<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:43:53 -0500 Sat, 20 Dec 2014 13:43:53 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Penn's Landing Plans New Year's Eve Bash]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:54:18 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009013288_1200x675_375254595858.jpg New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are two of Philadelphians favorite times to party. NBC10' Matt DeLucia has a rundown of the festivities. ]]> <![CDATA[Oxford Area High Wins Choir Competition]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 20:15:52 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009013462_1200x675_375266884001.jpg Oxford Area High School Choir won first place in the More FM Christmas Choir Competition.]]> <![CDATA[NYE at Trump Taj Mahal]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 19:49:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/newyear1.jpg The Taj in Atlantic City isn't going to let a little thing like a potential shutdown get in the way of their New Year's Eve plans, NBC10's Ted Greenberg has the details.]]> <![CDATA[Lu Ann Cahn Leaves NBC10, Embarks on New Adventure]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:57:40 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Lu+Ann+Cahn+2.jpg After nearly three decades reporting for NBC10, Lu Ann Cahn is embarking on a new adventure prompted by her book "I Dare Me" where she will travel and complete a 30 day, 30 dare challenge. Next, she will take on a new role as Director of Career Services for Temple University's School of Media and Communications and continue to mentor the next generation of journalists.]]> <![CDATA[Fashion Trends 2015]]> Sat, 20 Dec 2014 08:35:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/456371972.jpg Here are some trends you can expect to see next spring.

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<![CDATA[Fashion Trends: 2015's Best Looks]]> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 15:19:34 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Inner.jpg

The world of fashion is fleeting and ever-changing. With each season, trends are introduced, reconstructed, and promptly disposed.

This past year, we saw a contrast between the incredibly loud to the impeccably subtle. Within four short seasons we visited the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s and '90s.

As we moved through 2014, we tapped into our inner flower-child, borrowed from the boys, went wild for animal prints, visited the heartland, learned new ways to reveal skin, yet also satisfied seasonal classics like pastels for spring and furs for winter.

Let’s look back at some of the favorite runway looks and trends:

As much as we are enjoying the retrospectives, fashion is very much about the future and 2015 is already shaping up to look like another exciting year for ready-to-wear.

During the recent monthlong parade of shows in New York, Milan, Paris and London, international designers seem to agree on what feels like a definitive message for the Spring Summer 2015 season: 70s chic.

“It was remarkable how much solidarity there was among designers in pushing forward a new look, albeit one that was largely rooted in an aesthetic that was inspired by the easy fashion of the 1960s and a somewhat hippie vibe of the 1970s,” said Eric Wilson, fashion news director at InStyle magazine.

Its influence was overarching, evident in the fringes at Proenza Schouler and Alberta Ferretti, flared pants at Derek Lam and Celine, bohemian flowy dresses at Pucci and Etro, fur vests at Tommy Hilfiger and Gucci, and patchwork at Yves Saint Laurent and Valentino.

But, it wasn’t all peace and love on the runways. Ralph Lauren and Marc Jacobs, among others, went for a more utilitarian look with deep cargo pockets, tailored silhouettes, khakis and olive drab — think somewhere between military-chic and safari luxe.

There were also Japanese inspirations, asymmetrical hems, androgynous tailored suits, and denim galore.

Perhaps the most surprising trend to come next spring and summer is the fall staple, leather.

“Certainly 'summer leather' is a new category that looks promising, partly the result of technical advancements that have resulted in lighter weight materials, even perforated leather that feels cooler in warmer months, and partly the result of the fact that spring clothes now go into stores so early that they need to address multiple seasons' weather,” says Wilson.

As we brace the current arctic blasts swathed in cozy sweaters and coats, check out the gallery at the top of the story for a peek at the spring 2015 looks soon to be arriving in stores.

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<![CDATA[Spring-Ford High in Christmas Choir Competition]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:28:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000009003761_1200x675_374759491740.jpg Meet the second place winners in the More FM Christmas Choir Competition for the high school division. The members of the Spring-Ford High School choir are not just classmates; they really consider themselves family.]]> <![CDATA[Locals React to "The Interview" Cancellation]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 09:07:28 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/theater+threats.jpg Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of "The Interview" after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film from its screens. NBC10's Randy Gyllenhaal spoke with fans and critics about the controversial move.

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<![CDATA[Christmas Choir Competition: Souderton High]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:49:59 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008993903_1200x675_374235203901.jpg Meet the third place winner -- Souderton High School -- in the More FM Christmas Choir Competition.]]> <![CDATA[SOLVED: Jersey Shore Movie Mystery]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 19:42:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008993918_1200x675_374256707861.jpg For months, staffers at a popular Jersey shore destination have had a mystery on their hands. Someone's old family movies were uncovered in an attic above the boardwalk, but they did not know who the family was -- until today. NBC10's Ted Greenberg has the story.]]> <![CDATA[Mummers to Strut in Manayunk]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:42:20 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*123/m-+mummers+21.jpg For decades the Mummers have welcomed the new year with a strut down Broad Street, but this year they are planning a second parade in Manayunk.

