July 6, 2016 |
This year's Wawa Welcome America! pre-fireworks July 4 concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway was an early-bird special. With a goal of getting the explosions in the sky started by 10, the show's biggest names - Hamilton star and Philadelphia native Leslie Odom Jr. and Fort Worth, Texas, retro-soul singer Leon Bridges - had both completed their sets by 6:30 p.m. Odom, who grew up in East Oak Lane, was billed as both a star of the show and...
February 12, 2015 |
Kat Mittman Kobak planned to design jewelry for this year's Grammy Awards attendees by personalizing her signature silver, sparkling, beaded choker. But then, three days before the pieces were to be shipped off, Kobak's publicist got the names of exactly who would be getting Kat Designs baubles: Taylor Swift, Jennifer Hudson, Miranda Lambert, and John Mayer. The dainty necklaces with edgy panther and arrowhead charms weren't quite right anymore - especially now that Mayer was in the mix. Kobak would have to start from scratch.
August 7, 2014 |
IF THE MUSIC of Billy Joel , ABBA , Green Day , the Four Seasons and Carole King could headline a Broadway show, why not John Mayer ? For one thing, they had hits. But that's not stopping music's raspy-voiced Romeo from trying to write a show. The National Enquirer reports that Mayer is thinking theater, and his possibly autobiographical play has former Mayer flames Katy Perry , Jennifer Aniston , Jessica Simpson , Taylor Swift , Jennifer Love Hewitt , Renee Zellweger , Minka Kelly and Rhona Mitra (what the heck attracted all these women to that guy?
May 24, 2014 |
For two years, Philadelphia had the Budweiser Made in America festival all to itself. Last month, however, it was announced that the Jay Z-curated fest would go bicoastal in 2014, taking place both here and in Los Angeles on Labor Day weekend (Aug. 30-31). Whatever agita that news created - was Made in America going Hollywood? Would the Left Coast take all the best acts? - calmed down Thursday when it was announced that Kanye West will headline MIA in Philadelphia. West, the most polarizing - and one of the most talented - figures in pop music, guarantees that MIA will be anything but dull.
February 28, 2014 |
ANOTHER DAY, another beautiful couple bites the dust. Katy Perry and John Mayer have split up again. E! News (a sort of oxymoron) says the pair parted ways over the past few days. There are no other details, alas, so we'll speculate: Did their hectic schedules drive a wedge between them? Did they fall in love too hard, too fast and burn out like a firework? Did Katy finally tire of John's whiny warbling? Did Katy like kissing Miley Cyrus a little too much? And to think, it wasn't long ago when the gossip mags were excited about a Katy/John engagement.
February 28, 2014 |
Greatest romance ends If I were Katy Perry I'd, like, never, ever leave John Mayer , dude! But it seems she has. Or did he leave her? Nah, she dumped him, says E!News, for reasons that remain unexplained. (Could affairs of the celeb heart ever be anything but ineffable?) People at People are skeptical. "She was talking about him like everything was normal about two weeks back," a Perry Pal tells the mag. Fact, just a week ago there was word they'd become engaged.
November 2, 2013 |
Way more than just dating Let's get something straight: Katy Perry and John Mayer aren't merely hooking up. They're not dating. They are courting . Katy, 29, tells Entertainment Weekly that the duo went public as a couple only after a "long courtship. " Katy, whose CD Prism debuted this week at No. 1, spells it out in an in-depth chat. "We had a long courtship before anything was [public], just writing letters to each other," she says. Katy says he touched her so deeply that he inspired her soulful love song "Legendary Lovers.
October 19, 2013 |
Bay attacked on movie set In a bizarre incident straight out of a mob film, director Michael Bay was attacked Thursday by two brothers on the Hong Kong set of his new picture, Transformers 4: The Age of Extinction . Reportedly, the two hoods hit Bay after he refused to pay them $12,900 in protection money. USA Today says Bay, 48, had injuries to the right side of his face but declined medical attention. The brothers have been arrested on charges of assault and blackmail.
August 30, 2013 |
Michael Douglas ' first marriage, to Diandra Luker , ended after 23 years (and cost him $45 mil). His second, with fellow A-list power player Catherine Zeta-Jones , 43, seems to be falling apart after 13. The stars are "taking some time apart to evaluate and work on their marriage," a rep on Wednesday told Us Weekly. Yet sources say they've been living apart since May. The couple, who have two kids, Dylan , 13, and Carys , 10, have valiantly supported each other through dark times: When Michael, 68, was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, and this year when his wife struggled with bipolar disorder.
August 27, 2013 |
John Mayer, who first gained attention more than a decade ago with "Your Body Is a Wonderland," brought a very different theme park to the Susquehanna in Camden on Friday night. It was an entertaining carnivale of jam-band workouts, country-and-western campfire songs, and pop craftsmanship. The 21/2-hour show was neither as sedate nor as old-timey as his two most recent albums - 2012's Born and Raised and Paradise Valley , which was released last week - would suggest. That's because Mayer is the embodiment of Teddy Roosevelt's admonition: "Speak softly but carry a big stick.