Inqlings: Thriller is looking for actors

Kate Bilo will be a morning meteorologist for CBS3.
Kate Bilo will be a morning meteorologist for CBS3.
Posted: September 16, 2010

The action/thriller Safe - starring Jason Statham (The Transporter, The Expendables) as an agent who rescues a girl, finds the combination to a safe, and has to fight off thugs - is preparing to start shooting here next month, and the casting call is out.

Through Heery Casting, director/writer Boaz Yakin (Uptown Girls, Remember the Titans) and producer Lawrence Bender are looking for Asian adults and Russian/Slavic men; Asian children, ages 10 to 13; and men of all ethnicities who can portray drug addicts or homeless people. And if you're a man fluent in Mandarin or Russian, well, buddy, you're golden.

The call, Saturday at Club Shampoo (Seventh and Willow Streets, just north of Callowhill Street), will be from 10 to 11 a.m. for the children, and 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. for adult roles. Bring pictures and resumes or a recent snapshot.

Top-shelf talent

The National Museum of American Jewish History has booked Bette Midler and Jerry Seinfeld to headline its opening gala Nov. 13, to be held in a clear-top tent on Independence Mall. The museum, which is relocating to Fifth and Market Streets, opens the next day.

No 'competition'

Praise 103.9's Lonnie Hunter, pastor of Bethany Baptist Church in Lindenwold, will help judge How Sweet the Sound, a nationally touring gospel competition, Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center, which will determine the area's top gospel choir. But competition is a misnomer, Hunter told me. "Everybody is behind everybody. The spirit takes the whole competition feel out of the air. It just ends up being a great fellowship." The winner - and yes, one will be chosen - will go on to the finale in Washington, D.C. Also judging will be Hezekiah Walker of Bensalem's Love Fellowship Tabernacle and gospel legend Marvin Sapp, who also will host the event with CeCe Winans and Donald Lawrence.

Media info

CBS3 has hired Kate Bilo, a Phoenixville native, as a morning meteorologist, filling the slot vacated by Maria LaRosa (now at the Weather Channel) and later by Doug Kammerer (now at the NBC station in D.C.). Bilo (say it "buy-low") starts the week of Oct. 4. Since 2004, a year after her graduation from Penn State, she had worked for AccuWeather. She's married, with a toddler son.

Comcast SportsNet wants to supply a studio audience for the one-hour special Meet The Flyers, being taped Sunday at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees with assorted Flyers, coaches, and team brass. Registration will start at 9 a.m. and seating will start at 1:30 p.m. The special is slotted to premiere at 9 p.m. next Thursday.

CNN's Rick Sanchez will talk up his book Conventional Idiocy on Bob Rovner's show at 1 p.m. Friday on WNWR-AM (1540).

Notes on the arts

A first for the Penn Museum: timed tickets to an exhibition, as organizers expect high demand for "Secrets of the Silk Road," making its sole East Coast stop from Feb. 5 through June 5. The box office opened Wednesday.

Bert and Ernie, in the flesh, will help volunteers collect new toothbrushes and toiletries for Women Against Abuse from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday at the Wells Fargo Center box office. The Sesame Street characters will give out discount coupons to the show Elmo's Healthy Heroes at the center next week.

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