Sons of legendary Philly rappers Freeway and Oschino have died in separate incidents
PHILADELPHIA — Longtime Philadelphia rapper Freeway said Thursday that his son, Jihad Pridgen, 20, an aspiring rapper who performed as SnowHadd, has died.In an Instagram post, Freeway, born Leslie Edward Pridgen, wrote:“God knows I try my best to be strong, but this right here is a pain like I never felt. Please cherish your time and your love ones because we’re not promise the next breath. I Pray Allah forgives my son for all Of his sins and I pray that Allah grants him the highest level of paradise. Ameen Please make dua for him & my family.”Freeway, 42, is best known for being part of State...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Kristin Chenoweth's Philly show got axed in March. Now Broadway's Glinda is back, in 'The Witches' movie, and she's missed you.
PHILADELPHIA — When the Kimmel Center shut down this spring, on March 12, Kristin Chenoweth had been about to bring her For the Girls concert tour to the Philadelphia venue. It was scheduled for March 13.“I was devastated. Philly is one of my favorite places to play,” said the Tony- and Emmy-winning singer and actress, whose appearance has been rescheduled for next June at Verizon Hall. Chenoweth, though, can be heard now, in Robert Zemeckis’ adaptation of Roald Dahl’s “The Witches,” which premiered Oct. 22 on HBO Max.The actress who originated the role of Glinda in Broadway’s “Wicked” is the ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Disney: Epcot arts fest set for January start
ORLANDO, Fla. — Walt Disney World has shared a few details about the upcoming Epcot International Festival of the Arts, including its dates. The event will run Jan. 8-Feb. 22.A post on the official Disney Parks Blog lists many of the elements seen in previous arts festivals at the theme park, including 15 “food studios,” guest artists, a Figment-based scavenger hunt, artistic step-in photo opportunities and a giant paint-by-number mural that involves crowd participation.Not on the list is the Disney on Broadway Concert series, which has featured singers from stage shows such as “The Lion King,...
Few new movies, small crowds: Can AMC and B&B theaters survive the pandemic?
At AMC Town Center in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood, Kan., the 20-screen complex has a few recent offerings: There’s a new comedy starring Robert DeNiro and Rob Riggle, Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” and a thriller with Russell Crowe.But it’s the oldies that tell the story of how the coronavirus pandemic has shaped the movie theater industry. The multiplex is showing classics like “The Shining,” “Hocus Pocus” and “Monsters, Inc.,” all more than a quarter-century past their initial theater debuts.The lack of new releases has been a major impediment for movie theaters, which have been uniquely ...
The Kansas City Star
Watch the best of influential actor/filmmaker Denzel Washington
As towering as Denzel Washington’s on-screen achievements are, he may end up having a bigger influence behind the scenes.Start with his most ambitious plan: filming the entirety of August Wilson’s “Pittsburgh Cycle” of 10 plays depicting life in 20th-century America. Washington already starred in and directed “Fences,” earning an Academy Award for co-star Viola Davis, who also plays the title role in the next one, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” due from Netflix this year and co-produced by Mr. Two-Time Oscar Winner. Although the huge project has moved around a bit, Netflix is where the eight othe...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Florida regulators to seek more details about injuries suffered on theme park rides
ORLANDO, Fla. — The public often doesn’t know what happens when someone is hurt at a theme park, in a system where parks self-report visitors’ health problems to the state.State regulators plan to talk with Florida’s biggest theme parks about making their visitor injury reports more accurate after an Orlando Sentinel investigation revealed that Universal Orlando had disclosed a tourist’s broken neck as “numbness” and a child’s broken foot and leg bones as “foot pain.”“It’s not giving a true picture of what’s happening at the theme parks. That has to change,” said state Sen. Linda Stewart, D-Or...
Seattle-area movie theaters reopened from COVID closures last weekend. Here's what it's like to return to the multiplex
SEATTLE — A few hours before I drove to the Cinemark at Lincoln Square in Bellevue last Sunday, my editor forwarded a disconcerting email from a reader dismayed by “beyond horrifying” COVID precautions at another Seattle-area movie theater.According to the email, attendees at a recent “Tenet” matinee at Pacific Place were allowed to choose seats without regard for their assigned spots or social distancing; the reader moved four times to avoid sitting in front of, behind or next to another moviegoer.Grant from Capitol Hill did not mince words in his review.“For an organization that hasn’t seen ...
The Seattle Times
Movie review: Horror comedy 'Bad Hair' adds layers to race-based workplace discrimination tale
Whip-smart cultural criticism delivered in an appealing package is what writer-director Justin Simien does best, as he demonstrated in his first feature film, “Dear White People,” and the spinoff Netflix series of the same name. His second feature, “Bad Hair,” is winking social commentary as high-concept horror comedy, holding both a mirror to society, and offering an escape valve. Genre films have always served an important function as a place to traffic in topics that would otherwise be taboo, and Simien uses the opportunity to take aim at the white European beauty standards that dominate We...
Tribune News Service
Disney World: Rise of the Resistance hopefuls have mere seconds to catch the ride
ORLANDO, Fla. — Each morning at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there’s a brief moment of silence. Theme-park visitors stand motionless. Heads are bowed. There may be a few thoughts and prayers, but it’s not a religious service.It’s more like a high-stakes game. Call it Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance roulette, in which winners earn the right to ride one of Walt Disney World’s newest, most in-demand rides.Within seconds of the park’s official opening, it’s over. Cries of joy come from some corners; other voices yell “They’re gone already?” All of the ride’s loading groups have been assigned for ...
As Chicago proposes making Pilsen the city's largest landmark district, residents fear more displacement
CHICAGO — Nearly 45 years ago, Marcos Carbajal’s father opened a restaurant that would become a staple of the Pilsen neighborhood in the first building the Carbajal family was able to buy after migrating from Mexico.After aggressive gentrification in the area over the past two decades, Carnitas Uruapan is one of the few family-owned businesses left on 18th Street that recall the identity of one of Chicago’s largest Mexican American neighborhoods.In an attempt to preserve the character and culture of the area, including the Baroque-style building that’s home to Carnitas Uruapan, city officials ...