Dan Gross: Filmmaker Jason Reitman speaks at Franklin Institute

Posted: June 30, 2010

THE LAST TIME Jason Reitman was in Philadelphia, he was directing an NHL spot with former Flyers center Peter Forsberg.

Last night the filmmaker spoke at a private screening of his Academy Award-nominated hit "Up in the Air" at the Franklin Institute that was open only to invited Chase Sapphire cardholders.

Reitman, who also directed "Juno" and "Thank You for Smoking," says he's taking some time off to write and develop scripts. He's working on adapting Joyce Maynard's novel "Labor Day," but isn't rushing himself.

The filmmaker, who resembles Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl, says he gets told that a lot and was once offered the chance to direct a Foo Fighters video but was busy on "Up in the Air."

Reitman says the worst case of mistaken identity he's had was after this year's Oscars. "Mark Boal, who wrote 'The Hurt Locker,' and I look a lot alike," Reitman told us last night. "He had won an Oscar and I hadn't and my wife and I were at In-N-Out Burger after the awards and an old woman came up to me and asked, 'Didn't you just win an Oscar?' I told her, 'Nope, I'm afraid not,' " he said.

Big birthday for Jerry Blavat

In honor of Jerry Blavat's 50 years in radio and 70th birthday on Saturday, 88.5 WXPN will air a two-hour special with Blavat from 5 to 7 p.m. which rebroadcasts from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday.

The special features the Geator sitting down with musician and 'XPN host Ben Vaughn to talk about his first love, music, and play cuts from his extensive record collection. Blavat celebrates his 70th Friday with a dance party at his club, Memories (Amherst & Madison), in Margate. Tomorrow, CBS 3 celebrates the Geator on its "Talk Philly" show at noon. Blavat, Chubby Checker and Bobby Rydell will be live with Ukee Washington and Pat Ciarrocchi, and Checker will sing "The Twist."

Dinner raises $$$ for PAWS

Monday's Dinner with Style to benefit the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society raised more than $215,000 for the charity, according to PAWS President Dana Spain. Forty local chefs cooked at the culinary event. Guests included Fox 29's Mike Jerrick, Commerce Bank founder Vernon Hill, lieutenant governor candidate Jonathan Saidel, former Eagle Fred Barnett, Common Pleas President Judge Pamela Dembe and former NBC10 anchor Tiffany McElroy.

Kicked off show, heart unbroken

Local attorney Craig Robinson was voted off "The Bachelorette" Monday night. But don't cry for him just yet. Robinson shared with us before the show premiered that he wasn't searching for love with Ali Fedotowsky, just the experience of the show.

Italian Stallions invited tonight

Mayor Nutter, City Representative Melanie Johnson, lawyer Jimmy Binns and Wawa advertising/branding exec Lisa Wollan will judge tonight's "Rocky" look-alike contest outside the Art Museum.

Registration is at 7, contest at 8. At 9, "Rocky" screens outside. Wawa, sponsor of the Welcome America festival, will serve up 1.25 miles of free hoagies, with leftovers going to Philabundance.

Diaper duty for Brian Hickey

Congratulations to journalist Brian Hickey and wife Angela Klem-Hickey, who welcomed a son, Louden Charles Hickey, last night. The baby, who weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces, is the first child for the former City Paper managing editor and Klem-Hickey, a breast-cancer researcher at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center.

Tiger's tramp here tomorrow

As is common with Damon Feldman events, things change.

Tiger Woods' mistress Devon James will be at Top Dog (2310 W. Marlton) in Cherry Hill at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow, not Friday, for an open-to-the-public news conference to promote her July 30 Big Bang Wrestling match in A.C.

Feldman's seeking Big Bang models for the event who can apply in person tomorrow at Top Dog, where Michael "I Sell Stories About My Daughter Lindsay to the Tabloids" Lohan will also appear. He'll referee the bout between James and Jessica Grey of the Baltimore Charm Lingerie Football League squad.

Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest updates or follow PhillyGossip on Twitter. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or e-mail grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit go.philly.com/dangross.

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