Archive: September, 2013
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo will be in Philly in the beginning hours of Friday (12:01 p.m. to be exact) to introduce the concert film, "Metallica Through the Never."
Trujillo will be at the AMC Franklin Mills to preview the new IMAX movie that is a hybrid concert-fiction saga. Interspersed with live performances are scenes of roadie Trip (Dane DeHaan, "Chronicle," the upcoming
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2"), who is sent on a seemingly routine mission that turns surreal. I haven't seen it but, judging from the description, I'm thinking it's got "Song Remains the Same" vibe to it. The film was directed by Nimród Antal ("Predators").
The movie officially hits theaters on Friday, September 27. Click here to buy tickets to the Trujillo event.
Actor Ashton Kutcher canceled his recent speaking engagement at the University of Pennsylvania due to the funeral of Kabbalah Chief Rabbi Philip Berg who was buried in Safed, Israel on Wed., Sept. 18, when Kutcher was scheduled to speak at Penn.
Rabbi Berg died on Monday at the age of 86. Kutcher and girlfriend Mila Kunis attended the funeral together.
But fear not lovers of boyish good lucks and laid-back style. Kutcher will reschedule his appearance for October 7.
Actor and investor Ashton Kutcher cancelled his appearance at the University of Pennsylvania, slated for tomorrow, according to an e-mail sent out Monday night.
“It is with great disappointment that we share the news that, due to unforeseen circumstances, Mr. Kutcher will not be able to join us as scheduled this Wednesday (9/18). He has expressed his sincere apologies for having to cancel and we are working with him to find a date to reschedule his visit to Penn in the next few weeks," the announcement read.
Pretty boy Kutcher was slated to speak at Lauren and Bobby Turner Social Impact Executive Speaker Series. According to the Metro, 3,000 students and faculty had registered for the event.
* Fox 29 has officially made Iain Page the weeknight co-anchor for its 5, 6 and 10 p.m. broadcasts. Joining Page is his 5 p.m. buddy Kerry Barrett.
Page joined Fox 29 in February and has anchored the nighttime broadcasts on a temporary basis since June. Page replaced former Sexy Single Thomas Drayton, who was moved to mornings on a trial basis to the chagrin of some staffers who grumbled behind the scenes about the move.
Drayton, as I told you last week, now pulls a paycheck from Al Jazeera America.
Nicole Kidman plays one of Philly's favored native daughters, Grace Kelly, in the upcoming biopic "Grace of Monaco." Directed by "La Vie en Rose's" Olivier Dahan, "Grace of Monaco" also stars Tim Roth as Grace's royal hubby Prince Rainier III, Frank Langella (who narrates the trailer) and Parker Posey. The film follows Kelly in acting retirement so there is, sadly, little chance of any old school Philly scenes. "Grace of Monaco" is currently set for and November 27 limited release (although that can certainly change).
"Grace of Monaco" skipped respected film fesitvals known for launching Oscars winners, like the recent Toronto International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival, so reviews are non-existent. But the film already has its detractors: Kelly's family. Prince Albert of Monaco and his sisters, Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie, issued a statement in January decrying the film. "We have had absolutely no association with this project, which claims to be about the lives of our parents."
Kelly, of course, was the daughter of Olympic sculler, construction magnate and mayoral candidate Jack Kelly and sister of former City Councilman Jack Kelly, Jr.
In today's column, I told you about Denise Weeks.
The 41-year-old will be on "The X Factor" tonight singing Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love of All" in front of judges Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell, Paulina Rubio and Kelly Rowland. She says she sings on the train in New York, but she's all Philly according to her Facebook page.
From the video clip below, it looks like she kills it.
Bill Clinton will not be there to support Hillary Clinton tonight at the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal ceremony.
Reps from the Constitution Center confirmed to me that the former president would not be in attendance. Clinton was recently on the road stumping for Obamacare and seen attending the U.S. Open. His Twitter account gives no indication of why he won't be in Philly tonight to support his wife, although he recently shouted out Philly-born basketball great Dawn Staley.
Either way, it's weird that Bill isn't there to support his wife receiving such a momentous award. He even received the award, along with George H.W. Bush, in 2006. Past recipients include Muhammad Ali, Tony Blair and Steven Spielberg.
Miami Heat superstar LeBron James is teaming up with Starz for a new sitcom set in North Philadelphia. One is an NBA star, while the other is not. Think of it like an "Entourage" for the NBA.
Joining James behind the scenes are Maverick Carter, James' friend and business partner; legendary TV producer Tom Werner ("Roseanne," "The Cosby Show") and actor Mike O'Malley, who will serve as executive producer and writer. Paul Wachter will also join them.
So why Philly? "More people can relate to it," Carter said, who added the show is not autobiographical.