May 15, 2013
THE WAR for Hollywood is over, and the geeks have won. So says Simon Pegg, who parlayed a geeky/funny BBC show into a movie career and a recurring role as Scotty in "Star Trek," ascending to a kind of nerd heaven, where he's found himself surrounded by others like him. Their mission: to respectfully go where Gene Roddenberry has gone before. "You're talking about a TV show that is almost 60 years old, and yet remains beloved," Pegg said. "We wanted people to know we're not in any way being post-modern about it. We're not out to parody it or send it up. We're picking up the baton and taking our turn with it. " Pegg became famous for his British comedy hit "Spaced," a slacker sitcom packed with so many pop-culture references, the DVD comes with a "Homage-a-Meter.
May 13, 2013
Dean Jeffries, 80, a legendary auto customizer who was one of the first hot rodders to chop, channel, and soup-up automobiles during the car-crazy 1950s in Southern California, died May 4. He had been in declining health, and his death was confirmed by his son, Kevin. Mr. Jeffries was an automotive jack-of-all-trades, working as a stuntman, car builder, and race-car painter and pinstriper. Mr. Jeffries' distinctive paint jobs and sculpted bodywork attracted many admirers to his auto shop, including the likes of James Dean, Steve McQueen, and A.J. Foyt.
May 10, 2013 |
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Unlike the thieves in Ocean's Eleven, it appears that those behind the clockwork-precision, $50 million diamond heist at Brussels Airport may not get a Hollywood ending. After three months of virtual silence, authorities struck this week, detaining at least 31 people in a three-nation sweep and recovering so many diamonds from the loot Antwerp traders lost that they are still figuring out the exact value. Officials said that among the people held in Belgium, France, and Switzerland were some with violent criminal pasts; the one person held in France is believed to have been one of the airport robbers.
May 9, 2013 |
"I like Mother's Day," says Katie Couric , 56, of that dread day. "But I also like my daughters to be nice to me all year long," she says of Ellie , 21, and Carrie , 17. Couric tells USA Today she's worked hard to keep her girls out of the media. Until now. All three women pose in the latest "Got Milk?" ad, which premieres Friday on Couric's gabfest, Katie . "I'm really proud of them. I think they've turned into exemplary young women. " Couric, who struggled with bulimia in college, says the milk ads stress "healthy eating and healthy body image.
May 7, 2013 |
WEST Philadelphia-born and -raised, Colman Domingo makes no pretense of passing as a prince of Bel-Air. No need to; at 43, he's more a poobah of film and stage. And he's got the credits to prove it, from Steven Spielberg's recent, Oscar-winning "Lincoln" to Spike Lee's "Passing Strange," a 2009 film based on a play that Domingo appeared in and won an off-Broadway Obie Award for. You'll also see him this fall in Lee Daniels' "The Butler," about White House butler Eugene Allen.
April 8, 2013
HAVING A FLY office is part of the Hollywood game, and Marshall Mitchell's new digs are no exception. He has the requisite sleek, modern couch and wall-mounted flat-screen TV. Animal-skin rugs cover espresso-stained hardwood floors. An antique dining table- turned-desk ties the room together. For Mitchell, who co-founded the Different Drummer agency in 2008 to provide publicity and marketing support for such movies as "The Croods," "Life of Pi," "The Princess and the Frog," "Red Tails" and "Good Hair," the snazzy decor suits his movie-business persona.
March 14, 2013 |
MOVIE STUDIOS get sued a lot. They get sued by disgruntled writers ("Hey, you stole my idea!), P.O.'d producers ("Where are my residuals?")Hollywood looks bad in Iranian suit and angry actresses ("My contract says you have to provide private electrolysis for my bikini line!"
February 25, 2013 |
It was supposed to be Lincoln vs. Zero Dark Thirty , Spielberg vs. Bigelow, the Great Emancipator vs. the CIA girl who hunted down bin Laden. But then, on Jan. 10, they actually announced the Oscar nominations. Kathryn Bigelow's name, shockingly, wasn't on the best-director list, and senators and Pentagon-ers had raised flags about the film's depiction of "enhanced interrogation techniques. " Zero Dark Thirty lost its momentum. So Lincoln and Steven Spielberg had it in the bag, right?
February 16, 2013 |
American Idol announced its Top 40 Thursday night, and, alas, none is from the immediate Philadelphia area. The most local performer left is Chris Watson, a head-scarf-sporting dude who grew up in Dover, Del., and lives in Central Jersey, near the nexus of the turnpike and the Garden State Parkway. No one else remains from Pennsylvania or those adjacent states. Gone are Taylor Ivy Rand, the Chickie's & Pete's hostess who graduated from Girls High; Courtney Calle, a student at Council Rock North; and Zach Birnbaum, a student at Cherry Hill High School West.
February 8, 2013 |
At least five young singers from the Philadelphia area are still alive on Fox's American Idol . The fate of two more might become clear from 8 to 9 tonight, when more showdowns air with guys who passed their original auditions and made it to Hollywood. Last night, two guys-only rounds were shown, and Zach Birnbaum , a student at Cherry Hill High School West, was among those getting the go-ahead. The bangs of his shaggy hair covered his eyes as he performed "Some Kind of Wonderful" with three other guys.