Awesome Fest founder Josh Goldbloom has had an odd tune stuck in his head for the past, say, two decades: the theme song to Perfect Strangers.
Sometimes, when you just can’t get something out of your system, the best thing to do is give in to it. That’s exactly what he’s doing starting at the end of this month, when he kicks off a free weekly gathering at the Foundry in the new Fillmore Philadelphia that pays homage to all things TV from the 1980s and early-90s. The event, called Thank God It’s Monday!, promises “nostalgic overload of curated sitcoms, commercials, oddities, rarities, VHS movies, sweatpants & TV dinners.”
Last night, Jimmy Kimmel’s ongoing “Mash Up Monday,” a series that pairs unlikely artists on songs that take us all back, featured Philly’s own Boyz II Men. The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts graduates teamed up with rock group Fall Out Boy for a rendition of BIIM’s 1991 hit and quintessential BIIM song, “Motownphilly.” For this one-time-only performance, the new super boy group called themselves “Fall Out Boyz II Men” and let the song have it. Check it out above. Wait for the bridge, when Fall Out boy frontman Patrick Stump joins in on the famous harmonizing / scat-singing with the group.
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Evan Jonigkeit in Mauckingbird Theatre Company’s “Never the Sinner” (2009) | Photo by John Flak
An actor who cut his teeth on Philly stages, Evan Jonigkeit, has been cast in a new action series from Netflix called Frontier. The show is set in Canada in the late 18th century and concerns a group of cutthroat characters who are fighting to control the North American fur trade.
“Told from multiple perspectives,” explains Deadline. “the series takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights and where delicate relations between native tribes and Europeans can spark bloody conflicts.”
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.
Vincent Margera — better known as Don Vito on the MTV shows Jackass and Viva La Bam — died this morning, TMZ reports.
Don Vito, the uncle of West Chester’s Bam Margera, first came to prominence in the CKY video series in the early 2000s. He later appeared on the Jackass TV show, then was featured prominently in the spinoff Viva La Bam. By the second episode of that show, he was winning bets by drinking a whole bottle of hot sauce. Bam gave him the “Don Vito” nickname, saying his near-unintelligible speech sounded like Don Vito Corleone from The Godfather. Read more »
In honor of the 60th anniversary of TV’s Alfred Hitchcock Presents (which you can binge-watch on Netflix streaming) we take a look at some of the Philadelphians who worked with the legendary director in film or another capacity on television. Hitchcock enjoyed working with many actors over the course of his career, but there is something about the people from Philadelphia that caught his eye. Just as a warning some minor spoilers ahead.
Pat Sajak and Vanna White filming a segment near the Shambles in Headhouse Square. | Photo by Kory Aversa
Wheel of Fortune‘s Pat Sajak and Vanna White were in Philly this week to tape scenes for a whole week of the show that will be dedicated to Philadelphia. “Everyone tuning in to watch can get a real feel for what it’s like to be in the city,” Vanna White teased in an interview with 6ABC.
“The biggest market when we first started was Philadelphia, so we have a real soft spot in our hearts for the folks in Philly,” Sajak told 6ABC, explaining why they decided to come here. A rep from the show said the episodes will focus on both iconic and unknown local favorite locations. Apparently they darted all around town to get their footage. We tried to follow along the best we could.
Wednesday night they were spotted at Independence Mall, where they got a shot with the Liberty Bell:
Bradley Cooper appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night to promote his new film Burnt (trailer below), in which he plays a top chef who’s given the chance to redeem his rather infamous reputation at a high-stakes new restaurant job in London.
Cooper and Kimmel are old pals, so the banter between the two was relaxed, far-reaching and very Philly. They talked about some of Cooper’s first jobs — like that time he bussed tables at Alexander’s Cafe in Jenkintown (“It’s still there!” he exclaimed) and when he was a prep cook at Marabella’s Italian seafood joint in Somerspoint, New Jersey. “That’s where I learned everything … like shucking oysters,” he told Kimmel. That later expertise, he shared, came in handy on the first day of shooting Burnt.
UPDATE [10/20/2015, 7:28 am]: Here’s the new Star Wars trailer that was released during the Eagles vs. Giants game during Monday Night Football:
ORIGINAL: Fans of football and sci-fi have an extra reason to be excited about tonight’s always-contentious matchup between the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Lucasfilm announced that the TV trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens will debut during the game — at halftime on ESPN. The game starts at 8:15 pm, and halftime will be around 10.
After the trailer launch, tickets for the film will be made available everywhere tickets are sold, so you better hit up Fandango with a quickness. The film release is less than two months away, set for December 18th. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by JJ Abrams, stars some newbies to the Star Wars franchise, like Girls’ Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o, but also marks the return of some of the original cast: Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Chewbacca and C3PO.
Tonight’s trailer should give us the best peek yet at what we can expect from the new film. Up until now, Lucasfilm has released two fairly brief sneak peeks via social media: one in April and one quickie via Instagram in August. (See those here and here.) In anticipation of tonight’s trailer release, the production company debuted a new poster for the film. That’s the one you see to the right.