Philly TV critic Jonathan Storm apparently alienated a few people on the Television Critics Association tour this week, with his questioning of Tamron Hall, an NBC correspondent who is also investigating and reporting for Investigate Discovery’s show, “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall”
As announced in this hilarious video, Philly native Kevin Hart was in town with his Ride Along co-star Ice Cube giving out free cheesesteaks to their legion of fans at Jim’s Steaks on South Street. Before hitting up Jim’s, though, the duo took in Sixers practice and stopped at Mitchell & Ness.
Philly homebody Bradley Cooper discusses his American Hustle perm, starting just after the seven-minute mark in the video below:
“Guys! There is a giant thing about me in the New Yorker!” Philly author Jennifer Weiner crowed on Twitter on Monday. And so there is: 6,800 words devoted to the author of such best-sellers as In Her Shoes and Good in Bed. One of the interesting points made in the piece by Rebecca Mead is that Weiner has two audiences: one that laps up her classic chick-lit, and another that follows, with emotions ranging from amusement to embarrassment to sympathetic indignation, her ongoing fights with the literary establishment. Weiner has been a staunch standard-bearer for books featuring heroines who are “plucky” and “likable” — women with whom one would like to be friends.
In the past, Weiner has waged epic battles over literary worth with, among other lions, the New York Times, Jonathan Franzen, Curtis Sittenfeld (they’re BFFs now, though), Jennifer Egan and Jeffrey Eugenides, to name just a couple. No one would ever say she shies away from controversy. In fact, a lot of folks think she courts it — that she comes from the school of “There’s no such thing as bad publicity,” and that her constant battles to have women writers taken more seriously are really just a constant battle to have herself taken more seriously.
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Let me confess: I’m a lucky guy. When I started courting my soon-to-be-wife back in 2005, she quickly let me know she wasn’t a diamond kind of gal. So when I proposed, it was with a (very inexpensive) garnet ring, made by a local jeweler, of her choosing. When we got married, we sealed the deal with simple gold bands. And we did so at a wedding that we did our damndest to make as cheap, fun and low-maintenance as possible. All of which proved, as far as I was concerned, that we were a good fit.
So it’s possible that I have a bias when I ask the following, very-serious question:
Are American weddings destroying our economy and our society?
Mr. College Dropout has been in lecture mode recently, dropping in at the Harvard Graduate School of Design to give an impromptu talk last November. Next month, he’s coming to Penn State. For a slightly different reason, though. West’s Yeezus tour will re-start in 2014 at the Bryce Jordan Center, on campus.
I’ve been watching Saturday Night Live for a long time now—most of its nearly 40-year existence. I remember the last two black female cast members (Ellen Cleghorne, back in the 1990s, and Maya Rudloph just a few years back) but I don’t remember them arriving on the show as anything but cast members.
So I’m nervous for Sasheer Zamata, who is joining SNL as just the fifth black woman to ever be in the show’s cast. Her arrival comes about, in part, because the show’s two black male cast members were tired of doing drag—and in part because it became a huge controversy: Really? Lorne Michaels couldn’t discover more than one funny black woman in a generation? Yet he still found time to give us Rob Schneider?
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