July 13, 2013 |
Last year, more than 25,000 people attended Philadelphia QFest. That's impressive for an event that supposedly caters to a small minority. Now in its 19th year, the festival gets underway this weekend with screenings of 79 feature-length films and 39 shorts at the Ritz East and the Ritz at the Bourse in Center City, winding down 10 days later on July 22 with Hot Guys With Guns , a neo-noir mystery about two gay would-be sleuths who team up...
April 7, 2011 |
The program guide for Philadelphia CineFest 2011 - the eight-day marathon that begins Thursday night with the East Coast premieres of The Catechism Cataclysm and Exporting Raymond - has a cover illustration of a cool tattoo: a bombshell babe, in a peacock headdress but out of her underwear, sitting saucily atop the Liberty Bell. It's a bit too, um, revealing to reprint in these pages, but it's emblematic of the new direction the spring series has taken. "There's an edgier, younger bent to the program," says Ray Murray, executive director of Philadelphia Cinema Alliance, the festival's umbrella organization.
September 22, 2010 |
WITH THE EAGLES cutting Hank Baskett , the future is uncertain for local production of "Kendra. " The E! show, which follows the wide receiver and Playboy Playmate bride Kendra Wilkinson , began shooting in the area several weeks ago. The couple, and their son, Hank IV , recently moved into the Residences at Two Liberty Place in Center City. Inquiries to E! and to Wilkinson's reps about plans for shooting were not returned. The Philadelphia Film Festival kicks off Oct. 14 and Ray Murray hopes it's very successful.
May 20, 2010 |
Nancy Glass and Ray Murray, the tent-poles of Philadelphia's thriving reality-show production industry, are competitors. But many people in this region will always remember them as partners, breezy coanchors of KYW's Evening Magazine in the '80s. That was fluff. Now they're rooted in reality. "Over time, we've done more than 1,000 hours of programming," says Glass, 54, at her bustling facility in Bala Cynwyd, where she employs 60 people. "Right now we have eight titles either on the air or in production," she says.
January 27, 2010
LAST WEEK we told you how excited was to be debuting as a Wingette in the Wing Bowl on Feb. 5 at the Wachovia Center. But Chris Weinerman , a co-owner of the World Famous Gold Club (1416 Chancellor), where Carey dances Feb. 3-6, says 610 WIP has since told him Carey cannot be a Wingette because she's been in hardcore porn films. Really? Because Katie Morgan , a hardcore-porn actress who hosts HBO's "Sex Tips" and who is at Cheerleaders (Front & Oregon) next week, is slated to be a Wingette, as are Alektra Blue and Kaylani Lei , both porn stars, who will be there for Delilah's (100 Spring Garden)
February 15, 2009 |
Is Philadelphia in jeopardy of losing its annual film festival - a festival that has brought thousands of films and hundreds of thousands of filmgoers to theaters over the last 17 years? Or is Philadelphia about to become host to two major festivals, one in its customary early-spring time slot, a second in the fall? Programming disputes, financial claims, and personality clashes between Ray Murray, the longtime artistic director of the Philadelphia Film Festival, and board members of the Philadelphia Film Society, the nonprofit that oversees the event and owns the brand, have been heating up for months, throwing the future of the festival into doubt.
April 9, 2004 |
'It's funny, my picks never seem to be the popular films," says Ray Murray, artistic director of the Philadelphia Film Festival. Nevertheless, here are the top five personal faves from the self-effacing cineast who put together this year's movie marathon and who spends his time roaming the world in search of the gems: The First Letter (Wednesday and April 19), a character study of a teenager in 1970s Iran, in the midst of that country's seismic shift toward Islamic rule. Granny (Wednesday and April 18)
July 12, 2002 |
When it came to the available flavors on the sexual smorgasbord, Ray Murray thought he had seen it all. The muscle boys and the glitter androgynes, the butch gals and the lipstick lesbians, the closeted and the out-there. But as the artistic director of the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (PIGLFF) and his colleagues selected movies for the eighth annual event, which began last night and runs through July 23, Murray was surprised by his own surprise. "Diversity is a tired word," he says, "but what we saw puts a fresh face on it. " Fresh in every possible meaning of the word.
May 8, 2001 |
The new and improved Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema sure felt that way to audiences - attendance was up more than 40 percent from last year. The festival, which concluded last night, drew more than 30,000 people, compared with 17,000 in 2000. Audiences apparently responded to the hipper, edgier mix of films, said festival director Ray Murray, who said the Center City hub of the three Ritz theaters created the kind of exciting atmosphere organizers were looking for. "You saw people running from one theater to another," Murray said.