Archive: December, 2008
Comedian Jimmy Fallon introduced The Roots as the house band for his upcoming late night show in an online video he posted yesterday. The former “SNL” player takes over for "Late Night" host Conan O'Brien when O'Brien moves into the "Tonight Show" slot of Jay Leno who is not leaving as expected, but staying on for a new 90-minute weeknight show at 10 o'clock. We reported a month ago that Fallon and the Philly hip-hop heroes were shooting something at Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front) in Fishtown which was followed a few weeks later by confirmation that the band would be joining the comedian on his show. In this video clip Fallon says he plans to tape daily web bulletins and that his show starts taping in March. It will debut online, but the Fallon/O'Brien/Leno shuffle doesn't take place until the summer.
Porn starlet Sunset Thomas will be in-studio with 94 WYSP's Danny Bonaduce at 8:20 Thursday morning. Thomas will be accompanied by Chris Bellis, of Wind Gap, Pa. He's a fan of hers who won a contest Thomas held to co-star with her in a scene for her most recent movie, "Into the Sunset," which will be released next year. Thomas will dance Thursday through Saturday at Scarlet's (2131 Lehigh) in Allentown.
Janet Denney Cobb, wife of Randall "Tex" Cobb, has just completed "The Lady and the Blue," a documentary film about Vernoca L. Michael, the nation's first female African-American boxing promoter, who co-owns The Legendary Blue Horizon (1314 N. Broad). Cobb and her movie partner, Alexander Calzi, shipped their 78-minute film to a handful of festivals and are awaiting results. "It's about her relationship to the last great fight club in America," Cobb told us. She sat ringside with Cobb, a former boxer and "Raising Arizona" star, at a fight-night Friday at the Blue. Eagles tight end Brent Celek was there repping his hometown/college town with a Cincinnati Reds cap and a red track jacket, taking in the bouts from a balcony seat.
Filmmaker Spike Lee will be in town Monday to discuss his career and the movie business at Temple University.
Lee will speak at 7 p.m. at the Great Court at Mitten Hall (1913 N. Broad). The lecture is open to the public but Temple students will get priority seating. The Academy-Award nominated director most recently released “Miracle at St. Anna,” about four black American soldiers in WWII based on Philly-author James McBride’s book. At the event, Temple’s Main Campus Programming Board will be selling tickets for a raffle for a chance to dine with Lee after his lecture.
Mayor Nutter’s chief spokesman Doug Oliver has changed vanity plates. As Clout reported in August, for years, Oliver, former spokesman of the Philadelphia Gas Works, sported “CMNIC8R” on the back of his black Chevy Tahoe SUV. Today, the car, parked in its usual spot outside City Hall, now bears a “NO CMMNT” plate. Asked when and why he switched, Oliver wrote back “No comment :)” In case there should be any doubt, yes, it's a fairly slow day, and yes, Sho'nuff, that is a gratuitous shot of actress Vanity, former flame of Prince and co-star of the 1980s urban martial arts classic "The Last Dragon." If you don't like it you can Kiss My Converse.
West Philly's Ben Morgan, who books bands at the Mill Creek Tavern (42nd & Chester), didn't want a dog, but his live-in girlfriend, Allison Paul, did. In March, Morgan, who also plays in the Rare Birds and occasionally performs as a German rapper, MC Digga, told Paul they could get a dog when "Chinese Democracy" came out. Morgan assumed the long-awaited Guns N' Roses record, 17 years in the making, would never come out. He was wrong. The record, which can be listened to here, was released Nov. 23, days after he agreed to take care of his mother's 3-year-old Chihuahua, Rizza. "I like the dog a lot more than the record," says Morgan, who's still getting used to the new project by Axl Rose and an army of musicians he brought in over the lengthy recording. If you ask us, out of 14 songs, five or six are pretty good, and the rest are so-so. "Shackler's Revenge" is the best track, but it's still not Guns N' Roses without Slash, Duff, and Izzy.
Congrats to Donovan McNabb and wife Roxie who welcomed twins early this morning, as NBC 10’s John Clark has reported. The babies, a boy and a girl, have a four-year-old sister Alexis. Reached moments ago, McNabb’s spokesman Rich Burg declined comment. The Iggles QB is expected to discuss the happy news at his regular Wednesday media conference tomorrow.
Wonder if "Mixmaster Mike" Nutter will show up to catch the upcoming set by the Sugarhill Gang at Cheerleaders Gentleman's Club (Front & Oregon)? At Hizzoner's inaugural bash and several times throughout the campaign, Nutter busted into a rap from the hip-hop pioneers' classic 1979 hit, "Rapper's Delight," to the delight of various crowds. He's pictured at left performing with the group this summer at the Strawberry Mansion Community Center. The group will play its most famous tune and several others at the Cheerleaders' annual holiday bash Dec. 17 when DJ Cool Whip will also provide some tunes. The party starts at 9. VIP bottle service and table reservations are available by calling 215-467-1980 ext. 4. Admission will be $20 at the door.
Tina Fey's composer husband Jeff Richmond could be sleeping on the couch for a while.
In an interview with Maureen Dowd for a Vanity Fair cover story on Fey, Richmond revealed the cause of the scar on the Upper Darby native funnywoman's left cheek, which she has never publicly discussed.
Richmond says Fey was cut by a stranger when she was five. “It was in, like, the front yard of her house, and somebody who just came up, and she just thought somebody marked her with a pen,” he told Dowd. “That scar was fascinating to me” Richmond continued. “This is somebody who, no matter what it was, has gone through something. And I think it really informs the way she thinks about her life. When you have that kind of thing happen to you, that makes you scared of certain things, that makes you frightened of different things, your comedy comes out in a different kind of way, and it also makes you feel for people.”