November 4, 2014 |
It's heartening in this era of fluffy YouTube videos that an artist of weight can gain success through that medium. But YouTube is where we first heard of Andrew Hozier-Byrne, the Irish folk-gospel singer who performs as simply Hozier and who posted a stark video for his "Take Me to Church" - dedicated to Russia's beleaguered LGBT community facing rampant homophobia. The song became a viral sensation by dealing with religion and humanity with a sound track of holy-rolling, smoldering sensuality.
October 31, 2014 |
THE BODY was still warm when Detective Ed Bassmaster arrived on the scene, another life snuffed out on the streets he's sworn to protect. Bassmaster's white dress shirt was triple-starched, his hair an unmovable force against the autumn wind and, behind those aviators, there was surely a steely glint in his eyes. Some scumbag was gonna go down hard for this one, but first a cameraman had to check a battery pack dangling out of an open zipper in Bassmaster's pants, real up close and personal, and they both cracked up laughing.
July 7, 2014 |
Who knew the city had its own stash of movies? Both delightful and dreadful, the historic films depict Philadelphia life between the 1950s and 1980s in the earnest, unironic, relentlessly square cinematic style of scratchy old high school hygiene movies, along the lines of "Foot Care and You. " The creation of the 150 or so films was supervised by the Office of City Representative, the agency charged for decades with promoting Philadelphia....
May 19, 2014 |
Christina Grimmie was runner-up in her high school's "Cherokee Idol" singing competition in 2011. It was largely a popularity contest, friends said, and the introverted, video-game-loving Grimmie came up short in the votes. On Monday, Grimmie, a Marlton native, will compete in the highest-rated singing popularity contest in the country as a finalist on NBC's The Voice - and with 500,000 Twitter followers, two million YouTube subscribers, and a strong cohort of South Jersey support, she has a good chance at redemption on a national stage.
February 7, 2014 |
TORONTO'S CRACK-SMOKING mayor, Rob Ford , and his brother Doug Ford , a city councilor, are launching a YouTube series called "Ford Nation. " Ford asks people to "please judge me on my record, not my personal life" in a preview posted yesterday. Ford last year made international headlines when he admitted to having smoked crack cocaine while in a drunken stupor. He's also drawn attention for repeated erratic behavior - essentially the norm now for a politician - but he has resisted pressure to step down and is seeking re-election.
October 18, 2013 |
MOST PHILLY COPS do it right. One shift after another, they put their lives on the line for people they don't know. They lock up the bad guys and try to make it home to their families in one piece. Some officers turn into bad guys themselves. They've lost their badges amid allegations of assault, theft, rape, fraud and drug dealing. At least 68 city cops have been charged with crimes since March 2009. But Officer Philip Nace - the YouTube sensation who has developed an international reputation as the angriest cop in the City of Brotherly Love - is perhaps the first Philly lawman to get benched for what a police spokesman described simply as "idiotic behavior.
October 11, 2013 |
NO ONE GOT PUNCHED in the face - this time - but YouTube has given the Philadelphia Police Department another black eye, proving once again that smartphones are a bully cop's worst nightmare. Let's just hope that Officer Philip Nace doesn't land in the city's tourism department when the dust settles. "Don't come to f---ing Philadelphia. Stay in Jersey. " That's one of Nace's rage-induced zingers that were recorded in a disturbing 16-minute YouTube video of a recent stop and frisk.
September 13, 2013 |
Comedian Steve Hofstetter spends more time on college campuses than most professors do. "I've always been the comic where people say, 'I've never heard of you but my kids love you,' " says Hofstetter, who appears Friday night in a show for La Salle University students. "My act is questioning the status quo. I think that resonates with college kids. Once you graduate, you have to worry about a mortgage and kids and money. It's easier to be an idealist when you're young. " Being the original writer for the popular website CollegeHumor.com also raised his campus cachet.
July 10, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - He's a musician without a record label, a cardholder without any remaining credit. And the gig that supplies what he calls "food money" may now be in jeopardy. But after the events of the last week, Steve Grand said, "I would die a happy man today. "Grand's first music video, for his country-tinged rock ballad "All-American Boy," was posted on YouTube last Tuesday. By Sunday, it had exploded, attracting more than 400,000 total views - nothing for top-charting videos from big-name recording artists, but an impressive figure for one from a complete unknown whose only promotion has been Internet buzz.
June 19, 2013 |
With online video the wave of the future, Comcast Corp. has taken a financial stake in a Los Angeles-area company with 10,000 "channels" of younger musicians, comedians, and other video-content creators on YouTube. The company is the two-year-old Fullscreen Inc. - which comScore, which provides digital analytics, calls one of the largest independent YouTube networks. Financial terms were not disclosed. Comcast is participating in the venture with the investors Chernin Group and WPP Digital.