June 17, 2015 |
* TYRANT. 10 tonight, FX. * PROOF. 10 tonight, TNT. WHAT IF Sonny, not Michael, had been the more interesting Corleone brother? We'll never know how that version of "The Godfather" might have turned out, but FX's "Tyrant" seems ready to explore the idea. The Mideast drama returns for a second season tonight with its Michael equivalent, Barry Al Fayeed (Adam Rayner), imprisoned and awaiting execution for trying to overthrow his older brother Jamal (Ashraf Barhom) in hopes of setting fictional Abbudin on a path to democracy.
March 20, 2015 |
* BLOODLINE. Today, Netflix. WHEN I TALK to myself, as I too often do these days, it may be to ask: Is this TV voiceover really necessary? It's largely superfluous in Netflix's "Bloodline," a new series from the creators of "Damages," in which a prodigal son returns to his family's resort in the Florida Keys and things don't go so well. Kyle Chandler, who did so much with silences in "Friday Night Lights," retains his spare delivery as John Rayburn, whose efforts to keep his black-sheep brother, Danny (Ben Mendelsohn)
February 8, 2015 |
Excitement filled the Merriam Theater on Thursday night as the Pennsylvania Ballet presented a program featuring a world premiere by resident choreographer Matthew Neenan and a trio of rising stars. Mayara Pineiro, who joined the corps last fall, was outstanding in Neenan's Shift to Minor . Brand-new soloist Oksana Maslova distinguished herself - with the superb Ian Hussey as her partner - in Christopher Wheeldon's Polyphonia . And Alexander Peters, a Pennsylvania Ballet apprentice just three years ago, was a revelation in the title role of George Balanchine's Prodigal Son . Set to a piano score by György Ligeti played by the excellent Martha Koeneman, Polyphonia was an impressive opener.
March 12, 2013 |
ROME - On a day when they preached on the prodigal son who returns home after a life of sin, the American cardinals were in high spirits and good humor as they called on fallen-away Catholics to return. Their homilies took on added meaning as they prepared to enter the conclave Tuesday to vote on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned on Feb. 28. Each cardinal is assigned a church in Rome because, historically, the cardinals were the clergy of Rome. Having a titular church - for which their chief responsibility is fund-raising - allows them to be clergy of Rome.
November 23, 2012 |
The setup: After years of rumors, rhetoric and bickering, the 76ers, on Dec. 19, 2006, finally put their actions where their hearts were and sent Allen Iverson, one of the most beloved players, and the most exciting, in franchise history, and Ivan McFarlin to the Denver Nuggets for veteran point guard Andre Miller, former Sixer Joe Smith and two first-round draft picks. And on March 19, 2008, he came home. THE CITY of Philadelphia had a love affair with Allen Iverson.
August 13, 2010 |
A 55-loss season will surely bring about a plethora of changes for an NBA team. Case in point, this offseason for the 76ers. The head coach got axed the day after that 55th loss, a prodigal son was brought in as the new coach, a disgruntled veteran was traded, and yesterday an NBA lifer was brought in as president to help oversee those changes and provide thoughts of what more can be done to make this organization relevant again. Players win games, as Rod Thorn said yesterday at his press conference at the Wells Fargo Center when introduced as the team's new president, but it seems the thinking of chairman Ed Snider is to bring in another mind-set to get the right players for new coach Doug Collins.
July 6, 2010
WHAT a shortage of sensitivity the Daily News showed on June 16. A fine state trooper, family man and friend, Officer John Quigg, was killed while driving impaired the wrong way. What prompted me to write is your lack of sensitivity. I'm talking about the photo on the front page of your June 17 issue: a state police patch, a set of keys and a glass of booze. This man had an illness and he was seeking treatment. If someone who has a heart condition and is taking medicine and he loses consciousness and has an accident, would you print a photo with a set of keys, a bottle of medicine and a burst, bloody heart?
April 9, 2010 |
The fathers are aggravated. The sons are aggravating. But this is more than the old family drama: The throne of England is at stake. History and politics and family and manhood are the heady mix of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part I, and Lantern Theater's production delivers it handsomely. Henry IV, having seized the crown from Richard II, is uneasy on the throne; challenged by powerful enemies, he is forced to go to war. The question is, where's Hal? The Prince of Wales, out carousing with his pals, represents, on one level, every son who ever rebelled against paternal expectations - and, ultimately, every son who finally mans up and accepts his responsibilities in the family business, which in this case is ruling England.
June 30, 2009
AS A longtime Phillies' fan, I take umbrage at John P. Rossi's op-ed "If the Bucs had Signed Dick Allen. " I'm thrilled that the Fightin' Phils signed Richard Anthony Allen and that he made it to Philadelphia in the spring of 1964. I attended my first major league baseball game as a 5-year-old youngster when my father took me to Connie Mack Stadium to see the biggest rookie sensation to hit our area since another Richie (Ashburn), made his debut back in 1948. I'm sure playing ball in Little Rock was no picnic, and Richie, like all minority ballplayers of that era, faced many racial indignities.
February 13, 2008 |
His rookie season was cut short by injury, and now Kyle Lowry's second season in the NBA is marked by uncertainty. Still, coming home to Philadelphia as a member of the Memphis Grizzlies for tonight's game against the 76ers will be much better for Lowry than his return a year ago, when a broken left wrist had limiting him to 10 games all season. Lowry is a true Philadelphian, having starred at Cardinal Dougherty High School before attending Villanova for two seasons. He was a first-round draft pick in 2006, the 24th selection.