If Chris McDougall hadn't been fired from Philadelphia Magazine, he would never have written, Born to Run, his mega-bestselling book about Mexico's Tarahumara Indians, who are known for running long distances in extreme climates without injury. Former Philly Mag and Daily News editor Larry Platt gave McDougall the boot from the magazine, allowing him the time to explore the Tarahumara phenomena.
Born to Run has sold over 2 million copies in the U.S., and spent 178 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. The book also sparked interest in the barefoot running movement. Those FiveFinger shoes you see everywhere? Blame McDougall.
As I reported in today's column, Matthew McConaughey is officially attached to star in the flick. "World War Z" writer Matthew Michael Carnahan will pen the script.
6ABC's Cecily Tynan is working harder in this blizzard than you are. Case in point: This weekend, she tore her ACL while skiing and the chief meteorologist is still plugging along at work.
She even seems to be having some fun with bud Adam Joseph:
Philly professional wrestling fans are noticeably excited today. The Royal Rumble hits the Wells Fargo Center tonight. The winner of the 30-man Battle Royale-style match wins a spot in the WWE World Heavyweight Championship match at Wrestlemania.
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson got the WWE devoted even more excited last night when he tweeted a picture of himself hanging out in South Philly at what looks to be the Pat's-Geno's cheesesteak nexus:
Former Fox 29 traffic reporter Kacie McDonnell is no longer engaged to Kansas City Chiefs backup quarterback Aaron Murray. McDonnell moved from Philadelphia to Kansas City, where she has a job as a traffic reporter at the local NBC affiliate, to be with Murray in August. The former couple started dating in 2013.
"I'm loving my career in Kansas City," McDonnell told me, confirming that Murray ended their engagement. "I’m really committed to being a part of this community for the time being. The engagement is off. I wish him the best, it’s best to part ways. I’m moving on with my life."
Throughout our conversation, McDonnell reiterated her love for Philadelphia, saying her heart is always here.
Ben McKenzie, the star of Fox's "Gotham," has just been added to Philadelphia's Wizard World, taking place May 9-10 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch St.). McKenzie, a/k/a "The OC's" resident dream boat badboy Ryan Atwood, will be joined by fellow "Gotham" star Robin Lord Taylor, "Mystery Science Theatre 3000's" Joel Hodgson, "Gossip Girl's" Penn Badgley, "The Flash's" Kelly Frye, "Malcolm in the Middle's" Frankie Muniz, "Arrow's" Katie Cassidy and Big Bird himself, Carroll Spinney.
To buy tix, go to wizardworld.com/admission.html.
Actress Rosario Dawson will be in town on Jan. 20 to headline the University of Pennsylvania's MLK lecture series. Joining Dawson are her partners in Studio One Eighty-Nine, Tiffany Persons and Abrima Erwiah. Studio One Eighty Nine is a collective of artists seeking to promote African and African-inspired work through their online store, their in-house agency and a fashion collection.
Dawson has spent time in Philly before, starring in the Philly-shot "Explicit Ills," directed by locally-born actor Mark Webber (the son of homeless advocate and former Green Party Vice Presidential candidate Cheri Honkala), also starring the Roots' Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter and Paul Dano.
She recently starred in "Top Five," with Chris Rock.
Former WWE wrestler Mick Foley is trying his hand at a different type of grueling physical exercise. Angelo Cataldi announced that Foley will participate in this year's Wing Bowl 23, the annual chicken wing-eating bacchanalia hosted by 94.1 WIP every year on the Friday before the Super Bowl. Foley will also appear at the after party at Sugar House.
Foley is no competitive eating amateur. He's competed in Santa Claus, Ind.'s fruitcake competition, where he has had to down a pound of the holiday classic, twice. But on air this morning he admitted he was not the favorite to take down the cluckers. "Perhaps I will even wear black converse and my Rocky robe signed by [Sylvester] Stallone for this endeavor,” Foley said. “They’ve [Philadelphia fans have] always accepted me with open arms and win, lose, or draw, they know that I’m not going down without a fight.”
Foley recently starred in and produced the documentary "I Am Santa Claus," directed by South Jersey's own Tommy Avallone and executive produced by WIP's program director Spike Eskin.
In today's column, I wrote about how Nicki Minaj was caught cuddling up to Meek Mill at Friday's Wale concert at the TLA. The couple have been teasing a relationship for some time with North Philly rapper Mill guesting on two songs her new album, "The Pinkprint," and throwing out the line "Baddest bitch in the game wearing my chain, I'm ready," on his new track "The Get Back (Freestyle)."
Well, how does Nicki feel about the column? Let her speak for herself:
The Philadelphia Daily News 😩🙈❤️— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) January 12, 2015