August 13, 2011 |
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.
August 3, 2011 |
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.
June 26, 2011 |
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.
October 15, 2010 |
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.
September 28, 2010 |
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.
August 8, 2010 |
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.
June 8, 2010 |
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")
December 5, 2009 |
'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.
November 26, 2009 |
Their early notice as part of the tween singing group the Clique Girlz did not, as it turned out, catapult the Monroe sisters of South Jersey to Miley Cyrus heights (though it did lead to a move to Los Angeles, where their home is a couple of miles from Miley's). And so Destinee, 15, and Paris, 13, will not be Clique Girlz when they are riding the Ikea float in the 6ABC Thanksgiving Parade, accompanied by two school choirs, or singing the national anthem at the Eagles game this Sunday, but reinvented as themselves, Destinee & Paris, back home for the holidays.
October 1, 2009 |
Fade in to applause: Sam Tsui is center stage at the microphone. He is joined - by another Sam. And another. And another, on up to six Sams. Videographer Kurt Schneider stands to the side, in the shadows, as the Sam sextet launches into an a cappella medley of Michael Jackson songs. This YouTube video, posted June 11, has garnered more than 1.132 million views, making the Wissahickon Senior High grads, now at Yale, into Internet stars. Their many videos, featuring Tsui's showmanship and precise vocals, have gone viral, attracting more than two million views.