Dan Gross: Gwynnie had no time for granny

Posted: April 28, 2011

GWYNETH PALTROW was no fan of her late, Philadelphia-raised grandmother Katharine Danner. Paltrow used a four-letter word that rhymes with "hunt" to describe her maternal grandmother during an interview Tuesday on E!'s "Chelsea Lately."

"She tried to poison my mother against me, but it didn't work! Because I have a great mother," Paltrow said, complimenting her actress mom, Blythe Danner. "She [Paltrow's grandmother] must not have been very happy and must have had a lot of pain, because she was mean as hell," Paltrow said. Her grandmother died in 2006.

The late Katharine Danner, born Katharine Kile, was once married to violin maker William Moennig Jr., whose world-famous Rittenhouse Square violin shop remained in his family for nearly 100 years until it closed last year.

Another granddaughter is actress Katherine Moennig, who starred on Showtime's "The L Word."

Reached last night, Katherine's mother, Mary Zahn, a former Broadway dancer, declined to comment on Paltrow's slur of her late mother-in-law, the mother of her late husband Bill Moennig 3rd.

Out and about

 * Sean "Diddy" Combs turned heads as

he strolled through the Borgata lobby on his way to his suite at the Water Club over the weekend. The rap mogul crashed at the hotel after his Diddy Dirty Money show at House of Blues and after hosting a party at the C5 club inside the Chelsea.

* Michael Vick and his kids stopped by Dave & Buster's (325 N. Columbus) the other night for food and games.

* Mayor Nutter performed "Rapper's Delight," by Sugarhill Gang, Tuesday night at Time (1315 Sansom), where he had several drinks during the open-mike night with drummer Peter Gaudioso and guitarist Marc Lomax.

Marlton guy is in 'Memphis'

Marlton-native actor Bryan Langlitz is part of the cast of the Broadway show "Memphis," composed by Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan. The show also will be broadcast tonight, this weekend and next week in area movie theaters. For info, visit FathomEvents.com. Langlitz, a Cherokee High grad, lives in New York and occasionally still works with the Ritz Theatre Company in Oaklyn, N.J.

'Idol' winner plays for students

"American Idol" winner Kris Allen performs Tuesday at Esperanza Academy Charter High School, in North Philadelphia, in conjunction with the local nonprofit Artists and Musicians of Latin America and the Berklee City Music Network. It's for students only.

Cartoon drops Schoolly D tune

The Cartoon Network's "Aqua Teen Hunger Force" is turning into "Aqua Unit Patrol Squad" and changing its theme song, which for years has been a rhyme by Philly hip-hop pioneer Schoolly D. Paste magazine reports that the new theme is a rock tune by Queens of the Stone Age/Kyuss frontman Josh Homme and Alain Johannes.

Garces hires former Starr guy

After a year away from the business, Jon Friedman, a former director of restaurants for Stephen Starr's Starr Restaurant Organization, has been hired as director of operations for Starr rival Jose Garces' Garces Restaurant Group.

Charitably minded

_ St. Joe's basketball coach, Phil Martelli, hosts the 2011 Martelli Games tonight at Dave & Buster's in Plymouth Meeting. The event puts teams from companies around the region against each other to benefit the nonprofit Developmental Enterprises Corp. (DEC). Helping Martelli coach will be Drexel coach Bruiser Flint; 610 WIP's Rhea Hughes; Cindy Griffin, coach of the St. Joe's women's team; and veteran coach Theresa Grentz, a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. The public is invited to watch from 7 to 8.

* Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society

(PAWS) hosts a benefit starting at noon Saturday at Khyber Pass Pub (56 S. 2nd). Twenty bucks buys a bottomless cup of beers donated by Philadelphia Brewing Co., Yards, Sixpoint, Sly Fox and others, to benefit the city's largest animal-rescue and only no-kill shelter. More info: phillypaws.org.

We goofed on PIFA party cost

Tickets for the Last Night in Paris party tomorrow night at the Kimmel Center hosted by actor Boris Kodjoe are $30 at the Kimmel or online at pifa.org.

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