The Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon put out a call to viewers to tweet him rap lyrics about their spring break adventures using the hashtag #SpringBreakRaps. On last night’s show, he showcased the best ones, and had the award-winning MC in his house band, Philly-bred rapper Black Thought, rap them with Questlove and the rest of The Roots playing backup. Check it out above.
Just when you thought awards season was over, MTV is building hype all over again by releasing the nominees for next month’s MTV Movie Awards. A couple Philly folks scored some nods:
Not surprisingly, Best Actor Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper is nominated for Best Male Performance for his role as Chris Kyle in American Sniper, but MTV has also recognized him for his hilarious turn as a back-talking raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy. He and Vin Diesel are both nominated, actually, for Best Duo for their teamup in the film as Rocket and Groot.
Guardians of the Galaxy is tied with Fault In Our Stars and Neighbors as most-nominated film this year, with seven nods.
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Michael Urie had just graduated Juilliard when he was offered a starring role in Brian Sloan‘s new play, WTC View, which chronicled the life of a young gay man named Eric living in New York City in the weeks after the 9/11 attacks. It was 2003, only two years after the towers fell. To say the play was a risk is an understatement. Yet, Urie not only took on the part in the play, but also in the 2005 movie adaptation of Sloan’s work.
“It was interesting,” Urie told me as we chatted about his role in the play-turned-film. “It was a beautiful way to revisit those weeks after 9/11 because the play is a microcosm of New York in late-September 2001. The city became very much a city of familiarity. Normally, in New York, people don’t talk to strangers, and, if you have to, you deal with people, but people aren’t outgoing or friendly without a need to be. But in those weeks after 9/11, people became protective of each other. In New York specifically, everyone was talking about the same thing. We became a closer-knit group.” Read more »
Will Smith may have a movie to promote, but it seems like his publicity rounds have been more about promoting the news he may be putting out another album soon. Last week, the Philly-bred star rapped “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” on David Letterman, and yesterday he treated guests on The Ellen Degeneres Show to a rendition of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. Check that out above. Below, you can watch the chit-chat with Ellen that preceded it.
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You’ve no doubt heard his voice—whether he’s singing in Reading Terminal, outside Barnes and Noble on 18th and Walnut or on the Avenue of the Arts—and Anthony Riley never fails to stop you in your tracks. That’s exactly what the deeply soulful former Best of Philly Street Performer did this week on the second round of blind auditions on The Voice. Mere seconds after he broke into his rendition of James Brown’s “I Got You (Feeling Good),” all four judges punched their buttons and swung around in their chairs to see him do his thing in person—much like we all do when we hear him singing on the streets of Philly.
Blake Shelton told him that he hasn’t been this entertained all season. Christina Aguilera praised not only his voice, but his stage presence. “I know we can do magical things together,” she told him. Pharrell Williams called him “electric,” and Adam Levine literally stood up in the attempt to get him on his team. In the end, though Riley chose to work with Pharrell.
Watch it all happen in the clip above.
The new celebrity cast of Dancing With the Stars was announced this morning, and it includes Philly’s own Patti LaBelle. The soul queen will be paired with Russian dancer Artem Chigvintsev. Other notables in the cast include Suzanne Somers, openly gay NFL free agent Michael Sam and daughter of Bruce and Demi, Rumer Willis. See the full list below:
- Noah Galloway partnered with Sharna Burgess
- Robert Herjavec partnered with Kym Johnson
- Patti LaBelle partnered with Artem Chigvintsev
- Nastia Liukin partnered with Derek Hough
- Riker Lynch partnered with Allison Holker
- Charlotte McKinney partnered with Keo Motsepe
- Redfoo partnered with Emma Slater
- Michael Sam partnered with Peta Murgatroyd
- Willow Shields partnered with Mark Ballas
- Suzanne Somers partnered with Tony Dovolani
- Rumer Willis partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
The cast of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia were on Conan last night, when the discussion veered toward fans who had gotten tattoos of cast members painted on their bodies. From there, as they say, silliness ensued, with Charlie Day, Glenn Howerton and Rob McElhenney showing off some of their own (fake) celebrity tattoos—the worst being McElhenney, who had ink of Bill Cosby. As a joke, he scribbled an “R” between the “C” and “O” and drew a thick moustache on the face to disguise it as David Crosby. No one buys it, of course. Watch the clip above.
Just a heads up for all you Broad City fans: The show’s stars, Philly comedian Abbi Jacobson and her cohort Illana Glazer, will be on the Late Show With David Letterman tonight to plug the latest season of their gut-wrenchingly hilarious Comedy Central series.
It’s not clear if they’ll be doing standup or sitting down for an interview or both, but they’ll be sharing the hourlong slot with actor Don Cheadle and musical guest Mikky Ekko. And they’ll probably also be stoned out of their minds.
Last night, ’90s Saturday Night Live great Norm Macdonald took to Twitter to share some backstage secrets about this weekend’s SNL 40 reunion—from what it was like writing with Mike Myers to being in the same room with Paul McCartney—but the tweet that got most leverage, at least in the press, was one that said Eddie Murphy was asked but refused to reprise his Bill Cosby impression in the episode’s Celebrity Jeopardy sketch. Why? Read more »
On last night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Wyomissing native Taylor Swift revealed her and Fallon’s bygone hobby of attending New York City sporting events and letting loose when they were featured on arena Jumbotrons. Of course it’s not true—considering it looks like they’re in the same arena the whole time—but it’s funny, nonetheless, and that’s why I’m dropping it here for you today. Check it out above.