In today's column, I interviewed "The Karate Kid" himself, Ralph Macchio, to discuss the 30th anniversary screening of his iconic '80s flick. Originally, the Thursday screening and Q&A were only open to Wizard World attendees.
But the Awesome Fest just announced that the screening is now open to the public. Just head to the Pennyslvania Convention Center and use the entrance at 13th & Arch. A Wizard World guide will direct you to room 108. The show starts at 5:30 p.m.
The movie will be followed by a Q&A with Macchio and Cobra Kai sensei Martin Kove. Just try not to claim your baby could have been Macchio's, k?
Woe to Philly comedian Mike Rainey, who had his chest waxed on last nights "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." He took part in the game Wax on Wax Off, in which the fate of his chest hair was left in the hands of his buddy, fellow Philly comedian Tim Butterly. Butterly was charged with answering trivia questions from categories such as "Lesser known Czechoslovakian Prime Ministers." Answer wrong, and Rainey gets waxed.
Rainey took it in stride:
Im having my eyebrows plucked on Arsenio tonight.— Michael Rainey (@mikerainey82) June 12, 2014
Ardmore was the setting of some internet deception on MTV's "Catfish" last week. The highly addictive show, based on the 2010 documentary, seeks to unmask online-only relationships. In the Philly-centric episode, actress Tracie Thoms ("Rent," "Deathwish") wants to learn more about "super fan" Sammi, who has deceived the actress through internet adulation.
As I told you in today's column, Thoms is familiar with Philadelphia. She was here filming "McCanick," starring David Morse, in 2012, one of the final film roles of "Glee" star Cory Monteith before his death in 2013. She also starred in "Cold Case," the Philly-set crime procedural.
While in Philly filming in March, hosts Nev Schulman and Max Joseph visited the Food Trust's corner store at 16th and Ontario.
Seven-time Grammy winner Taylor Swift is donating $50,000 to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The money will pay for a music cart that will allow teens to create and produce their own tunes while at CHOP's Cancer Center.
"[Swift's] gift will help lift the spirits of many CHOP patients during a difficult time," said Steven M. Altschuler, MD, chief executive officer, in a statement.
The Berks County-raised Swift has a history of working with CHOP. Last summer, she visited kids as Ryan Seacrest Studios at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In 2012, she took former CHOP patient Kevin McGuire to the American Country Music Awards when she could not attend his prom.
DJ Markus Schulz was recently at the Citizens Bank Park teaching Jimmy Rollins how to rock the decks for a segment on MTV2's "Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave." The show airs tomorrow night at 11 p.m. on MTV2.
In this clip below, the trance DJ instructs Rollins, while Rollins warns Schulz that if his honorary first pitch doesn't reach home plate, Philadelphians will boo him.
Schulz promised it would reach home, makiing him my default pick over 50 Cent.
You’ll have to wait a little bit longer to catch cheesesteak impresario Tony Luke Jr.’s new food competition show, “Frankenfood.” Originally scheduled for June 8, the show will now premiere on June 22 at 10 p.m. on Spike.
On the show, Luke and celeb chef Josh Capon, as well as a guest judge, judge amateurs as they try to create an entirely new food creation. The winner receieves $10,000 and their new food creation put on the menu of a local eatery. On the Philly iteration, Molly Malloy’s Chef Bobby Fisher helps judge.
“The Voice” announced the winner of its sixth season alast night and, alas, it was not meant to be for Marlton’s Christina Grimmie. The honors went to the soulful Josh Kaufman, who also beat out country crooner Jake Worthington for the title.
But Grimmie, 20, has a bright future ahead of her, and not just because judge Adam Levine offered to sign her to his record label, 222 Records.
Grimmie immediately made a splash on the well-rated singing competition during her audition when she caused all four judges — Maroon 5’s Levine, Usher, Shakira and Blake Shelton — to turn their chairs and vie for Grimmie to be on their team after hearing her rendition of Miley Cyrus’ epic “Wrecking Ball.” Grimmie eventually chose Levine. She became a frontrunner with performances ranging from Drake’s “Hold On, We're Going Home” to Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling In Love.”
During his RedditAMA (ask me anything for the internet uninformed), Eagles linebacker Connor Barwin announced a concert to benefit his Make the World Better Foundation, dedicated to giving young people access to athletics and the arts.
The concert takes place on June 20 at Union Transfer, with Kurt Vile and the Violators, The Tontons and The Districts on the bill (Barwin's indie listening habits have been well-documented). Barwin also promised appearances by LeSean McCoy, DeMeco Ryans, Jason Kelce, Todd Herremans, Najee Goode, Bradley Fletcher, Mychal Kendricks, Trent Cole, Cary Williams, Brent Celek, Bennie Logan and more.
The concert will benefit Point Breeze's Ralph Brooks Park. "The renovation will include a new state-of-the-art basketball court, safe and well-lit play areas, an urban farm and a mural by renowned local artist Steve Powers," Barwin wrote.