Black carpet premiere
Cosmo DeNicola, Philly entrepreneur and owner of the Philadelphia Soul, rubbed elbows Monday with cast members of the highly anticipated new "Entourage" movie, which hits the big screen today.
Cast and cohorts made their way down the black carpet, posing for pictures at Monday's premiere in Los Angeles. Celebs included Mark Wahlberg, Kid Cudi, Wiz Kahlifa, T.I., Kevin Connolly, Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Dillon, Jeremy Piven, Billy Bob Thornton, Emily Ratajkowski, Jermaine Dupri and Lil Bow Wow, as well as our own DeNicola.
Bolaris takes on scary new role
PHILLY'S infamous John Bolaris plays what he described as a Bill O'Reilly-type in a new indie horror film coming next year dubbed "American Exorcist."
"American Exorcist" is the second horror film from Philly moviemakers Tony Trov & Johnny Zito. Set in a haunted skyscraper on Christmas Eve, it portrays the story of a paranormal investigator trapped, terrified and confronted with supernatural beings, some with peeling, gray skin and green-yellow eyes.
Bolaris' hilarious Tweet yesterday tipped off some people to the scoop.
"I don't play myself, thank God - means I can't get fired!" he quipped on Twitter.
The film is currently being edited by directors Trov and Zito in their Philly studio.
"I'm the condescending, obnoxious, high-and-mighty newsman who interviews [the main character] on her investigations," Bolaris told me.
Trov and Zito "reached out to me, so I wanted to help them out and have some fun."
It's set for a Halloween 2016 release.
Side note: Did you know that O'Reilly and Bolaris share the same talent agent in New York City? Funny. And ironic.
If you find yourself passing by McGillin's Olde Ale House (1310 Drury St.) this weekend and recognize what - at first glance - appears to be Pope Francis himself, don't be fooled.
Philly's oldest continuously operating pub, in Midtown Village, has been chosen to be the first food and beverage establishment in the city to host a giant cut-out of His Holiness. It's a kitschy thing for the brand new "Philly Francis Friday," and will be staged outside the watering hole this Friday from 11 a.m. till 2 a.m.
Like the Hammer of Glory that's been making its way around town for Philly Beer Week, the Pope cut-out will make its rounds to various places until the papal visit in September. It's already made stops at the Kimmel Center and the Battleship New Jersey.
"It's a blessing that the World Meeting of Families is willing to be so fun and whimsical. McGillin's is certainly having fun with it," said Christopher Mullins, Jr., who's part of the third generation of his big, Catholic family to own McGillin's.
Maybe it's not so odd, though. Did you know that early in his career, Pope Francis used to be a bouncer at a nightclub in Buenos Aires?
Chillin' wit Moody
Philly's own Chill Moody will be performing tomorrow at the opening of Brick and Mortar (315 N. 12th St.), which is rumored to be one of the most anticipated bar openings of 2015.
The Chill Moody show will benefit Friends of the Rail Park, a nonprofit organization founded to protect a 3-mile linear park and rec path connecting Center City to Fairmount Park, along the historic Reading Viaduct.
The opening party begins at 6 p.m., is open to the public and tickets are available at www.therailpark.org.
On Twitter: @PhillyGossipDN