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Unholy. Rev. Robert L. Brennan was charged Thursday for sexually assaulting a child for three years in the late 1990s.
victim came forward, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced Thursday. “A serial abuser is now behind bars thanks to the brave actions of this young man,” Williams said. Brennan was arrested at his home in Maryland on Wednesday night by Perryville police. He is expected to return to Philadelphia soon. The victim, who claims he was sexually abused between the ages of 11 and 14, said Brennan forced him to engage in both sexual intercourse and oral sex. The man was allegedly abused inside the church’s sacristy, in the priest’s bedroom, in a storage area on parish property and in a movie theater, according to the DA’s office.
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Williams said the investigation began in January 2013, when the victim reported the abuse to the archdiocese. He added that the archdiocese immediately reported the incident to the district attorney’s office once the victim presented his allegations. Brennan is currently a priest with the Archdio-
cese of Philadelphia, and his duties were restricted shortly after a 2005 Philadelphia grand jury documented numerous allegations of sexual misconduct with other children. Williams said reports of Brennan’s misconduct dates back to at least 1990 and 1991 while he served as principal both of St. Pius X High School and of the parish school at St. Mary’s in Schwenksville. Parents allegedly raised concerns about Brennan’s behavior in both schools. Brennan faces other charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and aggravated indecent assault.
‘Removed from active ministry’ In a statement, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia said Rev. Robert L. Brennan was “removed from active ministry in September 2005 following the Grand Jury report issued by the Philadelphia District Attorney.” “He has not been permitted to function as a priest anywhere since that time. A canonical process aimed at his laicization is in progress with the Holy See.”
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Four men were shot and killed Wednesday night through Thursday morning. Police said the violence touched off around 7:15 p.m., when Raheem Williams, 26, was shot multiple times in the arm and chest on the 5600 block of Beaumont Avenue in Kingsessing. He died a short time later at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Less than three hours later, Justin Anthony Carter, 20, was shot multiple times in the torso on Emerald Street
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Philadelphia priest charged with ’90s rape An archdiocesan priest was charged Thursday with rape after he allegedly molested an altar boy for three years, starting when the child was in sixth grade, at Resurrection of Our Lord in Northeast Philadelphia. Rev. Robert L. Brennan, 75, who served as the parish’s assistant pastor in the late ’90s and early 2000s, was arrested Wednesday after the now 26-year-old
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A Cherry Hill, N.J., police officer noticed a vehicle Wednesday around 1:30 p.m. that was oddly parked along the tree line of the station’s Mercer Street lot and approached
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Zoo debuts latest mural on parking garage Art. The mural was ﬁrst painted on parachute fabric, pasted in pieces to the wall like wallpaper and then painted back over. Artist Eurhi Jones found inspiration from Philadelphia Zoo animals, and from the trains next door, for her latest art work. The mural, which debuted Thursday, was painted on the back of the zoo’s new parking garage Advocacy
Activists to rally against violence Mothers In Charge’s Hands Across Philadelphia rally against gun violence will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Southwest Philadelphia. The event will feature a 3-mile human chain stretching along 52nd Street from Woodland to Parkside Avenue. State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown will be a guest speaker. METRO
at 35th Street and Girard Avenue. The 8,000-squarefoot piece was aimed toward the more than 18 million train riders who pass by annually. The architectural challenge was building an image that would read well despite the gaps and ramps of a building that wasn’t yet built when Jones was designing. Jones said she tried to incorporate a message into the mural using elements that connected the animal, human and inmotion worlds. “I wanted to show the presence of humans,” she said. “And, hope-
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Council passes extension for minimum wage Greenlit. City Council passed a package on Thursday extending minimum wage standards to subcontractors. City Council unanimously passed legislation on Thursday that would give Council members the power to extend Philadelphia’s 21st Century Minimum Wage and Benefits Ordinance to city subcontractors. The ordinance, first adopted by Philadelphia in 2005, requires employers who are recipients of city leases, contracts or financial assistance to pay their employees a wage of at least 150 percent of the federal minimum wage. But, according to a legal memorandum issued
in May by City Solicitor Shelley Smith, that standard doesn’t currently apply to city subcontractors or sub-recipients of leases or financial assistance, and City Council does not have the authority to compel the city to extend the minimum wage requirement to those workers. That opinion promoted Councilman Wilson Goode Jr. to introduce in June the most recent legislation providing for a change to the city’s Home Rule Charter that would explicitly give City Council the power to extend the minimum wage standards to subcontracted workers. Though Mayor Michael Nutter’s Chief of Staff Everett Gillison said during a committee hearing last week the administration is concerned the legislation’s language could have a “chilling effect” on private developers who receive city financial assistance, as well as on recipients of
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Councilman: Fireﬁghter demotions are retaliatory Councilman Jim Kenney called for a hearing on Thursday into the proposed demotion of 14 Philadelphia firefighters who were promoted after a May court ruling, which was last week reversed. Kenney claimed the decision was an attempt at retaliation by members of Mayor Michael Nutter’s administration. “Everything that they have made [Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers] do and that he’s done relative to discipline, forced transfers, arbitration disputes and now this promotional stuff, is all done out of antagonism — period,” he said. METRO
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Delay in Spanishlanguage Obamacare sites The Spanish language version of online exchanges to sign up for health care insurance under the Affordable Care Act will not be ready on Oct. 1 but will be ready “sometime in October,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Thursday. “The online portion of it, I believe, will come on sometime in October,” Carney said, noting that Spanishlanguage information and assistance will be available by telephone in the meantime, starting on Oct. 1. REUTERS
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and increasing borrowing authority to avoid an historic default. They said they will seek a one-year delay in the full implementation of the new national health care law known as “Obamacare” in return for raising U.S. borrowing authority by enough to let Treasury borrow through the end of 2014. Even as some senior Republicans predicted there would be no govern-
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For all the campaigning, debating, online articles and on-air interviews about Obamacare, if a person walked down the street asking people what it means to them, the vast majority would say, “I don’t have a clue” or “Beats me” or perhaps “What are you doing out here, Mr. Biden?” At least that’s what the polls suggest. A Wall Street Journal/NBC news sampling found that nearly 70 percent of Americans don’t understand this law. They don’t know how it is going to work, how they’ll fit in, or whether it will cover their Cialis prescription. “Hold on, honey. Let’s not buy the bathtubs yet!” This is one of the most sweeping changes to the government’s social safety net in our lifetimes, and roughly three-quarters of us don’t know what is happening. No wonder President Obama is storming the country