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<![CDATA[Mayor Nutter Kicks Off Jewish Festival of Lights]]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:20:04 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008973247_1200x675_373579843623.jpg Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter took part in the lighting of the menorah at 30th Street Station to mark the first night of Hanukkah.]]> <![CDATA[Philly's 'Voice' Falls Short in NBC's 'The Voice']]> Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:23:15 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/NUP_166038_1060.JPG

The Delaware Valley’s Voice is not quite America’s voice but he impressed in any case.

South Jersey native and Philadelphia Art Institute alum, Matt McAndrew, came up just short, finishing second in Season 7 of NBC10’s The Voice.

Matt’s delivery of songs from artists ranging from Coldplay to Damien Rice to Judy Garland put him near the top of the singing competition. But it wasn't enough as country singer Craig Wayne Boyd, of Team Blake, won.

Matt however, did beat out fellow Team Adam members — Pittsburgh’s Chris Jamison and wild card R&B singer Damien Lewis — on Tuesday night's show.

Matt’s original performance of “Wasted Love” on Monday night’s episode wasn't enough to put the Team Adam star on top but the future is still bright for the Barnegat Light, New Jersey native who told NBC10 he was extremely appreciative of his new-found fame.

"The Voice" returns to NBC in 2015 for season 8, featuring the return of original series coach Christina Aguilera, who will join Adam, Blake and Pharrell in the big red chairs.

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<![CDATA[Mummers to Strut Down Main Street in Manayunk]]> Wed, 17 Dec 2014 08:39:05 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/175*120/m-+mummers+15.jpg

Don’t put that Mummers strut to sleep after New Year's Day. The Mummers — known for strutting down Broad Street  will add Main Street to the mix next year.

The Mummers will march down Main Street in Manayunk on Sunday, Feb. 22 in honor of Mardi Gras, a source with the Mummers Association exclusively told NBC10.

Organizers hope to keep the February edition of the parade — dubbed the “Mummers Mardi Gras Parade in Manayunk” — a family-friendly affair by keeping alcohol off Main Street and instead in the bars, said the source. The extra crowds could mean big business for Main Street bars and restaurants.

The new parade route will run from Green Lane to Lock Street — about 1 mile — and will focus heavily on string bands playing the length of Main Street, said the source.

The hope is that by adding a parade in addition to the long-running New Year’s Day parade, the increasingly-expensive Mummers tradition can stay sustainable for years to come.

The Mummers are expected to officially announce the new parade at a news conference Wednesday afternoon.

The move to add the parade came after the colorful Mummers announced major changes to the traditional New Year's parade — most notable marching down Broad Street instead of up the street toward City Hall.

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<![CDATA[Tips for Making Latkes ]]> Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:08:09 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bay-latke-chef.jpg

When it comes to holidays, there's no better recipe than the one you grew up with.

Same is true for latkes.

So, tonight, when Hanukkah begins at sundown, folks around the globe will be firing up the frying pans to create the ultimate potato pancake.

Some began cooking the Hanukkah delicacy even before the Jewish Festival of Lights began.

"We cooked 6,000 yesterday," said Evan Bloom, who co-owns Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen in San Francisco with partner Leo Beckerman. "And we'll probably be making more."

The secret to the Wise Sons latkes? "We try to keep it very simple," Bloom said, adding that the real trick is to squeeze any liquid from the potatoes after grating them, so that they taste "crispy, not soggy."

And of course, he uses oil. Lots and lots of oil.

And although schmaltz, the Yiddish term for rendered chicken fat, was recently touted in the New York Times as gaining a comeback, Bloom said he and his cooks tend to stick with regular cooking oil for their latkes.

"We use schmaltz in a lot of things, like our chopped liver and matzo balls, but not in our latkes. There are so many vegetarians, and so many people are afraid of it."

But there are all sorts of ways to make latkes. Here is a small round-up of some popular latke-making videos.

From upscale (with Parmesan cheese, chives and Tabasco)...

To India-inspired (with carrots and coriander)...

Lest your Bubbe should see, she just sticks to the basics: potatoes, oil, flour, salt and pepper.

Photo Credit: Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
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<![CDATA[Merriam-Webster Names Word of the Year]]> Mon, 15 Dec 2014 15:52:03 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/214*120/27167011.jpg

A nation, a workplace, an ethnicity, a passion, an outsized personality. The people who comprise these things, who fawn or rail against them, are behind Merriam-Webster's 2014 word of the year: culture.

The word joins Oxford Dictionaries' "vape," a darling of the e-cigarette movement, and "exposure," declared the year's winner at Dictionary.com during a time of tragedy and fear due to Ebola.

