Wednesday, March 4, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 10:15 AM
Lee Daniels stopped by "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" and talked about Mars. (Comedy Central screenshot)

On Wednesday night, Philly filmmaker Lee Daniels stopped by “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” for the show’s outer space episode.

With the buzz surrounding the Mars 2024 mission, Wilmore decided to focus on the trip by bringing in a panel made up of Sonia Van Meter who is set to head to Mars, Lee Daniels, actor Don Cheadle and comedian Ricky Velez. 

Daniels’ assignment was clear — well kind of: Explain a gay pride parade to Wilmore the Martian. Indeed, Wilmore put on a pair of alien antennae and asked the four panel members to explain earthling concepts like racism, marriage, Kamikaze mission (you can guess who that question went to), and, for Daniels, gay pride. 

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 10:10 AM
Jon Stewart shows a clip of new Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter's swearing in ceremony on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

Vice President Joe Biden — he’s known for his unfiltered truth, his advocacy for women’s issues and, as Jon Stewart pointed out on “The Daily Show” on Tuesday, his way, or lack thereof, with the ladies. 

Last week during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Secretary of Defense, Philly’s own Ashton Carter (Carter was born here and graduated from Abington High in 1972), Biden was caught getting handsy with Carter’s wife, Stephanie, in the background. His hands on her shoulders, Biden even went so far as to appear to whisper in Stephanie Carter’s ear.

But, as Stewart pointed out in "The Audacity of Grope," this is far from Biden’s first run-in with awkward touching moments. It seems he can’t keep his hands off of women, regardless of their age. In one clip, he leaned in, whispering in Delaware Sen. Christopher Coons’ daughter’s ear as she tilted ever so politely in the opposite direction.

POSTED: Monday, February 23, 2015, 5:00 PM
West Deptford's Andrew will compete against Nathan in the finals of 'MasterChef Junior' tomorrow night.

West Deptford, NJ's own Andrew is headed for culinary glory. He'll appear tomorrow on the season finale of "MasterChef Junior," the uber-adorable cooking competition show hosted by the notoriously cantankerous Gordon Ramsay. "I'm representing Jersey and Italy," the 11-year-old says in a preview for the episode that airs at 8 p.m. on Fox.


POSTED: Thursday, February 19, 2015, 5:00 PM
Christopher Gray pitches Scholly on "Shark Tank"

As I reported in today's column, Drexel student Christopher Gray sets off quite the firestorm on tomorrow's episode of "Shark Tank" with his app Scholly that is meant to help hopeful college students get aid for their studies. Gray's app apparently leads to the biggest fight in the history of the ABC startup show, with three sharks walking out. 

Entertainment Weekly has an exclusive clip of Gray's pitch with QVC queen Lori Greiner offering Gray money without asking any questions about the app, clearly pissing off Mark Cuban

Watch the clip here.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 11:59 AM
Taylor Swift and Jimmy Fallon were apparently known to get down at New York sporting events. (YouTube)

On Tuesday night’s episode of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” host Fallon brought on Taylor Swift to help him celebrate his one-year anniversary hosting “The Tonight Show.”

Turns out the pair of friends used to be quite the dancing team at New York sporting events, and Fallon replayed the Jumbotron footage to prove it. Swift and Fallon, in full team regalia, bring Jumbotron dancing to a whole new level, resurrecting moves like the Robot and the Sprinkler.

“We used to go all out,” Swift said. “We were famous Jumbotron dancers.”



POSTED: Monday, February 16, 2015, 12:46 PM
Bradley Cooper on "60 Minutes."

"60 Minutes'" Steve Kroft set his sights on homeboy Bradley Cooper on last night's episode. In extra scenes from the interview, Cooper, Kroft and Cooper's cousin Colin Campano stroll through the Italian Market, making a stop at Claudio's (924 S. 9th St.). Cooper and crew stopped by about three weeks ago, according to owner Sal Auriemma, who called Cooper a nice guy (alas, Auriemma forgot to watch the segment).

In the extra scenes below, Germantown Academy grad Cooper says that Claudio's smells like home. Cooper, Campano and Cooper's mom Gloria also sit down for a chat at Villa di Roma (936 S. 9th St.).

What's interesting is that producer Ann Silvio mentions that she always thought of Cooper as uptight before she saw his Philly side of him. It does seem to muss up his pretty boy image a bit, doesn't it? 


POSTED: Monday, February 16, 2015, 9:48 AM
Bradley Cooper played a pool boy named Craig while Betty White played Aunt Lana in the "SNL" anniversary special sketch "The Californians."

On Sunday night “Saturday Night Live” celebrated its 40th anniversary with a star-studded, three-and-a-half-hour-long special episode. While they managed to squeeze in a good Cosby joke during a "Celebrity Jeopardy!" sketch, the standout skit was “The Californians,” which featured “American Sniper” star and Jenkintown's own Bradley Cooper and Reading native Taylor Swift.

B. Coop played a bleached, burned-out, ex-juvenile delinquent turned pool boy named Craig who surprisingly fathered Kristin Wiig’s character’s unborn son. Swift entered the sketch as the family’s struggling actress cousin Allison, sporting an unintelligible California-Russian-Southern accent. Cooper’s pool boy character, it was later discovered, got around.

When Betty White’s character Aunt Lana came in, everyone thought she’d died in a hot air balloon accident. Turns out she’d managed to survive thanks to her own ingenuity and help from the hot air balloon operator, who turned out to be none other than Craig the pool boy. The kicker of this sketch came when Aunt Lana and Craig were reunited with a passionate kiss.



POSTED: Wednesday, February 11, 2015, 10:53 AM
Alex Holley and Mike Jerrick in their version of "Uptown Funk"

Need a pick me up? The "Good Day Philadelphia" crew took on Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" this morning. Alex Holley makes for an excellent Mars, but the highlight is clearly Mike Jerrick and Quincy Harris in full on curlers.


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