October 28, 2014 |
It had been a tumultuous weekend for UberX, the ride-sharing service that was launched in Philadelphia Friday despite a ban from the Philadelphia Parking Authority. Customers were plentiful. But so was the backlash from regulators, who sent a series of curt tweets threatening to impound UberX drivers' cars - and then making good on it in a sting operation, seizing six vehicles and fining each driver $1,000. By Monday morning, drivers were nothing if not cautious. One declined an interview, leaving an Inquirer reporter with a $7 receipt for a 13-second ride.
October 17, 2014 |
THE EBOLA crisis and scare have hit Welleh Taire, a Liberian immigrant who lives in Southwest Philadelphia. Two of her cousins in Monrovia, Liberia's capital, died in August. Her 10-year-old daughter has not yet been allowed to travel here from Liberia. And people have asked her if she has Ebola just because she's from Africa. "Three weeks ago, I was at work and this woman asked me, 'Do you have Ebola?' " Taire said yesterday. "I said, 'What made you think I have Ebola?' I tried to explain to her not all Africans have Ebola.
August 16, 2013 |
THERE ARE mysteries afoot in the suspense picture "Paranoia," though none as big as how Richard Dreyfuss could possibly have fathered Liam Hemsworth. They play father and son - blue-collar "bridge and tunnel" folk living on the outskirts of Manhattan (although parts of the movie were filmed in Philadelphia). The description looks laughable on Hemsworth, an Aussie who's only just mastered a generic "American" accent and wisely makes no attempt to speak "Long Island" in any form.
July 1, 2013
By Cristina García Scribner. 235 pp. $25 Reviewed by Luis A. Gómez The tyrant is now in the sunset of his life, riddled by infirmities and bitter about a revolution disintegrating in front of his eyes. The many attempts against his life and the crumbling of the facade he struggled to maintain for more than 50 years have resulted in paranoia ("in any given twenty-four hours, somebody, somewhere, was plotting to kill him"). He was always an impulsive man, but now he lashes out at everything and everyone around him, including his brother Fernando, a perpetual lackey of the tyrant whom, in his paranoia, he has occasionally suspected of potential "counterrevolutionary thinking.
December 20, 2012 |
It was a Philadelphia phenomenon: This summer, two of cinema's biggest stars, Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman, were left largely undisturbed as locals instead cozied up to their Paranoia costar: the unusually fan-friendly Liam Hemsworth - and his visiting fiancee, pop princess Miley Cyrus. The cast is back in town, at least until this week. And the lovely young couple are again embracing Philly and getting chummy with, really, anyone who wants to get chummy. Hemsworth was barely back to work last week when three freshmen La Salle University speech pathology majors heard he was around the corner at Rogues Gallery and ditched their class trip at the Mütter Museum to gawk.
October 8, 2012 |
NEW YORK (not really) - On a crisp April day in 2010, Bradley Cooper could be found at the corner of 19th and Market, outside Philadelphia's Marathon Grill, making a movie. A bystander edged across the cables, through the phalanx of walkie-talkie-slinging production assistants, and approached the star. "We were rolling film, and right as he walked by he whispered 'Fake! ' - and then he walked away," Cooper recalls with a laugh. "Only in Philly. " As it happens, the guy had a point.
August 28, 2012 |
CAMERA PERSONNEL at Fox 29 voted unanimously last week to authorize a strike if they are unable to reach a contract agreement with the television station. Sources familiar with the bargaining say the company proposed a three-year deal with no wage increase the first year and small upticks in the second and third years of the contract. The camerapeople are represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 98. We're told the possible strike is being timed to coincide with the Eagles season, when games are broadcast on Fox. Local 98 business manager John J. Dougherty said, "I can only confirm that negotiations are ongoing and highly frustrating.
August 22, 2012 |
"PARANOIA" IS WINDING DOWN production, and the film should wrap summer shooting Monday. We say summer shooting because the corporate-espionage thriller, starring Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman , will be back to shoot for 10 days in December. The movie, which films Tuesday around 12th and Walnut, is taking hiatus as star Liam Hemsworth leaves to shoot "Catching Fire," the "Hunger Games" sequel. Hemsworth and fiancée Miley Cyrus joined Ford, Oldman, director Robert Luketic and many other cast members for a long dinner Saturday night at R2L. OUT AND ABOUT *Norristown-native actress Maria Bello partied Saturday night at HQ nightclub at Revel in Atlantic City.
August 14, 2012 |
People have been wondering which local salon gave Miley Cyrus the dramatic new haircut she unveiled to fans on Twitter Sunday night. The pop star, who has been staying around Washington Square for about a month with fiance Liam Hemsworth while he's shooting "Paranoia" with Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman , took an Acela train to and from New York Sunday for her new skater punk haircut, which makes her oddly resemble Justin Bieber. She tweeted that she has never felt more like herself with her new hipster cut. She looks as if she should get a DJ night spinning indie rock/electro at the Barbary (951 Frankford)
July 16, 2012 |
By the time you read this, "Paranoia" stars Harrison Ford and Liam Hemsworth should have arrived in town to shoot the corporate-espionage thriller. "Hunger Games" actor Hemsworth is expected to bring his fiancée, Miley Cyrus, to town, and others have wondered whether Ford's wife,"Brothers and Sisters" actress Calista Flockhart, will accompany Ford, whose last area production was 1985's "Witness. " Gary Oldman and Amber Heard are also part of the cast directed by "Legally Blonde" filmmaker Robert Luketic.