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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.

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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.



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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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.

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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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.

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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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