By noise, of course, they mean Republican criticism. Or liberal criticism. Or any sound coming from anyone who wants to reconsider, revamp or re-carpet this massive overhaul of how we get our aspirin. trying to convince voters it is a good thing, even as his surrogates say they too are trying to “cut through the noise.” By noise, of course, they mean Republican criticism. Or liberal criticism. Or any sound coming from anyone who wants to reconsider, revamp or re-carpet this massive overhaul of how we get our aspirin. And plenty of people fit that
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Skin. Opportunities, risks seen with dermatology apps Mobile dermatology applications may help people learn about ultraviolet rays or keep tabs on their moles, but they are not a substitute for seeing a doctor, researchers said. They searched online stores and found more than 200 dermatology apps, half of them made for non-doctors. Those included sunscreen
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Father of boy, 4, who accidentally shot friend, 6, indicted The father of a 4-yearold New Jersey boy who accidentally shot and killed his 6-year-old friend while playing with a gun has been indicted on
charges of child endangerment, prosecutors announced. The decision by a grand jury came four months after Anthony Senatore, 33, was charged when authorities searched his home and found multiple unsecured weapons, prosecutors said in a statement. REUTERS
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who is leading the investigation into the shooting in which the gunman also killed himself, said Thursday his office will appeal the decision in Superior Court and seek an immediate stay to prevent the release of the audio tapes. He has argued that release of the tapes could impact the ongoing investigation and may be hurtful to witnesses heard on the tapes, although he de-
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Kenya widens mall attack probe, alert for the UK ‘White Widow’ Investigation. Interpol’s “red alert” cites the previous 2011 plot. Interpol issued a wanted persons alert at Kenya’s request on Thursday for a British woman who has been cited by British police as a possible suspect in the attack on a Nairobi shopping mall that killed at least 72 people. The alert was issued as Kenyan police broadened the investigation into the weekend raid by the al Qaida-aligned Somali group al Shabaab — the worst such assault since the U.S. Embassy was bombed in the capital by al Qaida in 1998. Interpol — which has joined agencies from Britain, the United States,
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Kerry aims to boost support for US stance in Iran meeting Secretary of State John Kerry sought to bolster support to keep pressure on Iran in nuclear talks with world powers on Thursday even as Iran’s new president pressed a diplomatic charm offensive at the United Nations. The meeting involved a very rare encounter between top officials of the United States and Iran. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with Kerry as well as diplomats from Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany at a session aimed at jump-starting efforts to resolve a decade-long standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. Kerry said he looked forward to a “good meeting,” but he would not specify what Iran should do to show a desire to address concerns about its nuclear program. REUTERS
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A grieving mother fights Finding meaning. The mother of a slain teen used his death to create a dialogue for peace in a troubled neighborhood. Clementina Chery had a choice to make shortly after her 15-year-old son was gunned down in crossfire between gangs in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood. “For me, the anger and violence was there,” she said. “I didn’t want to go that route. I wanted to go on the path less traveled.” Chery chose the path of peace following the death of her son, Louis Brown, and founded the Dorchester-based Louis D. Brown Peace Institute. Her son was killed in 1993 as he walked to a teens-against-gang-violence event one afternoon. It was her son’s death, she said, that woke her up. “My anger was there, my search for revenge was there, but yet who was I going to take revenge out on? Someone who looked just like me? Someone who looked just like my son? So I had to channel my pain and my anger in a way that would be more about rebuilding the community,” she said. The Peace Institute fo-
Paulette Page haunted by mystery of who killed her son Early last month, two young black men were killed by gun violence. The location of their death — Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn — drew some attention because over
the past several years, that neighborhood has grown increasingly expensive and seemingly safer. According to police reports, around 11:26 p.m. on Aug. 9, Anti-Crime Unit officers inside Fort Greene Park heard gunshots and saw a black male who appeared to be in his late teens and was wearing red shorts and a white
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baseball cap running in their direction. The officers saw the individual waving a gun and firing multiple shots in the air. They chased him but lost sight of him outside of the park. Police said they then received a 911 call around 11:30 p.m. reporting that a person had been shot in Fort Greene Park near the
basketball court by Myrtle Avenue. Police arrived to find two victims, Jahmal Page and Javon Anthony Earl-Govon, both 21 years old. Both men were facedown on the ground, each shot once in the head. Investigators believe the young men may have been part of a group of friends that had some sort of physical altercation
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Clementina Chery at the Peace Institute that she started after her son was killed. / NICOLAUS CZARNECKI, METRO Quoted
“Doing good is hard. We live in a culture that is reactionary because everything is a quick ﬁx. Seeing change is a long-term investment ... you don’t see the results the next day.” Chery
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in the wake of a crime. Primary prevention such as peace education and emotional literacy are areas that Chery believes will provide long-term tools for young people and help communities more than “Band-Aid solutions.” For 17 years, the Institute has also put on the Mother’s Day Walk for Peace through Dorchester. This year, Scarlett Lewis,
streets and wrought devastation across our neighborhoods, searing itself into their fabric. Today, Metro concludes our weeklong look at the impact gun violence has had on those cities in the aftermath of the massacre at the Washington, D.C., Navy Yard. THE EDITORS
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for peace in Boston with the shooter prior to this fatal double shooting. Page’s mother, Paulette Page, described her son as “a fun-loving person” who played football, rapped, “was into fashion,” and “liked music, entertaining people [and] partying.” He and Earl-Govon were there with a group of five other friends for a cookout that had carried over
“There were so many people around and nobody saying anything. ... I’m pretty sure that somebody saw something, but they’re not really saying who, what or whatever.” Paulette Page
to later in the evening. Jahmal was her only child, Paulette said. She said she that has no idea why he would have been a target and anyone would have hurt him. “I don’t know what to say,” she said. “He didn’t have any enemies out here.” Paulette said that her son was not involved with
any gangs and that he had decided to go live in North Carolina with her brother in the fall. Her brother was going to help him apply to schools. Shortly after the shooting, there was a candlelight vigil on Washington and St. Johns, where Paulette’s mother lives. “That’s where he grew up,” Paulette explained.
