Civil rights: Still a live issue
The civil rights movement isn't merely a piece of history to be relegated to textbooks, David Oyelowo and Oprah Winfrey said at the New York premiere of their film Selma. "In Selma, it was voting rights. Initially it was a black problem. It wasn't until Bloody Sunday . . . that it became an American problem," Oyelowo, who plays the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., tells USA Today.
"It's the same thing in Ferguson. When it was just Ferguson, it was a black problem. But when you see the undeniable injustice of this man being murdered on-screen in the shape of Eric Garner, similarly, the nation rallied."
Local woman on 'Ellen'
Tabernacle's Julie Kramer, 23, who was diagnosed with stage 4 synovial sarcoma last year, had two of her two wishes come true Monday: She was a guest on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show. Ellen, who has launched a campaign to meet with inspiring women around the country, had a surprise guest: Kramer's favorite Phillies player, Chase Utley.
Iggy gets jiggy 'round here
Iggy Azalea is bringing her assorted bodily properties to Philadelphia in the spring! The impressively bootied Aussie rapper will play the Wells Fargo Center on May 10, as part of "The Great Escape" tour. Other acts include Nick Jonas, Tinashe, and DJ Wizz Kidd. Tix are at aeglive.com. Folks with AmEx cards have an early rush through Thursday at 9 p.m. Then the public sale starts at 9 a.m. Friday. - John Timpane
Nicki Minaj: Fat babies only
"I want a cute little fat baby," says Nicki Minaj. What if it's thin? "Then I don't want it."
Bible rules box office
It was the Bible versus Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games this weekend, and the Bible won. Ridley Scott's $200 mil epic Exodus: Gods and Kings, starring Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Ramses, and John Turturro as Seti, made $24.5 mil over the weekend, according to studio estimates, unseating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 from atop the box office chart. Now at No. 2, the latest Hunger Games film made $13.2 mil for a four-week total of $277.4 mil. Penguins of Madagascar took third place with $7.3 mil.