In an appearance on CBS’s Sunday Morning yesterday to promote his new film, Concussion, West Philly native Will Smith hinted that we may see his name on a presidential ticket soon.
At one point in the interview, the conversation shifted to what’s next for the Fresh Prince. Even with this new movie and a possible upcoming album and world tour in the works, Smith says the entertainment biz may not be enough. “There’s a contribution to the world inside of me that I can’t reach,” he told correspondent Tracy Smith. “There’s a thing that I’m supposed to be doing, there’s a person that I want to be … There’s so much more that I feel that I have to offer that I can’t access in myself.”
With the recent announcement of her European tour, Adele left many of us wondering if she’d be coming to the other side of the pond on her tour to promote her new, record-breaking album 25. Well, she is.
On her website, the British songbird announced a lineup of U.S. and Canada shows that begin July 5th in Saint Paul. Philadelphia is her first East Coast stop, where she’ll play two shows at Wells Fargo Center on September 9th and 10th. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, December 17th at 10 am. They can be purchased through ComcastTIX.com, by phone, at 1-800-298-4200, or at the Wells Fargo Center box office. You can also buy on Ticketmaster here.
Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams enjoyed the 60-plus-degree weather in Bucks County this weekend, where he captured some serene images from Doylestown and shared them on Instagram. All the photos are rather vague, not giving much hint as to why he was there, but given their lonesome, introspective theme, one could only assume he was just trying to escape the hustle bustle — and the annoyance of having his divorce with pop star Mandy Moore blasted over the gossip mags again this week. Several outlets are reporting about how she’s pushing for financial support to take care of their menagerie of pets.
His comment on the first photo — which appears to have been taken around sunset on Friday — was a simple “To the new days,” hinting that maybe the yearlong D-I-V-O-R-C-E proceedings may actually be coming to a close soon.
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Fans instantly started chiming in, telling him to visit such-and-such guitar shop or tagging other friends to let them know that “Ryan Adams is flitting around Doylestown.” One person from Philly commented “You may as well just head down into Philadelphia … It’s got a vibe I’m sure you’ll dig on.” Read more »
Hillary Clinton is going to be on an episode of Broad City, y’all. A few hours ago, the Democratic presidential frontrunner tweeted a photo of herself with Broad City stars/creators/hilarious people Abbi Jacobson (a Wayne native) and Ilana Glazer. They’re joined by the show’s executive producer Amy Poehler, who, as you may know, famously portrayed Clinton on Saturday Night Live.
Wyomissing native Taylor Swift is the subject of a scathing essay written by feminist Camille Paglia on The Hollywood Reporter. In it, she calls on the pop star to “retire that obnoxious Nazi Barbie routine of wheeling out friends and celebrities as performance props.”
Of course she’s talking about the guest-star roster that grew to mammoth proportions on her 1989 tour over the summer. At every stop she’d wheel out a new celebrity to sing a duet or dance around the stage with. Guests included everyone from Julia Roberts and Idina Menzel to Selena Gomez and Miranda Lambert.When she was in Philly in June, she welcomed supermodel Cara Delevingne and Mariska Hargitay. It was exciting for the crowd, who never knew what star would emerge from behind the curtain. But Paglia isn’t buying it.
After rather surprisingly stellar ratings last summer, M. Night Shyamalan‘s television debut, Wayward Pines, has been picked up by Fox for a 10-episode second season.
The first season of the psychological drama starred Matt Dillon, who, without giving any spoiler alerts, awoke one afternoon in a bizarre town and spent his days figuring out where he was, who the strange people around him were and — most importantly — how to get the hell out of there. There were monsters, creepy school kids and lots and lots of cliffhangers. Deadline reports that the second season will pick up where season 1 left off, “when a new arrival in Wayward Pines finds himself in the middle of a serious rebellion, as the residents battle over how to preserve the endangered human race.”
Now that we’re nearing the middle of December, you may be a little over the Christmas music already, but boy soprano Bobby Hill — the young man who sang for and wowed the pope in September — released a new Christmas tune today that may put a little spark back into holiday-tune listening experience.
A church in New Jersey is taking advantage of the hysteria surrounding the long-awaited release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens by hosting three weeks worth of Star Wars-themed sermons and activities called “Cosmic Christmas.” You’ll have to drive a ways to take part, but one event in particular should totally be worth the trek.
On Christmas Eve, there will be a living Star Wars nativity scene at all five locations of Liquid Church in New Jersey. A rep from the church tells me Princess Leia will stand in as Mary, Han Solo will represent Joseph, Chewbacca will be all the animals in the manger and R2D2 will rep the wise men. What about baby Jesus, you ask? Sadly, it’s not Yoda. “We have a wooden cresh with swaddling clothes to represent Jesus, but no Star Wars character will be in the cresh,” she says.
The inspiration behind it is pretty cute: Lead Pastor Tim Lucas says that, as a kid, he sneakily replaced all the characters in his mom’s miniature nativity with his Star Wars figurines. The lineup is much like the one you’ll see at Liquid, except he swapped Jesus with a jawa. (“Sacrilege, I know!)
Ryan Godfrey works as a product manager for a local software company, surrounded by the kind of numbers and data that most of us will never be able to comprehend. Since the late-90s, however, he’s been working on a little side project that — while just as baffling in the backend — is about to make our lives a little easier, at least where it concerns our Netflix queues.
Think of him as a one-man RottenTomatoes.com. He’s come up with a list of the 250 all-time best films by crunching data from film sites where critics and regular viewers alike have been plugging in ratings for years. The list he consulted most was IMDb’s Top 250. “I’ve never thought of [that] as a canonical list of great films, but I liked the idea that a bunch of movie lovers from all over the world were aggregating a list of what they thought was really good.”
But many of the films on that list “are just solid or okay,” he says, “and there’s always been a tendency for new stuff to crowd out classics that I felt were more deserving.”
The beginning of Godfrey’s list of 250 best films.
So, using IMDb’s database of downloadable text files he was able to rework the same vote base “to get at something approaching a real populist, crowd-sourced canon that better honored the whole 120-year span of cinema.” He measured films based on the number of votes from other films of their era to essentially improve upon IMDb’s list. And it makes so much more sense.
His Top 250 has 132 in common with IMDb’s. The staples, like Citizen Kane, Vertigo and 12 Angry Men are all still there, but there are only three from this century that managed to make the cut: The Dark Knight and the first and third Lord of the Rings.