Inqlings: Nutter to welcome 'Sex' in this city

Posted: May 25, 2008

Say "Manolo Blahniks" in City Hall, and I'm sure most pols would ask how much the firm gave to the campaign.

Not Mayor Nutter.

Everyone knows he likes his gritty entertainments, which was evident when he hosted a screening of the finale of the HBO series The Wire in March.

But Hizzoner will show his . . . shall we say . . . estrogenic side Tuesday when he will be front and center at an invitation-only sneak preview of the Sex and the City movie at the Ritz Five in Society Hill, arranged by New Line Cinema and publicists Terry Hines & Associates.

Nutter says he likes the dialogue, the characters, the stories, and the "crazy situations they found themselves in." The show "raised people's consciousness, at the time, about a generation of people coming up in a fast-paced world."

His favorite characters: Carrie (Sarah Jessica Parker), "who was always getting into all kinds of dilemmas," and Charlotte (Kristin Davis), who was "wonderfully naive, yet there's a smart way about her."

Casting calls

Want to be in Transformers 2? Heery Casting will host an open call for paid extras for the Dreamworks feature, directed by Michael Bay and shooting next month in Philly and Princeton. No experience is necessary. Show up Saturday with a photo at Bullies bar in the Wachovia Spectrum in South Philly - union actors with ID from 10 to 11 a.m., all others from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enter from the Broad Street gate and whisper "Transformers casting" for free parking. Heery wants men and women from 18 to 70, especially college ages. Info: www.heerycasting.com.

Rob McElhenney from FX's It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia will shoot exteriors for next season starting June 4. I hear that one plot has the guys trying to buy the Philadelphia Soul football team - sure, like Jon Bon Jovi and Craig Spencer would sell - and that, for an unrelated scene, Eagles players will be part of a June 6 late-afternoon shoot in Center City that will be open to the public. Details are being worked out.

Drop-ins

Jane Seymour, who happened to be staying at the Loews hotel, dropped into the Mural Arts Program's Wall Ball the other night and was asked to make the closing announcements. Moving speech about how the program changes the lives of kids and enlightens the community. Seymour is spending the weekend in Stone Harbor, N.J., as she has an art show at Ocean Galleries.

That really was Demi Moore, husband Ashton Kutcher, and two of her girls touring the Frida Kahlo exhibit at the Art Museum on Mother's Day.

New York Times food writer Florence Fabricant and restaurateur Stephen Starr teamed last week at the Residences of Two Liberty Place for a Q&A on the state of the restaurant industry. Starr was quizzed about whether he'd be the one opening a restaurant on the luxury skyscraper's 37th floor, but said that wouldn't be the case. Starr is about a month from opening a French bistro called Parc in the new Parc Rittenhouse and about two months from opening two eateries in Atlantic City's Chelsea Hotel.

Fightin' words

The Irish Pub in Atlantic City has settled its federal lawsuit against Metro Corp., publisher of A.C. Now and Philadelphia Mag. In an issue two winters ago, A.C. Now characterized the pub as a "dive bar" patronized by "broken-down blackjack addicts" and "self-professed black sheep of the family." No terms were disclosed.

Radio activity

Chris Booker's ouster as Q102's morning man Friday means an uncertain legal and job status for one Mark Bruse of Croydon. On Tuesday, Booker threatened to fire the show intern for chronic lateness. To return to Booker's good graces, Bruse made a sign of apology and held it in the rain at City Avenue and Presidential Boulevard. At some point, Bruse dropped trou, whereupon Lower Merion police cited him. Though the police report acknowledged that Bruse wore underwear (black, to be precise), police labeled the action disorderly conduct and issued him a summons. Will the station now back him up? Is he also out of a job? Bruse did not return requests for comment.

Booker is still under contract, so he will be paid for his remaining year. His replacement might be the syndicated Elvis Duran, who hosts the Z Morning Zoo on New York's Z-100, also a Clear Channel station. Duran spent a year at Q102 in 1989-90.

WPHI (100.3) last week released hometowner Colby Colb as afternoon host and program director. New afternoon host is Poochman, most recently paired on nights with Touchtone. The station eliminated the PD title, as Radio One operations manager Elroy Smith handles the day to day.

TV notes

WB17 alum Jim Sinkovitz has landed as a reporter-anchor at WGAL, the NBC affiliate in Harrisburg.

CN8 last week fired Boston-based Backstage anchor Barry Nolan for protesting the decision by the Beantown's Emmy chapter to honor Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. Sara Edwards picks up his role.

Fox29 reporter Gerald Kolpan has a March 24 pub date from Ballantine for Etta, his fictionalized account of Etta Place, mysterious real-life girlfriend of the turn-of-the-20th-century bandit known as the Sundance Kid.

Both CN8's Kevin Walsh and NBC10's Bill Henley were beaten last week by 5-year-old golf phenom Kyle Lograsso of Telford in a celebrity golf short-game skills challenge at White Manor Country Club in Malvern. Each received 12 tries to reach 3 feet, 5 feet and 10 feet from the pin as part of the benefit for the Main Line Chamber Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Alex Scott: A Stand for Hope, the CBS3 documentary from 2006 about 4-year-old Alexandra Scott's lemonade stand, has been selected for the permanent collection of the Paley Center for Media in New York. The station is working on an updated version, and it will air June 6.

Comcast SportsNet's marketing department and writer/producer Gena Krug cooked up a hilarious promo starring Mitch Williams in a send-up of the Bud Light "Dude" commercials. Williams delivers permutations of the Phillyism "yo." See it at http://go.philly.com/dude.


Contact columnist Michael Klein at 215-854-5514 or mklein@phillynews.com. See his recent work at http://go.philly.com/michaelklein.

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