Merriam-Webster based its pick and nine runners-up on significant increases in lookups this year over last on Merriam-Webster.com, along with interesting, often culture-driven — if you will — spikes of concentrated interest.

In the No. 2 spot is "nostalgia," during a year of big 50th anniversaries pegged to 1964: the start of the free speech movement, the passage of the Civil Rights Act, the birth of the Ford Mustang and the British Invasion heralded by the landing of the Beatles on U.S. soil for the first time.

Nostalgia was followed by insidious, legacy, feminism and a rare multiword phrase that can be looked up in total, in a foreign language at that: the French "je ne sais quoi."

The Springfield, Massachusetts-based dictionary giant filters out perennial favorites when picking word of the year, but does that formula leave them chasing language fads?

"We're simply using the word culture more frequently," said Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster. "It may be a fad. It may not. It may simply be evolution."

Sokolowski noted that the reasons words are looked up aren't just about not knowing what they mean. Sometimes, he said, we seek inspiration or a way to check in on ourselves. Of an estimated 100 million lookups on the website each year and a similar number on the company's app, culture enjoyed a 15 percent year-over-year increase.

Percentage-wise, it doesn't sound like much, but the raw number in that stratosphere is large, Sokolowski said. He wouldn't disclose actual numbers, though, citing the proprietary nature of that data for a company still privately held.

Sokolowski is a lexicographer, not a mind reader, so his observations about why any single word takes off in terms of lookups is well-informed but theoretical.

"The word culture's got a cultural story. We have noticed for years that culture has a cyclical spike every year at around Labor Day. That is to say back to school time during the month of September, so we've been watching this word spike at that time for years," he said by telephone from Springfield. "In recent years we've seen similar spikes at the end of semesters during finals."

But traffic throughout the year indicates that culture is a "chameleon," Sokolowski said. "When you put it next to another word it means something very different. For example, 'consumer culture' or 'rape culture,' which we've been reading about lately."

There's the "culture of transparency" in government and business, and "celebrity culture," and the "culture of winning" in sports, he noted. "It's a word that can be very specific, like 'test prep culture,' or it can be very, very broad, like 'coffee culture.'"

One standout reference that caught Sokolowski's eye in The New Yorker's December issue is from a new book, "How Google Works," which includes a description of a software fix by a few engineers that made ads more relevant on the search engine:

"It wasn't Google's culture that turned those five engineers into problem-solving ninjas who changed the course of the company over the weekend," wrote the authors, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former head of product development Jonathan Rosenberg.

"Rather it was the culture that attracted the ninjas to the company in the first place."

Before the word culture exploded, Sokolowski said, "we used to talk about 'society' a lot. Certain groups are taking 'society' out of their names now. It seems to be receding. Part of that seems to be because it's elitist. We're using the word culture more frequently in that place."

Not all lookup spikes are quite that complex. The reason "je ne sais quoi" landed at No. 6, for instance, is "dead simple," he said.

The fast-food drive-in chain Sonic, known for TV spots featuring two goofy dudes eating in a car, had them munching on boneless chicken wings in September.

"I've finally found myself a wingman," goofy guy No. 1 says of the wings he hopes will make him a chick magnet.

"Oh right," sneers goofy guy No. 2, "gonna give you that certain je ne sais quoi."

Responds No. 1: "Jenna said what?"

They mine the word play a couple more times, but you get the picture.

"Since September when this ad came out this word has been close to the Top 10 or in the Top 10 of our lookups almost every single day," Sokolowski said.

Fast-food aside, he called this year's list a relatively sober one.

Insidious, for example, received a bump early in the year when a new trailer was released for "Insidious: Chapter 3," a prequel in the horror film franchise "Insidious," out in June. The word surfaced in a big way again, on Oct. 8, when a Texas hospital released a statement on the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed Ebola patient in the United States.

The statement spoke of his courageous battle and the hospital's profound sadness when he "succumbed to an insidious disease, Ebola."

Rounding out the Top 10 are innovation, surreptitious, autonomy and morbidity.

"This is a fairly sober list. It was a fairly sober year," he concluded.