“That’s where all his friends and everything are.” Paulette has had no updates from police regarding the investigation into her son’s death. She said she doesn’t understand how there were so many people at the barbecue but there are currently no leads on the identity of the shooter.
“There were so many people around and nobody saying anything,” she said. “I mean, I’m pretty sure that somebody saw something, but they’re not really saying who, what or whatever. … I don’t know [why], maybe because they may be scared of the person, or persons. I don’t know.” DANIELLE TCHOLAKIAN
Ralphiee Colon, brother of gun victim: ‘I’m hurt every day’ Melanie Colon was one of Philadelphia’s 331 homicide victims last year. The young mother, then 22, went missing from her North Philly home on May 8, 2012. Her body was found less than a week later, just before Mother’s Day, in a wooded area near Tacony Creek Park. Like the vast majority of the city’s crime-related fatalities, she had been gunned down, shot six times at close range. Melanie’s family still struggles with her death, and with the fact that her killer has not been
brought to justice. “It has got a little easier. It’s almost about to be two years,” said Melanie’s brother Ralphiee Colon, 18. “But the emotions are still there. I’m hurt every day thinking about it.” He believes his sister would still be with him were it not for the firearms flooding the city’s streets. “She would still be here because them guns is powerful — they can take people out fast,” he said. “I think that’s the easiest way you can kill somebody, is to pull the trigger. And once you pull that trigger, you can’t reverse it back.” Ralphiee’s loss was compounded this year by the death of his mother, Zoraida Miranda, on May
Ralphiee Colon holds up a picture of his sister, Melanie, who was killed in a shooting. / RIKARD LARMA, METRO Quoted
“I see my family hurt and I can’t do nothing. I can’t bring happiness back to them, just like, vice versa, they can’t bring happiness back to me. And it hurts them to see me hurt.” Ralphiee Colon
“I’ve already accepted the fact [Melanie] is gone and I have to live with this for the rest of my life, but, really, losing my mom, it affected me a lot,” he said. Ralphiee is now grieving the loss of two family members, compounded by the pain of watching his father, stepmother, older brother and young nephew struggle with their wounds as well. ”It’s got to a point where everybody keeps their emotions to themselves,” he said. “Now, we try to talk to each other, but we can’t. I’d rather keep my stuff to myself. I talk sometimes, but it’s kind of hard.” He is also dealing with Melanie’s son, Joshua, now 5, asking questions
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about his mother. “He talks about Melanie more, and he knows she’s dead. He doesn’t understand the full situation of her getting shot, but he understands she passed away. But he knows that she’s always with him.” Ralphiee said. Ralphiee’s primary motivation is keeping Melanie’s memory alive, he said, and searching for answers in her slaying, partly by maintaining a Facebook tribute page that has 10,000 “likes.” “At the end of the day, it’s what I have to do. I’m OK — I don’t want to kill myself because if I kill myself, what would that do? I will go to hell, and I won’t see my sister and my mom. So I’ve got to keep going.” ALEX WIGGLESWORTH
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All brothers squabble, so who causes most of the arguments? There has never been a ﬁght that’s been to the end of the ﬁght. It always gets broken up. So a few punches here, a few punches there. But there’s been like glasses thrown against the wall and guitars broken, but you have to understand that this is four people in the same room as each other for 12 years straight. There’s been no stabbings or cuttings or anything like that. We’ve done pretty well.
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Post-meltdown, the Followill boys are back in town to sling some “Mechanical Bull.”
