April 17, 2011 |
Tina Fey saves the world! OK, maybe not today. But if Fey's career continues on this meteoric arc, it's only a matter of time until she adopts a cape and joins the Justice League. Let's recap, shall we? First female head writer at Saturday Night Live; acerbic anchor of the show's "Weekend Update" segment (sample gag: "SpongeBob SquarePants will begin airing in China in December. So millions of factory workers can finally know what the hell they're making. "); screenwriter ( Mean Girls )
April 15, 2011 |
StarKist never asked, but filmmaker Morgan Spurlock did, so on April 27, Altoona will change its name to Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever sold. That's the title of his latest documentary, about advertisers' publicity stunts. So, when the City Council of the Western Pennsylvania burg approved the deal on Wednesday, they created another real-life example. Only this time, Spurlock was the advertiser, promising a reported $25,000 for the police department and a special screening in exchange for a temporary name change.
April 15, 2011 |
The last two Jews in Kabul are old men who profess to hate each other. You're "a lapdog," one man reproaches. You're "a thug," the other responds. Yet no matter what the two men claim, their mutual contempt is the sort that comes from long, deep, and possibly codependent friendship; it's bred by familiarity. They are the subjects of Seth Rozin's poignant, funny Two Jews Walk Into a War, now getting a solid production directed by James Glossman for Rozin's InterAct Theatre.
April 8, 2011 |
Your Highness , a funny-in-spurts stoner comedy, stars Danny McBride and James Franco as the Goofus and Gallant of a medieval shire located somewhere in the vicinity of Nottingham and Tattooine. Half-baked, both in plot and execution, this spoof's for adolescent boys who find Minotaur private parts amusing and Queen Amidala in a chastity belt sexy. (Yes, Natalie Portman is Isabel, babe-in-armor.) Feckless Thadeous (McBride) and fearless Fabious (Franco) are princes, the heir and the spare.
January 21, 2011 |
Mark Keeley, the 19-year-old utility worker killed in the Tacony natural-gas explosion, was a "throwback kid," a former assistant principal recalled of the 2009 graduate of Cardinal Dougherty High School. "He respected his elders. He respected authority," said Mary McDonald, now an assistant principal at Archbishop Wood in Bucks County. "He had a great sense of humor, but he knew where to draw the line. " His family, McDonald said, instilled those values in him. There were plenty of tears Thursday evening at a prayer service for Keeley inside the parish auditorium at St. Cecilia's Church in Northeast Philadelphia.
December 17, 2010 |
WHEN QUEEN Elizabeth II visited Philadelphia during the bicentennial in 1976, Kenneth Louis Gibson was chosen to be part of the special security detail. It was one of many honors the dedicated police officer received in 28 years on the force. "He had a strong sense of work ethics which made him eligible for many positions," his family wrote in an obituary. Kenneth Gibson, who finished out his work career as a nonteaching assistant at Philadelphia public schools, where he was popular with the students, died Dec. 10 at 76. He was born in Philadelphia to Saint Clair and Mabel Camille Gibson, and graduated from Overbrook High School in 1951.
November 1, 2010 |
THE NEWLY FORMED Philadelphia Comedy Collective will host the first Philadelphia Comedy Month beginning today. Joke's on us: It's only three weeks long. The sorta-month, which lasts until Nov. 21, is meant to be a celebration of all things funny, with the purpose of putting Philly on the map as a comedy town. "It's almost like comedy is this forgotten stepchild," said Alexis Simpson, artistic director of the Philadelphia Joke Initiative, a member of the collective. The schedule is separated into three mini-fests: The Philadelphia Improv Festival goes first and is all about spontaneous, off-the-cuff laughs.
October 29, 2010 |
Johnny Showcase and Martha Graham Cracker have met before. He loves her. He's repulsed by her. He's written epic odes to her back hair. And Martha has quite a bit of that. Especially as played by 6-foot-2-inch (6-8 in heels) and obviously male Dito van Reigersberg, who, when not donning Martha's cabaret diva getup, serves as an artistic director at the Pig Iron Theatre Company. Similarly, the actor behind Showcase is David Sweeney, who recently appeared in Pig Iron's 2010 Fringe hit "Cankerblossom.
September 24, 2010 |
Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The Videogame Reviewed for Wii; also available for Nintendo DS From: WayForward Technologies/WB Games ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+ (cartoon violence, comic mischief) No series of games has earned the "fun for all ages" tag quite like the Lego-branded games, which are fun and funny enough to engage good players but accommodating enough to allow even the most hopelessly hopeless to see them to completion. Thanks to local co-op support, they also allow two players of completely different disciplines to play together and have an identically great time doing so. Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a classic sidescrolling beat-'em-up that plays nothing like those Lego games - picture Double Dragon or the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles arcade game, but with Batman characters and gadgets.
September 23, 2010 |
'Premiere Week" comes to a close Friday night with the best new broadcast series of the fall. And, just to prove this TV thing is still a mystery to everybody, the worst one debuts the night before, on the very same network. A few more new shows pop up in the next few weeks to augment the 16 the networks will have left on our doorsteps since Monday, but none will match the solid cast and intriguing writing of Blue Bloods, which stars Tom Selleck as New York City's police commissioner.