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<![CDATA[Parade of Lights on the Delaware River]]> Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:30:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008911745_1200x675_372205635567.jpg The Independence Seaport Museum hosted it's 5th Annual "Seaport Parade of Lights".]]> <![CDATA[Thousands to hit streets for 'Running of the Santas']]> Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:37:53 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008908139_1200x675_371695171886.jpg Northern Liberties will be overun with holiday cheer Saturday morning when the 17th annual 'Running of the Santas' begins at 9 a.m. ]]> <![CDATA[Springside Chamber Choir Wins Choir Comp]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 17:55:46 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008903406_1200x675_371287619792.jpg Burlington Township Middle School at Springside's Chamber Choir won first place in More FM's 2014 Christmas Choir Competition. They will sing at the Kimmel Center for the Philly Pops Christmas Spectacular.]]> <![CDATA[WATCH: Cat Eats $1K Worth of Seafood]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:12:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/194*120/Cat+EATS.JPG A cat ate $1000 worth of seafood at an airport shop in Russia and it was all caught on camera. Airport police say the cat is a frequent visitor and have not caught him.]]> <![CDATA["The Voice" Finalists Talk Monday's Showdown]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:00:33 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008903477_1200x675_371270723763.jpg NBC10's Vai Sikahema talks to the four finalists of NBC's "The Voice" including local Matt McAndrew about the epic showdown taking place Monday, Dec. 15.]]> <![CDATA[Concrete to Be Poured for New Comcast Tower]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 07:44:08 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000008899082_1200x675_371105347854.jpg This weekend, workers will pour the foundation for the new Comcast Innovation and Technology Center on 18th and Arch Streets that will change the city skyline and be the new home for NBC10 and Telemundo 62 once the building is completed in 2018.]]> <![CDATA[Hey Eagles Fans! The #SNF Bus Is in Town]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:56:42 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/snf-bus-fortworth.jpg

Eagles fans can get fired up for the Birds Sunday Night Football on NBC showdown against the division-rival Cowboys by getting on the Sunday Night Football bus.

The SNF bus will be making various stops in the area including stops in Center City, South Philly and South Jersey as it gets Birds fans fired up for the game that will likely decide who wins the NFC East.

Here are some of the spots where and when you can catch the bus.

3 to 6 p.m. - Eagles pep rally featuring drum line and Swoop, the Eagles mascot
Where: Ronald McDonald House at 3925 Chestnut Street in West Philly

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Bridesburg Boys & Girls Club
Where: 2901 Bridge Street

3:30 to 5:30 p.m.: Xfinity Retail Store in the Quarry Center on Township Line Rd., in Havertown, Pa.

4 p.m. to kickoff - Xfinity LIVE!  in South Philly

The bus will also be making other surprise appearances around the city and region this weekend. So keep your eyes open and if you see it, tweet #SNF to @SNFonNBC.

Can't get to the us? Be sure to tune into Sunday Night Football on Sunday night on NBC10 starting with Football Night in America at 7.

Photo Credit: Frank Heinz]]>
<![CDATA[Philly's 'The Voice' Matt Makes Final Cut]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:07:56 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/The+Voice+Matt+McAndrew+Philly.jpg

South Jersey native and Philadelphia resident Matt McAndrew sang his way into the #VoiceFinal4.

McAndrew was the last of three men named to the finals of NBC's singing competition "The Voice" Tuesday night after performing Ed Sheeran's "Make It Rain" on Monday night's show.

Matt faces fellow Pennsylvanian, and #TeamAdam member, Chris Jamison from Pittsburgh and #TeamBlake's Craig Wayne Boyd of Nashville, Tennessee in next week's finals. R&B hopeful Damien Lawson, also of #TeamAdam, joins the final group after America chose him to be the reality show's wild card after not choosing him earlier to be part of the final 3.

Matt earned his spot thanks to Americans voting. The effort of his fans isn't lost on the Barnegat Light, New Jersey native who attended the Art Institute in Philly.

"I think every good artist knows and appreciates their fans," Matt told NBC10 during his homecoming last week. "But, the particular format that I’m in right now, it’s so obvious that the fan support is the only thing that is keeping me here ... that has me here.

"These people work their butts off when it’s time to vote on the show. I put in my work during the week and I sit back and watch my song climb up the charts. They’re all on the app, they’re on email, they’re on everything. I just really appreciate all the seriously hard work (the fans) put in."

The Voice final four showdown airs Monday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.

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<![CDATA[Wilt Postage Stamp Celebration at His Alma Mater]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 10:29:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wilt_Chamberlain_Ball.jpg

Philadelphia-native and NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain, who is immortalized by limited edition Forever stamps, will be honored during a free, public ceremony at Overbrook High school Wednesday.

Chamberlain, who is known for setting a record by scoring 100 points in one game, will be honored at his the Philly high school where the legend of 'Wilt the Stilt' begin.

Chamberlain stood at a towering 6-feet tall by the age of 10 and eventually grew to tower at 7-foot-1-inches tall in his playing days. During his time at Overbrook High School, he set a Pennsylvania scoring record of 2,200 total points for his basketball team.

The Wilton Chamberlain Postal Stamp Committee worked for six years to achieve their dream of flooding post offices with Chamberlain stamps. After 55,000 signatures, the committee can now celebrate the success of making Chamberlain the first NBA player forever commemorated by stamp.

The stamp was officially unveiled during the halftime of the Sixers-Oklahoma City Thunder game at the Wells Fargo Center last week.

Wednesday's celebration at 2 p.m. will feature Sixers legends Sonny Hill and World B Free, local dignitaries and the current Overbrook High boy's basketball team.

