March 6, 2007 |
American Idol so far: My own kids watch only sporadically. Most nights I'm sitting on the sofa by myself. That makes me dumber than a fifth grader. Shows are too long, boys too blah. Wondering if I can take one more week of Sanjaya. He's done a squishy Stevie and a creepy Michael. Can an appalling Lionel be far behind in this cringefest? Why do so many contestants, with the notable exception of Antonella Barba in a good way and weirdly departed Leslie Hunt in a bad way, want to dress like they're PTA moms and salesman dads in the '50s?
January 24, 2004 |
Against all odds, this morning dawned despite the fact that boldface bulwarks Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck are no longer together. The couple the tabs dubbed Bennifer - though we've always preferred Jenjamin - broke up this week because 33-year-old Lopez wants a baby, a clean life, and no third divorce, while 31-year-old Affleck likes to party, gamble and ogle strippers, according to Us magazine's investigative S.W.A.T. team. And there may have been another land mine: Some say Momma Affleck disapproved of her boy's prospective bride.
June 12, 2002 |
Here's one reason Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez have been spotted together lately: They're in preproduction. Kevin Smith will film Jersey Girl, starring Affleck, Lopez and George Carlin, in Philadelphia for about 10 weeks beginning in mid-August, the director confirmed yesterday. "I pushed to shoot in Philadelphia over Toronto because it's in America, I liked the locations here, and because it's a great production center," said Smith, the Rabelais of Red Bank, N.J., by phone.
March 26, 2004 |
In Jersey Girl, Kevin Smith wears his heart on his sleeve - and on his pants, socks, boxers and backward-facing baseball cap. The Jersey dude's would-be weepie - about a widower who must choose between his career as a big-time music-biz publicist and his dadly duties to a cute-as-a-button daughter - is so unstintingly sentimental that sap practically oozes from the screen. Even a few trademark pages of amusingly profane Smith-speak - and a saucy chat between Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler over the merits of masturbation and porn - can't hide the utter prosaicness of it all. Smith's story is like a nightmare amalgam of decades of single-dad sitcoms: mawkish, cloying, and essentially bogus.
April 21, 1992 |
There comes a time in a man's life when he hears the call of the sea. "Hey YOU!" are the sea's exact words. If the man has a brain in his head, he will hang up the phone immediately. That's what I should have done recently when I was called to sea by my friends Hannah and Paddy, who had rented a sailboat in the Florida Keys. They love to sail. Their dream is to quit their jobs and sail around the world, living a life of carefree adventure until their boat is sunk by an irate whale and they wind up drifting in a tiny raft and fighting over who gets to eat the sun block.
November 16, 2012
I'm a Jersey girl, and my life would not be the same without the Shore. For a half-century, from Asbury to Cape May, I sunned more than I should, got wiped out by waves, kissed under the boardwalk, and watched my kids take their first steps in the sand. Sandy hurt places I love. Two weeks after the hurricane, sorrow is as palpable as the salt air. At the bridge to Seaside Heights, a mountain of splintered wood draws gasps. A handful of seagulls feast on spoiled meat, then die on the street.
August 19, 2011 |
A private intelligence agency named Site Monitoring Service tells the Associated Press that a man identifying himself as Umar al-Basrawi is encouraging fellow Islamic jihadists to assault David Letterman after the late-night TV host's reaction to the June drone strike that killed al-Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri . Letterman mentioned Kashmiri and Osama bin Laden , then "put his hand on his neck and demonstrated the way of slaughter," al-Basrawi...
April 23, 2012 |
WEATHER — OR NOT? After the crazy-warm winter we just had, it's obvious our climate's in flux. But what does that mean? Ice core researchers Ellen Mosley Thompson and Lonnie Thompson join a team of experts for a multimedia planetary climate tour Tuesday at the Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St. Activities begin at 5 p.m.; presentation at 7 p.m. Part of the Philadelphia Science Festival; free, but requires preregistration. philasciencefestival.org . PUNCH & JESCA The Punch Brothers are more likely to sing about whiskey, but we'll have whatever they're drinking if it's what sets this five-piece to strumming and harmonizing on those bluegrass-punk tunes.
August 12, 2003 |
SNOOP DOGG'S in trouble again. The rapper/filmmaker who made the frat house hit "Girls Gone Wild Doggy Style," allegedly used drugs to entice two underaged girls to bare their breasts for "Girls Gone Wild" cameras at Mardi Gras 2002. According to a sworn statement by a law-enforcement investigator, posted on The Smoking Gun's Web site, Snoop and "Girls Gone Wild" guru Joseph Francis "did solicit lure, entice and pressure, through the use of their celebrity status and through offers of illegal narcotics such as marijuana and 'Ecstasy,' Jamie Capdeboscq, under age 18, and Whitni Candiotto, under age 18, with knowledge of the true age of both to disrobe and expose their breasts for the purpose of use in a 'Girls Gone Wild' film or production.
July 20, 2006 |
"When you grow up in the shadows of New York and Philadelphia, there's always a sense of not being good enough," muses Kevin Smith, the bearded bard of New Jersey, sporting an athletic shirt with "Hack" embroidered on its breast. "For that reason, folks from New Jersey try harder. Cinematically, we're always trying to get out. " The raunch-man from Red Bank is talking about Dante, lead of Clerks II (which opens tomorrow), sequel to his 1994 indie sensation, who has plans to leave for Florida.