<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:12:21 -0500 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 14:12:21 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[McDonald's Salad Fat vs. Big Mac]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 13:40:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/McDonalds2.png

McDonald’s has put a lot of marketing dollars behind revamping their image to become a “healthy” fast food option, but one of their newest “simple” and “fresh” options for clean-eaters will do more caloric damage than a Big Mac, according to the chain's nutrition information.

The fast-food giant recently unveiled a new line of salad bowls that contain kale, a leafy “superfood” that has become a sensation for its nutritional value and being packed-full of vitamins.

“A salad so delicious, it might be hard to stay calm,” McDonald’s website reads of the new menu item, the “Keep Calm, Caesar On” salad. But dieters might have a hard time keeping calm after finding their bowl of greens has more fat, calories, cholesterol and sodium than most of the other items on the entire menu.

McDonald’s promotes the salad with crispy chicken as “a nutrient-rich lettuce blend with baby kale, delicately topped with delicious crispy bacon, real parmesan petals and roasted garlic focaccia croutons.”

Although McDonald’s leaves out the dressing the salad comes with in its initial calculation of nutritional information listed online, all-in-all this is the how the new “Keep Calm, Caesar On” salad with crispy chicken stacks up against other popular meals:

Kale Caesar Salad Crispy Chicken
730 calories (with dressing)
10g saturated fat
100mg cholesterol
1140 mg sodium

Bacon McDouble Sandwich
420 calories
9g saturated fat
70mg cholesterol
1050mg sodium

Big Mac
520 calories
10g saturated fat
70mg cholesterol
950mg sodium

10-Piece Chicken Nugget
460 calories
5g saturated fat
70mg cholesterol
820mg sodium

Large French Fries
560 calories
3.5g saturated fat
0mg cholesterol
420mg sodium

Regular Oreo McFlurry
560 calories
12g saturated fat
45mg cholesterol
390mg sodium

Swapping out the “crispy” chicken for grilled is an option, but will only save you 160 calories. The American Heart Association recommends eating just 2,000 milligrams of sodium and 1,200 to 1,500 calories per day.

McDonald's does offer other salad options that are not as hard-hitting to the waistline. McDonald's Southwest Salad only contains 280 calories and 490 milligrams of sodium, CNBC points out, which includes a creamy southwest dressing. A side salad without dressing is only 15 calories and 10 milligrams of sodium.

A spokesperson for McDonald’s did not immediately respond Friday to a request for comment.



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<![CDATA[Snoop Dogg, Super Bowl Reporter]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 12:13:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/snoop5.jpg

Rapper Snoop Dogg turned into a Super Bowl 50 “reporter” during the Broncos and Panthers press conference in Santa Clara Thursday, chatting up Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and telling Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis to “go to work” with a broken arm.

"That's your spirit. Go to work. And when you get a sack, dab with your broken one, for me," he told Davis, referring to the "dab" dance move newly popular with football players and other athletes.

The rapper tweeted a photo of him shaking hands with Manning: “Legend. #TurfdUp,” he wrote, referring in the hashtag to his YouTube sports show. His next tweet was a selfie, followed by a photo of himself acting as a reporter for DirectTV's "The Rich Eisen Show."

Snoop also sent out a couple of tweets promoting Merry Jane, his Marijuana lifestyle platform he hopes will act as an icebreaker for people who take pride in their love for marijuana.

One said: “ganja proving 2 help athletes with sports related injuries,” with a photo of a rolled up ball of weed.

The tweets were removed from his timeline after some time. It wasn’t immediately clear why the rapper took the tweets down.

The NFL has a strict drug policy, but many question whether it is out of date. According to media reports, marijuana is coveted by NFL players as an invaluable painkiller, and for younger players, smoking weed is normal.

"There are so many people in the closet, and we are giving them an opportunity to come out of the closet and just admit they like to smoke," Snoop said at the Merry Jane launch at TechCrunch Disrupt in September. "I’m a smoker, my name is Snoop Dogg, and I’m a stoner."



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<![CDATA[Subway's $5 Footlong Now Costs $6]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 07:12:36 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-493636850.jpg

So long to the catchy “$5 footlong” jingle, because Subway's iconic deal just got a dollar more expensive.

Customers will now have to shell out $6 for "ALL of your favorite classic footlongs," the restaurant chain announced on Twitter Tuesday.

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Not surprisingly, fans of the sandwich chain were not happy. The news prompted an immediate outcry on social media. Subway responded to displeased customers in another tweet, defending the increase on rising food costs.

