Dan Gross | 'Judge Alex' takes case

"JUDGE ALEX" has offered to let the small-claims-court case of actor Greg Horos and "Shame of a City" filmmaker Tigre Hill play out in its televised courtoom.

We reported Jan. 3 that Horos sued Hill for fraud. Horos, who starred in Hill's never-released feature, "Casanova's Demise," says he allowed Hill to use his credit card for expenses related to the film, which wrapped nearly five years ago but has not yet screened or appeared on video.

According to Horos, the money was to be repaid, but despite two signed agreements by the parties, that hasn't happened.

Hill is working on a DVD release of "Shame of a City," his documentary about the 2003 Philadelphia mayoral race, and is shooting a documentary on Mumia Abu-Jamal and Daniel Faulkner. Abu-Jamal is on Death Row in the shooting death of Faulkner, a city cop.

In our Jan. 3 report, Hill denied the charges leveled by Horos. Yesterday, Hill told us he is "not commenting on the case and definitely not going on a TV show about it."

Despite claiming he's owed $25,000, Horos filed the matter in small-claims court, which has a payment limit of $10,000.

The "Judge Alex" show, which stars Florida judge Alex Ferrer, is seen on Fox 29 several times per day. The show typically pays the amount of any judgments against its plaintiffs in exchange for their appearing on the show.

Out and about

610 WIP's Joe Conklin and Big Daddy Graham took in the opening of their pal Bruce Graham's play, "Dex and Julie Sitting in a Tree," at the Arden Theatre (40 N. 2nd). Conklin did some voice work for Bruce's last show, "The Philly Fan," and Big Daddy had help from Bruce (no relation) in the writing of his show, "Last Call." "Dex and Julie" plays the Arden through March 4.

* Director M. Night Shaymaylan and a party of 10 celebrated the birthday of his wife, Bhavna, at Swanky Bubbles (10 S. Front) Sunday night. The group dined on sushi, spicy tofu, edamame gnocchi and spring rolls. A manager sent over fondue, bread pudding and other desserts to aid in the celebration. An appreciative Shyamalan left a great tip.

* Meanwhile, John and Vince Frankowski are opening a Swanky Bubbles in Cherry Hill Feb. 5. at the former Olive Restaurant, at 482 Evesham Road. They opened the Old City spot in 1999.

Birds expected

at black-tie ball

Eagles Jon Runyan, A.J. Feeley, Todd Herremans and former Iggle Hank Fraley are expected at Saturday's Hair O' The Dog Ball at the National Constitution Center (6th & Arch). The annual black-tie affair is typically held the week after New Year's, but was delayed this year.

Tickets are $125 at the door and available at hairothedog.com.

Wrong on Wright

In an item yesterday about Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright, we incorrectly stated that Saturday's Wildcats defeat over Texas took place at the Pavillion. It was actually held at the Wachovia Center, where Villanova plays five sold-out games this year.

Wright also will be at the center Jan. 31 for a Police Athletic League luncheon, where he'll be introduced by Comcast-Spectacor spokesman Ike Richman, who is a PAL board member. *

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