March 23, 2015 |
My kids are fighting. They're not my kids. I should stop personifying them. My cat is being mean to my son. Sorry, my cat is being aggressive with my dog. As any parent knows, it's heartbreaking. It's keeping me up at night. Literally. This morning at 2:45 a.m., a cat yowl woke me up. I had to take Pip the dog into the bed for protective custody. It wasn't always like this. A year and a half ago, I borrowed Mimi from my mother to catch a mouse in my apartment.
February 2, 2015
The wind is howling, but inside this coffeehouse on Christian Street, it's cozy, all the windows opaque with steam. One by one, the patrons - millennials who have staked out their tables with laptops - approach Abbi Jacobson to gush about how much they love her show, Broad City . "It's usually not like this," says the Main Line native, flustered by the processional. "Most places, I'm not recognized at all. " She'd better get used to the attention. Her anarchic Comedy Central series with Ilana Glazer is rapidly transitioning from cult favorite to prime-time sensation.
December 26, 2014 |
Despite all the hoopla, beyond the international scandal, the cyberattack on movie studio Sony by (maybe) North Korean-sponsored hackers, and the 9/11-style attack threats, Seth Rogen's The Interview , a satirical political thriller about a plot to assassinate North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un, is . . . crazy funny. Initially set to premiere on Christmas Day, The Interview , which stars James Franco as an American TV host tasked with assassinating Kim, was pulled by major theater chains following threats its screening would be met with terrorist attacks.
December 20, 2014 |
Thanks to Sony's quick and craven cancellation of its release of The Interview , the few critics who saw the movie in advance became not just the stiffs paid to watch this stuff, but also one of Hollywood's most exclusive audiences ever. So what did they think? Scott Foundas wrote in Variety that the film, which has drawn electronic attacks and threats tentatively linked to North Korea, is "about as funny as a communist food shortage, and just as protracted. " Referring to the coarse comedy favored by stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, Jordan Hoffman began his review in the Guardian by addressing "what's front and center on the screen: butts.
December 19, 2014 |
DAN STERLING , "the guy that brought down Sony," is from West Philadelphia. So wrote 24/7 Molly Eichel on philly.com yesterday. Sterling, you see, is the fella who wrote "The Interview," the film at the center of the Sony hacking scandal. The movie, which now may never be seen, stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as TV journalists tasked with assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-un . Sony canceled the theatrical release after hacker group Guardians of Peace threatened an attack on theaters screening the film.
December 19, 2014 |
SONY SCHMARONY. This week, when celeb watchers weren't obsessing over Amy Pascal , James Franco , Seth Rogen , Kevin Hart and the guy who played Spider-Man, we were ogling mysterious Jennifer Lawrence associate Justin Riblet , without knowing who he was. Turns out, he's Philly's own hometown hero. Sorta. J-Law and J-Rib turned heads a few days ago when he accompanied her to LAX. Wonderers speculated whether he could be a romantic liaison. Wonderers wondered wrong.
December 18, 2014
THERE'S NO QUESTION the massive breach of Sony Pictures' computer system has provided a degree of titillation and amusement along with massive grief and paranoia for all concerned. But things took a dark and frightening turn yesterday when those behind the unprecedented hack (self-identified in an Orwellian manner as the "Guardians of Peace") threatened a "9/11"-style attack on movie theaters that screen "The Interview. " The film, which rolls out nationwide on Christmas Day, stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as TV gossip-show reporters who land an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un , only to be asked by the CIA to assassinate him. It is generally believed that Sony's financing of the comedy is what provoked the Guardians to hack and leak the company's computer files.
November 11, 2014 |
S ETH ROGEN hooked up with Wayne's own Abbi Jacobson , and they want you to watch. Comedic superstar Rogen confirmed that he is a love interest for Jacobson on her Comedy Central show, "Broad City. " He dropped the news while moderating a panel on the show at the New York Comedy Festival on Sunday night. The second season of "Broad City" premieres Jan. 14. At the fest, Rogen relayed a story about running into "Broad City" co-star Hannibal Buress , who gained attention for calling Bill Cosby a rapist during a recent Philly performance at the Trocadero.
October 21, 2014 |
SOMETIMES the line between hero and zero is razor-thin. Or so it seems on television, where unshaven sidekicks - popularly known as Bearded Best Friends - have lately become a must-have accessory for sitcom leading men. For this we can probably blame Zach Galifianakis, whose characters in "The Hangover" and HBO's "Bored to Death" blazed a trail for his hairy brethren. In some ways, it's just a replay of the old Rhoda-Mary dynamic, where "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" had Valerie Harper playing a character who was presented as funnier but just enough less attractive than her best friend, Mary, to make it clear whose name was on the show.
August 14, 2014 |
EARLY in "Let's Be Cops," star Damon Wayans Jr. asks his buddy Jake Johnson if what they're doing - impersonating police officers in order to gain the unintentional perks and respect - is illegal. Possibly, maybe, don't worry about it, is Johnson's reply to his literal partner in crime. And, thus, the premise of a movie is built. That premise is not enough to sustain the movie over the course of its running time. But "Let's Be Cops" isn't an entire waste of time. If anything, it introduces moviegoers to Johnson and Wayans, who fans of Fox's "New Girl" know have an instant, affable chemistry.