November 7, 2015 |
Hana Saeidi, the bright young niece of Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi, climbs into the taxi that her uncle is driving on the streets of Tehran. She is holding a camera, excited about her first film class in school. Her teacher has provided a list of rules to make a "distributable" movie. Among the key rules: "No sordid realism. " In the small and brilliant Jafar Panahi's Taxi , the internationally renowned director has been reduced to making his own brand of "sordid realism" on the sly - that is, realism free of the restrictions of Sharia law. With a small camera mounted on the dashboard of a car, Panahi drives along, picking up passengers and recording them as they debate politics and religion, crime and punishment, Woody Allen and Akira Kurosawa.
November 6, 2015 |
JOHN ROBERTSON isn't one to play the what-if game, even if it's almost impossible for him to avoid. This was supposed to be his year. Villanova's fifth-year senior quarterback was positioned to make a serious run at Brian Westbrook's all-time program rushing record. He was going after a second Walter Payton Award, which only one other FCS player had ever done. And he would be trying to take the Wildcats deep into the playoffs, after starting the season ranked fourth. Everything changed in the fourth quarter of the Sept.
October 29, 2015 |
SAM HINKIE hears the noise. He reads the tweets. He sees the stories that quote league insiders, three big ones in the past few days. They were well-sourced, well-written pieces. They cast his Sixers as a rudderless franchise, expressed the very tangible disdain for his slash-and-burn rebuilding process, and highlighted how indignant the old boys' network is at Hinkie's indifference to that old boys' network. He even reads the outrageous comments posted at the ends of the stories.
October 22, 2015
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2015 Voters need to hear candidates' views When one political party's slate of candidates refuses to participate in public debates, it feels like a threat to democracy. Nearly 100 years ago, the League of Women Voters sought to provide accurate, unbiased, nonpartisan information for voters in local, state, and national elections. This year, the League of Women Voters of Haverford Township is unable to offer a forum for township candidates running for commissioner in five of our nine wards.
October 21, 2015 |
UPPER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Some called a hearing Monday before the state Board of Public Utilities on whether to allow South Jersey Gas to build a 22-mile pipeline through the environmentally sensitive Pinelands National Reserve the most important forum "in the history of the Pinelands. " Others, however, called the meeting just one more in a "rigged system" that "caters to special interests" in the protracted battle over whether the gas utility should be permitted to construct the underground pipeline that would supply natural gas to the B.L. England Generating Station in the Beesleys Point section of Upper Township, Cape May County, from a site in Maurice River Township, Cumberland County.
October 20, 2015 |
Less than three months after signing a deal last year to buy Philadelphia Gas Works, the chief executive officer of UIL Holdings Corp. received a secret overture to explore a merger with a Spanish energy firm. James P. Torgerson, the UIL chief executive, "expressed an interest but indicated that he was focused on completing the PGW transaction and did not wish to enter into any discussions, at that time, that could interfere with its completion," according to a document filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
October 12, 2015 |
ON THE HEELS of what many called a highly successful offseason, Flyers general manager Ron Hextall made it clear in his actions the last few weeks that, despite making plenty of transactions since taking over last May, he's taking the long approach. As if going outside the box and hiring coach Dave Hakstol from a college program instead of going after proven NHL coaches wasn't proof enough, the swiftness with which he exercised his option of sending top prospects Ivan Provorov, Travis Konecny and Travis Sanheim back to juniors early on in training camp proved that approach.
September 24, 2015 |
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey addressed the controversial topics of criminal justice reform and police brutality at a barber shop recently, and a brief video of his comments has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook. Ramsey took questions from visitors to Hewitts Barbershop in the West Oak Lane neighborhood as he sat in the barber's seat getting a haircut Wednesday . "Yeah, I got bad cops, no doubt about that," Ramsey said after noting that African Americans killed by police represent a minuscule fraction of African American homicide victims.
September 18, 2015 |
In the visually gripping IMAX drama Everest , doomed climbers pause just before their final drive to the summit and ponder their motives. They repeat the old line about climbing the mountain because it's there, but are pressed for something more original, honest, or illuminating. Most are stymied, but one says that, given a chance to experience the majesty of a moment at the top of the world, "it would be a crime not to. " OK, but the slow-motion carnage of the next day in 1996, when eight climbers died on overcrowded slopes, raised another question at the time: Was it a crime, of sorts, for unqualified climbers to expect professional guides to haul them to the summit, at foolish risk to the lives of all involved?
September 10, 2015 |
'View' co-host wants civility Yes, she will disagree with many of the views shared by some of her fellow The View cohosts, but conservative cohost Candace Cameron Bure says she wants the gals to remain civil. On Tuesday, after wrapping up the new season's first episode, the Full House alumna told the New York Daily News, "We can have disagreements without it turning into argument. You can express different ideas without becoming distasteful or hurtful. " The talk show also features Whoopi Goldberg , Paula Faris , and Joy Behar . Sam Smith to croon for 007 British vocalist Sam Smith , 23, has confirmed that he has the rare honor of singing the theme song for the next James Bond picture, Spectre , which will feature Daniel Craig , Naomi Watts , Lea Seydoux , and the incomparable Monica Bellucci . The song, "Writing's on the Wall," will be available to buy Sept.