Dan Gross: Be on the hunt for 'Deer'

Posted: August 24, 2011

"Ghostbusters" actor Ernie Hudson and Douglas Bradley, Pinhead in the "Hellraiser" movies, will be in town this weekend shooting "Deer Crossing."

Hudson plays a police captain in the horror/crime thriller and replaces "Reservoir Dogs" actor Michael Madsen, who dropped out for personal reasons. Bradley plays a sheriff in the film, which shoots in Mayfair and near Franklin Mills.

Christian Jude Grillo is the writer/director, and John Michael Kent produces the film in conjunction with Potent Media.

The film also stars Christopher Mann ("The Wire," "Michael Clayton") and Laura Lynn Cottrel ("The Replacements").

Mum on chef plans

Staff at 10 Arts by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton have been given copies of the hotel's statement on the departure of chef Jennifer Carroll, who leaves Oct. 5, in case they are asked about her situation. Hotel reception staffers also have the generic statement about Carroll pursuing "other opportunities" and wishing her well. Carroll, a two-time "Top Chef" contestant, has been telling friends that she has nothing lined up but that it was simply time for change.

OUT AND ABOUT * Pop star Joe Jonas was in Atlantic City on Friday to see DJ Kaskade playing at Mixx nightclub. The next day he went for a massage at the Water Club's Immersion Spa before dining at the Borgata's Wolfgang Puck American Grille. After dinner, the group headed over to mur.mur nightclub, where Jonas met up with L.A.'s DJ Politik before toasting his 22nd birthday with a tier of cupcakes. * Also at the Borgata was "Dancing With the Stars" pro Karina Smirnoff, who led a class of 15 Borgata employees at the Immersion Spa as part of the Borgata Healthy Choices wellness program. Smirnoff and her dad, Glenn, dined at Izakaya. * "Missing You" singer John Waite and his locally raised bassist, Tim Hogan, popped in late Monday night to see 93.3 WMMR overnight DJ Jacky Bam Bam. The guys cabbed from the airport to the City Avenue T.G.I. Friday's and then walked to 'MMR's One Bala Plaza studios, arriving out of breath, and chatted on-air with Bam Bam for about 45 minutes. Waite plays Havana (105 S. Main) in New Hope on Nov. 11. Bam Bam said Pretty Poison's Jade Starling called him to say hello to Waite, who was in town before flying to England to visit his mother. * Men at Work frontman Colin Hay and a pal dined at Davio's (111 S. 17th) on Monday night. The Australian singer had a few solo shows in the area. * Flyers broadcaster Bill Clement lunched at Scannicchio's (Broad & Porter) over the weekend and took a few pictures with the Italian restaurant's staff.

Meet the coach

Phils skipper Charlie Manuel appears from 9 to 10 tonight for a Q&A session at Harrah's Chester.

NAACP honors Browner-White

Marian Anderson Awards Chairwoman Pamela Browner-White is off to Los Angeles, where she'll receive an award Monday at the 21st NAACP Theatre Awards. The President's Award recognizes the former Eagles and Philadelphia Newspapers spokeswoman for "her commitment to diversity and promoting advancement of minorities," according to the award announcement. Actresses Diahann Carroll and Raven Symone are also award recipients at the event hosted by "Reno 911" comedian Niecy Nash. Browner-White says the "recognition of our work with the community and young artists is extremely gratifying to me and the Marian Anderson board."
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