‘New Girl’ star catches J-Roll’s ball

“New Girl” actor Jake Johnson shows off the foul ball he caught off Jimmy Rollins during Monday’s Phillies-Cubs game.
“New Girl” actor Jake Johnson shows off the foul ball he caught off Jimmy Rollins during Monday’s Phillies-Cubs game.
Posted: May 03, 2012

SOME GUYS have all the luck.

“New Girl” star Jake Johnson hadn’t been at Monday’s Phillies-Cubs game for five minutes when he caught a foul ball hit by Jimmy Rollins in the 8th inning.

Johnson, a Chicago native and huge Cubs fan, has been to hundreds of games and never caught a ball. He told the People Paper’s Ellen Gray that he had his phone in one hand taking a picture of Citizens Bank Park when he saw the ball coming.

“I sat down, the ball goes in my hand,” he said. “I have the camera in one hand. I didn’t even have time to get nervous about catching or missing it,” Johnson said.

The actor, who will also appear in the film “Safety Not Guaranteed,” out June 8, said that he hopes to visit every MLB stadium and that he asked Fox to arrange his “New Girl” publicity tour with that in mind. He knew Monday he would miss most of the Phillies-Cubs game, but wanted to see as much as he could after flying into town.

He planned to see a Red Sox game Tuesday night.

Shooting shuts Walnut

The 1600 block of Walnut Street will be closed to traffic for a few days because of the filming of “Dead Man Down,” a mob drama starring Colin Farrell.

Sigourney still smokin’

Sigourney Weaver still has her “Alien” physique, reports someone who saw her working out at the Rittenhouse on Saturday afternoon. The actress is in town shooting “Political Animals,” a USA miniseries scheduled to debut in July.

Geator mourns Clark

Jerry Blavat will be flying to Los Angeles on Wednesday night to attend Dick Clark’s private memorial at Pepperdine University in Malibu on Thursday. Clark wrote the introduction to the Geator’s book, You Only Rock Once. Blavat says he didn’t think twice about flying out for the memorial service for his old friend when Clark’s widow, Kari, called last week.

Screech comes to town

Dustin Diamond, a/k/a Screech from “Saved by the Bell,” appears from 11 to 1 Thursday night at Mad River (4100 Main) in Manayunk. The next night at 7, Diamond hosts a promotional match for the Pillow Fighting Championships, at the Feldman Boxing Gym (95 S. Eagle) in Havertown. Tickets for the girl-on-girl event are $10.

Charitably minded

This year’s Utley All-Star Animals Casino Night is open to the public. Tickets are still available for the May 10 event at the Electric Factory. Jennifer and Chase Utley will be on hand raising money for the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ Etana Fund, which the couple established several years ago, named after an abused pit bull whose medical bills they paid. Many of Utley’s Phillies teammates show up every year for the charity event. Tickets are $300 and available by calling 215-627-1060.

Comcast SportsNet’s Michael Barkann and CBS 3/CW Philly anchor Susan Barnett will emcee the event, which will feature live and silent auctions.

Frankford native/Saints lineman Jahri Evans hosts his charitable foundation’s annual Celebrity Bowling Bash on Friday at the Dave & Buster’s in Franklin Mills.

The event starts at 10 p.m. and is part of Evans’ Sportsfest Weekend. Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for kids in advance at JahriEvans.com, where the first 100 buyers of kids tickets will get free gaming cards for the event. Because, you know, kids should attend an event that starts at 10 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults or $20 for kids at the door.

Designer Tory Burch will attend the Cancer Support Community of Philadelphia’s Evening in the Yard on Friday night at Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard. Burch’s sister-in-law Patty Isen, a CSCP board member, will receive an award. NBC10’s Lori Wilson willpresents another award to PSCP member Diane Cloutier. Radio host Michael Smerconish of 1210-AM, Eagles co-owner Christina Lurie and former tight end John Spagnola will serve as guest auctioneers. Tickets are available at 215-879-7733 cancersupport-phila.org.

A brunch fundraiser for Kevin Neary, who became a quadriplegic in November when shot during an attempted robbery, will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m.  on Sunday at Union Trust (717 Chestnut). For more info, visit KevinNeary.com.


Read Dan’s latest at PhillyGossip.com, email DGross@phillynews.com or call 215-854-5963 and follow him on Twitter @PhillyGossip. For recent columns: philly.com/dangross.

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