July 3, 2016
On April 22, the St. Ignatius Nursing & Rehab Center hosted its 2016 benefit, Classic Songs of the Silver Screen. Under the ministry of Felician Franciscan sisters, the center has cared for the poor and elderly since 1952. The benefit, held at the Haverford School, raised $120,000 and brought in more than 350 supporters, who enjoyed great food and entertainment by the Summer Club, a 17-piece orchestra, starring Jeff Coon, JP Dunphy, and friends, and produced by Ree Dunphy, wife of Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy.
February 19, 2016 |
With its landscape-evoking Americana twang and penchant for heady atmospherics, Bill Frisell's music has often been described as "cinematic. " So it's only fitting that in his latest project, the renowned guitarist has turned to the silver screen for inspiration. On the album When You Wish Upon a Star , Frisell and his band play arrangements of classic scores from films by the likes of Alfred Hitchcock and Sergio Leone. Frisell brought the project to the Ardmore Music Hall on Tuesday, proving that even without the visuals, movie music can weave a compelling story.
May 5, 2015 |
As the product of a '90s upbringing - during the era of "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" - I was especially tickled to interview the lovely Jane Seymour recently. She'll be in the area next week to debut her newest collection of oil paintings and watercolors. The exhibition, "Jane Seymour: Up Close and Personal," will be at Ocean Galleries (9618 Third Ave., Stone Harbor, N.J.) from May 15 to 25. Aside from the Jersey Shore, Seymour told me she comes to our fair city a lot and called it "an amazing place," where she has hosted a number of art shows in conjunction with the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.
April 1, 2015
Steve Friedman, was a local radio/TV personality known as "Mr. Movie" to film buffs throughout a large part of North America. The Harrisburg native had a lifelong passion for motion pictures and an encyclopedic memory that made him a one-man IMDB.com decades before the Internet existed. His ability to retain minute details of virtually every film he ever watched bordered on the supernatural. Friedman, who died while awaiting a kidney transplant at age 62, in 2009, spent several decades as the region's go-to guy about all things movies, primarily as the host of a late-night Saturday program on WPHT-AM (1210)
November 3, 2014 |
TONIGHT WE turn the clocks back an hour, giving the stars more time to make news - like tweeting that they're sick when, hmmmmm , maybe they're not. And putting spin on a canceled interview. Read on to find out what's been going on in Celebrityville. Yesterday * Looks like native son Bradley Cooper won't be just a movie star any longer. Now you can also call him a TV producer. Deadline.com reports that CBS has committed to a "Limitless" pilot, based on the 2011 movie hit that Cooper starred in and executive-produced.
December 6, 2013 |
LEBRON JAMES, already a major star in the NBA, could soon become a Hollywood headliner too. According to Deadline.com, James will co-star with Philly's own Kevin Hart in a basketball comedy titled "Ballers. " It's sure to be a suspend-belief flick as the 6-8 James and 5-3 Hart are cast as brothers. Sounds like a hoops version of "Twins," which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger and the vertical-challenged Danny DeVito. The plot has Hart taking a backseat to King James who is an NBA star (what a stretch for the big guy)
April 26, 2013
THERE ARE ONCE again so many numbers on the summer-movie calender, it's starting to look like a math test. Question one: What do you get if you divide "Fast & Furious 6" by "Hangover 3?" Two furious hangovers? The number two is surely a theme: "Red 2," "Smurfs 2," Despicable Me 2," "Kick-Ass 2," the second JJ Abrams "Star Trek," the second Hugh Jackman "Wolverine," a second "Monsters Inc.," a second "300," a second "Percy Jackson. " There are two comedies about the end of the world - "The World's End" and "This is the End," and one of the two comedies about the end of the world is one of four movies with two directors - also "Girl Most Likely," "Lovelace" and "Way Way Back.
November 16, 2012 |
So far, only a few people have showed up to stand and stare at John Ricketts' house in Ridley Township, but that might change soon. His family home on South Swarthmore Avenue has a starring role in Silver Linings Playbook , a movie that's generating Oscar talk ahead of its Friday opening. "It was really cool," said Ricketts, a retired truck driver whose house serves as the blue-collar home of Tiffany, the female lead, played by Jennifer Lawrence. It turns out that Silver Linings contains an outstanding performance by an uncredited actor: The western suburbs of Philadelphia.
October 19, 2012 |
Mitt Romney bulled his way through the first debate, verbally trampling his opponent and the moderator, while Barack Obama offered the nation the sulky, downcast persona of President Sourpuss. In the second match Obama got up off the mat and counterpunched, while Romney played the tight-lipped Gov. Snippy. With a third and final debate set for Monday, some political thinkers ask: Where the heck is President Jordan Lyman when we need him? Perhaps retired to the beaches of a cinematic San Clemente.
April 26, 2011
MICHAEL VICK is headed to the silver screen. According to Sports Business Journal, Vick and Bombo Sports & Entertainment have partnered to do a documentary film on the life of the Eagles quarterback. Bombo CEO Bob Potter told SBJ that the film will be between 70 and 90 minutes long with a planned release in Philly and other NFL cities around the start of the NFL season (assuming there is one). "I am a dog owner, so this won't be a sugarcoating, but it should be a good film about an athlete who is fantastically talented and really polarizing at the same time," Potter said.