February 18, 2014 |
WHEN OFFICER Alvin Outlaw left a career in education for one in policing, he thought he had put the days of bringing his work home behind him. Then, his new police partner from the Netherlands moved into his house without asking. "Sometimes I have to shut my door when I get dressed for work because he's all over me," Outlaw said of his partner. "He's so excited. " Outlaw's partner is Thor, a 2-year-old German shepherd from Holland. Thor is one of 22 dogs in the Philadelphia Police Department's K-9 Unit - but he's the only one with a rabid social-media following.
November 19, 2013 |
Angelina Jolie , Steve Martin , and Angela Lansbury were all moved to tears at the film academy's fifth annual Governors Awards, presented at a private dinner in Los Angeles on Saturday. Jolie, 38, who received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, thanked her late mother, who she said inspired her to think of others and give back. "To stand here today means I did as she asked," Jolie said. "And if she were alive, she'd be very proud. " Tom Hanks and Martin Short helped present Martin, 68, with his honorary Oscar, which Short described as "the highest honor an actor can receive in mid-November.
November 12, 2013 |
Superheroes continue to defeat their foes at the box office. Disney's Thor: The Dark World , earning $86.1 million, dominated the weekend box office as it opened domestically at No. 1, according to studio estimates Sunday. Overall, it has grossed $327 million worldwide. In limited theaters Thursday evening, Thor: The Dark World brought in $7.1 million overnight. Surpassing the ticket sales of Thor , which scored $65.7 million when it opened in May of 2011, Thor: The Dark World marks a record for a Disney November opening, topping the $70.5 million The Incredibles earned in 2004.
November 8, 2013 |
ONE OF THE things that is hardest to pull off with Thor is balancing the Asgardian, god-like stuff with down-to-Earth moments - to be action-packed and with a sense of grandeur, yet at the same time have a relatable, whimsical sense of humor. This was best exemplified by Walt Simonson's famed comic book run on the Thunder God in the 1980s. Even Simonson himself, who refused to be quoted for this story, made it clear that he was looking forward to this weekend's "Thor" sequel and has made it clear he is happy that the movie is focusing not only on Thor but on Norse mythology characters he introduced to readers three decades ago. Back then, The Mighty Thor wasn't really mighty in the sales department.
August 22, 2013 |
No one, surely, would dispute that one of the lesser joys of parenthood is that interminable stretch of time when diaper upon messy, stinky diaper must be changed. Except for Eilish Volta of Norris Square, that is. The mother of an infant and toddler rarely faces the yucky chore. Seven-month-old son Thor handles his business in a most civilized way. He uses one of the potties scattered around the two-story house. And 2½-year-old Milo has used the regular commode for some time now. The Volta household practices a toilet-training method called elimination communication, or EC for short.
March 30, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Don Payne, 48, an Emmy-winning writer and producer for The Simpsons who also wrote the hit movie Thor , has died. His friend and former writing partner, John Frink, tells the Los Angeles Times that Mr. Payne had bone cancer and died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home. Mr. Payne shared four Emmys won by The Simpsons . He also wrote the 2006 Uma Thurman comedy My Super Ex-Girlfriend and 2007's Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer . - AP
June 8, 2012 |
Movies Opening This Week Lola Versus After being dumped by her fiance just weeks before their wedding, a woman (Greta Gerwig) enlists her friends to help her find her place in the world as a single woman about to turn 30. Rock of Ages A romance is played out in 1980s Los Angeles with rock music setting the mood. Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin, Julianne Hough, and Catherine Zeta-Jones star. Safety Not Guaranteed Three journalists set out to interview a man who placed an ad for a time-travel companion.
February 15, 2012 |
Home to 18 million specimens and a cadre of sober-minded researchers, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a redbrick bastion of science. Yet every few months in a darkened auditorium, the museum stages a public airing of what science is not. Pass the beer and pretzels, please. It's Mega-Bad Movie Night, in which a snarky panel of experts offers a running commentary while showing a really, really bad science-fiction flick. Piranha feeding frenzies.
December 7, 2011
WHO COULD be the next 76ers mascot? Here are suggestions from Peter Mucha of the philly.com Breaking News Desk: * The Valley Forger. He's a blacksmith with a hammer like Thor - and part-time counterfeiter. * Buttsy Ross. A big-horned goat who bumps into players who don't bust it. * Scars and Stripes. Big wounded tiger. Grrr. * Duck Laration. He quacks for independence with his Bill of Rights (and looks nothing like an amphibious vehicle)
September 23, 2011 |
SOME VIEWERS may have thought "Wife Swap" jumped the shark with its first episode, but there is no question now. Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard and actor Gary Busey are trading wives in an upcoming episode. Ted's very forgiving wife, Gayle , will temporarily move in with Gary while his wife stays with Ted. Wouldn't it have been more interesting if Gary moved in with Ted and the two women took a richly deserved spa vacation? For those with short memories, Ted's New Life Church in Colorado Springs had about 14,000 followers when he resigned in 2006 after a man said Ted had been paying him for sex for more than three years.