Archive: March, 2009
"A hero has stepped forward to demand that justice be done," Stephen Colbert said of Congressman Chaka Fattah on last night's "Colbert Report," on Comedy Central. "The people have spoken and Stephen Colbert won it fair and square. We insist on democracy in orbit," Fattah said last week about the recent contest held by NASA to name a new Space Station Node. Colbert asked his viewers to vote, they did so in droves, and the station is to be named Colbert.
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"She's such a sweetheart and that is one of her best qualities," writes Sydia Bagley, of former Center City resident Lil' Kim. Bagley was incarcerated with the pint-size hip-hop princess at the Federal Detention Center (7th & Arch), where Kim spent 10 months on a perjury rap. We reported recently that Kimberly Jones, as Lil' Kim was known in prison, had given a shout-out to all her girls in the Federal Detention Center, on this season's premiere episode of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." "I want to shout Lil' Kim back out for the unconditional love she shows not only to me but to all the girls," writes Bagley, who is now housed at the Federal Correctional Institution in Danbury, Conn, for her part in an armed robbery. "We love you, Girl, and you know you got our votes," Bagley says.
Sixers star Andre Iguodala is at NBC studios in New York right now taping a bit for tonight's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." We're told the show called to secure Iguodala just this morning and that the segment involves an explanation of what "rejection" means, in basketball terms.
Jamie Foxx joined his boy Common on stage Friday at the Deck Nightclub (101 Taylor) in Essington where Foxx performed his single "Blame It (On the Alcohol)" for the crowd. Foxx hopped up from his seat in the VIP area where he caught much of the set from Common at the event by Wired 96.5 and Johnny Knockout Entertainment.
"We're so conservative," says Carnie Wilson before answering our question on the strangest place she and husband Rob Bonfiglio have ever made whoopee. "The bathroom, or the shower, or the closet," Wilson confessed.
Why would we ask such a thing? Because she's hosting the Game Show Network's reincarnation of "The Newlywed Game," at 6 p.m. weekdays starting April 6. The Wilson Phillips singer and daughter of Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson, once lived in Manayunk with musician Bonfiglio, formerly of Wanderlust, whom she's been married to for nine years. Now living in Los Angeles, Wilson is pregnant with their second daughter, who they'll name Luciana. Luciana is due in June. Wilson says they eat at Ristorante Pesto (1915 S. Broad) when they come to town to visit Bonfiglio's family.
"I've always loved game shows," said Wilson, who "had a blast" taping "The Newlywed Game."
Upper Darby's Jamie Kennedy will show viewers what his new girlfriend, Jennifer Love Hewitt, has become familiar with when the comic actor bares all in his new film "Finding Bliss."
The comedy, featuring Leelee Sobieski, Denise Richards and Kristen Johnson, premieres April 7 at the 14th Annual Gen Art Film Festival in New York.
Kennedy and Hewitt appear together in "Ghost Whisperer," and Kennedy says they're in love.
Kidd Chris says he'll launch an Internet radio show at KiddShow.com at the end of May.
Next week, the Web site relaunches with audio and links. Chris says the only way people will ever hear his show the way he wants them to is to run it online anyway. He was fired in May after a guest performed a racist song.
Speaking of Kidd Chris, 'YSP staffer Tommy Avallone, known as Rock Hard Killa on the show, premieres his new film, "Community College," which he wrote, directed and co-stars in, at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Trocadeo (1003 Arch). Comedian Rev. Bob Levy hosts the screening. Admission - $5 at the door - is only for those 18 and older. Levy has a cameo in the film about four friends who fear their favorite bar is about to close. Scotty Schwartz from "A Christmas Story," and "The Toy" appears in the film, as do Rich Cronin from LFO and VH1's "Mission: Man Band," and Michael Ray Bower, who played Donkey Lips on Nickelodeon's "Salute Your Shorts." Click here for more info.
Soulful songbird Jill Scott gave a shout-out to her friend Mister Mann Frisby during an interview Tuesday on Steve Harvey's syndicated morning show, heard here on 105.3 (WDAS-FM).
Scott and fiance Lil' John Roberts, her Philly-raised drummer, are about to have their first baby, and Harvey asked if she was going to name the baby something odd, citing singers like Erykah Badu who have chosen unusual names for their children. Deciding to tease a friend who has an unusual name of his own, Scott told Harvey she was thinking about "Frisby, or maybe Mister, or maybe Mister Frisby."
Frisby, a former Daily News reporter now living in Los Angeles, says that he was awakened at 5:45 a.m. by an East Coast friend calling with the news and that he started getting texts from other friends seconds later.
94 WYSP's Danny Bonaduce just closed on an Old City condo. We're told the loft-style-unit is close to 2,400 square feet and sold for $399,000. The apartment is a stone's throw from the station's studio. Bonaduce and girlfriend Amy Railsback have been living at the Benjamin Franklin House since November.
Former Eagles spokeswoman Bonnie Grant filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday alleging the team discriminated against her because of her gender and health, and then fired her when she complained about the discrimination.
Grant, a breast-cancer survivor, said in her complaint that the team also reneged on a commitment to pay her severance if she was terminated, reports the People Paper's Michael Hinkelman.
Grant, a Cardinal Dougherty High grad, began working for the Eagles as director of communications in October 2005, after working for nine years in the Office of the City Representative. Her complaint says the Eagles learned about her breast cancer through her public work raising awareness about the disease. The Eagles subsequently began to "issue petty and unsupported discipline" against Grant, the lawsuit said, and directed her not to discuss her cancer history.