Dan Gross: Lili Taylor film wraps local shooting

Posted: September 07, 2010

LILI TAYLOR says she went after "Future Weather" rather than the indie film going after her.

Taylor, whose many credits include "Six Feet Under" and "Say Anything," was a juror on a Nantucket Film Festival screenplay contest and chose writer/director Jenny Deller's script.

"I met her at the festival and said I'd love to grab a coffee with you and talk to you, and it just worked out naturally," Taylor told us Friday. In the film, she plays a science teacher who develops a special relationship with a girl obsessed with global warming.

The film, which stars Perla Haney-Jardine, and features Amy Madigan as the girl's grandmother, wrapped shooting Friday.

Locations included Pennypack Nature Preserve, and areas in Abington and Warminster, such as Kenny's Madison Tavern (472 Madison).

Taylor, who stayed at the Hotel Palomar, in Center City, said that she enjoyed shopping at the Joseph Fox Bookshop (1724 Sansom). She also told us that she was fascinated by the idea of the upcoming "Wreck Chasers" show on TLC, a series about rival tow-truck companies now shooting here.

As for the future of "Future Weather," producer Kristin Fairweather says that the filmmakers are starting "an aggressive editing schedule" in the hopes of submitting the film next month for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Out and about

_ Retired NFL great Warren Sapp sat first class on a Delta flight from Minneapolis to Philadelphia Sunday night. The "Dancing With the Stars" alum wore shorts, a dark T-shirt and a silver cross medallion, says our spy.

* "NYPD Blue" actress Kim Delaney

was at Memories (Amherst & Madison), in Margate, Saturday night along with builder Jeff Orleans. Delaney's brother Eddie used to bartend at the club, owned by Jerry Blavat.

Others in the house Saturday night included Fox 29's John Bolaris, defense attorney Chuck Peruto Jr., Crab Fries magnate Pete Ciarrocchi and comedian Dom Irrera, who played Harrah's Atlantic City over the weekend. Speaking of Irrera, Fred Lavner, of RetroPhilly.com, sent a package for him to Harrah's with T-shirts from West Catholic and Bartram high schools, which both kicked out the troublemaker.

* Kendra Wilkinson and Hank Baskett

celebrated his 28th birthday Saturday night at Davio's (111 S. 17th), where the couple started with cheesesteak spring rolls. The Eagles wide receiver had a ribeye while the Playboy Playmate went for buffalo mozzarella salad and a filet. They shared a dessert and tipped well.

* Charles Barkley and chef Georges

Perrier made an interesting pair at Del Frisco's (15th & Chestnut), where they were joined by Perrier's wife, Andrea, and another couple. As usual, Sir Charles was gracious to fans and was happy to pose for pictures.

* Jets QB Mark Sanchez, linebacker

Bart Scott, center Nick Mangold and about a dozen teammates sat at the bar for dinner and drinks Wednesday at Ruth's Chris Steak House (260 S. Broad), and left good tips.

* Former Phillie Garry Maddox and wife Sondra celebrated his 61st birthday (which was Wednesday) Saturday night over dinner at Scannicchio's (Broad & Porter).

Name Leonard Weaver's pooch

Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver wants your help in naming a 22-week-old English bulldog, the brother of a puppy, Mango, whom he adopted earlier in the summer. Weaver, who's been calling the puppy "little buddy," hopes that fans will submit names through Oct. 5 to benefit his foundation.

To enter a name, fans ages 18 and above must donate $25 to the Leonard Weaver Family Foundation at LeonardWeaverFoundation.org.

The person who recommends the winning name wins two tickets to an Eagles home game (the Giants, Vikings, or Cowboys) in Weaver's suite, along with food and drink, transportation to and from the game and a meet-and-greet with Weaver.

You can also mail an entry, your contact info, and a $25 check made out to the Leonard Weaver Family Foundation to: LWFF, Philadelphia Eagles, One NovaCare Way, Philadelphia, Pa. 19145.

Fox 29 comings/goings

Kerry Barrett, who's been freelancing for Fox 29 for a little while, has gone full time as an anchor/reporter who will contribute to all its newscasts. Michelle Buckman, who started at the station in 2006 as Michelle Williams, announced her resignation on Facebook Saturday, saying that she's "pursuing a new career path" that will allow her to have more family time.

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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