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Stephanie Plum is out of work, her car has just been repoed, and she is desperate for some fast cash.

Desperate times call for desperate measures leading her to her cousin Vinnie’s bail bond agency and a fast track of danger, destruction, and clueless attempt at being a bounty hunter.

Janet Evanovich’s screen adaption of her best selling book One For The Money hit theaters Friday January 27th.  Anyone who has read the first book in the series (or all eighteen for that matter) was patiently waiting with high hopes for this movie.One for the Money photo:filmofilia.com

The movie itself was hysterical, with a fair share of gun fights, explosions, and just enough suspense to leave you on the edge of your seat.

Sadly enough however, it didn’t come close to the punches the book packs.

Plum (played by Katherine Heigl) is completely clueless at how to track down her first FTA (failure to appear) cop, Joe Morelli (Jason O'Mara). She quickly turns this FTA into a personal vendetta for an incident that happened in high school behind the éclair counter after hours. Thankfully, Ranger (Daniel Sunjata) is a fellow bounty hunter, ex-US Army Ranger, and security expert who agrees to take Stephanie under his wing. The three of them have no idea that Stephanie is a magnet for trouble and danger.

The characters come to life in the book and have very distinct personalities. Furthermore, the actors chosen for these roles couldn’t have been more perfect if they had walked off the pages.

While I did enjoy the movie, I was let down. The movie itself lacks the sexual tension, danger, and suspense of the book.  A very large and dangerous character featured in the book named Benito Ramirez was turned into an extremely minor role in the movie. I was also disappointed to find there was no start of a love triangle between Stephanie, Ranger and Morelli. But the biggest disappointment came in the film’s final twenty minutes, when the ending was drastically altered from the book.  

The movie itself was amazing and entertaining, but in this case, the book was better. If you don’t want to get sucked into an 18 book series you won’t want to put down, then avoid the book and go for the movie.

However, this is one of those cases where I will pick the book over the movie any day of the week.

Mandelyn Kilroy is currently attending Full Sail University and majoring in Creative Writing For Entertainment. Mandelyn currently lives out side of Philadelphia near King of Prussia with her cocker spaniel Chloe. When she is not working or studying, she spends her time reading, writing, and taking in everything Philly has to offer.

Check out Mandelyn's review of 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close'

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Two-time Tony Award Winner Brian Dennehy will speak at St. Vincent Pallotti Church in Haddon Twp., NJ on Tuesday, February 7, 2012. The star of ‘First Blood,‘Cocoon,’ ‘Tommy Boy,’ will appear at a private reception and discussion at Memorial Hall. A $30 donation will benefit 'Discovery Ministries,' which assists special needs families and groups.

To make reservations, call (856) 354-9333 or rre1401@aol.com  

 



PHILADELPHIA SOUL TO HOLD OPEN TRYOUTS

 

AT EAGLES’ NOVACARE COMPLEX

 

ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 28

 

WHAT:  The Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul to hold open tryouts.

 

WHO WILL BE ATTENDING:  Soul Co-Majority Owner RON JAWORSKI; Member of the Soul ownership group PETE CIARROCCHI; Member of the Soul ownership group, COSMO DeNICOLA; Soul VP/COO JOHN ADAMS; Soul general manager TOM GOODHINES; Soul head coach and former Chicago Bears safety, DOUG PLANK; Soul assistant coach LEROY THOMPSON and Soul assistant coach DARRIN KENNEY.

 

WHERE:  Philadelphia Eagles’ NovaCare Complex, One NovaCare Way, Philadelphia, PA 19145

 

WHEN:  Saturday, January 28, 2012 – Registration starts at 8 a.m., stretching at 9 a.m. and drills begin at 9:15-9:20 a.m.

 

** Media attending can RSVP to reserve space with the contacts below.

 

CONTACT:

Tom Goodhines, Philadelphia Soul, (215) 840-3232, tgoodhines@philadelphiasoul.com  or

 

Caitlin Kalinowski, Philadelphia Soul, (215) 253-4900, ext. 177, caitlink@philadelphiasoul.com  or

          
Matt Shefsky, Philadelphia Soul, (215) 253-4900, ext. 177, mshefsky@philadelphiasoul.com



I got thinking this week about gestures. 

