancing act will be on display in her Language of the Future show at Princeton's McCarter Theatre on Friday evening. Everything this pioneering performance artist/electronic music composer does is about the next thing, something in the future. "I don't think I'll ever have a message, or a philosophy," Anderson said. "I don't want to telegraph anything coded. " Her debut directorial full-length film, Heart of a Dog , commissioned by the Franco-German TV network Arte, was supposed to be about a philosophy of life - "until I told them that I didn't have one, repeatedly," she said, laughing.
May 1, 2015 |
Recent census figures indicate that the influx of young adults, immigrants, and empty nesters to Philadelphia could be ebbing. The growth they have brought, especially to areas surrounding Center City, could recede, and neighborhoods that aren't ready for development could miss out on what's left of the trend. Philadelphia's Second Councilmanic District - encompassing parts of Center City, South Philadelphia, and Southwest Philadelphia - is especially vulnerable. With deep poverty as well as significant wealth, it has seen rapid change in areas like Point Breeze and Grays Ferry.