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ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
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!
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY MATT NESTOR, Daily News Staff Writer nestorm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5906
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 2014 | BY JEROME MAIDA, For the Daily News
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.
SPORTS
June 17, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
When the U.S. men's national team arrived in Brazil last week for the 2014 World Cup, the players, coaches, and staff found themselves in a place where all was not in complete readiness. That might have bothered teams from some other nations, but the U.S. team should have felt right at home. Our national side isn't quite ready for this World Cup, either. While the Brazilians suffered small oversights such as not completing the stadiums on schedule, the U.S. team is once again in the midst of a building process of its own that has been taking place for most of the last 30 years.
NEWS
June 15, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
'Dan Wilson writes the songs that make the whole world sing," Barry Manilow might say. Yet, in reality, Wilson - a flat-tone singer/songwriter from Minneapolis whose work with Semisonic and the late, great band Trip Shakespeare predates current success - is one of nu-pop's most respected hit-writing artists. Alone or with performers who hire him, Wilson made his bones with three songs on Adele's multi-platinum 21 , and teamings with the top-tier likes of John Legend ("You & I")
SPORTS
June 13, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
FINALLY, THE 2014 World Cup begins today when host nation Brazil plays Croatia at the new Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo. And if you are FIFA president Sepp Blatter or Brazil president Dilma Rousseff, this match could not come soon enough. Once the games begin in an event like a World Cup, they take precedence. The drama on the pitch jumps to the forefront of the public's eye and pushes other issues to the background. And while it may be for different reasons, Blatter and Rousseff are eager to have the eyes of the world focused away from off-the-pitch World Cup concerns.
SPORTS
June 12, 2014 | By Mike Jensen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The most famous soccer player in history is a global brand. This is a week for Pele to push that brand. Hence, the e-mail from Santander Bank asking whether five or so minutes on the phone or Skype or Hangout or FaceTime with Pele would be of interest. The World Cup starts Thursday with host Brazil facing Croatia. Brazil's greatest legend would be happy to talk from Sao Paulo, site of the opener. It also makes sense that Pele's brand remains strongest in the United States, still without our own folk hero in the sport.
NEWS
June 12, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a strong desire to change the world and an excellent plan for how to do it? A new Penn program may fund you. Penn president Amy Gutmann has created "engagement prizes" of up to $150,000 - $50,000 for living expenses and $100,000 for project execution - for students with the most promising plans to improve local, national, or global conditions in the year after their graduation. "We want to maximize the encouragement we can give our students who do well by doing good in the world," Gutmann said Tuesday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 7, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Since making her full-length album debut in 1993 with Plantation Lullabies , Meshell Ndegeocello has undergone more musical and lyrical changes than Cher has costumes. Gender- and genre-bending, she has ripped through ever-hazier shades of avant-pop and soul in her most recent albums, the salty jazz and decadent rock of 2012's Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone , and the oddly layered dub/dance-hall pop of 2014's Comet, Come to Me . Does she even recognize the woman and the artist she started out as, considering all her changes?
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