Franki Rudnesky

Franki Rudnesky

Franki Maria Rudnesky is a staff writer for PhillyVoice, with interests in entertainment, social media, pop culture, education and the arts. Franki has worked as a staff writer, copy editor, and social media manager for The Hammonton Gazette. Before that, she was a digital intern and production assistant for NBC10. She is a South Jersey native who received her master's degree from Villanova University and her bachelor's from Saint Joseph's University.

franki@phillyvoice.com

February 29, 2024

Streaming

Philly native's new series explores aftermath of Abraham Lincoln's assassination

The Apple TV+ historical-fiction series 'Manhunt,' explores the aftermath of Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Philly-native Monica Beletsky created the series and portions were filmed in Philadelphia's Miller Theater. The seven-part miniseries premieres Friday, March 15.

February 28, 2024

Media

NBC10 hires bilingual reporter Yukare Nakayama

NBC10 and Telemundo62 have announced the hire of Yukare Nakayama as an on-air bilingual reporter. She will start on Monday, March 4. She previously worked as a bilingual reporter at a CBS-affiliate in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Before that, she worked at ABC's station in Chicago where she earned an Emmy nomination.

February 28, 2024

Entertainment

South Jersey's Jena Friedman to headline comedy show at Underground Arts in April

Jena Friedman, a Haddonfield native, will headline a comedy show at Underground Arts on Monday, April 8. Tickets, which start at $25 plus fees, can be purchased online. Friedman has risen to comedy stardom with appearances on late night TV, a Peacock special and an Oscar nomination for writing the 'Borat' sequel.

February 27, 2024

TV

'Jeopardy!' legend Cris Pannullo falls in first round of Tournament of Champions

Cris Pannullo, the 21-game 'Jeopardy!' winner from Ocean City, made his debut in the Tournament of Champions on Monday and suffered a shocking loss. Melissa Klapper, a Rowan University professor from Merion Station, will make her tournament debut Monday, March 4.

February 26, 2024

Shopping

Tierra Whack makes items from her wardrobe rentable through Nuuly

North Philly rapper Whack has teamed up with URBN rental service Nuuly on a rentable clothing line featuring 41 items from Whack's personal closet. The line includes clothes that Whack wore during performances and pieces that she co-designed.

February 26, 2024

TV

Joey Graziadei chooses his top 4 contestants as 'The Bachelor' enters homestretch

In 'The Bachelor' Season 28, Episode 7, Joey Graziadei and the top 6 contestants go on dates in Jasper, Canada. After two one-on-ones and a group date, Graziadei narrows the bachelorettes to his top 4. Next week, Graziadei will visit each of the women's hometowns and meet their families.

February 25, 2024

Entertainment

Shane Gillis acknowledges being fired from 'Saturday Night Live' while hosting latest episode

Mechanicsburg-native comedian Shane Gillis hosted the latest episode of 'Saturday Night Live,' five years after he was fired for having made racist jokes in his stand-up. During the episode, Gillis' monologue briefly acknowledged the firing before making a series of jokes about his family that were met with mixed reactions. The comedian paid homage to his Pennsylvania roots by wearing an Eagles hoodie in SNL promotional photos.

February 25, 2024

Entertainment

Golden Nugget Atlantic City launches hotel renovation project

Golden Nugget Atlantic City has launched a multimillion-dollar renovation project to upgrade its hotel rooms and suites. During the first phase of the project, expected to be completed in May, upgrades will be made to the furniture, bathrooms, corridors and overall color palette.

February 25, 2024

Food & Drink

Sip beer, raise funds for Jersey Shore marine mammal rescue during event next month

The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is hosting the 'Ales for Whales' fundraising event on Tuesday, March 12 at the Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall in Atlantic City. From 6-9 p.m., attendees can enjoy a buffet-style dinner, discounted drinks, raffle baskets and music while raising money for marine mammal stranding response efforts in New Jersey.

February 22, 2024

Celebrities

On 'Hot Ones,' Quinta Brunson eats spicy wings while talking 'Abbott Elementary' and her favorite sitcoms

'Abbott Elementary' creator and star Quinta Brunson appeared in the latest episode of the 'First We Feast' talk show 'Hot Ones,' in which celebrities eat progressively spicier wings while answering questions posed by host Sean Evans. Brunson struggled through the spices while providing insights on her ABC sitcom and her comedy career.

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