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July 1, 2013 | By David Hiltbrand, INQUIRER TV CRITIC
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.
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November 4, 2013 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
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.
NEWS
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.)
NEWS
September 1, 2015 | By Molly Eichel, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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August 29, 2015 | By Jacob Adelman, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
May 15, 2015 | By Howard Gensler
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]
NEWS
January 10, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
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August 16, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
THREE CHEERS for Adele . She turned down performing the bloated halftime show at the Super Bowl. E! News reports that as the big-time balladeer finished her eight nights at the Staples Center in L.A., she spoke about her love of all things Kardashian, her hatred of giving up pizza for the good of her voice (it's the acidic tomatoes, not the cheese) and not singing solo at the big game. "First of all, I'm not doing the Super Bowl," she told her fans. "I mean, come on, that show is not about music.
NEWS
April 1, 2016 | By Howard Gensler
WHEN IS Kevin Hart going to be too busy, even for Kevin Hart? The Philadelphia native, who seems to make more films than a major studio, is in talks with The Weinstein Company to star with Bryan Cranston ( Trumbo , Breaking Bad ) in a remake of the French hit The Intouchables . How about Hart in a spoof of Breaking Bad as Walter Black? Deadline.com also reports that Paul Feig (director of Bridesmaids and the new Ghostbusters ) has written a version of the script.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 15, 2016 | By Ellen Gray, TELEVISION CRITIC
TOUR GROUP 10 p.m. Tuesday, Bravo. Two episodes in, it seems safe to say Jared Levy is in the running for class flirt of Bravo's Tour Group . The 38-year-old Northeast Philly native, a financial adviser who graduated from George Washington High School ("I actually went to school with Kevin Hart"), has been particularly attentive to two of his fellow travelers, nonidentical twins named Misty and Jenna. But the fast-talking Levy, whose previous TV experiences involved talking about money, said he was interested in becoming a bit less guarded and careful when he agreed to be part of a group of 11 people chosen to see the world on Tour Group . Levy spoke recently about his experiences on the show, which airs at 10 p.m. Tuesdays: You introduced yourself on the show by saying, "If Steven Hawking had a baby with Snooki, I would probably be the product of that relationship.
NEWS
March 1, 2016
The host wore white. As in #OscarsSoWhite. Chris Rock looked sharp, and he mostly stayed on point Sunday, as he hosted an Academy Awards show for which he proved to be the right man at the right time. "If they nominated hosts, I wouldn't even get this job. You'd be watching Neil Patrick Harris," Chris Rock said even as he attempted to put the furor over the second consecutive year of all-white acting nominations into perspective. "It's the 88th Academy Awards. Which means this whole no black nominee thing has happened at least 71 other times," said Rock, noting that "black people did not protest" for most of those years.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 20, 2016 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Boycotting the Oscars Filmmaker Spike Lee and actor Jada Pinkett Smith on Monday separately declared they plan to boycott the Academy Awards on Feb. 28 for the lack of diversity among this year's nominees. Several filmmakers, including Straight Outta Compton producer Will Packer , have voiced concerns that none of the acting categories includes African Americans. "Should people of color refrain from participating all together," Smith said on Facebook Saturday. "People can only treat us in the way in which we allow.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 29, 2015 | By Ellen Gray, Daily News
THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH,  11 tonight, Comedy Central. Premiere to be shown on all Viacom networks, including MTV, VH1, BET, Spike, Logo, TV Land, Epix and Nick at Nite. When Trevor Noah welcomes Philly's Kevin Hart as his first guest on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" tonight, he'll do so as just the third host in the show's history. (Honk if you remember Craig Kilborn's 1996-98 run , sandwiched between his time anchoring ESPN's "SportsCenter" and hosting CBS' "Late Late Show.
NEWS
September 25, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
Foley's back WWE Hall of Famer  Mick Foley  refused to cancel tonight's gig at Helium Comedy Club (2031 Sansom St.) just because the pope is coming to town. Foley's one-man show promises to unleash his trademark blend of wit and wisdom that his fans have come to expect. "I'm just going to throw my hands up and accept this won't be a sellout crowd," Foley said. "It'll be an intimate gathering. "The best stories always come from the strangest gigs. "   Welcome back, Madonna drummer Although  Madonna 's drummer has been energizing audiences for more than two decades, Brian Frasier-Moore hasn't forgotten his North Philly roots.
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September 6, 2015 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
FOR 10 WEEKS, Kim Davis has refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples in Rowan County, Ky., where she's the elected clerk, because "God's moral law" won't allow her to do so. Yet God's moral law has somehow allowed Davis to marry four times. That's how the Lord rolls in the Church of Kim. I was glad when Davis was finally jailed Thursday on contempt charges. She can stay there until her fifth wedding, for all I care. Still, her actions got me wondering last week if I, too, would let power go to my head if I were a public servant, able to pick and choose who to mess with.
NEWS
September 2, 2015 | By Jenny DeHuff
Adding to its roster, CBS3 has hired another general assignment reporter who starts next week. And she's a local gal. Rahel Solomon , originally from West Philly and Drexel Hill, will join the Eyewitness News team next Tuesday. Solomon comes to us directly from KCNC-TV, the CBS-owned station in Denver, where she's been reporting and part-time anchoring during the past two years. Goodbye to our friend Rahel Soloman. We'll miss you in Philly! @RahelCBS4 @WalshCBS4 pic.twitter.com/QNd2E4q6k3 — Tom Mustin (@tomcbs4)
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