Dan Gross: Spurlock's latest to close CineFest

Posted: February 28, 2011

"SUPER SIZE ME" director Morgan Spurlock's new film, "The Greatest Movie Ever Sold," is a closing-night selection for the Philadelphia CineFest, which runs April 7 to 14. Spurlock will speak at the Ritz East (125 Sansom) screening of the documentary about inescapable advertising, branding and product placement that he funded (how else?) through branding, advertising and product placement.

It's the local premiere of the movie, which won great reviews at the Sundance Film Festival. Spurlock also will attend an after-party at Positano Coast (2nd & Walnut).

CineFest artistic director Josh Goldbloom says he hopes that the entire festival is "one giant party all week long," and is glad to have the Trocadero (1003 Arch), Painted Bride (230 Vine) and the Piazza at Schmidts among venues. A full schedule and ticket info will be up soon at phillycinema.org.

The good jokes were on-screen

NBC 10's John Clark and 6ABC's Jeff Skversky certainly seemed to enjoy "Hall Pass." A guy sitting behind the sports reporters at a preview screening Tuesday at the Ritz East says that the pair "talked throughout the entire movie, constantly yelling out stupid one-liners and bad jokes." Clark says that he and Skversky, and two more friends, "thought the movie was wildly funny."

"We were laughing the whole time and reciting the funny lines," says Clark, who did not feel that the group was disruptive.

Is Ashley the 'Bachelorette?'

Is Penn Dental School student Ashley Hebert the next "Bachelorette"?

Reality-show blogger Reality Steve and several other websites say so.

Hebert, 26, is one of three contestants remaining on "The Bachelor," which airs its semifinals at 8 tonight on ABC.

An ABC spokeswoman did not return a request for comment on whether Hebert will be the next "Bachelorette," or when the next installment is scheduled to start.

"We never comment on speculation or rumor," a spokeswoman said about the next installment of "The Bachelorette," which premieres in May.

Willie Gary jets in

Flashy Florida attorney Willie E. Gary spoke to students at Boys Latin Charter School, in West Philadelphia, on Thursday, in conjunction with a Black History Month program by the Community Angel Foundation, which presents a quarterly series called Success Speaks.

Thursday night, Community Angel's chairwoman and founder, Veniece Newton, and the Barristers' Association of Philadelphia's Sherman Toppin welcomed Gary, nicknamed "The Giant Killer," at a reception at Two Liberty Place attended by many attorneys and state Rep. Tony Payton, Judge Roxanne Covington and Clothier to the Stars Baba Taiye Renfrow of Distante (1510 Sansom).

If you're unfamiliar with Gary, whose private jets are named the Wings of Justice and Wings of Justice II, we encourage you to check out his amusing bio video at williegary.com, which references his "walking right into Mickey Mouse's back yard in Orlando, Fla., and coming away with a $240 million judgment."

Local nurse on 'Dr. Oz'

Registered nurse Betty Long, founder of the Flourtown-based patient-advocate organization Guardian Nurses, will be seen Thursday on "The Dr. Oz Show" (9 a.m., CBS 3).

A show crew was in the area recently following Long as she saw patients, and she was in New York on the "Dr. Oz" set last week.

Matisyahu to play after Sixers

West Chester native Matthew Miller, known as the Hasidic Jew reggae artist Matisyahu, will perform March 30 as part of Jewish Heritage Night at the Sixers/Rockets game at the Wells Fargo Center.

The night also features displays from the National Museum of American Jewish History, and kosher catering from Max & David's (8120 Old York), in Elkins Park.

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