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April 11, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
When the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (a.k.a. PhilaMOCA, at 531 N. 12th St.) hosts the third annual Cinedelphia Film Festival, curator Eric Bresler will unspool his usual glut of oddball renegade films. For 2015's theme - filmmakers working outside Hollywood's system - Cinedelphia will run a 12-hour Best Worst Movie Marathon, the famously cheesy fan-film Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation , and a retrospective of Broomall native and Johnny Carson-regular Len Cella's aptly titled Moron Movies . Cinedelphia's main event pays tribute to local filmmaker Don Argott, his producing/life partner, Sheena Joyce (the couple just welcomed a baby)
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June 9, 2005 | By David Hiltbrand INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Making any documentary is a crapshoot. You turn on the camera and wait for the magic to happen. But creating Rock School, which captures a tumultuous season in Paul Green's Center City academy for young would-be Pete Townshends, involved more luck - both good and bad - than a month in Atlantic City. The biggest gamble was whether Green, 32, would melt down on camera as he cajoled, bullied and encouraged his young charges into shape for a pair of 2003 performances. A volatile mix of energy and ego, Green plays both Peter Pan and Captain Hook to the pack of Lost Boys and Girls enrolled at his school.
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June 28, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
Ben Simmons is eager to play with Joel Embiid. He has before: The new 76ers teammates once joined forces in a pickup game in Florida. Simmons, now 19, came to America to attend Montverde Academy (Fla.) for his final three seasons of high school in January 2013. That's where the Australian star met Embiid, who was a senior at The Rock School in Gainesville. They were not high school teammates. Embiid transferred from Montverde after his junior season but made the 98-mile trek back to scrimmage.
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May 7, 2012 | By Ellen Dunkel, FOR THE INQUIRER
‘Don't be nervous," Pennsylvania Ballet artistic director Roy Kaiser told the 23 girls and two boys with their left hands on the barre, wearing solemn expressions and numbers pinned to their neat dance clothes. "Relax and work hard. " The first of two groups of 12- to 14-year-olds followed principal dancer Arantxa Ochoa through an hour of pliés, tendus, jetés, and pirouettes last Sunday morning in the company's East Falls studios. "She's my teacher's wife!" one girl squealed on the way out of the audition, referring to Ochoa, a calm, gentle instructor with a striking presence.
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May 20, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Wright: Pay or I won't play Robin Wright is awesome as Kevin Spacey 's wife on the Netflix political thriller House of Cards . Yet, like most women in Hollywood, she gets paid less than her male costar. So she threatened to go to the media unless she got equal pay. Wright, 50, spoke Tuesday at a discussion of human rights and equality at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. She said she found the situation especially ironic as she plays a woman who is every bit her husband's equal.
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May 21, 1999 | MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Inquirer Staff Photographer
Ballet student Maria DuPont, 6, is held by project consultant Richard Bryant after helping to begin the pouring of concrete at the future site of the Regional Performing Arts Center at Broad and Spruce Streets. Maria studies dance at the Rock School.
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July 20, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Misty Copeland was showered with love and attention when she became the first African American principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre last month. She received thousands of congratulatory tweets. Her promotion was big news in media nationwise. Ballet fans rejoiced, and so did many who had never heard of her. Would this mean a new era of opportunity for ballerinas of color in a world of white swans, snowflakes, and sylphs? The outlook depends on whom you ask. Joan Myers Brown, founding artistic director of Philadanco, created her troupe 45 years ago "because there were no opportunities for black dancers, not because I wanted to have a black company.
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March 18, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Daily News Columnist
JOEL EMBIID celebrated his 22nd birthday on Wednesday. While his professional basketball career hasn't exactly progressed the way many had hoped, you can't stop Father Time. What does 22 mean for the 7-2, 265-pounder who has had to undergo two foot surgeries since getting drafted by the 76ers with the third overall pick in June 2014? It is hopeful for Sixers fans that the biggest piece to the rebuilding project is still just an NBA infant. Coach Brett Brown has said in the past that big men don't usually hit their prime until their mid- to-late 20s. In Embiid, like Shayne Gostisbehere of the Flyers, Mikael Franco of the Phillies and Fletcher Cox of the Eagles, fans have someone they can truly pin their hopes to. Perhaps the most fun aspect to watch in the final 15 games for the Sixers will be Embiid's pregame workouts, where he practices baby hooks in the lane with the fluidity of a skilled veteran; shoots mid-range jumpers with the look of a small forward; and steps out to the three-point line and makes shots with remarkable consistency, all with a form that is textbook.
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October 11, 2011 | By Jennifer Lin, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's almost two miles up Broad Street from Washington Avenue to Callowhill Street. But for the Pennsylvania Ballet, the northward trek has been a journey of unimaginable transformation. Two decades ago, the ballet company almost went out of business. It was drowning in debt and could no longer afford to keep its building at Broad and Washington, or maintain its own school. Tuesday, it plans to break ground at 321 N. Broad St. for a $17.5 million project that will feature five dance studios, offices, and facilities for a soon-to-return School of the Pennsylvania Ballet.
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June 28, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
Ben Simmons is eager to play with Joel Embiid. He has before: The new 76ers teammates once joined forces in a pickup game in Florida. Simmons, now 19, came to America to attend Montverde Academy (Fla.) for his final three seasons of high school in January 2013. That's where the Australian star met Embiid, who was a senior at The Rock School in Gainesville. They were not high school teammates. Embiid transferred from Montverde after his junior season but made the 98-mile trek back to scrimmage.