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The new price takes effect on Thursday in Subway restaurants nationwide.

Subway has been reeling from bad PR after its former spokesman, Jared Fogle, was sentenced to nearly 16 years in prison for child pornography and sex charges. Fogle helped fuel sales for nearly 15 years after shedding 200 pounds on a diet of Subway sandwichs.



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<![CDATA[Cat Gets Head Stuck in Vase, Becomes Internet Sensation]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 17:53:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/93528537.jpg

A Reddit user this week posted a photo of a cat looking like an Egyptian goddess, but the shiny collar in the photo was not supposed to be around the cat's neck.

The cat, which is doing fine, got the accessory the hard way - by sticking its head in a vase, according to TODAY.

The cat is doing fine, and its misadventure sparked some pun-filled fun on the Internet.



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<![CDATA[What's the Best Irish Pub in Your State?]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 12:41:11 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Bill+Murphy%27s+Irish+Saloon.JPG

What's the best watering hole with a tasty menu and some Irish flair in you area?

Buzzfeed recently published a list of all of the best Irish bars in each state based on Yelp ratings, and, lucky for the Philadelphia region, Pennsylvania’s No. 1 Irish bar is right at home in the City of Brotherly Love.

For Pennsylvania, Bill Murphy’s Irish Saloon was voted the best. The pub is located at 3333 Conrad Street in Philadelphia.

“Locals refer to us as ‘The Saloonery.’ Older folk call us ‘The Green Door Bar.’ We're often simply referred to as ‘Murphy's.’ Whatever name ya fancy, we'd love to welcome you to Billy Murphy's Irish Saloon!” the eatery wrote on their Facebook page.

In New Jersey, you can go to the best Irish bar in the state and also have quick access to the beach. Buzzfeed says the best Irish pub in New Jersey is Anglesea Pub, located at 116 E. 1st Ave in Wildwood.

“Since your grandparents have been coming down the shore Ye Olde Anglesea Pub has been around,” the pub wrote on their Facebook page. “Featuring great food, great people and the "pub feeling" you can only get from an Irishmen like Sean McMullan!”

As for Delaware, Sheridan’s Irish Pub came in on top. The pub is located at 42 West Commerce Street in Smyrna.



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<![CDATA[SOLD OUT: Caitlyn Jenner, Buzz Bissinger's Philly Tour]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:49:00 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/201*120/08-25-2015-caitlyn-jenner-leather-jacket-1.jpg

Philadelphia will welcome an iconic speaker this month when the University of Pennsylvania hosts Caitlyn Jenner.

Jenner will speak at the university alongside Penn alumnus Buzz Bissinger -- who has done multiple interviews with Jenner both before and after her transition -- on Feb.17.

Tickets start at just $5 for UPenn students and $30 for the general public. Tickets will be sold sporadically for students and became available immediately for the general public Monday morning, but sold out by the afternoon. 

Jenner -- a former Olympic champion in decathlon -- became one of the most well-known transgender celebrities after her transition in 2015. Jenner has remained in the spotlight since her transition, often speaking about her experience. She is currently writing a memoir.

Last week, a wrongful death lawsuit against Jenner was dismissed.



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<![CDATA[Sign Up for Broad Street Run Right Now]]> Mon, 01 Feb 2016 12:30:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/236*120/blue+cross+broad+street+run+ibxrun101.JPG

If you plan on running in the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia, registration begins Monday.

Runners began registering online for the Blue Cross Broad Street Run beginning Feb. 1. Lottery selections are random, so you'll have an equal chance no matter when you sign up.

REGISTER NOW

“The lottery system gives everyone an equal chance to secure a race spot no matter when they sign up during the 12-day registration period," said Race Director Jim Marino from the Philly Parks and Recreation Department. "The chances are excellent to get a bib through the lottery.”

This year’s race will be held on May 1.

For the second straight year, NBC10 and Telemundo 62 will broadcast the entire race live from start to finish.

The race is the largest 10-mile road race in the county. The first Broad Street Run was held in 1980.

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<![CDATA[Check Out Borgata's Pool Plans]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 11:23:46 -0500 NBC10's newsgathering partner the Philadelphia Business Journal reported.]]> NBC10's newsgathering partner the Philadelphia Business Journal reported.]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/borgata02.jpg Atlantic City's Borgata Casino & Spa has announced their multiple plans for 2016 including adding a pool. Check it out.

