September 30, 2014 |
In a modest Northeast Philadelphia house, Masha Lipkovsky, an immigrant from Ukraine, thinks big - in terms of tiers, pounds of butter and flour, and elaborate decorative finishes involving rhinestones, wings, and even a teapot made of sugar. To say that Lipkovsky bakes cakes would grossly understate an artistic prowess behind an award-winning six-tier stunner inspired by the wedding dress of Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games: Catching Fire , and an Alice in Wonderland creation that weighed more than 80 pounds and took three people to carry.
September 12, 2014 |
Rosie: Truth to power It's just days before her return to The View , but Rosie O'Donnell already is spilling a few embarrassing insider tidbits. Rosie, 52, tells Variety that the show's casting process was miserable. "It was very much like the Hunger Games , how they did it," says Rosie, who was signed in July. Come August and producers still needed to fill two slots, so they asked candidates (at gunpoint?) to conduct mock debates with Rosie and cohost Whoopi Goldberg . "I think Whoopi and I were both a little shocked at having to do a chemistry test," Rosie says.
July 11, 2014 |
ATLANTIC CITY certainly provides plenty of ways for you to spend money on entertainment. But thanks to a number of initiatives, the town also boasts plenty of freebie fun this summer. Between now and Labor Day, visitors and residents in the seaside gaming capital can avail themselves of free movie screenings and musical performances offering jazz, R&B and Broadway show tunes. For more information, go to atlanticcitynj.com. 'Movies Under the Stars' This family-centric series of flicks takes place at three separate locations.
June 5, 2014 |
THE THREE-FINGER SALUTE from "The Hunger Games" is being used as a symbol of resistance in Thailand. Protesters against the military coup are flashing the gesture as a silent act of rebellion, and they're being threatened with arrest if they ignore warnings to stop. "Raising three fingers has become a symbol in calling for fundamental political rights," anti-coup activist Sombat Boonngamanong said on his Facebook page. He called on people to raise "3 fingers, 3 times a day" - at 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - in safe public places where no police or military are present.
March 7, 2014
If any members of our fractious species could get along, you might expect it to be those who make it their life's work to feed the hungry. And yet the Philadelphia region's food charities find themselves figuratively throwing food at each other. Fortunately, being practiced altruists, they ought to be able to find a way to put aside pride and parochialism for the sake of the needy. The local antihunger giant Philabundance is at the center of the controversy. With a budget of nearly $50 million and a staff of more than 100, Philabundance takes food from supermarkets, food makers, and other large donors and discounters and distributes it to nearly 500 area food pantries serving the needy.
November 8, 2013 |
THE COMPETITION for most depressing teen-lit dystopia grows more intense each week. But the leader in the clubhouse may be "How I Live Now," squeezed in between the genocide epic "Ender's Game," and the upcoming installment of homicidal teen-gladiator drama "Hunger Games. " In "Now," Saoirse Ronan stars as Daisy, a kvetching American girl sent by an indifferent widower father to live with her feral British cousins in the country. Daisy has fears and anxieties and allergies, the family lives in a house full of farm animals and unwashed dishes, and there is much clashing of culture.
November 5, 2013 |
"I see Sam!" Alexis Vernola, 16, of Allentown, screeched as actor Sam Claflin came near. "I can't breathe!" Gianna, 12, marveled as she peered at him from behind a metal barrier, "If this fence wasn't here, I would be up there! Like, I'm that close. " Her friend Becca, 13, agreed: "It's fate. It's destiny. " The girls, both from Haddonfield, were among more than 1,000 eager fans who crowded the Cherry Hill Mall on Sunday to get a glimpse of five stars of Catching Fire , the second installment in The Hunger Games franchise.
October 31, 2013 |
J ULIUS and Dorys Erving are getting into the fit game. The basketball legend is assisting his wife with the Dorys Erving Fit Youth Foundation to fight childhood obesity. Ken Jacobsen , secretary, treasurer and director of the foundation, said the Ervings' organization will offer educational programs and address healthy food-access issues (including starting a restaurant-style kitchen to "get a meal in a dignified environment" at little to no cost). It will offer clinics featuring Erving and some of his athlete buddies, like Charles Barkley , who is on the foundation's wish list (and who lost quite a bit of weight himself)
October 3, 2013 |
No world event is real until celebs opine about it. And since the government shutdown also affects the famous, they were tweeting all day. A sample: Bill Maher : "I guess the Republicans really do need to shut down the government. Because technically, there's no way to shoot it. " Sandra Bernhard : "u s government shutdown who cares! Rihanna Fans Are Not Happy and that's all anyone is talking about. " Seth MacFarlane : "Per several Family Guy episodes: whenever there's a government shutdown, we can all steal a zoo animal.
August 16, 2013 |
THERE ARE mysteries afoot in the suspense picture "Paranoia," though none as big as how Richard Dreyfuss could possibly have fathered Liam Hemsworth. They play father and son - blue-collar "bridge and tunnel" folk living on the outskirts of Manhattan (although parts of the movie were filmed in Philadelphia). The description looks laughable on Hemsworth, an Aussie who's only just mastered a generic "American" accent and wisely makes no attempt to speak "Long Island" in any form.