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POSTED: Sunday, November 20, 2011, 9:39 PM

Bucks County sex toys saleswoman Melissa Kraut crashed Regis Philbin's exclusive retirement party Thursday night at Valbella in Manhattan.

Kraut, who hosts independent romance enhancement parties for women through her company SlumberPartiesByMelissa.com, strolled right into the party and met and took pictures taken with Regis and his "Live with Regis and Kelly" co-host, South Jersey native, Kelly Ripa, Kathie Lee Gifford, Barbara Walters and Tony Bennett.

Kraut was seen several years ago on ABC's "Wife Swap." She has since gotten divorced.

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POSTED: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 12:16 PM
Photo: Jennifer Lawrence

Enough about the "Sexiest Man Alive," Bradley Cooper, the even-sexier Jennifer Lawrence is shooting a dance recital scene today with Cooper at the Benjamin Franklin House in Center City.

In the scene, Lawrence’s character tricks Cooper’s into training for a dance recital for people with mental illness by telling him it’s a dance competition.

Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles are also filming in the building's ballroom today for the movie which is expected to wrap next week.

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 9:25 AM

People magazine announced this morning what we reported two weeks ago, that Rydal raised "Hangover" star Bradley Cooper is the magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive." The announcement was made on NBC's "Today" show.

On Nov. 3, we wrote that Cooper, 36, was to be photographed the next weekend for the magazine's Sexiest Man Alive issue, but People said it could neither confirm nor deny our information, and Cooper's rep denied he was shooting for the issue.

A few days later we reported that Cooper's photo shoot had taken place at the Fort Washington estate of former Advanta CEO Dennis Alter.

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 7:51 AM
Patti LaBelle walks Mr. Cuddles, her shih tzu before Rachael Ray show taping. Photo: Sarah M. Glover/Staff Photographer
Patti LaBelle's attorney has labeled as "frivolous on its face" a suit filed in New York against the singer that seeks damages for injury and alleges that she threw water at a mother and her baby, screamed at them, and tried to punch the mother.

Speaking only to the Daily News, Allen Arrow, who has represented the soulful songbird for more than 40 years, says, "Unfortunately, this is another case of individuals and their attorney targeting someone who is in the public eye.

"Above all else I can say with complete certainty that she is a loving mother and a caring human being who adores children. This incident, which occurred over a year ago, began because Patti was concerned about the safety of a very young child who was left unattended. It is being handled through the courts, and we are confident that once the facts are revealed, the outcome will be in Patti's favor," Arrow said.

Kevin and Roseanna Monk filed suit in Manhattan Supreme Court accusing the Wynnewood-based recording star of screaming profanities at their daughter, Genevieve, and of trying to punch Roseanna outside a New York apartment building.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 9:13 AM
Dr. Mehmet Oz pinches singer Erika Schiff's bloody nose before she serenaded him Sunday before the Eagles game.

Local singer and former "American Idol" contestant Erika Schiff intended only to sing a little ditty for Dr. Mehmet Oz outside Sunday's Eagles game, but ended up getting treatment from the Delaware-native doc.

Oz helped Schiff stop a severe bloody nose just before Fox 29's John Bolaris, a friend of hers, let her sing to Dr. Oz as part of a live shot from the parking lot, during Fox's broadcast of the game. Oz's show is seen weekdays on Fox.

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

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2011, 9:05 AM

Congratulations are in order for 6ABC consumer-affairs reporter Nydia Han, who should start researching bargain baby buys. The weekend anchor and her husband, Dennis Reilly, an anesthesiologist, are expecting their first child next spring.

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

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POSTED: Sunday, November 13, 2011, 10:17 PM

Ryan Howard and fiancee Krystle Campbell toured the Bridgette Mayer Gallery (709 Walnut) Thursday night during a preview party for its newly expanded gallery space and its Karmic Abstraction exhibition which opens to the public Tuesday.

The rehabbing Phillies slugger walked with crutches as he and Campbell toured the gallery along with Mayer and boyfriend Dennis Alter, former Advanta CEO, and looked at paintings from a dozen abstract artists including Charles Burwell, Ryan McGinness and Odili Donald Odita — whose painting Electric City, was one of those sold Thursday evening.

Atlanta-based artist Radcliffe Bailey along with actress wife Victoria Rowell, of "Young and the Restless" were in town for the opening parties this weekend.

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POSTED: Thursday, November 10, 2011, 12:29 PM

Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and bassist Nate Mendel, formerly of Sunny Day Real Estate, stopped by McGillin's Ole Ale House (1310 Drury) Wednesday night. The Foo Fighters play the Wells Fargo Center with Social Distortion tonight. Hawkins joined a guy singing karaoke and also posed for a picture with a fan in a Foo Fighters shirt whom McGillin's Manager Gaby Gock spotted upstairs and brought downstairs to meet Hawkins and Mendel who sat near the front windows sipping Bud Lights.

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