Bill Murray Misses Emmys to Party in Philly All Weekend

It wasn’t Groundhog Day, but Bill Murray was popping up all over the place in Philadelphia this weekend. On, photographer HughE Dillon reports that he was in town to celebrate the wedding of his son, Xavier University Assistant Coach Luke Murray, to South Philly native Kara Cassidy.

The sightings began on Friday night, when locals starting tweeting that they were seeing Murray in the Rittenhouse Square area and then at Oscar’s Tavern at around 1 am Saturday morning.

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Kickstarter Taking Over Roxy Theater for Free Mini Film Festival

Kick Starter Film Festival

Kickstarter will takeover the Roxy Theater for one day next month for its 5th annual film festival that’s taking place simultaneously across the U.S. and Canada in 31 other theaters. This will be the first time the Kickstarter Film Festival comes to Philadelphia, with a lineup that includes a couple big-name-film-festival faves, an animated flick, and a documentary—all of which were funded through the popular crowdsourcing site.

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Six Flags Great Adventure Announces New Roller Coaster: Total Mayhem 4D


This week, the Six Flags franchise rolled out a host of new rides and attractions that will come to its parks across the United States in 2016. There are 14 newbies in total—from a Joker-themed coaster in San Francisco to a Splashwater Falls at Six Flags America in the Baltimore/D.C. area. One of the more menacing rides, coincidentally, is coming to our neck of the woods: the Total Mayhem 4D at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey.

The park says this 14th coaster on their site is “the most unique and intense attraction in its history,” with magnetic technology and swiveling vehicles that promise a more modernized coaster experience.

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WATCH: Justin Bieber Beats Questlove in Drum-Off

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Sunday night, Justin Bieber grabbed the world’s attention when he shed tears on stage at the VMAs, but later in the week, he was making Questlove cry.

The Biebs stopped by the Tonight Show Wednesday to talk about his VMA performance and what he’s up to next. Before he left, host Jimmy Fallon reminded him of a drum-off he and Questlove had five years ago, in which the Philly-born drummer triumphed.

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Faces of the Fringe

The 19th annual Fringe Festival kicks off tonight and will run through September 19th with over 100 performances from international theater troupes and local art-scene movers and shakers alike. If that sounds a little overwhelming, you’re totally right. We take a stab at making your Fringe decision-making a little easier with a guide to the “curated shows” (the folks—many from outside Philly—who are getting paid to perform) and the “independents” (intrepid Philly artists who sign up to take part on their own dime.) Check out those guides here and here, respectively.

First, though, get to know some of our favorite local players at this year’s festival, and find out where you can see them performing over the next few weeks. Be sure to get your tickets fast. We’re not the only ones who love them.

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Hosting the Oscars?

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler ended their multi-year hosting gig on the Golden Globes last year, but their fancy-Hollywood-awards MCing duties may not quite be finished. Time and multiple other outlets are reporting that Academy Awards producer David Hill hinted that next year’s show will have not one but two hosts, sparking speculation it will be Upper Darby darling Fey and her partner-in-crime Poehler.

“There will be multiple hosts for sure – there will be two,” said Hill. “Two is better than one. … Just imagine, you’re in there. One of your hosts drops dead from cardiac arrest. What do you do? Second host goes on! And you keep going. … Note to self. Check out their heart rates.”

Though that’s all the info we’re getting, Entertainment Weekly is betting on Fey and Poehler or Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele of Key & Peele.

The last time a duo hosted the Oscars was in 2011, when James Franco and Anne Hathaway did it. Anything would be better than that–but few could out-do Fey and Poehler. We’ll be crossing our fingers until the updates roll in.

SEPTA Increasing Train Service for Made in America

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Photo by Jeff Fusco

Center City will be a mess this weekend, with thousands of revelers heading to the Parkway for the 2015 Made in America Festival, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday. To keep things running as smoothly as possible, SEPTA has announced it will increase train and rail service throughout the weekend. They’ve also released information about any interrupted routes so you don’t get on a detoured bus.

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One Direction’s Harry Styles Visits Villanova Pizza Shop

In case the screaming teenage girls in the distance didn’t tip you off, One Direction is officially in Philadelphia. They’ll appear at Lincoln Financial Field tonight in their international On the Road Again Tour.

Somehow 1D frontman Harry Styles made it over to Villanova University last night to stop at a pizza shop near campus called Campus Corner. Naturally, the young clientele went wild, and Twitter blew up with evidence of his arrival:

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