Chamberlain played 14 seasons in the NBA, including leading the 1966-67 76ers to the championship. He died in October 1999 at the age of 63.

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<![CDATA[Beanie Sigel Shooting Case "Wide Open:" PD]]> Wed, 10 Dec 2014 11:30:23 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Beanie-Sigel.jpg

The investigation into who shot rapper Beanie Sigel in Pleasantville, New Jersey last week remains "wide open" because of a lack of cooperation by witnesses and detectives not being able to talk to the victim, the town's police captain tells NBC10.

"Right now, the detective doesn't have much to go on," Pleasantville Police Capt. Rocky Melendez said. "The detectives have brought a lot of people in for questioning, but unfortunately no one’s talking."

Sigel, a former Jay-Z associate who had three chart-topping albums, was shot in the stomach outside the Spruce Avenue home where he lives on Friday morning. He just returned from taking his kids to school. He's been in critical condition at an Atlantic City hospital ever since.

The 40-year-old from Philadelphia can't talk because he's intubated and under sedation, Melendez said. Sigel was shot a day before his federal probation was up for tax evasion. He previously served more than a year in a federal prison.

The rapper's attorney, Fortunato Perri, Jr., told NBC10 last week Sigel didn't appear to be the intended target in the shooting, but Melendez said nothing can be ruled out until they get more information.

"The investigation is really wide open. We can’t say 100 percent that he was not the intended target," he said.

Detectives also can't definitely determine what role Sigel's brother-in-law, Umar Salahuddin, played in the case, Melendez said. The 22-year-old suffered a leg injury in the altercation that happened before the shooting. He is also known to police and is not cooperating, the captain said.

Pleasantville Police charged him with illegal possession of a gun in 2010 and earlier this year he was charged with possession of heroin, Melendez said. He is currently out on bail in the latter case, he said.

Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

Photo Credit: Getty
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<![CDATA[#SantaPhotoFail: Pics of No Good Santa Encounters]]> Fri, 12 Dec 2014 02:42:41 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/01-santafailthumb.jpg It's Christmastime and it's that time of year when you head out with the family and get those beloved pics of the kids with Santa. Except the photos don't always turn out as you hoped.]]> <![CDATA[Today Show's Tamron Hall Comes Back to Temple]]> Tue, 09 Dec 2014 07:32:16 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tamron-hall-022714.jpg

You won't be seeing Tamron Hall on the Today show Dec. 18.

That's because the co-host will be in Philadelphia to salute her alma mater, Temple University.

Hall, who studied Journalism and graduated from Temple in 1992, will be the keynote speaker at Temple’s School of Media and Communications’ winter graduation.

Dean David Boardman invited Hall. She confirmed her appearance at the event in October and even tweeted about it.

The ticketed event will be held at the Temple Performing Arts Center on Broad Street for graduates and their families at 11 a.m.

<![CDATA[Reputed Mobster 'Fat Ange' Cooks on TV]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 13:35:13 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Contestant+Angelo+Lutz+Food+Network+Cutthroat+Kitchen+Thumb.jpg

South Jersey’s own “Consigliere” took his Italian cuisine to the masses Sunday night when he faced off on Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen.

Angelo “Buddha” Lutz appeared on Sunday’s night’s episode of the cooking competition show — that combines culinary skills with bargaining acumen — hosted by Alton Brown of Iron Chef America fame.

Lutz, aka Fat Ange, maneuvered his way through the first round of the show before coming up short in the second challenge when judge Simon Majumdar wasn’t impressed with Lutz’s shrimp pairing beverage.

Lutz served nine years behind bars for racketeering due to his ties to refuted Philly mob boss “Skinny” Joey Merlino.

After seven years of a nine-year sentence, Lutz — claiming he is "a cook, not a crook" — opened up his own mob-inspired eatery in Collingswood, New Jersey. The Kitchen Consigliere serves seafood, pasta and other Italian dishes on its menu.

Photo Credit: Food Network]]>
<![CDATA[Beanie Sigel Remains Sedated, Critically Hurt After Shooting]]> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:21:58 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Beanie-Sigel.jpg

Beanie Sigel remains sedated and unable to talk with investigators after being shot outside his Jersey Shore home two days ago.

The Philadelphia rapper, whose real name is Dwight Grant, is in critical condition following surgery at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Friday, Pleasantville Police tell NBC10 on Sunday.

Sigel was rushed into surgery after being shot in the stomach as he returned to his Pleasantville home along the 800 block of Spruce Avenue. He had just dropped his kids off at school when the gunfire erupted.

The 40-year-old's attorney said it appeared that Sigel was not the intended target in the shooting. Police believe the shooting took place after an argument outside the home.

Pleasantville Police said officers executed a search warrant at the home on Saturday. They did not elaborate as to what they were looking for or what may have been found.

