Dan Gross: Will & Jaden Smith meeting with M. Night

Posted: August 11, 2011

WILL SMITH and son Jaden, who starred in "The Karate Kid" remake, are in the area meeting with director M. Night Shyamalan. The Smiths are slated to co-star in an untitled sci-fi film that Shyamalan will direct. The film is set 1,000 years from now. Jaden will play a young boy on an abandoned planet, with Will playing his dad, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The pair previously played father and son in "The Pursuit of Happyness."

Yesterday Shyamalan was spotted location-scouting at the old 3M Factory in Bristol, where he shot "Lady in the Water" in 2005. We hear that Will Smith is expected to check out the location later this week.

On Tuesday night, Smith introduced Nas and Damian Marley at their Electric Factory concert and spent the show dancing on the side of the stage with Jaden.

Swanky hangs tough

Old City's Swanky Bubbles will be seen at 10 p.m. Sunday on Spike TV's "Bar Rescue." Host Jon Taffer spent a week at Swanky (10 S. Front St.) and advised the bar on how to become more female-friendly.

The bar consultant and host told us that he suggested changing the menu, installing a new bar and creating an atmosphere appropriate for a "girls' night out."

We told him that word around town was that Swanky had ignored most of his changes - including renaming the place Sheer - and asked if he felt scammed.

"Not at all," he said. "I went in with the intent to do a good job, and I did a good job. My job is to clean up the boat. If an owner chooses to drive it into a reef, that's their choice."

Witt at World Cafe

Actress Alicia Witt, who was just seen on the "Friday Night Lights" finale, is also a singer/songwriter. That's what brings her to World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut) Wednesday.

The redheaded beauty is a classically trained pianist and displayed her musical prowess in episodes of "Twin Peaks," "Cybill" and "Ally McBeal."

Among tracks on her new EP, which is out on iTunes, is a cover of Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al," which she calls a "dark, gorgeous song." While she is touring with her music, Witt's no slouch in the acting department. She has four movies that are about to open either in festivals or theaters: "Bending the Rules," with Upper Darby's Jamie Kennedy; "The Boarding House"; "Cowgirls N' Angels"; and "Joint Body."

Tickets for Wednesday's show are $13 at worldcafelive.com. You can sample Witt's songs at aliciawittmusic.com

ESPN host runs here

Dana Jacobson, the host of ESPN's "First Take," will take part in the Philadelphia Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon Sept. 18. And she has a trainer with credentials - Bethlehem, Pa.'s Bart Yasso, the chief running officer of Runner's World magazine. For more info on the run, visit runrocknroll.com.

Feastival fetes Rendell

Former Gov. Ed Rendell will be honored for his devotion to culture in Philadelphia at the Feastival Sept. 14 at Pier 9 (121 N. Columbus). The culinary event benefits the Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festival, which runs Sept. 2-17. More than 60 local restaurants will be featured, all handpicked by restaurateurs Stephen Starr, Audrey Claire Taichman and Michael Solomonov, the last of whom hosted a preview party Monday at his Percy Street Barbecue (9th & South). For info, visit phillyfeastival.com.

Stomp for free

The Dovells will celebrate the 50th anniversary of "The Bristol Stomp," at 8 p.m. Saturday with a free show at the Lou Booth Ampitheater, in North Wildwood.
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