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June 1, 2015 | Gary Thompson, Daily News Staff Writer
Summer is here, with some of what you expect - terminator robots and superheroes and digital dinosaurs. And some of what you don't expect - comedies co-starring LeBron James and Amy Schumer . . . and Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham. Here are some highlights: "Spy," June 6. After a few misfires, Melissa McCarthy reteams with director Paul Feig ("Bridesmaids," "The Heat") for this story of a desk-bound CIA agent who finally gets a chance to work undercover (McCarthy wears many disguises)
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
EVERY BEACH TOWN has its signature. In A.C., it's flash and drama. In O.C., it's all about the kids. Wildwood is retro plus rides. Cape May's vintage charming. Eleven can't-miss events for those of us who are heading down there this summer: Nighttime climbs at Absecon Lighthouse, Atlantic City, June 2, July 1, Aug. 29 . Ascending all 228 steps of Jersey's tallest lighthouse to see clear across the Atlantic is impressive enough by day. Come evening, the tower seems colossal, the climb up more mysterious.
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | Becky Batcha, Daily News Staff Writer
Marvel Comics brings an "augmented reality" superhero expo to the Linc for two villain-vanquishing weeks, and the world sends in its elite sailing vessels for a Tall Ships festival on both sides of the Delaware. On the Parkway, the Art Museum imports a blockbuster Impressionist show that's been all the rage in London and Paris. At Penn's Landing, the Independence Seaport Museum mounts its latest homegrown exhibit, this one involving produce-peddling roustabouts. Add a packed slate of Fourth of July fireworks (starting on June 27, because, why not?
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | Ellen Gray, Daily News Television Critic
IF YOU thought that you'd spend the indoor hours between now and September clearing through the backlog on the DVR, think again: TV doesn't take summer off. Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" returns June 12 with more funny, tragic tales of women behind bars. HBO has a whole new cast and story for "True Detective. " And while "Mad Men" may be gone, the '60s aren't, as ABC's "The Astronaut Wives Club" and NBC's "Aquarius" offer different takes on a decade that changed more than advertising.
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | BY GRACE DICKINSON, For the Daily News
YOU CAN ALMOST feel it – the sun beating down onto your summer hat, the fluorescent band strapped across your wrist, perhaps even the grass beneath your feet as you wait to start grooving to your favorite tunes. Philadelphia's peak music season has arrived. Every month this summer brings an opportunity to catch an outdoor festival, and there are plenty of solid indoor options, too. Some highlights: Fall Out Boy and Wiz Khalifa, June 10 . While blatantly different in terms of their musical styles, these two do share the experience of having produced multiplatinum albums.
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani and Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writers
It's nice out. The birds are singing, the sun is shining, the flowers are growing. But that doesn't mean you have to go outside. With finales from the 2014-15 season wrapped up, summer TV starts warming up (AMC's Halt and Catch Fire , about the early days of computers, starts its rebooted second season Sunday at 9 p.m.). Here's what to watch while you're looking for an excuse to hang in the AC.   Returning Orange is the New Black The ladies of Litchfield return for a third season in what creator Jenji Kohan says is a lighter go-round, with a focus on motherhood and faith.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2015 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Memorial Day may be the unofficial start of the summer, but the beginning of the concert season in Philadelphia is definitely the Roots Picnic. The favorite sons of the 215 come home annually from their steady gig on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to put on a daylong party. Between the Roots Picnic and the Welcome America celebration July Fourth, the band holds more than its share of sway over the local concert season. There's plenty more going on, however, beyond the mostly big events highlighted below.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Fans knew something special was in the offing when director David Wain ( Wanderlust ; They Came Together ) announced the cast of his 2001 comedy, Wet Hot American Summer . It was a veritable Who's Who of comedy: Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon, Michael Ian Black, Amy Poehler, Judah Friedlander, and David Hyde Pierce. What's more, they were backed by a group of great actors including Elizabeth Banks, Paul Rudd, Christopher Meloni, and Bradley Cooper. A raunchy, sharp-edged satire that was equally affecting and nostalgic, the film was about the crazy goings-on at a summer camp in 1981.
NEWS
May 29, 2015 | By Shaun Brady, For The Inquirer
The sight of double-decker tour buses circling the streets of Center City is hardly uncommon. But this summer, the sound of some of those buses will be unusual indeed. With the Double Decker Music Series, tour guide/sound artist Sebastian Petsu and presenting organization Bowerbird will host five concerts on the open-air upper level of a moving double-decker bus, interspersed with a singular tour of Philadelphia history. The series, in its first full season after three previous events, will offer five intimate concerts, beginning this weekend with sets by former Man Man drummer and beat-maker Christopher Sean Powell and experimental folk duo the Sun Flights.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 27, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
Game time 'gain While we're casino hopping, "Double Dare" slime administrator  Marc Summers  will be returning to his roots Saturday to host a special game show at Parx (2999 Street Road, Bensalem). The Nickelodeon notable and Food Network star will headline the Parx Challenge Game Show inside the casino at 360, the live-music venue. It's open to the public and guests can purchase tickets for $10, which affords them a chance to be chosen randomly by Summers to be a game-show contestant.
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