Just when you thought the name “Snooki” was erased from our collective memories, the reality television star is returning to the small screen to host a new show with her husband titled Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip (Yes, Nicole is Snooki’s real name). Read more »
Donald Trump may have given Saturday Night Liveits highest ratings in a long time when he was on a few weeks ago, but something tells me the media-proclaimed carnival barker may get a run for his money when Upper Darby’s Tina Fey and comedian Amy Poehler return to host in December.
NBC announced today that the duo will take over hosting duties on December 19th. If that’s not enough, another local hero (unless you ask this guy), Bruce Springsteen, will serve as musical guest.
Next spring, students at Penn will be able to take a course inspired by the literary recommendations of actor JamesFranco. Taught by English Department professor Jean-Christophe Cloutier, the description for “Recommended By James Franco (Mostly)” explains the class as a “springboard for surveying representative texts from the 20th and 21st centuries, with an emphasis on the more recent works.”
According to the The Daily Pennsylvanian, Cloutier created the class after hearing Franco’s name pop up in discussions with students about literature. Plus, Cloutier kind of digs what the Pineapple Express star is doing on a cultural front.
The 24th annual Philadelphia Film Festival kicks off next Thursday, October 22nd, showcasing over 100 screenings and correlating events around the city. Today, they rolled out their guest-list schedule, which includes A-listers like Todd Haynes, Charlie Kaufman and documentarian Michael Moore.
Young writer/director CharlieKaufman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) and director DukeJohnson (Marrying God) will be in attendance for the opening night film, their surreal stop-motion animation flick Anomalisa. They’ll stick around afterward for a Q&A with the audience. The duo will also be presented with the festival’s Artistic Achievement Award, honoring their imaginative writing skills and achievements in animation, respectively. On top of that, the Festival is presenting a whole Charlie Kaufman retrospective at the Prince Theater. The mini festival within the Festival will feature six of Kaufman’s best titles, including Adaptation, Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine.
Last week, after months of speculation that he would be getting back in the music business, Will Smith surprise-dropped his first single in more than a decade. It’s not great, but it at least got people talking about what the megastar actor/rapper would be doing next. Today we have an answer. In an interview with Beats 1 radio host Zane Lowe, the Philly-born star opened up about his music plans and even hinted that he may go on tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
During the interview, which you can see above, Smith says he’s been dropping tracks in the studio every day. So far he’s got 30 new songs recorded—“six or seven that I really, really like, that I’m trying to get the ideas to come out right,” he says. “I have so many things that I want to say and I’m struggling with saying them in a way that fit the flavor of music that I tend to like.”
Then the big news: “I’m pretty certain I’m going on tour. … Jeff and I actually never have done a full tour. I was always on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I was always either making a movie, so we’ve never actually done a full tour. So I’m looking this summer to be the first time that we go out on a full world tour.”
You know they’re gonna kick off that sucker in Philadelphia. Or at least they better. Check out the full interview above.
Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice may still have several months left on her 15-month prison sentence for fraud, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t enjoying some of the finer things in life, like joining in on our pope revelry … and at least limited access to TV.
The reality diva—and devout Catholic—tweeted from Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Connecticut, last night her excitement for Pope Francis’s visit:
Actor Sean Penn has filed a $10 million defamation lawsuit against Philly-born Empire director Lee Daniels. The complaint, which was filed today in the New York Supreme Court, states that, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Daniels suggested that Penn hit women by comparing him to Empire star and Lafayette Hill-based actor Terrence Howard. As we reported last fall, Howard has “been accused of assaulting, hitting, attacking or grabbing women six different times, including an incident with a total stranger in a Montgomery County diner. Only two of the alleged incidents led to criminal charges, and Howard was found guilty of ‘disorderly conduct’ both times.”
In the course of her rather short career Wyomissing native Taylor Swift has already sold out 16 shows at Los Angeles’s Staples Center. She’s in the midst of playing five of those this week. You’ve no doubt heard about them on the news, especially her star-studded special-guest appearances, which have ranged from everyone from Mary J. Blige and Chris Rock to Alanis Morissette.
So to honor her achievement of having the most sold-out performances at the venue, L.A. Lakers player Kobe Bryant showed up one night to present her a covetable banner that will hang in the rafters alongside sports heroes who played and dominated there, folks like other Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain.
Twitter wars are all the rage these days. Only weeks after the tweet-off between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift, the Wyomissing pop princess finds herself embroiled in another—but this time as more of a third-party onlooker.
It all started with Zayn Malik, the former One Direction member who left the group in March to embark on a solo career with RCA Records. He simply retweeted a message from another user, comparing recent statements between Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift about the whole Spotify / Apple Music fiasco. The tweet insinuates that Taylor Swift can be kind of greedy.
Sixteen months after the accident on the New Jersey turnpike that nearly cost him his life, Tracy Morgan has announced that his long-awaited return to TV will be a hosting gig on the upcoming 41st season of Saturday Night Live.
Since the accident, speculation has been that Morgan may never return to acting but it looks like he’s coming through a lot better than expected. He will make his triumphant return to SNL on October 17th. This will be his second time hosting the show, since serving on the cast from 1996 to 2003.