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POSTED: Friday, February 3, 2012, 1:09 PM

"I was just a guy who liked chicken."

Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris has a piece on the New York Times' site about Bill "El Wingador" Simmons. The five-time Wing Bowl champion opens up about his eating habits and training regimen, revealing that eating 10 pounds of Tootsie Rolls became too easy so he started chewing his dog's raw hides.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:54 PM
From "When the Smoke Clears"

Starting today, you can see the documentary "Joe Frazier: When the Smoke Clears," following the Philly boxing legend, for free on Hulu (or below). The doc premiered at the Philadelphia Film Festival in the fall of last year. 

Frazier passed away in November of last year, after battling liver cancer, on the day "When the Smoke Clears" was set to premiere in New York. "When the Smoke Clears," is narrated by Frazier's son, Marvis, who spoke with Mark Kram about his father's legacy and what his father meant to him in SportsWeek.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 1:52 PM
Justin Duerr investigates a Toynbee Tile.

If you’ve ever stumbled across those weird icons and paranoia-tinged messages planted in the asphalt on street corners in Phladelphia (and Baltimore and Boston and New York, and other places around the globe) and wondered what was up, and who’s behind ‘em,  wonder no more. Jon Foy’s engagingly eerie documentary detective project, Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles, follows local sleuths Justin Duerr, Steve Weinik and Colin Smith as they piece together the puzzle of the street texts and their odd connection to the famous philosophical historian Arnold Toynbee, to Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, to former Inquirer columnist Clark Deleon, to playwright David Mamet, to the Philip K. Dick-ish sounding Minority Association, to South Philly’s “bird man” and to the planet Jupiter.

The Philadelphia Film Society is sponsoring the event, which includes a screening of the film, a Q & A with Foy – who not only directed, but co-wrote, co-produced, edited and composed the remarkably effective, noir-ish score – plus drinks and food and Troc-y atmospherics. Foy won the best documentary director prize at last year’s Sundance Film festival for his efforts. The film's illustrations, by Matt Rota, are also incredibly cool. For more info on the film, the DVD, and the Monday night showcase, click here.   

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