February 6, 2015 |
* BETTER CALL SAUL. 10 p.m. Sunday, AMC. Moves to 10 p.m. Mondays following night. * THE JINX - THE LIFE AND DEATHS OF ROBERT DURST. 8 p.m. Sunday, HBO. I HAD MY doubts about the much-anticipated "Better Call Saul. " Spinoffs are always chancy - for every "Frasier," there's at least one "Joey" or "AfterMASH" - and following a show like AMC's "Breaking Bad" only seemed to be asking for trouble. I'm relieved to be wrong. There is a show in Bob Odenkirk's "Breaking Bad" character, a crooked lawyer calling himself Saul Goodman, who, when it all hit the fan in "Bad," predicted a future for himself at a Cinnabon in Omaha.
September 16, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - A Southern California filmmaker linked to an anti-Islamic movie inflaming protests across the Middle East was interviewed and released Saturday by federal probation officers at a Los Angeles sheriff's station, authorities said. Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was interviewed for about half an hour at the station shortly after midnight in his hometown of Cerritos, Calif., said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. After that, deputies dropped Nakoula off at an undisclosed location.
September 26, 2004 |
This time, Mili Della Lilley is going to make it to her high school reunion, and she will take the Ink Spots with her. Lilley manages the famous singing group, whose performance Friday will her gift to Norristown High School's Class of '49. "I always wanted to do this, but I didn't know how to go about it," she said last week from home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. This year, on the 55th anniversary of graduation, the stars aligned to...
April 28, 2002 |
Time was, Ben Krass would gleefully bound from rack to rack to pick out suits for the likes of Joey Bishop or Muhammad Ali, his yellow Rolls-Royce parked out front of the family clothing store on South Street. But now, it is a different story for Philadelphia's best-known haberdasher - the unabashed fan of polyester whose over-the-top television commercials for years put the "k" in crass. Ben Krass wants out. He is selling Krass Bros., the "Store of the Stars," down to the bare walls.
October 30, 1998 |
To watch "Prince" Naseem Hamed train - indeed, to watch him fight - it's difficult to determine whether he's boxing or auditioning for a guest shot on "Soul Train. " Imagine Michael Jackson with a testosterone overload and, well, that's The Prince. "I brought all my music - swinging soul, Oasis, you name it," Hamed, the hyperkinetic World Boxing Organization featherweight champion, said after his first workout/dance routine earlier this week at Bally's Park Place. "I even brought some Karen Carpenter tapes, and the Ink Spots.
January 27, 1998 |
The Dixie Hummingbirds have entered their 70th anniversary year, and that calls for celebration, said the Rev. James S. Hall Jr., pastor of the Triumph Baptist Church in Logan, because "With the exception of the black church, you don't really have anything in the black community that survives for 70 years. " Hence the Hummingbirds' concert/revival Sunday afternoon at Triumph, which began a yearlong recognition of the group's contribution to gospel music. While Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, a mere sprout of 37, was a couple of hours away from being canonized by sports commentators for his talent and perseverance, a group of four African American senior citizens demonstrated the same qualities in exponentially greater proportions.
October 6, 1997 |
John Wesley Farrell, a jazz musician and teacher, died of complications of cancer Sunday. He was 80 and lived in South Philadelphia. John Farrell was also known as John Ferrell and Omar Kane Bey. His family called him "Buster. " He played bass and guitar with the Eddie Cole [brother of Nat King Cole] Trio for several years, traveling throughout the country. He also performed with Charlie Parker, Frank Mobley, Mary Lou Williams, Sonny Stitt, the Mills Brothers and the Ink Spots.
November 22, 1996 |
A memorial service will be held tomorrow morning for Bill Doggett, the R&B and jazz organ master who recorded with the great Ella Fitzgerald, arranged for the Ink Spots, and enjoyed commercial success in 1956 with the tune "Honky Tonk. " Doggett, who was born and raised in North Philadelphia, died Nov. 13 of a heart attack in Lenox Hill Hospital in New York. He was 80 and lived in Long Island. The service will be at 9 a.m. at the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Broad and Fitzwater streets.
August 4, 1995 |
Historians will tell you that George II wasn't the brightest king of England, but he is credited with a great idea that is now 250 years old: The New Jersey State Fair, which grew out of the semiannual agricultural fair ol' George started in Trenton in 1745. Through the years, the fair has moved around, settling for spells at Great Adventure and Garden State Park. This year, it's in larger, posher quarters at the South Jersey Expo Center in Pennsauken. The current edition, which started yesterday for a run through Aug. 13, features more than 100 rides, games and carnival midway attractions; dozens of special exhibits, contests and competitions; animals; food and free daily entertainment, including family shows, concerts and a variety of musical performers.
May 11, 1994 |
Isaac J. "Ike" Royal Jr., retired Philadelphia school employee and a musician who played for some of the major singing stars of the 1940s and 1950s, died Friday. He was 75 and lived in West Philadelphia. Royal retired seven years ago as a manager of the audio-visual department for the school system. He had been employed by the School District for more than 25 years, in which time he was credited with a number of innovative techniques in his field. A gifted musician since childhood, Royal played piano for many years at top clubs such as Small's Paradise and the Apollo in New York, the Macambo in Los Angeles, and the original Latin Casino and Pep's Lounge in Philadelphia.