Dan Gross: Bucks woman brings good vibrations to Regis

Regis Philbin with Bucks County sex-toy merchant Melissa Kraut at his retirement party.
Regis Philbin with Bucks County sex-toy merchant Melissa Kraut at his retirement party.
Posted: November 21, 2011

BUCKS COUNTY sex-toys saleswoman Melissa Kraut crashed Regis Philbin's exclusive retirement party Thursday night at Valbella in Manhattan.

Kraut, who hosts independent romance-enhancement parties for women through her company SlumberPartiesByMelissa.com, strolled right into the party and met and took pictures with Regis, South Jersey-native co-host Kelly Ripa, Kathie Lee Gifford, Barbara Walters and Tony Bennett.

Kraut was seen several years ago on ABC's "Wife Swap," in which two couples trade partners. She has since gotten divorced.

MTV special on late 'Jackass'

MTV will air an hourlong special on late "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 28. "Jackass" cohorts Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Wee Man, Chris Pontius and director Jeff Tremaine are interviewed for the special about Dunn, who was killed in a June accident in West Goshen Township when he crashed his Porsche into a tree while driving drunk and traveling faster than 120 mph.

Prior to the special, at 10 p.m., MTV will air an all-new episode of "Ridiculousness," hosted by Rob Dyrdek,guest-starring Dunn in one of his final television appearances.

'Silver Linings' wraps soon

Enough about "Sexiest Man Alive" Bradley Cooper, the even-sexier Jennifer Lawrence shot a dance-recital scene for "The Silver Linings Playbook" for a few days last week with Cooper at the Benjamin Franklin House in Center City.

In the scene, Lawrence's character tricks Cooper's into training for a dance recital for people with mental illness by telling him it's a dance competition.

Chris Tucker and Julia Stiles also filmed in the building's ballroom for the movie, which is expected to wrap this week.

Simeone's cars get top honor

Congratulations to neurosurgeon Frederick Simeone, whose Simeone Foundation Museum of classic race cars in Southwest Philly took the Museum of the Year award at the International Historic Motoring Awards the other night in London.

The judging panel included Jay Leno and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, who races vintage cars. Simeone, who operated out of Pennsylvania Hospital, began collecting cars in his youth and restores them himself. For info, visit SimeoneMuseum.org.

'Cougar Town' cuts some Slack

You may remember a few months back we reported about Slack's Hoagie Shack owner Dennis Slack's outrage after his logo was used without his permission to represent a fictional hoagie shop on ABC's "Cougar Town," starring Courteney Cox. We hear that after a back-and-forth with ABC's legal department, a Slack's Hoagie Shack T-shirt will be worn by a character on the show in a January episode.

Donnie Wahlberg watches Jay-Z, Kanye

New Kids on the Block singer Donnie Wahlberg, who stars on CBS cop drama "Blue Bloods," hung out in the Live Nation suite Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, where Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch the Throne" tour stopped.

Eddie Bruce now a Friar

Singer Eddie Bruce was just inducted into the New York Friars Club and attended a party Tuesday honoring singer Connie Francis, who was accompanied by Dominic Chianese, who played Uncle Junior on "The Sopranos" and now appears on "Boardwalk Empire." Bruce was nominated for admittance to the club by longtime WCAU radio host Barry Kaye and his wife, Carol.

Thanksgiving night, Bruce will be seen co-hosting, along with Andy Gury, the "Dancin' on Air" dance party on PHL17.

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