February 7, 2012 |
First, a worldwide audience. Next, a worldwide tour. Madonna, fresh off her performance as the Super Bowl's halftime show Sunday, has announced a globe-trotting string of concert dates, starting with May 29 in Tel Aviv, followed by Abu Dhabi and Istanbul, before a couple of dozen European gigs. The Philadelphia appearance Aug. 28 at the Wells Fargo Center will kick off a series of 26 North American shows. Tickets go on sale through Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com on Feb. 13, as do tickets for the Sept.
July 21, 2008 |
A federal appeals court in Philadelphia has overruled the FCC's $550,000 fine against CBS for the infamous Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" during the 2004 Super Bowl halftime show. In applauding the ruling, CBS expressed hope the FCC would be more restrained in policing public taste. The Parents Television Council, however, denounced the decision. "It borders on judicial stupidity," said Tim Winter, council president. Singer Janet Jackson's breast became briefly exposed during a performance with Justin Timberlake, and the Federal Communications Commission fined CBS $550,000 for negligently contributing to indecency.
January 27, 1997 |
Las Vegas's legal bookies were a two-point conversion away from their biggest Super Bowl win ever. As it turned out, there weren't too many winners on either side of the betting window after a Super Bowl that ended exactly how Las Vegas bookmakers predicted - with Green Bay a 14-point winner. "If it wasn't for that two-point conversion it would have been the biggest win in Nevada bookmaking history," said Michael "Roxy" Roxborough, who sets the lines for Nevada sports books. "We would have won $20 million at least, maybe $25 million.
November 4, 2015 |
YOU JUST KNOW the Super Bowl 50 halftime show is going to be over the top. Rumors abound as to possible headliners at the 49ers Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. Everyone from Bruno Mars to Maroon 5 to Coldplay to Adele have been mentioned. But it's not just intermission that's going to be special as the big game hits the half-century mark. On Monday, James Hetfield of Metallica announced that he and the boys would play a pre-pregame concert at the Giant's AT&T Park on Feb. 6, the night before the Eagles take on the Patriots.
February 4, 2004 |
I had little interest in watching the Super Bowl this year, and not because the local team had disappointed me in the National Football Conference Championship game. I am not that big a fan. I was, however, mildly interested in the score, curious about whether the Patriots would crush the Panthers, as so many people expected. What I saw in the halftime show annoyed and disgusted me. It wasn't the standard MTV smut of it. It was this: When I saw the halftime show, I saw a simulated sexual assault, an advertisement for American values in front of 1 billion people worldwide.
January 29, 1999 |
Gone are the days when college marching bands played the national anthem and Carol Channing's rock-gurgling voice was the featured halftime entertainment. Now, super acts are a must for Super Bowls. The hype that infuses the game's television commercials, where corporations this year will spend an average of $1.6 million for 30 seconds of talking frogs and a typical day at the World Wrestling Federation offices, has infected the opening and midgame performances. In the past 10 years, top-notch stars such as Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Garth Brooks and Jewel have sung the national anthem.
March 19, 2014 |
NOW THAT the NFL has reached a settlement due to head injuries, perhaps the league should have its own head examined. According to the Hollywood Reporter , the NFL has been pursuing Sri Lankan rapper M.I.A. in arbitration following her flipping the bird during her performance with Madonna during the 2012 Super Bowl halftime show. M.I.A. wasn't paid for her halftime show, the NFL custom, but the league still has spent two years seeking $1.5 million from her for allegedly breaching her performance contract and tarnishing the NFL's reputation.
December 4, 2015 |
REGULAR FOLKS write a memoir. Oprah starts her own book imprint to publish her memoir. As expected, it will be inspirational. Flatiron Books announced yesterday that Winfrey's The Life You Want is scheduled for January 2017 and will show how "anyone can put their life on a new trajectory. " Got that, 46 laid-off colleagues? Oprah's going to help you with a new trajectory. Her imprint doesn't have a name yet (how about Oprihnt?), but will feature several nonfiction works each year.
January 29, 1993 |
If you who want to have a true Super Bowl experience but lack the tickets there's only one option: Head on out to the local sports bar and watch the game with the roaring crowd, a halftime show, and someone else doing the cooking. Cavanaugh's, 119 S. 39th St., has a "Tailgate Party" with hoagies served on an actual tailgate, scavenged from a 20-year-old Ford pickup. Club Independence, at Germantown Avenue and Thompson Street, has a performance by the Club Cheerleaders, the resident cheerleading troupe, with half of the squad representing the Buffalo Bills and the other half representing the Dallas Cowboys.
November 28, 1997 |
It was an unusual feeling for West Chester East senior Drew Babinecz as he took the field for his final high school game Wednesday night. It was his school's same home field, but his Vikings were on the visitors' bench. Even the public address announcer, thanking the crowd for attending the Thanksgiving "Appetizer" Game, was different. The home field, announcer and even the halftime show belonged to traditional Thanksgiving rival West Chester Henderson. But the game belonged to East and Babinecz.