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POSTED: Friday, May 23, 2014, 12:44 PM
Comedian Will Ferrell takes on the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ pounder.

Drum-off! Just the thought makes the blood pound in your temples, doesn’t it?

Wait, what’s a drum-off? Pretty self-explanatory really. But last night, after months of buildup, Chad Smith of The Red Hot Chili Peppers took on Will Ferrell for all the marbles.

Actually it was hard to tell them apart. Which was kind of the whole point. Fans noticed the striking resemblance between the percussionist and the clown prince, leading to this epic showdown.

POSTED: Friday, May 9, 2014, 4:08 PM

Even for Florida, even for politicians, even for Florida politicians, this is just weird.

Last night, Stephen Colbert introduced us to Jake Rush, a Tea Party candidate for the 3rd congressional district in north central Florida. But Rush is also Chazz Darling and…

I don’t want to spoil this. It’s just too, too unbelievable and funny.


POSTED: Thursday, May 8, 2014, 2:33 PM

This is becoming almost as addictive as the show it mocks. I’m talking about Gay of Thrones on Funny or Die in which gay hair stylist Jonathan offers up a weekly description in his salon of what happened in Westeros on HBO.

The Game of Thrones episode on Sunday, as you may recall, was entitled “First of His Name”. It began with the coronation of young Tommen and ended with the burning of Craster’s Keep.

It’s just a little bit different the way Jonathan tells it in “Fierce Her Name”. The catty nicknames he has for all the characters are hilarious. Hodor as Miss Clio? So are the pop references. Who would give Brienne and Podrick a laugh track and compare them to Laverne & Shirley?


POSTED: Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 6:49 PM
Terry Crews has some kind of resume, starting with his career in football. Did you know he spent his final year in the NFL as a backup linebacker for the Eagles in 1996?

But as an actor, he’s pretty much done it all. Which is surprising because with his distinctive looks, imposing size and Herculean build, you’d assume he would be pigeonholed.

You may remember him from his many Old Spice commercials, or as the father on Everybody Hates Chris or as Jeff Daniels’ bodyguard on The Newsroom, or as the crooked politician on Arrested Development or maybe as one of Sylvester Stallone’s gung-ho Expendables or in his current sitcom with Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Fox. To name a few.


POSTED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 12:39 PM

Quite a night on NBC’s The Voice. First Adam Levine showed up with his hair peroxide white. He said he felt like a cyborg from the future. Blake Shelton expressed shock. “That’s Adam?” he said. “I thought Meg Ryan had joined the panel.”

Speaking of joining the panel, next season’s superstar additions made an appearance – Gwen Stefani and Pharrell. They even collaborated on “Hollaback Girl”.

Among the eight remaining contestants, the competition was fierce and the bar was exceedingly high. For the first time tonight, three will be eliminated.


POSTED: Tuesday, May 6, 2014, 11:22 AM

Cover your ears. Julia and Sally are taking cussing to a whole new level.

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host officiated the first Celebrity Cursing contest. The opposing profanity hurlers were Sally Field and Julia Roberts, former co-stars in Steel Magnolias and both Academy Award winning actresses in their own rights.

It wouldn’t appear to be a fair battle. As Julia, who seems to be bringing back culottes off the fashion scrapheap, said, “What am I doing in a cursing contest with the Flying Nun?”


POSTED: Monday, May 5, 2014, 1:06 PM
This is the land of the free, right? Well to a certain degree anyway. There is one point of view we will not countenance, as this spoof from Saturday Night Live make evident.

Spider-Man’s Andrew Garfield is just an ordinary guy, enjoying a birthday get-together with friends when he says something so shocking, it immediately turns him into a hunted man. His transgression: He’s not crazy about “Drunk in Love”, Beyonce’s latest monster hit (or is that redundant).

You do not express ambivalence about the queen! Not if you value your life! He’s immediately on the run from the guys in hats who chased Matt Damon around in The Adjustment Bureau. Oh wait, these guys are from the Beygency.



POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 12:14 PM
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We’d imagine that the luminous Emma Stone was on The Tonight Show on Monday to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2 which opens later this week. But all we can remember from her appearance is the lip sync faceoff she had with host Jimmy Fallon.

Ina word: Wow!

Jimmy went first, throwing down the gauntlet with Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (shoutout to Philly!). Emma calmly stepped up to the mic and buried him an obscure classic, “Hook” by Blues Traveller.


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A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.

Reach David at dhiltbrand@phillynews.com.

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