Archive: June, 2013
Hey, remember this morning when I got all excited about Snoop Lion at Philadelphia International Airport? Turns out, that's an imposter, so says Side B Radio host Phil Jackson. He emailed to tell me that while the resemblance is uncanny, that's not Snoop Lion in the picture, but Clementon, NJ's Lawrence Johnson.
What tipped Jackson off? Johnson appeared at a Lyrically Fit hip hop showcase at the Trocadero Theatre a couple weeks back. Not to mention, the real 6'4" Snoop is taller than Johnson.
How do I know? Check out this picture on Johnson's Facebook page, featuring the exact same outfit from the incorrect picture:
Doogie Horner, a comedian and art director at Quirk Books, is leaving our fair city for New York. Those unfamiliar with the local comedy scene, where Horner is a Big Fish, might remember him from his 2010 stint on "America's Got Talent." (Watch his video below.) The same year, he won Helium's Philly's Phunniest.
Horner told me that he and his wife have been thinking about making the move for sometime now. Simply, New York is where the gigs are. The move will also serve Horner's wife, who is an artist. In addition to his work as a graphic designer, Horner is also an illustrator and writer, penning Everything Explained Through Flowcharts: All of Life's Mysteries Unraveled, Including Tips for World Domination, Which Religion Offers the Best ... the Secret Recipe for Gettin' Laid Lemonade and the upcoming 100 Ghosts: A Gallery of Harmless Haunts.
Despite the move, Horner will certainly miss his home of 15 years. "The thing I’ll miss most is that people are lot more chill in Philadelphia. If you do comedy in Philadelphia, you do it because you enjoy it. The stakes are very low. In New York, they take it a lot more seriously because people moved there specifically for comedy."
Krissi Biasiello, a contestant on the fourth season of Fox's "MasterChef," has a nasty social media past. The show, hosted by hotheaded chef Gordon Ramsay, features amateur chef's competing for culinary glory.
Some of my spies sent me tweets from Biasiello's account where she says some not so nice things. For example:
(The edit is mine, clearly.)
Philly Redditor moneyball026 just shared this photo of his brother with the one and only Snoop Lion (formerly Snoop Dogg) posing with his brother at the Philadelphia International Airport this morning. Always nice to see a celeb looking quite excited to pose with a fan (he actually looks more psyched than the kid).
Lion may be a West Coaster, but he's a big football fan, recently making headlines for declaring his allegiance to Michael Vick over Nick Foles in the Great Eagles Quarterback Debate.
Check out the trailer "Thanks For Sharing," a romantic comedy about the troubles and travails of sex addiction featuring Doylestown's own Pink, credited this time around by her real name Alecia Moore.
The movie also stars Mark Ruffalo, Tony-nominated actor Josh Gad, Tim Robbins and, of course, Gwyneth Paltrow, who strips down to her skivvies in the trailer. Pink is Dede, the female sex addict of the mostly-male bunch. Pink is no stranger to acting, with six credits on IMDB (although a couple feature her playing herself, namely in "Get Him to the Greek").
"Thanks for Sharing" is out in theaters September 20.
Philly-based red carpet fashion bloggers Tom and Lorenzo proposed to each other via Twitter today after hearing the the Supreme Court found the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
The couple has been together for 17 years, while sharing a blog about what the celebrities are wearing since 2006.
(To learn more about Tom and Lorenzo, read my profile from last year.)
In today's column, I introduced you to Philly's "Project Runway" candidate, Dom Streater. The 24-year-old Streater is a Moore College of Art and Design grad from West Philly. In a video show for the Lifetime reality show, the shoe-loving Streater shows you around her West Philly home. (You can also take a tour of her closet.)
Streater is young, but Christian Siriano, the show's most popular winner, was only 21 when he took home the "Project Runway" crown. And that bubbly personality will hopefully serve her well when it comes to screen time.
Streater is currently a freelancer who designs the Halycon Collectin. Want to see some samples of Streater's work? Take a gander at her portfolio.
Sportscaster Brian Startare is jumping ship from WIP to 97.5 the Fanatic. He'll start next Thursday with the NBA draft from 7 to 11 p.m., Startare confirmed to me. His regular beat will be Sundays from 4 to 8 p.m. He'll cover the Flyers, the Eagles and fill in for other anchors when needed.
"I had eight and a half great years at WIP," Startare told me. "I want to thank Angelo Cataldi for giving me my start, and all the great people there, like Glen Macnow, Rhea Hughes, Anthony Gargano and Big Daddy [Graham] and all the folks who have helped me over the years. I’ll miss them all."
Startare isn't taking a breather between gigs. "I was going to start this Sunday but it’s my son’s birthday," Startare said about his new eight-year-old, "so I’m taking my first weekend off in years."