July 24, 2016 |
Thoughts, prayers, TV postponements. When violence strikes, as it does with almost numbing regularity, calls for the first two often are quickly followed by the third, as network executives scan their lineups for fictional shows that might remind viewers uncomfortably of the all-too-real dramas playing out on the news. USA's new drama Shooter on Monday had its premiere postponed to the fall in response to the fatal attacks on police in Baton Rouge, La., becoming the latest show considered a little too evocative of current events.
December 26, 2015 |
It's OK if you're skeptical about the Will Ferrell vs. Mark Wahlberg vehicle Daddy's Home . The trailers have showcased obvious, lowest-common-denominator humor that doesn't look too promising. But the reality is that the film, directed by comedy vet Sean Anders, is much funnier than it appears - never doubt the powers of Will Ferrell. Ferrell is at his best when he's playing a buffoonish naif, the sweet-natured bull in the china shop who just can't seem to get anything right (see: Christmas classic Elf )
October 30, 2015 |
Anastasi's expands The seafood family's fourth generation is casting its net a bit wider. Four years after adding the BYOB Pescatore in Bala Cynwyd, siblings Mia and Tommy Anastasi and Pescatore general manager Frank Kemp have opened Anastasi Raw Bar in Manayunk (4161 Main St., 215-482-1800). Anastasi Raw Bar's menu is not voluminous - a half-dozen appetizers, a few salads, and eight entrees, from a lobster roll ($18) to branzino and halibut (each $26). There's chicken and pork belly for landlubbers.
September 29, 2015 |
Although there were some skeptics in the crowd, I thought Mark Wahlberg gave a polished delivery during the officiating of Saturday night's Festival of Families. He didn't take himself too seriously or pretend to be something he was not, a fear I had when I first heard he was hosting. In reference to the movie, "Ted," he said: "Holy Father, please forgive me . . . I've always hoped the good Lord has a sense of humor when it comes and pertains to many of the movies that I've made.
September 16, 2015 |
THE PUBLIC MAY KNOW him as a Calvin Klein underwear model or Ted's bestie in the raunchy comedy "Ted" or the fellow who is trying to expunge his past criminal record, but the devoutly Catholic Mark "Marky Mark" Wahlberg is a man of faith in real life. World Meeting of Families organizers indeed announced yesterday that the actor-producer-restaurateur will emcee the Festival of Families lineup Sept. 26 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. "As a Catholic, I credit much of my success to my faith," Wahlberg said in a statement.
September 16, 2015 |
Shank for chef knife According to Williams-Sonoma public relations, "lifestyle expert" and ex-con Martha Stewart will be at the King of Prussia Mall on Thursday to promote her new cookbook. The media mogul will be signing copies of Martha Stewart's Appetizers at the KOP Williams-Sonoma store from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets to the event can be purchased online. Marky Mark joins the Papal lineup STOP THE PRESSES. Dirk Diggler, I mean Mark Wahlberg , will host the Festival of Families at the World Meeting of Families at the end of next week.
September 16, 2015 |
Mark Wahlberg, erstwhile rapper and underwear model whose sometimes-crude humor earned him starring roles in two comedies about a grown man and his sentient teddy bear, seems like an odd fit to host a festival for the pope. But the 44-year-old actor has long credited his Boston parish priest with guidance that helped him overcome a childhood of crime and drug use. And, after all, this pope is a progressive one. So, Marky Mark: Meet Pope Francis. Wahlberg will anchor the Saturday, Sept.
December 27, 2014 |
Reprinted from Thursday's editions. If Mark Wahlberg's new pic, The Gambler , feels like a stale rehash of existential tropes, that's because it is. A disappointing thriller from Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt, The Gambler is a remake of the 1974 James Caan gem of the same name, which itself was loosely based on a 1867 novella by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, one of the grandpapas of existentialism. The original story is about a despairing, fatalistic antihero who'd rather sink into an abyss of chance events than take his fate in his own hands.
December 15, 2014 |
SO MUCH NEWS this week we didn't get into such as the ongoing collateral damage resulting from the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Hackers revealed actress Jennifer Lawrence received a lower salary than her male "American Hustle" co-stars and posted emails between Sony co-chair Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin joking about President Obama 's favorite films. They sounded a little bit racist to some. Read on for more celeb news. Yesterday Scott Stapp , the troubled former Creed front man, claimed to be a CIA agent with one mission in mind: assassinate President Obama , according to a 9-1-1 recording obtained by TMZ. The singer's estranged wife, Jaclyn Stapp , and his sister-in-law called 9-1-1 frantically late last month after he left the house shirtless and began to ride around his Boca Raton, Fla., neighborhood saying he wanted to assassinate Obama, according to a recording released by TMZ. Police determined Stapp didn't show enough signs of mental instability so they did not place him on a psych-hold.
October 18, 2013
HARRY BELAFONTE has sued the estate of Martin Luther King Jr., saying that it "astonishingly" blocked his attempts to auction off three King documents. Filed on Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan, the suit seeks unspecified damages and a court declaration that Belafonte is the rightful owner. The documents are an outline of a Vietnam War speech by King; notes to a speech that King never got to deliver in Memphis, Tenn.; and a condolence letter from President Lyndon B. Johnson to King's wife after the civil-rights leader's 1968 assassination.