Monday, March 30, 2015

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 1:30 PM
Anthony Riley appears on season eight of 'The Voice.' (NBC)

UPDATE (8:41 p.m.) - Christopher Mapp has reached out to admit to sending the infamous Mumia tweet — and he claims that Riley was, in fact, kicked off The Voice. However, he cannot say why.

"I can claim without a doubt he was kicked off the show," Mapp says. "Disqualified, whatever you want to say, on January 31."

Mapp says he has been Riley's assistant — not manager — since last summer. And, as a result, he has "been in contact with [Riley] through this whole process," meaning The Voice's auditions. So, he says, there is "no way" the Mumia tweet got Riley removed from the show, because it wasn't posted until March 10.

POSTED: Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 11:53 AM
Emma Watson attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'NOAH' at Zoo Palast on March 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Paramount Pictures)

Nice try, guys. You almost had us.

The University of Pennsylvania’s independent student newspaper, The Daily Pennsylvanian, is reporting today that Harry Potter star Emma Watson has decided on Penn for graduate school. And, looking on Twitter, there’s quite a bit of excitement at the news:

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 6:41 PM

What would you do if zombies took over America? Where the heck would you run off to?

Thankfully, researchers at Cornell University broke it down and have provided us with some answers, reports The Wall Street Journal. First off, they suggest we stay far away from Northeastern Pennsylvania, specifically Scranton. 

"To develop the model, scientists in Cornell’s physics department broke down the U.S. population in a grid of roughly 3-kilometer-square boxes. They then built upon classic epidemiological models of infectious-disease transmission—measles, the flu and the like—to simulate a marauding band of undead ravaging the country."

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 11:10 AM
John Oates attends the 62nd annual BMI Country awards on November 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for BMI)

As anyone with a passing interest in facial hair can tell you, John Oates’ mustache is legend. So much so that Oates was included in the inaugural class of the Mustache Hall of Fame this month, cementing his spot as a mustachioed icon in the proud pantheon of hairy celebrities.

The Mustache Hall of Fame was recently established by the American Mustache Institute and Wahl Trimmers and hopes to “canonize the superior attractiveness” of sporting facial hair. Oates' fellow inductees include Dr. Martin Luther King, Tom Selleck, Teddy Roosevelt, and Salvador Dali. 

And, really, you can't blame them for Oates' inclusion. Just look at that thing:

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 10:27 AM
Patti LaBell dance to "In Da Club" on "Dancing With the Stars."

“We’re gonna pretend we’re at the club, and it’s Patti LaBelle’s birthday,” the firey Philly-born singer told her dance partner Artem Chignitsey.

In a clip that showed the pair’s practice session, LaBelle recalls how she specifically requested 50 Cent’s 2003 chart topper “In Da Club” on her birthday. This week she decided to take it to the DWTS stage. 

But during a Sunday rehearsal, she appeared to have injured her knee, putting their routine in jeopardy. “Nothing’s gonna stop Patti but Patti,” the “On My Own” singer confidently stated.

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 9:59 AM

Over the weekend, we learned what March Sadness really looks like thanks to the now-viral and eternally weepy “Villanova Piccolo Girl.” But last night on The Tonight Show, the legendary Roots crew cheered her up a little bit. 

Roxanne Chalifoux sat in with The Roots for some tunes and ribbing from host Jimmy Fallon, who praised the Villanova senior for her display of emotion. 

“You should be emotional,” Fallon told Chalifoux. “That’s the fun part of sports, that’s the fun of rooting for your school, your team. It’s passion, I love that. But did you see all the memes out there?” 

POSTED: Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 8:56 AM

Shortly after earning one of the fastest four-chair turns in the history of NBC’s The Voice, Philadelphia street performer Anthony Riley has left the show.

Coach Pharrell Williams made the announcement on Monday night’s episode, saying that Riley would not be returning for “personal reasons.” As a result, The Voice saw its first ever three-way knockout round.

With such a vague reason given for the sudden departure of a crowd favorite, the Internet rumor mill naturally went wild following last night’s episode. NBC, however, has declined to comment further on Riley’s reasons for leaving.

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 12:37 PM
Comedian Hannibal Buress performs at Stand Up Live! during AWXI at Gotham Comedy Club on September 30, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for AWXI)

Since the ongoing firestorm of sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby began in November 2014, the news has been saturated with headlines pertaining to the embattled comedian. And now, the man who is credited with starting it all — Hannibal Buress — is done talking about it. 

Buress reportedly sat down for a phone interview with the Lehigh Valley’s The Morning Call over the weekend, subsequently terminating the chat once reporter John J. Moser popped the Cosby question. In previous interviews on the topic, Buress quickly addressed the situation and moved on, as in last week’s Jimmy Kimmel Live appearance.

As per The Morning Call:

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