June 19, 2014 |
IF YOU THOUGHT Jason David Frank was an animated character as Tommy Oliver in "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," just wait until you ask him about Wizard Con Philly 2014. "I love Wizard . . . they're there for the fans," says Frank. "They're very organized and I know what I'm getting into. I'm doing a Q&A, I have VIP Meet and Greets and I have a karate class that's free on Sunday. " "It's just the best," Frank added. "You might have one or two actors from people's favorite shows from the '80s and '90s and then have people from current shows like 'The Walking Dead.' Even kids that show up on Sunday get a chance to have something to do because . . . there's stuff for kids.
June 19, 2014 |
FROM LEGENDS like Trish Stratus and Lita to current stars like Natalya and A.J. Lee, popular Divas are nothing new to the wrestling arena. However, there has never been a Diva duo quite like the Bella Twins. The unique pair, Brie and Nikki Bella, are famous inside the ring for their "Twin Magic," in which one of them will disappear under the ring during matches and then appear miraculously "revived" - having in reality switched places with her twin. They are so popular, they also star in the E!
June 19, 2014 |
THE FASTEST character being shown in Cineplexes this summer can't wait to zip into Wizard Con. "I'm super-excited to come to Philly," said Evan Peters, who has become a household name this summer portraying the mutant speedster Quicksilver in one of the biggest blockbusters of the season, "X-Men: Days of Future Past. " "I can't wait to meet fans and hang out," Peters continued. "I think it's going to be loads of fun. " Peters made it clear he also had fun playing the mischievous, super-fast mutant from the 1970s.
June 18, 2014 |
THE LATIN PHRASE "vox populi" translates to "voice of the people. " It's also the name of Sean Astin's political radio show, which urges bipartisan civil discourse. Astin, who's most recognized for his roles as the loyal Samwise Gamgee in Peter Jackson's epic "Lord of the Rings" trilogy and Rudy, from the 1993 gridiron drama of the same name, considers himself an "active, engaged citizen" off the screen. The 43-year-old actor was a volunteer civilian aide in John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign, and worked on Hillary Clinton's primary campaign in 2008.
June 17, 2014 |
MARV WOLFMAN, a true legend in the comics industry, is coming to Wizard Con Philly 2014 this week. He's as excited to be here as fans are to have him. In fact, he wants to stick around - after his panel appearances and autograph signings at the con - to see the sites. "When I was a kid, I used to come down to Philly with my family and remember it fondly," he said. "Coming back, I think the city has fixed itself up and is now better than ever. " Wolfman also is looking forward to getting a cheesesteak at Reading Terminal Market ("they have really good ones")
June 13, 2014 |
COLOSSUS is coming to Philly. Daniel Cudmore, best known for playing the mutant superman Colossus, most recently in this summer's "X-Men: Days of Future Past" film, is making his first appearance at Wizard Con Philly this year - and he's excited about it. "I've done the smaller shows here and there, but this is the first time I've done a show in Philly," Cudmore said. "I'm looking forward to soaking in the city . . . I've never had an actual Philly cheesesteak before, so I'm pumped to finally do that.
June 12, 2014 |
FAMED filmmaker John Carpenter is proud of his career and accomplishments, but sees no need to make things more complicated than they are. One of the myths that has taken on the aura of fact surrounding his classic "Halloween," which made both Jamie Lee Curtis and him stars, was that Carpenter was trying to draw an allegory to the dangers of casual sex. "No," Carpenter said recently by phone. "That's not why I made it. I made it for the same reason it resonates with people. " Which is?
June 7, 2014 |
Dozens of writers, directors, filmmakers, and composers have adapted L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for TV, stage, and film. I'm not going to pretend to know the differences that distinguish each version. But I will say that Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Wizard of Oz , now at the Academy of Music, offers a visually satisfying, much fuller musical take on this staple of American culture. Lloyd Webber based his show on the 1939 Judy Garland-driven film, keeping much of the plot and most of Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg's songs intact.
May 30, 2014
ADDING NEW songs to the score from the 1939 film version of "The Wizard of Oz"? Isn't that akin to painting earrings and sunglasses on the Mona Lisa? That's what David Andrews Rogers thought. But not anymore. "When I was first offered the project, I approached it with a little uncertainty, thinking, it ran well in London, and ran well in Toronto, but we're talking America, we're talking about a group of people who really take, not just fondness for, but ownership of, this iconic film," said Rogers, who on Tuesday hits the Academy of Music as musical director for Andrew Lloyd Webber 's stage version of what is arguably the most beloved American film of all time.
March 3, 2014 |
For one night, the spirit that used to accompany more-successful teams was pervasive through the sold-out crowd of 20,856 at the Wells Fargo Center. The 76ers fans came to honor Allen Iverson, who had his No. 3 jersey lifted to the rafters. Even though the 38-year-old Iverson is four years past his last NBA game, he can still draw and inspire a crowd. Another Sixers loss was by far the secondary story, this time a 122-103 defeat to the Washington Wizards. It was the 13th consecutive defeat.