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. 

October 23, 2018


Infrequently Asked Questions: What is 'Fortnite' anyway?

You've probably heard all about "Fortnite," the online video game that debuted last year but emerged in 2018 as the most talked-about thing in gaming. 

October 17, 2018


Ike Barinholtz on 'The Oath,' evil social networks, and why the Eagles' Chris Long should run for office

Ike Barinholtz's new movie represents a big leap for him. Not only is it his first starring role, but he also wrote and directed it. He answered a few questions for PhillyVoice.

October 4, 2018

The Arts

The Prince Theater is now the Philadelphia Film Center

The Philadelphia Film Society announced Tuesday that it will transition the Prince Theater into the Philadelphia Film Center. The name change will take place immediately, in time for the annual Philadelphia Film Festival starting Oct. 18. Starting in 2019, the venue will drop all non-film programming, and extensive renovations are planned for the future.

October 4, 2018


What's the role of the U.S. Supreme Court? Questions you're afraid or embarrassed to ask, answered

The U.S. Supreme Court has been in the news for the last few months. President Donald Trump's nominee for the court, Brett Kavanaugh, was confirmed over the weekend as the newest Supreme Court justice, following an FBI investigation recently carried out into multiple allegations of past misdeeds by the nominee. The Court now has a chance to shape the laws of our nation for decades to come, regardless of who the president is.

October 2, 2018


Oscar contenders, Kevin Hart movie to show at Philadelphia Film Festival

The Philadelphia Film Society Tuesday announced the lineup for the 27th annual Philadelphia Film Festival, which will bring several awards season contenders, as well as films with local ties, to the area at the end of October.

September 14, 2018


Infrequently Asked Questions: Football history 101

When September rolls around each year, it can often seem like football takes over the attention of everyone. That's especially the case here in Philadelphia, where the the local National Football League is something resembling a civic religion. "The NFL owns a day of the week," Albert Brooks says in the movie "Concussion." "The same day the Church used to own." 

September 13, 2018


Bradley Cooper comes home to premiere his new movie, 'A Star is Born'

Bradley Cooper comes home to Philadelphia to premiere his Oscar-contending musical "A Star is Born."

September 7, 2018


Chapo Trap House brings irreverent live podcast back to Philly

The last time Chapo Trap House, the popular, left-wing humor and politics podcast, came to Philadelphia for a live show, it took place at Everybody Hits Philadelphia on Girard Avenue -- yes, the batting cage -- on July 28, 2016. That same night, about seven miles south at the Wells Fargo Center, Hillary Clinton was on stage at the Democratic National Convention, accepting her party’s nomination for President of the United States.

August 28, 2018

Odd News

Han Dynasty takes Eagles spirit to new heights

A walk past Han Dynasty’s flagship location on Chestnut Street in Old City recently revealed that someone had strategically placed a large Eagles sticker over the word “Han” on the eatery’s sign, therefore expressing wishes for an "Eagles Dynasty" – that is, more Eagles Super Bowl championships beyond the historic victory last season.

August 7, 2018


Kevin Nealon is headed to Helium for a three-night stint

Kevin Nealon has had roles in dozens of movies. He’s been a regular on several TV shows, including an uncommonly long stint on "Saturday Night Live." He’s a respected member of the comedy fraternity, who’s a mainstay on nearly every major late-night talk show. He’s even an accomplished drawer, sharing doodles he’s done of his friends, co-stars and people he meets on the road, to his 1.4 million Twitter followers.

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