May 16, 2014 |
A rusty fence bisects the virtual desert, so grab your cursor and pick a side. You are playing The Migrant Trail , an online game about the human toll of illegal immigration. You choose an avatar from a group of immigrants trying to sneak into the United States, or border agents trying to catch them. You pick a route, what to wear, what to carry, when to rest, when to search, and when to hide. Software dictates the consequences. Didn't bring enough water, or weighed yourself down with too much?
August 28, 2013 |
LET'S FACE it, when you think of a game-show host "type," local sports-gabber Mike Missanelli doesn't spring immediately to mind. Historically speaking, the most successful TV-game emcees have been genial to the point of unctuousness - walking, schmoozing embodiments of the phrase "warm and fuzzy. " Mikey Miss, on the other hand, has made headlines with public explosions of anger. If you call him on his daily 3-to-7 p.m. radio show on 97.5 The Fanatic and say something that he disagrees with, he's likely to question your sanity, intelligence and reason for living.
June 6, 2013
EVEN a year later, former game-show host Marc Summers can't explain the manic excitement that exploded over three wild nights during Philly Beer Week 2012. It was the return of his 1980s children's game show, "Double Dare. " Only, in the spirit of the festive week, the live show was called "Dunkel Dare. " The contestants were brewers, and the trivia questions and physical challenges related to beer. The crowd lined up for hours and rollicked inside as Summers gulped suds and dropped the f-bomb.
May 15, 2013 |
Joyce Brothers, 85, the pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long and prolific career as a syndicated columnist, author, and television and film personality, died Monday of respiratory failure in New York. Dr. Brothers first gained fame on a game show and went on to publish 15 books and make cameo appearances on popular shows including Happy Days and The Simpsons . She visited Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show nearly 100 times.
March 23, 2013 |
Dancers swirled to an ever-faster drumbeat. "Condom Man" tumbled into a skit. "Slutty Girl" sat on a guy's lap, while "Snob" turned up her nose. The humor on display Thursday morning at Rowan University, at a "summit" of hundreds of high school students from across Gloucester County had a serious purpose. It was intended to empower them to deal with issues that can vex people their age: bullying, homophobia, HIV, peer pressure. "I want them to realize they're not the only ones dealing with it," said Renee Richardson, 50, an art teacher at West Deptford High School who brought 28 of her students.
January 6, 2013 |
Lost at Sea The Jon Ronson Mysteries By Jon Ronson Riverhead Books. 416 pp. $26.95 Jon Ronson is enormously likable. And though likability is not a quality necessary to successful journalism, for the kind of writing he does, it really helps. A practitioner - possibly a pioneer - of a certain "Well, I'll be damned" style of reporting, Ronson investigates oddities amid the everyday and shows us how weird a place the world truly is. In his first major book, the provocative and charming Them: Adventures With Extremists , he investigated the belief held by some that the world is controlled by a small group of people, a "shadowy elite" made up of Christian fundamentalists, or members of the British Parliament, or something.
December 14, 2012 |
Unsure if you'd rather try out for a TV game show or a singing competition? You're in luck this weekend. On Saturday, NBC is hosting an open casting call for an upcoming progam tentatively titled, The Winner Is..., with dueling singers. Before hearing the judges' verdict, the contestants will decide whether to bow out in exchange for cash, or risk remaining in the competition for a shot at a $1 million prize. Individuals and groups of all ages who sing any style of music - from country to opera to hip-hop - are welcome to audition at the Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St., from 9 a.m. to 3 p..m.
December 7, 2012 |
The TV reality-show machine is again visiting the area in search of talented contestants. America's Top Model will hold a casting call in Wyncote on Friday (women only), and another in Harrisburg on Monday, Dec. 18 (men and women). The Winner Is ... , a new NBC game show, will look for versatile singers in Philadelphia on Saturday, Dec. 15. As for other upcoming TV opportunties, a little traveling will be needed. A new CBS baking show will host tryouts in New York on Dec. 15, while America's Got Talent 's tour won't be closer than Raleigh, N.C., Dec. 15, and Norfolk, Va., Dec. 16, until its New York stop at a date still to be determined.
June 26, 2012 |
WE'LL TAKE "CARDIOLOGY" for $800. Longtime "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek had a mild heart attack Saturday and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Paula Askanas, a spokeswoman for Sony Television, which distributes the popular game show, said Sunday that Trebek is expected to make a full recovery and return to "Jeopardy!" when the show resumes production in July. While he was in the hospital on Saturday, "Jeopardy!" won a Daytime Emmy award for best game show.
June 6, 2012 |
Sheryl Crow, who's previously suffered from breast cancer, has a brain tumor. The good news is the tumor is benign. In an interview with the Las Vegas Review Journal, Sheryl, 50, said her memory had gotten so bad, she had an MRI done. She got the news about the tumor, a typically benign meningioma, last November, but has kept quiet about it. According to People magazine, the tumor should not require surgery. World to end during sweeps? We already have "Survivor.