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Excitement Builds in Berks for ‘Makeover’ Premiere October 22, 2010

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Berks County, the Urban Family, and thousands of volunteers are ready to make their primetime debut on national television this weekend as part of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” Sunday night.

Several viewing parties have been planned throughout Berks County for the premiere. Building 24 (1115 Bern Rd., Wyomissing), Legends (5th St. Highway, Reading), and Indian Fort Inn (1343 Hex Highway, Hamburg) will host free events and offer viewers the chance to watch the show on big screens. Trisha Urban is expected to make an appearance at the Indian Fort Inn prior to the show.

Earlier this week, the network began teasing the Tilden Township house featured in the makeover project. The television promos tie-in with the fairytale themed home by using the infamous Disney song “When You Wish Upon A Star.”

ABC, a subsidiary of Disney, released clips featuring supermodel Christie Brinkley, finally allowing viewers a sneak peek inside the cottage-inspired dwelling.

The released clips also preview the charity football event held at Hamburg Park, which benefitted the American Heart Association.

“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Matthews Plays ‘Hardball’ with Gov. Rendell, Joe Sestak at Temple University October 21, 2010

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MSNBC's "Hardball with Chris Matthews" goes live from Alumni Circle at Temple University Thursday evening.

Temple University played hardball Thursday evening when MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” stopped by main campus as part of their college tour. Hundreds of students and spectators gathered around Alumni Circle for the broadcast.

Democratic candidate and Congressman Joe Sestak appeared on the show to talk about social issues impacting Pennsylvanians. Governor Ed Rendell, Congressman Bob Brady, and political commentator Michael Smerconish also made appearances on the program.

Chris Matthews moderates an interview with Michael Smerconish and Congressman Bob Brady on the "Hardball College Tour."

Matthews brought the “Hardball College Tour” to Temple two weeks shy of Pennsylvania’s mid-term elections.

This week, the higher education tour stopped at three universities in Kentucky, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, states where races are toss-ups for a stake at a U.S. Senate seat.

‘Eastern State’ Offers A Chance to Be Locked Up…Alone! October 21, 2010

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Unexplained voices, noises, and “orbs” in pictures are just some of the experiences that make this historic landmark “haunted.”

If you’re looking to scare yourself silly, then Eastern State Penitentiary and their Halloween attraction, “Terror Behind the Walls,” just might have the perfect night for you — and only you.

Officials announced “Alone,” a contest that coincides with the final 13 days of the haunted house in one of America’s groundbreaking prisons.

One lucky winner, if you’d like to considerate them that, will be selected each night to tour the haunted abode…by themselves! No friends. No strangers. You’re alone in a penitentiary that was designed to force prisoners into solitude to repent their crimes.

It gets scarier.

One of the thirteen winners will then have the rare chance to spend a night inside the walls of the prison, this time with five friends.

To enter the contest, visit EasternState.org/halloween.

According to the Eastern State website, the penitentiary aimed to change the behavior of its inmates through “confinement in solitude with labor,” when it opened in 1829. It became one of the most expensive and copied buildings in the fledgling United States. For 142 years, inmates, such as Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton, were held in vaulted, sky-lit cells. The prison closed in 1971.

Eastern State Penitentiary is located at 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue in Philadelphia. “Terror Behind the Walls” runs through November 6.

Buble Returning to PA for Two Shows on ‘Crazy Love Tour’ October 20, 2010

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Michael Buble is bringing his “Crazy Love Tour” back to Pennsylvania for two concerts this fall. The crooner scheduled dates in Philadelphia and Hershey for late November.

For the first time since 2008, Buble will entertain fans in “The Sweetest Place on Earth” at the Giant Center Tuesday, November 23.

The next day, the tour makes a stop at the Wells Fargo Center in the “City of Brotherly Love,” for a second visit to the South Philadelphia entertainment complex this year.

A Peak Inside the Studios of Bonaduce and WYSP October 19, 2010

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It’s 8 a.m. and there’s two strippers, or should I say “exotic dancers,” inside a studio at WYSP in Old City. The girls and a group of journalism students from a News and Celebrity course at Temple University are cramped inside the studio during the 8 o’clock hour for “The Danny Bonaduce Show.”

Today, the hour’s filled with Bonaduce and his sidekicks, “Metro” and Sarah, bouncing around comments about the day’s news, among the live promos for the exotic club and Eastern State Penitentary’s “Terror Behind the Walls.”

After the show, Bondauce talks to the students about being true to yourself and enjoying your gig. He explains how the first five minutes of his morning show come to life, whether it’s a stranger asking to talk to their mom on the phone or a controversial topic.

Oddly enough, Bondauce mentions that his worst fear is hurting someone’s feelings, and details the great lengths he’s gone to in order to get that person to understand him.

After his infamous run on “The Partridge Family,” which is  celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the talk-show host, along with his red-hair, has extended his fame, through celebrity boxing and reality television programs.

Our class examines the celebrity culture that’s been created by mass media and society. Bonaduce fits right into this culture, just like he fits into his tight-fitting attire.

“The Danny Bonaduce Show” airs weekday mornings on WYSP.