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POSTED: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 12:59 PM
Filed Under: Television
Models Blac Chyna (left) and Amber Rose attend the 2015 BET Awards on June 28, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images for BET)

“Mob Wives” star Natalie DiDonato and model Amber Rose are expected to star in two different upcoming reality shows.

Born and raised in South Philly, DiDonato is related to Frank “Frankie Flowers” D’Alfonso, known for his association with the Philadelphia Bruno crime family. She made her debut on the fifth VH1’s “Mob Wives,” which also features Philly native Natalie Guercio. Now, she’s expected to host a new reality show called “Hustle Girls.”

Described on the website as “a Hot New Reality Show, featuring 8 lovely ladies and their everyday hustle… their grind, their lives,” “Hustle Girls” will be casting in Philadelphia at Aura Lounge at 628 N. Front St. on Friday, Aug. 28 from 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.

POSTED: Friday, June 12, 2015, 4:17 PM
Filed Under: Movies
Sir Christopher Lee attends the Royal World Premiere of 'Skyfall' at the Royal Albert Hall on October 23, 2012 in London, England. (Getty Images)

Turner Classic Movies will honor the late, great Christopher Lee, who passed away this weekend, with a retrospective on Monday, June 22. 

The all-day Lee marathon starts at 6:15 am with “The Mummy” (1959) continues with “The Curse of Frankenstein” (1957) and “Horror of Dracula” (1959)the first of three Hammer Studios vampire movies, before concluding with Richard Lester’s “The Three Musketeers” (1973). 

That was a banner year for Lee, who also appeared in “The Wicker Man,” the cult classic that just two years ago was rereleased, restored to Robin Hardy’s original, definitive version, long presumed lost. 

POSTED: Friday, June 12, 2015, 11:32 AM
The "Bad Girls Club" 2014 "BGCRedemption" cast. (

It's hard to believe that the Bad Girls Club - and really, the name of that Oxygen network reality show gives away its premise – has been on since 2006.

That's nine years of seven women taken away from their daily usual circumstance, placed in a nice house for several months, punching and screaming at each other all the way. Who doesn't love that?

Bunim-Murray Productions must certainly adore the Bad Girls; so much so that the company behind such hit reality series like Keeping Up with the Kardashians and The Real World has decided to make Philly its next stop on the Bad Girls Club audition train.

POSTED: Monday, June 1, 2015, 12:56 PM

Bruce Jenner will appear on the cover of Vanity Fair’s July issue, along with a piece by former Inquirer and Daily News writer Buzz Bissinger.

The headline reads “Call me Caitlyn,” officially announcing Jenner’s new name for the first time. The issue will hit newsstands June 9.

To mark the occasion, Jenner created a new Twitter account, @Cailtyn_Jenner, tweeting: 

POSTED: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 3:12 PM
Pictured is one of the 50 murals by Steve Powers as part of the "A Love Letter For You" project in West Philadelphia. (Adam Wallacavage / Mural Arts Program)

Philly has been spotlighted as one of three cities chosen for a new reality show called “Where We Live.”

At first glance, the premise behind the show seems quite inclusive, if not mundane. The show seeks to “highlight the daily struggles, triumphs, and real issues of middle-class Americans.”

However, the casting call specifies that this isn’t just your run-of-the-mill, dead end cul-de-sac of a docu-series. It reads:

POSTED: Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 10:59 AM

Rydal's own Bradley Cooper will return to TV this season to recur on Limitless, the CBS adaptation of the 2011 Philadelphia-shot film. Cooper will also serve as executive producer.

In the film, Cooper played a writer who gains super-intelligence after taking a mysterious drug. In the series, Jake McDorman (Greek, Shameless) will take over as Brian, using his new found smarts to solve crimes with the FBI. According to Deadline, Cooper will play a Senator Edward Morra (the name of his character in the film) and presidential hopeful who also uses the mind-expanding drug. The role originates in the pilot and Cooper will return to the show as often as his schedule allows.

Cooper is no stranger to TV, starring in Alias and Kitchen Confidential, among other projects on the small screen. This summer he will (sort of) return to TV with Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer sequel.

POSTED: Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 11:34 AM
Philly's "Empire" star Bryshere Gray covers "Essence."

Eye candy alert.

Bryshere Gray, aka Yazz the Greatest, the West Philly-born star of Fox's mega hit soap Empire graces the cover of June's Essence. The thee Lyons brothers -- including Gray, Trai Byers and Jussie Smollet -- grace four different covers of the magazine's Vacation issue. 

Here's Gray's:

POSTED: Monday, May 11, 2015, 8:00 AM
Actor Zach Woods attends the premiere of HBO's "Silicon Valley" 2nd Season at the El Capitan Theatre on April 2, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Trenton-born Yardley-raised actor Zach Woods feels like a jerk. Woods, who stars as Jared on HBO's excellent Silicon Valley, roused the ire of many a-Philadelphian when he called the city "kind of racist" on Marc Maron's WTF Podcast last month. 

Now he feels really bad about it.  

When asked about the podcast, Woods says: "I was so glad the Philly paper was willing to talk to me! I felt so awful people thought I was bashing Philadelphia. I was trying to be light-hearted and it ended up coming off completely wrong. Listening back to the interview, I totally understand how people thought it was annoying. It was way too serious a thing to say about the city. I just off-handedly said that and, to be honest, I’m new to doing interviews and having people take what I say seriously. I thought I was just chatting with Marc Maron. It made me shudder.It blew up in every conceivable way. My family, lots of people I love, live in Philly. I live in L.A., it’s not like I think where I live is any better."

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