Philly Broad City star Abbi Jacobson — along with co-star Ilana Glazer, producer Amy Poehler, and other show creators — went to Cannes to lead a keynote at the annual MIPTV conference. The whole thing was captured in the video below, which features Jacobson and Glazer talking about how Broad City began, and eventually became one of Comedy Central’s most popular shows (according to Viacom it 1.2 million viewers per episode in the U.S.)
Last week CBS dropped a bomb on us when it announced out of the blue that Stephen Colbert will take over for David Letterman when he leaves the Late Show in 2015. Not a terrible choice (though we will miss our Colbert Report), but, if you believe a new set of stats from Keyhole, he wouldn’t have been the first choice of viewers. They wanted Tina Fey.
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Questo just announced Roots next album, …..and then you shoot your cousin, via the above Instagram image. He captioned it, “Our 16th album will be available May 19th . It’s on Def Jam Recordings. This is a Romare Bearden collage called “Pittsburgh Memory,” done 50 years ago in 1964. Most people who have seen it tell me that it reminds them of our “Do You Want More?!!?!!!!” cover from ’94. There are similar elements but alas … night and day.
To pre-order, go to okayplayer.com.
A few “vintage” Bradley Cooper videos have been coming out of the woodwork lately, starting with the one of him asking Sean Penn a question on Inside the Actors Studio. In this latest, Cooper is interviewed by a clean-shaven Zach Galifianakis on his VH1 show Late World With Zach — a whole seven years before they paired up on The Hangover.
Source: Huffington Post
Oooh, Jon and Tina make a good couple, huh?
The first episode of the final season of Mad Men aired last night on AMC, a bittersweet moment for fans who are happy to welcome it back but leery about inching closer to a life sans Don and Peggy. For star Jon Hamm, though, the end has already come. How’s he coping with the loss? With a little help from hometown girl Tina Fey. Huffington Post reports:
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We round up five of the week’s best to-dos, including our picks for the Philadelphia Book Festival, and Philly Film Society’s Spring Showcase.
Catch a film (or three) at the Philadelphia Film Society's Spring Showcase, showing at the PFS Theater at the Roxy through April 17th. The Philadelphia Film Festival gets a head start this week, with a whole new mini-festival as an addition to its annual hot-off-the-festival-circuit programming. Over 20 new and retrospective films make up the PFF spring lineup, with highlights from international film fests, and then a retrospective of the films of this year's Best Director Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón. Find the full programming here. April 11-17, various times, Rittenhouse Roxy Theater, 2023 Sansom Street,
The Free Library of Philadelphia launches its annual Book Festival this week, with plenty of literary festivities for the bibliophile in you. The festival runs April 14th through 19th, with events ranging from book-centric arts and craft gatherings to author signings throughout its local branches. Some highlights include presentation by Food Networks’s The Neelys (pictured), a talk with Barbara Ehrenreich, and a meet-and-greet with Anne Perry. Check out the full schedule here. April 14-18, various times, prices, and Free Library of Philadelphia branches.
It's a big week for film with Cinedelphia and PFS's Spring Showcase both going on, but local filmmakers also have a thing or two to put on screen. Reelblack and International House hosts a screening of film shorts from local filmmaker, including Cedra Walton, Floyd Marshall and Angelique Marshall, and Strohman Yukazi.. Over a dozen auteurs will be highlighted, with a special Q&A session with the directors to follow. Tuesday, April 15th, 7 p.m., $10, International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street.
Philadanco brings its high-energy touring work to the Kimmel Center this week, with a three-day run of their latest innovative choreography. The piece, Blood, Sweat, and Dance, is four suites of gravity-defying lifts and daring turns,including a new work by acclaimed choreographer Ulysses Dove. Uniting the pieces are themes of relationships and movements, and the over-arching aesthetic of bodies in beautiful, acrobatic motion. Thursday, April 17th-Saturday, April 19th, 7:30 p.m., $29 - 46, Kimmel Center, 1500 Walnut Street.
Looking for something else? We’re keeping a good list of local events now through June on our Philadelphia Event Listings page.
Filmmaker Mike Flanagan has an all-too-appropriate hometown. The horror director, whose previous film Absentia, about a missing husband and an eerie tunnel, earned numerous awards on the festival circuit, spent a good deal of his seminal years in Salem, Mass., home of the infamous witch trials. His new film, Oculus, concerns an evil antique mirror and a pair of terrified siblings who have sworn to destroy it after it laid waste to their family. He recently met with Ticket, along with co-producers Trevor Macy and Jason Blum, to discuss the film, and the nature of things that go bump into the night.
