The Way Back’s Director Gavin O’Connor on Why We All Need Second Chances

The Way Back’s director Gavin O’Connor is using the game of basketball to tell an important story about overcoming insurmountable odds and coming out the other side to find redemption.

The new movie from Warner Bros. is about Jack Cunningham, (Ben Affleck), a former high school basketball star whose life has unraveled and is filled with great loss, and with pain that he tries to ease with large amounts of beer and whiskey.…

Philadelphia Broadway’s Hello Dolly! Is a Feast for the Senses

Dolly Gallagher Levi of Yonkers, New York, has a gift for matchmaking and Carolee Carmello, of New York City, has quite a gift for musical theater.

Stepping on the Academy of Music stage as the lovable-yet, meddling Dolly Levi is as thrilling for the actress, who has been received much acclaim for her stage work, as it is for the audience and something you do not want to miss.

A true labor of love, Carmello …

‘Spies in Disguise’ Directors Say: ‘Will Smith Was Lightning in a Bottle’

An endearing animated spy movie is the perfect Christmas treat.

Especially Spies in Disguise, a family-friendly comedy with a stellar cast led by Will Smith as super-spy Lance Sterling, a debonair operative who prefers to work alone.

Scientist Walter Beckett (Spider-man’s Tom Holland) is Walter’s exact opposite, a guy who lacks in social skills, but makes up for it in smarts and invention, creating many awesome gadgets that Lance uses on his …

‘Harriet’ ‘Portrait of a Lady on Fire’ and ‘Little Women’ Win Women Film Critics Circle 2019 Awards

Director Kasi Lemmons was dedicated to telling the impactful story of a woman who put herself in great peril throughout her life to help change the world and her stunning movie Harriet, reflects this commitment to storytelling with rapt attention to detail.

In what is just the start of the award’s season, Lemmon’s direction, the overall movie, and the nuanced performances, including Cynthia Erivo in the title role, is garnering major attention.

Based on …

Lorenzo Pugliese Makes a Big Splash in the National Tour of ‘The Spongebob Musical’

Lorenzo Pugliese says that “a crazy number of people” told him he had to audition for the leading role in The Spongebob Musical…and so he did.

And the rest, as they say on the hit Nickelodeon animated TV series is Bikini Bottom history. It quickly became a cult favorite and has charmed viewers of several generations with its 262 episodes in 12 seasons.

Now Lorenzo is starring in the show at the Kimmel Center’s

Mean Girls Star Mary Kate Morrissey Advises Budding Actors: ‘Work hard, Play Hard and Never Give Up.’

When Mary Kate Morrissey was growing up in Upper Darby, South Philly and rural Downingtown, Pennsylvania, she found her bliss while watching and performing in musical theater. In what feels like a “pinch-me” moment she is starring in the National Tour of Mean Girls.

Fortunately for Morrissey, her parents nurtured her dreams, to the point they followed her tour of Wicked. Now, her family and a myriad of friends are coming to share her success …

Come From Away’s Julie Johnson Calls This: “One of the Most Life-Affirming Shows You will Ever See!”

Julie Johnson, who first came to New York to perform in the early 1990s, is proud to still be gracing the stage in the national tour of the life-affirming show Come From Away.

Now playing at the Kimmel Center’s Academy of Music as part of the Philadelphia Broadway series through Sunday, November 3, Johnson says the show is “a real treat,” filled with great heart, a look at kindness amid tragedy with a backdrop of …

28th Philadelphia Film Festival Offers Stunning Line-Up of Movies and Special Events

Now is the perfect time to head to the 28th Philadelphia Film Festival for a line-up of remarkable films from noted directors in a wide range of genres.

The festival, hosted by The Philadelphia Film Society, is running through October 27. There are 120 films from 41 countries to see during the memorable 11-day event.

The Festival is showcasing 120 feature-length and short films. The Festival line-up is curated by the PFF programming …

How Using Medical Marijuana to Treat My Chronic Pain Totally Changed My Life

One Patient’s Story: “How Using Medical Marijuana to Treat My Chronic Pain Totally Changed My Life”
 
For nearly a dozen years, Debbie Armstrong was taking large prescribed doses of opioids to deal with severe chronic back pain, but she hated the way she felt physically and emotionally and was worried about becoming addicted.
 
While looking for a different path for pain management she met Barry Greenberg and discovered his The Greener Institute in Hatboro

Philadelphia’s Autism Cares Foundation Gears Up for Race for Resources

Philadelphia’s Autism Cares Foundation Gears Up for Race for Resources
 
Every Wednesday, when 13-year-old Jack Albeser tosses around a weighted ball in a local gym, he gets way more than just a usual workout at the Fit-n-Focus program hosted by the nonprofit Autism Cares Foundation.
 
The 8th grader feels invigorated, connected to a tight-knit community, and is making new friends. It all adds up to a life-changing opportunity for him and his family.

Emma Brock on The Office! A Musical Parody : “There is Everything Wrapped Up In a Perfect Little Bow for All of The Office Fans Out There”

Who wouldn’t want to be part of the biggest inside joke around?

On a typical morning at Scranton’s third largest paper company until,,,for no logical reason a documentary crew begins filming the employees of Dunder Mifflin. This is the premise behind The Office! A Musical Parody.

Featuring everyone’s favorite TV characters, the hilarious, unauthorized parody of The Office, the hit TV show now on tour and in Manhattan, lovingly pokes fun at The Office,

Film Director Julius Onah Probes Evocative Issues in Luce

[Octavia Spencer, Kelvin Harrison-Jr, and Naomi Watts in the movie Luce. Photo by Jon Pack/Neon Studios]

From the moment that film director Julius Onah read J.C. Lee’s play, he wanted to take this complex story about the assumptions we make about people and turn it into a movie.

The result: a fascinating indie film starring Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer, that has viewers thinking and discussing difficult topics.

Onah, a Nigerian-American filmmaker with a …