THE KINGS’ WILD RIDE The Kings are, from left, Jared, Caleb, Nathan and Matthew Followill. / TAYLOR HILL, GETTY IMAGES
At Kings of Leon’s pinnacle, they were rock ‘n’ roll personified: a multiplatinum fourth album, “Only by the Night,” in 2008, lingerie models and rumored riders of excess that read like a pharmaceutical shopping list. Their 2011 mega-tour should have undisputedly confirmed the Followills — brothers Caleb, Jared and Nathan, and cousin Matthew — as rock’s royal family. Instead, it ended in self-inflicted regicide, when frontman Caleb delivered this gutter-style mid-show abdication in Dallas: “I’m gonna go backstage, and I’m gonna vomit; I’m gonna drink a beer, and I’m gonna come back out and play three more songs.” He never returned; the tour was over. But after a two-year hiatus, the Kings are back to reclaim the throne. The Nashville-based band’s sixth album, “Mechanical Bull” — which dropped Tuesday — seems a return
to form, with all the frank storytelling lyricism of their early albums. Bassist Jared says he actually knows how to ride a mechanical bull. “I did one at this party called the Neon Carnival party in California at Coachella,” he says. “I’m pretty sure I’m the only one that rode it correctly with one hand in the air.” Was the hedonism of your early days a rebellion against your religious upbringing? Probably not consciously, but it was definitely like an animal that had been let out of a cage and allowed
to roam free. I feel like every single person I know who grew up in the United Pentecostal Church, if they ever get out of it, they go crazy for at least a few years. You’ll see them out and they’ll either have ridiculous hair or ... will dress so inappropriately. Your love of rock music from the early ages stands in stark contrast to church music. Did it form part of your escapism? Yeah, it was almost in a sense like when you said, “Was the hedonism part of a rebellion?” That wasn’t so much consciously as maybe rock music felt
rebellious to us. Because growing up, we weren’t allowed to listen to anything. Our parents would let us listen to music from the ’50s and ’60s because a lot of the themes were toned down. But we would hear stuff every once in a while. I remember hearing sneak peeks of Nirvana and stuff at friends’ houses ... and thinking, “Holy sh—, that is awesome!” Was the 2011 meltdown drug- or alcohol-related? People think we were huge druggies — we did acid one time. People would see us and be like, “Man, those guys must
“Our parents would let us listen to music from the ’50s and ’60s because a lot of the themes were toned down. But we would hear stuﬀ every once in a while. I remember hearing sneak peeks of Nirvana and stuﬀ at friends’ houses and even like being a young kid in ﬁfth or sixth grade hearing Oasis or even Bush and people like that and thinking, ‘Holy s—, that is awesome!’” Jared Followill, on his religious upbringing
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be on acid. … They’re on MDMA.” Stuff like that. We would try stuff once to see what it was like and be like, “No, I don’t like that. I would rather smoke weed and drink beer.” Tell us about that one time on acid then? It was awful. There’s a good reason I only did it once. Where was it? A U2 after-party that ended up being a masquerade ball, which still scars me to this day. It was the scariest place I’ve ever been. Except for when we walked in, it was a masquerade ball where all the masks started turning into monsters. We said, “That was the worst idea!” I don’t think I will ever, ever do it again. At that point, I thought I might repent and go back to church and quit the band.
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All they need is Grouplove Friends with beneﬁts. Hard work is easy when with such close pals. The first time Grouplove performed “together” they actually performed completely separately, according to bassist/vocalist Andrew Wessen. The five members of the L.A.-based indie band met at an artist commune in the summer of 2008, high up in the mountains in the tiny village of Abdou in Crete, where they instantly bonded. “Somehow, out of all the crazy artists out there, we found each other,” says Wessen. At the end of the summer, the commune
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“We worked all day and night. I don’t think I left the house in 10 weeks more than four or ﬁve times, literally.” Wessen, on recording Grouplove’s latest album, “Spreading Rumours.”
threw a music festival, at which all five members performed individually. That was the last time they performed apart. Hell, that was the last time they’ve been apart. Talking to Wessen, one sentiment is repeated: “This is all we have.” Grouplove, as their name implies, operate as a single unit, their rela-
tionships with each other so symbiotic that you get the idea that they might not function apart. That commitment to unity is reflected in their sophomore album, “Spreading Rumours,” which they recorded in a rented house in the Hollywood Hills this past summer. The house served as both their temporary home studio and, for
10 weeks, they rarely left. “We worked all day and night,” says Wessen. “I don’t think I left the house in 10 weeks more than four or five times, literally. ... We just lived and breathed that album. It was crazy. But I think that plays into the whole thing that all we have is each other.” There’s that refrain again. But while it might
sound trite, watching the band perform — their live shows are charged with buoyant, jubilant energy — it’s pretty clear that Grouplove’s dynamic is such that it’s not just that all they have is each other, it’s that all they need is each other. The band has been on the road for three straight years and it’s had an unde-
niably fracturing effect on their relationships outside the band. But Wessen says he isn’t sure when they’ll take a break — if ever. “I think we’re a little bit out of our minds for not taking any time off ... but that was a conscious choice,” he says. “We were all just like, ‘Well, f— it, let’s just go.’ ... I mean, we’re not all buying new cars and houses. I’m still driving a 1989 Buick and checking my bank account. ... We haven’t quite made it yet.”
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Emo. Saves the Day’s Chris Conley isn’t through being cool just yet. Emo isn’t dead. At least not according to Saves the Day’s Chris Conley, who’s been in the business of making emotive, yank-onyour-exposed heart strings music for just about two decades. In fact, if you ask Conley, emo is making a resurgence. “[There are] a lot of new bands coming along that have that same spirit, that authenticity, and honesty and good songwriting,” he says. “You see a lot of bands coming up that have that sound, like they listen to music of the ‘90s now, so maybe it goes in waves. I think that honest music is making a comeback.” As for any residual stigma associated with the most angsty genre around, he thinks that it’s on the decline. “I think some of the negative connotations might be disappearing,” he says. “I think that the phase of the haircuts is probably over, where the band’s MySpace profile picture mattered more than their first demo. I think people are reaching out for the real groups again.” If anyone would know, it would be Conley. The only remaining founding member of one of emo’s definitive bands, he’s stuck with it through eight studio albums and a revolving door of bandmates that’s seen almost
20 members come and go. Conley, who played the cello for seven years as a kid before discovering the guitar, started Saves the Day with his high school buddy Brian Newman. Self-described as an “extremely alienated teenager,” Conley escaped by listening to Zeppelin and fooling around in his garage with Newman. Soon, they’d started a band. All good emo stems from pain, however, and Conley seems more attune to his own existential angst than most. Newman left the band in 2001 and his now a therapist (“coming from emo, that makes sense,” laughs Conley). His abrupt departure left Conley reeling. “When Brian left, that really hurt. That felt like, where is my friend going?,” he recalls. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to do it without him. But once I got over that...it felt like just carrying on as usual.” Conley’s been carrying on ever since. And, despite a marked evolution from very dark, morbid songwriting in the early days to Saves the Day’s justdropped eponymous album, which can almost be described as upbeat, he’s remained true to one constant — honesty in music. “Its just a crazy experience to be alive, it’s actual-
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ly overwhelming,” he says. “Our bodies are so fragile and our life is just poised on this vulnerable edge of impending doom. I just felt completely lost. Why do you have to try to be a certain way, just to belong, when maybe we could belong just being ourselves? It’s the enormity of the human experience.” Despite the title of their sophomore album, for Conley, you can’t really stay what you are. “I’m a completely different person [now] and, oddly enough, it was through accepting the enormity of the turmoil that helped me find this peace,” he says. “It’s almost counterintuitive, but it’s like you get thrown in the water, and you think you have to flail around to stay afloat but it’s the opposite. You let go and it is what it is — you are floating.”
