Philadelphia Film Festival October 16-26
10/10/2014 9:36:00 PM
Fall in Philadelphia means it’s time for the Film Festival. This year it runs from Thursday, October 16 to Sunday, October 26.
The Festival kicks off with a special presentation of St. Vincent, a rousing comedy starring Bill Murray. Director Ted Melfi and young actor and Philadelphia native, Jaeden Lieberher will be in attendance for Q&A afterward. Also on Opening night will be Birdman, starring Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts and Emma Stone.
Closing night is Wild, the critical hit out of the 2014 Toronto Film Festival starring Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern and Gabby Hoffman.
What’s really fun about film festivals is you see films before they are distributed worldwide, and you see films that may never be distributed.
One of the films I saw at Sundance in January that will play at the PFF is Listen Up Philip directed by Alex Ross Perry who grew up in
U2's splashy new album release
9/10/2014 2:17:00 PM
The wait for a new U2 album is over. On Tuesday, U2 announced the release of Songs of Innocence at the Apple’s iPhone 6 Event in California, and launched into the opening track The Miracle(of Joey Ramone) on stage there.
In a bold, pioneering move, U2 released the album for free to every iTunes user. The complete album appeared in a user’s music library – no downloading necessary – all a person has to do is go to their iTunes music library, check the “Recently Added” section, and there it is.
Apple has had a ten-year history with U2 when the band first appeared in a TV commercial for the iPod. Apple bought the new album as a gift to give all their music customers.
CEO of Apple, Tim Cook called it "the biggest album release in the history of music" because the album is being automatically distributed ...
How to Get Away with Murder - TV show
9/9/2014 9:28:00 AM
It’s not easy these days to come up with a new hit show for network TV. There’s so much competition vying for our attention between Netflix, the internet and social media, the bar has been set a lot higher these days.
If you do venture into those wild waters with something new, it’s best that a known commodity be behind it. How To Get Away with Murder has just that. It comes from one of most successful show creators out there - Shonda Rhimes. Everything she touches seems to turn to gold.
Her medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy was ranked the highest rated drama in a key age group 18-49, has won many awards and is about to kick off its 11th season. (10 seasons is the usual pinnacle). Rhimes’ newer entry, Scandal, that started in 2012 also ranks as one of the highest rated dramas on ...
A film and a song
5/30/2014 5:42:00 PM
Scot Sax is a successful songwriter from Philadelphia. He had a number one song “I Walked,” with his band Wanderlust in the mid-90s, another #1 with “I am the Summertime" from the film soundtrack to American Pie, and in 2006, he co-wrote “Like We Never Loved At All“ that became a hit for Faith Hill and Tim McGraw and won a Grammy.
Now he’s making a documentary called “Platinum Rush; a film by a songwriter.“ To help fund the project, he reached out to friends and fans through Kickstarter to donate money. I dove right in because I’ve always believed in Scot’s talent.
The way Kickstarter works is, Scot offered incentives to pay back his donors. In my case, I chose the incentive that he write a song about me. I’ve posted it here.
I was the first person to play Scot’s original music on the radio back in the ...
20+ Concerts, $20 Lawn Tickets, 20 Years on the Waterfront
5/7/2014 9:23:00 AM
This just in from Live Nation:
In celebration of 20 years of concerts on the waterfront, Live Nation and Susquehanna Bank Center are giving our loyal music fans an opportunity to see over 20 shows for $20*. The “20for 20” promotion includes over 20 shows currently on sale at Susquehanna Bank Center, where fans can get $20* lawn seats (or reserved where available) now through Tuesday, May 20th!
Over the past 20 years, the Camden waterfront has hosted many of the world’s largest and most iconic performers in the world. From festivals to radio shows and beyond, the amphitheater has seen artists like Bruce Springsteen, Coldplay, Roger Waters, Foo Fighters, JAY Z and One Direction along with summer staples like Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffett, Vans Warped Tour and Brad Paisley.
In honor of this momentous year, Susquehanna Bank Center is including the following shows in this limited time ...