Friday, May 22, 2015

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."

POSTED: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 6:32 PM
Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson attend The Broad City Season 2 Premiere Party at 26 Bridge Street on January 7, 2015 in New York City. (Getty Images for Comedy Central)

Wayne native Abbi Jacobson and comedy partner Ilana Glazer, the stars of Comedy Central's brilliant Broad City, have sold an untitled movie to Twentieth Century FoxBridesmaids director Paul Feig is attached to produce.

While Glazer and Jacobson are not attached to star, nor is Feig attached to direct, it's the first foray into film for the comedic duo, who play outsized versions of themselves on the hit Comedy Central show. 

Feig is a champion of female comedians and is set to helm the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters reboot, starring Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon.

POSTED: Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 6:13 PM
RJ, Robinson, Rodney, Holly, Ryan Elizabeth and Roman Peete will star in their own reality show for Oprah's OWN. (via OWN)

Former Eagles quarterback Rodney Peete and his actress/host wife Holly Robinson Peete, who hails from Mt. Airy, will get their own reality show on Oprah Winfrey's OWN.

The working title is For Peete's Sake, with no release date set.

The Peetes have been married since 1995. The family also includes Holly's "wild-and-crazy mom" Delores, and kids: 17-year-old twins RJ and Ryan Elizabeth, 13-year-old Robinson and 10-year-old Roman. RJ is autistic and Holly and Rodney have been outspoken autism awareness advocates. 

POSTED: Monday, April 27, 2015, 2:00 PM
HBO.

New Jersey resident and University of Pennsylvania grad Dr. Mehmet Oz has come under fire in recent weeks over suspect medical advice and recommendations on his popular TV program, The Dr. Oz Show. So naturally, it was only a matter of time before John Oliver joined in the anti-Oz chorus.

Which, of course, he did on Sunday night’s episode of Last Week Tonight.

Oz, as of late, has been slammed in the British Medical Journal as well as a Senate committee over those accusations. Doctors at Columbia University Medical School, meanwhile, have demanded Oz’s dismissal due to his “egregious lack of integrity by promoting quack treatments.” 


POSTED: Sunday, April 12, 2015, 10:36 AM
Filed Under: Television
Kate McKinnon plays Hillary Clinton in a "Saturday Night Live" skit. (NBC Screenshot)

In anticipation of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign announcement, expected literally any minute now, “Saturday Night Live” opened with comedian Kate McKinnon as Clinton, charged with making a campaign announcement video via social media.

The predictable Clinton jokes abound—Clinton comes off as hilariously overbearing, power hungry and hard, when her aid asks her to delete something, Clinton responds “I know a thing or two about that, right?” alluding to the recent email ordeal. And, of course, hubby Bill, played by Daryl Hammond, drops by for a Monica Lewinsky joke or two.

Satiate your craving for Clinton’s soon-to-come presidential bid announcement with this parody video.

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