November 3, 2015 |
MOIRA Walley-Beckett is "drawn to dark. " Which is why, after years of writing for "Breaking Bad" - winning an Emmy for the celebrated "Ozymandias" episode - she did the next logical thing. She formed a ballet company. And while you can't buy tickets to that 22-member troupe's one and only season, you can see it perform beginning Sunday, on Starz, in Walley-Beckett's "Flesh and Bone. " An eight-episode limited series that stars newcomer Sarah Hay as Claire Robbins, a troubled young dancer on the cusp of a brilliant career, "Flesh and Bone" is set in a world that its creator, a former actress and dancer, knows something about.
October 27, 2015 |
WHEN TINA FEY won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2010, copies of Twain's massive door-stopping autobiography were distributed. From the stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, Tina said, "If there is anyone in this room who will read this book, it's my father. " There was no doubt that her father, Donald, would read the Twain book, not the least put off by its 700-plus pages, because he was a voracious reader who couldn't seem to get enough of the printed page.
October 26, 2015 |
Donald H. Fey, 82, a Korean War veteran, former Philadelphia firefighter, and retired fund-raising writer, died Sunday, Oct. 18, of heart failure at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Mr. Fey, of Drexel Hill, whose daughter is award-winning writer and actress Tina Fey, was a professional writer for more than 30 years, primarily in fund-raising and development. He helped raise more than $500 million for schools, hospitals, and public-service agencies. In 1992, he retired from Thomas Jefferson University, where he was director of development communications.
October 13, 2015 |
FARGO . 10 tonight, FX. Jean Smart likes to pick her spots. Even the cold ones. She's seen only briefly tonight in the Season 2 premiere of FX's "Fargo," but her role as Floyd Gerhardt, the matriarch of a North Dakota crime family, will prove pivotal enough to justify the months the actress spent earlier this year filming in Calgary. "Yeah, it was cold," said Smart, shivering again during an interview in August, at a Beverly Hills hotel where the air conditioning was set to "Fargo" levels.
September 25, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - Good things come to those who wait. That's basically what writer/director/producer Nancy Meyers has to say to her fans, who have waited six years for her new project, the Robert De Niro/Anne Hathaway comedy "The Intern. " But Philadelphia native Meyers - responsible for many hits through the decades, including 1980's "Private Benjamin," 2000's "What Women Want" and 2009's "It's Complicated" - said that there are simple reasons for the unusually large gap of time in-between her projects.
September 10, 2015 |
* YOU'RE THE WORST. 10:30 tonight, FXX. A romantic comedy about two people who don't necessarily believe in romance, FXX's "You're the Worst" may not be as modern as it sometimes feels. "I was always a big softy, always liked romantic comedies and John Hughes' stuff," "Worst" creator Stephen Falk said in an interview last month. But "when I first sort of discovered screwball comedies, I was really taken aback by how much we had regressed in writing female characters" since the 1930s and 1940s.
August 15, 2015 |
During the second of Stan Baumgartner's noteworthy Philadelphia careers, his colleagues in the Baker Bowl's press box liked to toss peanuts at his head every time the Inquirer sportswriter dozed off. Once awakened, the native Texan typically produced stories that were dry, matter-of-fact accounts, the journalistic equivalent of the mediocre numbers he had posted as a pitcher for the Phillies and Athletics. Still, 60 years after his death, Baumgartner continues to occupy a special and unique place in Phillies history, the only link between the franchise's first two pennant winners.
August 4, 2015 |
THAT WAS FRED Cusick's panicked voice shouting, "Budd! Budd! Budd! No! Don't!" when R. Budd Dwyer, a disgraced public official, put the barrel of a .357 Magnum pistol in his mouth during a crowded news conference and pulled the trigger. Fred, a veteran Inquirer journalist who thought he had seen everything, was sitting in the front row of reporters convened in Harrisburg on Jan. 22, 1987, to hear Dwyer, the state treasurer facing prison on fraud charges, defend himself. After a rambling indictment of prosecutors, politicians and the press, Dwyer took the heavy pistol out of an envelope, and motioned for reporters to stay back before he fired as TV cameras recorded the deed.
July 13, 2015 |
Jen Bryant, 55, of Glenmoore has penned more than 30 books for young readers, ranging from nonfiction picture books to novels in verse. Her most recent work, The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus , illustrated with vibrant multimedia art by Melissa Sweet, was awarded the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal and was named a Caldecott Honor Book this year. Given late last month at the American Library Association conference in San Francisco, the annual Sibert award is for the most distinguished U.S. children's informational book in English during the preceding year.
July 8, 2015 |
Caitlin Moran talks so fast, my digital recorder couldn't keep up. I wanted to catch every word - because, as the English columnist, TV critic/celebrity writer, satirist, novelist, public intellectual, now-wave feminist, and funnyperson vroomed on at comet speed, she was talking more sense per femtosecond than your average extraordinarily gifted person. Moran, who will speak Thursday at the Free Library, is cobbling together a cool, fresh way of thinking the future into being.