Dan Gross: Danica McKellar to film here
DANICA McKELLAR, who remains Winnie Cooper from the "Wonder Years" to a generation, will be here next month shooting "Mancation," which also stars N'SYNC's Joey Fatone.
The movie, from Double Windsor Films, which produced the upcoming "Booted" and "Calendar Girl," is a comedy that takes place over one weekend. It will film in town and in South Jersey from March 30 through April 21.
Director Frank Vain is shooting the movie, It features McKellar as the long-lost love of Vince played by Matt Kawczynski, who splits with his wife, played by porn-starlet Bree Olson, who is one of Charlie Sheen's new girlfriends. Olson's father and Vince's boss is played by veteran character actor Mike Starr, whose credits include "GoodFellas" and "Dumb & Dumber.
Berks County porn starlet Gina Lynn, radio legend Jerry Blavat and professional wrestlers Blue Meanie and Tommy Dreamer will also be in the film.
We talkin' 'bout Charlie?
Charlie Sheen invoked Allen Iverson's famous "We talkin' about practice" press conference during his fascinating interview yesterday on the "Today" show.
The troubled actor was answering a question from Jeff Rossen about whether he had ever missed a day of work on "Two and a Half Men," the inexplicably hit series.
Sheen replied that he had never missed a day that cost anybody any money.
"I missed practice. To quote the great Allen Iverson, 'We talkin' about practice,' " said Sheen.
We offered Iverson the chance to comment on Sheen's shout-out, but he declined our offer through spokesman Gary Moore.
Police shut down The Ox
The Ox (2nd & Oxford), an underground concert venue was shut Saturday night by police who showed up during the Two-Piece Fest. Police spokesman Sgt. Ray Evers says police responded to a noise complaint and found at least 60 people inside the venue, and those who identified themselves as being in charge could not produce any permits for staging concerts. Evers said the concertgoers were made to leave.
The Department of Licenses and Inspections was not involved with the raid. According to The Ox's facebook page, upcoming shows will be relocated but venue organizers are not prepared to comment about the future of the space.
Out and about
* Tennis great Andre Agassi was part of
a large party Thursday night eating at Pod (3636 Sansom), before his speaking engagement at the Wharton School. Agassi and guests had sushi, tofu lettuce wraps, sea bass and wasabi-crusted filet mignon. The ex-Wimbledon champ was gracious and friendly to fellow diners.
* Some of Albert Young's NFL pals
helped the Moorestown native and Vikings running back celebrate his 26th birthday Friday at the C5 club inside the Chelsea in Atlantic City. Pennsauken native Phil Costa, a Cowboys center, and Atco, N.J.-raised Shonn Green, a Jets running back, were among the partiers.
Pancakes for a cause
Local IHOP restaurants offer a free short stack of pancakes from 7 to 10 this morning to get patrons to make a donation to support the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals programs at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.