Overbrook-native superstar Will Smith, son Jaden Smith, and actors Meagan Good, Nia Long and Tamala Jones are among celebrities expected at Charlie Mack's Party 4 Peace Celebrity Weekend on July 20-22.
Rev. Run of RUN-DMC, Camden-native actress Tasha Smith, actor/comedian Faizon Love, boxing champ Bernard Hopkins, Colts lineman Raheem Brock and recently departed Sixers player Lou Williams are also scheduled to take part in the weekend full of events, geared toward reducing violence in Philadelphia.
Charlie Mack Alston is a movie producer and longtime friend/bodyguard of Will Smith. In past years, he has taken some heat over not revealing how much money his charity weekend has raised or exactly what organizations it benefits, but the event will once again deliver a star-studded roster of programs the weekend after next.
Actor Tyrese Gibson, Eagles QB Vince Young, rapper Lil Mama and singer Q Parker of 112 are also listed one of the fliers promoting the event, which warns "Celebrities subject to change."
For a full schedule, visit http://tinyurl.com/charliemack.
Are you ‘Biggest Loser'?
NBC's "The Biggest Loser" will hold a casting call from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Planet Fitness (9950 E. Roosevelt) in Northeast Philadelphia. The show seeks charismatic local men and women who seek to lose 85 pounds or more to be on its next season and compete for a $250,000 prize. Q102's Nicole Michalik, a former "Biggest Loser" contestant, will appear at the event, as will several other former cast mates from different seasons of the weight-loss reality show. You must bring a photo of yourself that you don't need back to the casting call. For more info, visit TheBiggestLoserCasting.com. The new season of the show starts in January.
Amber Rose at QFest bash
South Philly native and model Amber Rose will be at Thursday's QFest Opening Party at Table 31 at the Comcast Center. The party starts at 9:30 after the opening-night film "Elliot Loves," which plays at 7:15 at the Ritz East (125 Sansom). Rose, who has been recording music recently, is the face of Smirnoff Fluffed Marshmallow Vodka (yeah, that's really a thing), which will be in abundance at the party. Rose, engaged to rapper Wiz Khalifa, will be posing for photos with guests at the party. DJ Jimmy DePre will spin oldies and house music, and Brittany Lynn and the Drag Mafia will patrol the plaza outdoors. Tickets for the film and after-party are $40, or $35 for just admission to the party with three free drink tickets.
Franklin gets Playboy praise
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. (112 S. 18th) made Playboy's list of America's best bars, which appears in the magazine's latest issue, the one with Jenny McCarthy on the cover. The Franklin was Philadelphia's only entry among the list of more than 50 watering holes.
‘Voice' gang at Parx
Kim Yarbrough, Karla Davis, Justin Hopkins and James Massone from the first season of NBC's "The Voice" performed Friday night at Parx Casino in Bensalem, where DJ Maria Laina also entertained in the 360 club. The gang dined in the Parx Grill, and Hopkins and Massone hung out very late at 360 with some fans.
Schoolly spins Alla Spina
Philly hip-hop legend Schoolly D starts this week a regular Thursday night gig spinning at Alla Spina (1410 Mount Vernon). He goes on at 10 p.m.
Schoolly, born Jesse Weaver, celebrated his 50th birthday last Thursday with champagne outside Parc, drinks and bites at Amis (412 S. 13th) then drinks at the Trestle Inn (11th & Callowhill) with friend and marketing agent Craig Kaplan.