September 17, 2014
WE WOULD have guessed it's the food trucks. Why else would Playboy magazine anoint the University of Pennsylvania with the coveted No. 1 ranking in its annual list of the nation's Top Party Schools? The poll is in the mag's October issue, which hits Friday. It's not jealousy that motivates Temple Tattle (a/k/a this reporter) to question how in the world the school on the wrong side of the Schuylkill earned what appears to be such an undeserved accolade. It's sheer incredulity.
September 17, 2014 |
Robin Thicke's unraveling Robin Thicke 's image continues to take a pounding in the wake of his breakup with wife Paula Patton and the spectacular failure of his latest album, Paula . Now he admits he didn't really write his gargantuan 2013 hit, "Blurred Lines," saying he couldn't have done so if he tried, since he was so smashed on drugs. So reports The Hollywood Reporter, which has obtained transcripts from an ongoing court battle between Thicke and the children of Marvin Gaye , who claim "Blurred Lines" plagiarizes Gaye's 1977 song "Got to Give It Up. " Thicke admits that producer Pharrell Williams really wrote the tune.
August 16, 2014 |
The men's gymnastics coach at Temple University said he has raised more than $76,000 in donations for the program, which was cut by the university's board of trustees earlier this year. Fred Turoff, who is in his 38th season in charge of the program at the university, said a fund-raiser Thursday night featuring Temple alum Bill Cosby at the Independence Visitor Center was expected to bring in at least an additional $10,000. The event, billed as "An Evening With Bill Cosby: To Save the Temple Men's Gymnastics Program," was expected to draw about 200 people who paid up to $500 per couple to attend.
July 16, 2014 |
Cosby show next year The Bill Cosby comeback isn't just talk, rumor, and innuendo any longer. A new sitcom starring the Philly comic as the head of a large (and hopefully happy) family may premiere as early as next summer. Actual, real-life scribes are writing scripts for the "classic, extended-family sitcom," NBC suits said Sunday. The Cosby Show , which aired from 1984 to 1992, is credited by historians as one of the shows that saved NBC from ruin. Meredith Vieira owns up Meredith Vieira , 60, stood up in front of TV critics Monday and admitted she's afraid.
June 27, 2014 |
LEAVE IT TO Bill Cosby to turn a sad situation into a laughing matter. Cosby will hold a benefit concert for Temple's men's gymnastics program at the Independence Visitor Center at 6th and Market streets, on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 7:30 p.m. In December, Temple head men's gymnastics coach Fred Turoff found out his sport was being demoted from varsity to club status. That means Turoff and his gymnasts have to raise money for the program to continue. Enter the Cos, a Philly native, who attended Temple and still bleeds Cherry & White.
June 6, 2014 |
The Philadelphia region bid a soulful, sorrowful farewell to one of its most accomplished sons Wednesday, as 1,400 people crowded a public memorial service for Lewis Katz. They were rich and famous, poor and unknown, people who had been friends with Katz for decades and those who had met him only once. "He's irreplaceable," said a tearful Ed Snider, head of the company that owns the Flyers and one of Katz's closest friends. The loss of Katz, 72, a lawyer, businessman, and philanthropist who was a co-owner of The Inquirer, remained painfully raw four days after he died in a plane crash in Massachusetts.
May 29, 2014 |
ACTOR DAVID MORSE wants to take you to the prom. The "Hack" actor, who lives in the area, was spotted at the Pennsbury High School prom last week. LevittownNow.com reported that Morse was interested in making a movie about Pennsbury's crazy prom high jinks. For those not in the know, the Bucks County school has a notoriously tricked-out prom. Art students mural-ize the entire school and students arrive on elaborate floats of their own making. Morse has done his part to bring films to the Philadelphia area.
January 24, 2014 |
Cranston breaks (real) good Bryan Cranston , 57, whose five seasons on Breaking Bad have earned him, like, a thousand best-acting awards, has gone about as far from his meth-maker character Walter White as it gets: He's next playing the 36th president of the United States on Broadway. Cranston has the lead in Pulitzer-winner Robert Schenkan 's All the Way , about Lyndon B. Johnson 's struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The play opens in March. Cranston is rehearsing.
December 24, 2013 |
To paraphrase soul's great orator, James Brown, it's time to get off Dave Chappelle's back and let him do the popcorn. He must be allowed to be the sly, rude, observational stand-up we knew him to be before Chappelle's Show , the mega-successful Comedy Central sketch series he ended in 2005 with an abruptness that gave him an unwarranted rep for erratic behavior. The guy didn't want to have a career ruled by catchphrases familiar to Show fanatics. What's weird about that? From the sight of a chain-smoking Chappelle at the Tower Theater on Saturday, the comic was as crudely on point with raunchy material (e.g.
December 17, 2013
WITH BEING a real-life Cosby kid come the inevitable questions: What's Bill Cosby up to? What does he think about Temple University's controversial decision to cut its track-and-field program? Did you catch his recent appearance with Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show"? Does Bill still eat Jell-O pudding? No, I didn't ask his daughter that. It wouldn't have mattered if I did, though, because Erinn Cosby, 46, wouldn't have gone there with me anyway. When we chatted last week by phone, she politely declined to answer questions about her uber-famous dad. Erinn, the second oldest of Cosby's four daughters, preferred to steer away from the personal and instead focus on her photography exhibit at Art Sanctuary, called "The Extension of Beauty," which runs through Jan. 31. It's a spin-off of a popular exhibit of Erinn Cosby's work that Art Sanctuary staged in May as part of the 29th annual Celebration of Black Writing.