August 10, 2016 |
Ruth "Kay" Castaldo, 67, an opera director whose imaginative ways helped define the genre during a key period in Philadelphia, died Monday, Aug. 1, in Edgewood, N.M., after battling a brain tumor, her agent said. Kay Walker Castaldo, as she was professionally known, directed productions for Opera Company of Philadelphia, Cincinnati Opera, Teatro Colón, and New York City Opera. Since 2012, she had been associate professor at the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan.
July 17, 2016 |
Judy Woodruff said she hasn't done the math, but by my count, the coanchor of PBS's NewsHour is about to cover her 20th and 21st national political conventions. She still sounds excited, maybe even as excited as James Villalobos and Arlene Santana . They are gearing up for their first, after being chosen in a national talent search by Latino-focused Fuse TV to "Crash the Parties" as millennial correspondents at the Republican and Democratic conventions. There hasn't been a contested convention for a major party since Gerald Ford beat back a challenge from Ronald Reagan in 1976 , but these made-for-TV events still have the potential to make news - and maybe more so this year, with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton getting ready to claim the nominations of their not exactly united parties.
January 17, 2016
The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth. Game Change writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann cover the 2016 presidential race in this weekly show. 8 p.m. Sunday on Showtime. War and Peace. Leo Tolstoy's great novel done by Lifetime, you say? It's not as bad as it sounds. Paul Dano ( Love and Mercy ) leads a cast that boils down the Russian saga to its most exciting bits (think romance, death) without the bothersome moralizing. 9 p.m. Monday on Lifetime. Baskets . Zach Galifianakis could have kept doing middling movie comedies ( The Campaign , anyone?
January 17, 2016
* BILLIONS. 10 p.m. Sunday, Showtime. Damian Lewis plays a hedge-fund billionaire and Paul Giamatti the U.S. attorney who has him in his sights in a high-testosterone cat-and-mouse game where the two switch places regularly. * ANGIE TRIBECA. 9 p.m. Sunday, TBS. Produced by Steve Carell and his wife, Nancy Carell, this manic cop-show spoof stars Rashida Jones ("Parks and Recreation") as an L.A. police detective. The 10-episode first season will be run (and rerun) in a 25-hour, commercial-free marathon before 10 more episodes begin rolling out Jan. 25, once a week at 9:30 Mondays.
November 25, 2015 |
Director Jay Roach is the man behind two wildly popular comedy franchises, "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents," but over the past few years he's turned his lens on more serious issues with a political backdrop. In HBO's "Recount," he looked at the 2000 presidential election and the decisions in Florida that led to the election of George W. Bush. In "Game Change," also for HBO, it was the choice of Sarah Palin as John McCain's 2008 running mate. Now, in "Trumbo," opening today in theaters, he tells the story of famed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo ("Roman Holiday," "Spartacus")
October 22, 2015 |
THE PLAY that turned the game looked really improbable, like, "How'd he do that?" to the naked eye. Slowing down the replay still didn't make it ordinary. The Eagles trailed, 7-0, and it was about to get worse, Giants' first-and-10 at the Eagles' 23. Giants tight end Larry Donnell, the game-winning-touchdown-catch hero of his team's thrilling victory over the 49ers the previous week, had both strong hands around the Eli Manning pass, and he seemed to have Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans boxed out. Ryans was trying to reach in, over Donnell's left shoulder.
July 15, 2015 |
First of three parts THE MOST encouraging thing to come out of Andy MacPhail's introductory news conference as the Phillies' president-in-waiting was his admission that his three-year absence from the game is an obstacle that he will need to surmount in order to build a front office capable of creating sustainable success. Such self-awareness offers some hope that the longtime executive will emerge from his three-month transitional period having realized that the business of baseball has changed dramatically since he last inhabited a major league front office.
June 8, 2015 |
When Stephen Weber saw an ad seeking participants to help determine whether online games could improve brain function, it was, well, a no-brainer. The Drexel senior would get paid for what sounded to him like playing Nintendo. Maybe it could even help him remedy his weakness in math, he thought. So he signed up for a University of Pennsylvania study on "the effects of Lumosity on brain activity and decision-making behavior. " There's much more at stake here than the fortunes of an industry whose revenue is expected to hit $6 billion a year by 2020.
April 20, 2015 |
When it comes to repairing pulled abdominal muscles or aching abductors, William Meyers is the go-to guy. The 65-year-old surgeon is the founder of the Vincera Institute at Philadelphia's Navy Yard, where marquee athletic stars and weekend warriors travel from across the country to fix core and hip injuries. The rehabbed USO building houses services from diagnosis to imaging to rehabilitation. Since the 1980s, Meyers has performed some 20,000 operations on core muscles for the famous and the not so famous, about 700 over the last year alone.
June 28, 2013 |
YOU HAVE TO LOVE a 21st Century player's ode to ABA hairstyles. Nerlens Noel, however, really would not have played well in the ABA where offense ruled. The freshman from Kentucky is a one-tool player whose tool changes games. If you are looking for a highly skilled big man like last year's Kentucky freshman star Anthony Davis, stop looking. Noel's offense is grabbing a missed shot and stuffing it. Or beating everybody down the floor and dunking it. He arrived in college with a limited offensive game and leaves the same way. The three best skills in college basketball last season were Ben McLemore's pure shot, Victor Oladipo's athleticism and Noel's defense.