November 2, 2014 |
Juilliard-trained. Schooled in Shakespeare, Strindberg, Oscar Wilde. Dedicated to her art, and to the idea of art. But in Interstellar , the widescreen sci-fi epic from Christopher Nolan, opening Friday, Jessica Chastain plays a scientist with a head full of equations, and questions, about time, relativity, quantum mechanics. She's an astrophysicist. A stretch, right? "Actually, I am an astrophysicist," insists the twice Oscar-nominated actress, on the phone from Los Angeles the other day. "I've been paying the bills through acting.
October 29, 2014 |
HELEN BURNS was a searcher for lost souls. She was an associate Baptist minister, but she didn't confine her search to the precincts of her church. She went into the outside world, where other sinners lurked. And what better place to find them than prisons? She took her ministry to Graterford Prison, the George W. Hill Correctional Institution in Delaware County, and other facilities confining those who had made wrong choices in their lives. Helen had an instinct for knowing where to find the people who were most in need of her brand of faith and spiritual uplift, delivered with her special compassion and love.
October 24, 2014 |
Zellweger's new soul In the topsy-turvy world of celebs, the inner is but a reflection of the outer, the soul a shadow of your sexiest dress. So it's good to see Renée Zellweger has adopted a new, healthy look. "I'm glad folks think I look different," says the Bridget Jones Diary star. Verily, it seems the actor has had a spiritual makeover. "My friends say that I look peaceful," she tells People. "I am healthy. For a long time, I wasn't doing such a good job with that.
October 15, 2014 |
IT'S ONLY THE SECOND WEEK in October, so that means it's time to start hanging Christmas lights, cursing New Year's and thinking about awards season. Then again, when it comes to celebrities, when is it not awards season? The Soul Train Awards announced their nominations yesterday, and Chris Brown is beating everyone. Brown scored seven nominations, including Best R&B/Soul Male Artist and Song of the Year for "Loyal. " Beyonce earned six nods and Pharrell followed with five.
October 12, 2014 |
WITH ALL the negative news surrounding Atlantic City and the casinos shutting their doors, the Soul and majority owner Ron Jaworski hope to bring some positivity to the Jersey Shore. It's not yet been finalized, but the Daily News has learned that a deal is in the works for the Soul to play two games at Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall this upcoming season. The first game would be in March - and televised nationally on ESPN - while the other would be at a later date. The Soul is in negotiations with the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority on the potential deal.
October 3, 2014
NEW ORLEANS Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is close to joining the ownership group of the Philadelphia Soul. Colston owns the Harrisburg Stampede, a franchise in the Professional Indoor Football League, which is a lower level than the Arena Football League in which the Soul plays. Colston's ownership share in the Soul couldn't be determined. The 31-year-old holds every significant receiving record for the Saints, and was a key player when New Orleans won the Super Bowl following the 2009 season.
September 18, 2014
CALLING IT an easy decision, Clint Dolezel re-signed to coach the Soul for another two seasons. "It's hard to beat our ownership, the facilities, the way we're treated," Dolezel said from his suburban Dallas home. "It was a no-brainer on my end. " As the Arena Football League again goes through a tempest of transition, the Soul remains one of the most stable franchises. Reupping Dolezel likely will lead to many of the team's key free agents, most notably quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, being retained.
September 2, 2014 |
It would take some investigating to see what 28-year-old New Orleans native Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews and 65-year-old Charles Bradley, born in Gainesville, Fla., have in common beyond music. That said, the roots in deep, abiding soul, gutsy R&B, and slippery, jazzy funk indigenous to each man's area of origin would be enough to create binding ties - and to sell out South Street's Theater of the Living Arts on a humid Saturday. That they did so together, and with a start time of 11 p.m., meant that this was truly an evening of towering old-soul vibes struck in the midnight hour.
August 20, 2014 |
To the members of Congregation Rodeph Shalom, the stately Reform synagogue at Broad and Mount Vernon Streets, Lee Stanley was a keeper of history - a beloved, rumpled man who wore a straggly beard and oversize suits, and kept at his enthusiastic recall an unmatched knowledge of the congregation's musical tradition. In his earnest way, fellow congregants say, Stanley could pluck from his mind details most others had long forgotten - or never thought to preserve: the precise date the congregation changed the melody for a particular song or tinkered with the Hebrew phrasing of a prayer.
August 15, 2014
SOUL DEFENSIVE lineman Teddy Jennings was named first-team all-AFL. Jennings, a rookie who played collegiately at Connecticut, was fourth in the league with 11 sacks. Veteran defensive back Rayshaun Kizer (Walsh University, Ohio) was named second-team all-league after leading the Soul with nine interceptions and placing fourth in the AFL with 101.5 tackles. The AFL's ArenaBowl 27 is next Sunday, Aug. 23, when Arizona plays at Cleveland. - Ed Barkowitz