March 18, 2015 |
There are few television characters who can call a rival "Boo Boo Kitty" and make it seem like the most searing insult ever uttered. But that is the genius of Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson, in Fox's insanely popular Empire . The show, which ends its first buzzworthy season Wednesday night with a two-hour finale, has a strong Philadelphia flavor. Creator Lee Daniels hails from here. The show's star, Terrence Howard, calls the area home. Bryshere Gray, who plays the youngest Lyon, Hakeem, and is the voice behind the show's breakout song, "Drip Drop," is from West Philly.
February 11, 2015 |
TOUGH question: If you had to - just had to - get intimate with a living, breathing Philadelphia celebrity . . . who would it be? Our rules: They gotta be local - which means, from here originally, here now, or both. They gotta be head-turning famous. They gotta inspire fantasy. They gotta be alive. Our list, whittled down to exactly 12 lookers, started out much longer. Philly hunks and hotties considered by Daily News judges and nixed included Taylor Swift (not Philly enough?
January 21, 2015 |
Lee Daniels is ticking off some of the guest stars who will appear this season in his hit Fox series Empire , a dazzling look inside the music industry: Cuba Gooding Jr., Mary J. Blige, Naomi Campbell, Mariah Carey, Courtney Love, Lenny Kravitz, Foxy Brown, Snoop Dogg, and in the 12th and final episode, Daniels' fellow Philadelphian, Patti LaBelle. Oh, and Denzel Washington. "Denzel hasn't done television in 30 years," the dapper director says. "But he saw the pilot and said, 'I've got to be a part of this.' " Such a stellar roster seems almost like overkill when you've already got two Academy Award nominees - Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson - as Lucious and Cookie Lyon, the leads in your hip-hop soap opera.
January 20, 2015 |
HE'S HERE! Rocky himself, Sylvester Stallone , was spotted in town this weekend, especially in the Midtown Village area, where I got reports of Sly shopping at I. Goldberg (1300 Chestnut St.) and strolling down 13th Street with a pal. I'm sure he'll catch a bite or two with buddy Harry Jay Katz while here, as well. Stallone, of course, is in town to start shooting "Creed," the "Rocky" sequel starring Michael B. Jordan ("Friday Night Lights," "Fruitvale Station") as Adonis Creed, the grandson of the Italian Stallion's rival-turned-bestie, Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers in the original "Rocky," who was, alas, killed by Communism in the form of Dolph Lundgren 's Ivan Drago, in 1985's "Rocky IV")
January 15, 2015 |
Fancier than a suit blazer, yet lacking the formality of a tuxedo, the dinner jacket is back. But its millennial fit is tighter. And with elements borrowed from its laid-back, older brother the smoking jacket - velvety fabrications, shawl collars, satin trim and the occasional scarf as accessory - expect to see the jazzed-up menswear classic at both local charity balls and celebrity red carpets. It certainly held court with all things strapless and sweetheart at Sunday's Golden Globes.
January 13, 2015
PHILLY-BASED actor Christopher Mann has landed what could be the role of a lifetime - portraying legendary civil-rights activist Cecil B. Moore in Tigre Hill's upcoming film, "American Zealot. " A movie about Moore's life would be timely, given all the buzz around the new movie "Selma" and nationwide protests about police brutality following the untimely deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. "I know he'd have a problem with the way things are," Mann, 50, said of Moore - a Philadelphia lawyer and politician who headed up the local NAACP and led the fight to integrate Girard College.
October 16, 2014
LAST WEEK, I wrote about how the talented Terrence Howard was out as potential star in the movie version of the life of the late Philadelphia civil-rights leader Cecil B. Moore . Moviemakers reportedly had gotten antsy about Howard's messy personal life in light of the NFL's Ray Rice domestic-abuse scandal. Yesterday, more damning news broke about the co-star of "The Butler" and "Iron Man. " TMZ reported that Howard had hidden away some of his fortune from his ex-wife and the courts.
October 10, 2014
WORD HAS IT that the ever-so-talented Terrence Howard was being considered to star in the movie version of the life of the late Philadelphia civil-rights leader Cecil B. Moore . But that was before the powers that be in Hollywood backed away amid concerns about Howard's messy personal life. Two of his ex-wives have alleged that Howard, who co-starred in films such as "The Butler" and "Iron Man," physically abused them. In light of heightened sensitivities stemming from the headlines surrounding the NFL's Ray Rice domestic-abuse scandal, some involved with the project were nervous about moving forward with Howard.
March 28, 2014
IN 2014, Joe Manganiello will appear in a Terrence Malick movie and an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, an acting feat surely never to be duplicated. As if being voted favorite pop-culture werewolf of all time were not already enough. The "True Blood" regular (Alcide Herveaux) just learned that he made the final edit for director Malick's latest mystery opus, "Knight of Cups. " He also plays one of Schwarzenegger's posse in "Sabotage," opening today. You may also know him as the stripper Big ---- Richie in "Magic Mike.
February 21, 2014 |
DIGGING THE NEW SET for "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon "? It's got a Carson flair with a modern twist, don't you think? It's all thanks to Philly guy Eugene Lee , who's also set designer for "Saturday Night Live" and has won Tonys for his designs for "Wicked," Leonard Bernstein 's "Candide" and Stephen Sondheim 's "Sweeney Todd. " Before that, Lee cut his teeth at South Street's Theatre of Living Arts. Lee's next act? Working at the Arden Theatre. Lee is the scenic designer for "Three Sisters," Anton Chekhov 's classic.