Things to Do This Weekend
Run a 5K with man's best friend, check out the area's Halloween festivities, chow down on Filipino hotdogs, and more.
New in Theaters
Michael Keaton makes a comeback, John Wick Is surprisingly good.
In the Wings With Krista Apple-Hodge
The Rapture, Blister, Burn star on going to high school with John Legend and how porn helps her get into character.
PHOTOS: Mudball at Clay Studio
One of the Halloween season's first costume soirees.
YouTube pranksters PrankvsPrank rolled in to Philly this weekend to scare the crap out of some innocent passersby. They set up gruesome homicide scenes all over town—like across from Green Eggs in the Gayborhood and on South Street—and waited for folks to stroll up to find a dead body covered in a sheet. Just before they had time to let it sink in, the body jumps up and, well, you can imagine what happens next. The whole thing was caught on film. Check it out above.
Attention all dancers (and Dance Moms fanatics): Millennium Dance Complex, the world-renown dance studio company, is opening a location in Philadelphia. Located on South Street in the former home of Pearl Arts & Crafts, the 39,000 square feet dance, arts, and fitness complex will open Friday, November 28th. But this isn’t just any old dance studio. The California-based Millennium has made its name by bringing the biggest choreographers in the biz to its studios to teach classes and workshops.
And boy, are they bringing them. Their opening weekend alone features classes instructed by choreographers for Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey, and more.
The majority of the studios classes will be drop-in style, covering all genres of dance with monthly master classes. (Check out Property’s coverage for more info on the building and photos.) Since half the A-list utilizes Millennium’s training facilities (located in Dallas, North Hollywood, Chicago and more) dancers may occasionally see a pop star hanging out while on tour to rehearse or scout talent.
Philadelphia-born owner Lori Ramsay Long and her 15-year-old daughter are to thank for the new complex. After spending years driving her daughter to New York for professional-track dance classes, Long wondered why she couldn’t find similar-quality classes a little closer to home. Now young dancers from the region can get top-tier training from a rotating cast of celeb teachers without the lengthy and costly commute.
Despite being a West Coast import, Millennium is fully embracing its South Street surroundings: its four huge studios are named after the letters in “Pearl” and marked with pieces of the art store’s original sign.
Birdman: Despite the brilliant devastation of his film Biutiful, Alejandro González Iñárritu has not received quite the same level of fame as other Mexican directors of his generation, like Alfonso Cuarón and Guillermo del Toro. That likely ends now. His new film is a complex allegory concerning the nature of art, fame, and soulful pursuit, but it’s also just a hell of a lot of fun. Michael Keaton plays a former big-star superhero actor who, many years past his prime, yearns to produce something of significance on the Broadway stage. Edward Norton plays the actor just talented and/or uncontrollable enough to ensure his success or failure. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%
Upper Darby’s Tina Fey and former Chelsea Lately comedian Fortune Feimster are teaming up for an autobiographical TV series based on Feimster’s life. The two previously worked together on the pilot for Cabot College, a sitcom about a women’s college that begins admitting men. It was set to star Feimster and Margaret Cho and be produced by Fey and 30 Rock’s Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock, but, as we reported in August, the pilot was passed on by Fox.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pair’s untitled new project also has the 30 Rock alums attached. Feimster and Hubbard are co-creators; Hubbard will write the script and executive produce alongside Fey, Carlock and 3 Arts’ David Miner.
We couldn’t be more excited for Feimster’s new project. When we spoke with the funny lady last month, she described working with Tina Fey as a great experience, saying, “She’s a good person to have in your corner.” With Fey’s TV magic and with Feimster’s comedy already taking inspiration from her real life—even her role in Cabot College was based on her time as a three-sport college athlete—we can’t wait to see where this project goes.
Yesterday One Direction announced it was adding 15 more stops to their On the Road Again 2015 tour—and Philadelphia made the cut. They’ll return to Lincoln Financial Field on September 1, 2015.
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It’s no surprise they added another Philly show. The group sold out the Linc when they were there this past August, becoming only a handful of musicians to sell-out the home of the Eagles since it opened in 2003. (The other sell-out shows were Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, U2, Luke Bryan, and Bruce Springsteen, if you’re curious.)
Twenty-nine-year-old writer/director Damien Chazelle has found himself in career overdrive. He made quite a splash at this year’s Sundance festival with Whiplash, his latest work about a maniacally hard-driving jazz teacher and his equally obsessed drum student. (The film took home both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize.) The film, which offers star-making turns for both leads J.K. Simmons and Downingtown native Miles Teller, is an uncompromising exploration of true artistic attainment, and the heavy price of achieving it. It is also a brilliantly executed and savage back-and-forth between pupil and student that leaves the film’s audience shifting allegiances and sympathies—not unlike so many time-signature changes in a Thelonious Monk composition.
Ticket spoke with Chazelle over the phone the evening before his film finally opened outside the festival circuit.
Hockey fans at the Philadelphia Flyers / Pittsburgh Penguins game last night in Pittsburgh turned out a rousing rendition of Canadian national anthem “O Canada’ in a show of support following the shooting yesterday afternoon in Ottawa.
Crooner Jeff Jimerson led the crowd through the song while two maple leaves were projected onto the ice. It’s a touching tribute to Nathan Cirillo, who was killed in the attack at Ottawa’s National War Memorial. Check out the video above.
Page Six reports that New Jersey housewife Teresa Giudice will serve her upcoming 15-month prison sentence in the same Danbury, Connecticut federal prison facility where Orange Is the New Black author Piper Kerman did her time. The prison is the setting for Kerman’s memoir that inspired the popular Netflix sitcom.