Dan Gross: Karen Hepp a theft victim

Karen Hepp: "Today" role
Karen Hepp: "Today" role
Posted: September 29, 2011

FOX 29 ANCHOR Karen Hepp's make-up bag was stolen recently from her Saab SUV parked in the driveway of her Main Line home. Some of the makeup was recovered on her neighbor's lawn by Lower Merion police, who have made one arrest in a string of car break-ins in the neighborhood.

Less makeup isn't the only image change for Hepp, who debuted as a brunette on yesterday morning's "Good Day" show.

Hepp says news director Steve Schwaid requested that she go from blond to brunette, which her husband, Brian Sullivan, also prefers. In addition to the "two most important men in my life," Hepp is also happy with the color crafted by Ardmore's Jay Michael Salon.

* In other Fox news, Omari Fleming starts Nov. 1 as a reporter, having last worked as an anchor at CBS in Memphis.

Hollywood at Walmart

Emilio Estevez and his father, Martin Sheen, will be at Walmart (3641 Horizon), in Bensalem, from 7 to 8 Monday night signing autographs at a promotional event for "The Way," which opens Oct. 7 at the AMC Plymouth Meeting and AMC Neshaminy 24. Estevez wrote and directed the movie in which Sheen stars. Fans can pick up passes to an advance screening of the film at the event. For more info on the movie, visit theway-themovie.com.

OUT AND ABOUT Actor Tyrese Gibson dined Tuesday at Swanky Bubbles (10 S. Front) along with Jackiem Wright and Reggie Berry of 400 PTM, a management company for athletes and entertainers.

'Macs' stars coming

Actors David Boreanaz, Carla Gugino and Marley Shelton are expected Oct. 14 for a premiere of "The Mighty Macs," at the Kimmel Center. The movie, about the 1972 Immaculata College women's basketball champions, plays at 8:30, followed by a dance party. Tickets are available at the Kimmel box office or by phone at 215-893- 1999. For more screening info visit themighty macs. com.

Good Karma

Hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams will be in town next week, meeting with Comcast about Karmaloop TV. He's now involved with the online and TV network covering youth culture.

Piscopo's Temple gig

Comedian Joe Piscopo will be at Temple tomorrow speaking with a TV-production class taught by veteran television producer Donna Benner. Her course will also include Skype lectures this semester by Phil Donahue and Ricki Lake, now seen on "Dancing with the Stars."

On the comedy Mapa

Comedian Alec Mapa, seen on "Ugly Betty" and "Desperate Housewives," will be in town for the new QComedy Festival, Oct. 9- 15.

Mapa headlines and closes out the festival with a show at Voyeur (1221 St. James). More info available at nightlifegay.com.

Social networking

La Salle communications major Jodi Gilbert has a class about social media in newsgathering, and she experienced how it works firsthand the other day.

Three hours after she responded to a Twitter post from ABC News looking for people in the NY/NJ area who cook dinner for their teenage kids, her father, Dan Gilbert, was being taped in the family's Pittsgrove, N.J., home. The family tries to have dinner together almost nightly and was featured in an "ABC Evening News with Diane Sawyer" report about a Columbia University study that found that families who gather together for dinner tend to have children with fewer problems with drugs and alcohol than families who don't dine together.

Worley signs tonight

Phillies pitcher Vance Worley signs autographs from 4 to 6 today at Forman Mills (22 E. Wolf) in South Philly. He'll sign Phillies gear bought only at that store.

Visit PhillyGossip.com for Dan's latest updates or follow @PhillyGossip on Twitter. Have a tip? Call 215-854-5963, or email grossd@phillynews.com. For recent columns, visit philly.com/DanGross.

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