March 28, 2012 |
NEW JERSEY GOV. Chris Christie wants Bruce Springsteen to play Revel, the new megacasino in Atlantic City, over Labor Day weekend as a tribute to the hardworking casino employees. The hotel opens Monday but celebrates its grand-opening with several Beyonce concerts over Memorial Day weekend. Christie's remarks, reported by the Associated Press Tuesday, were made during a tour of the hotel and were prompted by a reporter's question about "Wrecking Ball," Springsteen's new CD of songs about hard times in America.
February 21, 2012 |
LUCY , BELOVED golden retriever of 93.3 WMMR DJ Pierre Robert - a pooch met and petted by rock stars that included Judas Priest , Bon Jovi and Chrissy Hynde of the Pretenders - died Friday of multiple organ failure. She was 13 1/2. The dog had become a station mascot of sorts in recent years, Robert said last night. He began taking her to work when she began having orthopedic issues a few years ago. She had chiropractic, acupuncture and water-therapy treatments over the years and last week fell very ill, Robert said.
February 13, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY this Saturday to . . . Princess! Not the most international celeb on this list, but to 30- and 40-something locals, Heather Day Slawek of "Dancin' on Air" and "Dance Party U.S.A. " is a super-duper star. In the '80s, she dominated the dance floor, obsessed over Prince and wore a single lavender teardrop beneath one eye. Today, she's a suburban mom and owner of Pole Awakenings Fitness centers. Her next year will be one of discovery, friendships and success - much like her first 40. Today, retired newsguy Marc Howard anchors 75, and sports-radio big mouth Anthony Gargano wings 44. Valentine babies include former weather dude Dave Roberts, a sunny 74; magician Teller, a quiet 64; and both "Fresh Air's" Terry Gross, 61, and her colleague, "Radio Times' " Marty Moss-Coane, 63. Wednesday, Flyer Jaromir Jagr hits 40. - Lauren McCutcheon
January 12, 2012 |
DON'T BE surprised if you start seeing Will Smith or his actor son , Jaden , in the area. The Overbrook- native superstar and his "Karate Kid" offspring are in town to shoot "1000 A.E.," directed by M. Night Shyamalan . We told you in August that the Smiths had been meeting with Shyamalan about the futuristic thriller, in which Jaden plays a teen stranded on an abandoned planet and Will plays his father. The pair previously played father and son in "The Pursuit of Happyness.
January 11, 2012 |
LOOKS LIKE "Dancin' on Air" has been resurrected. Mike Nise , executive producer of the 1980s teen dance show, said yesterday that he has a "verbal agreement" with MyPHL17 to air new episodes of the show, featuring new dancers, on Saturday mornings as soon as next month. A MyPHL17 spokesman confirms the station is working with Nise's company, Omni 2000, to put together a new show, but had no timeline. "There's a good buzz around the show," says Travis Brower , of the television station.
November 3, 2011 |
IS BRADLEY COOPER the "Sexiest Man Alive"? We hear People magazine is about to shoot the Rydal-raised Germantown Academy grad for its "Sexiest Man Alive" issue. Whether he is the sexiest man alive, or just a runner-up remains to be seen, but the actor, here shooting "The Silver Linings Playbook" certainly appears to be a contender. People says it can neither confirm nor deny any participants until the issue is out Nov. 18. Cooper's publicist says he has a photo shoot in town this weekend, but it's for another publication to promote the DVD release of "The Hangover 2. " Twitter fake Wynnefield-native filmmaker Lee Daniels has a Twitter impostor.
September 19, 2011
SHE (STILL) DON'T give a damn 'bout her bad reputation, but looks like celebrated '80s guitar goddess Joan Jett will always love rock 'n' roll - even when she turns 53 this Thursday. Jett, a/k/a Joan Marie Larkin, spent her first nine years on the Main Line. (Wonder what her hair looked like then, and whether leather pants came in her size?) Now a New Yorker, she remains America's rebellion-streaked everywoman, with no plans to quit stomping stages. What do the planets plan for punk's godmother?
July 22, 2011 |
Before this week, I couldn't have told you the difference between Dancin' on Air and Dancing With the Stars . For all my boomer mind knew, Dancin' on Air could have easily been a millennial remix of Lionel Richie's "Dancing on the Ceiling," or Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street. " But then my Facebook feed blew up with "likes" from friends, directing me to the Dancin' on Air marathon page and RSVPs to the Dancin' on Air "watch party. " PHL17 is doing a four-hour 30th anniversary rebroadcast of the hallowed '80s dance program from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday and again from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. The watch party starts at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties.
July 6, 2011 |
The gay marriage debate is settled, once and for all, America! Brad Pitt , 47, has spoken. "It is each American's constitutional right to marry the person they love, no matter what state they inhabit," Pitt tells People after the recent legalization of same-sex marriage in New York state. Yo, Daniel, what about Satsuki? Christopher Mitchell , for one, is heartbroken by the shocking news that Daniel Craig , 43, and Rachel Weisz , 41, have tied the ultimate knot in an ultimately covert, super-secret ceremony.
August 25, 2009 |
The stars have aligned for Dancing With the Stars . Anna Demidova, who won the Season 8 professionals' competition, will team with Philadelphia favorite - not! - Michael Irvin in the new season of Dancing , which begins Sept. 21. DWTS fans, especially those in Philadelphia, may remember how Eagles fans cheered when then-Dallas Cowboys star receiver Irvin lay motionless on the Veterans Stadium turf with a neck injury 10 years ago. He's all better now and raring to go with his hot partner, who has won more dancing championships than Dallas and the Eagles and even the Steelers, put together, have won Super Bowls.