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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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The Phillies family and fanbase received some sad news today. Former Phillies broadcaster Andy Musser died on Sunday at his home in Wynnewood, PA. Musser was 74 years old.Phillies Broadcasters Photo: philliesbunts.blogspot.com

Musser came to the Phillies after By Saam’s retirement in 1976 and stayed there until 2001. Although Musser was overshadowed by the legendary duo of Harry Kalas and Richie Ashburn, his broadcasting career featured some remarkable moments. Musser was not just limited to the Phillies. He broadcasted games for the 76ers (including their championship season of 1966-67), Eagles, as well as several Super Bowls, Masters Tournaments, and two World Series during a 45-year career.  

“Andy was a very good friend,” recalls Phillies Manager of Broadcasting Rob Brooks, who first met Musser in April of 1993. “When I met him I was a producer-engineer for Phillies baseball. Andy was kind and gracious to anyone he had ever met. He was like that every day of his life until the day he died. He was a great, great soul.”

Having met Musser several times during his tenure with the Phillies, I absolutely agree with the above sentiments. Just like Harry and Whitey, another piece of our childhood and early adulthood is now gone. Unfortunately, Musser’s greatest Phillies call, Mike Schmidt’s NL East Division clinching two-run homer of the Expos’ Stan Bahnsen in 1980 (“He buried it. He buried it.”) was not available, but we figured we’d give you the next best thing: his call of Schmidt’s 500th home run.


You will be missed, Andy. Thanks for the memories.

Memorial services for Musser will be held at 11 a.m. ET on Jan. 31, in the Sanctuary of Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, 625 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church Foundation.

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This is an oddity.

The deluxe version of Van Halen’s new CD, “A Different Kind of Truth,” will contain some acoustic performances on DVD from the band. Well, camp VH gave everyone a little preview of an acoustic version of “You Really Got Me,” which was shot for the sessions.

I didn’t know what to think as I was about to watch this, but it’s pretty damn good, particularly Eddie Van Halen and Wolfgang Van Halen’s background vocals.

Check it out!



‘XFINITY Live! Philadelphia,’ the new sports and entertainment complex which will launch in early April, is having a job fair at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Xfinity Live!

Whether it’s management, full-time, or part-time position you are looking for, the complex is set to hire close to 800 employees in a limited time frame.

Jobs are currently available for the six venues making up the complex. Applicants should have their resume on hand and be prepared for a possible interview as well.

If for some reason you cannot make the job fair, send your resume to jobs@xfinitylive.com.

Philly2Philly did a feature on the groundbreaking ceremony for ‘XFINITY! Live Philadelphia.’

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New York, Jan. 11, 2012 – FilmDistrict is proud to present Angelina Jolie in a Live online Q&A on Thursday Jan 12th at 8pm EST / 5pm PST to discuss her writing & directorial debut, In The Land of Blood and Honey. This exciting and interactive event gives fans the chance to ask Ms. Jolie questions about the film LIVE!

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One of my favorite movies when I was little (and I am sure it was yours too), was The Goonies.  Goonies photo: guardian.co.ukAll of you who recall this movie knows it had everything; action, friendship, a cute little story of puppy love, and a happy ending which highlights the triumph of good over greed.  

I sat down a few Sunday’s ago and The Goonies were on TV and I had to watch.  I was expecting the same rush of entertainment to come over me as it did when I was a kid. Instead, I kind of found myself desensitized and a little bored (except for when he does the Truffle Shuffle. That’s awesome).  

It really made me start to wonder what happened between then and now that results in me not really enjoy a movie anymore that boasts childhood imagination, curiosity, and a sober Corey Feldman?  I realized that my expectations have moved onward.  I wouldn’t necessarily say “up-ward” when it comes to TV considering I’m pretty much entertained by anything beginning with “the Real Housewives of…” 

 

But this got me thinking about all of us and our expectations in general. We’ve all been in relationships that may have ended, and when we move onto the next relationship we bring with us these expectations, knowing full well that the characters changed. Is this really fair in the long haul?  In doing so I think what we cloud is the difference between expectations and standards.  For me, I’ve found the best way to tell the difference is to know that expectations can change, standards shouldn’t as often, they should evolve with you.  "Why don't you try knocking me down?!"  photo: blingcheese.com

As an example, I want to always keep the standard for a relationship in my life to be that we laugh with each other more than we argue. And my expectation is not that they hold the same standard, but respect it. However, my past expectation that “he’s got to love all the Rocky movies” (minus Rocky V) is not one any longer.  

