GIVEAWAY: See Carol Early and For Free Next Week at Ritz at the Bourse [CONTEST CLOSED]

Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in a scene from "Carol."

Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in a scene from “Carol.”

Folks were buzzing about Carol when it screened a few months ago at the Philadelphia Film Festival, but those of us who missed it have been champing at the bit for it to finally open in Philly theaters. Our wait comes to an end next Friday, when it opens at Ritz East.

Don’t want to wait that long? You’re in luck! We’ve been given 25 pairs of tickets for an early screening that’s taking place on Monday, December 21st at Ritz at the Bourse at 7:30 pm. To snag a pair, be one of the first 25 people to email me at jmiddleton@phillymag.com between now and Sunday, December 20th, with the subject line “Give me those Carol tickets!” I’ll respond with details on how to pick up your prize.

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Teresa Giudice is Getting Out of Prison Next Week

Teresa Giudice is getting out of prison on December 23rd, just in time to spend the holidays and New Year’s Eve with her family. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star entered the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut nearly 15 months ago. She was serving time after she and her husband Joe pleaded guilty to bankruptcy fraud in March of 2014.

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Stormtroopers “Arrested” on South Street

Philly police are just like us: They can’t wait for the new Star Wars movie and they’ll go to any lengths to stop fools from spoiling the plot for those of us who haven’t seen it.

On Tuesday, Lieutenant Stephen Clark tweeted a photo of two stormtroopers lined up against his police cruiser on South Street. The Philly Police Department retweeted it, saying “No, posting #StarWarsForceAwakens spoilers is not a crime. Yes, it should be. We enforce the laws — we don’t make them.”

See all the shenanigans below:

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Oldest Polar Bear in the U.S. Celebrates the Big 3-5 Tomorrow at Philadelphia Zoo

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo.

Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo.

Tomorrow morning the Philadelphia Zoo and its guests will gather to celebrate the birthday of Coldilocks the polar bear. The old lady is turning the big 3-5, with a cake and a birthday song.

Coldilocks is celebrating the extra year for many reasons — the most important of which is bragging rights. She is the oldest polar bear in the United States, far surpassing the 23-year average lifespan of polar bears in zoos. She’s been living in Philadelphia for most of her life, three decades. Like many animals the Zoo keeps, polar bears have been classified “vulnerable” due to increased threats from climate change and the resulting shrinking of polar ice.

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WATCH: Former Producer Tells Nicki Minaj Not to Marry Meek Mill

First off, I apologize. This video is more than a little irritating. It shows Noel “Detail” Fisher, a music producer who’s created big hits for folks like Beyoncé (“Drunk in Love”) and Lil Wayne (“How to Love”), coming out of a club and being accosted by TMZ reporters. He’s — allegedly! — intoxicated and does some embarrassing song and dance stuff for the cameras, but there’s once instance in the clip that may be of interest to some of us in Philly.

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Photo: This Is What Star Wars Hysteria Looked Like in Philly in 1983

Movie fans line up on Philadelphia's Chestnut Street for the premiere of the Movie "Return of the Jedi" Wednesday May 23, 1983. Fans began lining up Tuesday night to see the Star Wars trilogy. (AP Photo/ George Widman)

Movie fans line up on Philadelphia’s Chestnut Street for the premiere of the Movie “Return of the Jedi” Wednesday May 23, 1983. Fans began lining up Tuesday night to see the Star Wars trilogy. (AP Photo/ George Widman)

Check this out. A shot from May 23, 1983 shows what looks like hundreds of Philadelphians lined up on Chestnut Street to see the opening of George Lucas’s Return of the Jedi, the third and final installment of his Star Wars saga in the late-70s/early-80s. What you see there is the recently demolished Boyd Theatre in its heyday, offering 70mm, 6-track-stereo-sound showings of the film that had people excited because it was the first to use THX technology.

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Details: New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

Photo by Matt Stanley

Photo by Matt Stanley

Sure, we’ve barely even made it to Christmas, but if you want to do anything special on New Year’s Eve, you’ve got to start planning now. So I’m here to make your life a little easier when it comes to celebrating the dawning of 2016, at least for those of you who are looking to take in our big ol’ fireworks shows over the Delaware.

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PHOTOS: Gorgeous Shots From Ice Sculpture Event on East Passyunk

On Saturday, Passyunk Avenue hosted its first annual Arctic Ave event. The centerpiece of the gathering was a handful of ice sculpture stations that moved down the promenade throughout the night — starting at the Native American head at the Gateway to outside Pat’s and Geno’s at Cheesesteak Corner. Among the sculptures that were created were an icy base for the Joey Giardello sculpture at Mifflin Triangle, a Frozen snowman at the Singing Fountain and finally an ice-carving battle that capped off the night. Along the way there were visits from Santa, live music and, if you were close enough to the in-progress sculptures, the closest thing we’ve had to a snow day this season. Kids played around under the falling shavings that were shot up into the air, despite the fact it was a muggy 60-plus outside.

Local photographer Colleen Stepanian sent some gorgeous shots of the occasion. Check them out below:



Tina Fey: Colin Quinn Called Me the C-Word When I Was on SNL

Tina Fey (TK) and Colin Quinn (TK)

Tina Fey (TK) and Colin Quinn (TK)

In an interview on  SiriusXM’s The Howard Stern Show that was released today, Upper Darby’s Tina Fey finally opens up about who it was that called her the C-word when she was working as head writer on Saturday Night Live. The experience was famously remade years later, when Lutz called Fey’s character, Liz Lemon, the same thing on 30 Rock. It was obvious it was written from a real-life experience, but no one ever knew who she was talking about. Until now.

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New Trailer Offers Sneak Peek at Star Trek Beyond

This morning, Paramount Pictures released a teaser trailer for Star Trek Beyond. The film, directed by Justin Lin, will hit theaters on  July 22nd. It stars Idris Elba, Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zach Quinto, Zoe Saldana and more.

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