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 16, 2018

Music

Philly band Queen of Jeans pays tribute to '10 Things I Hate About You' with new video

The four-piece band Queen of Jeans formed in South Philly around two and a half years ago and have slowly grown in acclaim over that time, leading up to the release of their most recent album “Dig Yourself” earlier this year.

July 13, 2018

Movies

New 'Made in Chinatown' mob movie is filming in Philly

Mark V. Wiley, the writer and executive producer of the movie “Made in Chinatown,” traces the project’s genesis back to 1999. Wiley, who has studied the martial arts and written several books about it, was in New York and noticed the manifold cultural differences between the adjoining Manhattan neighborhoods of Chinatown and Little Italy. At one point the idea occurred to him: “What if a Chinese guy wanted to join the Mafia”? 

June 15, 2018

People

The week Anthony Bourdain said 'Cheers!' to Philadelphia

“The Layover” was a show on the Travel Channel wherein Bourdain exposed Philadelphia’s then-newly-burgeoning restaurant scene to a national audience – and showed that he “got” Philly much more than most outside media visitors typically had.

June 7, 2018

Movies

Actress Toni Collette talks 'Hereditary,' and love for her past Philly movies

Toni Collette has another maternal role, in another very scary film that also boasts influences from outside the horror genre, and also comes from a young, previously unknown filmmaker. That very intense and powerful film is “Hereditary,” from first-time director Ari Aster. It opens tomorrow, and has earned some of the best reviews of any film this year.

May 30, 2018

Technology

Making a difference with drones

There's a new drone business in town, and its vision is both creative and kind. 

May 29, 2018

Racism

Valerie Jarrett called Roseanne's Twitter rant a 'teachable moment'

On Tuesday afternoon, the news broke that ABC had cancelled the TV series “Roseanne,” just hours after the series’ creator and star, Roseanne Barr, tweeted grotesque racial insults about former Obama White House staffer Valerie Jarrett. Just hours after that, Jarrett appeared on stage at the Prince Theater in Center City to make her first public comments on the matter. 

May 29, 2018

Comedians

There's hope for David Cross and 'Arrested Development,' and here's why

David Cross may be best known for his role as Tobias Funke, the eccentric, possibly homosexual “never-nude” on “Arrested Development,” which returns on Netflix tonight for the first part of its fifth season.

April 30, 2018

Entertainment

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

Movies

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.” 

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