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<![CDATA[Trade Old Baby Items for Discounts at Toys 'R' Us]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:13:01 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/062411+toys+r+us+generic+store.jpg

Anyone looking for an excuse to rid their home of old and unsafe baby items could stand to benefit from Toys "R" Us's annual Great Trade-In event.

Since 2009 the children's toy company has provided shoppers with the opportunity to discard old and unsafe baby gear — such as cribs, car seats, strollers and more — in exchange for a 25 percent discount on a purchase of select new items. The year shoppers can drop off gear from Feb.1 through Feb. 29 and those with "R" Us credit cards also receive an additional five percent off. The event applies at both Toys "R" Us and Babies "R" Us.

"As we strive to help parents make the best possible choices as they care for their babies, we look forward to once again hosting this program at our stores nationwide. We strongly encourage parents to use this time to check their baby gear and trade in old items for new ones that meet or exceed current safety standards," said Reg McLay, Senior Vice President of Babies "R" Us, in a statement.

The benefits aren't reserved for just those who bring in old items as even shoppers without an item to trade in can take advantage of a 15 percent discount in-store and online with a coupon at Babiesrus.com/GreatTradeIn.

Over 1.1 millions items have been turned in since the inception of the Great Trade-In. Several brands including Graco, Sorelle, Baby Trend and more have signed on to support the cause and help decrease unsafe childcare items from circulation. Items can include bassinets, infant swings, bouncers, travel systems, walkers, entertainers, play yard, and toddler beds.

Organizations and child care centers can exchange items in bulk but should contact their local Toys "R" Us store. There is no trade-in limit for the the number of items a customer can bring.



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<![CDATA[Teens Too Tall for Costumes?]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:00:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Too-Tall-for-Costumes-Disney.jpg

Two San Diego County teens were left disappointed after being turned away from a "Frozen" Disney on Ice show at Valley View Casino for an unlikely and seemingly bizarre reason: they were too tall to be wearing costumes.

Say what?

The girls said security staff told them they could be confused with the performers.

"Honestly, more than anything, it was just disappointing," Jessica Mcroskey said.

The two friends who attend Francis Parker High School, Mcroskey and Jennifer Wineholt, were decked out in "Frozen" attire for the event last Friday – only to be turned away because they were too tall, they told NBC 7. After the girls showed their IDs, proving they weren’t adults, they were given this reason:

“They came back later and said that 'Yes, you’re under 18, but you’re too tall ... people would actually think that you’re one of the characters,' and I guess there’s an issue with them taking pictures with us or something,” McRoskey said.

The teens said they looked again at the fine print on their tickets: Nowhere did it say on the tickets nor the event's website that costumes weren't allowed.

When reached for comment, a spokesman for Feld Entertainment, the promoter of the event, told NBC 7 the company doesn’t have a policy against costumes. He said there appeared to be a miscommunication with security guards.

The company has offered the girls tickets to a later event.

The two best friends are heading to college on opposite coasts next year.

"We just want to have as much fun together as we can before we leave, and that was a night we'd been looking forward to for awhile," Wineholt said. "It's definitely a night we won't be able to get back."

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<![CDATA[Fiat Popemobile Rolls in Philly Auto Show]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:08:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/223*120/Popemobile+Bobby+Hill+Chuck+Keating.JPG

Philadelphia car enthusiasts rejoice, the big stars of the Philadelphia Auto Show arrived at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Wednesday with the help of some local celebrities.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney fired up the engine of Jon Bon Jovi’s Dodge Viper and two of Pope Francis’ biggest guests during his visit to Philadelphia drove the Fiat popemobile into the convention center.

Bishop Shanahan High School band director Chuck Keating drove the special Fiat 500L while singer Bobby Hill sat, and waved, from the passenger seat -- the spot where Pope Francis sat. Keating's son Michael, who has cerebral palsy, was blessed by the pope upon his arrival to the City of Brotherly Love and Bobby Hill famously serenaded the pontiff on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

The two even stopped to dance before leaving the popemobile behind. "We got to jam out and sing some tunes in there," said Keating.

The Fiat is one of the famous cars used by Pope Francis during his visit to Philadelphia in September and will be on display throughout the Auto Show from Jan. 30 to Feb. 7.

A second popemobile Fiat is up for auction during Friday night's Black Tie Gala and proceeds will benefit select ministries and missions of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. You can bid remotely or in person.



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<![CDATA[Have What It Takes to Be 'The Voice?']]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:18:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/The+Voice+Philly+Auditions.JPG

Do you think you have the pipes to be on NBC’s hit singing competition The Voice?

