Will Smith’s Concussion Gets Christmas 2015 Release Date

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Today, Sony Pictures announced the release date for Will Smith’s Concussion: December 25, 2015. Deadline sums up the film:

Concussion follows Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth, Omalu, a total outsider to pro football, takes on the sports industry’s status quo. His studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), prompted the NFL to take brain-related injuries seriously. CTE was cited in the suicides of former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson.

Concussion will go up against a handful of other films set for a Christmas Day release, which, according to Movie Insider are Dirty Grandpa (starring Zac Efron, Robert De Niro and Wilmington’s Aubrey Plaza), Monster Trucks (Rob Lowe), The Revenant (Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio) and David O. Russell’s Joy (Jennifer Lawrence and maybe even Smith’s fellow Philadelphian Bradley Cooper).

Mural Arts Announces Artists for “Open Source” Project

Three artists taking part in Mural Arts "Open Source" project: Swoon, Shepard Fairey and the Dufala Brothers.

Three artists taking part in Mural Arts “Open Source” project: Swoon, Shepard Fairey and the Dufala Brothers.

Today the Mural Arts Program announced the artists who will be participating in the new “Open Source” project, which it says is Philadelphia’s biggest site-specific art exhibition ever. The project includes such names as JR, Shepard Fairey, Sterling Ruby, SWOON, Michelle Angela Ortiz, and is scheduled for 2015.

“’Open Source’ will position Mural Arts as an organization on the leading edge of cultural conversation, harnessing our strengths as well as the strengths of the participating artists,” Mural Arts Program executive director Jane Golden said in a release. “Mural Arts has already put our city on the map as a world-renowned hub for public art and this project takes that to the next level. The project will advance Philadelphia’s reputation for cultural innovation and further situate it as a global city.”

The 12 international artists contributing are SWOON, The Dufala Brothers (of Funeral for a Home fame), the team of Ernel Martinez & Keir Johnston, Sam Durant, Shepard Fairey (who did a mural/liquor ad, Lotus Diamond, in Fishtown last year), JR, MOMO, Jonathan Monk, Odili Donald Odita, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Sterling Ruby, Shinique Smith, Jennie Shanker and Heeseop Yoon. The Dufala Brothers are natives of the Philadelphia area. Martinez and Johnston, Odita and Shanker are Philadelphia-based.

MOMO installation.

MOMO installation. For “Open Source,” the New York-based artist will work on a project about empowering youth through the arts.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art to Be Only U.S. Stop for Major Impressionist Exhibit

Dance at Bougival, 1883 by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Dance at Bougival, 1883, by Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Big news in the Philly art scene this week: The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) just announced that it will be the only U.S. city to house an upcoming international exhibition that includes works from Impressionist greats, like Manet, Monet, Degas and Renoir, among others.

“Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting” highlights the impact of Parisian art dealer Durand-Ruel, who championed the works of the aforementioned Impressionist painters, giving rise to the medium we know and love today. A description from the Art Museum:

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Philadelphia Zoo Expands Zoo360 Trail to Include Gorilla Treeway

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The Philadelphia Zoo‘s Zoo360 Program is nothing new: The initiative is a one-of-a-kind series of animal trails allowing various species to roam freely throughout the Zoo’s campus to explore a variety of environments and travel longer distances. Last year saw the opening of Big Cat Crossing, but this year the gorillas get their chance at a little extra elbow room. In the spring, the Zoo will revamp its Great Ape Trail to include a Gorilla Treeway, an enclosed network of walkways that allow the beasts the chance to explore the grounds—and animals and spectators—from high up in the trees. A rendering of the project:

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WATCH: Downingtown’s Miles Teller in New Fantastic Four Trailer

Downingtown's Miles Teller in the first trailer for Fantastic Four.

Downingtown’s Miles Teller in the first trailer for Fantastic Four.

The Internet lost its mind today when 20th Century Fox released the first trailer for Fantastic Four. The film is described as “a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team. It centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.”

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18 Movies and TV Shows to Stream On Your Snow Day

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Snowstorm duds are the best kind of duds: Many of us still get a snow day from work and we don’t have to worry about shoveling our sidewalks. What you can do, however, is stay in your PJs all day and watch movies. To help you take advantage of your day off, I asked Philly Mag staffers to share their favorite snow-day movies and TV shows that you can watch for free on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. Here’s what I got:

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Highs and Lows of The Bachelor, Week 4

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Unfortunately, I have some bad news about this week’s Bachelor recap: This will not be a wrap-up of the full episode last night. Thanks to the threat of snow, 6ABC cut in several times during the show to discuss the weather. To be fair, Action News meteorologist Cecily Tynan is more memorable than most—if not all—contestants on this season of The Bachelor, and the station probably only cut into a minute of the show. But The Bachelor is a complex web of intricate plot lines, and every second is necessary. I felt it necessary to warn you I may be confused this week.

Let’s get to the action.

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Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski to Host NBC’s Super Bowl Pre-Game Show

From NBC Sports.

From NBC Sports.

OMG: Philly-born Tara Lipinski and Coatesville’s Johnny Weir, the two utterly fabulous figure skating divas (yes, we used “divas” purposely), will be joining NBC’s Super Bowl pre-game coverage this Sunday, and, no, this isn’t a joke.

The New York Post reported that Lipinski and Weir were added to the line-up to provide a “unique perspective:”

“During their inaugural Super Bowl broadcast, the dynamic duo will be doing regular spots from the tailgate party and interviewing celebrities…During the six-hour pregame show, their colorful commentary will be mixed in with the usual gridiron grind from seasoned sports broadcasters like Bob Costas, Josh Elliott and Dan Patrick. Expect to see more of the former skaters in the first three or four hours of the program, which kicks off at noon.”

Of course, the duo quickly took to Twitter to announce who they think will win the big game:

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