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.
May 17, 2013
THE CAUSES of poverty are complex and many. One cause, though, is emerging as a dominant factor in the record numbers of people living in poverty: Congress. This week, both the Senate and the House moved on a new farm bill, which determines the budget and policies for agriculture every five years or so. In addition to agriculture, it also funds the food-stamp program. On Wednesday, the House Agriculture Committee approved a $940 billion farm bill, a day after the Senate approved its own version.
December 6, 2012 |
L IAM HEMSWORTH and Amber Heard shot a scene at the Four Seasons on Monday for the corporate espionage thriller "Paranoia. " You may recall that the movie, which also stars Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman , was being shot in town over the summer but that filming was interrupted because Hemsworth had another movie assignment, "Catching Fire," the second "Hunger Games" film. It seems Hemsworth's fiancee, Miley Cyrus , who stayed with him in Washington Square for more than a month, did not tag along for the remaining shoot, which we're told will take about three weeks.
August 24, 2012 |
Three new DVD releases this week deal with people and power. The Hunger Games, Grade A: A teenage girl (Jennifer Lawrence) must participate in a fight to the death. The film features high-tension action that eclipses the Twilight films and has more magical character development than the Harry Potter series, making it a prime contender for the next great film series. This is that rare case of a movie that will please lovers of the book as well as those who have never heard of the series.
July 1, 2012 |
In People Like Us, Elizabeth Banks plays a single mother with a troubled, troublemaking son. She works as a bartender, she's in AA — the irony of which does not escape her — and she's pretty much alone in the world. When Chris Pine walks into her life — he's a messed-up, financial-world hustler — it's because he's been given a mission to give her $150,000. The money has been left to her by his father, who has just passed away. It turns out that Banks' Frankie is Pine's character's half-sister, the product of a long-ago affair his father had, and that Pine's Sam knew nothing about.