Well, you won’t have to travel far to get your shot as auditions for The Voice will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Center City Philadelphia on Feb. 20 and 21.

Click here to register and create your Artist Account. You will need to print your audition pass to be able to sing your heart out for preliminary judges. (Click here for more audition tips) [[219277561, C]]

Good luck, we hope you make chairs turn, maybe even get a chance to meet Blake Shelton or Adam Levine.



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<![CDATA[Snow Stops the Show Around Region]]> Sat, 23 Jan 2016 10:39:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/465277001.jpg

With a snowstorm packing blizzard potential hitting Philly, cultural institutions postponed events.

The Philadelphia 76ers moved their Saturday night game against the Boston Celtics to Sunday night at 7 p.m. instead. The snow also caused the New York Islanders to cancel their game with the Flyers in Brooklyn on Saturday night -- no makeup date as of yet.

Sorry food lovers, the Reading Terminal Market closed and canceled its planned Saturday ScrappleFest. [[273571721, C]]

Plenty of area malls including the Deptford and Willow Grove malls closed for the day Saturday.

Philadelphia public libraries and Camden County public libraries and many museums in the area also closed including the Mutter Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and National Liberty Museum, which used the #ClosedinPHL hashtag to announce closures for Saturday.[[273571721, C]]

The Philadelphia Zoo also won't open Saturday.

Plenty of concerts -- including Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at the Tower Theater and Guster at the Fillmore Philadelphia -- and plays – including Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates and Funnyman at the Arden Theatre -- were also put on hold for Saturday after going on as scheduled Friday night.

The Academy of Music also canceled its 159th Anniversary Concert and Ball due to safety concerns. And the SATs even got postponed.

If your event was postponed hold onto your tickets for a future date or refund depending on what the promoter decides. The best bet is to check with the venue before you go.

Here’s a list (this list is in no way exhaustive):

FRIDAY:

  • Jennifer Nettles at Tower Theater in Upper Darby (postponed, no word on a future date)
  • Ralphie May at Music Box at Borgata in Atlantic City (postponed, no word on a future date)
  • Europa Galanta (canceled)
  • Chris Young and Cassadee Pope at the Electric Factory in Philly (postponed until Feb. 28)

SATURDAY:

  • Guster at Fillmore in Fishtown (Show has been reschedule for June 16)
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Tower Theater (the Sunday show was also put on hold for a future date)
  • Chris Hardwick at Music Box at Borgata (postponed, no word on a future date)
  • Ratatat at Electric Factory in Philly (postponed until Sunday)
  • The Go! Team at Underground Arts in Philly (postponed, no word on a future date)
  • Jerry Blavat at the Kimmel Center in Center City (postponed until Feb. 28)
  • AVA Opera’s L'amore dei tre re at Perelman Theater in Center City (postponed until Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.)
  • Alessia Cara at TLA on South Street (show has been rescheduled to Monday and all tickets will be honored then)
  • Jess Glynne at Union Transfer on Spring Garden Street (postponed, no word on a future date)
  • Echoes at World Café Live at The Queen in Wilmington (postponed until March 11) (Creem Circus post show also postponed)
  • Orchestra 2001 at World Café Live Philadelphia (postponed, no word on a future date)
  • Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside (postponed until May 21)
  • Kashmir - The Led Zeppelin Experience at Levoy Theatre in Millville (postponed to Jan. 29)
  • Funnyman – Arden Theatre in Old City
  • Hans Brinker and the Silver Skates – Arden Theatre in Old City (they also canceled drama school classes)
  • God Bless Baseball at Fringe Arts on Columbus Boulevard (canceled)

SUNDAY:

  • Dan Zdilla and The Big Warm at World Café Live Philadelphia (postponed, no word on a future date)

Looking for someplace where the show will go on? The Walnut Street Theatre’s performances of Harvey and a Moon for the Misbegotten are still set to happen Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Adult Coloring Books Rise in Popularity, With Social Coloring Groups]]> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:08:22 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/coloringbook-gif.gif

Adults caught up in the coloring book craze now have new and more social ways to participate: through libraries and meetup groups.

Libraries across the country are holding adult coloring programs more and more in response to the spike in interest, according to the American Library Association, including New York City, Denver and Milwaukee. There are also groups popping up through Meetup.com.

"People just love this. I think they feel successful, like they've finished something," said Jane Henze, the adult-programming director at DeForest Public Library near Madison, Wisconsin. "The neat thing about it, as far as stress goes, you're concentrating on something, you're not thinking about what's going on at home or at work."

