June 15, 2015 |
Nobody bonds with their audience like Taylor Swift, and on Friday night in South Philadelphia, the 25-year-old pop superstar from Wyomissing spent more than two hours connecting with 50,000 of her closest fans in the first of back-to-back sellout shows at Lincoln Financial Field. This is the tour for 1989 . That's the 2014 album, named for the year of her birth, that is closing in on an astonishing five million copies sold in the United States. It has completed Swift's trajectory from teenage country singer to unabashed pop artist.
May 28, 2015 |
B.B. King death fracas Two of B.B. King 's daughters allege the legendary bluesman, who died May 14 in Las Vegas at 89, was intentionally poisoned. "I believe my father was poisoned and that he was administered foreign substances to induce his premature death," the daughters, Patty King and Karen Williams , allege in two separate but identically worded affidavits. "I believe my father was murdered. " Their claim runs counter to the coroner's report, which says preliminary autopsy results don't support a case of poisoning.
April 17, 2015 |
WHEN TATTLE mentioned a couple of days ago that Tim McGraw had announced The Concert for Sandy Hook Promise, with proceeds benefiting an organization with the crazy, un-American goal of protecting kids from guns, we wondered how that might play with a portion of his fans. Uh, not well. The Washington Post reports that McGraw (along with his openers , Billy Currington and Chase Bryant ) have received a backlash from gun-rights advocates. Tim's motives seem reasonable.
April 15, 2015 |
THANK GOODNESS the New York Daily News watches "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," because otherwise we might have to. Desperate to procreate and not having much luck the old-fashioned way, Kim Kardashian had her uterus "cleaned out" on Sunday's episode of her family's icky "reality" show. What did they use, a sandblaster? And why would anyone need to witness this procedure on their television? If sets still had a picture tube, one might be prone to scrub it. Doctors told the NYDN that the procedure - hysteroscopy, with dilation and curettage - is legitimate for women having fertility problems.
October 28, 2014 |
Back in August, when the buildup to Taylor Swift's album 1989 began, the Wyomissing-raised songwriter made a self-important announcement: Her fifth collection of studio recordings would be her "very first documented, official pop album. " The proclamation made it sound as if a rigorous process had taken place to authenticate the crossover from country by the formerly Nashville-based singer whose 2006 debut single was called "Tim McGraw. " As if Swift had not been working in pop territory as far back as her teen romance triumph "Love Story" in 2008, or had not included a decidedly non-country dubstep breakdown in "I Knew You Were Trouble" on her 2012 album Red . There's method to the marketing, however.
August 2, 2014 |
Keys, Williams expecting babies It's on again for "It's on Again" singer Alicia Keys ! She's expecting her second child with hub Swizz Beatz , the hip-hopster who in April was accepted to Harvard Business School. The couple confirmed the rumors on their fourth wedding anniversary Thursday. Their son, Egypt Daoud , was born in October 2010. How I Met Your Mother 's Ashley Williams , 35, who also works as a certified doula - she has assisted in 50 births - says she and hub Neal Dodson are expecting their first bairn.
May 21, 2014 |
A DAM PALLY , star of "The Mindy Project" and "Happy Endings," has been shooting in Philadelphia for only a month but he's already got his Wawa hoagie order down. That would be turkey, cheddar, horseradish, mustard. Pally has been filming "Bad Boys Crazy Girls" - about two friends (Pally and Sarah Burns ) who decide to hussy up their images to find love - in Philly and Media for the past month. Yesterday, Pally and the cast - including Reid Scott (of "Veep") - were filming a bar scene at G Lounge (111 S. 17th St.)
February 12, 2014 |
IN PHILLY, we think we know Tug McGraw. The Tugger helped bring home the Phillies' first World Series championship in 1980, and that image of him jumping skyward from the mound, arms raised victoriously, is iconic here. He charmed fans on and off the field, boasting that he was a screwball pitcher who could be pretty screwy in real life, too. He spent his first nine seasons with the Amazin' Mets before he was traded to the Phillies after the 1974 season, and spent his last 10 seasons with them.
January 31, 2014 |
Rihanna does hot selfies Why does Rihanna post so many - sooo many! - photos on Instagram (she has 11 million followers) showing her in various states of undress? "I think [people] think I'm drunk all the time. I think they think I am always partying, that my house is probably a party all the time with tons of people and tons of music and no clothes. I think that's what they think," Rihanna tells USA Today. Um, that was our theory. No, says R, she's not about partying or nudie exhibitionism or drunken orgies.
November 20, 2013 |
A mega-wonderful life It usually takes a year or two for movies to spawn a sequel. Sometimes five. But 69 years ? Variety says a sequel finally is being made to Frank Capra 's 1946 holiday classic It's a Wonderful Life . Due Christmas 2015, it'll be about an angel who shows George Bailey, the grandson of the original movie's George Bailey ( James Stewart ), what life would be like had he never be born. The angel will be played by Karolyn Grimes , who starred as George Bailey's daughter Zuzu in the original film.