has been added to the cast of the 20th Century Fox movie
, which starts a four-week shoot here Sunday.
Casting guru Mike Lemon had set out looking for three women to play church ladies. Then he decided on LaBelle. She'll lead the church choir, played by Tony Moore's Jehovah's Chosen. LaBelle will shoot her scenes next week. Producer Warren Kohler says his people are now talking to entertainer Sheryl Lee Ralph's people, as well. (TV newsies Walt Hunter, Janet Zappala and Ukee Washington have been cast - but not in singing roles.)
With Mya and Vivica A. Fox also on board for Cover, producers are now planning a soundtrack album. (Who would have guessed that a drama about HIV and men having secret gay sex on the down low, would turn into a musical?)
Odd request from the producers of the FX show
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
, who will be here in mid-March to shoot scenes for its third season: They're looking for a mid-1990s, dark green Range Rover. Have one? E-mail a photo and your contact info to
Bill Rotko, who grew up on the Mount Airy/Chestnut Hill border, and Adam Mazer, from the Far Northeast, are the writers behind the Chris Cooper-Ryan Phillippe spy flick Breach, which opened last weekend. West Philly-bred son-of-a-cabdriver Sidney Kimmel is an executive producer.
Movie audiences in May will be treated to a short film from Rob Bloom, copywriter for 3601 Creative Group, Comcast-Spectacor's in-house advertising agency. His four-minute comedy "Suburban Bravery," featuring John Lutz (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock) and Miriam Tolan (Second City, Late Night With Conan O'Brien), won the recent Short Script-Big Screen Contest by Screenvision and the Upright Citizens Brigade. It's about a suburban family whose idyllic breakfast is interrupted by an insect.
Don't go staking out your spot on the Parkway just yet for Live Earth, the
-sponsored, 24-hour megaconcert scheduled for July 7.
Though organizers say they'll place one show in an East Coast city - in addition to concert venues on seven continents - insiders say Philly is not now in the running to host. Organizers, trying to make a political statement, are hottest on Central Park in New York or the Mall in Washington. An announcement is expected within the month.
Folk music is getting more Internet reach. WXPN yesterday added the Folk Alley stream to its XPoNential Music on Demand (
), while the online music service Folk Alley (
) is adding WXPN folk DJ
to its lineup of hosts. Shay's two-hour show will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday (and be repeated at 5 p.m. Wednesdays). Folk Alley is produced out of Kent State University's WKSU.
, a salsa expert who works out of the Universal Dance Center in Collingswood, turns up as a pro dancer on this season's
Dancing With the Stars
on ABC. His celeb partner will be announced tomorrow on
Good Morning America
. The show's premiere will be March 19.
Andrew Putz has left Philadelphia Magazine to return to Minnesota, where he's been named editor of Minnesota Monthly magazine. Philly Mag has hired Michael Callahan, a Northeast Philly product who's done time at New Jersey Monthly, New Jersey Life, Redbook, Marie Claire, and Cosmo.
Pepper Hamilton lawyer Dan Anders, running for a seat on Common Pleas Court, has secured Martina Navratilova to net campaign cash at his March 14 fund-raiser at the Trinity Center for Urban Life in Center City. Anders, who has lobbied for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender causes, is trying to become the first openly gay man to win citywide election.
Flyers trivia: As Peter Forsberg's apartment near Rittenhouse Square is packed up for his new pad in Nashville, that means that all current Flyers now live in New Jersey.