She started the library's free program this summer with colored pencils, snacks and photocopied images after seeing the success at another nearby library. They now do it twice a month, with between 11 and 16 people. So far, it's been mostly middle-aged women, although two men attended.

The popularity of coloring is evident when you walk into any bookstore, many of which have coloring books prominently displayed. This month coloring books took up the top 10 spots on the New York Times best-selling list of games and activities, up from nine in December.

Carrie Danhieux-Poole, art therapist at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, said art therapists use coloring as an easy way to get people into other forms of art.

"They feel more focused, they feel more relaxed, maybe they report any anxiety they might have been experiencing having decreased with the adult coloring," she said.

In Raleigh, North Carolina, a healthy living group that organizes through Meetup.com tried coloring for the first time at a local restaurant this month. Eight people showed up, their best attended gathering yet. They also have a waiting list for the next one.

One of the participants, Sophie Dangtran, 60, started coloring a few years ago when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She's now in remission and recently picked it up again — with different results.

"I find the healthier I get, the more colorful my designs are," she said.

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Associated Press writer Allen Breed contributed to this report. 



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<![CDATA['Good Skates' Program Returns to Winterfest]]> Tue, 19 Jan 2016 10:55:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013616941_1200x675_604237891526.jpg Every Tuesday through Thursday kids from public schools will be able to visit the Blue RiverRink and learn to skate for free.]]> <![CDATA['Pita Rats' Battle for Flatbread in NYC Subway]]> Sat, 16 Jan 2016 19:57:43 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-97348933-subway-rat-generic.jpg

First New York's "pizza rat" had to compete for the internet's attention with a 'za-loving raccoon. Then, a bagel-wearing pigeon challenged the rodent for viral views.

But now, pizza rat is being challenged by two of its own species with a penchant for Mediterranean food.

CNN reports that a pair of "pita rats" were spotted trying to drag a flatbread up the stairs at the Herald Square station earlier this week.

The two appear to be competing to take the whole pita home, with the victor eventually dragging the bread up the platform stairs.

Last year, social media users were fascinated by the now-famous pizza rat, which was caught on camera dragging a slice of pizza down a set of subway stairs. Video of the rat garnered more than 8 million views on YouTube.



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<![CDATA[Devon Still Got His Strength From Leah in Cancer Fight]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 18:58:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/487634272.jpg

Devon Still happily announced earlier this week that his daughter Leah was done with her final cancer treatment, but it was a day he initially feared might never come.

"When we first started off, it seemed so far away,'' Still told TODAY.com. "When she received her first treatment and it didn't work, that was the scariest moment. I thought I would end up losing my daughter."

Leah, 5, has been an inspiration in the fight against pediatric cancer since she was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma in June 2014 and given a 50-50 chance to survive by doctors. Devon, a defensive lineman with the Houston Texans, documented her battle on Instagram, which gave him a chance to reflect this week on how far she has come since that scary time 18 months ago.

"I looked through all the different pictures from when we started until the end, and I feel very blessed that we were able to make it through this,'' he said. "Social media really helped a lot during the dark times."



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<![CDATA[Alan Rickman: Movie Wizard]]> Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:14:45 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Alan+Rickman+Severus+Snape.jpg

With a mere look, whether withering or wistful, Alan Rickman could convey more than most performers could with a thousand words of dialogue.

It's a talent he put to brilliant use as one of the most versatile actors of his era: He gave bittersweet life to the dead in the "Ghost"-like romantic tearjerker "Truly Madly Deeply." He gave a soul to the outwardly reserved Colonel Brandon in "Sense and Sensibility." He gave us belly laughs as the sneering Leonard Nimoy-like pigeonholed actor in the durable comedy "Galaxy Quest."

Rickman, who died of cancer this week at age 69, forged a permanent place in movie history as Harry Potter's potions professor Severus Snape, whose pale-faced glare proved enough to send shudders through burgeoning wizards – as well as through young (and not-so-young) filmgoers.

But Rickman's greatest feat of movie magic came in cloaking Snape in a dusky, slowly materializing cloud of ambiguity – marking the peak in the three-decade-plus career of the British actor, who, at his best, imbued his characters with far more depth than could be plumbed by the eye alone.

Even when he wasn't the star, Alan Rickman demanded attention, and not only for his gaunt good looks and commanding baritone. Part of his gift rested in drawing the viewer into attempting to unravel the inner thoughts of his characters.

