November 17, 2010 |
IN ANOTHER CASE of "Huh?" TMZ.com reported yesterday afternoon that after three years of marriage, NBA star Tony Parker was spurred to file for divorce in Texas Monday from Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria . TMZ said the story was developing. Here's how it developed: Celebuzz.com reported that reps for Parker claimed the story was "100 percent false. " Then TMZ backtracked with a claim from a Longoria rep that Parker hadn't filed and didn't even have a divorce lawyer. (Not having a divorce lawyer is not exactly "They're still madly in love with each other.
November 17, 2010 |
Commuters at Philadelphia's 30th Street Station and New York's Penn Station got more than a bus or train ride Tuesday. Just when you were getting bored with street players who open their cases for music and money, big-shot country star Keith Urban - in black shirt and blue jeans, no less! - plops in to sing a few tunes. Promoting his latest album, Get Closer , the Kiwi-born Urban performed surprise concerts at the two stations, to the delight of screaming fans. Here's guessing not everyone was thrilled.
November 20, 2009 |
Penn Museum will present "Harry Potter and the Magical Muggle Museum," a wizardry event for families, on Sunday. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., children and adults can enjoy an extravaganza designed for Harry Potter fans, magic lovers, and loyal readers of author J.K. Rowling's novels. Families are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Harry Potter character, or this year as their favorite character from Twilight, the vampire-based fantasy novels by author Stephenie Meyer. The event, in its third year, will feature new festivities and more than 30 activities.
July 20, 2009 |
Abdul's manager doubtful Paula Abdul's new manager says she may not be returning to Fox's highly rated American Idol, which starts auditions for the ninth season next month. According to the Los Angeles Times, David Sonenberg says he doesn't have a proposal for a new contract for the slightly loony Abdul, one of the show's original panel of judges. "Very sadly, it does not appear that she's going to be back. . . . She's not a happy camper as a result of what's going on. She's hurt.
July 17, 2009 |
Fantasy books offer a passport from the street where you live to other realms. Readers can walk the shores of Middle Earth, the hills of Narnia, and the halls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry Potter fans have explored their hero's world through seven volumes published between 1997 and 2007. And since 2001, they have watched a series of movies based on the books. True fans suffered through the long drought between the release of the last film in 2007 and this week's opening of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.
July 16, 2009
J.K. ROWLING: A YEAR IN THE LIFE. 8 tonight, Channel 6. WE MAY BE up to our Muggle ears in "Harry Potter" tie-ins, but ABC News has one tonight that fans of the boy wizard may find irresistible: an hour with the woman who gave him life. Though ABC's Elizabeth Vargas voices the narration, "J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life" is largely a British import, a 2007 documentary by filmmaker/novelist James Runcie, who spent time with the writer over the course of the year leading up to the publication of her series' final book, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
July 13, 2009 |
"Ah, Harry, you need to shave, my friend," Dumbledore says to his Hogwarts protege Harry Potter. And indeed, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, puberty is in full bloom, addled adolescence all the rage. Slower and talkier than the five Potters that came before - but not necessarily in a bad way - Half-Blood Prince is a bubbling cauldron of hormonal angst, rife with romance and heartbreak, jealousy and longing. If it weren't for all the bearded wizards and whooshing Death Eater vapor trails, this could be just another modern-day high school melodrama.
April 9, 2008 |
Why buy a ticket, goes the old argument, when you can get in for free? Jeff Kinney can provide you with more than a million reasons. That's how many copies he has sold of his Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, even though the material in the two best sellers has been available online for free since 2004. Kinney, who will be making two local appearances for readings and signings on Saturday, first published the hilarious illustrated adventures of middle schooler Greg Heffley on the kids' Web site www.funbrain.
March 25, 2008 |
J.K. ROWLING, who turned a boy wizard into billions, told Edinburgh University student journalist Adeel Amini that before she created Harry Potter she nearly put herself in Potter's Field. Rowling said depression during her 20s forced her to ponder suicide before her phenomenal rise to success. At the time Rowling was a single mother trying to make it as a writer. "Mid-20s life circumstances were poor and I really plummeted," Rowling said, according to an interview posted online by Amini.
March 8, 2008 |
Chris Granwehr knew what he wanted: Bill Clinton's autograph. "He's my absolute biggest role model," gushed Granwehr, who in one hand hefted a copy of Nigel Hamilton's Bill Clinton: Mastering the Presidency, a 766-page doorstop. "He's the best president this country has had. " That's why the 20-year-old business administration major from Wallingford arrived early yesterday at the Pennsylvania State University's Brandywine campus in Media. He wanted a prime spot to hear the former president speak.