As we previously reported, Philly-born reality queen Kate Gosselin will star in the next season of Celebrity Apprentice, scheduled to begin airing on January 4th. Coatesville native and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir was also supposed to be on this season, but he dropped out in the midst of a difficult divorce.
Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel aired his annual prank/challenge that asks parents to tell their kids they ate all their Halloween candy and then film it for the world to see. As always, it’s a hilarious watch, and the reactions run the gamut from pitiful (“That’s okay, we can get more”) to devastating (“Waaaaaahhhhhhh!”) to a little embarrassing (i.e. the girl at 1:05 who throws everything she can get her hands on in the kitchen.)
If you watched any television this weekend, you know that the Christmas season has officially begun. It’s not that we’ve passed Halloween — though that surely has something to do with it. No, it’s that the Pennsylvania Lottery has started airing its “This Holiday Season My Good Friend Gave to Me” commercial.
The ad — which is actually a parody of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” that will get stuck in your head and have you singing “FIVE CASH FIVES!” for several hours after seeing it — has been airing in Pennsylvania since 1992.
Two years ago, the Pennsylvania Lottery did a shot-for-shot remake of the commercial, which is the one that’s airing this year. You should prepare to see this commercial nonstop the next two months.
Local band The War on Drugs was on last night’s episode of Conan. The indie-rock band, with members Adam Granduciel, David Hartley, Robbie Bennett and Charlie Hall, performed their song “Burning.” Co-founded by Philly’s Kurt Vile before departing for a solo career, The War on Drugs released their third studio album, Lost in the Dream, in March. Flavorwire has since called it one of the best albums of the year.
The band recently appeared in a photo diary for The New York Times T Magazine featuring Granduciel’s own snapshots. It turns out that, in addition to dating actress Krysten Ritter, the frontman is quite the photographer.
UPDATE: The Queen Latifah Show reps claim Bill Cosby’s cancelled appearance is a postponement granted at Cosby’s request.
ORIGINAL: Philadelphia native Bill Cosby was scheduled to be on an upcoming episode of Queen Latifah’s talk show to promote his new book, but, as TMZ reports, the host pulled the plug after Cosby’s sexual assault allegations resurfaced last week after a Hannibal Buress comedy show here in Philadelphia.
As we reported, Hannibal Buress did an extended bit about Cosby that went something like this:
“It’s even worse because Bill Cosby has the fuckin’ smuggest old black man persona that I hate,” Buress said. “He gets on TV, ‘Pull your pants up black people, I was on TV in the 80s! I can talk down to you because I had a successful sitcom!’ Yeah, but you rape women, Bill Cosby, so turn the crazy down a couple notches.”
We should note that Cosby has not ever been criminally charged with rape (the legal definition of which varies by jurisdiction). Check out a recording of the set below.
It’s an unseasonably warm Wednesday in October and I’m on my way to see a golden-throated, moppy-haired, tattoo-covered 23-year-old perform an acoustic set at World Café Live. It’s a long way from the typical heavy metal show that I usually attend. How did this happen?
I got sucked in to NBC’s The Voice, thats how. I am a huge fan of the musical talent show that overflows with so much positive energy, it makes Pat Croce look like the old man from Up. Like last year, this season’s show features some gifted contestants from our corner of the bar—Danica Shirey and Matt McAndrew—the latter of which I am here to see.
Pop Quiz: What sitcom starring Philly’s own Kevin Hart premiered 10 years ago and is coming to DVD this January? What, you don’t know the answer? Don’t worry, no one does.
The Big House, an extremely short-lived, six-episode sitcom that ran on ABC in 2004, starred Hart as the anti-Fresh Prince. His character, cleverly named Kevin Hart, is forced to leave his happy, wealthy life as a student in Malibu once his father is arrested for embezzlement. Kevin must then tragically move in with working class relatives in Philadelphia and attend Drexel University. What a rough life! (Hart featured Drexel as an homage to his alumna mother, Nancy. Aw!)
We may love Kevin Hart, but with such a played-out premise it’s no wonder the show was axed. That isn’t keeping Olive Films from releasing the episodes on DVD Tuesday, January 13th, in order to capitalize on Hart’s upcoming film The Wedding Ringer opening Friday, January 16th.
While you eagerly await your pre-order of all six episodes, check out the trailer for The Wedding Ringer below:
Today show gal pals Natalie Morales and former first daughter Jenna Bush Hager recently took a trip to Eastern State Penitentiary’s “Terror Behind the Walls,” the annual haunted attraction that’s been scaring people shitless for decades.
The whole thing was caught on video and shown on the Today show this morning. The segment starts with a history of Eastern State, which is interesting in its own right, but the real fun starts around the 3-minute mark, when the ladies start meeting the ghouls in “Terror Behind the Walls.” Screams abound! Check out the video above.
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The pilot of Beverly Hills, 90210 aired on October 4th of 1990. It opened with twins Brandon and Brenda Walsh adjusting to life in Beverly Hills. The opening montage also introduced freshman David Silver, popular girl Kelly Taylor, her ex-boyfriend, Steve Sanders—and one character, Andrea Zuckerman, who arrived at West Beverly High on the bus.
Specifically, a SEPTA bus. It may say WEST BEVERLY HILLS TRANSIT, but that color scheme and ‘S’ logo are unmistakeable.
Upper Darby’s Tina Fey and former Chelsea Lately comedian Fortune Feimster are teaming up for an autobiographical TV series based on Feimster’s life. The two previously worked together on the pilot for Cabot College, a sitcom about a women’s college that begins admitting men. It was set to star Feimster and Margaret Cho and be produced by Fey and 30 Rock’s Matt Hubbard and Robert Carlock, but, as we reported in August, the pilot was passed on by Fox.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the pair’s untitled new project also has the 30 Rock alums attached. Feimster and Hubbard are co-creators; Hubbard will write the script and executive produce alongside Fey, Carlock and 3 Arts’ David Miner.
We couldn’t be more excited for Feimster’s new project. When we spoke with the funny lady last month, she described working with Tina Fey as a great experience, saying, “She’s a good person to have in your corner.” With Fey’s TV magic and with Feimster’s comedy already taking inspiration from her real life—even her role in Cabot College was based on her time as a three-sport college athlete—we can’t wait to see where this project goes.