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Q&A: John Angeles on STOMP and Performing During a Ferguson Protest

Angeles and the STOMP cast performing at the City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting.

Angeles and the STOMP cast performing at the City Hall Christmas Tree Lighting.

“I was a little nervous before I got on,” says John Angeles, a New York-based performer who is bringing the international sensation STOMP to the Merriam Theatre right after Christmas. Angeles and his fellow cast mates were scheduled to perform at the City Hall Tree Lighting ceremony, but previous acts, including children’s choirs and gospel performers, were loudly booed by the hundreds of “Black Lives Matter” protestors who swarmed the scene.

“I remember thinking, ‘I don’t even know why I’m on the stage,'” he recalls. “But then I decided that I was gonna play as hard and as loud as I could. They stopped protesting for a minute. Someone actually told me that we were the only act that the protestors didn’t ‘boo.'” Read more »

WATCH: Man Treated to Private Concert By Bob Dylan at Academy of Music

Bob Dylan performed at the Academy of Music last month, but before the audience piled in one lucky fan had the opportunity to get a private show from the legendary singer-songwriter.

Experiment Ensam convinced Dylan to play a show for Fredrik Wikingsson, who sat alone in the immense Academy of Music and listened to Dylan perform a set that, according to SPIN, included Buddy Holly’s “Heartbeat” and Fats Domino’s “Blueberry Hill.”

Wilkingsson said the experience left him feeling a “flood of emotions,” and that he “wasn’t far from crying.”

How he wasn’t bawling his eyes you I’ll never know. Check out Wikingsson’s experience in the video above.

15 Ways to Ring in the New Year in Philadelphia

Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC, via Visit Philadelphia.

Photo by M. Stanley for DRWC, via Visit Philadelphia.

Whether you want to party all night, spend a quiet evening enjoying the arts, or have some kiddies in tow, there’s something to do in Philly on New Year’s Eve. Why stay in to watch the ball drop when you can celebrate with the rest of the town?

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Movie Meter: Reese Witherspoon is Back and Chris Rock Deserves a High Five

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Wild: Through the more than two decades of her acting career, 38-year-old Reese Witherspoon has gone from being totally unknown to known to overrated to supremely overrated, and now all the way back down to significantly underrated. Jean Marc Vallé’s film—based on an Oprah-approved memoir by Cheryl Strayed about an emotionally devastated woman who decides to hike the PCT from Mexico to Canada to reclaim her lost soul—gives Witherspoon a showcase opportunity to show the world what she’s capable of with the right material. Not unlike Matthew McConaughey, who starred in Vallé’s previous film, Dallas Buyers Club, and rode that performance to Oscar glory, Witherspoon is getting rave notice for her most welcome return to form. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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Sony Executive Calls Kevin Hart a Whore In Leaked Emails, Hart Reacts

By now you’ve likely heard of those leaked Sony emails—messages from executives that target everyone from Angelina Jolie to Joel McHale (who just wanted a discount on a TV, man!). Philly’s Kevin Hart was also the subject of one email, in which executive Clint Culpepper told a colleague that, “I’m not saying [Kevin Hart’s] a whore, but he’s a whore.” The comment was made after Hart requested extra money to promote his film Think Like a Man Too.

Not to be one to let such things go, Hart took to Instagram with this message:

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Aide Admits to Stealing $15K From M. Night Shyamalan

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Thirty-four-year-old Selma Nolan Cody, a one-time assistant to director M. Night Shyamalay, pleaded guilty this week to one count of felony theft by unlawful taking. The charges were initiated after she was accused of stealing $15K from Shyamalan and his wife, psychologist Bhavna Shyamalan.

Cody was hired by the Shyamalan’s to manage their Chester County home in 2012 and 2013. The unauthorized charges racked up via 195 purchases she made from places like Amazon, Old Navy and Netflix on a card given to her by Shyamalan and his wife for house-related items.

The judge in the case, Phyllis Streitel, ordered a pre-sentencing investigation be conducted before she sentences Cody. That will likely happen sometime next year.

The Daily Local News of West Chester has more on the story.

WATCH: Bill Cosby Gets the South Park Treatment

It was bound to happen: Last night, on the season finale of South Park, the show takes on Bill Cosby and the string of sexual assault allegations against him that have been resurfacing lately.

The bit finds Cosby and Taylor Swift singing a version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” Cosby is attempting to convince Swift to stay at his house, offering her a mysterious J-E-L-L-O drink. Check out a clip above.

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