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AND EACH OTHER The Hebrews are mustering
interrupted when Abigaille,
in battle? Can the Hebrew
their strength to resist the
Fenena’s older sister,
exiles, who long for their
inﬁltrates the temple. She
beloved homeland, break
(Nebuchadnezzar), king of
confesses her own love for
the chains of their captivity
Assyria, who has attacked
him, and implies that she has
and strike back against
their city. Zaccaria, the
the power to call a truce and
their oppressors? And what
Hebrews’ spiritual leader,
liberate his people, if only
happens when Nabucco
has kidnapped Nabucco’s
he will return her affection.
turns up very much alive?
daughter, Fenena, in an
If not, the Hebrews will be
Is it all real, or is someone
effort to end the siege. This
condemned to death.
trapped in a nightmare?
reunites her with her former
Which princess will Ismaele
lover Ismaele, nephew of
choose? Who will wear the
the king of Jerusalem and
royal crown when the High
a Hebrew military leader.
Priest of Baal announces that
Their romantic reunion is
Nabucco has been killed
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‘Rush’ Director: Ron Howard Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl Rating: R
Chris Hemsworth plays racer James Hunt, with rival Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl) in the back. / JAAP BUITENDIJK
Better than NASCAR Racing biopic. “Rush” is one of the good Ron Howard pictures. The playwright and screenwriter Peter Morgan (“The Queen,” “Frost/
Nixon”) has made a career defending the cruel, the pigheaded, the inhuman and the lazy. His latest screenplay, “Rush,” is more of a fun dialectic. It’s about James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth), the hedonistic, shaggy-haired Formula One star who won the World Drivers’ Champion-
ship in 1975. But it’s also about his arch-nemesis Niki Lauda (Daniel Bruhl), who’s ugly, arrogant and very German (i.e., precise and ambitious) with hilariously fake upper teeth. The two characters offer conflicting notions of success and competition, even as they gain hard-
earned mutual respect. As per the title — a better title for this movie than for both the 1991 narc film (and even the band) — it speeds from one unbelievable truth (some slightly exaggerated) to the next, which filmmaker Ron Howard handily over-directs into a feast of smudgy colors and adrenaline junkie montages. (No one could ever follow the individual races, but who goes to races to follow them?) In the final moments, the insufferable Morgan of old shows his face, but by then it’s too late to make an impact.
Paula Patton, center, travels all over the country to meet exes in “Baggage Claim.” / FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
Also opening ‘Baggage Claim’ Paula Patton plays an unmarried woman who sets off to see if her exes are marriage material. (Spoiler: They’re all horrible grotesques.) ‘Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2’ The story of beefy precipitation continues — but the film isn’t based on the original novel’s own sequel, the delightfully titled “Pickles to Pittsburgh.”
‘Inequality for All’ Economist Robert Reich cheerfully breaks down how the ever-widening income gap is one of the many things utterly destroying our country. ‘The Trials of Muhammad Ali’ The one born Cassius Clay would beat people up for his country, but he wouldn’t kill them. This doc looks at his perhaps greatest battle: the one to stay out of prison for refusing to serve in Vietnam. MATT PRIGGE
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Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Jersey snore Sex addict movie. A terriﬁc actor directs a movie well below his talents.
Tony Danza plays Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Jersey dad in “Don Jon.” / DANIEL MCFADDEN
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One of the best actors of his generation, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has long had a sideline making short films and even hosting his own net filmmaking collective, hitRECord. That in no way prepares him for his feature directorial debut, “Don Jon,” a keyed-up cavalcade of Jersey grotesques that’s energetically made and disappointingly, shockingly shallow. It’s hard to believe he’s in it, let alone that he made it. Made up like a diminutive version of the Situation, Gordon-Levitt’s oily Jon has enough sly intelligence to justify (via narration) an empty existence, devoted to working out, hanging out and scoring with “dimes” (girls who get a 10). But no sex is as
fulfilling to him as beating it to Internet porn — even when that girl is played by Scarlett Johansson. Like Jon — as well as his family, led by a wifebeater-clad Tony Danza — Johansson’s Barbara is a barn-door broad caricature with a sketch comedy accent. Barbara is not only a Jersey stereotype, but a female stereotype — one designed by regressive-minded men. If only Jon had a hot older woman — say, the potsmoking, randy widow/ grieving mom played by Julianne Moore — to teach him the difference between crap sex and making really hot love. On one hand, it’s actually genuinely shocking — refreshing, even — where “Don Jon” winds up. Moore is terrific — the only recognizably real person in a film where every other performer acts like they’re in an “SNL” parody of “Saturday Night
Review ‘Don Jon’ Director: Joseph GordonLevitt Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson Rating: R
••••• Fever.” As far as recent sex addiction films go (“Shame,” “Thanks for Sharing”), it’s the thinnest and most judgmental. But when Moore storms in — more funny than fragile, with shocking reservoirs of dry wit and real sexiness — she loosens it up. It’s a happy ending of the unintended kind: “Don Jon” almost becomes a good movie.