Not hand gestures, but those acts that clearly communicate to someone how you feel about them. As women we LONG for the day that someone is standing under our window with a boom-box over their head, or to better equate this to our current era, I would assume the boom-box would be replaced with an iPad with iTunes streaming. We grew up watching Johnny demand that no-body put Baby in the corner, or Andrew McCarthy saying to hell with his swanky posh friends and enjoy the prom with a  hideously dressed Molly Ringwald (let’s be honest folks, the dress was a train wreck). To this day, (and it’s horrible to admit this) when I arrive at the airport after being away, I secretly tear up as I deplane, uneventfully get my luggage,  and uneventfully attempt to find my car.  Sixteen Candles photo: hollywoodmomblog.com

The main reason I feel this sadness is I’m a hopeless romantic,  and I’m always wishing somehow I’ll have that Hollywood moment where “they” just couldn’t wait another moment and here “they” are at the airport to show me how much I mean to “them.”  Just beyond customs there “they” stand and I run and we hug and kiss, not noticing the world passing by. We’re just completely lost in the reunion.  

Because I don’t live in a John Hughes movie, I am pretty sure my above fantasy will never happen, but the moment I give up that fantasy is the moment I get cynical, and that’s a place I never want to go.  

I mean don’t get me wrong, there’s a difference in delusions and expecting  a bar of pilots to break into some Righteous Brothers medley in your honor,  and being someone who believes that when that right cord is strung in your heart, sometimes the only way to express it is to just go balls to the wall and show it. Granted, I think sometimes you can walk a thin line between the grandiose gestures and the creepy, but either degree you still walk away with a great life story to tell.  I once made the sad attempt at picking up an ex-boyfriend at the airport wearing a trench coat and heels.  It made total sense in my head and I was stoked at the “coolness” of the plan, but logistically it was a rather windy night and the law frowns on semi-public nudity which I quickly found out after being issued a $200 fine.  

Yes, when I originally played out this scenario in my mind it didn’t end with me explaining to a cop WHY I didn’t have any ID on me, but I liked the fact that I did it in the first place.  I’m sure he enjoyed it too, but even though that relationship didn’t work out in the long run, I can still look back on that airport shenanigans and appreciate that I brought one hell of a smile to someone I cared about. It’s about time that we can tap into our inner “you complete me” ides and pull out a grand plan that leaves some giddy with flattery.  If you’ve ever had one of these plans in your head, make it a real moment this year, or at least give it a shot. Why not?  What’s the worst that can happen?  The way I see it is your gesture is only a fail if it ultimately ends with the issuing of a restraining order. 

But at least you can say you tried!

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WMCN44 ADDS JENNIFER SHERLOCK TO THE “PROPPER HOCKEY” TEAM
STARTING WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1
st AT 9:00PM

 

PHILADELPHIA, PA - (JANUARY 24, 2012) – WMCN44 is pleased to announce the addition of Jennifer Sherlock as contributing reporter to its Flyers-focused sports show “Propper Hockey.”  Sherlock joins the WMCN44 original program alongside NHL legend Brian Propp and local veteran sportscaster Lou Tilley. 

Propper Hockey,” has soared in popularity since its November 2011 launch, and has featured many former Flyers legends such as Dave “the Hammer” Schultz, Bernie Parent, Bob “the hound” Kelley, Orest Kindrachuk and Joe Watson.  Every week, Propp and Tilley team up to analyze and entertain with their weekly guests, and with Sherlock on board, they will be able to take questions directly from Flyers fans in the audience.  The hour-long show is taped LIVE at Adelphia Restaurant in Deptford, NJ every Tuesday night at 6:00pm and airs on WMCN44 on Wednesday nights at 9:00pm throughout the NHL’s regular season.
“Jennifer adds an interactive element to the show that will increase audience participation and allow Lou and Brian to play off the passion of Flyers fans at our live tapings,” says Jon Gorchow, President, Lenfest Broadcasting. “We hope even more people will come out and be a part of the action.”

