Kevin Hart Hosting Free Tail Gate Party on Saturday [CONTEST CLOSED]

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UPDATE [8/28/2015, 12:19 pm]: All our tickets have been given away! Thanks for playing.

ORIGINAL: Kevin Hart is doing up Philly hard this weekend. Besides his show on Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field, he’ll be jogging with locals in a pop-up 5K on Saturday morning, and later that night he’ll host a private tail-gate party at Lincoln Financial Field.

The party will feature live performances by D.C.-born rapper Wale and NYC’s DJ Envy, and Hart will come later for what the event’s sponsor, Miller Lite, calls a “”What Now? surprise” Since his tour’s called “What Now?,” I’m assuming that means he’ll do a little standup sneak peek of the show.

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The Art of the Steal Filmmakers Debut First Feature Film

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Adam Pally and Sarah Burns in Slow Learners. | Courtesy of Chase Bowman

With six documentaries under their belts — including the critic-loved Rock School and The Art of the Steal — Philly filmmaking duo Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce are embarking on new cinematic territory in a film that premieres in Philadelphia this weekend.

Slow Learners is the real-life couple’s first foray into narrative features. It’s a comedy starring Adam Pally and Sarah Burns as platonic friends who set out one summer to add some zest to their humdrum existence in Media, Pa. In the end, as you may surmise, the pair wind up falling in love. Joyce describes it as a summer-sex comedy from the teachers’ perspective, with influences from funny films like 40-Year-Old Virgin and Step Brothers. It gets its Philadelphia premiere on Friday, September 28th, when it opens at the Roxy. 

I caught up with Argott and Joyce over the telephone to discuss their experience making the film. Here’s what they had to say on …

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Joe Frazier Statue to Be Unveiled Next Month at Xfinity Live

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Joe Frazier and a model of his statue that will be unveiled next month at Xfinity Live.

 

Philly artist Stephen Layne’s 12-foot-tall, 1,800-pound Joe Frazier statue has been bronzed and is finally ready to be erected in its permanent home at Xfinity Live. It will be unveiled in a special ceremony next month.

The statue captures the former heavyweight boxing champion mid-punch. It was modeled after a photograph of the moment Frazier floored Muhammad Ali to win the heavyweight title in 1971. Layne, who attended and taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, says he chose that pose because of the way it represents Philadelphia. “The moment captured in the sculpture reflects the work ethic of Frazier and the city he called home,” he says.

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You Can Order a Puppy Play Date Through Uber Today

From now until 3 pm today, your Uber app will double as a furry-friend finder.

The Philly branch of the on-demand car company is teaming with Pennsylvania SPCA to bring folks puppy play dates all day with the tap of a button. If you select the “Puppies” option in the app, Uber will deliver an adoptable pet to office sites in Center City, Northern Liberties, Fishtown and the Navy Yard. You’ll get 15 minutes of playtime for $20. All proceeds benefit the PSPCA.

The complete directions on how to get your pup time are pasted below. For more information, including a map of office sites, go here.

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Jim Kenney, Brian Sims to Perform in Fringe Fest Zombie Play

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Mayoral nominee Jim Kenney and State Representative Brian Sims will take a short break from politicking to venture into the world of acting next month when they make guest-star turns at the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

The politicians have agreed to appear in Tribe of FoolsZombies … With Gunswhich writer and star Terry Brennan tells me offers a variety of takes on America’s gun culture. Here’s how TOF describes the show:

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Philly Ranked Third Unfriendliest City, But at Least We Have a Great Arts Scene

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Photo | Jeff Fusco

Philly’s always had a reputation for being kind of grumpy, but perhaps never more so than lately when we’ve got our panties in a wad about the disruptive pope visit. Then there was that whole hitchBOT thing that made national headlines, making us look like the biggest meanies ever. Just last week, Seth Meyers called us out in one of his opening monologues for basically beating up people for no reason.

These moments haven’t escaped Travel + Leisure readers, who ranked Philly No. 3 on its list of “America’s Unfriendliest Cities,” just ahead of Detroit and New York City. Here’s what editors had to say about our particular brand of angry:

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Best Twitter Reactions to the 40th Anniversary of Springsteen’s Born to Run

Bruce Springsteen’s third album, his career-making Born to Run, turns 40 today. Naturally, Twitter has been buzzing all day with 140-character reflections, reactions and praise for the work that spawned hits like “Born to Run” and “Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out,” and helped the New Jersey-born singer break into the mainstream.

The occasion even seems to have Chris Christie back on the Springsteen side of his ongoing “Who do I like better, Springsteen or Bon Jovi?” battle. He released a whole statement on Twitter, calling the album “my desert island disc. … It is the most powerful rock album of my lifetime.” (See the rest of his statement below.)

Here’s who else decided to chime in today, and what they had to say:

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Plans to Shoot Three Seconds Have Been Scrapped

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Maggie Gyllenhaal | Denis Makarenko / Shutterstock.com

UPDATE [2:29 pm, 8/25/2015]: An earlier version of this story said Three Seconds will shoot in the Pittsburgh area, but that isn’t so, according to Greater Philadelphia Film Office Executive Director Sharon Pinkenson. She emailed to say the project has been completely scrapped and it “will not shoot anywhere.”

ORIGINAL: Philly paparazzo HughE Dillon reports on PhillyChitChat.com that plans to shoot A-list indie flick Three Seconds in Philadelphia have been scrapped.

The film, directed by Otto Bathurst, was set to begin filming in Philadelphia on Sunday. It stars Luke Evans, David Oyelowo, Josh Brolin, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Olivia Munn. According to Dillon, the crew had already opened production offices, scouted locations, and the cast had moved into apartments they would stay in throughout the duration of the shoot. (I actually saw Maggie Gyllenhaal riding through town on her bike one day!)

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PHS to Salute National Parks at 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show

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After a nod to Tinseltown last year, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has decided to go with an even more wholesome, distinctly American theme for its 2016 Philadelphia Flower Show: a salute to our national parks.

“Explore America” will celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, with floral displays drawing inspiration from our 408 national parks—every place from Cape Cod and Valley Forge to Yosemite and the granddaddy of them all, Yellowstone. The displays will include flora and fauna indigenous to these landscapes, so expect wildflowers, desert plants, greenery from towering redwood forests and fragrant pinelands, the whole shebang.

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