I came to the understanding it’s just not my place to assume everyone appreciates semi-illiterate boxers starting in the best music montages ever. These have been modified over time and I’m hoping I’ve changed with them, otherwise what would have been the purpose in going through any life experiences?  Our standards are as individual as a social security number, they were created by what you heard, you saw, you need, you wanted in a person in your life. They’re good for you! They keep you in a clear place to see what are deal-breakers in your relationships and what are battles worth fighting for and taking a stand on. It’s that mature balance of weighting “worth it” and “not worth it.”

This doesn’t mean that everyone has good standards for the people in their life. I mean, how many friends do you have who you are constantly saying “you’re better than this, don’t lower your standards”?  I used to say it all the time, until I realized, I can’t change her standards nor can I assume they’re the same as mine.  I wasn’t judging that my standards were “more right,” I just came to a point of recognizing that mine were made from my life choices and my life experiences, and the same goes for her.    

And how’s this for coming full circle: after pondering the concept of evolving standards and fleeting expectations, I realize that’s BASICLLY what the Goonies was all about!  These kids had expectations of “rich stuff” and fortune being found in this attempt to save their home. In the end their standards grew and evolved, they became friends outside their usual circles. They also got to ride a wicked water slide, but I couldn’t tie that point into the theme of the article.

However, an honorable mention should still be made.

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Photo: damninteresting.comThe 'Doomsday Clock' ticks another minute towards midnight. That means the threat of nuclear war is growing!

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The holidays are over, and baby it’s cold outside! What’s better than sitting in front of your cozy fireplace, enjoying a nice glass of wine and your beautifully appointed home … that is, unless you’re like 99% of the population whose home (not to mention garden) could use some serious help. Worry not: relief is on the way in the form of the Philadelphia Home Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. From Saturday, January 14 through Sunday, January 22 browse thousands of exciting products and services, over 500 interesting industry experts, three exciting theme nights featuring local cuisine and libations, a jam-packed family fun day and a brand new marketplace full of unique furniture and accessories.

“This is our 31st year and the event is bigger and better than ever,” says Alyson Caplan, Director, Philadelphia Home Show. “We have HGTV celebrities, exciting demonstrations and amazing design rooms, just to mention a few of the spectacular attractions. You’ll be seeing cutting edge trends in the home and garden industry, just in time to plan for springtime improvements.”

With a special phrase, Philly2Philly.com readers can purchase tickets online at a discount … Just go to

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Here are some of the 2012 Home Show Highlights:  With his energetic personality, Todd Davis of HGTV's Room Crashers will leave people motivated to take on even the most difficult landscaping and design projects. During his appearance at the Philadelphia Home Show January 14th and 15th, Davis will teach attendees how to create dynamic environments and timeless designs both indoors and out.

  • With his energetic personality, Todd Davis of HGTV's Room Crashers will leave people motivated to take on even the most difficult landscaping and design projects. During his appearance at the Philadelphia Home Show January 14th and 15th, Davis will teach attendees how to create dynamic environments and timeless designs both indoors and out. 

  

  • Kimberly Lacy of HGTV’s Curb Appeal:  The Block will also be present at this year’s big event on January 21st and 22nd.  Lacy, known for her spunky design, will inspire attendees with her passion and artisan paint tips and tricks.  When she’s not on TV, she spends time rehabilitating homes for people in need by bringing awareness to impoverished communities.

  

  • Attendees can also visit four specially-created Design Rooms, where local media personalities are paired with designers to create the space of their dreams. New this year is “Clover Market at the Home Show.” Packed with a carefully curated selection of vintage furniture and accessories from the region's best dealers and finely handcrafted work from local artisans, the market is a must-shop destination. Kimberly Lacy of HGTV’s Curb Appeal:  The Block will also be present at this year’s big event on January 21st and 22nd.  Lacy, known for her spunky design, will inspire attendees with her passion and artisan paint tips and tricks.  When she’s not on TV, she spends time rehabilitating homes for people in need by bringing awareness to impoverished communities.

