Right around this time two years ago, Hurricane Sandy changed the way we look at weather phenomena. A new book by journalist Kathryn Miles, Superstorm: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy, takes an unprecedented look inside the storm that ravaged the Atlantic coast in 2012.
Released just last week, Miles’s narrative dives into the human aspect of the second-costliest storm in U.S. history, following the hurricane/cyclone hybrid from its birth in the Caribbean to when it hit land in New Jersey.
Rather than just laying out the meteorological effects of the storm, Miles explores how the nine days of freak weather affected emergency responders, weather forecasters, victims, and survivors. Local residents who experienced the storm firsthand are sure to be entertained—and just may pick up a few tips about what to expect from our next disaster.
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If you’re looking for cutting-edge live arts and experiences this fall, look no further than FringeArts. Its autumn lineup comes on the heels of a record-breaking 2014 Fringe Festival and includes performances at La Peg, the on-site restaurant and beer garden serving as a the cultural center of the Delaware waterfront.
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Bradley Cooper stopped by The Tonight Show last night, where he chatted with host Jimmy Fallon about his upcoming Broadway show, The Elephant Man, and working with Jennifer Lawrence again on a film called Serena. In the second part of the interview, Fallon handed Cooper a visor with a wild-haired wig attached to it making fun of a much-laughed-about appearance Cooper made this week at the Heathrow airport in London. Then they just laughed a lot.
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Last night at his late night show at the Trocadero, comedian Hannibal Buress did an extended bit about Philadelphia native Bill Cosby, calling him a rapist. Cosby has been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting multiple women, including Barbara Bowman in Philadelphia magazine. He has not, however, ever been criminally charged with rape (the legal definition of which varies by jurisdiction).* The above recording starts about 15-20 seconds into it.
“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fuckin’ smuggest old black man persona that I hate,” Buress said. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”
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Get your DVRs ready: A-list actor and local favorite Bradley Cooper will appear on tonight’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon alongside Neil Diamond. If his last appearance on The Tonight Show is any indication, he may get into some shenanigans with fellow famous people. Or maybe he’ll teach Jimmy how to shut up a Giants fan. But really, he’ll probably chat about his upcoming film, Serena, co-starring Jennifer Lawrence, and Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, or his upcoming Broadway role in The Elephant Man.
Tune in to NBC at 11:35 p.m. to see what happens.
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Fury: Somehow, when Brad Pitt stars in a film it takes on a larger, more-important caste. It’s a good thing that David Ayer’s thoughtful WWII picture doesn’t shy away from its own gravitas. Moody, overcast and intense, the film—which follows Pitt as the commanding officer of a tank brigade making its way through bomb-blasted Germany in the last throes of the war—more than earns its stripes. Just a warning, though: It doesn’t spare much on the bloody, gruesome carnage of men killing each other. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%
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Philly soul queen Patti LaBelle made her debut on American Horror Story: Freak Show this week, playing a maid to Frances Conroy’s Gloria Mott and her bratty son Dandy (Finn Wittrock.)
LaBelle’s character is classic Patti: sassy and straight-talking all the way. While she hasn’t made any big moves yet, early reports about the show suggest she will appear in four episodes, where she will work to solve the mystery of Twisty the Clown Killer (played so creepily by John Carroll Lynch.)
Check out her entrance above.
Right on the heels of news that David Lynch’s Twin Peaks will return to television in 2016, Flatiron Books has released information that the eery serial drama is being turned into a novel.
According to AP, the book, titled The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks, will delve into what has happened to the show’s characters since it went off the air in 1991.
The work is being written by the show’s co-creator and executive producer, Mark Frost, and will be published just before the sequel returns to TV.
Grab the popcorn and Halloween candy for a mega-marathon of the best scary movies on Netflix. We’ll be shouting “Don’t open that door!” right along with you.
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