Dan Gross: Party with Miami's 'Three Kings'

Posted: October 13, 2010

REUBEN "BIG RUBE" Harley swears he has LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh scheduled to attend an Oct. 26 party at Play2, adjacent to Chickie's & Pete's (1526 Packer).

The "Triple Threat" party is the night before the Miami Heat, on which the so-called Three Kings now play, take on the Sixers. Tickets are $25 for the 9 p.m. party, and those wishing to secure VIP accommodations can contact Big Rube, who put throwback jerseys on the backs of rappers and athletes while working at Mitchell & Ness eight years ago. E-mail him at bigrubeent@ msn.com.

Ladies, Rube says "your sexiest heels get you in front of the line."

Actress in two PFF offerings

Bala Cynwyd actress Michelle Nagy is in two films playing the Philadelphia Film Festival.

Nagy, also a singer-songwriter, plays a pot-smoking mom in "Cafe," shot in Bala Cynwyd and starring Jennifer Love Hewitt and Jamie Kennedy, and a music teacher in "Blue Valentine," which stars Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams and did some shooting in King of Prussia and Wayne. Nagy has appeared in "The Happening" and "What Happens in Vegas." Speaking of "Cafe," written and directed by Marc Erlbaum and produced by PFF executive director J. Andrew Greenblatt, the film shot in May 2009 inside a restaurant that is now Avril (134 Bala). Avril co-owners April Lisante, former Daily News food editor, and chef/husband Christian Gatti are looking forward to seeing the film that was shot inside their Southern French/Northern Italian bistro and hope to make it to one of the screenings during the festival. Nagy, whose song "I am Butterfly" can be heard in "Cafe," will play at MarBar (40th & Walnut) after its premiere Saturday at the Rave theater next door.

More PFF guests expected . . .

Samantha Mathis ("Pump Up the Volume") and Mary Beth Hurt ("Age of Innocence") are expected to attend Friday's screening of "Lebanon, PA" at the Prince (1412 Chestnut), as will actress Rachel Kitson, a Temple student, who also co-stars.

The film - written, directed and produced by Bryn Mawr Film Institute manager Ben Hickernell - was produced by Lower Merion High grad Jason Contino and shot entirely around Philadelphia and Lebanon, Pa., last year. It also screens Sunday and on Oct. 24.

* And more fest guests: Amy Sedaris,

Bonnie Somerville and Christopher McDonald are expected for one of the "Best and the Brightest" screenings, though Neil Patrick Harris will be a no-show. The movie shot on the Main Line last year.

For a full PFF schedule, visit pff10.org.

PABJ honors Denise James

The Pennsylvania Association of Black Journalists honored former 6ABC reporter Denise James at its meeting last night at the Daily News/Inquirer building. James, whose position was eliminated while she was out on medical leave, is vice president of the PABJ. The group's president, Sarah J. Glover, a Daily News/Inquirer photographer, says James, who's now teaching at Temple, brought a sense of "wisdom, excitement, urgency and poise" to broadcasting and will be sorely missed.

Whisper takes over Denim

Here's what not to wear to Friday's grand opening of Whisper (1712 Walnut), the club where Denim used to be: sneakers, work boots, hats, T-shirts and athletic gear.

Sat One, resident DJ at Dusk at Caesars Atlantic City, spins Friday night at the 8,000-square-foot club with six bars and three lounge areas. The private club, which requires memberships, can serve until 3:30 a.m. and will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Chris Nork, formerly of G Lounge, is general manager at Whisper, which has been lined in 3,000 square feet of noise-reduction material to be nice to its neighbors. For more info, visit whisperclub.com.

Meatball fight on Food Network

The meatballs at Ralph's (760 S. 9th) and Villa di Roma (936 S. 9th) battle it out at 10 tomorrow night on the Food Network's "Food Feuds," hosted by Iron Chef Michael Symon. Symon also recently shot a roast-pork battle between Tony Luke's (Front & Oregon) and John's Roast Pork (Weccacoe & Snyder).

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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