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.
Last February, I wrote a story about the B&W bar, the one in the Best Western, right off the Parkway in Fairmount. Over the course of a week, I showed up pretty much every night, drank a lot of beer, took probably not enough notes, and never went back again.
It’s not that I didn’t like the place; just the opposite, I fell in love with it. In fact, I grew so attached to the cast of characters that populated the bar — real regulars, the kind you thought didn’t exist anymore — that I was worried they wouldn’t like what I wrote.
Thanksgiving’s over. Chanukah is under way. The Christmas season is just beginning. And with it, the time of year to watch your favorite holiday movies. We’ve scoured the Internet far and wide to find some of the best holiday entertainments — places you can watch classic Christmas movies either for free, or for the minimal cost of a subscription (Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime) that you’re probably already paying anyway.
Here are some of our favorites:
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