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. 

July 18, 2019


Steven Van Zandt on his album, his upcoming show, and life with Bruce Springsteen and Tony Soprano

Steven Van Zandt, the man known as "Little Steven," is into his fifth decade as one of the most recognizable names in American rock music. He's been the top guitarist in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band since the '70s, and later spent a decade as the sidekick of another New Jersey legend, when he played Silvio Dante on "The Sopranos." Van Zandt, who grew up in Middletown Township, N.J., also famously participated in anti-apartheid in the '80s, runs two channels on Sirius XM radio, and is a member of both the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame and the New Jersey Hall of Fame. 

July 16, 2019


John Leguizamo on his one-man show, Latin history, and running into Trump at the club

John Leguizamo has been active performer since the early 1980s, splitting his prolific career between movie and TV acting and a series of one-man shows. Leguizamo's six stage shows have all been personal to different degrees, but his latest one, "Latin History for Morons," is especially of the moment. 

July 15, 2019

2020 Presidential Race

At Netroots Nation, presidential candidates talk immigration, climate change and beating Trump

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington all appeared separately at Netroots Nation, an annual conference of online-oriented political liberals, which throughout its history has sought to cultivate presidential candidates.

July 11, 2019


'The Lion King' remake asks, 'Can You Feel The Slog Tonight?'


June 26, 2019


Movie Review: Beatles fantasia 'Yesterday' is flawed but fun

If you can get past its unbelievably silly conceit, some flaws in the execution, and the nearly infinite amount of questions its premise opens up, "Yesterday" is actually quite enjoyable. This is one of those movies that I had dozens of objections to in my head, but I really liked in my heart in spite of them.

June 25, 2019


Jim Gaffigan on opening for the Pope on the Parkway and his new movie

Jim Gaffigan is mostly known for his prolific stand-up comedy career, which has included nearly a dozen specials over the course of 30 years. But Gaffigan, who has also been a sitcom star and an author, is leaning in big time this year to movie acting. He's in six movies in 2019, and one of them, Being Frank, opens this Friday at the Ritz East. 

June 19, 2019


John Cusack on 'Say Anything…', its anniversary, and boombox serenades

John Cusack has been acting for nearly 40 years, starring in such notable films as "Better Off Dead," "Eight Men Out," "Grosse Point Blank," "Con Air," "High Fidelity," and "Being John Malkovich."

June 18, 2019


Area schools receive millions in security grants

A batch of $40 million in school security and safety grants were handed out on April 30, and several districts in the Philadelphia area received funds.

June 11, 2019


Jim Jarmusch on his new zombie movie and calling on Bill Murray

For 35 years, writer/director Jim Jarmusch has been one of the leading voices in American independent cinema. His films include "Stranger Than Paradise," "Down by Law," "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai," "Coffee and Cigarettes," and "Paterson." 

May 29, 2019


The '90s are back in the Kimmel's 'Cruel Intentions' musical

When it comes to multi-century examples of the strange forms art can take, it's hard to beat Les Liaisons Dangereuses for source material. It's gone from a 1782 French novel to a 1985 British play to a 1987 Broadway adaptation to a 1988 movie. Then came a 1999 teen adaptation of that movie, which itself was adapted in 2015 into an unauthorized tribute musical that later became very much authorized. 

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