Rickman lent a nuanced air of mystery even to the wonderfully over-the-top "Die Hard": His suave terrorist, Hans Gruber, smoldered in a compelling slow burn, going from controlled and calculating to an explosive, heartless killer.

Over the course of the eight "Potter" films, Rickman slowly and meticulously put the heart into Snape, echoing the character's progression in J.K. Rowling's great book series. Snape went from Harry Potter's hateful, mocking nemesis to a haunted figure, driven by selfless love, childhood hurt and his own sense of brave honor.

In the end, Snape emerged a good guy, on his own terms. Alan Rickman, whose knack for infusing deceiving complexity into his characters helped make Snape and the "Harry Potter" flicks movie icons, will be remembered simply as a great actor, by any definition.

 

Jere Hester is Director of News Products and Projects at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. He is also the author of "Raising a Beatle Baby: How John, Paul, George and Ringo Helped us Come Together as a Family." Follow him on Twitter.



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<![CDATA[MLK Events for the Whole Family]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2016 07:05:27 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/mlkjr.jpg The African American Museum in Philadelphia is teaming up with Citizens Bank to bring you Martin Luther King Jr. weekend events the whole family can enjoy.

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<![CDATA[David Bowie's Philly Connections]]> Mon, 11 Jan 2016 18:45:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/162*120/DavidBowie.jpg

Singer David Bowie’s Philadelphia roots include two of his most famous albums that were both recorded in the region.

The legendary singer died Sunday after an 18-month battle with cancer, said a post on his Facebook page.

Bowie's career spanned five decades with hits like "Fame," "Modern Love," "Heroes" and "Let's Dance" as he popularized the “glam rock” movement in the 70s.

Bowie's first official live album, "David Live" was recorded in the summer of 1974, at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby during the initial leg of Bowie's U.S. "Diamond Dogs" tour.

Bowie then accumulated a series of musicians including R&B legend Luther Vandross later that year to record much of “Young Americans” at Sigma Sound Studios on N 12th Street in Philadelphia. Some of the reels from that recording session now belong to Drexel University.

The "Young Americans" album is widely considered to be one of Bowie’s finest.

Following the Philly recording sessions the second leg of his tour was renamed "Philly Dogs."

He would go on to play many concerts in Philly including shows at the Spectrum and on the Camden waterfront.
 



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<![CDATA[Jennifer Lopez Talks 'Shades of Blue']]> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 14:13:39 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013463771_1200x675_597655619722.jpg Jennifer Lopez sits down with NBC10's Vai Sikahema to talk about her new crime drama "Shades of Blue," which premieres on NBC10 Thursday.]]> <![CDATA[McDonald's Unveils New, Sleek Packaging]]> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 13:08:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/McDonald%27s+All.png

McDonald’s just got a major makeover.

To start off the New Year on a fresh foot the fast-food giant took on a resolution of its own: to completely overhaul the look and feel of their packaging, opting to go with colors outside of their traditional red and yellow staples for the first time in more than six decades.

This month McDonald’s restaurants across the U.S. will begin handing customers brand new carry-out bags, fountain cups and sandwich boxes that they hope reflect the “simple” and “fresh” food the company says they aim to carry. The transition to the new packaging will expand to all 36,000 restaurants worldwide throughout 2016, according the company announcement.

Each day 69 million customers visit McDonald’s, and the company says they wanted to give their customers a noticeable change from the mainstay McDonald's look. They believe the upgraded bright and clean take-out designs are more inline with the company’s vision to be a “modern and progressive” burger company.

“McDonald’s is a fun and modern brand and this was a progressive way to turn our packaging into art and support a community where fashion is an expression,” said Matt Biespiel, McDonald’s senior director of global marketing. “It was fun to join these ideas together and create playful pieces that connect our customers to the brand.”

The company also announced they plan to source all of their fiber-based packaging from recycled or certified sources by 2020.

“We’re proud of the progress we’ve made and initiatives like this are important to our customers who care about the planet,” continued Biespiel in the company’s statement.



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<![CDATA[Brooklyn Restaurant Sells Gold-Flaked $100 Doughnut]]> Thu, 07 Jan 2016 11:43:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-72742667Sufganiyot112515.jpg

In 2016, the cronut is passé. New Yorkers now have another exuberant pastry to sink their teeth into: Manila Social Club’s so-called “Golden Doughnut.”