Detectives have been questioning several people in the case including a man that jumped from a car after fleeing the scene. They've been trying to talk with another victim, 22-year-old Umar Salahuddin, who was involved in the altercation. Police say he has been uncooperative and that his family owns the home.

Investigators are also waiting to speak to Sigel, but so far have been unable to get his side because of the severity of his injuries.

Sigel was shot a day before his federal probation ended. He had been under home confinement following his release from federal prison this summer where he served two years for tax evasion.

No one has been arrested in the shooting.

The rapper had three albums make it into the top five on the Billboard charts and was signed to Jay-Z's Roc-A-Fella Records for a time. He has a concert, "Beanie Sigel: The Return," scheduled for Dec. 18 in Philadelphia.

NBC10's Ted Greenberg contributed to this report.

Contact Vince Lattanzio at 610.668.5532, vince.lattanzio@nbcuni.com or follow @VinceLattanzio on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[James Franco Talks Sony Hack on "SNL"]]> Sun, 07 Dec 2014 09:02:47 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/James-Franco-SNL.jpg

James Franco returned to the "Saturday Night Live" stage this weekend, kicking off his opening monologue by addressing the massive hack at Sony, which produced Franco's upcoming movie "The Interview."

"These hackers have leaked real, personal information about everyone who's worked with Sony," the host said. "Soon you'll know that my email is cuterthandavefranco@aol.com, my password is 'LittleJamesyCutiePie,' and this is all a huge invasion of my personal life."

Halfway through the monologue, Franco's friend (and "The Interview" co-star) Seth Rogen shuffled onstage to inform Franco that the hackers released all their personal photos.

"They also released this one of me teaching you how to read," Rogen somberly told Franco. "We were making such good progress, man."

Franco later appeared as Tad Rankin, a man miffed about losing to a four-year-old in a mayoral election.

"Tommy is a little kid!" he howls. "This town needs a mayor who doesn't get ear infections!"

The "SNL" cast spoofed NBC's Thursday-night special "Peter Pan Live!", starring Allison Williams and Christopher Walken.

Peter Pan (Cecily Strong) challenged Captain Hook (Franco) to a duel while asserting "his" own masculinity.

"You heard me -- I'm a boy! The most gorgeous, womanly boy with shiny bright eyes and feminine features!" Pan proclaimed, in a sendup of the bright-eyed (and thoroughly female) Williams.

One difference from the original: Tonkerbell (Aidy Bryant), Tinkerbell's puckish half-sister, joined the cast. "Do not boss my ass around, okay, Peter? I work for myself as a reverse tooth fairy -- I fly into kids' rooms, I take a dollar, and I leave one of my own teeth."

Franco lampooned Walken's laconic delivery as Hook, whose singing was limited to monosyllabic grunts while his motley pirates did song-and-dance routines.

In the cold open sketch, Al Sharpton (Keenan Thompson) addressed the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand jury decisions.

"For the first time in my life, everyone agrees with me," he said. "Folks are high-fivin' with me, invitin' me places -- this must be what it feels like to be Beyonce!"

Sharpton welcomed Peter Dinello (Bobby Moynihan), a spokesman for the Staten Island Patrolmen's Benevolent Association, and asked what it takes for a police officer to be indicted for homicide.

"Well it does happen, Al, but there are very clear rules on this," Dinello said. "The victim must not be resisting arrest, it's best if he's sleeping, and, uh, it helps if he's white."

The political skewering continued during "Weekend Update," as co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che lambasted a grand jury's decision not to indict the two police officers.

"It used to be you said you were racist to get out of jury duty. Now it seems like it's a requirement!" Che said. "These decisions were so bad that I might just stop avoiding jury duty. I might just show up at court and see if they take walk-ins."

Jost piled on: "Please, for everyone's sake, keep the cop trials out of Staten Island," the Staten Island native said. "We're not ready for these complicated modern issues yet. We still arrive in Manhattan every day huddled in a boat."

Joining them at the desk was Weekend Update "relationship expert" Leslie Jones, who documented her experience taking psychedelic mushrooms after joining a dating site for marijuana smokers.

"When I took the mushrooms, I talked to Harriet Tubman for like 2 hours," Jones said. "Have you ever been called a bitch by Harriet Tubman, Jost?" she barked at the bemused co-host.

Kim Kardashan (Nicki Minaj) rounded out Weekend Update, as she tried to give some context to Kardashian's skin-baring photoshoot for Paper magazine.

"Look at this photo. Do you notice anything? There's no background to the photo," she said. Then, as the background changed: "See, it was actually about about getting regular checkups from your gynecologist."

In addition to performing as Beyonce-as-the-Virgin-Mary in the "Jingle Ballerz" sketch, Minaj sang "Bed of Lies" with Skylar Grey and "All Things Go."

"SNL" returns Dec. 13 with host Martin Freeman and musical guest Charli XCX.

