March 11, 2014 |
MOUNT AIRY-raised comedian Paul F. Tompkins is making moves into sitcoms. He'll star in an ABC pilot, playing Teddy, a father who moves his family from the city to New Hampshire to open up tourist cottages. He'll star alongside "Saturday Night Live" vet Molly Shannon . You might have caught Tompkins on HBO's cult classic "Mr. Show with Bob and David" or IFC's "Comedy Bang Bang" or as a voice on Fox's "Bob's Burgers. " Lauren Hart back on TV Lauren Hart , who used to co-host NBC's "10!
October 18, 2013 |
ON THE big screen above center ice between periods, Lauren Hart was again belting out her song, "Last One Standing. " Video clips of Flyers scoring, celebrating, scoring and celebrating again accompanied her first-line voice, and by the time the song was halfway through, two things were painfully clear. The video clips were not recent. Most of them, anyway. And . . . "Last One Standing" has more than one meaning. The Flyers scored one goal again last night, losing 4-1 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a game their captain targeted for a turnaround, a game that preceded a week without games - and now, a lot of conjecture about firings and trades and the direction of a franchise that has again appeared to have overestimated its talent.
October 25, 2012 |
Two days before the NHL's deadline for a new collective bargaining agreement, representatives from the league and the players union were not at the bargaining table Tuesday. If you're scoring at home, the sides have not met for five straight days. The NHL says it needs a new collective bargaining agreement in place by Thursday in order to start one-week training camps Friday and begin an 82-game season Nov. 2. That is now an extremely long shot. Bill Daly, the NHL's deputy commissioner, said in an e-mail to The Inquirer that the league has "never ruled out the possibility of using a mediator" to jump-start negotiations.
July 5, 2012 |
To get an idea of whether "The Star-Spangled Banner" is universally sung — or for that matter, known — just log on to YouTube. Boston Red Sox fans keep quiet until the national anthem's end, when they cheer. A group of youngsters at a Phillies game are asked if they know the words, and only a few raise their hands. Various checks of U.S. Olympic athlete footage show mostly lip-synching. We all know Christina Aguilera doesn't know her national anthem, at least when she lost her lyrics in game 6 of the 2010 NBA playoffs.
May 11, 2012 |
SIGHTS, sounds and observations from the Flyers-Devils series: *It was interesting to watch Danny Briere give out pointers to Zac Rinaldo during the morning practice on Tuesday. It was as if Briere was saying, "when Volchenkov gets along the half boards, you smear him. " *Briere, who is just about always accessible before and after games, was too distraught to speak after Game 5 and asked if he could skip the postgame media availability. *It's time to retire Kate Smith from the pregame National Anthem ceremonies.
April 22, 2012 |
ABOUT 10 SECONDS before the puck dropped on Sunday afternoon, shortly after "my home sweet home" simultaneously slipped from the mouths of Kate Smith and Lauren Hart, Claude Giroux circled by Danny Briere at the Flyers' bench. "He came over to me and said, 'Watch the first shift,' " Briere said. In one 32-second burst, Giroux quelled the fears of a quiet, on-edge, capacity crowd at the Wells Fargo Center with a first shift out of a scene in the cult-classic flick "Slap Shot.
April 16, 2012 |
LAST TUESDAY, when Peter Laviolette's eyes finally hurt too much from hours of video to stay open any longer, he climbed into the bed in his Pittsburgh hotel room and turned off the light. That night - and every successive night - the final thought was probably not about the glory of the Stanley Cup or nuance of a particular play. Like a worried parent, the lasting image is usually the worst-case scenario. The brooding, bloody knuckles and broken bones were a given. But through all of Laviolette's game-planning and preparation, never once was the possibility of sweeping the juggernaut Pittsburgh Penguins even a thought.
April 16, 2012 |
Three games. Three wins. The Pittsburgh Penguins' holy trinity - Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang - is on life support, and the brooms will be out Wednesday as the Flyers will have the opportunity to complete their first NHL playoff series sweep since 1995. And it's all thanks to the Flyers' electrifying 8-4 win over the Penguins on "bloody" Sunday at the Wells Fargo Center. If you had told the Flyers beforehand that they would lead this best-of-seven series three games to none, "we probably would have laughed at you," said Flyers center Claude Giroux.
December 28, 2011
Flyers Notes TAMPA, Fla. - Center Brayden Schenn returned to the lineup for the first time in three-plus weeks when the Flyers played Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Schenn, 20, had missed the previous nine games after suffering what the Flyers called a "mild" concussion in Phoenix on Dec. 3. "You just want to get the first shift, the first period, and the first game out of the way, then you can stop thinking about it and keep going on with the season," Schenn said before the game.
November 2, 2011 |
COMIC ACTOR CHRIS TUCKER has begun work on "The Silver Linings Playbook," which has been shooting in town for a few weeks. On Monday, the "Rush Hour" and "Friday" star played a mental patient in a group-therapy scene that also featured Rydal-raised Bradley Cooper and was shot at Norristown State Hospital. Ink-free mayor Mayor Nutter says he neither has, nor wants, a tattoo. We didn't think so but decided to ask whether Hizzoner had any ink after realizing that both his mayoral-election opponents have tattoos.