Dan Gross: No.6 tunes up at b'day bash

Posted: July 07, 2011

RYAN HOWARD joined in singing "Happy Birthday" early yesterday to a 21-year-old waiter at Martorano's in the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, in Seminole, Fla.

The Phillies slugger stopped there for a late-night meal after the Phillies devastated the Marlins, 14-2, Tuesday night.

Colin Morton, son of Martorano's co-owner Buddy Morton, a longtime Atlantic City nightclub owner, was Howard's server, and as he offered Howard dessert about 12:01 a.m., Morton's fellow waitstaff approached and started singing. Howard was happy to join in and took a picture with Morton, who considers Howard his favorite player.

Movie matters

Bala Cynwyd-raised actor Gideon Glick has been cast alongside Christopher Walken, Sharon Stone and John Turturro in "Gods Behaving Badly." The Lower Merion High School grad will appear in the film based on Marie Phillips' book about a group of Greek gods who share an apartment in New York.

Alicia Silverstone, Edie Falco and Phylicia Rashad are also part of the cast, reports IndieWire.com. Glick's credits include "One Last Thing" with Cynthia Nixon and a few Broadway plays, including the beleaguered "Spider-Man" musical.

* Benny the Bum's (9991 Bustleton)

co-owner Bret Levy is off to Montreal today to shoot a bit part in "The Words," which his old friend Brian Klugman is co-directing. Levy's girlfriend, Kristy Aruffo, a Verizon tax analyst, is also to appear in the film. The couple are traveling today with Klugman's parents, Helen and Jerry. Klugman, a Germantown Academy grad, and Upper Dublin High grad Lee Sternthal co-wrote and are co-directing "The Words." The film stars GA grad Bradley Cooper as a writer who steals the work of another writer, Jeremy Irons.

Dennis Quaid and Zoe Saldana also co-star. Klugman and Sternthal recently had story credits on "Tron: Legacy," and Klugman has many acting credits including "Cloverfield" and "Can't Hardly Wait."

* Musician/filmmaker George Manney

is thrilled that his documentaries "Pipes of Peace," about late bagpiper Rufus Harley, and "Meet Me on South Street: The Story of J.C. Dobbs" will be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's library and archives. For more info, you can visit pipesofpeacemovie.com or meetmeonsouthstreetmovie.com.

'Top Model' casting in A.C.

Last season's "America's Next Top Model" winner, Brittani Kline, had Philly ties. Could the next winner? The CW Philly 57 is hosting a casting call for the show 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Atlantic City Outlets. Registration starts at 9 a.m. All women age 18 to 27 who are least 5 feet 7 are welcome to audition. You must bring photo ID and a completed application. Find the application and details at cwphilly.com.

She's cooking for Rocco

South Philly native chef Natalie Stone will compete July 20 on chef Rocco DiSpirito's "Rocco's Dinner Party" on Bravo.

Stone graduated from Shawnee High, in Medford, N.J., and spent years in the restaurant business before going into acting and cooking and selling biscotti named after her daughter Bella. Read more about that at BellasBiscotti.com.

Renewing w/Rascal Flatts

Ridley Park's Barbara and Mark Persia will renew their vows at the Rascal Flatts show Saturday at the Susquehanna Bank Center, in Camden. The couple, who met 17 years ago when he was a customer and she was a waitress at Denny's, on Baltimore Pike, have been married 14 years. Their daughter, Sarah, will attend the ceremony. The Persias won a contest through Conshohocken-based David's Bridal, which is providing her wedding dress (she'll supply the cowboy boots). The family will also meet and greet the Rascal Flatts before the show.

Country nights at D&B's

Country singer Frankie Ballard kicks off 92.5 WXTU and Dave & Buster's (325 N. Columbus) weekly Country on the River parties from 8 to 11 tonight with a performance at D&B's Dockside Bar.

Ballard is touring with Taylor Swift after winning Kenny Chesney's Next Big Star contest.

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