That Springsteen manuscript we told you about earlier today–it’s been sold at auction today. The selling price? $197,000. That seems kind of low, actually, though certain of us around the office would disagree. So who bought it?
What does Philadelphia radio have against the Jews?
For years, we Christ Killers have been subjected to non-stop Christmas music, beginning before Thanksgiving and continuing through December 25th. If that’s not tedious enough, it feels like it starts earlier every season. Hell, why not Labor Day?
“You can always switch stations, Shoshanna,” I can hear you thinking. Of course I can, Mary, but there is a larger issue in play: Where is the 24-hour-a-day Chanukah music? Read more »
Bruce Springsteen’s handwritten working lyrics to “Born to Run” — composed in 1974 — are on sale today. Scrawled in blue ink on a 8.5/11 piece of paper, here’s the chorus:
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If you aren’t quite feeling like time is passing you by, a simple reminder that Britney Spears turned 32 this past Monday may be enough to do the trick.
Mannequin is not a good movie.
You really only need to know the film’s plot to figure that out: A down-on-his-luck Philadelphian gets a job in a department store and falls in love with a mannequin that comes to life.
Even then, not much is done with that silly plot. “Mannequin is dead,” Roger Ebert wrote in his 1987 review. “The wake lasts 1 1/2 hours, and then we can leave the theater. Halfway through, I was ready for someone to lead us in reciting the rosary.” The Washington Post was blunt: “Mannequin is a movie made by, for and about dummies.” (“The PG-rated film “includes some sexual innuendoes and some undraped mannequins,” the New York Times helpfully informs parents.)
And so Mannequin, released in 1987 and filmed primarily in Wanamaker’s at 13th and Market, will never be considered one of the great movies of Philadelphia. It’s not an Oscar-winner like Philadelphia, a critical darling like Blow Out, a hilarious Eddie Murphy/Dan Aykroyd comedy like Trading Places or a classic beloved around the world like Rocky. (Incidentally, Mannequin defeated Stallone’s Over the Top at the box office.)
That’s kind of a shame. Yes, it’s a terrible film, but the message of Mannequin is by far the greatest tribute to Philadelphia ever committed to celluloid.
Whatever the opposite of “Hallelujah” is, sing it now. 21-year-old Pennsbury High School grad and West Chester University student Matthew Schuler was eliminated last night on “The Voice.” No, not by a judge. By Twitter.
Derek Gillman, the 60-year-old Brit who led the Barnes Foundation on its acrimonious journey from Merion to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is stepping down today to take a post at Drexel. Here’s what the Friends of the Barnes folks–for whom Gillam is public enemy #1–thought of the news. (Yes, they have two Facebook pages.)
Listen to Mort Crim, Will Ferrell’s Inspiration for Anchorman, Recite the Film’s Iconic Lines [UPDATED]
UPDATE: Listen to “Glass Case of Emotion,” my new song, with words by Will Ferrell, as read by Mort Crim.
In case you haven’t been paying attention, Anchorman 2 is coming out soon, and Will Ferrell has been making the (early) publicity rounds, including by anchoring a real live newscast as Ron Burgundy, his ridiculous character in the movies. The New York Times recently interviewed Ferrell about the origins of Ron Burgundy and Anchorman, and Ferrell pointed to Jessica Savitch’s co-anchor in Philadelphia, Mort Crim:
The inspiration for the original “Anchorman” came one evening more than a decade ago when Mr. Ferrell was watching a television documentary about Jessica Savitch, one of the first women to anchor news telecasts. He was struck by a former co-anchor of hers in Philadelphia, who delivered his reminiscences in a silky baritone. “He literally said the line: ‘You have to remember, back then I was a real male chauvinist pig. I was not nice to her.’ ”
I called the 78-year-old Crim at his home in Florida to see if Ferrell does the role justice. Read more »
With the debut of American Hustle, there’s talk that Philly homeboy Bradley Cooper may be in the Oscar running a second year in a row, after last year’s Silver Linings Playbook. There’s also plenty of talk about his hair.