“I have worked with Jennifer on several major sporting events,” says Tilley.  “I have always found her to be a vibrant reporter who energizes our presentation.”  
“I am looking forward to meeting the Flyers fans that come out to the tapings, and plan to foster the friendly banter that’s sure to develop between the audience, Lou , Brian and myself,” says Sherlock. “It’s going to be a great time each week – I’ll make sure of that!”

“Propper Hockey” segments include “Flyers Player of the Week,” “Flyers Fan of the Week” and “Flyers Trivia.” For more information on “Propper Hockey” and WMCN44 visit www.wmcn.tv.   For more information on Jennifer Sherlock visit www.JennaCommunications.com.

ABOUT LENFEST BROADCASTING
Lenfest Broadcasting, LLC, the licensee of WMCN-DT 44, is dedicated to providing an "independent voice" in the Philadelphia television market. Our programming schedule features a variety of direct response television, entertainment, community affairs, religious, and children’s programs. The station is available throughout the Delaware Valley over the air, as well as on Comcast, Verizon Fios, Directv, and The Dish Network.  Lenfest Broadcasting, LLC is affiliated with Lenfest Media Group, LLC, a Pennsylvania based company that is a leader and innovator in the direct response television marketing industry.



Van Halen's 'A Different Kind Of Truth' will hit stores February 7th. However, there is a 90-second preview of 'Blood and Fire,' which is the fifth track off the album, that was released yesterday. The riff is taken from the movie score 'The Wild Life,' (also known as Ripley) which Eddie Van Halen wrote in 1984.   Think 'So This Is Love?' 'Little Guitars,' and 'In A Simple Rhyme' all rolled into one and you have 'Blood and Fire.' What do you think?

 

 



‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, has started riots and protests, it has been a New York times best seller, and tonight in a packed theater, it made everyone cry at least once. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close photo courtesy of Warner Brothers

After not only reading the book but seeing the movie, I am still at loss as to why people where trying to stop the movie from being shown. I usually tend to favor the book over the movie, constantly finding myself let down with my favorite details not making it to the big screen.

This was not one of those times.

The story itself is a heart-breaking tale of a young boy named Oskar, who loses his father in what he calls “ The Worst Day,” which is September 11th. Oskar is intelligent beyond his years and brutally honest with a cunning sense of curiosity. Before his father died, they had a tradition of participating in scavenger hunts. A year after his father dies, Oskar sneaks into his closest and finds a key inside an envelope. The outside of the envelope simply says ‘Black.’ Oskar is determined to find the lock for the key, convinced that it will help him hold on his father a little longer. What he didn’t plan on was how much he was going to help everyone he comes into contact with.

I fell in love with Oskar by page two of the book, and my heart broke for him as I got deeper into the story. The book itself is beautifully and poetically written. It’s truly a one of a kind life-changing tale. You can’t help but get mad at Oskar's mom for laughing in the other room with a man Oskar is convinced is more then a friend. You can’t put it down until you know what the key opens.

As the lights within the theater dimmed and Oskar’s face appeared on the screen, I was unable to take my eyes off of him. His witty curiosity in the book was not lost on the big screen. In fact, there were parts of the movie where I found even more powerful and engaging then I did within the book.

‘Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close’  is one of those rare movie adaptions where they stuck extremely close to the book. I will say that the flash blacks in the book and the movie are confusing. However, keep in mind the story is being told by a nine-year-old, which is why I think the author did this intentionally. Oskar’s mom had a much larger role in the movie then the book, but I found it to be a surprising enhancement to the story.

I can’t honestly say if I had to choose between the book or movie if I had a choice. If you’re an avid reader, this is one that needs to be on your shelf. Furthermore, it’s also a must-see movie, just make sure to pack the tissues. September 11th affected everyone in one way or another. On print or on the big screen you will find your self laughing, crying, and cheering Oskar on as he tries to hold on to his father, while learning to let go.

Mandelyn Kilroy is currently attending Full Sail University and majoring in Creative Writing For Entertainment. Mandelyn currently lives out side of Philadelphia near King of Prussia with her cocker spaniel Chloe. When she is not working or studying, she spends her time reading, writing, and taking in everything Philly has to offer.

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