Stephen Silver

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Stephen Silver is a journalist, podcaster and film critic who co-founded the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle and has written extensively about sports, politics, and technology, in addition to culture. In 2009, he became the first journalist in history to interview the chairman of the FCC and the host of Jeopardy! on the same day. He lives in Delaware County with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver. 

April 30, 2018


From Cosplay to Kermit: Revelations from the Greater Philadelphia Comic Con

There’s only one place where one might have a chance to meet multiple “Star Trek” cast members, noted comic-book artists, a handful of legends of professional wrestling, the men who long voiced both Kermit the Frog and Big Bird, and a man dressed in a nearly seven-foot-tall Optimus Prime costume. 

April 25, 2018

John Waters

John Waters, at Penn, explores the lighter side of transgression

Most of the University of Pennsylvania undergraduates who attended John Waters’ talk at the Annenberg Center’s Zellerbach Theatre on Tuesday night were not yet born at time that Waters’ most significant films- “Hairspray,” “Pink Flamingos” and “Female Trouble”- were released. In fact, most of them were likely in elementary school at the time that his most recent picture to date, “A Dirty Shame,” arrived in 2004. 

April 20, 2018


Oh hai, Philly: Greg Sestero brings reading of 'The Room' to film geeks

“The Room,” Tommy Wiseau’s bizarre, mysterious, self-aggrandizing independent movie, celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. In those 15 years, “The Room” has emerged as the most prominent midnight movie since “The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” and the story behind it was the subject of last year’s popular, Oscar-nominated movie “The Disaster Artist.” 

April 15, 2018


Man Man’s Honus Honus’ return captured in new documentary

From their inception in the early 2000s, Man Man was one of the Philly rock scene’s more beloved bands. A band whose sound was often described as “experimental,” Man Man’s had a huge following throughout its history, which began in 2001 and continued until a hiatus that began a few years ago. 

April 11, 2018


The surprising Philadelphia roots of Name of the Year

Everybody loves a great name. That’s been the impetus behind Name of the Year, an annual bracket of funny, cool and otherwise interesting names of people. It’s an institution that’s existed, in one form or another, for over 35 years.

April 5, 2018


Gabrielle Ruiz talks taking the wildly popular 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' on tour

In a lot of ways, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” is unlike any other show that’s ever been on television.

March 25, 2018


Philly feels like 'home' for rookie teacher Tony Danza

Back in 2009 Tony Danza, the actor best known for his lengthy turns on the classic sitcoms "Taxi" and "Who’s the Boss," made an unusual career move: He decided to pause his acting career for a year and become a 10th grade English teacher in Northeast Philadelphia. 

March 14, 2018


Philly Word Art’s Dan Duffy debuts Super Bowl parade print

For more than 10 years, Dan Duffy has been making art work out of words, much of it in the shape of iconic Philadelphia landmarks, as well as sports competitors and venues.

March 14, 2018

Kevin Hart

Whatever happened to that Kevin Hart movie that filmed in Philly last year?

Native son Kevin Hart makes news in Philadelphia pretty frequently, whether he's hanging out with Joel Embiid, getting banished from the stage at the Super Bowl, or becoming the first comedian ever to sell out an NFL stadium.

March 9, 2018


'Real World: Philadelphia' alum now starring on Netflix's 'Queer Eye'

"Queer Eye For the Straight Guy," which aired on Bravo from 2003-2006 and featured a quintet of gay men providing fashion and lifestyle tips to hopeless straight guys, was a pioneering reality series, which some say helped set the cultural tone for the revolutionary LGBT rights breakthroughs that arrived later in that decade.

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