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May 20, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Staff Writer
Wright: Pay or I won't play Robin Wright is awesome as Kevin Spacey 's wife on the Netflix political thriller House of Cards . Yet, like most women in Hollywood, she gets paid less than her male costar. So she threatened to go to the media unless she got equal pay. Wright, 50, spoke Tuesday at a discussion of human rights and equality at the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City. She said she found the situation especially ironic as she plays a woman who is every bit her husband's equal.
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March 18, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Daily News Columnist
JOEL EMBIID celebrated his 22nd birthday on Wednesday. While his professional basketball career hasn't exactly progressed the way many had hoped, you can't stop Father Time. What does 22 mean for the 7-2, 265-pounder who has had to undergo two foot surgeries since getting drafted by the 76ers with the third overall pick in June 2014? It is hopeful for Sixers fans that the biggest piece to the rebuilding project is still just an NBA infant. Coach Brett Brown has said in the past that big men don't usually hit their prime until their mid- to-late 20s. In Embiid, like Shayne Gostisbehere of the Flyers, Mikael Franco of the Phillies and Fletcher Cox of the Eagles, fans have someone they can truly pin their hopes to. Perhaps the most fun aspect to watch in the final 15 games for the Sixers will be Embiid's pregame workouts, where he practices baby hooks in the lane with the fluidity of a skilled veteran; shoots mid-range jumpers with the look of a small forward; and steps out to the three-point line and makes shots with remarkable consistency, all with a form that is textbook.
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December 29, 2015
Boys' Basketball BOARDWALK CLASSIC - DAVE LEWIS MEMORIAL BRACKET Atlantic Christian 59, Buena 54 (OT) Montclaire 52, Oakcrest 38 BOARDWALK CLASSIC - ERNIE TROIANO SR BRACKET Glasgow (Del.) 64, King's Christian 36 BOARDWALK CLASSIC - FRANK MCALARNEN BRACKET Wildwood Cath. 61, Williamstown 57 (2 OT) BUTCH MCLEAN INVITATIONAL Delran 61, Seneca 53 Schalick 64, Pennsauken 63 Gloucester Catholic 44, Triton 40 Haddonfield 59, Camden Catholic 53 Rancocas Valley 78, Delsea 71 COUGAR HOLIDAY CLASSIC Bridgewater-Raritan 79, Medford Tech 72 CUMBERLAND COUNTY TOURNAMENT Cumberland 58, Millville 54 KSA HOLIDAY CLASSIC Baldwin (Pittsburgh)
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November 3, 2015 | By Peter Dobrin, Inquirer Music Critic
You can be fairly sure that classical music is getting the message across when you see a big gray teddy bear hanging over the side of the first tier in Verizon Hall, waving his paws in the air to tunes from Danny Elfman's The Nightmare Before Christmas . The bear wasn't intended to be part of the show at Saturday morning's first of five Philadelphia Orchestra family concerts this season, but of course the orchestra has a future only to the...
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October 24, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
MANCHESTER, N.H. - There won't be a final dress rehearsal for 76ers roster hopeful Scottie Wilbekin. The NBA deadline to trim rosters to 15 players is Monday. Friday's preseason finale against the Boston Celtics at the Verizon Wireless Arena was supposed to a game in which the point guard left one last impression of the coaching staff. Instead, the undrafted free agent missed practice Thursday with right ankle sprain and will be held out of the exhibition game. But the on-the-bubble prospect didn't sound concerned over the missed chance.
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August 31, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Actors aren't the only ones who get typecast. Just ask Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce, principals behind a string of successful, powerful, provocative documentaries - The Art of the Steal , Last Days Here , The Atomic States of America , and Rock School among them. The duo, partners in work and in life and long-time Philadelphians, had been itching to try something different, something with a screenplay and stars attached. Not so fast. "It's really hard to get opportunities in that world when you've been branded a documentary filmmaker," says Joyce, who grew up in Delaware County.
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July 20, 2015 | By Ellen Dunkel, Inquirer Staff Writer
Misty Copeland was showered with love and attention when she became the first African American principal ballerina at American Ballet Theatre last month. She received thousands of congratulatory tweets. Her promotion was big news in media nationwise. Ballet fans rejoiced, and so did many who had never heard of her. Would this mean a new era of opportunity for ballerinas of color in a world of white swans, snowflakes, and sylphs? The outlook depends on whom you ask. Joan Myers Brown, founding artistic director of Philadanco, created her troupe 45 years ago "because there were no opportunities for black dancers, not because I wanted to have a black company.
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June 26, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - What will Sam Hinkie do? That's perhaps the biggest question in Philadelphia, if not the NBA. The 76ers general manager has many options heading into the NBA draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center. Although he has remained quiet throughout the process, the common belief is that Hinkie will take Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell with the third overall pick. Citing several league sources, CBSSports.com reported that the Sixers are interested in trading up with the Minnesota Timberwolves (first pick)
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May 17, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHICAGO It's no secret that D'Angelo Russell and the 76ers have mutual interest. Russell could become the lead guard the Sixers covet should they select him with their first overall pick in the June 25 NBA draft. It would also enable him to reunite with former high school teammate Joel Embiid and play with good friend Nerlens Noel. Russell had what could be the first of many meetings with the Sixers brass here at the NBA draft combine. "It went well," he said of his interview.
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