June 19, 2014 |
HIS LIVING ROOM was a bit disheveled, the victim of last-minute haste. An enormous stack of silver and red sat in the corner. At the top was the square, metallic-blue helmet of Optimus Prime, overlooking the house with its antennae-like ears pointed upward. It was just four days until Wizard World Philadelphia and Eric "The Smoke" Moran was making the final alterations to his new lineup of costumes with the same fervor and excitement of a believer on Christmas Eve. In the basement of his Chestnut Hill townhouse, all four walls are covered with film posters, drawings and action figures - most still in their original packing.
June 19, 2014 |
MARVEL AND DC may dominate the comic-book market, but one of the top independent publishers is based in Horsham. It's Zenescope, started by Upper Dublin's Ralph Tedesco and Abington's Joe Brusha, which is celebrating its ninth year in business and the 100th issue of its flagship comic, Grimm Fairy Tales . Growing up, Brusha was the comic-book fan, while Tedesco wanted to be an actor. The pair had written screenplays, but it was when Tedesco was home from California for a wedding that Brusha asked him what he knew about comic books.
June 19, 2014 |
CHRISTOPHER LLOYD has had a long, accomplished career, but he still enjoys doing conventions - and he's particularly excited to be coming to Wizard Con Philly 2014. "The fans who come always have a lot of energy," Lloyd said by phone. "They're very enthusiastic. They've seen me on film . . . and it's an opportunity for them to meet someone who was part of these films and have a few moments to exchange pleasantries. "A lot of people have grown up with some of these films - particularly the 'Back to the Future' series - and they're really happy to come talk to me. It's a great feeling.
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.