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NEWS
August 28, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
SEOUL, South Korea - Kang Hyun-Min remembers the first time he slid an album from its cardboard jacket and delicately, almost reverently, placed it on the turntable. It was 1979, and Kang's father had ruled the record player off-limits to the 10-year-old. But home alone one day, the young Kang gave in to his curiosity; he flipped through his brother's album collection, thinking he might for once take control of that magical music player. Unable to read English, he knew musicians only by their album-cover art. He knew he had to hurry because someone could arrive home at any minute.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 17, 2011 | BY CHUCK DARROW, darrowc@phillynews.com 215-313-3134
"HELLO, Philadelphia. Welcome to your worst nightmare. " With those seven words, Howard Stern began in earnest his inexorable march toward becoming the multimedia phenomenon we know (and love and love to hate) today. They were spoken 25 years ago tomorrow, Aug. 18, 1986, when the groundbreaking satirist-entertainer debuted on WYSP-FM (94.1). By the time Stern began simulcasting his New York-based morning drive-time radio show here, he had already been a hit in Washington and New York.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 13, 2011 | By David Hiltbrand, Inquirer Columnist
Over the last few years, I've interviewed more than my fair share of reality-show cast members. When asked about their ambitions, they almost inevitably say, "Someday I'd like to have my own reality show. " It's not surprising they want to repeat the experience. Having your every utterance recorded for posterity, finding yourself recognized in public - that's got to be a potent ego boost. And let's face it: About the only thing participating in a reality show qualifies you for is another reality show.
NEWS
August 3, 2011 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Ginger Howard, a 17-year-old Delaware County native, just off the golf course after flying through the first stage of qualifying for the LPGA Tour, can see her future. "My goal is to be a top-ranked LPGA professional," said Howard, whose family has deep Philadelphia roots. "That's my dream. " This isn't some quixotic quest, more like the continuation of a path. Howard, who turned professional in June, has devoted most of the last decade to golf, much of it at the IMG Leadbetter Golf Academy in Bradenton, Fla. She's serious to the point of giving up that most common of teenage pursuits, Facebook.
NEWS
June 26, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Selena Gomez flashes her string-of-pearls smile and black-olive eyes as 3,000 fans give her a rock-star welcome Monday at the King of Prussia Mall. The sound of Selenamania is an earsplitting squawk, something like that of squadrons of overexcited seagulls. Gomez, the recording sensation, star of the Disney TV series The Wizards of Waverly Place , and anchor of the Fox mistaken-identity comedy Monte Carlo (opening Friday), is buoyed by the shout-out. With self-assurance and self-doubt in dizzyingly equal proportions, Gomez, 18, is walking the tightrope from teen idol toward mature stardom in five-inch heels, struggling against the perception she's just a "Disney girl.
SPORTS
October 15, 2010 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
Maybe Shane Victorino's best ability is to fit in. He, after all, was the one who replaced Bobby Abreu in right field. Then, he succeeded Aaron Rowand in center following the 2007 season, when the Phillies played their first playoff games in 14 years. "I never looked at it that way," Victorino said. No, but Victorino's precipitous rise is not lost on the always talkative centerfielder. Twice selected in the Rule 5 draft, he has started 33 straight postseason games. In that span, he's hitting .276 with six home runs and 26 RBIs.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2010 | By HOWARD GENSLER, gensleh@phillynews.com 215-854-5678
There's another Australian actor making his mark on Hollywood, but Kodi Smit-McPhee is a little different. He's 14. Smit-McPhee burst onto the scene last year with a serious performance opposite Viggo Mortensen in John Hillcoat's film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "The Road. " On Friday, he stars as a bullied boy who befriends a mysterious new neighbor, played by Chloe Moretz ("Kick-Ass") in "Let Me In," Matt Reeves' remake of the Swedish chiller "Let the Right One In. " Smit-McPhee spoke to the Daily News this month at the Toronto International Film Festival.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 2010 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
And who do you think you are Running around leaving scars Collecting your jar of hearts And tearing love apart You're gonna catch a cold From the ice inside your soul - Christina Perri, "Jar of Hearts" It can't be easy to be an overnight singing sensation, a genuine, honest-to-goodness pop-culture phenom. "It feels pretty amazing," says Bensalem native Christina Perri, 23, who in less than a month catapulted from obscurity to stardom with her remarkable self-released song, "Jar of Hearts," an alternately ferocious and mournful indictment of an inconstant lover.
NEWS
June 8, 2010 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
AS I LISTENED yesterday to NASA's chief technologist talk about the Earth's gravity and the tremendous force it takes for a space vehicle to escape its pull, I wondered whether the teenagers Robert Braun was speaking with saw any parallels in their own lives. The effervescent Braun - who worked on NASA's Mars Pathfinder - was visiting with the fabulous West Philly Hybrid X Team, comprising students in West Philly High School's Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering. Braun was invited by U.S. Rep. Chaka Fattah, a huge fan of "the team that knows no ceiling" (and who therefore should share their story with the "federal agency that explores the heavens")
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2009 | By Sam Adams FOR THE INQUIRER
'I'm feeling particularly slutty tonight," Stefani Germanotta purred to a sold-out Susquehanna Bank Center on Thursday night. Known to her fans - as well as anyone who's passed within hailing distance of a working radio or TV set in the last year - as Lady Gaga, she arrived with the kind of explosive force that can incinerate artists unprepared for the spotlight. Since the success of her insidious, inescapable single "Poker Face," Gaga has staged a blizzard of reinvention, from sex kitten to bondage queen, as well as what might be a visitor from a far more stylish future.
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