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<![CDATA[Target Employee's Black Friday Pep Talk Goes Viral]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 20:25:29 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/target+credit+card+breach+latest.jpg

Although Black Friday can be a stressful day for bargain-hunting shoppers, it may be even more difficult for retail employees.

That is why a Target electronics department worker in Westminster, Maryland, gave his coworkers an epic pep talk ahead of the shopping holiday, as seen in a video that has gone viral.

"They come here with bargains in their heads, and fire in their eyes!" Scott Simms shouts in the video. "We're more than just a store. This is a team! This is a family! This is Target!"

The speech has been compared to Gerard Butler’s in the 2006 war movie "300,” but others say it is just marketing scheme concocted by the company.

However, Target told “Today” that it wasn’t responsible for the viral video.

"One of our favorite parts of the holiday is watching our entire Target team bring the season to life in their own way,” the retailer said in a statement. “We have long said that Thanksgiving weekend is to retail what a championship game is to sports. Scott is clearly quite a team player." 

<![CDATA[Wildwood is Top U.S. Destination: TripAdvisor]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 08:06:51 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/wildwood-beach.jpg

Of all the amazing vacation spots in the country, Wildwood, New Jersey is tops, according to Trip Advisor's annual Travelers’ Choice awards for Destinations on the Rise.

Using an algorithm that measures positive reviews on accommodations, restaurants and attractions, TripAdvisor highlighted the 52 spots around the world, which received the greatest increase in positive feedback over the last year.

Wildwood, New Jersey ranked as the top vaca destination in America, while Da Nang, Vietnam was ranked No. 1 in the world. Lists were also released for Asia, Europe, South America and the South Pacific.

"From the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore to the temples of Vietnam, these award-winners offer highly-rated options for accommodations, restaurants and activities to inspire those planning their vacations for the new year," said Trip Advisor.

Here's some of the big winners:

In the U.S.

  • Wildwood, N.J.
  • Nags Head, North Carolina
  • Prescott, Arizona
  • Telluride, Colorado
  • Pompano Beach, Florida

In the world:

  • Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Sihanoukville, Cambodia
  • Limassol, Cyprus
  • Ao Nang, Thailand
  • Bodrum City, Turkey
  • Naha, Japan
  • Hurghada, Egypt
  • Kazan, Russia
  • Manaus, Brazil
  • Eilat, Israel

Photo Credit: TripAdvisor]]>
<![CDATA[10Qs: Matt From 'The Voice' ]]> Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:36:24 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/The+Voice+Matt+McAndrew+Philly+Snarl.jpg

Matt McAndrew has gone from working at Trader Joe’s in Center City Philadelphia by day and playing small gigs or open mics at night to becoming one of the stars on Season 7 of NBC’s The Voice.

Matt used his tattooed charm and impressive vocals on songs like Coldplay’s "Fix You" and Damien Rice’s "Blower’s Daughter" to wow both music fans and superstar coaches, including his own coach Adam Levine of Maroon 5. Now he's in the Top 5 of the singing competition.

A native of Barnegat Light, New Jersey, Matt launched his music career while studying music at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts. He sat down with NBC10.com during a short visit back to the City of Brotherly Love that includes a free concert on Thursday night at XFINITY Live! in South Philly. He talked about the artists who inspire him (from Radiohead to Britney Spears) as well as how much his fans mean to him.

Did you ever think you would be here?

Just with music in general, I always have been a big dreamer and I always hoped things would work out but you never know. With The Voice I had no idea. My ultimate dream with the show — when I first got involved with it — was to be on one or two episodes and I thought that would be amazing. I had no idea I’d be this far.

How did you first get into singing?

I just started out just messing around with a guitar ... I started trying to write songs when I was around 15. Then I was just sort of privately writing songs and signing whatever I would write. It wasn’t until I was about 17 that I started doing little house shows with my band and I also got the chance to sing at my high school Christmas assembly. That was the first time that anybody found out I could sing at all.

When I was a senior I didn’t know what I was going to do as far as college goes. I knew I wanted to be a musician but I was like, ‘man I really blew it by not taking any music classes, ever!’ But luckily I got hooked up with a Voice edition and I got in.

How did you wind up going from Barnegat Light to Philly?

I think everybody in South Jersey is aware of Philly — (NBC10) was always my news station growing up and would go on field trips or family trips growing up. UArts had come up, my guidance counselor told me to check it out. It was the only school I had applied to and I got in. It’s great, they have a really solid vocal program — shoutout to them. I didn’t know anything so I had to have learned a lot.

How would you describe your voice?

I’m in this category now where I like to do sort of a juxtaposition of more of a growly, high-end, more like rock thing, but then I also like to do the softer-, sweeter-type of stuff too. So, it’s sort of like a mix of both.

Why did you choose #TeamAdam?

