March 27, 2015
SOMEBODY'S LYING. The question is, does anyone really care? Does anyone care that Chip Kelly's version of how Howie Roseman lost his dream job is incongruous to the version Jeffrey Lurie put forth at the NFL owners' meetings this week? Or that the firing of Tom Gamble, which Lurie deemed "a long time coming," was something Kelly said he knew nothing of and had nothing to do with. And if the answer is no, which it seems to be to many, then the next question seems to be this: Is there a place - or need - for honesty in professional sports these days?
December 8, 2014 |
One of the oddest and most frustrating episodes of Philadelphia's long-running governmental soap opera faded to a close Thursday. It did so absent any heroes, with a baffling plot, and its two stars shouting over one another's lines even as the curtain fell. Regardless of who ultimately is deemed at fault, the sorry debacle of the aborted sale of the Philadelphia Gas Works seems a drama fully deserving its scathing reviews and one that has done nothing to enhance the stature either of its lead actors - Mayor Nutter and City Council President Darrell L. Clarke - or the city.
August 7, 2013 |
JAKE TAPPER, the host of CNN's "The Lead," may be Queen Village born and bred, but his next project takes him to Pine Valley, the fictitious setting of soap opera "All My Children. " Tapper really stretches his acting muscle in a cameo in an Aug. 12 episode playing - what else? - an annoying journalist named Spencer Phillips , a faux business reporter. Alas, his plotline involves no evil twins. And he's never coma-ridden. Not even once. "All My Children" was canceled in 2011, but the show was resurrected online and is available through the Online Network via Hulu, Hulu Plus and iTunes.
July 13, 2013
Bernadette Nolan, 52, a member of singing sister act the Nolans, died of cancer July 4 in London, surrounded by her family, the singer's management agency, Urban Associates, said in a statement. Universally known as Bernie, Ms. Nolan was raised in Blackpool, in northwestern England, and began performing with her family when she was a child. The Nolans had a worldwide hit in 1979 with "I'm in the Mood for Dancing," and gained large followings from Britain to Japan. Ms. Nolan left the group in 1994 to focus on an acting career that included a role on the soap opera Brookside and parts in stage musicals including Blood Brothers and Chicago.
June 15, 2013
Longtime soap opera actress Maxine Stuart, 94, died June 6. She had regular roles on The Young and the Restless and The Edge of Night. Her daughter, Chris Ann Maxwell, told the Los Angeles Times her mother died of natural causes at home in Beverly Hills. Ms. Stuart began her career in the New York theater. She had small movie roles but was best known for her TV work, which included guest appearances on shows such as Peyton Place, NYPD Blue, and Judging Amy. She received a 1989 Emmy nomination for her role as a piano teacher in The Wonder Years.
January 3, 2013 |
PHOENIX - It's easy to get full of yourself the day after going to Los Angeles and handling the Lakers they way the 76ers did on Tuesday. The Sixers got 26 points, 10 assists, and one turnover from Jrue Holiday as they strung together perhaps their most complete game on this Western Conference road trip to beat the struggling Lakers, 103-99, at the Staples Center. The win caught national attention mostly because Kobe Bryant called the Lakers a soap opera this season, an "old" team.
August 13, 2012 |
In a crime that will ripple through numerous reality shows, NFL player Chad Johnson (the receiver formerly known as Ochocinco ) was arrested over the weekend on domestic battery charges after allegedly head-butting his wife, Evelyn Lozado . According to the police report, the couple, who married in July, got into a heated argument after she found a receipt in his car for condoms. Lozado had been a cast member on Basketball Wives by virtue of her long relationship with NBA player Antoine Walker . Johnson, making a comeback with the Miami Dolphins, was featured last week in the first episode of this season's Hard Knocks on HBO. In granting Johnson bail, the judge ordered that the couple have no contact, which could affect the shooting schedule for their own reality show, Ev and Ocho , due to debut on VH!
August 12, 2012
Albert Freeman Jr., 78, the veteran actor who played Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee's epic film Malcolm X has died. Howard University in Washington confirmed his death Friday night, but details weren't immediately available. Mr. Freeman taught acting there for years and served as chairman and artistic director of its theater-arts department. "He was a brilliant professor, a renowned actor and a master director who made his mark in the classroom as well as on stage, screen and television," university spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton said in a statement.
June 22, 2012 |
For the last two weeks, two Joes who've spent time working in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office have been at the center of the most-watched court spectacle in America: the trial of accused child sex predator Jerry Sandusky. Joseph McGettigan, who at this time last year was Philadelphia's No. 2 prosecutor behind D.A. Seth Williams, is now a state deputy attorney general in charge of prosecuting Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach. Joseph Amendola, Sandusky's defense attorney, began his career in the city D.A.'s office in the 1970s.
May 15, 2012 |
"If you could only know what it is to have lost everything … . Every hope has deserted me. " That a Russian writer penned these lines in 1895 might not surprise us. That the current U.S. president campaigned to restore hope in 2008 gives reason to seek relevance in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. Quintessence Theatre Group certainly thinks so. Since 2010, this fledgling company has dedicated itself to contemporary productions of classic works. Its innovative stagings include this season's flapper-era Venetian Twins and a riveting rendition of Plato's Apology, during which the small space at Mt. Airy's Sedgwick Theatre boomed like an ancient amphitheater.