February 17, 2015 |
IT'S TAKEN Hollywood 29 years to come up with a new "9 1/2 Weeks," but the big-screen adaptation of "Fifty Shades of Grey" whipped bean counters into an orgasmic frenzy (audiences, not so much), earning an estimated $81.7 million at the weekend box office. In addition to destroying Valentine's and Presidents Day weekend records, "Fifty Shades of Grey" has also become the second-highest February debut ever, behind the $83.9 million "Passion of the Christ" opening in 2004. How's that for a double feature?
February 13, 2015
THE EAGLES found themselves being widely ridiculed on social media yesterday when a number of people and media outlets, including TMZ and Deadspin, noticed that the 2015 team calendar features a photo of wideout Riley Cooper illustrating February. February is Black History Month. Cooper, of course, made headlines in the summer of 2013 when video footage surfaced of him using the "N-word" during a dispute at a Kenny Chesney concert. He ended up apologizing to fans and teammates. "We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar," the Eagles said in a statement released yesterday afternoon.
February 12, 2015 |
THERE'S NO chance a story finds a happy ending when a man lies dead on the ground with a bullet in his head. That's the cold, unavoidable truth at the heart of every homicide investigation that unfolds in this city, whether a trigger was pulled by someone settling a drug dispute or by a cop struggling with a suspect. What families of victims strive for instead is justice and truth , words and concepts that have become controversial - and harder to define - whenever someone dies as a result of a police-involved shooting.
February 9, 2015 |
Time was running out in Denver's Super Bowl XXXIII victory over Atlanta when the cattle drive began. Reporters, shuffling unthinkingly like barn-ward Herefords at sunset, began exiting the press box and crowding into a single elevator. Reaching the basement of the Miami stadium, we were herded - literally herded - into a gated corral. Soon the insufficient space was overflowing, the brays of unhappy, uncomfortable sportswriters mingling with the noisy postgame atmosphere. Finally, we were unpenned and marched down a narrow chute to a place where Broncos and Falcons sat in raised pulpits like gods we'd come to worship.
January 27, 2015 |
FOR A FEW brief hours yesterday afternoon, there was still hope. Police reported that the Greater Philadelphia Search and Rescue - a group formed in 1979 to help locate lost and missing people - had found a body at 1:18 p.m., caught in the tree line along the Schuylkill near the Falls Bridge. Despite immediate speculation that it could be the body of missing Bucks County teacher Christopher Tully, police would only identify the man as "John Doe. " But as the sun was setting, Tully's brother, Eddie, broke the news to thousands of supporters that #findtully was over.
January 16, 2015 |
Every January, the Phillies gather a large handful of minor-leaguers for what the team calls a Prospect Development Seminar, and this week 10 players are in town for the four-day program. Feel free to insert your observation about the front office's need for its own seminar on how to develop prospects, since that hasn't appeared to be a strength recently, but the program for the players is a good one. The seminar concentrates on advising the players about the potential pitfalls of baseball life as they climb closer to the major-league level.
January 16, 2015 |
GREENBURGH, N.Y. - On the day last week that Langston Galloway signed his 10-day contract with the New York Knicks, he called his college coach to share the good news, and from the St. Joseph's team bus, trundling through downtown Pittsburgh to a game against Duquesne, Phil Martelli gave Galloway a sound piece of advice: Don't let the culture around the NBA's worst team corrupt you. The Knicks' season has been a car crash that everyone should have...
January 7, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Liza Cartmell, president of the casino-funded Atlantic City Alliance marketing group, said Monday that she was leaving her $400,000-a-year post, ahead of legislation being considered that would disband the group and divert its $30-million-a-year funding. "As you all so painfully know, Atlantic City is in a time of transition and all its major institutions are proactively adapting to a new reality," Cartmell wrote in an e-mail "to my AC friends. " She said the alliance, responsible for the "Do AC" campaign, would continue its work "with a reduced staff and realigned resources and priorities - pending definitive legislative/executive action to resolve its status and possible funding (or not)
December 28, 2014 |
Joyce Carol Oates has a point. The eminent writer was on Twitter Wednesday, discussing the political demonstrations throughout the country this year. She tweeted: "Critics of 'social media' need to acknowledge how, for all its flaws, this is a revolutionary new consciousness. " That's no writerly exaggeration. In a tumultuous year, much of the tumult was relayed, focused, stoked, and distributed through media channels other than newspapers, radio, TV, or film. From Hong Kong to Ferguson, from Mexico City to Philadelphia, social media repeatedly were harnessed to inform, create groups that shared goals and values, express outrage, solidarity, and aspiration, and organize protests.
December 23, 2014
IF YOU SAY something loudly enough, with just the right amount of conviction, the odds are that people will begin to listen. They might not agree with you, but they'll listen, and then move on. Sometimes, though, there will be people who listen too closely and then, out of a skewed sense of reality or priorities, or simply as a convenient excuse for their own twisted motives, turn your passion and conviction into a criminal act. You will say...