Since Bjorn DelaCruz, the founder of the recently-opened Filipino restaurant, posted an image of the $100 doughnut to Instagram last week, there’s been buzz about the dish.

DelaCruz spoke to the website First We Feast about the doughnut, which is filled with ube mousse, covered with champagne frosting and topped with 24-karat gold.

“The Golden Cristal Ube Donut came along because there is a brewery in Bushwick called Braven Brewery, and we know the owners…We had a doughnut event where I unveiled a doughnut with icing made with Braven White IPA, dusted with gold. That was the beginning of the golden doughnut [idea].”

DelaCruz went on to tell the website that the ingredients were hand-picked to craft a delicious dish.

“I take pride in this, and to me it’s a piece of art,” he told First We Feast.

“I cook with [those ingredients] because I think they taste good,” he said.

Manila Social Club is located in Williamsburg at 2 Hope Street. It is open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner; Saturday and Sunday for brunch; Monday through Friday for coffee service in the morning.

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<![CDATA[Spend 2016 at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest]]> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:55:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Blue+Cross+RiverRink+Winterfest+Rink.jpg

NBC10 and Telemundo62 are helping bring New Year's fun to you and your entire family along the Delaware River waterfront.

The Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest and ice skating rink on Penn’s Landing has something for everyone throughout the winter -- even on warm or cold days.

NBC10 and Telemundo62 are the official broadcast partners of Philadelphia’s marquee winter attraction, offering family-friendly activities by day and amazing holiday lights, food by the Garces Group and Franklin Fountain and cocktails by night. Winterfest is open now through March.[[353900441, C]]

It's free to enter the Winterfest grounds including the chalet-style Lodge, the winter garden and forest created by Delaware River Waterfront Corporation in conjunction with David Fierabend of Groundswell Design Group and to check out the beautiful Christmas tree and lights.

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“Skating next to the Delaware River against the backdrop of the Ben Franklin Bridge has become a favorite winter tradition for thousands of area residents,” said Kathy Albanese, Independence Blue Cross director of corporate relations development. “We’re proud to continue supporting a Philadelphia institution that encourages everyone to enjoy fresh air and fun, and helps to make the region a healthier place to work, live, and play.”

Part of that play includes spaces to lounge about inside and outside the lodge as well as being able to get onto the ice.

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And, come hungry with plenty of Garces options including Village Burger, Frohman's and Distrito.

“Garces is thrilled to be involved for the second year in a row at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest," said Garces Group vice president of operations Aaron Kleinle. "DRWC has done an exceptional job of making this a destination for not only Philadelphians, but for visitors from all over the country. Our desire to bring approachable, casual food to such a great location with an amazing partner is quite frankly, a no-brainer."

Franklin Fountain is also back -- this time serving up hot drinks and warm baked goods in a confectionery cabin.

"While the winter is typically slow in the ice cream business, we do have an extensive menu of hot soda drinks and delicious warm baked goods to attract the weather weary," said Franklin Fountain co-owner Ryan Berley.

And, be ready for Philly' best New Year's Eve celebration as the Winterfest serves as the perfect backdrop to watch the SugarHouse Casino New Year's Eve Fireworks at 6 p.m. and midnight. (NBC10 will also broadcast the fireworks display).

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is open daily through the winter. Click here for hours and directions.


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<![CDATA[Mummers Parade: What to Know for 2016 Strut ]]> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 23:47:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/2015+mummers1.jpg

The 116th Mummers Parade will make their annual strut down Broad Street on New Year’s Day meaning road closures and extra safety precautions in Center city and South Philadelphia.

The 2016 parade featuring fancy brigades, string bands, comics and, of course, wenches kicks off at 9 a.m. at City Hall then marches south on Broad Street to Washington Avenue wrapping up around 6 p.m. More than 10,000 men, women and children with participate with thousands more watching along the parade route, said organizers.

After marching down Broad Street -- for years the parade went up Broad Street -- the fancies will head to the Pennsylvania Convention Center while spectators and other Mummers head to S 2nd Street in South Philly for post-parade 2nd Street Strut festivities including more performances (at 2nd and Reed streets and 3rd and Ritner streets).

The weather is expected to be in the 40s with mostly sunny conditions. The Union League, 15th & JFK, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts and plenty of other spots along S Broad will serve as perfect locations to see all the pageantry. The parade is free but some venues may charge to watch including bleachers seats in the Convention Center.

Broad Street will be closed until the parade wraps up after 6 p.m. Also expect road closures at the staging area along JFK Boulevard from 16th to 22nd Street, at Washington Avenue and along S 2nd Street.

