March 5, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Good afternoon South Jersey, this is not Scott Cronick. This is Mayor Don Guardian from Atlantic City, subbing for Scott while he's on vacation. Well, why not? Atlantic City is obsessed with its local talk radio, so perhaps it made perfect sense that the mayor himself would take two hours out of his afternoon to fill in as host on WOND-AM (1400), in the historic 4 to 6 p.m. time slot of the late broadcaster Pinky Kravitz. But with the city running out of cash, and a well-publicized feud between Guardian and the state - Gov. Christie just hours before said he would be fine with leaving A.C. "to its own devices" - let's just say there was little if any dead air. In two hours, Guardian took calls that covered everything from the city's cash crunch to his marriage to longtime partner Louis Fatato and the virtues of monogamy, to his idea to get the state to allow one-day marriage licenses in Atlantic City for a Boardwalk wedding chapel, to why the state won't allow a rum distillery in an old rum-running spot, to, well, the people who work in City Hall Room 105. Yes, Room 105, which issues parking permits.
June 19, 2015 |
IF WE CONFUSE "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" with other movies famously adapted from young-adult cancer novels, the fault is not in our stars, but in ourselves. This is a hearse of a different color, and if that sounds like the sort of awful pun you'd expect from a geeky adolescent, be advised you'll find more just like it in "Me and Earl," cleverly adapted by Jesse Andrews from his cheeky YA book. Two of the title characters are high school boys who make impish movie shorts that riff on the film classics they watch during lunch so that they don't have to hang out with other kids.
June 17, 2015 |
THE STARS of the new teens-confronting-cancer movie are sick and tired of talking about that other teens-confronting-cancer movie. "It's annoying!" said Olivia Cooke, star of "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl," a movie she was already in the midst of making when "The Fault in Our Stars" hit theaters last year. "It's almost like people want to start a rivalry, or create this tension," Cooke said, during a brief visit to Philadelphia with co-star Thomas Mann. "Someone says this, someone else says that and I don't give a [crap]
April 17, 2015 |
WHEN TATTLE mentioned a couple of days ago that Tim McGraw had announced The Concert for Sandy Hook Promise, with proceeds benefiting an organization with the crazy, un-American goal of protecting kids from guns, we wondered how that might play with a portion of his fans. Uh, not well. The Washington Post reports that McGraw (along with his openers , Billy Currington and Chase Bryant ) have received a backlash from gun-rights advocates. Tim's motives seem reasonable.
January 8, 2015 |
Dunham denies it all Lena Dunham posted an Instagram pic of her and her left hand - bedecked with sparkly ringlike jewels! Worlds hemorrhaged! Surely, this meant she was engaged to her bf, Jack Antonoff , he of that cool band Bleachers ! Nuh- uh, she says. So does her bff Jenni Konner , who also happens to exec-produce HBO's Girls , source of Dunham's fame. At an HBO premiere show for Season 4 of Girls, Konner said she and LD wear friendship rings and that's what it is so shut up. Philly folk man to fold 'em Gene Shay , 79, the grand man of Philadelphia folk music, announced Tuesday that he'd do his final installment of The Folk Show for WXPN on Feb. 1. This man has done more than even a legend could do. He cofounded the Philadelphia Folk Festival in 1962, has been doing radio in our market since at least then, and has been on 'XPN since 1995.
June 4, 2014 |
YOU'RE a well-known performer or sports figure just out of jail. Or newly exposed in a compromising position. Or maybe you're the latest overnight sensation, blinded by the spotlights, ill-equipped to deal. So whatcha gonna do? How you gonna face the music? The gossipmongers? Your future? When the going gets tough, the tough often call Dyana Williams. Philadelphians know her best as a seasoned radio personality and advocate for black music, co-host of the "Soulful Sunday" show (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
August 16, 2013 |
THERE ARE mysteries afoot in the suspense picture "Paranoia," though none as big as how Richard Dreyfuss could possibly have fathered Liam Hemsworth. They play father and son - blue-collar "bridge and tunnel" folk living on the outskirts of Manhattan (although parts of the movie were filmed in Philadelphia). The description looks laughable on Hemsworth, an Aussie who's only just mastered a generic "American" accent and wisely makes no attempt to speak "Long Island" in any form.
July 9, 2013
Amina Wright Age: 34 Where ya from? North Philadelphia, near Temple University. What are your plans for the summer? Take the kids to summer camps and area parks. Wright said that camp counselors helped her when she was a teenager and she is interested in becoming a counselor for kids ages 15 to 18 so that she can talk to them about life and their youth. "It's hard out there, at that age," Wright said. "Kids don't have any more things to do in the summer.
July 3, 2013
Billy Smith Age: 27 Where he's from: Fishtown What he does: Quality control for PrimoHoagies. What he loves about Fishtown: The villagelike, close-knit family feel. Smith was getting ready to play hockey with the Ducks at the Fishtown Rec rink while his son L.B., 7, shot baskets a few feet away. "I've been playing here since I was L.B.'s age," Smith said. "My grandma lives across the street. I worked at the Swimmo [city swimming pool] over there as a teenager. Me and my son take our pit bull Spike for a walk around the block and 10 people say hello.
June 27, 2013
Victor Leandry Age: 25 Where ya from? Camden. I've been there all my life, 25 years. What do you do? A stationary engineer for Verizon. I take care of buildings, equipment, electrical, heat, really any problems. I got my training from a technical college in Blackwood, N.J. I graduated last year. What do you like at the job and how long have you been at Verizon? Everything. It's hard out there. To wake up every morning, to say I have a job, that's the best part.