Expect a slew of stars such as Vivica A. Fox, Loretta Devine, Lou Gossett, Mya and Billy Baldwin to pass through in the next couple of months.
They'll be featured in the 20th Century Fox movie Cover, which is a week or so from setting up a production office here. The Bill Duke-directed drama about the consequences of "down-low" relationships - supposedly straight men's secret gay affairs - was supposed to film last fall, but producers had to overcome scheduling conflicts.
The four-week shoot will start in late February, says a producer, Warren Kohler, working on the project with Corey Redmond and Duke.
The project costars Aunjanue Ellis (who was the backup singer Mary Ann Fisher in Ray) and Razaaq Adoti (who was Duke in Doom). About a dozen actors will be needed for the supporting cast, as will hundreds of local extras, says Kohler. Philly's Mike Lemon Casting has yet to issue the call.
Quel honneur!What Philly's Daniele Thomas-Easton will have in common with Jerry Lewis: the French Legion of Honor. On Thursday, French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte will visit to award it to Thomas-Easton, who was France's honorary consul for Philadelphia and Wilmington for 10 years before she stepped down a year ago. Thomas- Easton, married to Center City lawyer Edwin A. Easton, lives in Center City.
Hold the pastramiNew faces are coming to Famous 4th Street Deli. Russ Cowan, who bought the Queen Village landmark from longtime owner David Auspitz nearly two years ago and heavily renovated it, says he's bringing in two longtime friends, Bill Shapiro, a veteran restaurateur, and Harry Willner, a car guy, to help run it. The Brooklyn-raised Cowan insists this is not a sale and that he'll retain a stake. (His usual modus operandi is to set up delis and step away from them.) Cowan is buying Mr. Bill's, a landmark in Winslow Township; he intends to convert it into an eatery similar to the original Nathan's on Coney Island.
The circuitA City Hall news flash: Mayor Street, his wife, Naomi Post Street, and sister-in-law Deborah Post attended Saturday's 6 p.m. performance of Menopause The Musical at Society Hill Playhouse. Street posed for a photo with the cast after the show.
Comedian Sandra Bernhard is a creature of habit. Before her show Friday at the Prince Music Theatre, she ordered a wild-salmon dinner from the Prime Rib, to be served at an afterparty for herself, her band and guests. She then asked for the same meal to be delivered to the theater after her shows Saturday and Sunday.
Dinner: Impossible, in which Resorts Atlantic City chef Robert Irvine has to cook under the gun, premieres at 10 p.m. tomorrow on Food Network. (Regular time slot will be 10:30 p.m. Wednesdays.) It's produced by Marc Summers Productions and Philly's Shooters Post & Transfer. Tomorrow's two episodes are Philly-themed.
More on the report in Sunday's column about Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino bowling at a charity benefit in flip-flops. He in fact wore shoes while rolling a 137 against 17-year-old Lower Merion High senior Seth Finkelstein, who had a 160. My Phils source offers a correction saying Victorino wore flip-flops during a two-frame game against teammate Chris Coste. Victorino lost that matchup and had to do 25 push-ups on the lane as punishment.
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