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January 10, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
L'affaire Cosby and l'affaire Rashad   SideShow favorite Phylicia Rashad , who played Claire Huxtable for years alongside Bill Cosby on his show, was quoted as telling ent-blog Showbiz 411 that the accusations against him are a plot. "Forget these women," she was quoted as saying. "What you're seeing is the destruction of a legacy. And I think it's orchestrated. " In the gentle, kind way of the world, she then got blasted. Three Cosby accusers called her out. Mondo-scary lawyer Gloria Allred , who represents the three, said: "Phylicia, I vow to you that I will not forget these women, because women matter.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | BY JENNY DeHUFF, Daily News Staff Writer dehuffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5218
MONTGOMERY County Commissioner Bruce Castor Jr. is planning a trip back to the future. The Republican commissioner announced yesterday that he's giving up his seat on the three-person board of commissioners to run for district attorney. Now that current Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman has announced plans to leave office to run for judge, Castor said he saw an open window and is ready to throw his hat back in the ring. "Although I enjoy the public service of the Office of County Commissioner, especially with my duties supervising the county's public-safety efforts, I admit that I have known for some time that my most professionally satisfying years with the county were spent in furthering the interests of law enforcement," he said.
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
DAILY NEWS TV critic Ellen Gray is in Pasadena, Calif., for the Television Critics Association's winter meetings (read her updates here ) and she spoke to Upper Darby's Tina Fey about her third time co-hosting the Golden Globe Awards, to air this Sunday. The first year she and Amy Poehler hosted, Tina said, someone wanted the pair to hold glasses of Scotch, possibly not realizing that Tina's not much of a drinker. "I thought they were just going to pour Diet Coke in the glass and somebody poured" the real thing, Tina told Ellen on Wednesday, as she and producing partner Robert Carlock ("30 Rock")
NEWS
January 9, 2015 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
After seven years in Montgomery County's highest elected office, Commissioner Bruce L. Castor Jr. announced Wednesday that he wants to return to his former post as district attorney. "I never wanted to leave. I trained my whole life to do that job," Castor said Wednesday. "There's nothing like the immediate effect that catching someone who commits a crime and locking them up and winning in court gives you. " Castor left the District Attorney's Office in 2008, after more than 20 years as a prosecutor, when he was elected commissioner.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 31, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bread and circuses: They make the world go round. Sure, things weren't so hot this year when it came to bread. But the circuses were as healthy as ever in 2014, thanks to a constant supply of silly, stupid, narcissistic, and sex-obsessed celebs. But this year, the usual round of frolicking, twerking, punch-ups, meltdowns, and arrests was punctuated by some of the darkest sex scandals in recent memory. Explosive allegations brought down cultural icons as respected and admired as Bill Cosby and as popular as Stephen Collins . So we begin with the abysmal and abyssal and try to work our way up to the merely absurd.
NEWS
December 28, 2014 | By John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Joyce Carol Oates has a point. The eminent writer was on Twitter Wednesday, discussing the political demonstrations throughout the country this year. She tweeted: "Critics of 'social media' need to acknowledge how, for all its flaws, this is a revolutionary new consciousness. " That's no writerly exaggeration. In a tumultuous year, much of the tumult was relayed, focused, stoked, and distributed through media channels other than newspapers, radio, TV, or film. From Hong Kong to Ferguson, from Mexico City to Philadelphia, social media repeatedly were harnessed to inform, create groups that shared goals and values, express outrage, solidarity, and aspiration, and organize protests.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 24, 2014 | Chuck Darrow, Daily News
TALK ABOUT blurring the lines between real life and reel life. Sony Pictures, which is having a Month From Hell for the ages, has enlisted the help of the spin-mistress who was the inspiration for the ABC prime-time soaper "Scandal. " The company that produced (and won't release) "The Interview" has asked Judy Smith to help with damage control in the wake of the cyberattack it suffered (apparently at the hands of North Korea), and its subsequent decision to keep the Seth Rogen - James Franco comedy about killing North Korean Big Cheese Kim Jong Un from public display.
NEWS
December 22, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985 Yesterday
CYBER TERRORISM reached Hollywood big time this past week, what with a group of hackers, believe to orginate from North Korea, taunting Sony Pictures Entertainment by releasing information, emails, etc. stolen from the company and threating employees and their families if the movie studio didn't stop the release of the controversial movie "The Interview. " Sony pulled the flick resulting in a debate over free speech in Hollywood and the rest of the country. Enjoy the trip to Celebrityville.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2014
THERE'S NO QUESTION the massive breach of Sony Pictures' computer system has provided a degree of titillation and amusement along with massive grief and paranoia for all concerned. But things took a dark and frightening turn yesterday when those behind the unprecedented hack (self-identified in an Orwellian manner as the "Guardians of Peace") threatened a "9/11"-style attack on movie theaters that screen "The Interview. " The film, which rolls out nationwide on Christmas Day, stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as TV gossip-show reporters who land an interview with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un , only to be asked by the CIA to assassinate him. It is generally believed that Sony's financing of the comedy is what provoked the Guardians to hack and leak the company's computer files.
NEWS
December 15, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
SO MUCH NEWS this week we didn't get into such as the ongoing collateral damage resulting from the recent cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment. Hackers revealed actress Jennifer Lawrence received a lower salary than her male "American Hustle" co-stars and posted emails between Sony co-chair Amy Pascal and movie producer Scott Rudin joking about President Obama 's favorite films. They sounded a little bit racist to some. Read on for more celeb news. Yesterday Scott Stapp , the troubled former Creed front man, claimed to be a CIA agent with one mission in mind: assassinate President Obama , according to a 9-1-1 recording obtained by TMZ. The singer's estranged wife, Jaclyn Stapp , and his sister-in-law called 9-1-1 frantically late last month after he left the house shirtless and began to ride around his Boca Raton, Fla., neighborhood saying he wanted to assassinate Obama, according to a recording released by TMZ. Police determined Stapp didn't show enough signs of mental instability so they did not place him on a psych-hold.
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