FILM LISTINGS AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24 888–AMC–4FUN Rt. 38 and Haddonfield Rd. BAGGAGE CLAIM (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:50, 11:45, 12:35, 1:25, 2:10, 3:10, 3:50, 4:35, 5:35, 6:15, 7:00, 7:30, 8:00, 8:40, 9:30, 9:55, 10:30, 11:05, 11:55, 12:15. Digital Presentation; Sun 10:50-11:4512:35-1:25-2:10-3:10-3:50-4:35-5:356:15-7:00-7:30-8:00-8:40-9:30-9:5510:25. Digital Presentation BATTLE OF THE YEAR (PG-13) 10:10, 3:25, 9:10. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation BATTLE OF THE YEAR 3D (PG-13) Fri and Sat 12:50, 6:25, 12:00. CC/DVSClosed Captions & Descriptive Video;RealD 3D; Sun 12:50-6:25. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;RealD 3D CLOU DY WI TH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (PG) Fri and Sat 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:40, 1:10, 1:40, 3:20, 3:50, 4:20, 6:05, 7:00, 8:45, 9:40, 11:20, 12:05. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 10:00-10:30-11:00-12:40-1:10-1:403:20-3:50-4:20-6:05-7:00-8:45-9:40. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation CLOU DY WI TH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 IN 3D (PG) 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:20. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;RealD 3D DESPICABLE ME 2 (PG) 10:05, 12:25, 2:45, 5:05. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation DON JON (R) Fri and Sat 10:55, 12:10, 1:20, 2:30, 3:40, 4:50, 6:00, 7:10, 8:00, 8:30, 9:30, 10:20, 10:50, 11:40.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation; Sun 10:55-12:10-1:20-2:30-3:40-4:50-6:007:10-8:00-8:20-9:30-10:20-10:35.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation ELYSIUM (R) 11:10, 1:45, 4:35. CC/DVSClosed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation THE FAMILY (R) 11:15, 1:55, 4:45, 7:35, 10:25. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:15, 11:30, 12:45, 2:00, 3:15, 4:30, 5:45, 7:05, 8:15, 9:35, 10:45, 12:10. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 10:15-11:30-12:45-2:00-3:15-4:305:45-7:05-8:15-9:35. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED (NO SE ACEPTAN DEVOLUCIONES) (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:25, 1:05, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30, 12:10.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation;Spanish Language; Sun 1:05-4:00-6:45-9:30.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation;Spanish Language LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (PG-13) Fri and Sat 11:05, 2:05, 5:05, 8:05, 11:05.C INDEPENDENT;CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 11:05-2:05-5:058:05.C INDEPENDENT;CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (R) Fri 10:15, 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45. IMAX;RealD 3D; Sat 10:15-12:45-3:15-5:45-8:15-10:45. IMAX;RealD 3D; Sun 10:15-3:15-5:458:15-10:35. IMAX;RealD 3D ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US IN 3D (PG) 12:20, 5:10. RealD 3D PLANES (PG) 10:05, 2:50. CC/DVSClosed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation PRISONERS (R) Fri and Sat 10:00, 11:35, 1:20, 3:00, 4:40, 6:20, 8:00, 9:45, 11:20. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 10:00-11:35-1:20-3:00-4:40-6:208:00-9:45. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation RIDDICK (R) Fri and Sat 11:25, 2:20, 5:15, 7:55, 10:50. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 11:25-2:20-5:05-7:4510:30. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation RUSH (R) 10:10, 1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 10:10. Digital Presentation; Fri and Sat 11:402:35-5:40-7:40-8:40-10:40-11:40. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 11:402:35-5:40-7:40-8:40-10:30. CC/DVSClosed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation WE’RE THE MILLERS (R) Fri and Sat
6:15, 8:50, 11:30. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 10:25-6:15-8:50. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation T HE W I ZA RD OF OZ: A N I MA X 3D EXPERIENCE (PG) 11:45. IMAX;RealD 3D
AMC Neshaminy 24 215–396–8050 Route 1 and Bristol Rd. BAGGAGE CLAIM (PG-13) Fri and Sat 9:45, 10:45, 12:00, 12:35, 1:30, 2:30, 3:15, 4:15, 5:15, 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 8:45, 9:45, 10:45, 11:30, 12:30. Digital Presentation; Sun 9:45-10:45-12:0012:35-1:30-2:30-3:15-4:15-5:15-6:007:00-8:00-8:45-9:45-10:30. Digital Presentation BATTLE OF THE YEAR (PG-13) 10:00, 3:35, 9:15. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation BATTLE OF THE YEAR 3D (PG-13) 12:50, 6:25. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;RealD 3D CLOU DY WI TH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (PG) Fri 9:45, 12:00, 12:30, 2:30, 3:15, 5:15, 6:00, 8:00, 8:45, 10:45, 11:30. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sat 9:45-12:00-12:301:15-2:30-3:15-5:15-6:00-8:00-8:4510:45-11:30. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 9:45-12:00-12:30-2:30-3:15-5:156:00-8:00-8:45-10:30. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation CLOU DY WI TH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 IN 3D (PG) Fri and Sat 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00. CC/DVSClosed Captions & Descriptive Video;RealD 3D; Sun 11:00-1:45-4:307:15-9:45. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;RealD 3D DON JON (R) Fri 9:30, 10:45, 12:10, 1:15, 2:35, 3:45, 5:00, 6:15, 7:30, 8:45, 10:00, 11:15, 12:30.C INDEPENDENT;CC-Closed Captions;Digital Presentation; Sat 9:3010:45-12:10-1:15-2:35-3:45-5:00-6:157:30-8:45-10:00-10:30-11:15-12:30.C I N D E P E N D E N T; C C - C l o s e d Captions;Digital Presentation; Sun 9:30-10:45-12:10-1:15-2:35-3:45-5:006:15-7:30-8:45-10:00.C INDEPENDENT;CC-Closed Captions;Digital Presentation THE FAMILY (R) Fri 11:15, 2:00, 4:40, 7:35, 10:20. