January 24, 2015 |
InterAct Theatre Company's world premiere of Jen Silverman's The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane examines the "new" South Africa. Postapartheid, it's a progressive nation (it was the first in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage) except when it isn't. With the 2010 World Cup as its backdrop, foreign journalists arrive to cheer and toast a new day, while for Noxolo and her lover Pretty, lesbians living under constant threat of violence, little has changed. Noxolo (Aimé Kelly) is a soccer star who managed to escape to London on an athletic scholarship while Pretty (Lynette Freeman)
March 7, 2014 |
THE WALLS of the rowhouse are bare, whiter than the snow on the stoop, but two friends inspired by a sad tale see a vivid future for the empty North Philly home. Rusty Doll, 32, has been pouring his own money into the house, which he bought in 2012, doing work on the weekends with whatever help he can drum up from the neighborhood. His friend Lisa Sipes has been raising money and awareness about their plans, hoping to decorate the home with the intricate, handwoven quilts she makes for a living.
February 27, 2014 |
* THE AMERICANS. 10 tonight, FX. SO, OK, two main characters were tortured - and one sustained a serious gunshot wound - but FX's splendid spy drama, "The Americans," may have been a little too much fun in its first year. The wigs. The on-the-job sex. The perfectly chosen music. And were there ever sleeper agents for the KGB who got so little sleep? Don't worry: The wigs are as wild as ever (and the sex, too), but as Season 2 opens tonight, undercover suburbanites Philip (Matthew Rhys)
September 13, 2013 |
IF ONLY all murderers were as unlucky as Montez Bethea and Rashann James. Yesterday, they each were handed two life sentences in state prison for killing a North Philadelphia marijuana dealer and a New York woman visiting him. But the murderers' luck actually ran out just six minutes after they pumped more than 20 bullets into the bodies of Jemark Daniel, 24, and Petrella London, 25, in a house on Redner Street near Oxford on Dec. 8, 2010, and...
December 19, 2012 |
TATTLE SURE HOPES Sheena Monnin has a good day job. Who's Sheena Monnin, you ask? She's the former Miss Pennsylvania who gave up her title after claiming this year's Miss USA pageant was fixed. Bad move, Sheena. Pageant owner/birther/"Apprentice" host/conspiracy theorist Donald Trump doesn't take kindly to people questioning his integrity. Now an arbitrator has ordered Sheena to pay Miss USA $5 million for defamation. In a decision signed last week, arbitrator Theodore Katz found that Sheena's comments were false, harmful and malicious.
November 2, 2012
DENZEL WASHINGTON came to the set of "Flight" every day with no idea what he was going to do. At least that's what he told his director, Robert Zemeckis, who didn't believe Washington for a minute, because every day, Washington ended up doing everything exactly right. "I love Denzel because he never really lets you know exactly what he's up to," Zemeckis said, laughing. He was in town for the city's recent film festival, which closed with his engrossing new movie, a character study about a pilot (Washington)
September 14, 2012 |
BENGHAZI, LIBYA - Heavily armed militants used a protest of an anti-Islam film as a cover in their deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate, screaming "God is great!" as they scaled its outer walls and descended on the main building, a witness and a senior Libyan security official said Thursday. The account, the most detailed yet of the rampage that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, came as the Libyan government said that four people suspected in the attacks had been arrested and more were being sought.
March 25, 2012 |
CAMBRIDGE, Md. - At sunset, storm clouds were gathering and a breeze blew ripples in the Choptank River as golfers finished up their rounds and a hand-in-hand couple walked out on a wildlife-viewing boardwalk. It was hard to picture this placid scene as the setting of high tension in the mid-1800s, when local heroine Harriett Tubman guided many slaves across the river on their way north to freedom. The Choptank, which empties into the Chesapeake Bay, extends north through land that at the time was populated by Quakers and other abolitionists, so it was important to the Underground Railroad.
February 20, 2012 |
Rihanna may have moved past the assault she suffered at the hands of former boyfriend Chris Brown in 2009. (The two are reportedly collaborating on a new single.) But country star Miranda Lambert isn't about to let it go. During the Grammy Awards last week, at which Brown was both a winner and a featured performer, Lambert, who was also in attendance, tweeted: "I don't get it. He beat on a girl. " It seems Lambert, who is married to The Voice judge Blake Shelton , was just heating up. It's clear that she doesn't feel that domestic violence is a matter that can be glossed over - even after the passage of time.
February 10, 2012 |
IN THE OPENING moments of "Safe House," rogue agent Denzel Washington endures bullets and waterboarding with the air of a man getting a spa treatment. He's relaxed and cool, and the audience laughs, because Washington wears his movie star history/charisma like armor. He wants his star stature to blend with his character - Tobin Frost, a celebrity in the CIA for having built its modern spy machine before he mysteriously went AWOL. Now Frost is back, and in possession of sensitive data that many intelligence agencies will kill to suppress.