Besides the traditional Mummers groups, this year’s parade will feature the more racially- and ethnically-diverse Philadelphia Division.

Expect to see police stationed along the parade route as authorities work to keep everyone safe.

With road closures in effect, SEPTA is a great alternative to get down to the parade. SEPTA will be operating buses, trains, trolleys and subways on a Sunday schedule.



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<![CDATA[NBC10 Rings in 2016 With Fireworks]]> Thu, 31 Dec 2015 20:23:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/HD+NBC10+CLEAN+FOR+GERROW+-+18-16-27-14_17860900.jpg

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NBC10 will be helped families ring in 2016 with fireworks along Philadelphia’s waterfront.

NBC10 News anchor Keith Jones joined Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter to announce plans for the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

This year’s Star Wars-themed fireworks was brought to you by SugarHouse and televised on NBC10 and Telemundo62 as well as each station’s websites and apps at 6 p.m. on New Year's Eve so that the whole family could enjoy without having to stay up late.

“There’s no better city to bring in the New Year than Philly,” said Jones who emceed Tuesday’s announcement. “It’s a family affair and the best part is my family NBC10/Telemundo62 will bring it to you in a way you’ve never seen before.”

If you plan on staying up to welcome the New Year, the fireworks will go off again at midnight.

"There is no better place to spend the New Year than in Philadelphia," said Nutter. “The Mummers Parade and the SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront are both family affairs... The New Year’s Eve fireworks will once again be presented at two times: 6 p.m. and midnight, to accommodate families and those who may have other plans at midnight. So, come to our beautiful city on New Year’s Eve, watch the fireworks, stay overnight in one of our great hotels, and celebrate on Broad Street with the Mummers on New Year’s Day -- it’s a great way to ring in the New Year.”

And, the fun continues after New Year's Eve on the waterfront.

NBC10 and Telemundo62 are also the new official television sponsors of the Blue Cross River Rink Winterfest and ice skating rink on Penn’s Landing. Winterfest is one of Philadelphia’s marquee winter attractions, offering family-friendly activities by day and amazing holiday lights, food by the Garces Group and Franklin Fountain and cocktails by night. It’s open now through March.

Visit Philly also released an interactive guide to the top spots to watch the New Year's Eve fireworks. VIEW IT HERE.

 



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<![CDATA[Last Weekend for Philly's Christmas, Holiday Markets]]> Mon, 28 Dec 2015 07:21:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013286028_1200x675_591803459933.jpg The Christmas Village at Love Park and the Made In Philadelphia Holiday Market at Dilworth Park are only open till the end of this weekend to get some final unique gifts.]]> <![CDATA[Kwanzaa Begins]]> Sat, 26 Dec 2015 09:04:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000013285952_1200x675_591804995504.jpg With the start of Kwanzaa, Philadelphia’s African American Museum in Center City features a daylong celebration including arts and crafts, a candle lighting ceremony, west African dance and drum workshops]]> <![CDATA[Steve Harvey Wishes Everyone a Merry Easter on Christmas]]> Fri, 25 Dec 2015 16:14:14 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/doble+steve+harvey.jpg

Steve Harvey took to social media on Christmas Day to wish everyone a merry Easter.

The talk show and game show host tweeted a photo of himself with a cigar in his mouth and giving a peace sign with the caption “Merry Easter y'all!” followed by three Christmas tree emojis.

The tweet comes after the 58-year-old named the wrong winner during Sunday night’s live broadcast of the annual worldwide Miss Universe pageant.

While he initially announced that Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez-Arvalo would be going home with the largest crown, the honor was meant for Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurztbach.

"I have to apologize," he said. "The first runner-up is Colombia."

He explained to the audience and viewers that he misread the card that held the names of the winners. Colombia was listed as the first runner-up, and he'd been confused with how it was written on the card. He held it up for the camera.

"It is my mistake," he said. "Still, it's a great night. Please don't hold it against the ladies. We feel very badly, but it's still a great night."

Harvey also later tweeted an apology to the women and viewers. "I feel terrible," he wrote. The Miss Universe organization issued an apology on Monday as well.

The incident sparked numerous memes shared widely online.



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<![CDATA[Santas Celebrating Christmas Around the World]]> Fri, 25 Dec 2015 14:28:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-502430612-thumb.jpg The Christmas spirit was in fine form on Friday, December 2015, from South Korea to Nazareth to the Potomac River.

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