March 18, 2012 |
Harry Potter. . . . Bella Swan. . . . Katniss Everdeen? If the bespectacled boy wizard of the Harry Potter books and films and the sulky high schooler-turned-vampire-wife of the Twilight Saga have long been imprinted in the collective consciousness, is it now time for the teenage heroine of The Hunger Games to join them? With the Suzanne Collins book perched atop the children's and young-adult best-seller lists pretty much since its publication in late 2008, and with advance ticket sales for the $100 million Lionsgate film adaptation - opening at Friday - outpacing the inaugural Harry Potter, there are strong indications that Ms. Everdeen is indeed heading for that rarefied realm of pop iconography.
February 8, 2012 |
As long as there have been bridges, trolls have hidden beneath them. Same for the Internet. As long as there have been message boards, discussion groups, and comment strings, there have been "trolls" - people who, under cover of Web anonymity, post bullying, lewd, or off-point comments, disrupting and demeaning the whole enterprise. Some comment strings are moderated, so trolls can be blocked and deleted - but most of cyberspace is, in the words of one (anonymous!) wit, "free range for idiots.
February 3, 2012 |
IT WAS A dark and possibly stormy night. OK, it probably wasn't stormy; Daniel Radcliffe can't remember. But the "Harry Potter" star was in bed expecting to drift off to sleep when he started hearing strange sounds coming from inside his flat. What's a former boy wizard to do? He popped up out of bed and grabbed "the nearest, bluntest thing" and charged what could have possibly been vengeful spirits from the netherworld. "I literally came out of my room brandishing a cricket bat [bellowing]
December 9, 2011 |
If you're from the Jersey Shore or Jurassic Park, attend Hogwarts Academy or prefer to hang out in classic locales like the West Side, movies offer a chance to escape this holiday season. DVD and Blu-ray boxed sets, large and small, abound this year for folks who also want to give the gift of film. Here are just a few recommended titles: Harry Potter. Harry Potter fans this summer bade farewell to their magical-mystical hero whose on-screen adventures ended with the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 . But when it comes to movies, the end is never the end, and Harry (Daniel Radcliffe)
November 9, 2011 |
The people have spoken, and their favor has fallen on Katy Perry , Glee , and Harry Potter, recipients of the most People's Choice Awards nominations. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 , the last installment in the saga of the boy wizard, led the way in Tuesday's nomination announcement with nine nods, including favorite movie and ensemble movie cast. Singer Perry and Fox musical Glee snagged seven apiece. Voting for the 38th annual fan-favorite ceremony, set for Jan. 11 at the Nokia Theatre, ends Dec. 6. Glee was nominated for favorite network TV comedy and in several of the TV-acting categories: Chris Colfer and Cory Monteith for favorite TV comedy actor, Jane Lynch and Lea Michele for favorite TV comedy actress, and Gwyneth Paltrow and Kristin Chenoweth for favorite TV guest star.
October 16, 2011 |
As the twentysomethings nursed their post-Harry Potter feelings of emptiness with Butterbeer rum concoctions at McNally's tavern on Germantown Avenue, a more brutal form of Harry Potter-opothy was playing out farther up the hill. "It's all about the physical contact," said Olga Iodko, 22, of the SUNY Geneseo quidditch team, one of 15 teams competing - broomsticks between legs - in Saturday's second annual Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College. "One of the concussions happened because someone took a broom between the eyes," Caitlin Hepps Keeney, 19, of the Johns Hopkins team, recalled from an earlier competition.
October 15, 2011 |
As the 20-somethings nursed their post-Harry Potter feelings of emptiness with Butterbeer rum concoctions at McNally's tavern on Germantown Avenue, a more brutal form of Harry Potter-opothy was playing out further up the hill. "It's all about the physical contact," said Olga Iodko, 22, of the SUNY Geneseo Quidditch team, one of 15 quidditch teams competing - broomsticks between legs - in Saturday's second annual Brotherly Love Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College. "One of the concussions happened because someone took a broom between the eyes," Catilin Hepps Keeney, 19, of the John Hopkins team, recalled from an earlier competition.
October 14, 2011 |
Children are invited to explore an owl's-eye hay maze, to celebrate jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald through art, and to experience Harry Potter Weekend at Woodmere Art Museum. At the maze, offered at the museum through Oct. 30, families can have find their way through an artful large-scale landscape. On Friday night, festivities will be from 6 to 8. From 6 to 7 p.m., children can participate in A-Tisket, A-Tasket art activity to celebrate the museum's fall jazz series, beginning with a tribute to Fitzgerald.
July 31, 2011
Sarah Mabel Hough is a senior at Temple University studying English This hasn't happened in a while, but when I used to finish a book whose characters I had grown to love, I would cry a little. I've always done this, even when I was a kid who thought weepy movies were dumb and rolled my eyes while my mom and sister held tightly to the tissue box. If I was on the bus or some other not-so-private place, and I noticed there were only a few pages left, I closed the book and waited until I was somewhere more intimate.
July 23, 2011
A Better Life This emotionally resonant story of an undocumented worker in Los Angeles and his struggle to impart the values of heart, hard work, and self-reliance to his rebellious teenage son is sparked by Demian Bichir's stunning performance. PG-13 Project Nim James Marsh's compassionate documentary about the chimpanzee variously loved, exploited, and serially abandoned by caregivers and scientists. PG-13 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 After 10 years, eight films, and four directors, a fitting and emotional send-off to the idealistic boy wizard who avenges the death of his parents.