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sat and Sun 11:15-2:00-4:40-7:35-10:15. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation GENERATION IRON (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:55, 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:50, 12:30.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation; Sun 10:55-1:40-4:20-7:05-9:50.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:15, 11:35, 1:10, 2:20, 4:00, 5:10, 6:45, 7:50, 9:30, 10:40, 12:10. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 10:1511:35-1:10-2:20-4:00-5:10-6:45-7:509:30-10:25. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDED (NO SE ACEPTAN DEVOLUCIONES) (PG-13) Fri and Sat 10:10, 1:10, 4:40, 7:25, 10:15.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation;Spanish Language; Sun 10:10-1:10-4:40-7:25-10:10.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation;Spanish Language LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER (PG-13) 10:00, 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:05. CC/DVSClosed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (R) Fri and Sat 2:15, 5:00, 7:45, 10:30. IMAX;RealD 3D; Sun 2:15-5:00-7:45-10:25. IMAX;RealD 3D THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (PG-13) 1:35, 7:20. CC/DVSClosed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation ONE DIRECTION: THIS IS US - NEW EXTENDED FAN CUT 3D (PG) Fri and Sat 10:50, 4:45, 10:25. RealD 3D; Sun 10:50-4:45-10:20. RealD 3D PRISONERS (R) Fri and Sat 10:40, 12:05, 2:10, 3:30, 5:45, 6:55, 9:20, 10:35. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 10:40-12:05-2:10-3:30-5:45-6:559:20-10:15. CC/DVS-Closed Captions &
Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation RIDDICK (R) Fri and Sat 9:55, 12:55, 3:45, 6:35, 9:25, 12:15. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 9:55-12:55-3:45-6:359:25. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation RUSH (R) Fri and Sat 10:30, 12:00, 1:30, 3:00, 4:30, 6:00, 7:30, 9:00, 10:30, 12:00. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 10:30-12:00-1:30-3:00-4:30-6:007:30-9:00-10:20. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation THANKS FOR SHARING (R) Fri 10:25, 1:20, 4:10, 7:10, 9:55.C INDEPEN-
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AMC Plymouth Meeting Mall 12 888–AMC–4FUN Next to Plymouth Meeting Mall BAGGAGE CLAIM (PG-13) Fri 12:20, 2:45, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15. Digital Presentation; Sat and Sun 10:05-12:202:45-5:15-7:45-10:15. Digital Presentation BATTLE OF THE YEAR (PG-13) 11:45, 4:45, 9:45. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation BATTLE OF THE YEAR 3D (PG-13) 2:15, 7:15. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;RealD 3D
Presentation THE GRANDMASTER (YI DAI ZONG SHI) (PG-13) 10:20.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (G) 11:30, 2:00, 4:30. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES (PG-13) 7:00, 10:00. CC/DVSClosed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation PRISONERS (R) Fri and Sat 11:00, 12:30, 4:00, 7:15, 10:30. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sun 11:00-12:00-3:156:30-9:45. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation
THE SMURFS 2 (PG) 4:45. CC/DVSClosed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation THE SPECTACULAR NOW (R) Fri 1:00, 3:25, 5:40, 8:00.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation; Sat and Sun 10:30-1:00-3:25-5:408:00.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation TURBO (PG) 11:10, 1:30, 4:00. Digital Presentation WE’RE THE MILLERS (R) 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:35, 10:10. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation THE WOLVERINE IN 3D (PG-13) 6:30. RealD 3D THE WOLVERINE (PG-13) 9:15. Digital Presentation
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COLUMBIA PICTURES PRESENTS A SONY PICTURES ANIMATION FILM “CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS IMAGERY 2” BILLAND HADER ANNA FARIS JAMES CAAN WILL FORTE ANDY SAMBERG BENJAMIN BRATT NEI L PATRI C K HARRI S TERRY CREWS KRI S TEN SCHAAL ANIMATION BY SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS INC. PRODUCED MUSIC EXECUTIVE INSPIRED BY THE BOOK “CLOUDY WITH AND BY PAM MARSDEN KIRK BODYFELT BY MARK MOTHERSBAUGH PRODUCERS PHIL LORD CHRISTOPHER MILLER A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS” WRITTEN BY JUDI BARRETT ILLUSTRATED BY RON BARRETT STORY SCREENPLAY DIRECTED BY PHIL LORD & CHRISTOPHER MILLER AND ERICA RIVINOJA BY ERICA RIVINOJA AND JOHN FRANCIS DALEY & JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN BY CODY CAMERON KRIS PEARN
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THE CONJURING (R) 7:10, 9:50. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation DON JON (R) Fri 11:15, 12:15, 1:30, 2:30, 3:45, 4:50, 6:00, 7:10, 8:15, 10:30.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation; Sat 10:00-11:15-12:15-1:30-2:30-3:45-4:506:00-7:10-8:15-10:30.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation; Sun 10:0011:15-12:15-1:30-2:30-3:45-4:50-6:007:10-8:15.C INDEPENDENT;Digital
RUSH (R) Fri 11:00, 12:45, 1:45, 3:30, 4:30, 6:15, 7:25, 9:00, 9:30, 10:15. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Sat and Sun 10:00-11:00-12:45-1:45-3:30-4:30-6:157:25-9:00-9:30-10:15. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation THE SMURFS 2 IN 3D (PG) 2:15. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;RealD 3D
