March 31, 2015 |
TATTLE interviewed Angelina Jolie a few years ago when she was promoting the movie "Salt," and we were surprised by how normal she was - friendly, engaged, humble, interesting - when not being hounded by paparazzi. Granted, she's an actress, so she could have been merely acting all those things (which is still preferable to the behavior of some of her contemporaries), but for someone who's had so much drama reported about her life (not including her legitimate health-scare drama)
March 13, 2015 |
TATTLE rarely leads with Broadway news, but six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald is returning to Broadway a year from now and the Great White Way will be a little less white. Producer Scott Rudin said yesterday that Audra will star next March in a show that looks at the making of the 1921 hit "Shuffle Along," one of the first Broadway musicals to be written and directed by African-Americans. The show - to be called "Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed" - will have a story by George C. Wolfe and be choreographed by Savion Glover . The duo last worked together on the 1996 hit "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk.
February 3, 2015 |
CONSERVATIVES have a new favorite movie critic and it isn't Michael Medved . It's Michelle Obama . The first lady is a fan of "American Sniper" - and in the same week she refused to cover her head in Saudi Arabia. Maybe the wrong first lady is going to run for president. The Washington Post reported that FLOTUS watched "Sniper" on the Air Force One flight back from the Saudis and praised the movie at a veterans-focused event Friday. She called it "complex," "emotional" and a realistic "depiction of a veteran and his family," in remarks at a gathering that included star (and former Daily News intern)
January 27, 2015
REPUBLICAN presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee is a secret member of Beyonce's Bey Hive. I have no proof, other than that every time he's on TV lately, the former governor of Arkansas invokes the superstar's name. To my ears, it sounds as if he's a little bit "Drunk in Love. " Not that we can blame him. By riding Beyonce's sequined skirt-tail, Huckabee's getting much-needed traction and scoring invites to programs such as ABC's "The View," where he shared a stage last week with former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams.
October 30, 2014 |
IN A WIDELY anticipated political migration, disaffected Republicans are coming home to Gov. Corbett's re-election campaign. But a Franklin & Marshall College/ Daily News poll released today shows that the movement appears to be too little, too late. Democrat Tom Wolf still holds an 18-point lead on Corbett among registered voters, 50 percent to 32 percent - the same margin found in a Sept. 25 poll. Corbett has gained ground among self-identified "likely voters" in Tuesday's general election.
October 28, 2014 |
Sara "Sally" Berlin, 97, of Center City, a tiny public relations dynamo who pushed to expand and strengthen the Police Athletic League of Philadelphia, died Saturday, Oct. 25, at her home. Born Sara Shaltz, Mrs. Berlin renamed herself Sally. She stood only 4 feet, 10 inches tall, but what she lacked in height she more than made up for with energy and drive, her family said. "Someone called her the ageless dynamo, and she loved that," said son Andy. Mrs. Berlin was credited with encouraging the PAL to expand its reach so it could help more young people.
October 17, 2014 |
First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged a partisan crowd in Northwest Philadelphia to "step up" and work to elect Democrat Tom Wolf governor. Her visit was aimed at fighting off a worry of party strategists - that Wolf's solid and long-standing lead in the polls, coupled with the typical midterm falloff in turnout among core Democratic voters, could be disastrous Nov. 4. "If we want change here in Pennsylvania, then we need to take responsibility," Obama told several hundred cheering people at a morning rally at Dorothy Emanuel Recreation Center in East Mount Airy.
July 17, 2014 |
About 100 youngsters practicing their dance moves Tuesday for Philly Play's end-of-summer event were giving it their all for a good reason: Their efforts had the added responsibility of persuading Michelle Obama to come to Philadelphia. Philly Play, City Council's free summer camp program, will end the season Aug. 13 with its Summer Challenge, in which 2,000 children go head to head in a variety of sports and competitions, and Philly Play wants the first lady and her daughters to attend.
June 14, 2014 |
For three years, the small but thriving vegetable plot outside Chester's Stetser Elementary School taught schoolchildren the joy of gardening and the necessity of eating healthy foods such as cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, and squash, and even caught the attention of nutrition-crusading Michelle Obama. But in recent weeks, a cruel act of vandalism has given fifth graders at the Delaware County school some new lessons: in perseverance and the art of rebuilding. "We did hard work, and now we've got to do it all over," said 11-year-old Kamani Johns, one of several Stetser fifth graders who lined up in the garden, next to the school playground, on a gloomy and brooding Wednesday morning to spread topsoil around two new raspberry bushes that replace some of the greenery yanked out by vandals.
April 13, 2014 |
Did you notice? Twitter is starting to look . . . different. Strange . . . it's turning into something familiar. . . . Wait . . . could it be . . . turning into Facebook? Twitter announced on Tuesday that it's giving itself a makeover. Which speaks libraries about the present social-media moment. Twitter design guy David Bellona calls it "the new you," but it's really "the new us. " Like the runner-up for homecoming queen, Twitter has its eye on the front-runner. (Facebook has about 1.3 billion active monthly users, while Twitter has 243 million.)