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POSTED: Monday, September 27, 2010, 5:53 AM

I'm on vacation through Oct. 10 and expect not to blog during that time either. In case of truly breaking news such as a TV weatherman having dinner somewhere or something similarly Earthshattering, I might post once or twice. In the meantime you can practice your nasty comment skills here while awaiting my return....

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 6:14 PM

Kerri-Lee Halkett is leaving Fox 29.

The anchorbabe, who started at the station in 2002, has been off-air for several weeks with what she has told colleagues is a skin rash. A station spokeswoman told us tonight that Halkett is expected to return to work in the second week of October for a final broadcast and a big on-air sendoff.

“Philly will always feel like home, and I will never forget how welcome you have all made me feel. From the bottom of my heart, thank you Philadelphia,” Halkett said in a prepared statement Wednesday evening.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 7:41 AM

The Philadelphia Film Festival kicks off Oct. 14 and Ray Murray hopes it's very successful.

Not because the TLA Video president is involved with the event, which he had been for 17 years, but because his group, the Philadelphia Cinema Alliance, is owed about $20,000 from the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), which puts on the Oct. 14-24 fest, and Murray's hoping to be paid.

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POSTED: Wednesday, September 22, 2010, 7:22 AM

Paoli-raised comedian Todd Glass can be seen in the new stand-up comedy documentary "I Am Comic," which premieres Saturday during the Philadelphia Film and Music Festival. Glass, a Conestoga High grad, is about to begin a tour opening for Louis C.K. but will not perform with the star of FX's "Louie" on Nov. 5, when he headlines the Academy of Music. Glass, who started in stand-up at 15 at the Comedy Works, 2nd and Chestnut, has an engagement that night in Washington. He just taped a pilot for a show called "Dinner at Todd's House," which featured Sarah Silverman and other friends who came to his house for dinner and conversation only, with a surprise twist such as "a 10-piece mariachi band showing up."

"I am Comic" plays at 11:30 Saturday night at Yards Brewery (901 N. Delaware). You can go here to learn more about the film and here to see more about the Philadelphia Film and Music Festival.

Click here to read more from our column in Wednesday's Daily News.
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 4:14 PM
Kendra Wilkinson

With the Eagles cutting Hank Baskett today the future is uncertain for local production of E!'s "Kendra."

The show, which follows the wide receiver and Playboy Playmate bride Kendra Wilkinson, began shooting in the area several weeks ago. The couple, and their son Hank IV, recently moved into the Residences at Two Liberty Place.

Inquiries to E! and to Wilkinson's reps about upcoming plans for shooting were not immediately returned.

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POSTED: Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 9:30 AM

Penn Valley native siblings Sonia and Amit Bhalla are working on NBC's new comedy "Outsourced," which premieres at 9:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sonia, first assistant director on the show, which takes place in a call center in India, graduated from Harriton High in 1987 and was the second assistant director under "Up in the Air" director Jason Reitman. She's also worked with Paul Thomas Anderson, M. Night Shyamalan and Ron Howard.

Amit, a writer for "Outsourced," was graduated from Harriton in 1998, Michigan in 2002 and USC's Peter Stark Producing Program. The Bhallas can be found strolling Santa Monica, Calif., wearing Eagles and Phillies gear.

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POSTED: Monday, September 20, 2010, 7:39 AM
"Boardwalk Empire" actor Michael Pitt with Caesars host Jon Ciccone (Photo: Nick Valinote)
Dabney Coleman went for a 24-ounce Porterhouse and a wedge salad at Morton's at Caesars Atlantic City, where the veteran actor stopped before a premiere screening of HBO's "Boardwalk Empire" Thursday. Coleman chatted up Morton's GM Michael Flannelly about Commodore Louis Kaestner, his character on the show that premiered last night, who is the mentor to Steve Buscemi's Nucky Thompson.
 
"Boardwalk" actors Michael K. Williams (Omar from "The Wire"), Kelly Macdonald, Paz de la Huerta, Aleksa Palladino and Vincent Piazza also attended the party at One Atlantic at the Pier Shops at Caesars. So did Michael Pitt and Michael Stuhlbarg, who stayed out late at Dusk nightclub where Pitt sipped champagne.
 
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POSTED: Friday, September 17, 2010, 7:09 AM

"Top Chef" Kevin Sbraga says he's looking around Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square West for a spot for a "20-to-40- seat restaurant. Very high-end."

Willingboro's Sbraga, 31, who won Bravo's "Top Chef: D.C." Wednesday, told us yesterday that the restaurant concept is "different than anything else in the area," though he declined to elaborate. His last day at Rat's in Hamilton, N.J., is Sept. 26. Sbraga says he "decided to leave Rat's before the finale was even taped. During the show I learned a lot about cooking and myself and where I wanted to go."

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