Dan Gross: Glasgow's a dead ringer for Philly

Posted: August 22, 2011

EVEN SCOTTISH zombies read the

Daily News.

A People's Paper newspaper box is one of the Philadelphia props in "World War Z," the Brad Pitt zombie thriller that is now filming in Glasgow, Scotland.

"World War Z" is based on a book set in Philadelphia that centers on a zombie apocalypse. The movie was considering shooting here, which also helped fuel the rumor that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are buying a house in, and/or moving to, Blue Bell that we told you about in June. (They are doing neither). Because of the then-uncertain future of Pennsylvania's film-tax-credits program, Glasgow was chosen to portray Philadelphia.

Greater Philadelphia Film Office head Sharon Pinkenson told us in June that she was devastated to lose the movie, but explained that "filmmakers only go where their costs are a known factor. Uncertainty of tax credits is a non-starter."

OUT AND ABOUT

* Justin Bieber accompanied his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, to town last week, when she performed Friday at the Mann Center and also appeared that morning at Kmart (10th & Market) to launch her Dream Out Loud clothing line for the retailer.

* Television reporter Jane Pauley, a former "Today" show anchor, went for an heirloom-tomato salad, and salmon and chicken plates at Rouge (205 S. 18th) while dining with her daughter the other night.

* "American Idol" 2008 winner David Cook took in the show's tour Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center and stayed to sign autographs for fans seated near the soundboard.

First Eskin, then Burger King

"I guess he couldn't carry on without all the free publicity I've been giving him for years," says Howard Eskin about Burger King's decision to dump his lookalike mascot from its advertising campaigns.

The decision came just days after Eskin announced his departure from daily hosting duties on SportsRadio 610WIP, soon to be SportsRadio 94WIP.

If Burger King is interested in "a new bearded guy named King," he is curious to talk and meanwhile says he would be happy to take the fast-food king out to lunch.

Hathaway's mom acts in Cape May

Wonder if Anne Hathaway will turn up Sept. 18 in Cape May when her mother, actress Kate McCauley Hathaway, performs in a show called "Blue Plate Special," at the Robert Shackleton Playhouse (Bank & Lafayette). The show also features Cape May Forum artistic director Roy Steinberg and actress Marlena Lustik.

Tickets are $50 by calling 609-884-1341 or online at capemaystage.com.

McCauley Hathaway, a La Salle graduate, is a lifelong summer resident of Cape May, where her daughter, who can now be seen in "One Day," has also vacationed for years.

The eBook on Rick Perry

"Rick Perry and his Eggheads," an eBook by former Philadelphia magazine writer Sasha Issenberg, will be released tomorrow by Crown Publishing. The 99-cent offering is about the Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate's 2006 campaign during which he let four academics consult on his campaign and conduct quick, constant studies of campaign effectiveness. It is a chapter from Issenberg's upcoming book The Victory Lab, which will be out in Fall 2012.


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