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Archive: June, 2009

POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 2:44 PM

Newcomer Noah Ringer is featured a teaser trailer for The Last Airbender, the fantasy being shot on enormous soundstages at the Navy Yard and at the former Budd plant in East Falls.

Director M. Night Shyamalan conceived of the trailer and and shot it himself. All the work was done at the former Budd plant.

The trailer will be shown with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 12:39 PM

Philly's Metrocorp, publisher of Philly Mag and Boston Mag, is shaking things up.

Philly Mag has laid off an advertising person and last week announced a one-week unpaid furlough for employees, a rep confirms.

Also, Boston Mag has named former Philly Mag senior editor Andrew Putz as its editor, effective July 22.

POSTED: Tuesday, June 23, 2009, 10:30 AM

Anchors' stepsons for $200:

Who is Alex Fineman, 28, a Lower Merion High School grad who is now an attorney with Creative Artists Agency in Los Angeles? 

Fineman -- son of local businessman David Fineman, who is married to CBS3 anchor Pat Ciarrocchi -- will fulfill his lifelong dream of being a contestant on Jeopardy! 

POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2009, 5:19 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

The Freehouse at 110 N. Wayne Ave. in Wayne is closed.

But is it closed-closed? Hard to tell. Rumor has been circulating that a plumbing issue was keeping it down.

The business line ringsandringsandrings. The website points to domain holder GoDaddy. The cell phones of owners John Orr and Chris Metz go to voicemail.

POSTED: Monday, June 22, 2009, 1:42 PM

Food Network has greenlit a sixth season of its highest-rated reality series, The Next Food Network Star, and the net wants chefs and home cooks to try out for the 2010 season.

Philly folks have made it in past seasons (Aaron McCargo Jr. and Adam Gertler) and Katie Cavuto is on the current season. 

Philly won't host tryouts this time out, so you can either hop online to or travel to:

POSTED: Sunday, June 21, 2009, 9:04 PM
Filed Under: TableTalk

All day Monday (6/22), the Bonté waffle shops are handing out free affogatos and selling $1 mini-Belgian sugar waffles.

An affogato is a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a fresh shot of espresso on top.

Bonté is at 922 Walnut, 1315 Walnut and 130 S. 17th.

POSTED: Sunday, June 21, 2009, 11:07 AM

The Broadcast Pioneers, which remembered Harry Kalas at its June luncheon last week, will honor Gary Papa at its next  luncheon -- Sept. 16 at Bala Golf Club.

Ticket info will be announced later.

Papa, who died Friday, was inducted into the group's hall of fame in 2007.

POSTED: Saturday, June 20, 2009, 6:25 PM

Jerry Seinfeld, here to play the Academy of Music, delighted the Saturday lunchtime crowd at the Kibitz Room (1521 Locust St.) with a sit-down comedy appearance.

Out with fellow comedian Mario Joyner, he ordered  honey turkey on rye with mustard and a side of coleslaw, plus chicken soup. Whereupon, owner Neil Parish told him that he should be eating a pastrami and corned beef combo with a
potato latke. 

"He told me he chooses life," said Parish, who replied that the notion of too much red meat and too much fat being bad for you is a government conspiracy.

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