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POSTED: Monday, February 10, 2014, 11:48 AM
Michael Smerconish

Inquirer columnist, former Daily News contributor and syndicated radio host Michael Smerconish will join CNN for a new weekly show that will air Saturday mornings. He'll join CNN this month.

Smerconish will continue to host his Sirius XM show and write his weekly Inquirer piece.

In addition to his weekly show, Smerconish will provide commentary throughout the week for CNN. Smerconish is no stranger to TV. He was previously a contributor to MSNBC and was a guest host for fellow-Philly guy Chris Matthews' Hardball.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 12:46 PM
Philip Seymour Hoffman's death at 46 comes on the heels of a rash of overdoses from a potent form of tainted heroin in Western Pennsylvania. Twenty-two Pittsburgh-area residents have died in recent weeks in what the city's medical examiner is calling "a public health crisis." (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP)

UPDATE: David Bar Katz talked to the New York Daily News, denying he ever spoke with the National Enquirer. A friend told the Daily News for Katz that he planned to take legal action.

David Bar Katz, the locally-born writer who found Philip Seymour Hoffman's body, gave an interview to the National Enquirer claming he was the late actor's gay lover.

Katz found Hoffman's body on Sunday in the Oscar-winner's Manhattan apartment.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 5, 2014, 8:40 AM
The Associated Press has demanded that George Zimmerman halt the sale of one of his paintings because the news agency says it directly copies an AP photo.

Local celebrity boxing promoter Damon Feldman is at it again.

Feldman announced that he will promote a three-round boxing match between George Zimmerman, the man who fatally shot Trayvon Martin (and was later acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges), and rapper DMX.

The 43-year-old rapper was allegedly one of 15,000 applicants to fight the 30-year-old Zimmerman, who has continued to pop up in the public eye since his controversial acquittal last year.Zimmerman told Radar the fight was his idea and he's been training regularly.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 2:01 PM
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 16: A general view of atmosphere during day 4 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 16, 2013 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt (Getty Images)

Four-day music, Tennessee-based music festival Bonnaroo has been sending out clues via their social media feeds as to who will play this year's fest. Last year's headliners included Paul McCartney, Tom Petty and Mumford & Sons (who had to cancel, with Jack Johnson filling in).

Today's clue? A picture of Philly.

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POSTED: Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 10:03 AM
(Screenshot via YouTube)

"If you’re going to do something like this, you have to have a little Philadelphia in it,” Jamie Casino told me with the unmistakable accent of someone from our area.

Casino is talking about his epic Super Bowl commercial that aired in his Savannah, Ga. market. Casino, a personal injury lawyer, bought up two minutes of local time to tell the story of his brother Michael, one of four “machine-gunned down” on Labor Day 2012, and to call out of Savannah Chief of Police Willie Lovett for saying that none of the victims were innocent (Lovett retired amid a sex scandal in September of last year). The ad features heavy metal guitars, explosions and Casino, who calls himself religious, destroying a headstone with a sledge hammer. “I hate gravestones. Graveyards have a beauty to them,” Casino said explaining the symbolism. “But a gravestone to me is not a memorial. It’s a reminder of this tragedy.”

Casino's first sentiment is correct: To do something on that grandiose scale, you need to be a little crazy. Or from Philadelphia.

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POSTED: Monday, February 3, 2014, 2:31 PM
Jamie Casino, the creator of a viral Super Bowl ad, hails from Bristol.

The creator of the most epic Super Bowl ads ever is from Bristol.

Too bad you didn’t get to see it. Unless you were one of the thousands who watched it online when the ad went viral.

Savannah, Georgia attorney Jamie Casino unleashed the action movie-style ad on his local affiliate during Sunday’s Super Bowl. The ad featured Casino in a revenge narrative as he tells the story of his little brother Michael’s murder on Labor Day 2012, prompting Casino to switch from a criminal defense attorney to a personal injury lawyer and advocate for his brother’s murder. The ad, written and directed by Casino, calls out Savannah's Chief of Police, Willie Lovett, and features explosions, pounding guitars and Casino smashing a grave, emblazoned with Lovett’s image, with a sledgehammer

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POSTED: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 8:53 PM
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 06: Actors Zosia Mamet and Evan Jonigkeit attend the 'Girls' Season Three premier after party at Jazz at Lincoln Center on January 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Philly actor Evan Jonigkeit needs a facial.

Jonigkeit is playing Toad in "X-Men: Days of Future Past," featuring Oscar nominees Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender, alongside Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy and Patrick Stewart. Recently, British movie mag Empire released a first view of Jonigkeit as Toad:

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POSTED: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 4:54 PM
Former Eagle A.J. Feeley and wife, Heather Mitts. (Reuben Harley/Daily News)

Congrats to former Eagle AJ Feeley and former Olympian Heather Mitts, who welcomed their son this morning. Proud new mama Mitts tweeted a photo of Connor William Feeley:

Mitts and Feeley were married in Cabo in 2010. Mitts announced in the October issue of Philadelphia Magazine that she was expecting. Mitts retired from soccer in March of last year and joined the Philadelphia Union as a sidelines reporter and analyst.

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