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February 3, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Comedian Hannibal Buress deserved to sell out the Music Box at Atlantic City's Borgata on Saturday - just on the merits of his sharply incisive talents. Anyone making topics such as toilet paper, racist babies, and sports heroes on steroids ("Thank you for ruining your long-term health for our short-term entertainment") funny should be celebrated. But face it: Buress owes much to Bill Cosby. Before Oct. 16, Buress was a silly, observational stand-up known mostly for acting bits on 30 Rock and Comedy Central fare like Broad City . At September's end, I caught Buress opening for Aziz Ansari at the Wells Fargo Center with Seinfeld-ian parking shtick: Cranky stuff, but nothing innovative or memorable.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 29, 2015 | Howard Gensler, The Daily News
Contract balks According to the Hollywood Reporter , "American Idol" winner Phillip Phillips has complained to the California Labor Commission to get out of the contract with 19 Entertainment, the company that signed him from the show. "I am very grateful for the opportunities provided to me through appearing on 'American Idol'," Phillips said. "The value that the fans and the show have given to my career is not lost on me. However, I have not felt that I have been free to conduct my career in a way that I am comfortable with.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Leno backs Cosby accusers It's easy to understand why so many celebs have avoided taking sides in the Bill Cosby rape scandal - its scope and weight make it almost deadly. "People jump on the bandwagon, I'm going to wait," The View 's Whoopi Goldberg said. Late-night hosts are keeping their jokes descriptive, neutral. "Why did Bill Cosby cross the road?" Seth Meyers said. "To avoid a reporter who was asking about sexual assault allegations. " Not so Jay Leno . The Tonight Show alumnus says he's disturbed that so many fans refuse to believe the more than two dozen women who have accused Cosby.
NEWS
January 11, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Is Tina Fey a deadly weapon? Is it too early to mine the Bill Cosby rape scandal for jokes? Nope, say Golden Globe co-hosts Tina Fey and Amy Poehler . Asked by Access Hollywood if they'd broach Cosby at Sunday's awards gala, Fey immediately said, "Oh, heck, yes!" Celebs need not fear the two gals. "We don't want anyone attending to be scared to be there because of us," said Fey, who may be as beloved in Philly as Cosby once was. "In the grand scheme of the world, it couldn't be less important.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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