June 6, 2016
MORRISTOWN, N.J. - A woman who helped her bookkeeper husband steal $234,500 from former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Joe Piscopo has been spared a prison term. Jennifer Larocca instead was sentenced Friday to three years' probation. That came one week after her husband received a three-year state prison term. The 40-year-old Mansfield woman had pleaded guilty in February to theft. Prosecutors say Piscopo hired Larocca's husband to pay his bills and manage his bank account.
May 4, 2016
A quarter-century of history inevitably brings with it plenty of memorable moments. Mark DeNinno offered several of his favorite memories from his 15 years as owner of Chris' Jazz Cafe, from occasional mishaps to celebrity sightings: "Back in the day, when the band was still up front, we had a cigarette machine in the back. Somebody came in just wanting to buy cigarettes, so they walked right across the front of the stage, hit their head on John Swana's trumpet, and knocked it back into his mouth.
October 29, 2015 |
It was a local musicians' love fest at the Philadelphia Music Alliance's 2015 Walk of Fame Gala at the Fillmore (29 E. Allen St.) on Monday night. I spoke with singer Dionne Warwick briefly before the show. She inducted Billie Holiday into the Walk of Fame along South Broad Street and hung out with Jerry Blavat , a/k/a "the Geator with the Heater," during a cocktail hour beforehand. Asked for the greatest musical inspiration in life and in her career, Warwick cited her mother, who sang her songs at bedtime when she was a girl.
April 5, 2013
The rundown for the Phillies home opener against the Kansas City Royals on Friday at Citizens Bank Park: 1:35 p.m.: All gates open. Fans will receive an opening-day rally towel. 3:15 p.m.: Fans are invited to line up on 10th Street and cheer on the 2013 Phillies as they make their "leadoff walk" into the ballpark, escorted by the Cardinal O'Hara High School marching band. 3:53 p.m.: A team of former Navy Leap Frogs will parachute onto the field, delivering the first balls.
April 9, 2012 |
COLIN FARRELL has been hanging out around Rittenhouse Square while in preproduction on "Dead Man Down. " The mob drama, which begins shooting at month's end, co-stars Noomi Rapace , the Swedish actress who starred in the original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and its sequels. Terrence Howard was also recently added to the cast of the film which is to be shot here but set in New York. Don't expect to see the reformed bad boy Farrell out partying. The Irishman, now a father of two, says he's been sober for nearly seven years and told Ellen DeGeneres recently about his fondness for yoga and spinning.
October 28, 2011 |
Correction: An article Saturday on a fund-raiser at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia gave incorrect information on the four original cast members of Jersey Boys, who perform as the Midtown Men. Christian Hoff, J. Robert Spencer, Daniel Reichard, and Michael Longoria - known as the Midtown Men - will appear at the Nov. 5 event at the high school. Entertainment producer was not a role that the Rev. Michael Marone, minister at West Catholic High School in Philadelphia, thought he would take on when he was ordained into the priesthood in 2007.
October 12, 2011 |
RYAN HOWARD walked with crutches as he shopped at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting yesterday, with his fiancee , Krystle Campbell. Howard, who tore his Achilles tendon during Friday's elimination game against the Cardinals, was wearing an old-school maroon Phillies warm-up suit and a brace or cast on his leg. On our blog, PhillyGossip.com, is a photo believed to be Howard riding a motorized scooter at the same Whole Foods. Film fest luminaria Filmmakers Jonathan Demme , Peter Berg and Alexander Payne , and boxing greats Joe Frazier and Larry Holmes are all guests at the Philadelphia Film Festival, Oct. 20 to Nov. 3. Payne's "The Descendants" is the closing-night film.
August 26, 2011 |
ATLANTIC CITY - See this pocket of summer, the end of August through September's Labor Day holiday? Well, Joe Piscopo owns it. There are comedians such as Chris Tucker and standard-bearing entertainers such as Donny Osmond coming to Atlantic City to perform in the coming weeks, but Piscopo rules this town and these weeks. And it's not just because the Passaic, N.J.-born comedian and instrumentalist has his own spot, Club Piscopo, inside Atlantic City's Resorts Casino Hotel that offers an old-school variety-show mix. Drift back to this time last year and you'll recall his ring-a-ding "That's Life" at Caesars casino, where the Jersey Boys' Michael Longoria sang like Frankie Valli and Piscopo did his highly acclaimed impersonations of fellow Jersey-ians Frank Sinatra and Bruce Springsteen.
July 15, 2011
ACH, Boardwalk at Boston Avenue, 609-347-7111, hiltonac.com. The Guess Who, 8 p.m. tomorrow, $40. Bally's Atlantic City, Boardwalk at Park Place, 609-340-2000, ballysac.com. "Legends in Concert," 7 and 10 p.m. tomorrow, 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, $30. Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, 1 Borgata Way, 609-317-1000, theborgata.com. Interpol, 9 tonight (Music Box), $39.50 and $34.50. Jay Leno, 8 p.m. tomorrow (Event Center), $85, $75 and $65. Adam Carolla, 9 p.m. tomorrow (Music Box)
July 1, 2011
DURING THE course of a close friendship and creative partnership of more than 20 years, entertainer Joe Piscopo and I have spent countless hours in conversations that have covered topics from "The Honeymooners" to Trenton and Washington politics to the joys and frustrations of fatherhood. But it's doubtful no subject of the past two decades has claimed our attention more than Joe's desire to have his own nightclub in an Atlantic City casino. "How cool would it be," he has rhetorically and repeatedly asked, "to have a home base down there, where I could play and hang out?"