October 23, 2015 |
Being a witch hunter is apparently harder than it looks. Playing one made even the venerated Jeff Bridges look bad: In "Seventh Son," the dude did not abide. Now comes "The Last Witch Hunter. " The title role goes to Vin Diesel, who can bench press more than Bridges but is likely to end his career with fewer Oscars. We fear for Diesel, and our fears are justified almost immediately. In the prologue, a flashback finds him in medieval Europe (some place called "Snowsylvania")
September 12, 2015 |
Despite his best efforts at anonymity, Chinese author Lü Jiamin became a worldwide sensation in 2004 with Wolf Totem , an autobiographical novel he released under the pseudonym Jiang Rong. A deeply political story about a young Beijing intellectual sent to live with nomadic herders in the wide expanse of Mongolia's grasslands, Wolf Totem tackles everything from ecology and the environment to the corruption at the heart of the communist system. Epic in scope, yet at the same time intensely intimate in its handling of its protagonist's inner life, it's a unique wildlife tale that sets a tribe of humans against a majestic pack of wolves.
August 25, 2015 |
LONG POND, Pa. - Whether there will be an IndyCar series race at Pocono Raceway next August significantly depends upon the attendance for yesterday's entertaining race. The crowd appeared to be similar to two years ago when the first IndyCar race at Pocono since 1989 attracted 20,000 to 25,000. There was no word last night from Pocono officials about whether yesterday's crowd for the ABC Supply 500 was big enough to warrant IndyCar returning. The Pocono crowd clearly was larger than races this year at Milwaukee (about 12,000)
June 21, 2015 |
Little things mean a lot, especially to a real estate agent who is trying to sell one listing among many. Two things that may seem little but are really not so trifling when it comes to selling a house: keeping it neat for appointments, and washing the windows. "The marketplace is monopolized by first-time buyers as well as empty-nesters," said Mark Wade, who sells houses in Center City for Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors. "Both sets of buyers have one thing in common," Wade said.
May 16, 2015 |
Not long ago, a father could not cry. He had been diagnosed with cancer in his jaw in 2013, and it had returned last year, and the chemotherapy and radiation treatments had cost him his tear ducts. The fluid backed up, infecting his eyes. So in the middle of April, he underwent surgery. The doctors inserted a temporary tube that ran from his eyeballs to his palate and drained the tears away. "It's always something," Jim Kelly said recently. "But you know what? Oh, well. " He was talking on the phone about the sequence of events, some of them serendipitous, some of them tragic, that would bring him to Philadelphia this weekend, to celebrate good news and a righteous cause.
March 28, 2015 |
Five bounty hunters were charged in Camden County after beating and allegedly robbing a suspect they were pursuing, then kidnapping the suspect's teenage acquaintance and holding a knife to his throat, authorities said Thursday. The wild incident unfolded about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday along Briarhill Drive in Chesilhurst. The bounty hunters were watching for Eric L. Webb, 38, of Lindenwold, who was wanted on a drug-charge warrant in Camden County, the county prosecutor's office said. As Webb and the 17-year-old acquaintance stepped out of a car, some of the hunters walked toward them, authorities said.
March 17, 2015 |
* COMMUNITY . Tomorrow, Yahoo Screen. (Yahoo.com/community online or on Apple TV, Roku or Yahoo Screen apps for Apple and Android.) * JAMAICA INN . Today, Acorn TV. MAYBE it's time to trade in the universal remote for a spreadsheet. Because the days of leaning back, pressing a button or two and having favorite TV shows come to you, live or off your DVR, are waning. Thanks to Netflix and Amazon and Yahoo and Acorn TV and Sony PlayStation and Crackle and an ever-growing list of streaming options that's about to include at least one stand-alone premium channel, we've entered the hunter-gatherer phase of TV viewing.
February 11, 2015 |
Scott Greer is a big guy, a hearty 6-foot, 285-pound Philadelphia thespian who usually takes on what Orson Welles called "king roles" - Peachum in The Threepenny Opera , Valere in La Bête , Frank Rizzo in local playwright Bruce Graham's forthcoming play of the same name. Greer even played Welles in It's All True . But no role could be bigger than that of Charlie, the miserable, 600-pound gay man in Samuel D. Hunter's darkly humorous play The Whale , which opens Wednesday at Theatre Exile's Studio X. Directed by friend and fellow actor Matt Pfeiffer - they are an Exile twosome with North of the Boulevard and Shining City to their conjoined credit - The Whale finds Greer's wheezing character stuck on his couch 10 years after his partner's death, stranded in a cramped apartment, eating himself into an early grave, yet grasping at reconnection with the family of his past, before he left them, lost love, and let himself go. "There are indications," says Greer, pointing to Charlie's suicidal food trip, "that when his partner died, he stopped caring.
January 22, 2015 |
TWO UP, two down. Eric Hunter passed his second test in the featherweight division since being inked by Bernard Hopkins and Golden Boy Promotions in October before fighting on the Hopkins-Sergey Kovalev undercard in November in Atlantic City. But last night's 10-round fight against Nicaraguan fighter Rene Alvarado at 2300 Arena wasn't as easy as the hometown scorecards made it seem. The unanimous decision - 98-92 and 97-93 (twice) - didn't tell the whole story. Hunter (20-3, 10 KOs)
January 21, 2015 |
BERNARD HOPKINS has a vision for Eric Hunter. And the 50-year-old promoter and fighter wants to make sure Hunter's ability gets shown to the world. It's why Hopkins and the folks at Golden Boy Promotions signed the current USBA featherweight champion to their stable of fighters in October. They believe in his ability and Hunter believes in his own ability; he's just been waiting for a chance to display it. The 28-year-old West Philly native will get a chance to show that talent in his hometown and in front of a national television audience at 2300 Arena in South Philadelphia tonight, when he takes on Rene Alvarado (21-3, 14 KOs)