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POSTED: Sunday, November 21, 2010, 2:57 PM

A few pranksters hopped into a NYC taxi on the set of "Safe," Friday night and drove it for about a block South on Broad Street from Walnut and then hopped out while laughing and ran off. A film spokeswoman says the taxi was promptly recovered by a crew member and that the film did file a police report.

Veteran character actor James Hong, who we loved in "Blade Runner," “The Golden Child,” and "Revenge of the Nerds 2” joins the cast of “Safe” any day now. The film has been shooting interior and exterior scenes at the Bellevue including a shoot out between the NYPD and Chinese gangsters who are looking for Mei (Catherine Zhao) a 12-year-old Chinese girl being protected by Luke (Jason Statham), a former U.S. government agent.

On Monday the film shoots along 18th Street between Chestnut and Walnut and on Sansom Street between 17th and 19th. Wednesday's work is along the 400 block of Chestnut Street.

(Photo information: Here is Hong in the "Chinese Restaurant" episode of "Seinfeld," as Snotty in "Revenge of the Nerds 2," and in "Balls of Fury.")

Click here to read more from our column in Monday's Daily News.

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POSTED: Friday, November 19, 2010, 1:51 PM
Freeway, Peedi Crakk and his manager Breigh. Photo: Alia Brown: LDWDesign.com

Rappers Freeway and Peedi Crakk stopped by the Complex EA Sports NBA Jam launch party at Ubiq (1509 Walnut) Thursday night.

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POSTED: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 12:19 PM

Big Talker 1210 AM morning host Michael Smerconish moves to afternoons on Jan. 17, 2011, the talk station is expected to announce today, among other changes such as Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity's shows being dropped from the station.

Smerconish, who already hosted a syndicated show in the afternoon for other markets will now be heard from 3 to 7 p.m., or 3 to 6 p.m. during Phillies season. Chris Stigall, a syndicated conservative host from KCMO in Kansas City takes over the 5:30 to 9 a.m. shift on Jan. 3.

Despite the addition of a syndicated morning show, we hear the decision to drop Hannity and Beck was made in efforts to have live, local programming from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Current nighttime host Dom Giordano moves to 9 a.m. to noon shift with Rush Limbaugh on from noon to 3, followed by Smerconish. We're told the station has not formalized a nighttime plan yet.

The move seems to please Smerconish, also an author and Daily News and Inquirer columnist, whom we hear is glad he won't be waking up at 3 a.m. anymore and broadcasting two shows per day instead of one.

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POSTED: Wednesday, November 17, 2010, 6:07 PM
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Doylestown popstar Pink, nee Alecia Beth Moore, announced today on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” that she was pregnant, which US Weekly reported last week.

After hearing the good news, Ellen gave Pink a baby onesie and mini-motocross bike as the baby-daddy is her husband, Motocross rider Carey Hart.

Congrats to the happy couple indeed, but Daily News reporter Molly Eichel wonders if we shouldn’t be a little concerned, as Pink once told “Access Hollywood,” that “I think parents need to beat the crap outta their kids.”

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 5:51 PM

Good luck to Butch Patrick, who played Eddie Munster on “The Munsters,” who checked himself out of a South Jersey rehab facility on Monday.

Patrick, 57, told us he entered a five-day detox program at Maryville in Williamstown because he was “drinking way more than I should have been.”

Monday night, Patrick and friend Robert Minto, a DJ, discussed a business opportunity with several women at Mad River (126 Chestnut) Buffalo Billiards (118 Chestnut) and Crocodile’s (110 Chestnut) in Old City where Patrick says he drank only Cokes.

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POSTED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010, 9:59 AM
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Azuka Theatre Company's artistic director, Kevin Glaccum, taped an episode of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" in New York on Friday.

He's sworn to secrecy about how he did on the show, which won't air until spring, but told us it was "a really amazing experience." He was happy that "Project Runway" host Tim Gunn was filling in for Meredith Vieira; not that he has a problem with Vieira, but he's a huge Gunn fan. It isn't Glaccum's first time on a game show. The thespian, who has worked for 23 years as a bartender at Woody's (202 S. 13th) and teaches theater at Arcadia University, won 15G on "Jeopardy" 10 years ago.

Glaccum, who went to New York earlier this year to take the 50-question multiple-choice qualifier test for "Millionaire," was called to be a contestant in October but declined because he was directing "Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom" at Philadelphia Shakespeare Theater (2111 Sansom).

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POSTED: Monday, November 15, 2010, 8:01 AM
Catya Washington of Oxygen's "Bad Girls Club." Photo: Black Lingerie magazine

Oxygen's "Bad Girls Club" is once again casting in Philly.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Triumph Brewing Company (117 Chestnut), the show will be seeking women who like to drink, f--- and fight. You must be 21 and bring a recent photo of yourself. 

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POSTED: Monday, November 15, 2010, 7:40 AM
"I made it really clear I wasn't going to write a tell-all book about The Howard Stern Show," says Gary Dell'Abate, who has produced Stern's show for more than 20 years. Instead, Dell'Abate writes about his crazy mother, his brother Steven, who died of AIDS, his introduction to radio and to Stern, and covers some of his most embarrassing moments on the show in his new book, "They Call Me Baba Booey," which he'll sign at 6 p.m. Thursday at Borders (1 S. Broad).

One of those embarrassing moments was the pathetic first pitch he threw at CitiField before a game of his beloved Mets. The pitch, for which he hasn't stopped getting goofed on since, hit an umpire nowhere near home plate.

"One day under the right circumstances I would consider it," Dell'Abate said, when we asked if he would ever consider throwing out another first pitch. We spoke before he sucked at throwing again on Jimmy Kimmel's late night show last week, and has since Tweeted that he's done pitching forever.

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