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POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 10:15 AM
Lee Daniels stopped by "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" and talked about Mars. (Comedy Central screenshot)

On Wednesday night, Philly filmmaker Lee Daniels stopped by “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” for the show’s outer space episode.

With the buzz surrounding the Mars 2024 mission, Wilmore decided to focus on the trip by bringing in a panel made up of Sonia Van Meter who is set to head to Mars, Lee Daniels, actor Don Cheadle and comedian Ricky Velez. 

Daniels’ assignment was clear — well kind of: Explain a gay pride parade to Wilmore the Martian. Indeed, Wilmore put on a pair of alien antennae and asked the four panel members to explain earthling concepts like racism, marriage, Kamikaze mission (you can guess who that question went to), and, for Daniels, gay pride. 

POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2015, 9:54 AM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Taylor Swift, The Brit Awards 2015 (Brits) held at the O2. (Lia Toby/

Taylor Swift has picked up her first ever BRIT Award.

The pop star took the stage at London's O2 Arena on Wednesday night (25Feb15) and thanked Ed Sheeran, presenter Ellie Goulding and Cara Delevingne among the British friends who had made her feel welcome there over the past eight years during her International Female Artist acceptance speech.

The Love Story singer said, "I've been coming to England and playing shows for eight years and this is my first BRIT Award. I'm so happy." She then singled out Sheeran, the ceremony's British Male Solo Artist prize winner, and thanked him for taking her to British pubs, adding, "He taught me how to make a good cup of tea."

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 3:05 PM
Actress/writer Abbi Jacobson attends The Broad City Season 2 Premiere Party at 26 Bridge Street on January 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

Let it be known that Broad City star Abbi Jacobson remembers her roots. Sort of.

The Pennsylvania native called into Preston & Steve today to talk, among other things, the success of Broad City, growing up on the ‘tough streets’ of Wayne, and, of course, Jacobson’s own love for the Conestoga High School hockey team

“I love that you mentioned the tough streets of Wayne,” Jacobson, a 2002 Conestoga grad, told the morning show’s crew. “It was very tough.” 

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 12:21 PM
Comedian/actor Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel & Casino on September 26, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Following the emergence of another woman accusing their client of sexual assault yesterday, Bill Cosby’s lawyers announced they will ask a federal judge to dismiss a defamation lawsuit filed in December 2014 by accuser Tamara Green

Two more women accusing Cosby of sexual assault, Linda Traitz and Therese Serignese, have since joined Green’s suit, which Cosby’s lawyers hope to file against by Friday. The plaintiffs argue that Cosby’s denials of the sexual assault claims against him, primarily through his representatives, have branded them liars in the public eye. 

Green filed the suit last year in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mass., near where Cosby owned a home some 45 miles north in Shelburne Falls. The trio is currently seeking an as-yet-unspecified amount of money in punitive and compensatory damages. 

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 10:36 AM

These days, Will Smith is mostly an actor, but you wouldn’t have guessed that from his recent spate of TV appearances. After all, just days after rocking the Late Show with David Letterman and Fallon a week before that, Smith popped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to rap the intro to Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

“Now this is how we know if we’ve got real fans in the house” Smith said before breaking into the famous first lines of the Fresh Prince theme. Luckily, there were “real fans” present to rap the track back to Smith as he pointed the mic into the crowd. 

Smith also sat down with Ellen to discuss among other things, his new movie, Focus, which comes out Friday. But mostly they just talked about how Will Smith doesn’t think he’s sexy — at least, not compared to Denzel Washington.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 10:10 AM
Jon Stewart shows a clip of new Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter's swearing in ceremony on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

Vice President Joe Biden — he’s known for his unfiltered truth, his advocacy for women’s issues and, as Jon Stewart pointed out on “The Daily Show” on Tuesday, his way, or lack thereof, with the ladies. 

Last week during the swearing-in ceremony of the new Secretary of Defense, Philly’s own Ashton Carter (Carter was born here and graduated from Abington High in 1972), Biden was caught getting handsy with Carter’s wife, Stephanie, in the background. His hands on her shoulders, Biden even went so far as to appear to whisper in Stephanie Carter’s ear.

But, as Stewart pointed out in "The Audacity of Grope," this is far from Biden’s first run-in with awkward touching moments. It seems he can’t keep his hands off of women, regardless of their age. In one clip, he leaned in, whispering in Delaware Sen. Christopher Coons’ daughter’s ear as she tilted ever so politely in the opposite direction.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 9:44 AM

You’ve probably heard Philly street performer Anthony Riley belting out songs before at Reading Terminal Market or Rittenhouse Square, but last night, the world got to hear him on The Voice. And with Riley earning one of the fastest four-chair turns in the show’s history, it appears they liked what they heard.

Just seconds after breaking into James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good),” Riley had all four judges reaching for their buttons to swing their chairs and see him perform in the flesh.

Out of the gate, Blake Shelton appeared to have the most forward pitch for Riley, but Christina Aguilera wasn’t far behind with the promise that the pair would “do magical things together.” Adam Levine, for his part, stood up and turned on the charm, as per usual.

POSTED: Wednesday, February 25, 2015, 10:27 AM
Filed Under: Celebrities & Gossip
Taylor Swift attends the Elle Style Awards 2015 at Sky Garden @ The Walkie Talkie Tower on February 24, 2015 in London, England. (Getty Images)

Taylor Swift has landed another major accolade after she was named the Woman of the Year at the Elle Style Awards in London, a year after her pop rival Katy Perry picked up the trophy.

Just a day after she landed the Global Recording Artist of the Year from bosses at international trade group IFPI, and 24 hours before she's hoping to pick up a Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist, Swift claimed her latest honor on Tuesday night.

Sam Smith, who presented the award to his pal, was also a winner, claiming the night's Musician of the Year prize, while TV and music mogul Simon Cowell was recognized for his outstanding contribution to entertainment, and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was named Model of the Year.

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