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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.


POSTED: Friday, April 25, 2014, 1:42 PM
Good thing this isn’t a concussion test because yesterday ESPN had us seeing double. The sports channel presented an edition of its popular Gruden’s QB Camp which saw the host with the penetrating glare grilling…himself.

Or a pretty hilarious imitation. Comic Frank Caliendo has always done an inspired Jon Gruden but, I’ll tell you what, it’s even better when he sits across the table from the original. And check out that gaudy ring on his finger. Super Bowl, baby!

The bit is funny right from the start as the two fix each other with Gruden’s trademark popeye squint. If looks could kill.


POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 2:32 PM
Drew Carey on "Dancing with the Stars."

There was no way to prepare for the guest judge on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars. Because if you’re a fan of ballroom dancing or of marginal ‘90s celebrities, you’re probably not into the music of LMFAO. But it was Party Anthem Night, and the ABC show was clearly willing to throw caution to the winds, so ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Redfoo! Uh, Redwho?

The guy with the crazy ‘fro, the Elton John sunglasses, an open-chested vest, and spangly shorts. You know – traditional judging attire. Say hello, Len. As the night went along, it became apparent that Redfoo thought that “Whooooo!” made up a complete critical assessment.

Party on, ‘foo.


POSTED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 12:03 PM

This is your life, Katy Perry! Too bad you don’t know the minute details of it as well as Emily Draznik, one of your diehard KatyCat fans. How do we know?

Because last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the puckish late night host arranged a quiz show-like showdown in which Katy and Emily, who had never met before (except in Emily’s fantasies) competed at Perry trivia.

Buzz in first, you get ten points. Katy’s parents’ names. ZZZZZ! Advantage Emily. In fact, you get the feeling Emily could have run the whole table except that Perry got scarily competitive. Sisterhood of the Travelling what?


POSTED: Monday, April 21, 2014, 12:10 PM
Can you feel it? That’s Saturday Night Fever burning you up. And the detectives on Castle come down with a contagiously ugly case of it tonight (10 p.m. on 6ABC).

The plot? A key witness to a murder (prolific Philly character actor Jon Polito) is mentally marooned in the 70s. So to jog his memory, the cops at the precinct meticulously recreate the era. Hey, it could happen!

And away we go.


POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014, 2:47 PM

This was a strange Thursday night – mid-April, not even Easter and already the prime time schedule was crowded with season finales. Wrapping things up a little early this year, aren’t we guys?

Judging by the Nielsen numbers, the audience may have already checked out.

Thursday is usually dominated by CBS. And even with all but a half-hour of its night devoted to reruns, the network still had the most viewers. The one fresh offering, The Crazy Ones at 9:30 p.m., hit a low note in its series finale, down a full 24 percent in the 18-49 year old demographic from the previous week. Guess KYW anchor Ukee Washington wasn't much of a casting stunt. Bye-bye, Robin Williams.

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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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