July 22, 2016 |
HOW'S THIS for a head-scratcher: Apparently, out-of-state politicians and activists can be trusted to drink responsibly, but your average Philadelphian can't. For years, our state has endured some of the nation's most needlessly restrictive alcohol regulations, yet well-connected visitors to the Democratic National Convention next week will get special exceptions. State legislators in Harrisburg have implemented temporary "national event permits" for the duration of the convention, allowing select Philadelphia venues to sell alcohol later than 2 a.m., provide happy hour specials, and purchase their stock outside of state stores.
March 4, 2016
POPULAR WISDOM says Americans vote for presidential candidates whom they'd like to have a beer with. That explains how easygoing George W. Bush beat stiff John Kerry in 2004. Maybe there's some truth to the adage, but, then again, Bush was a teetotaler who invaded the wrong country, so: Bad way to choose a president. Which brings me to Donald Trump, also a teetotaler. Last fall, the current leader for the GOP nomination came in first in an NBC News poll that asked: Which Republican presidential candidate would you most want to have a drink with?
January 14, 2016 |
What happens if China wants to give you money for an American institution? You take it. Legendary Entertainment, the maker of films such as "Batman," has been sold to the Wanda Group of China for $3.5 billion. It is the first Chinese acquisition of a major U.S. film company. Wanda, whose chairman, Wang Jianlin , is very rich, has expanded rapidly into the film industry. It bought the U.S. cinema chain AMC in 2012 and is developing an $8 billion studio complex in eastern China.
January 1, 2016 |
It's a custom among some Philadelphians to spend New Year's Day covered in sequins, walking along Broad Street, drinking beer and dancing. Others adhere to an alternative tradition, best practiced in private, involving abundant groaning and clutching of the head and the toilet tank. That is, of course, the New Year's hangover. How best to treat this annual affliction is a matter of some debate. So we turned to the pros - local chefs, who tend to put in late hours and, perhaps, partake in the occasional, end-of-the-night-shift drink.
November 5, 2015 |
DID SOMEBODY mention a possible hangover? Well, yes. Temple football coach Matt Rhule, as a matter of fact, three days after his 23rd-ranked Owls (7-1, 4-0 American) came within minutes of beating No. 8 Notre Dame (7-1) in what was only the biggest moment in program history. "I don't know that our team is over it yet, and that's a scary thought," said Rhule, whose team will play Friday night at Southern Methodist (1-7, 0-4) as a 12-point favorite. "Life moves on. Nobody cares what happened, or why. We'll find out a lot about our guys this week.
November 8, 2014 |
DESPITE LOSING at Richmond by a point, Villanova still is in position to make some serious postseason noise. If they can win their last three, starting tomorrow at home against Towson (4-5, 2-3), the seventh-ranked Wildcats (7-1, 4-1 CAA) likely will get an opening bye in the FCS tournament and at least one home game. Or maybe even two. Which should be more than enough incentive. "I like our chances," said coach Andy Talley, who might be unbeaten if his kickers had made a short field goal at the end of regulation in the opener at Syracuse and a PAT in the rain in Virginia.
May 24, 2013
Directed by Todd Phillips. With Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, John Goodman, and Ken Jeong. Distributed by Warner Bros. Running time: 1 hour, 40 mins. Parent's guide: R (violence, profanity, nudity, drugs, adult themes, giraffe abuse) Playing at: area theaters
May 24, 2013 |
Guys get blotto. . . . wake up and can't remember what happened the night before. . . . madness ensues. So goes the premise of 2009's The Hangover and its 2011 sequel, but the post-binge amnesia idea is jettisoned in The Hangover Part III . Make no mistake, there's still plenty of madness (whether it's funny or not is another question), but director Todd Phillips, back to hammer the nails in the coffin of his hit franchise, has opted to make a kind of gangland kidnapping action thriller instead.
May 23, 2013 |
THE SAFEST PLACE to be in "Hangover 3" is the spot usually reserved for Justin Bartha - off camera. Bradley Cooper and Ed Helms look like they're trying to sneak out a side door of this played-out franchise, happily ceding screen time to Zack Galifianakis and especially Ken Jeong. (Poor Helms doesn't quite make it - stay around for the end credits.) An apt subtitle for the trilogy's finale would be "Chow Time" - Jeong's flamboyant mystery man is the driver of a gold-heist plot that has the wolfpack in Mexico trying to find Chow, key to locating missing bullion that belongs to a vengeful crook (John Goodman)