I got three chairs (to turn around) — it was Adam, Pharrell (Williams) and Blake (Shelton). Blake was really kind of more mellow, but Adam and Pharrell, it was a long fight. What some people don’t know is that I was probably up there for 20 to 30 minutes just talking to them — that goes for all the contestants — and it gets edited down.

Adam really just put up a good fight and he just would not let Pharrell have the last word. I truly believe that he is the one that wanted me the most ... and I got a sense of his personality, which I think really kind of meshed well with mine. He’s a very Type-A kind of person, he’s like, ‘come on, come on, come on’ and that’s the way I would have been.

Even outside of the four choices — if we’re looking at anybody involved in music today — now that I really know him, (Adam)’s the perfect man for the job. Especially in (live shows) when we’re really working closely together as far as the song selection — that’s huge for this part of the competition — he puts so much effort into that part of the process and he’s just really picky. It’s a really cool collaborative thing at this point.

Which artist (outside of Adam) inspires you?

Recently I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on how I first got into music. I’ve been going back and watching a lot of old Radiohead live videos. They were one of the first bands that I would watch that stuff and be like, ‘man, this is what I want to do with my life.’ It feels good to reconnect with the reasons why I got into it now that I’m kind of being able to do it myself.

Onto your ink, Which of your 11 tattoos has the most meaning to you?

I think the empty square, the little checkbox tattoo, probably has the most meaning. But my favorite is this wolf tattoo that I have from Thomas Hooper — he’s my favorite tattoo artist in the world. He’s really, really exclusive — he doesn’t accept new clients a lot of the time — so It was a two-year process just getting seen by him.

I kind of consider myself a collector. I’m a fan of particular artists and I know their work so well. And I’m just trying to add on. I don’t actually have as many as you might think — my torso is still bare and I don’t have any on my legs. I went straight for the jugular, I got the checkbox and then I got my hand done next.

What song might your fans not expect you to be into?

Dude, I listen to all kinds of stuff. I’ve had days before where I only listen to ‘Oops, I Did It Again’ by Britney Spears on loop, like the whole day! And I just think, ‘this is an amazing hit record, this is awesome.’ I appreciate all the moving parts that went into making such a success.

I remember growing up idolizing people who do it all themselves and I still do. That’s still what I aspire for as an artist myself. But you can still give a lot of credit to — when everybody has a job and it’s just a very planned sort of success story with an artist. I’m very fascinated with that in this point in my career.

If you could duet with one singer — living or dead — who would it be and what would you sing?

Paul McCartney. ‘She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain’ (Matt laughs) No, anything, a Beatles song or one his songs or whatever. I’m a huge Beatles fan so I think that’s why it would be cool.

If you have one message for your fans what would it be?

Just one of extreme gratitude, it’s so cool. I think every good artist knows and appreciates their fans. But, the particular format that I’m in right now, it’s so obvious that the fan support is the only thing that is keeping me here ... that has me here.

These people work their butts off when it’s time to vote on the show. I put in my work during the week and I sit back and watch my song climb up the charts. They’re all on the app, they’re on email, they’re on everything. I just really appreciate all the seriously hard work (the fans) put in.

A bonus question! Is there a song that’s sitting out there still that you are just dying to sing?

Yeah. Not that I can give anything away but this coming week I have some really cool ones.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com - Dan Stamm]]>
<![CDATA[Lia Sophia Closing Its Doors]]> Wed, 03 Dec 2014 19:32:44 -0500 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/LiaSophia11.jpg

The popular direct-sales jewelry retailer Lia Sophia announced Monday it will be closing its doors this month.

“We are so proud of building Lia Sophia over the past 28 years into an outstanding company that has empowered women, and whose jewelry has been a favorite of so many,” creative director Elena Kiam wrote in a blog post on the company's website Monday. “However, given the challenging business environment, we made the painful decision to wind down Lia Sophia in the United States and Canada by December 31, and cease operations by the end of February.”

Kiam’s husband, Lia Sophia CEO Tory Kiam, acquired the business from his father Victor Kiam. Victor Kiam, former owner of the New England Patriots, made a name for himself in the 1980s as president and CEO of Remington Products, famously appearing in commercials coining the slogan, “I liked the shavers so much, I bought the company."

Victor Kiam purchased the retailer in 1986 under its original name Act II Jewelry before renaming it to Lady Remington. Following the entrepreneur's death in 2001, the brand was acquired by his son Tory Kiam and his wife Elena. In 2004 the couple relaunched the brand under the name Lia Sophia.

"Most of all, we're proud to be a family company, and to see the names of our daughters, Lia and Sophia, on every box of our jewelry," the company's website states.

Lia Sophia sold its jewelry through a network of local independent sales representatives, relying on in-home demonstrations and a direct-selling approach similar to the practices of Avon and Tupperware.

An outpouring of messages to the company’s Facebook page from customers and employees expressed a mixture of shock, disappointment and appreciation for the products and jobs the company created during its operation.

Photo Credit: Lia Sophia]]>