Star studded party for Virgin America airlines' Philly launch

Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan, actor Penn Badgley of "Gossip Girl," actors Seth Green and Terrence Howard, and Boyz II Men singer Nate Morris were among celebrities who turned out Wednesday night at Hotel Palomar for a Virgin America airlines party celebrating its launch in Philadelphia.

Virgin's chief, Sir Richard Branson, was also at the party and introduced DJ Jazzy Jeff, who spun as Mayor Nutter and wife Lisa danced it up on the floor.

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Model Amber Rose at the Virgin America airlines launch party at the Hotel Palomar on April 4, 2012. Photo: Dan Gross

Green was on the inaugural flight from Los Angeles to Philadelphia on Wednesday afternoon and told us he is a regular on Virgin and even hopes to travel to space on Virgin Galactic. The Overbook Park native is working on the sixth season of his cartoon show, "Robot Chicken." Also aboard the flight was South Philly-native model Amber Rose, who said her fiancé, rapper Wiz Khalifa, couldn't make the party because she gave him pink eye, which she just got over last week. Rose, who now lives full time in L.A., just recorded two singles and is focusing on music at this point. She stopped for pictures with fans inside the event.

Shyamalan enjoyed a night out with wife Bhavna, a psychotherapist, and a night off from shooting "After Earth" in the area with Will Smith. Shyamalan put it simply when asked about the importance of shooting locally, which he's done with almost all his films. "Philadelphia is the best city on Earth," said the usually quiet filmmaker, who has recently taken to Twitter, where he has been discussing the movie and his emotions about the shooting process.

Jon Gosselin, who has gone from reality-show parent to "computer geek," ditched the Ed Hardy shirts for a nice suit and came to the party with his attorney, Chris Cabott. Gosselin, formerly of "Jon & Kate Plus 8," said his computer company, Omega Systems, is keeping him busy and TV is in the past.

Eagles Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek, and Flyers Scott HartnellJames van RiemsdykClaude GirouxWayne Simmonds and Max Talbot also hung out, as did Greater Philadelphia Film office head Sharon Pinkenson, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corp. CEO Meryl Levitz, Food Network host Marc Summers - formerly of "Double Dare" - Fox 29's Mike Jerrick and 6ABC's Shirleen Allicot.

Also on hand: actress Zoe Kravitz, who's dating Badgley; "Top Chef" alum Jennifer Carroll, soon to be seen on Bravo's "Life After Top Chef"; Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga, of Sbraga (Broad and Pine), and James Poyser of The Roots.


Read more from our column in Thursday's Daily News.

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