 

  • There will be fun for the whole family on Martin Luther King Day, January 16th, including special guest Strawberry Shortcake. John Cassidy, the “Balloon Freak,” will entertain audiences of all ages with his unbelievable and world-record balloon-sculpting talent.  There will also be a Green Screen for fun photos:  pose for amusing shots in a variety of interesting themed backgrounds.

 

  • Rolling Barrel Events will be producing three themed evening celebrations under the banner of “Love Local,” featuring the area’s best wines, spirits and food. The fun starts Tuesday, January 17 with “Cocktails Made Easy,” followed by Wednesday’s “Local Wine & Cheese Pairings” and ends on Thursday with a unique “Beer & Cookies” event.

 

  • This year’s show promises to highlight more GREEN than you have ever seen.  Attend EnergyWork’s sessions on Home Energy Efficiency 101 in conjunction with the US Department of Energy Better Buildings program, and learn how featured green products can mean dollars in your pocket and a healthier world for everyone.

 

Need to get organized? Find out how to regain order from chaos with Totally Organized’s founder and expert Janet Taylor, who will teach attendees how to create a home free of clutter. Also, visitors can make sure their houses are super-safe with Xfinity’s home security demo. Finally – if you’re lucky – catch a glimpse of Philadelphia’s favorite mascot, the Philly Phanatic, on January 21-22.

 

A few late additions and show attractions are still being confirmed, so please check in at www.phillyhomeshow.com for updates as well as the full detailed schedule. See you there!



About a year ago, I was on a flight to Greece for work.  I was lucky enough to be sitting in first class, so I had a nice spacious area to stretch out and relaxGreece photo: holidays-uncovered.co.uk in. That was until during take-off, as we gunned down the runway and raised the nose of the aircraft into the air the pilots thought it best to put the brakes full on due to some kind of mechanical malfunction.  

The planes’ nose bounced back onto the runway and the force of the sudden halt attempt sent the plane into a spin on the ground, eventually ending in a swampy field area off of the runway.  The force of the breaking sent loose shoes, keys, change, purses gravitating toward the front of the plane and into the back of my seat mainly until we came to a stop.

Needless to say, the whole experience put us all on edge and some folks were adamant about getting off the plane.  I especially enjoyed the one woman who told the flight attendant she would rather “masturbate with an Emmy statue” than get on this plane again. I don’t know how in the face of fear you can extract such a classic analogy, but good for her!  Emmy Statue: skinnyman.com

Anyway, we all were fine, all lost items were returned to the passengers (with the exception of one shoe, how odd, just ONE shoe wasn’t claimed) and roughly 13 hours later, we took off for our intended location.  As you hear from all the folks who had a frightening experience like that, you quickly gather perspective after the fact of what is and isn’t important, and you take inventory on all the people in your life who you care about.  As scary as that plane moment was, I wish I had something jarring like that almost once a year to keep my eyes widely open. But then again, I hope that I am not really THAT lost in my “life distractions” whereas I’m missing the bigger picture.  

Personally, when I thought I was seriously in danger of not coming off of that plane (because I didn’t know where we were spinning. We could have been heading for gator infested swamplands. Who knows?)  My biggest fear was that I would have missed the opportunities to actually fulfill one of my dreams. I didn’t even specifically know what “dream” I meant, I just knew I wanted to focus on passions and talents more than just the art of “existing.”   Keanu Reeves photo: dailystab.com

I don’t wish on you the ridiculously scary experience of thinking your plane is going down to light a spark under your a**  to use the New Year as an opportunity to check in with yourself and contemplate some of those accomplishments you ALWAYS wished you’d done at least once.  

For the record, “having a threesome” does not count in this challenge.  There is something in us all that at one time or another, you recognized your talent, and if you keep your eyes open a little wider, this could quite possibly be the year where it stops being a dream you once had and manifests into a tangible fact.  It’s not just for the “lucky” people, it’s for those with a little bit of tenacity and heart. It’s a perfect mix.   

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again; it’s worth it to just “take the shot.”  I don’t know for sure if this is a true fact, but I like to think in my head that there was this guy out there almost certainly slated to be plumber or waiter in life, but somewhere along the line they took the long shot on their dreams. And thank God he did, or we’d be in a world without Keanu Reeves.

I mean, if he can do it…what’s stopping you from your own?

Happy New Year!

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