888–AMC–4FUN Route 13, near I-95 and Woodhaven Road exit BAGGAGE CLAIM (PG-13) Fri 1:00, 3:20, 5:40, 8:00, 10:25. Digital Presentation; Sat 10:10-12:50-3:20-5:40-8:00-10:25. Digital Presentation; Sun 10:10-12:503:20-5:40-8:00. Digital Presentation BATTLE OF THE YEAR (PG-13) Fri 4:35, 9:50. Digital Presentation; Sat 11:104:35-9:50. Digital Presentation; Sun 11:10-4:35. Digital Presentation BATTLE OF THE YEAR 3D (PG-13) 2:00, 7:10. RealD 3D CLO UD Y WITH A CHA NCE OF MEATBALLS (PG) Fri 2:40, 5:00, 7:20. Digital Presentation; Sat and Sun 10:0012:20-2:40-5:00-7:20. Digital Presentation CLO UD Y WITH A CHA NCE OF MEATBALLS 2 IN 3D (PG) Fri 1:40, 4:00, 6:20. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;RealD 3D; Fri and Sat 9:40. RealD 3D; Sat 11:20-1:40-4:006:20. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;RealD 3D; Sun 11:201:40-4:00-6:20-8:40. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;RealD 3D DON JON (R) Fri 1:45, 4:00, 6:15, 8:30, 10:50.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation; Sat 10:45-1:45-4:00-6:158:30-10:50.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation; Sun 10:45-1:45-4:00-6:158:30.C INDEPENDENT;Digital Presentation THE FAMILY (R) Fri 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 9:40. Digital Presentation; Sat 10:401:20-4:10-7:00-9:40. Digital Presentation; Sun 10:40-1:20-4:10-7:00. Digital Presentation INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 (PG-13) Fri 3:15, 5:45, 8:15, 11:00. Digital Presentation; Sat 10:15-12:45-3:15-5:458:15-11:00. Digital Presentation; Sun 10:15-12:45-3:15-5:45-8:15. Digital Presentation PLANES (PG) Fri 2:55, 5:15. Digital Presentation; Sat and Sun 10:20-12:402:55. Digital Presentation PRISONERS (R) Fri and Sat 8:45. CC/DVS-Closed Captions & Descriptive Video;Digital Presentation; Fri 1:004:20-7:45-10:15. Digital Presentation; Sat 10:30-1:00-4:20-7:45-10:15. Digital Presentation; Sun 10:30-1:00-4:20-7:45. Digital Presentation RUSH (R) Fri 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:20. Digital Presentation; Sat 11:00-1:504:40-7:30-10:20. Digital Presentation; Sun 11:00-1:50-4:40-7:30. Digital Presentation WE’RE THE MILLERS (R) Fri 7:40, 10:45. Digital Presentation; Sat 5:10-7:4010:45. Digital Presentation; Sun 5:107:40. Digital Presentation
Bryn Mawr Film Institute 610–527–9898 824 West Lancaster Avenue ENOUGH SAID (PG-13) Fri 4:00, 7:00, 9:15; Sat 1:45-4:00-7:00-9:15.; Sun 4:00-7:00-9:15. PARIS OPERA BALLET: LA SYLPHIDE (NR) Sun 12:00 WIL L Y WO NK A & T HE CH O COL AT E FACTORY (G) Sat 11:00
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‘I stopped Googling myself’ Interview. Scarlett Johansson discusses “Don Jon” and not caring about being a sex symbol.
Scarlett Johansson plays a Jersey girl in “Don Jon.” / GETTY IMAGES
THE WAIT FOR AN UTTERLY DELIGHTFUL , GROWN-UP ROM ANTIC COMEDY IS OVER .” Mara Reinstein,
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attention to you all the time.” Of course, in her case she might be right — even if the idea still strikes her as odd. “The other thing is, why do you care? You don’t know me,” she says. “It always makes me wonder why anybody cares. I don’t particularly care to know about any person I don’t know, about their romantic life. I mean, I guess we’re all nosy in some way, but it’s something that seems unrelated in my mind. I mean, I know people like celebrities and maybe that gives them something to dream about — I don’t know.”
“Nothing good ever comes out of it. It’s best to avoid it. It gives you an inﬂated idea of yourself, as well. You suddenly feel like everybody’s paying attention to you all the time.”
That’s not to say Johansson wants any of that content eradicated — or even regulated in any way. “There are no rules, that’s the Internet. There’s no rules. You can’t impose them, then we’d be living in China,” she says. “If you want to have a free country or whatever, you can’t impose any regulations on the Internet.” While pal Gordon-Levitt has directed his own feature, Scarlett Johansson won’t be far behind. “I’m actually directing a film next summer, which is an adaptation of a [Truman] Capote novella called ‘Summer Crossing,’” she says. “It’s something I’ve been working on for what feels like forever. It’s been about six years, and we’re finally going to do it.”
Johansson, on Googling herself
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“Don Jon” writer-directorstar Joseph Gordon-Levitt says he wanted Scarlett Johansson as his co-star in part because she herself has been a victim of a certain amount of objectification within pop culture. But while Johansson is happy for the implied compliment, she doesn’t think she’s all that special. “I think that sure, I’ve been a victim — if you want to say — of that as much as anybody else. I don’t feel particularly affected by that more than any other person in the spotlight, I guess,” she says. “But I think it’s something that I’ve used — my own status as a sexiest whatever-youwant-to-call-it or whatev-
er it is, a label you want to put on it. I’ve been able to use it to my advantage while trying to avoid getting pigeonholed as much as possible. I don’t want the work that I do to feel like a reaction to the fact that I’m trying to get away from that.” Speaking of getting away from that, Johansson keeps away from the vast swaths of Internet devoted to her beauty and private life. “I stopped Googling myself,” she admits. “Nothing good ever comes out of it. It’s best to avoid it. It gives you an inflated idea of yourself, as well. You suddenly feel like everybody’s paying
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