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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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POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:13 AM

LOS ANGELES ( - In the penultimate episode of "Breaking Bad," Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) contemplated his future: "If I'm lucky, in a month from now, best-case scenario, I'm managing a Cinnabon in Omaha." That future was realized in the opening segment of the show's sequel, "Better Call Saul," which found the lawyer working in one of the chain's bakeries.

Now AMC and Cinnabon have teamed up to celebrate the show's premiere.

There will be a nationwide MiniBon giveaway today at participating Cinnabon bakeries from 5 to 9 p.m. The two companies have teamed up for a Twitter sweepstakes for "Saul" fans. Through March 3rd, visitors to any Cinnabon location can tweet a selfie of themselves using the hashtag #SaulSelfie for a chance to win free Cinnabon for a year, along with other prizes. 

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:10 AM
Actress Claire Coffee, actor Sasha Roiz, actress Bree Turner, actors Silas Weir Mitchell, David Giuntoli and Russell Hornsby, actress Bitsie Tulloch and actor Reggie Lee attend NBC's 'Grimm' press line during Comic-Con International 2013 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel on July 20, 2013 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES ( - You don't need supernatural abilities to raise money for children in need, and the cast of "Grimm" recently proved that they're adept at fundraising even without their characters' special skills.

Over the weekend, Sasha Roiz (who plays Captain Sean Renard on the show) spearheaded the Grimm Gala in Portland, Ore., to raise funds for the Grimmster Endowment ("a patient-assistance fund that provides children and families critical support associated with uncompensated care, travel, lodging and other services integral to the care and comfort of the most vulnerable patients," according to Roiz) which benefits the OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital. The goal of the evening was to raise $100,000, but Portlanders and "Grimm" fans ended up contributing $310,000. 

The "Grimm" team was eager to make a difference in its adopted home of Portland, where the show is both set and filmed.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:08 AM
Winner for Album Of The Year Beck reacts as Kanye West appears on stage at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles February 8, 2015. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES ( - Leave it to Kanye West to commend himself for having enough sense to do an aboutface inches away from the microphone on the Grammy Awards stage where Beck stood about to accept album of the year honors.

"That's the reason why I didn't say anything tonight, but you all know what it meant when Ye walked out on that stage!" he declared in a post-show press conference, just in case anyone didn't understand that he insulted Beck on national television. 

What West doesn't seem to understand is what he did Sunday night was appalling. He owes an apology to Beck and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, which should censure him for his disgraceful stunt.

POSTED: Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 8:58 AM
Host Jon Stewart at 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' covers the Midterm elections in Austin with 'Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess' at ZACH Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

LOS ANGELES ( - No, Jon Stewart did not punt or "soft glove" covering the Brian Williams story, as it was suggested he might on Salon, citing his friendly relationship with the NBC News anchor. But the Comedy Central host did widen the lens and, as some other voices have, refract the pile-on over Williams' inaccurate account back onto the media in general. 

On Monday's show -- Stewart's first since Williams pulled himself off the air, while NBC investigates the misleading claims he made regarding his reporting from Iraq -- "The Daily Show" host labeled Williams' differing versions of what happened "Infotainment Confusion Syndrome," citing the conflicting roles Williams occupies as a celebrity, yukking it up with David Letterman, and a newsman.

Spinning yarns in those talk settings, Stewart noted, stimulates the brain's "applause center," which might explain why a news account would get inflated and distorted in a more entertaining, self-aggrandizing way.

POSTED: Monday, February 9, 2015, 10:03 AM

LOS ANGELES ( - Spoiler Warning: Do not read on unless you've seen "The Walking Dead" season five, episode nine, titled "What Happened and What's Going On."

"The Walking Dead's" midseason return was as beautiful as it was senseless; directed with surrealistic artistry by executive producer Greg Nicotero from a script by showrunner Scott Gimple. But while the fevered (and painfully foreboding) flashbacks and flashforwards gave the hour a hallucinatory quality, the poetic direction wasn't enough to obscure what has become the show's chief shortcoming -- a trigger-happy mentality that continues to erode "TWD's" dwindling shock factor.

In Variety's postmortem with Greg Nicotero, the EP justifies Tyreese's death as meaningful to the story: "We don't kill characters just to kill characters, it all plays into where the story is going. Tyreese's death and Beth's death being back-to-back like that, the important thing about it is it really affects our group. You'll see the result of it over the next several episodes -- the loss of these people." 

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