May 2, 2016
Two New Jersey universities pay their commencement speakers sums much higher than their peers across the region, according to an Inquirer survey. Rutgers University is paying $35,000 to veteran journalist Bill Moyers for speaking at its New Brunswick commencement ceremony May 15. (President Obama, who will be the featured speaker, did not accept the invitation until after Moyers had been announced. He will not be paid.) Kean University's undergraduate and graduate commencement speakers will both be paid $40,000.
November 23, 2015 |
One decade, this accessory is déclassé, the epitome of corny. Next decade, it's a precious must-have. Really? The trendlet In a nutshell, that's the story of the fanny pack. For some hipsters and high-fashionistas, it's the go-to for holding keys, lipsticks, and oversize smartphones for quick, selfie retrieval. But runners - especially today's Philadelphia Marathoners - rely on the waist pouch to hold tissues, iPods, and energy gels. Where's it come from? Pouches attached to belts go back to medieval times and also were a part of traditional American Indian dress.
October 7, 2015 |
WANT TO know the real reason the Eagles lost to the Redskins? Alright, alright, alright, we'll tell you. Actor Matthew McConaughey gave the 'Skins a pregame pep talk before they went out and beat the visiting Birds, 23-20. McConaughey, a friend of Redskins owner Dan Snyder, was in town attending a charity event and staying at the team's hotel when he spoke with the players Saturday night. "It wasn't planned or anything like that," Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters yesterday.
June 28, 2015 |
'This is the way we do it," Mission of Burma's Peter Prescott said from his drum kit at Boot & Saddle Thursday. "This is the way we've always done it. And that's all there is to it. " The Boston quartet, whose initial four-year run ended in 1983, are hardly the only band of their era to reunite in the new millennium. Bassist Clint Conley thanked the sold-out audience for choosing them over the Misfits show at the Electric Factory: "We know you have choices in heritage punk acts tonight.
June 22, 2015 |
HBO continues its ownership of Sunday nights. Game of Thrones has wrapped up a particularly gruesome fifth season, and Veep and Silicon Valley similarly said their goodbyes for the year. So HBO is introducing three shows to Sunday audiences. These shows - True Detective (9 p.m.), Ballers (10 p.m.) and The Brink (10:30 p.m.) - are not all that dissimilar from their Sunday time-slot predecessors. As was the case last week, these shows include an epic drama and two comedies - a political satire and one that looks at the daily grind of a much-publicized world.
May 15, 2015
"MAD MAX: Fury Road" reminds us that there is nothing filmmakers love more than imagining mankind's destruction, and nothing we love more than watching it. At various times, we've found the end of our world horrifying or funny, or both. Here, in no particular order, are the some of the best apocalypse movies, with an eye to how they've evolved. "La Jetee": French, intellectual, black & white, only 28 minutes long but endlessly influential. The way it combined the apocalypse, time travel and the idea of a man who foresees and shapes his own destiny has been updated by Terry Gilliam as "12 Monkeys," James Cameron in "The Terminator" and even "Looper," in which Bruce Willis replaces the existential poetry of "Jetee" with something more concrete: "I don't want to talk about time travel.
March 2, 2015 |
In a world where ties are increasingly optional - much to the chagrin of menswear purists - snazzy neckwear is a sartorial sign that dandyism still exists. The trendlet Bow ties in polka dots, zigzags, stripes, and African prints are taking the modern man's suited-up look from OK to worthy of a second glance. Just ask Matthew McConaughey. Where's it come from? With the advent of suiting in the mid-17th century came cravats - a neck band that tucked into men's formal shirts like handkerchiefs.
January 30, 2015 |
FOR SYLVESTER STALLONE , you can go home again. Stallone, back in town after a jaunt to the UK, on Tuesday stopped by the house in Holme Circle where he lived as a teenager with his mom. Stallone is in Philly filming the "Rocky" sequel "Creed," starring Michael B. Jordan as Apollo Creed's son, Adonis. "We were just finishing dinner with my chicken half-consumed and the dishwasher open," said Patty Burke , who lives in Stallone's old haunt with her husband, John . The Burkes' seven kids used that as a point of pride growing up in the house, and Frank Stallone made his own sojourn a couple of years ago. The Burkes bought the house in 1971 from Stallone's mother, Jacqueline, and stepfather, Anthony Filiti . Stallone told Patty Burke that he would like to take a look around the place.
December 31, 2014 |
I START THIS year-end column the way I usually do: by proclaiming my dislike of best-of lists, which tend to reduce television criticism to numbers. Don't worry, though, there'll be a list. Just no numbers. Taking a page from colleague Gary Thompson , I'm alphabetizing my Top 10 TV shows this year: THE AMERICANS . FX, 10 p.m. Weds., returns Jan. 28. The stakes got higher than ever this past season for undercover Russian spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings (Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell)
December 22, 2014
A pall hung over the TV bazaar this year. There were passings both major (James Garner, Joan Rivers, Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) and minor (Pugsley from The Addams Family , Reuben from The Partridge Family , the Professor from Gilligan's Island ). The medium's Dowager Countess, Barbara Walters, stepped down from The View . Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was yanked for getting a little too real. And our usual escape outlets - sports and comedy - were denied us. ESPN went OCD, fixating on LeBron James for half the year and Ray Rice for the remainder.