SPOTTED: Orange Is the New Black‘s Alysia Reiner Dining at Talula’s Garden

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L-R: Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche, Samuel Roukin and Roe Hartrampf

The cast of Equity arrived in Philly last week to begin filming a movie about women on Wall Street.  Equity is the brainchild of Sarah Megan Thomas and Haverford native and Orange Is the New Black prison maven Alysia Reiner, and is the first film produced through their production company Broad Street Pictures.

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Taylor Swift to Nicki Minaj: “I Missed the Point”

This morning, Taylor Swift tweeted a presumed end to the much-publicized Twitter tiff she had with rapper Nicki Minaj on Tuesday night:

The heated tweet-off started when Nicki Minaj posted about her “Anaconda” video being snubbed in the Best Video and Best Choreography categories of the MTV Video Music Awards, saying that she probably would have been nominated if her video had celebrated “women with very slim bodies.” Taylor, who was nominated in the Video of the Year category and is coincidentally very slim-bodied, took it as a personal attack and fired back. Minaj has yet to tweet-respond to Taylor’s apology.

This isn’t the first apology Minaj has been given in the past 24 hours. Last night, at a concert in Virginia, her fiancé, Philly rapper Meek Mill, groveled at her sparkly feet for calling out Drake on Twitter for not writing his own rhymes. So by my count, the “Anaconda” singer is totally winning the week.

Teresa Giudice Offered $1 Million for Post-Prison Return on Real Housewives of New Jersey

Teresa Giudice may still have several months of behind-bars time on her hands, but at least she has the comfort of knowing there will be a million-dollar paycheck waiting for her when she gets out. RadarOnline reports that the fallen housewife signed a $1 million deal for her post-prison return to Real Housewives of New Jersey. As you’ve come to expect from the show, the news is surrounded by all kinds of drama.

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Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift Have It Out on Twitter Over VMA Nominations

Taylor Swift (JStone / and Nicki Minaj (Helga Esteb /

Taylor Swift (JStone / and Nicki Minaj (Helga Esteb /

Yesterday on Twitter, hip-hop artist (and fiancé of Philly rapper Meek Mill) Nicki Minaj took to Twitter to share that she was disappointed that, even though it was nominated for Best Female Video and Best Hip-Hop Video, her video “Anaconda” wasn’t nominated in the Best Choreography or Video of the Year categories.

“If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year,” she tweeted. To back herself up, she referenced its impact on social media:

You remember all those memes, right?

She may have had a point, but it was her next tweet that became slightly more controversial.

A certain extremely sensitive, rail thin pop star from Wyomissing, Pennsylvania took it as a personal jab. Taylor Swift, it should be noted, led the pack of nominations with nine nods, including the choreography and Video of the Year awards Minaj had mentioned.

Did Swift come out of left field? Minaj said yes.

But when Swift wasn’t answering, Minaj seemed to be trying to stir things up a little more:

So Taylor did was she does best: played the nice girl:

Then a fan chimed in with another Taylor jab:

And Minaj closed it out with an “amen” of sorts:

What do you think? Was Minaj right? Was she snubbed because she’s full-figured and black? Was Swift just being paranoid?

Scott Disick Bails On $50K Club Appearance in Atlantic City

pool0718Kourtney Kardashian’s baby daddy  and career party boy Scott Disick was supposed to be in Atlantic City this weekend to appear at a Pool After Dark Party at Harrah’s, but sources say he bailed at the last minute. He was reportedly supposed to earn $50,000 for the appearance, which apparently isn’t enough money for him to bother offering an explanation. Representatives from the club told TMZ that “Disick’s people just informed them he would NOT be there.”

It’s probably better that he doesn’t show up. Disick’s struggle with alcohol addiction has widely been reported in the media. In March he went off to rehab after a night of hard drinking in Atlantic City, but he left before his treatment was over. reports that he entered rehab again after a recent, booze-soaked trip to the South of France, but once again checked out after a few hours.

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Drew Carey Tours the Betsy Ross House, Dines at Cuba Libre

Price is Right host and bespectacled comedian Drew Carey zipped through Philadelphia yesterday to dine at Cuba Libre and take a tour of the Betsy Ross House, as is evidenced by this tweet from the home of the famed flag-maker:

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Bensalem Hip-Hop Producer Scott Storch Files for Bankruptcy

Bensalem-bred hip-hop producer Scott Storch made millions—70 of them to be exact—making hits for everyone from Christina Aguilera to Beyoncé, but according to new reports, he’s blown through it all to where he’s down to a measly $100 in cash.

TMZ reports that the music mogul filed bankruptcy and details his financial status in embarrassing detail, saying that Storch claims to have $3,600 worth of assets to his name, the aforementioned $100 in cash, $500 in clothing and a $3,000 watch. And perhaps most unfortunate of all, his music companies are worth nil.

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Bradley Cooper, Kevin Hart Honored With Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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It’s pretty neat to see Bradley Cooper and Kevin Hart, two Philly boys, having their Hollywood heyday at the same time. Over the past few years, their names have been linked to phrases like “top box-office draw,” “No. 1 movie,” and “mega millions.” So it’s no wonder Tinseltown has chosen to immortalize them in concrete and star-shaped plaque form on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 

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