PhillyVoice Defends Use of Virginia TV Shooting Images

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The PhillyVoice.com website came under criticism Wednesday after it posted images from the shooting of two Virginia journalists earlier in the day.

The images included a screenshot of the gunman as seen from the cameraman’s fallen camera — and, more controversially, a screengrab of a video taken from the gunman’s point of view, in which he aims a pistol at the unaware journalists seconds before shooting and killing them.

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Seth Meyers Disses Philly in Opening Monologue

Late Night host Seth Meyers dropped a meme on his Facebook page yesterday evening in which he takes a jab at Philadelphia:

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Har, har, har.

The joke came in the middle of his opening monologue, to a pretty good burst of applause. Philly has always had a reputation for being rough and tumble, which was no doubt highlighted a few weeks ago when hitchBOT was torn to shreds in the streets of Old City. That fact didn’t escape a few commenters on the post, who said things like, “Pretty sure Hitchbot was the one conducting the survey,” and “And left [the person making the survey] for dead in an alley like the hitchhiking robot.”

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Tracy Morgan Returning to TV to Host Saturday Night Live

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.

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NBC Orders New Tina Fey Comedy About a Jersey Mother

Deadline reports that NBC, in an attempt to get back in the laughs game, has ordered a new comedy project by 30 Rock and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt dream team Tina Fey and Robert Carlock.

The yet-to-be-titled series will be written by Tracey Wigfield, who won an Emmy with Fey for co-writing the 30 Rock series finale. It will concern a “mother-daughter relationship that is challenged when an overly involved New Jersey mom gets an internship at her daughter’s workplace, a cable news network.”

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New Jersey Native Cast as Dorothy in NBC’s The Wiz Live!

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Today, we got the answer to a question we’ve all been waiting for: Who’s going to play Dorothy in NBC’s live version of The Wiz Live!. 

After an audition process that included hundreds of hopefuls, Deadline reports that 18-year-old New Jersey native Shanice Williams will play the part that was made famous by Diana Ross and Stephanie Mills. This will be the first television role for the relatively unknown musical theater actress. She will lead a cast that includes big namers like Mary J. Blige (as Evillene), Queen Latifah (the Wiz) and David Alan Grier (the Cowardly Lion.)

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Tituss Burgess on Training Young Broadway Hopefuls at the Kimmel Center

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On Monday, a handful of Broadway and television professionals came to Philly to kick off a weeklong musical theater intensive at the Kimmel Center. They’re here as part of the Broadway Dreams Foundation (BDF), which offers top-notch training to young musical theater hopefuls. At the end of the week, the youth will join their teachers and each other in “Generation,” a Broadway-style revue in which they’ll show off all the things they’ve learned throughout the week.

Among those who are in town for BDF is hilarious stage and television star Tituss Burgess, who has brought tears of laughter to our eyes as grumpy Sebastian the Crab in Broadway’s The Little Mermaid, and, perhaps most famously, as “Peeno Noir“-penner Titus Andromedon in Tina Fey’s hit Netflix comedy Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. I nabbed 15 minutes of phone time with him this afternoon to chat about what he’s up to at the Kimmel, what’s next for his flamboyant character on Kimmy Schmidt and of course what it’s like working with Upper Darby’s own Tina Fey.

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WATCH: Don Rickles Insults Questlove on The Tonight Show

Legendary comedian Don Rickles has made a career out of ribbing people—so much so that, in the comedy world, it’s considered a badge of honor to take an insult from the 89-year-old funny man. But his no-holds-barred jabs aren’t restricted to comedians. Last night, before he even got comfortable in his seat on the Tonight Show, he went straight for house drummer and Philly native Questlove, who had just finished playing Rickles’ intro music with the Roots.

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Woman Sues Lee Daniels for Using Her Life Story to Create Empire

Lee Daniels and his fellow creators of Empire are facing a $300 million lawsuit filed by a woman named Sophia Eggleston, who claims her life story was used to create the hit Fox show.

Eggleston, a native of Detroit claims to be the real-life version of Empire diva Cookie Lyon (played by Taraji P. Henson). Eggleston says the show is based off her own memoir, which she wrote several years ago. The memoir, entitled The Hidden Hand, outlines her “early drug lifestyle.” According to the suit, Eggleston traveled to Los Angeles back in 2011 and gave screenwriter Rita Miller a copy of her book. Several months later, Miller called up Eggleston to inform her of plans to pitch the memoir to Lee Daniels.

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