October 6, 2015 |
This week brings the premiere of two radically different, but equally stimulating shows. FX's disturbing, inventive American Horror Story returns for a new installment Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, Hulu will present its new rom-com, Casual , a surprisingly intelligent show about dating for thirtysomethings. Lady Gaga's fangs American Horror Story: Hotel seems to have all the ingredients of a memorable horror classic. Driven by a great goth sound track of funereal dirges by Joy Division and Bauhaus, the fifth incarnation of the anthology series features an unforgettable performance by Lady Gaga - at turns stunning and creepy, beautiful and grotesque - as a vampire countess who rules over an assortment of monstrous atrocities at a gorgeous art deco hotel in Los Angeles called the Hotel Cortez.
October 2, 2015
I NEVER REALLY appreciated the whole online dating scene. The closest I ever got was filling out the free online profile then waiting as the "we're almost finished uploading your page" message kept blinking, along with a desperate request for a photo because as the company kindly counseled "your chances will be much greater," which translated as "seriously, cow, do you think anyone is going to buy your milk sight unseen?" When I saw what was available before I signed up for a three-month deluxe package, I decided that my little noontime lark was over.
July 28, 2015 |
J OE DAIN was executive producer on a 2013 drama called "The Trials of Cate McCall," starring Kate Beckinsale , Nick Nolte and James Cromwell . Now, Dain, a graduate of the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts (901 S. Broad St.) and a native of 20th and Mifflin streets, in South Philly, is a movie production executive on the West Coast. His new supernatural thriller, "The Chosen," was released in 15 cities on Saturday, including at the Franklin Mills Mall (1149 Franklin Mills Circle)
February 27, 2015 |
Will Smith: Face your fears Philadelphia's greatest living export to Hollywood says that before you can succeed, you must first face your fears. "I think I learned very young to attack fear," Will Smith tells TheMid.com. "It's frustrating to me when I'm scared . . . so I'm forced to go and attack it. It's been helpful, but it's been painful. " Smith, 46, who is making the media rounds to plug his new heist romance, Focus , gave the same advice to his kids, Jaden and Willow , who are embarking on showbiz careers.
February 25, 2015 |
ONE CAN NEVER predict the fallout from the Oscars. One year it's John Travolta 's inability to pronouce a name and the next year it's a Cleveland news anchor's ability to pronounce a racial slur. Cleveland.com, citing both the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Akron Beacon Journal , reported that WJW-TV-8 news anchor Kristi Capel got herself in hot water while trying to compliment Lady Gaga 's performance of "Sound of Music" songs. Capel said, "It's hard to really hear [Gaga's]
February 18, 2015
WHEN BRUCE JENNER taketh away, Amber Rose giveth in spades. The Olympic gold-medal winner recently prohibited his kids and stepkids from publicly discussing his gender transition. At a loss for viable fodder, Temporary Tattle feared her gossip days were through - at least, temporarily. Then came Sunday-funday-without-any-un-days at Laurel DeWitt 's New York Fashion Week show. DeWitt, a designer of metal apparel and accessories, launched several chain-mail looks down the runway at the Church of the Holy Apostles.
January 27, 2015 |
WITH A SPRINKLING of young darlin's like Lady Gaga and Michael Buble (and their fans) taking a serious shine to pop standards, there's hope that Philadelphia-based author Ben Yagoda won't just be preaching to the choir with his new book, The B-Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song (Riverhead Books). Millennials also should have fun digging into this carefully researched (and breezy-reading) tome, discovering where most of popular music's great bones are buried - in the rich catalogs of the Gershwin brothers, Rodgers and Hart, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, in the musicals of Hollywood and Broadway's Golden Age of the 1930s to '50s.
December 5, 2014 |
Lady Gaga rape controversy Having revealed to Howard Stern in an interview Tuesday that she was raped by a record producer at age 19, Lady Gaga , 28, found herself involved Wednesday in a flap over her assailant's identity. Celeb website TMZ.com reported that Mark Geragos , lawyer for rapper/singer Kesha (Kesha Rose Sebert) in her sexual- assault lawsuit against record producer Dr. Luke (born Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald ), tweeted "Guess who the rapist was?"
October 29, 2014 |
How many 88-year-old men have ever scored a No. 1, chart-topping album? Tony Bennett is all, earlier this month hitting the high-water mark thanks to a savvy studio collaboration with one Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known to the world as Lady Gaga, on a long-playing set called "Cheek to Cheek. " For those who live under a rock, Gaga's an international dance pop star who could bring loyalists to the party doing readings from the phone book. On "Cheek To Cheek" she's introducing her "Little Monsters" to the sophisticated pop standards that have long been Bennett's stock-in-trade, and (surprise!
September 20, 2014 |
Are you ready for some football? In the fall, always, but this weekend even more so after seeing Half Straddle's In the Pony Palace/Football , a fast, funny romp and stomp all over the gridiron on stage this final week of the 2014 Fringe Festival. Half Straddle parodies the game, sports movies made for boys (grown or otherwise), and the attitudes of players at all levels - current, retired, or still scoring touchdowns in their own minds. Statistics become "likes and dislikes," the coach yells "Don't leave anything on the field!"