July 1, 2013 |
For Kevin Hart, the urban Rumpelstiltskin who has spun his crazy childhood coming up at 15th and Erie in North Philadelphia into comedy gold, the Fourth of July has unusually idyllic associations. "It was a big family event," he says on the phone from his home in Los Angeles. "Eating hot dogs, watching the fireworks at Penn's Landing with my mom and dad. " This Independence Day should be his most memorable yet. He's MCing the Philly Fourth of July Jam, the free concert on the Parkway, featuring John Mayer, Ne-Yo, Demi Lovato, and a distinguished contingent of local talent, including the Roots and Jill Scott.
November 4, 2013 |
FUNNYMAN AND Philly native Kevin Hart is in the business of making people laugh, sometimes shockingly so. Yesterday, a number of Philadelphia's students turned the tables on him, simply by doing their schoolwork in the library at Allen M. Stearne Elementary. "Coming here and actually seeing the computers put to use, it was shocking," said Hart, 34, who hails from the area near 15th Street and Erie Avenue. "Literally seeing the kids putting the computers to use put a smile on my face.
January 16, 2015
KEVIN HART is talking about "The Wedding Ringer" and his skyrocketing career, and stating the obvious. "I'm a multitasker," says the stand-up comedian and movie and TV and online star, as he lays out his Hollywood agenda to a reporter at a downtown hotel, while also texting madly. He's trying to hook up with Chris Rock, in town to promote "Top Five. " This is back in mid-December, before the Sony email hack that caught Sony execs maligning one of their biggest stars. (Hart's movies have grossed $200 million for the company.)
September 1, 2015 |
Fifty-three thousand people packed Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday night, and it wasn't for the Birds. It was for North Philadelphia-born and raised comedian Kevin Hart, who became, according to his people, the first stand-up comedian to sell out a football stadium. The show was the culmination of Hart's What Now Tour, which has been called the most successful comedy tour in history. Hart's jaunt began in April, and included three sold-out shows at Madison Square Garden among other storied halls.
September 9, 2011
THE NEXT STEP of Kevin Hart's domination of social media is the release of his app for iPhone, iPad and iPod, called Little Jumpman. The app, which costs 99 cents, reached number 35 on iTunes' top 200 game apps last month. Little Jumpman is a platform for a fairly simple game in which users must make a tiny Hart avatar bounce to different platforms, avoiding flying obstacles. The concept isn't original - it's essentially the same game as the wildly popular Doodle Jump - and the graphics are intentionally laughable, with a picture of Hart's head pasted on a cartoon body.
August 29, 2015 |
Kevin Hart stood outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art Saturday, preparing for what he had earlier tweeted would be a "Rocky moment. " "You are looking at a true Philadelphian," he told the crowd who had come out on the sunny morning for the first Run With Hart five-kilometer race he has led in the city. "I bleed Philadelphia. " Hart's sharp use of social media to reach fans directly (he has 21.2 million Twitter followers) has made him into one of today's most successful comedians.
May 15, 2015 |
YOU KNOW what's been missing from the multiplexes for about five minutes? A new Kevin Hart movie. Have no fear, Hart-throbs. Universal Pictures announced yesterday that Hart, who recently teamed with Ice Cube , Will Ferrell and Josh Gad , has gone into production on "Central Intelligence," in which he will team with Dwayne Johnson . Rawson Marshall Thurber ("We're the Millers," "Dodgeball") will direct. Says Universal: "The story follows a onetime bullied geek who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent [Johnson]
January 10, 2014 |
IN THE NEW MOVIE "Ride Along," a cop, played by Ice Cube , takes his soon-to-be brother-in-law, Kevin Hart , along on his policing duties so Hart's character can prove his mettle before proposing to Cube's sister ( Tika Sumpter ). In the movie, out Jan. 17, Hart is on Cube's turf. But today, Cube is on Hart's. The co-stars, who walked the red carpet last night at the Pearl Theatre in North Philly, will be taking a tour of Philly, Hart-style. "I'm going to take him to all my stomping grounds.
July 9, 2014 |
SO HOW did Kevin Hart spend his 35th birthday on July 5? By coming home and doing some good. On Saturday, Hart hit up his favorite cheesesteak joint, Max's Steaks (3653 Germantown Ave.), where he was swarmed by fans, including 8-year-old Kyshone Smith . Kyshone was out and about selling bottles of water and homemade jewelry with his grandmother, Janice Brown . The proceeds from their sales go to various charities in honor of Brown's daughter, Latoya Smith , and 11-month-old granddaughter, Rimanee , who were killed in 2009 along with two other young children when a driver fleeing police slammed into the Feltonville sidewalk where they were sitting.