Our Q&A with Mike Flanagan after the jump
UPDATE [4/14/2014, 4:53 p.m.]: Looks like TMZ had it all wrong. Johnny Weir is denying that he and husband Victor Voronov is getting back together. When asked by Access Hollywood if the rumors were true, he replied, “Nope. I had hope and Victor and I were talking about reconciliation, but it was for not. … I have been sad for a long time … and unfortunately don’t foresee a way to resolve our current marital issues.”
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A dad named Lance Underwood has created a pretty badass Tumblr account where he and his two sons, Taj and Amar, re-create album covers — everything from classic hip-hop to country to jazz. Besides their interpretation of OutKast’s Stankonia, which is my favorite, others on my radar are Philly-centric. Check out the great re-workings of Fresh Prince and D.J. Jazzy Jeff’s He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper, and Bill Cosby’s I Started Out as a Child.
Check out those and a few more in the slideshow below:
We round up six of the weekend’s top to-dos:
Get a lesson in oral history with Kevin Allison and RISK! at Underground Arts. Comedian/actor/storyteller Allison, of MTV's The State, takes his incredibly popular podcast into live format, showcasing storytellers and their stories. Even in the age of oversharing, RISK! performers reveal personal tales that are more than status-deep. For those new to storytelling, Allison will follow Friday's performance with RISK! storytelling workshops Saturday and Sunday. Friday, April 11th, 8 p.m., $20, Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill Street.
Cinedelphia's second film festival continues into the weekend with hot picks curated by local found-footage outlet Video Pirates. Friday sees the world premiere of Life of Pia, "a comedic, multimedia celebration of the life of ’80s icon Pia Zadora." Throughout the weekend, expect more weird and wacky celluloid gems, including rarely screened classics and newly compiled VHS oddities. Stay up until the wee hours at PhilaMOCA, with four consecutive screenings Friday starting at 7:30 p.m, and another marathon Saturday starting at 1 p.m. . Check out the full line-up here. Friday, April 11-26, various showtimes, $10, PhilaMOCA, 531 North 12th Street.
Eastern State Penitentiary opens its 2014 season with a look into the sins of some of history's most notorious criminals. The pop-up exhibit "Sin and Salvation" goes up this Saturday, and features artifacts from Al Capone, "Slick Willie" Sutton, amongst other infamous American baddies. Most of the pieces on display have been hidden away in the historic prison's back rooms and archives, and for 11 days only are available for public viewing. Among the hundreds of artifacts are signs of sin (shanks, photographs, wanted posters) and salvation (writings and photos of prisoners indicating reform.) Saturday, April 12th, Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue.
Internationally acclaimed dancer Malavika Sarukkai brings her masterful Bharatanatyam choreography to the Annenberg Center. Her performance will be accompanied by live traditional music. The beautiful and precise dance style doubles as a story-telling performance, with Surkkai narrating the stories on the banks of India's holy river with grace and beauty. Sarukkai is in Philadelphia for one night only on her return trip to the U.S. Saturday, April 12th, 8 p.m., Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut Street.
This Saturday Philly Poetry Day brings 24 hours (yes, from midnight to midnight) of poetry and poetry-themed events in a new festival curated by its participants. Amateur poets, published poets, poetry enthusiasts, or anyone with something to say or an ear to listen is invited to host their own pop-up poetry reading, which they can list on the Poetry Day site. It's a democracy of words happening all over the city. Check out where you can find (or host) a reading here. Saturday, April 12th, midnight, see site for locations and times.
The perennial show of spring's gorgeous early bloomers is on display this weekend around Philadelphia. As part of this year's festival, Japanese-themed events will take place throughout the area all week, including Sakura Sunday at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park. There, check out arts and crafts, guided garden tours, Little Akiba (a celebration of all things J-Pop), and live performances on two stages, all with a backdrop of cherry blossoms. You can check out the complete itinerary for Sakura Sunday here. Sunday, April 13th, 9:30 a.m., Horticulture Center, Montgomery Drive & Belmont Avenue.
Find more events now through June in our carefully curated Philadelphia Event Listings.