January 18, 2012 |
HATERS MAY knock Amber Rose, pointing out that like her rival Kim Kardashian, she's known for nothing more than being gorgeous and dating celebrities. But they can't deny that the Philly homegirl has managed to achieve the glamorous hip-hop lifestyle that many young women only dream about. She's come a long way from Delilah's Den, where she used to be an exotic dancer named Paris. Last week, the 28-year-old model released her first single, "Fame," which includes a verse by her current love interest, rapper Wiz Khalifa.
March 23, 2013 |
It's Women's History Month, and here's a basic test: Who was Alice Paul? Well, she was feisty. She was brilliant. Some might even say that Alice Stokes Paul (1885-1977), our cover girl, was the true founder of the women's movement. Yet, there are many to whom the name means nothing. Which is why Philadelphia's Taylor Williams is bringing her stirring portrayal of Paul, in authentic period costume, to the Mount Laurel Library this weekend. The event is sponsored by the Alice Paul Institute, which is headquartered at Paul's Mount Laurel family homestead, and is now a center for leadership development for girls and women.
December 12, 1997 |
News from Hollywood about some film projects in progress: Two days after George Clooney high-tailed it out of "Wild Wild West," sources say Kevin Kline has been offered the role of wise-cracking master of disguise Artemus Gordon. If a deal materializes, Kline, whose comedic turn in "A Fish Called Wanda" won him an Oscar, would team with Will Smith, who is signed to star as James T. West for director Barry Sonnenfeld. The Warner Bros. picture is slated to go before the cameras April 1. The feature film version of the vintage TV series "Green Acres" is getting a makeover, with Bette Midler dropping out as producer and star.
August 3, 1988 |
Ron Harper has joined the cast of "Loving" in the role of Charles Hartman, a Ted Turner-type television tycoon, and father of Corinth's latest heartthrob, Jeff Hartman, played by Scott Feraco. A soap-opera veteran, Harper last appeared on "Capitol" as Jarrett Morgan/Baxter McCandless (1985). He also played Taylor Halloway on "Another World" (1980), Andrew Marriot on "Love of Life" (1977-80), and Steve Prescott on "Where the Heart Is" (1970-73). Incidentally, when Harper was on "Heart," he and his on-screen love interest/wife, Diana van der Vlis (currently Sherry Rowan on "Ryan's Hope")
August 14, 2012 |
Shakespeare was used to seeing men play women on stage - it was the legal way to operate a theater in his time. But I'll bet he never dreamed of anything like the gender-bending Much Ado About Nothing that Mauckingbird Theatre Company is putting on at Center City's Off-Broad Street Theater. Mauckingbird, the region's professional theater devoted to gay issues, casts men in the roles of the two sets of lovers in Much Ado , just as Shakespeare would have. But in Mauckingbird's take, they all play men. It's a gay version that preserves Shakespeare's themes and sensibilities: jealousy and wit, trickery and honor, and, of course, love.
April 10, 2015 |
Marvel's Daredevil , Netflix's latest offering, is a well-scripted, beautifully acted superhero saga that is surprisingly impressive. The 13-episode first season will be posted Friday by the streaming-video provider. For someone who's never cared much for the whole comic book and superhero shtick , it is shockingly, alarmingly impressive. Developed by World War Z writer Drew Goddard, Daredevil is the first of four planned series coproduced by Marvel TV and Netflix.
September 19, 2012 |
LOS ANGELES - Long before Kevin Costner, Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks and Nicole Kidman were Emmy nominees, they were kids who loved watching TV. "I liked 'Man from Uncle' and 'High Chaparral,' " Costner said. "I really, really liked that when I was a kid. "I remember the transition from black-and-white to color," continued Costner, who is nominated as both star and producer of the TV movie "Hatfields & McCoys. " "It's like one by one the televisions in my neighborhood became color TVs and we would all go look at each other's color TVs and ooh and aah at 'Bonanza.' I'm kind of glad I saw it all, in a way. I remember the TV would shut off at 11 and just play the national anthem all night long.
December 21, 1995 |
Loretta Devine, who plays Gloria in the film "Waiting to Exhale," is having lunch at the tony Striped Bass restaurant. A far cry from the plump beautician she portrays on screen, Devine is wearing a chic black suit with leopard buttons, collar and cuffs, and matching leopard shoes. In place of Gloria's short no-maintenance 'do are Devine's flowing braids. She looks both thinner and younger than her movie character. Still, she and Gloria do share some things: a soft-spoken, honey-dipped voice and an appreciation of good food.
November 8, 1991 |
Who could disagree with director Don Boyd that British cutie-pie Patsy Kensit (Mel Gibson's love interest in Lethal Weapon 2) deserves a movie of her own? Obviously Boyd thinks the style of a movie should express its content. His directionless Twenty-One stars Kensit as a pretty, directionless creature looking for Mr. Right and inevitably settling for a succession of Mr. Leftovers. It would seem that Boyd is trying to create a star vehicle for Kensit, one that would, as Darling did for Julie Christie, launch the honey blonde as the sex symbol of a new generation.
July 17, 2013 |
WILMINGTON - Friendship before love. Many boys spout this mantra, few endorse it in action. Shakespeare threaded this truth through the plot of The Two Gentlemen of Verona , a young man's play about impulsive young men. Director Samantha Bellomo and her sprightly cast at Delaware Shakespeare Festival prove their understanding in a Jazz Age production that excites in its excess of untempered passion balanced only by the laughter of youthful love's folly....