June 17, 2016 |
THE DRAFT is a relatively recent addition to most major sports, allowing teams to choose from the best up-and-coming players in the hopes that the worst teams will have the greatest chance to improve. These are the histories and experiences of the four major professional leagues: NFL Football's draft dates to 1936, after then-Eagles owner Bert Bell argued within the sport for an alternative to the waiver system created in 1934. Bell contended that the league needed a way to ensure competitive balance - that the worst team in the league would have the best chance to improve by selecting the best available college talent.
May 18, 2016 |
There's a scene in a film class in Scream 2 where the college kids (Sarah Michelle Gellar, Joshua Jackson, practically AARP members now!) start arguing over sequels. As in, name one that's better than the original. Aliens, T-2 , just about every title gets shot down. Finally, a student says he's got one: The Godfather: Part II. Well, add Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising to that rarefied list. Taking off from the 2014 goofball original - about a couple terrorized by the frat brothers next door - Neighbors 2 brings back most of the principals from the first movie, and then amps up the conflict by introducing a renegade band of college sisters.
February 12, 2016 |
As Deadpool looks to break the box-office and comic-book superhero mold for movies this weekend, Fabian Nicieza, who cocreated the groundbreaking character in comics with artist Rob Liefeld exactly 25 years ago, in February 1991, says he couldn't be happier. "I generated the civilian identity [of Wade Wilson], his personality, the tragic aspect of seeking a cure for cancer leading to a cure that cost him his sanity, and his ability to function in society in any kind of a normal way," Nicieza said.
November 14, 2015 |
When your discography's only one record deep, it helps to know a few covers. Soulful Richmond, Va., singer-songwriter Natalie Prass, who has been on tour more or less since January, has fanned the flames ignited by her generally beloved self-titled debut with a eclectic array of extraordinary renditions. Highlights from the year so far: She did Slayer's "Raining Blood" for the A.V. Club, dueted with Ryan Adams on Patrick Swayze's "She's Like the Wind" in concert, and took on Janet Jackson's "Any Time, Any Place" for a b-side.
November 5, 2015 |
An investment fund operated by New York's Square Mile Capital Management has originated a $26.8 million mortgage loan for the Penrose Plaza shopping center in Southwest Philadelphia, the company said in a release on Tuesday. Square Mile Capital Partners is funding the center's recent acquisition and planned capital expenditures by a joint venture of Onyx Properties, Abrams Realty & Development, and Siguler Guff. The 261,000-square-foot property at 2900-3000 Island Ave. is anchored by a ShopRite supermarket.
October 14, 2015 |
All roads lead back to Philadelphia. You always suspected. This week comes further proof. Alice's Adventures Under Ground , the original version of the children's classic that, 150 years ago, was published as Alice in Wonderland , returns to its onetime home, at 20th Street and Delancey Place, for four days, tomorrow through this weekend. The Rosenbach's exhibit about the book, featuring its local connection, lasts until May 15. Wait. You didn't know Alice lived in Philly?
July 31, 2015 |
If you don't find the idea of fondling sweaters hilarious, this is most likely not the TV review for you. On Friday, Netflix will release eight episodes of Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp , a prequel to the 2001 cult hit Wet Hot American Summer that starred Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, and Janeane Garofalo, among so many others, all of whom have returned to play younger versions of themselves....
July 21, 2015 |
A fire that raced through a building under renovation in the 2000 block of South Juniper Street early Sunday morning has been ruled suspicious by fire officials. It took nearly three hours for firefighters to quell the blaze that also damaged four nearby rowhouses on Snyder Avenue. The fire apparently started after a witness said he saw two males in and around the building and then heard an explosion. The fire, which started about 3 a.m. near the intersection of Juniper and Snyder, caused heavy smoke and power outages, police said.
June 21, 2015 |
A stately house of worship, designed in the Gothic style by famed architect Frank Rushmore Watson and built in 1888, was saved by real estate developer Jordan Brody in 2012, just as the wrecking ball was heading for the former Episcopal Church of the Covenant on Girard Avenue in Brewerytown. The stars further aligned for the sandstone neighborhood landmark after Brody bought the building and hired Philadelphia architect Ian Smith. Smith designed a second life for the edifice that includes 16 apartments for rent, some of which are on two floors, with sleeping quarters in the former church loft.
May 18, 2015 |
Who would have thought that I had Napoleon to thank for my family name? I certainly didn't when we started our trek through Friesland as part of our son Joel's graduation trip. I knew that my ancestors emigrated from this mostly rural province of Holland in the late 1800s, but I did not know many other details of the family history. Nor did I know of a connection to the diminutive French general. But that is only one interesting tidbit we discovered as we pursued our roots. Renting a car in Amsterdam, we drove through the low-lying farmland near the Ijsselmeer, the large inland lake reclaimed from the North Sea. Passing by windmills (the modern electricity-generating kind)