April 4, 2014
LET'S FACE it: To this point, 2014 hasn't exactly been what you'd call a laugh riot here in the old Del Val. Unless, of course, you have the kind of twisted sense of humor that would find hilarity in the horrendous weather, 76ers' losing streak and the latest political and police scandals we've endured since New Year's. So, it is with gratitude and a sense of relief that I can point you to a pair of ensemble-propelled chuckle-fests currently playing in the region. These two shows are not necessarily for the same audience.
April 4, 2014 |
* TURN. 9 p.m. Sunday, AMC. * SILICON VALLEY. 10 p.m. Sunday, HBO. * VEEP. 10:30 p.m. Sunday, HBO. AMC, fresh off another record-breaking season finale of "The Walking Dead" and a week away from the Season 7 launch of "Mad Men," splits the considerable difference between zombies and '60s admen on Sunday with "Turn," a historical drama about a group of men and women who spied for George Washington during the Revolutionary War....
March 27, 2014 |
IT WAS THE laugh that defined Jason Pennypacker. It embodied the essence and spirit of a man whose zest for life defied all constraints. It was a laugh that told the world that everything was right and fine, and that it was always sunny in Philadelphia. Frank Dougherty, former Daily News writer who was Jason's landlord for a time, employed his well-honed flair for description when he said Jason's laugh was like "naval guns booming across the water. " Actually, it was Frank's garden that took the brunt of that exuberance.
March 18, 2014 |
NEW YORK - You've seen Phil Martelli get angry, edgy, streetwise, sarcastic, proud. You've seen him happy. This was different. As soon as his St. Joseph's Hawks won the Atlantic 10 tournament on Sunday, Martelli's chin started to quiver. He looked behind his team's bench, where his wife had already broken down in tears. "I was trying to hold off," Martelli said later. "When I saw her and how emotional she was, I broke. " Did Judy Martelli often get full-on emotional like that after the big ones?
February 26, 2014 |
LAST WEEK, the United Nations issued a report chronicling North Korea's massive human-rights violations under the rule of Kim Jong-un. It is estimated that there are up to 200,000 political prisoners. The report alleged that many have been executed, tortured and starved. Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has visited North Korea and its idiot leader many times, which has inspired a 20th Century Fox film to be titled "Diplomats. " And get this: It's going to be a comedy. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Tim Story, whose past projects include "Ride Along," "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer" and "Barbershop.
December 19, 2013 |
IF YOU GO TO the Newseum in Washington, D.C., to check out the wing exclusively devoted to Walter Cronkite, you won't find it, because there isn't one. But there is an exhibit featuring artifacts from the "career" of anchorman Ron Burgundy, who, unlike this exhibit, does not actually exist. Anywhere but in the hearts of moviegoers, who've made Will Ferrell's TV news simpleton one of the more enduring and beloved comedy creations of the new millennium. Quick example of his cultural reach: In the upcoming movie "Lone Survivor," the fact-based account of a doomed Navy SEAL mission in Afghanistan, there's a scene of two men pinned down by Taliban fire.
November 15, 2013 |
Saturday Night Live , NBC's long-running comic showcase, sheds its skin every few years, along with cast members. In the most recent shedding, before the current season, SNL lost Fred Armisen, who - with "special musical guest Ian Rubbish" - comes to Underground Arts Thursday night for a solo show. With SNL since 2002, Armisen, 46, created oddball characters such as Venezuelan nightclub host Fericito, unfunny Native American comedian Billy Smith - and Rubbish, a politically perverse '70s/'80s punk guitarist.
October 25, 2013 |
LISA LAMPANELLI is old enough (52, but who's counting?) to remember and respect Philadelphia as a Broadway tryout town. So when the chance came to test the waters here with her New York-bound (she hopes) theatrical production "Skinny Bitch: Not a Stand-Up Comedy Show," in the Kimmel Center's intimate Innovation Studio, she jumped. "It's not about selling a lot of tickets, filling a Radio City Music Hall or Carnegie Hall" - which she's done - "it's about developing the work," Lampanelli reflected, after her opening weekend of SRO shows here.
October 21, 2013 |
CAMDEN Driving through Camden on a rainy day, Mayor Dana L. Redd stops at Camden High School, where volunteers are setting up for their first night game since the installation of a new field and lights. Redd trudges across the rain-soaked ground and steps into a tent filled with gold-and-purple centerpieces and streamers. "Lots of Panthers pride in here," she says, shaking hands with organizers and promising to return - in boots - for her part in the pre-game parade. For Redd, who has led Camden for three years, pride is what she says she's returned to the city.
July 18, 2013
D EAR HARRY : I'm having trouble getting my mortgage rate reduced from its present 5.5 percent. The home is worth about $210,000, and the mortgage is $106,000. I retained a lawyer who has done nothing except send me some application forms, which I filled out. The mortgage company is acting as if it never got my application, and our lawyer told me to stop paying in order to get their attention. I have very good credit (score of 770), and don't want to jeopardize it or see my home come up for foreclosure.