The first trailer for "God's Pocket," one of Philip Seymour Hoffman's final films, was released online today.
The movie, directed by "Mad Men's" John Slattery, is based on the novel by former Daily News columnist Pete Dexter, based on his time as a longtime columnist in the city. The titular neighborhood is based on the Devil's Pocket in South Philly. Despite its setting, the film was not shot here.
"Six Feet Under's" Richard Jenkins plays the Dexter surrogate, a columnist at the fictional Daily Times, who starts to sniff around the suspicious death of a young man who supposedly falls to death at a construction site. Hoffman plays the young man's stepfather, while "Mad Men's" Christina Hendricks plays the young man's mother.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus looks fantastic on the cover of this week's Rolling Stone magazine, promoting her excellent HBO comedy "Veep." The comedian is posed in the buff with the Constitution printed on her back.
There's only one problem with the image, as pointed out by many on Twitter, including the National Constitution Center:
WMMR's Robin Lee has retired from radio after 33 years in the biz. Lee came to WMMR 10 years ago to do weekend and fill in work at the station. Before that, she did time at WYSP and was a program director at Allentown's 951 ZZO. Her LinkedIn profile suggests Lee will cotinue her work at web design team websitefreaks.net and working with Gettysburg Ghost Tours.
WMMR personalities — including Pierre Robert, Matt Cord, Sean "The Rabbi" Tyszler, Brent Porche and Kevin Gunn — came into the studio on Sunday, Lee's last day, to commemorate her storied career. In her send off, Tyszler noted that Lee was the only DJ at WMMR that he never emailed about questionable playlists.
Lee posted a goodbye note on her Facebook page, along with a picture of the plaque she was awarded for her time at the station. "It is rare to work in a radio station where you know everyone is pulling for everyone else, and then that goes for our listeners who are our family too. WMMR is truly an amazing place," Lee wrote.
Comcast SportsNet's Amy Fadool Kane anounced on Facebook that she is expecting her first child with husband Sean Kane, a producer at CSN. The couple were married in 2012.
Kane posted a picture of University of Kentucky socks (Fadool's alma mater) and wrote :
Excited that come the first week of October...Sean and I will have a little fan to wear these! Baby Kane expected October 4th!!Congrats to Sean and Amy on their big news!
Were you one of the 11 million people who watched President Barack Obama trade barbs with comedian Zach Galifianakis on "Between Two Ferns"? The not-so-subtle pitch for the Affordable Care Act saw a 40 percent spike in traffic for Healthcare.gov.
Patti LaBelle helped fete restauranteur Keven Parker last week at the Reading Terminal Market, as you read about in my column yesterday.
Parker, who owns Ms. Tootsie's (1312 South St.), was celebrating the first anniversary of his Soul Food Cafe food stand, hosted by Sexy Single Sixx King, when LaBelle showed up to celebrate. She then regailed onlookers with a rendition of "If Only You Knew."
Svetlana Shusterman, the Lower Bucks native and Temple alum who was featured on "Real World 17: Key West," filed a restraining order against Brandon Boyd of the band Incubus, according to TMZ. The order claims that Boyd has been stalking Shusterman for years, but threats recently escalated.
Svetlana filed a police report claiming Brandon had followed her car onto a freeway and yelled through the window that he was going to kill her.
Svetlana says she recently moved to a friends house to evade him, but he tracked her down. She writes, "Every day, I am terrified."
Spike Eskin is the new program director on SportsRadio WIP. He replaces Jeff Sottolano who was named director of programming for CBS RADIO late last year.
Eskin currently hosts a weekly talk show on WIP and acts as a sports anchor on KYW Newsradio. Eskin is no stranger to program directing gig. He served as assistant program director at WYSP before the station was booted from the air in favor of switiching WIP to the FM dial.
In a memo to employees, WIP operations manager Andy Bloom said that Eskin has been serving as an interim program director while he talked to "big name program directors whose names you undoubtedly know."