Inqlings: Indie film bringing yuks to Bucks

A tasty lineup turned out at Williams-Sonoma in the Shops at the Bellevue on Wednesday for a Bobby Flay book-signing. Flay (right) and Tony Luke Jr. sandwiched chef Margaret Schaum of Williams-Sonoma.
A tasty lineup turned out at Williams-Sonoma in the Shops at the Bellevue on Wednesday for a Bobby Flay book-signing. Flay (right) and Tony Luke Jr. sandwiched chef Margaret Schaum of Williams-Sonoma.
Posted: October 17, 2010

A who's who of character actors - Griffin Dunne (After Hours, Who's That Girl), Cara Buono (The Sopranos, Mad Men), Stuart Margolin (The Rockford Files), Madeleine Martin (Californication), and David Rasche (Sledge Hammer!, Rubicon) - is meandering through assorted Bucks County woodlands through Nov. 5 while filming the comedy The Discoverers.

Writer-director Justin Schwarz and producers Laura Kleger and Louise Lovegrove are shooting the independent film in Croydon, Bristol, Newtown, New Hope, and Tyler State Park - plus a day in the city.

Kleger says Dunne plays a professor (and the son of Margolin, a Lewis and Clark enthusiast) who with his dysfunctional family is dragged into participating in a reenactment of the Lewis and Clark expedition. "It's a road movie, on foot," says Kleger. The filming next moves to Oregon for more exteriors. There's a teaser video at www.discoverersmovie.com

Phillies notes

Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino is credited with helping to defuse a potentially ugly situation outside the Rittenhouse Square bistro Rouge Thursday night. Two groups of patrons were exchanging unpleasantries inside the restaurant, near a table occupied by Victorino and a group of friends, according to patrons. Tempers grew worse as they stepped outside. Victorino joined the combatants on the sidewalk, and told them to knock it off.

Comcast SportsNet's outlets in Philly and the Bay Area have bet on the National League Championship Series. Should the Giants win, the Philly crew will send a batch of Superpretzels to the Willie Mays Boys & Girls Club at Hunters Point, a Giants banner will hang in the CSN Philly newsroom for a week, and CSN Philly exec Brian Monihan will wear a Tim Lincecum jersey and wig for a day. If the Phillies win, the Bay Area CSNers will send Ghirardelli chocolate and sourdough bread to Philabundance, a Phillies banner will be displayed in the Bay Area newsroom for a week, and exec Ted Griggs will wear a Ryan Howard jersey for a day.

Championship cooks

How has winning $1 million in the Pillsbury Bake-Off changed Sue Compton of Delanco? Not much. Compton, 56, who wowed judges with her Mini Ice Cream Cookie Cups six months ago, just went to part time at the mortgage company where she is a processor. She also has been working around a renovation of her kitchen, which is being torn apart to accommodate the appliances she won. "My kitchen is so tiny," says Compton, who despite her windfall won't trade up to a larger house. "I don't live my life differently, but it's nice to have the security of knowing I have money put away." With her extra time, she is putting her baking to use as a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Camden.

Reading's Brett Youmans, 46, a flight attendant who was a 2010 Bake-Off finalist, is back from South Korea, where he won the Infinite Taste of Seoul Award in LG Electronics' Life Tastes Good championship. The lone U.S. representative among about two dozen amateur chefs, he prepared orange-scented lamb skewers atop watercress and roasted fig salad with baked goat cheese.

Briefly noted

Chris Matthews will host his MSNBC Hardball show from Temple University on Thursday, as he tours college campuses to take a closer look at Senate races in Kentucky, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. Candidate Joe Sestak will join him.

Matthews was part of a star-studded dining room Saturday at Parc on Rittenhouse Square that included Vera Wang at one table and Reba McEntire and Kelly Clarkson at another table. The singers had a late dinner at 10 Arts in the Ritz-Carlton Thursday, and Clarkson appeared solo at Buddakan for lunch Friday.

Former Philly Mag articles editor Michael Callahan has surfaced at Town & Country as deputy editor.

Paul Curci, a veteran of 27 years at Philadelphia City Paper (14 years as publisher), announced that he would step down at the end of the year to pursue management consulting. Associate publisher Nancy Stuski is his announced successor.

Bob Craig has started a one-hour program of big-band jazz at 7 p.m. Sundays on WRTI (90.1) and wrti.org.

Four girls who play with the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation - Jasmine Martinez, 10, Morgan Taylor, 16, Rosita Castro, 10, and India Ray, 14 - traded skates for shoes Tuesday to attend the annual Salute to Women in Sports at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. The program, founded by the Comcast-Spectacor chief, was cited as one of the group's outstanding programs of the year.

The Broadcast Pioneers person-of-the-year banquet is scheduled for Nov. 19 at a new venue, the Hilton on City Avenue. An incorrect date appeared in Thursday's column. The Pioneers' luncheon this Wednesday at the Bala Golf Club will be a tribute to broadcaster Bill "Wee Willie" Webber, who died May 23.

Sew what

Aston's Rachel Costa kept Pat Sajak and Vanna White in stitches during a taping of Wheel of Fortune. She has portrayed Betsy Ross at the Betsy Ross House in Old City for several years, and the hosts kept calling her by her stage name while talking up the landmark. As you can see Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. on 6ABC, fate did not smile on Costa. "The wheel hated me and landed on 'Lose a Turn' and 'Bankrupt' every other time," she says. Total winnings: $1,000. "The real prize was how much publicity the Betsy Ross House received," Costa says, her enthusiasm clearly unflagging.


Contact columnist Michael Klein at mklein@phillynews.com. Follow his blog at http://go.philly.com/insider and on Twitter @phillyinsider.

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