Dan Gross: Spielberg's in town for fundraiser

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2009 file photo, director Steven Spielberg arrives at the America's Democratic Legacy Award Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Spielberg, who created a foundation to preserve oral histories of the Holocaust, is honoring the head of cable TV company Comcast for his work as "an ambassador to learning." Spielberg will present Brian Roberts, chairman and chief executive officer of Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp., with the Shoah Foundation's annual Ambassadors for Humanity Award at a benefit gala Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2009 file photo, director Steven Spielberg arrives at the America's Democratic Legacy Award Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif. Spielberg, who created a foundation to preserve oral histories of the Holocaust, is honoring the head of cable TV company Comcast for his work as "an ambassador to learning." Spielberg will present Brian Roberts, chairman and chief executive officer of Philadelphia-based Comcast Corp., with the Shoah Foundation's annual Ambassadors for Humanity Award at a benefit gala Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, File) (Danny Moloshok)
Posted: May 09, 2011

FILMMAKER Steven Spielberg is expected to tour the National Museum of American Jewish History today while in town for his USC Shoah Foundation Institute's fundraiser tonight at the Loews Hotel, honoring Comcast CEO Brian Roberts.

Spielberg's Righteous Persons Foundation donated $1 million toward the museum's construction efforts in 2008, and the Haddon Heights native also donated his first 8mm film camera to be displayed at the museum, which opened at its new home in November.

Jon Bon Jovi will perform at tonight's benefit for Shoah, which works to preserve memories of Holocaust survivors and those of other genocides. Tickets for the gala, at which nearly 700 guests are expected, started at $1,500.

Perri more than 'Glee'-ful

Tomorrow is a big day for Bensalem native Christina Perri. Her debut album, "Lovestrong," will be released and her hit single "Jar of Hearts" will be featured on "Glee," performed by Lea Michelle in the prom episode of the Fox hit. Perri, 24, a 2004 Archbishop Ryan graduate, will also be seen on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" on Friday, on "Today" on May 17 and on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on May 18.

Schoolly D joins movie cast

How authentic could a movie centered on Philadelphia hip-hop be without Schoolly D? The rap pioneer, from 52nd and Parkside, just shot a fight scene for "Must Be the Music," which actor/filmmaker Charles S. Dutton continues to shoot in the area. Schoolly, a/k/a Jesse B. Weaver, plays himself, as an artist on Dutton's character Big Mike's label in the hip-hop murder mystery that is still shooting at Sigma Sound Studios (212 N. 12th). Dutton "really respects rap and he respects us," Schoolly said Friday. "Everyone is making it as entertaining as possible but also as real as possible."

As for keeping it real playing himself, Schoolly said that that wasn't hard. "I've been playing myself for 30 years," he said of his long musical career.

Felicia "Snoop" Pearson from "The Wire" and Tariq Trotter, a/k/a Black Thought, of the Roots, co-star in the film, as do Jadakiss, Trina and Ms. Jade.

Schoolly, who also just recorded a few songs for "444," an upcoming Abel Ferrara film starring Willem Dafoe, is back this week shooting a live music scene that he will probably freestyle. "I'm a ham. I'm always ready for anything," he says.

Speaking of movies and Sigma

Columbia Pictures' vice president of production, DeVon Franklin, will speak about and sign copies of his book "Produced by Faith: Enjoy Real Success Without Losing Your True Faith" at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Sigma Sound. Franklin, who produced "Jumping the Broom," in theaters now, started out as an intern for Will Smith and James Lassiter at Overbrook Entertainment. For more info on the event, call 215-878-2665.

'Philadelphia' at City Hall

"Philadelphia," Jonathan Demme's 1993 film about AIDS discrimination, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington, screens at City Hall at 5:30 May 16 to promote the Philadelphia Film Society, as well as to "enliven City Hall," a city spokesman says.

Meanwhile, Ron Nyswaner, who wrote the film, told lifestyle author Bruce Littlefield, his Catskills neighbor, that he is working on the movie "Predisposed," starring Jesse Eisenberg, Tracy Morgan and Melissa Leo. It starts shooting in a couple of weeks and deals with addictions that people inherit from their parents.

Out and about

_ Flyers Danny Briere, Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Ville Leino, Dan Carcillo and Scott Hartnell brunched together Saturday afternoon at Tweed (114 S. 12th).

* Sacramento Kings forward Donte Greene partied Friday night at the C5 club at the Chelsea in Atlantic City.

In other Flyers news . . .

Flyers icon Bernie Parent is the latest in 97.5 the Fanatic's Lunch with a Legend series and will be at Morton's (1411 Walnut) tomorrow for a noon-to-2 p.m. Q&A session and lunch. Tickets are $50. To reserve, call Steve McGrath 215-557-0724.

She's still in 'Jeopardy!'

Good luck to South Philly's Elisabeth Raab, who advanced to the semifinals of the "Jeopardy!" teachers' tournament and should be seen on the show again tonight at 7 on 6ABC. Raab, an English teacher at High School for the Future, earned a wildcard spot in the semifinals by placing third on Wednesday's episode.

She and eight other teachers are vying for a $100,000 prize, but each is guaranteed $10,000 in the teachers' tournament, the show's first.

Speaking of "Jeopardy!" Jimmy McGuire, from the show's Clue Crew, had dinner Thursday at Legal Sea Foods, at the Philadelphia

International Airport.

Rocks, paper, scissors shoot

A BBC film crew will be at the Raven Lounge (1718 Sansom) Wednesday night shooting the bar's weekly Rocks, Paper, Scissors event for a show called "The Code." Oxford University math professor Marcus du

Sautoy will participate in the game, which starts at 7, and will talk about probability behind the decision-making hands-on sport.

Charitably minded

_ 610 WIP's Glen Macnow and

Anthony Gargano are hosting a fundraiser tonight for longtime WIP caller Linda Christie, better known on air as Linda from Mayfair, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. WIP's Steve Trevelise, whose wife, Deneen, is a breast-cancer survivor, and on whose show Linda broke the news, is doing a comedy set, as is Joe Conklin. The party runs from 6 to 9 p.m. at Chickie's & Pete's (11000 Roosevelt Blvd.) and costs $25 at the door.

* Villanova basketball coach Jay Wright speaks Wednesday night at the Delaware Valley chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Young Professional Leadership Committee at UBS Financial Service (101 W. Elm) in Conshohocken. For more info on the committee, call 610-325-6001.

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