Dan Gross: Surprise! McNabb's back ... and working out here, too

Hugh Jackman gives a thumbs up, sans those Wolverine claws, while attending a Union game Saturday night at PPL Park.
Hugh Jackman gives a thumbs up, sans those Wolverine claws, while attending a Union game Saturday night at PPL Park.
Posted: June 27, 2011

DONOVAN McNABB was a surprise guest Thursday night at SugarHouse Casino, where former Eagles teammate Todd Herremans was hosting an anti-bullying fundraiser.

McNabb signed a few autographs and caught up with Mitchell & Ness President Sean McKinney as well as Delilah's GM Alp Aktan during the event, which was also attended by Eagles Jeremy Maclin, Jamaal Jackson, Trevor Laws, Shady McCoy, Victor Abiamiri, Jamar Chaney, Eldra Buckley and Moises Fokou.

Sean Witherspoon, of the Falcons, Keith Williams from the Steelers, and locally raised Saints lineman Jahri Evans were also there.

In February, Herremans, Jackson and DeSean Jackson appeared on "The View" with Upper Darby middle-schooler Nadin Khoury, who was the victim of a savage schoolyard attack. That kicked off Herremans' anti-bullying efforts.

McNabb, who stayed at the Four Seasons, also worked out with some of his former Eagles teammates at Powertrain Sports, in Cherry Hill.

'Sunny' shooting here today

"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" will be shooting this morning and afternoon outside Varga (10th & Spruce). The FX show will be taping for its seventh season around town for another week or so. Friday night, the cast, including Danny DeVito, the show's South Philly-native creator Rob McElhenney, his co-star/wife, Kaitlin Olson, their baby son, Axel, and actor Glenn Howerton, dined at Melograno (2012 Sansom).

No cutting, or steak, for Hanks

Many stars would have tried to cut the line at Jim's Steaks (4th & South) Thursday but Tom Hanks didn't even think about it when he turned up for a cheesesteak during a short break from interviews promoting his new film, "Larry Crowne," which opens July 1. Hanks didn't have time to wait and left without a steak but later tweeted that "Philly means cheesesteak and Ukee," a shout-out to CBS 3 anchor Ukee Washington. Hanks turned heads Wednesday night while strolling along Rittenhouse Square.

Jackman cheers-on Union

Hugh Jackman sported a Union jersey Wednesday at PPL Park, where he cheered-on the Union in their match against Sporting Kansas City. The Aussie actor is a friend of Union chairman Jay Sugarman and has attended a few previous matches.

Jackman tweeted praise of the Sons of Ben section of fans, where injured US Men's National Team player Stuart Holden banged the drum and watched the game.

Out and about

_ Pete Rose and Larry Christenson caught up over dinner at The Saloon (750 S. 7th) the other night. The pair, accompanied by Rose's lingerie-model girlfriend, Kiana Kim, and Christenson's wife, went for lobster, langostino and crab dishes. The 1980 Phillies World Series Champions signed autographs for anyone who asked, with Christenson at one point going to his car to get a baseball for Rose to sign for a Saloon staffer.

_ Charles Barkley stopped in for dinner at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, in Wayne (321 E. Lancaster), a couple of nights back. Sir Charles went for pork ribs with vinegar peppers and posed for a picture with staff.

_ Dressed as their male alter egos, drag queens Raja and Yara Sofia, former contestants on "RuPaul's Drag Race," stopped at Voyeur (1225 St. James) Wednesday night to catch the drag show by former castmate Mimi Imfurst.

Katy welcomes Keenan

YouTube sensation Keenan Cahill fulfilled his "Teenage Dream" when he appeared onstage with Katy Perry Friday at the Wells Fargo Center.

Cahill, 16, of Chicago, has a rare genetic disorder called MPS6, and credits Perry with his online fame after she tweeted about his lip-synched version of her hit "Teenage Dream." Cahill's lip-synched videos of artists such as 50 Cent and LMFAO have been viewed millions of times. We spoke with Cahill Friday before he met up with Perry. He said he once hoped to be an actor or singer and took to lip-synching on YouTube to promote himself, and it took off.

"I'm reaching my dream," he said. "I have a single coming out. Hopefully 50 Cent will be on it."

Tomorrow, Cahill goes in for surgery on his legs, another in a string of more than a dozen surgeries he has had related to MPS6. You can see our video interview at PhillyGossip.com.

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