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Archive: October, 2008

Carrie Underwood + Travis Stork = Reality match

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 10:31 PM
Tabloids have been dancing around the issue of a romance between onetime reality stars Carrie Underwood (American Idol) and Travis Stork (The Bachelor: Paris). From the looks of things Monday night at Parc on Rittenhouse Square (patting on back, toasts, hand-holding...), sparks are flying. They just... Read more

Fox29 signs Joe Staszak

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 6:02 PM
Joe Staszak, who's done sports reporting on and off for Fox29 since 2002, has just been signed as a full-time sports anchor/reporter, reporting three days and anchoring the weekends. (Bill Vargus has been doing weeknights at the station, which still has not named a replacement for Don Tollefson, who... Read more

Del Frisco's sets its opening date

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 2:38 PM
As construction proceeds 24/7 at Del Frisco's Double Eagle, the mammoth steakhouse at 15th and Chestnut Streets, GM Shang Skipper tells me that the first night will be Nov. 25. Lunch will begin the following week. In other steakhouse openings: Butcher & Singer is up for Monday (10/27) at the former... Read more

Wedding bells for Brandy Bell

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 1:28 PM
Brandy Bell, reporter/producer for and a CBS3 alumna, says her boyfriend, Tom Truskey, popped the question Sunday at Morris Arboretum. He stopped in a rock garden, got down on one knee and offered up a rather blinding rock. Bell, 32, and Truskey, 44, who works with his family's mechanical-contracting... Read more

DeMentri gets a tryout

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 12:20 PM
Vince DeMentri, who left NBC10 in August over mysterious circumstances, was spotted yesterday in Dallas, interviewing for the evening anchor position at the CBS station. DeMentri did not reply to a call for comment. Read more

New director attached to `Law-Abiding Citizen'

Sunday, October 19, 2008, 3:06 PM
Director Frank Darabont bailed from Law Abiding Citizen, a legal thriller that will start shooting in Philly in December with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx. Producers now confirm that F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job, plus many videos) will step in. Gray is due in town late Sunday night. After this shoot... Read more

Shane Shane Shane

Saturday, October 18, 2008, 3:17 PM
Ran into Shane Victorino last night outside of Rouge on Rittenhouse Square, where he was hanging unmolested. I asked him about PETA's plea that he renounce the Hawaiian delicacy Spam musubi. He chuckled and said, "It is what it is." Sunday from 6 to 8 the Forman Mills on Grant Avenue, east of... Read more

Terry Ruggles says he has testicular cancer

Friday, October 17, 2008, 7:24 PM
In a three-part series starting Sunday (10/19) on the 11 p.m. news, NBC10 morning anchor Terry Ruggles will talk about his battle with testicular cancer. This is a story without a clear ending. Ruggles, who has worked for WCAU for 34 of his 62 years, told me that he discovered a lump late this summer... Read more

Smerconish: I'm for Obama

Friday, October 17, 2008, 3:26 PM
Michael Smerconish lit up the phone lines and filled his in-box this morning at his WPHT show with word that he's planning to vote for Barack Obama -- marking the first time since he registered to vote 28 years ago that he'll pull the Democrat lever for president. He'll explain all in his Sunday column... Read more

Playboy and Food Network to host auditions here

Thursday, October 16, 2008, 12:19 PM
Take your pick of auditions. The Food Network will be at the Embassy Suites Hotel on the Parkway to scout out contestants for The Next Food Network Star. (Will lightning strike again for localites? Last season's winner, Aaron McCargo Jr., is from Camden, and runner-up Adam Gertler of Philly got his... Read more
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