Philly Theaters Won’t Show The Interview After Terrorist Threat

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Five of America’s biggest theater chains have announced that they will not screen new the Seth Rogen / James Franco comedy The Interview after those Sony email hackers threatened terrorist violence against theaters that are showing it.

The Department of Homeland Security released a statement yesterday saying there is “no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters within the United States,” but theaters aren’t taking any chances. The chains that have dropped the film are Regal Entertainment, AMC Entertainment, Cinemark, Cineplex Entertainment and Carmike Cinemas. This would affect your chances of seeing the much-hyped buddy comedy at a handful of Philly theaters, including The Rave in West Philly, UA Riverview and AMC Franklin Mills. Unless of course the hype dies down before its scheduled opening on Christmas Day.

8 New Holiday Albums Worth a Spot in Your Yuletune Collection

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By now we are all snow boot-deep in yet another holiday season filled with yuletide logs, office holiday parties, ugly Christmas sweaters and drunk uncles. But even with all that, no crazy holiday season is complete without the perfect soundtrack. While this year doesn’t have A-plus offerings like 2013’s releases from folks like Michael Bublé and Kelly Clarkson, there are still a handful of new works worthy of a spot in your holiday music collection.

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200 Years of African American Art Going On Display at PMA

Henry Ossawa Tanner's The Annunciation, 1898.

Henry Ossawa Tanner’s The Annunciation, 1898.

Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) will kick off 2015 by pulling from its holdings 75 pieces of artwork by African American artists. The exhibit, called “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art,” is, like its name suggests, a survey of art that spans two centuries and more than 50 artists. According to the New York Observer, some of the oldest pieces in the collection include Moses Williams silhouettes that date back to 1802, artworks by free and enslaved artists and a sculpture by David Drake.

Of the collection, PMA says, “we are mindful of the many anniversaries of the civil rights movement that have recently passed or are soon to come, and are thinking equally about the way race remains a key topic of conversation in the United States today—in politics, society, popular culture, and, of course, the arts. … This is an important moment in which to explore the historic development and continuing growth of the Museum’s collections of African American art.”

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Christmas Music 101 With Night Before On XPN Host Robert Drake

For the 22nd year in a row, WXPN host—and our 2014 Best of Philly pick for Best DJ—Robert Drake will stay up for 24 hours on Christmas Eve playing the enormous collection of holiday music he’s collected since his youth. Called The Night Before on XPN, the exhaustive set will include every type of holiday song imaginable—rare tunes, as I learned this week, that reach as far back as 1918. I caught up with him to learn more about this monster collection, how he stays awake all night and, since he’s the closest thing I know to a holiday-song expert, glean some yuletide-tune etiquette: When is it too early to start blaring “Jingle Bells?” What are the three most-own holiday albums? Is Mariah really worth the hype? He lays it all out in our chit-chat below.

Robert Drake in the studio. | Photo by Joseph Hocker

Robert Drake in the studio. | Photo by Joseph Hocker

How many songs are in your holiday music collection?
Wow, that is a hard one to answer since my collection is primarily based in CDs … but I’d say I’ve got easily 20,000 songs going back to 1918.

 You have a song from 1918?!
It’s a reading of “The Night Before Christmas.” It was on a holiday compilation I got several years ago.

What sparked your fascination with Christmas music?
As most kids, I loved hearing Christmas music since it meant Santa wasn’t far behind. As I got older, I loved the fact that, no matter what genre of music you performed, you could always produce a Christmas album. Some great, most fair and a decent amount truly awful.

Earliest Christmas song memory?
For me it’s Kate Smith performing “Silver Bells.” I’ve no idea why, but it does explain my fascination with Divine years later.

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Philly Voice Finalist Matt McAndrew Premieres New Single, Duets With Adam Levine

UArts graduate Matt McAndrew is holding strong in the top four on The Voice. Last night, the finalists had a chance to show their prowess with a handful of performances, one of which was a original tune that will become their first record. McAndrew chose a touching song called “Wasted Love.” Check out his performance below.

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WATCH: Chase Utley Surprises Fan With Cancer On Ellen

Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Chase Utley stopped by the Ellen show recently to surprise a 23-year-old superfan with cancer.

Julie Kramer had no idea what was coming to her, she thought she was there to talk about staying positive as she struggles with a rare form of cancer, and to receive a few gifts. Ellen presented her with a check for $10,000, which brought tears to her eyes, but then her dream of dreams came true: Her favorite Phillies player Chase Utley came strutting out with a box full of Phillies gifts. Her reaction is priceless.

Utley gave her an open invitation to the Phillies any time she wants to come.

WATCH: Bill Nye Explain the Theory of Evolution Using Emojis

Bill Nye the Science Guy is just as cool and relevant as when you watched him on TV as a kid. Who else could explain the basics of evolution in less than two minutes—using emojis!?

That’s just what he’s done in a new Mashable-collaboration video that’s gone viral since it posted to YouTube on December 12th.

Check it out above, and perhaps he’ll show it tonight when he appears at the Kimmel Center in “An Evening With Bill Nye.” There are still tickets available. They can be purchased here.

Bill Cosby’s Wife Releases Statement

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Bill Cosby hasn’t said much about the numerous sexual assault allegations that have been cropping up about him lately, but today his wife, Camille O. Cosby, has released a statement saying that Cosby “is the man you all knew through his work,” and she blames the media for irresponsible coverage. Her words, tweeted by CBS Evening News:

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