Every year, Academy Award nominations produce at least one “group of death” involving a hyper-competitive category with many worthy candidates. Arguably, one of the toughest this year is in the Best Actress tilt, which offers up perennial populist fave Reese Witherspoon (Wild), audacious Brit Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), and relative newcomer Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl). But the two early frontrunners are clearly French actress extraordinaire Marion Cotillard, for her role as a wounded, suffering wife and mother in the Dardenne Brothers brilliant Two Days, One Night; and longtime indie darling Julianne Moore, who plays the titular character battling early-onset Alzheimer’s in Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s Still Alice. The two women give absolutely scintillating performances the films, both of which open in Philly this weekend. They’re so good in their respective roles, it’s difficult to imagine either of them losing out on a statue, so how do we break it down? Let’s go to the tale of the tape!
After a record-breaking run on Broadway, Jenkintown’s Bradley Cooper is taking The Elephant Man to London. Deadline reports that he and castmates Patricia Clarkson and Alessandro Nivolathe will perform a 12-week run of the show, which begins its first preview on May 19th at the Theatre Royal Haymarket and ends on August 8th.
“Never did we think we would have the privilege to perform this show on Broadway, let alone in London,” Cooper said. “I’m honored that Alessandro, Patricia, the entire company and I have the opportunity to continue to tell his story.”
If you happen to find yourself in London’s West End this summer, you can get tickets here.
Last week, a campaign called #SelmaForStudents offered thousands of tickets for young people in Philadelphia to see Selma, the Ava DuVernay-helmed film that chronicles Martin Luther King Jr.’s efforts to organize a march from Selma to Montgomery in order to secure civil rights for African Americans. The project was such a success that the City of Philadelphia—with the help of corporate and individual sponsors—has come up with additional funding to provide 3,000 more tickets for students this weekend.
Friends of CHOP is going ’80s hip-hop for its upcoming Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia benefit, Cheers for CHOP, with organizers tapping rap queens Salt-N-Pepa as headliner.
This performance is a rare treat for Salt-N-Pepa (aka Cheryl James and Sandra Denton) fans; they’ve only made a handful of public appearances together in the past several years. They opened for Public Enemy in 2012 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series in Brooklyn, and last fall they appeared in a Geico commercial singing their signature tune, “Push It.”
Philly bred The Roots drummer Questlove recently celebrated his birthday with two firsts: getting drunk for the first time, and his first hangover. According to TMZ he toasted the night with one too many rum shots and, well, he’s no longer a drunk virgin.
It won’t be your typical night at the Kimmel Center: When cheekily named “undie rock” group The Skivvies take the stage, they’re naked (well, minus their skivvies) before they finish singing their first number.
But they aren’t the only ones to strip down during their shows. They’ve had Laura Benanti, Lena Hall, Matt Doyle, Andy Karl, Perez Hilton, Orfeh, and Alice Ripley perform in their underpants. Now, the notorious rock group are on the way to Philly for a Valentine’s Day weekend extravaganza at the Kimmel Center’s SEI Innovation Studio, February 12th through 14th. Read more »
Netflix has released the first trailer for Tina Fey’s upcoming Netflix comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The series, created by Fey and Robert Carlock, concerns a woman (Ellie Kemper) who is looking to get back on her feet after escaping a cult. It also stars Tituss Burgess as her roommate and 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski, who will play a recurring role as a wealthy Manhattanite who hires Kimmy as a nanny.
Thirteen episodes of the series will premiere on Netflix on March 6th, and it’s already guaranteed to have a second season.
If the video freaked you out, imagine what it’ll be like in person. The Illusionists are coming to Philadelphia February 24th through March 1st. The show, which played Broadway this past holiday to nearly sell-out audiences, highlights mouth-dropping magic and contortion acts from seven of the world’s greatest performers.
In an interview today at the National Association of Television Program Executives in Miami Jay Leno offered his opinion on what he called “this whole Cosby thing.” He shares a similar stance with Larry Wilmore, the Comedy Central host who flat-out said Cosby is guilty of sexual assault on last night’s The Nightly Show.