November 1, 2015 |
I offer greetings, gratitude, and a hearty salute to the makers of TNT's Legends , who have busted the espionage thriller wide open for its second season. Legends stars Sean Bean as a mysterious Jason Bourne-like figure who has two decades of experience as a covert operative but no clue to his real identity. Season Two premieres at 10 p.m. Monday. I liked it last year, and the first three episodes of the new season excite me. Viewers don't need to see the freshman season to enjoy the show, but it helps to know the basics.
October 24, 2015 |
Once upon a time, you could take the measure of a Philadelphian by his or her reaction to the name Frank Rizzo . As Bruce Graham's Theatre Exile world-premiere play Rizzo makes abundantly clear, you were with him or against him. He was a skull-cracking peacekeeper and the only politician brave enough to stand up for the working class, or he was a skull-cracking, gay-bashing, racist bully and the leader of a ring of cronies and thugs who held...
September 15, 2015 |
THE LEGEND goes like this: That once upon a time, a man named Moses Malone came upon this land and foresaw great things - not only the 1983 NBA championship for the Philadelphia 76ers, but historic domination for his team. The legend is wrapped up in one phrase, one bold prediction on the eve of the playoffs, indelible partly because of its sheer audacity and partly because of Malone's particular patois. One phrase: Fo', fo', fo'. Of course, most stories are never quite that simple and neither is this one. The basics are true.
August 24, 2015 |
E. Craig Sweeten, 100, of Sarasota, Fla., who went to work for the University of Pennsylvania two days after graduating in 1937 and was devoted to the school for 44 years, died Friday, Aug. 7, in Florida. Mr. Sweeten graduated from the Wharton School and took administrative roles for Penn, culminating in senior vice president for development and university relations. He retired in 1981. "Craig Sweeten was a legend at Penn," said university president Amy Gutmann. "He dedicated his entire professional life and much of his retirement to his alma mater, and his legacy of service and commitment to the university still inspires so many across campus.
August 13, 2015 |
ON YESTERDAY'S annual preseason Ivy League coaches conference call, Al Bagnoli said the mid-October Penn-Columbia game in New York "will certainly . . . have a weird dynamic to it. " That's one way of pointing out the obvious. Bagnoli was Penn football for the last 23 seasons, a run that included nine titles. He stepped down after last season, which enabled Ray Priore to finally step in. The same Priore who's been at Penn since 1987, coaching linebackers, defensive ends, special teams and defensive backs.
July 22, 2015
IT WAS A couple of decades ago, maybe more, at the Improv in L.A., back when it was still smoke-filled. Philadelphia's the Legendary Wid had just finished his set, recalls Steve Young, who was standing backstage next to the next comic to go on, Robin Williams. "How do I follow that? " Williams wondered aloud. Williams "meant it in a positive way. Wid was the best prop comedian ever, maybe still is," says Young, a comedian and one-time owner of Philly's Comedy Works. Williams broke through to stardom.
July 15, 2015 |
The last time his friends saw Glenn Milstead, he was waving from the balcony of his Los Angeles hotel room, singing "Arrivederci, Roma. " The next day, March 7, 1988, he was dead at 42 of cardiomegaly. He had died in his sleep; he weighed more than 300 pounds. The obituaries didn't just announce the death of Glenn Milstead; they marked the end of Divine, the larger-than-life "drag queen of the century," the trash goddess at the heart of such notorious films by director John Waters as Pink Flamingos , Female Trouble , and - teetering on the brink of respectability - Hairspray . The division between the queen and the man is at the heart of Divine/Intervention , a new play conceived by Braden Chapman and written by E. Dale Smith.
June 25, 2015 |
HARVEY POLLACK was all about the numbers. And no one was better at recording them than he. Given the nickname "Super Stat" in 1966 by then- Bulletin sports writer George Kiseda, Pollack introduced terms including triple-double, blocked shots, assists and steals into the everyday basketball vernacular. But the numbers stopped yesterday, as Pollack passed away at the age of 93. Pollack was involved in a one-car accident on New Year's Day, after serving as a judge for the Mummers Parade, suffering numerous injuries.
June 7, 2015 |
NEW YORK - U.S. Women's national team soccer coach Jill Ellis went to the top when looking for coaching inspiration. Before joining U.S. Soccer full time, Ellis enjoyed a successful 12-year run as head coach at UCLA from 1999 to 2010. While coaching at UCLA, she received some never forgotten advice from the late John Wooden, the Wizard of Westwood, who guided the UCLA men's basketball team to 10 national titles in a 12-year period. Both Ellis, 48, and the national team are under immense pressure to earn America's first World Cup title since 1999.
May 15, 2015 |
THE CW will add three new shows next season, including "DC's Legends of Tomorrow," drawn from the DC Comics universe of "Arrow" and "The Flash. " Only one new show, "My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend," will premiere this fall. In a conference call with reporters yesterday morning, shortly before presenting his plans to advertisers in New York, CW president Mark Pedowitz described that hourlong comedy, originally a Showtime pilot, as "a perfect companion piece" to "Jane the Virgin," which it will be paired with on Monday nights.