2015 Oscar nominations announced
1/15/2015 10:22:00 AM
Last January, I crossed off a bucket list item by going to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. It was an event that stayed with me all year as I saw so many of the films that debuted there open here in Philadelphia and the world. One of those, Whiplash has risen to the status of Best Picture nominee for an Oscar, another feather in the cap of Sundance founder Robert Redford for choosing the fledgling independent to have its premiere at the festival.
Whiplash is the story of a young drummer (Miles Teller) attending a prestigious music college and his extremely tough, abusive teacher/mentor (JK Simmons). Simmons already won the Golden Globe for best supporting actor, and while his character is unlikeable, there’s no denying his performance was captivating.
Although American Sniper opened in New York, LA and Dallas on Christmas Day, it opens in Philadelphia and ...
Happy Birthday Rod Stewart
1/9/2015 4:08:00 PM
Saturday, January 10 is Rod Stewart's birthday and I'm excited to be on the air between 3pm-7pm to play some of his music and share a story or two about him.
He’s somebody that’s been a part of my rock ‘n roll upbringing. I first heard his gravelly voice on the Jeff Beck album TRUTH.
From “Shapes of Things,” a Yardbirds song that Jeff Beck recorded while in that band, to “Let me Love you” (Let me love you baby, you’re driving my poor heart crazy!) and finally, to “I Ain’t Superstitious” (Dogs begin to bark all over my neighborhood!) this was an album to be listened to through and through. And I did.
What a pairing it made - that totally cool guitar playing by Jeff Beck and Rod’s sexy voice. Did they “Rock my Plimsoul” ---- oh yeah!
This album also introduced me to Ronnie Wood, who had ...
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 ...