July 1, 2011
TO UNDERSTAND Tom Hanks' career, you have to understand that thing he did in "That Thing You Do. " This was Hanks' first writing and directing project, and a deeply personal movie despite the innocuous surface story of a band forming and breaking up in the 1960s. Toward the end, there's a telling scene of a showbiz vet, played by Hanks himself, giving advice to Guy, a young man who's just learned, firsthand, how quickly fortunes rise and fall in Tinseltown. Guy is played by Tom Everett Howard, a dead-ringer for a twenty-something Hanks.
August 27, 2010 |
NEWS ITEM: Evan Turner, the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft, taken by the 76ers, signs a multiyear shoe contract with Chinese company Li Ning. Turner will have his own signature shoe and apparel, which will be available globally in his second season. The money apparently is significant. Rod Thorn, the Sixers' new president, comes from a different era. He played eight NBA seasons, starting in 1963, and - like a lot of us - wore Converse low cuts. "A new company came along in Baltimore, Bata Bullets," Thorn recalled, laughing.
June 3, 2010 |
When the Eagles used the 37th pick in April's draft to grab South Florida safety Nate Allen, it was clear they thought highly of his future in the NFL. They probably didn't expect it to arrive so fast. Allen, a 22-year-old from South Florida, was running with the Eagles' first team defense Wednesday, a day after veteran Marlin Jackson was lost likely for the season because of injury. Allen's fellow defenders praised his physical skills but stressed the importance of honing his mental game - learning the defense, handling pressure, and being prepared to cope with the ups and downs of a long season.
June 1, 2010
ARE WE THERE YET? 9 and 9:30 p.m. tomorrow, TBS. SOME OF THE LAUGHS may be cheap, but there's nothing inexpensive about the typical TV sitcom, where actors, writers and crews work under a system that, except for rising salaries, hasn't changed all that much since the days when most of us had only three channels to choose from. Audiences, and the advertising revenue they attracted, may have been large enough then to keep the money machine going, but in the age of cable and DVRs, we've seen scripted jokes squeezed out by shows where the joke's literally on us, if only because focusing on so-called "real people" costs so much less.
September 29, 2009
AFTER THREE possessions Sunday, the stat sheet for the Kansas City Chiefs read as follows: Fourteen plays, 0 yards gained, one 10-yard penalty, one 5-yard penalty. The Chiefs needed a spark. Something, anything to move them away from their own end zone and open up all the pages of their playbook. Something that would allow new head coach Todd Haley to take a shot, to pick from his own set of trick plays. Across the field stood Andy Reid and that big menu of his. Everything on it seemed to be working: the Wildcat formation, passes to the wide receiver, passes to the tight end, runs.
August 20, 2009 |
Chris Whitney is eager to start the season. There are all those experiences from the past two seasons to help the Villanova quarterback's confidence. There's the off-season conditioning program that added strength and stamina. And there's the fresh memory of last season's heartbreaking 31-27 loss to James Madison in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoff quarterfinal. "We, of course, have a bitter taste after last year that is driving us," Whitney said at yesterday's media day. "I'm pushing myself, because I want to help lead the team to a national championship.
November 28, 2008 |
In hockey, tough guys are an archetype. They have traits and a persona all to themselves. Matt Clackson, a rookie forward on the Phantoms, is living that character on the ice. Off the ice, however, is another story. When he left Western Michigan University after 3 years to turn pro, he had a 3.96 grade-point average. He might throw punches for a living, but Clackson is a bright guy. Just ask his roommates, Andreas Nodl and Jonathon Kalinski, who are currently with the Flyers. "He is a very smart guy," Nodl said.
August 8, 2008 |
The son of a Kentucky tobacco sharecropper, Ragan A. Henry went on to become a Harvard-educated lawyer, a pioneering media mogul, an active participant in Philadelphia's civic life, and one of the region's richest African Americans. Still, he maintained a modest public profile, and when he died July 26 at the age of 74 after a long illness, his passing went unannounced, just as he wanted. Mr. Henry, of Merion, also directed that there be no funeral, memorial service or obituary after his death, the cause of which has not been disclosed.
April 8, 2007 |
The Sopranos' success opened TV to many stories about families living on society's fringes. Sadly, for the broadcast networks, all the successful ones were on cable. Tony and cronies eased pitches for such shows as Six Feet Under, Deadwood and Carnivale on HBO. Showtime grabbed Brotherhood and Dexter. The show functions as the basic template for the FX Network: The Shield, Rescue Me, Thief, The Riches, even Nip/Tuck all deal to some extent with family issues in warped worlds.
December 21, 2006 |
Among the old guard of NHL executives, Bob Clarke had a connection with Cliff Fletcher in Phoenix, which facilitated many trades with the Coyotes in recent seasons. It appears that Clarke's successor, Paul Holmgren, has a Garth Snow pipeline to Long Island. For the second time in less than a week, the Holmgren-Snow connection has led to a trade. This time, the Flyers sent Randy Robitaille and a fifth-round draft pick in 2008 to the New York Islanders for Mike York yesterday.