October 1, 2015 |
THE THIRD SEASON of the NBC police drama "Chicago PD" starts tonight, and Jesse Lee Soffer , who plays Detective Jay Halstead, sat down with me yesterday to offer a sneak peek of what to expect. Soffer, who's been acting since he was 6 years old, had a smaller role in "Chicago Fire," playing an ambiguously dirty policeman. It's when producers on the show decided to make a spin-off based on the police department's perspective that they cast Soffer as a cop in the intelligence unit whose moral and ethical boundaries are a little muddled.
September 27, 2015 |
One more night of sin before the Holy Father comes to town: On the eve of Pope Francis' historic visit to Philadelphia, Madonna, named after the Virgin Mother, and a woman who has used rebellion against the Catholic Church to fuel her three-decade career as pop provocateur, served as the pontiff's opening act in South Philadelphia. Madonna brought her Rebel Heart tour to a not-quite-sold-out Wells Fargo Center crowd Thursday night, with the 57-year-old dance-pop superstar attracting a largely female crowd that skewed younger and more multicultural among gay male fans.
September 25, 2015 |
Foley's back WWE Hall of Famer Mick Foley refused to cancel tonight's gig at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom St.) just because the pope is coming to town. Foley's one-man show promises to unleash his trademark blend of wit and wisdom that his fans have come to expect. "I'm just going to throw my hands up and accept this won't be a sellout crowd," Foley said. "It'll be an intimate gathering. "The best stories always come from the strangest gigs. " Welcome back, Madonna drummer Although Madonna 's drummer has been energizing audiences for more than two decades, Brian Frasier-Moore hasn't forgotten his North Philly roots.
September 23, 2015 |
Madonna comes to town on tour Thursday, two days before Pope Francis arrives. Coincidence? Or, is the Queen of Pop trying to meet up with il Papa ? Madonna Ciccone, 57, has spent three decades riling up the church that inspired her holy first name. She's rolled around stages in wedding (or are they First Holy Communion?) dresses, accessorized corsets with crucifixes and rosaries (and a belt buckle reading "BOY TOY"), and spoken out loudly and proudly against Catholic orthodoxy.
September 19, 2015
Madonna There's always a lot to look forward to when Madonna comes to town. There's the longtime female fans and drag devotees who find Madge's skimpy outfits of the '80s and '90s inspirational and empowering. There are dance music aficionados who continue to load their sets, personal and professional, with her house-heavy tracks. This year, however, with Madonna hitting Philly on the very eve of the pope's visit, she's so sure to have something to say (or to wear, from early tour reports)
June 19, 2015 |
"GREY," the latest in author E L James ' best-selling series that turned millions of readers onto BDSM romantics, debuted. As with the stylistically (and grammatically) challenged British wordsmith's other novels about billionaire sex bully Christian Grey and confounding virgin heroine Anastasia Steele, the fourth installment challenges the boundaries of one's intimate life - and is unlikely to win a literary award. This go-round, "Grey" retells the first "Fifty Shades" from Christian's perspective.
April 15, 2015 |
Kimye, heal Israel Now that they have tended to the needs of the Armenian people, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have taken their traveling EgoFest to Israel, perhaps to unite Jews and Muslims through the loving bond of reality TV. Monday, the couple and their kin, Khloé , attended the Armenian church, Saint James Cathedral, in Jerusalem's Old City for the baptism of Kimye's daughter, North West . Not all was picture-perfect:...
April 12, 2013 |
FOLLOWING the death of reality-TV star Shain Gandee , MTV has officially canceled "Buckwild. " "After careful consideration, MTV will not be moving forward with season two of 'Buckwild' in West Virginia," MTV said, in a statement. "We love the cast and the show and this was not an easy decision, but given Shain's tragic passing and essential presence on the show, we felt it was not appropriate to continue without him. Instead, we are working on a meaningful way to pay tribute to his memory on our air and privately.
March 19, 2013 |
WHO CAN RESIST a woman in uniform? Probably a lot of people when that woman is Madonna and the uniform she's wearing belongs to the Boy Scouts, for whom there is no "Express Yourself" merit badge. Madonna, of course, is trying to change that, so she dressed in a uni and called on the Boy Scouts to lift its ban on gays, while also calling for a "revolution" to prevent discrimination and abuse of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual community. Speaking Saturday night at the GLAAD Media Awards, Madonna joked that she wanted to become a part of the Boy Scouts herself, but was turned down, even though she had the qualifications.
August 30, 2012 |
The pop music spectacle at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia on Tuesday night began with a group of dancers in hooded medieval garb pulling a rope that made a giant, smoking thurible suspended from the rafters swing back and forth, while a Basque folk trio chanted the name of the show's star. Before the night had ended, Lady Gaga had been dissed, Russian punk activists Pussy Riot had been praised, a striptease had been performed, a fake pistol and an automatic weapon had been waved around, and a fair share of hits such as "Express Yourself," "Vogue," and "Like a Prayer" had been energetically played.