Rob Zombie to direct Flyers flick called ‘Broad Street Bullies'

Rob Zombie: Writer, director, producer.
Rob Zombie: Writer, director, producer.
Posted: June 21, 2012

Rob Zombie will write, direct and produce "Broad Street Bullies," a film about the 1970s-era Stanley Cup-winning Flyers, reports Deadline.com.

Zombie, the former White Zombie musician who became a successful horror filmmaker with "House Of 1000 Corpses" and "Halloween," tells the website that he has the rights to the Flyers story and the full support of the Flyers organization. "The backdrop of the turbulent year of 1974 is perfect for this ‘stranger than fiction' sports tale," Zombie told Deadline.com's Mike Fleming.

"The great Rob Zombie making a drama feature film about the Broad Street Bullies is exciting and thrilling for all of us! I look forward to seeing it," said Flyers great Bobby Clarke when contacted by Deadline.com.

Last year HBO debuted an hour-long documentary on the Flyers also called "Broad Street Bullies."

NBC following up on Sandusky

You may have heard about the prosecution in the Jerry Sandusky case wanting to present unaired portions of the Bob Costas interview with the purported child rapist that aired on NBC's "Rock Center with Brian Williams" in November.

By most accounts (and in our opinion), Costas did a great job interviewing Sandusky, especially since he had all of 15 minutes' notice. But it turns out he did an even better job than we thought. During that unaired portion of the interview, Costas suggests to Sandusky that he was "Describing the classic MO of many pedophiles? And that is that they gain the trust of young people; they don't necessarily abuse every young person."

Sandusky's reply is damning: "And I didn't go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I've helped," he said. "There are many that I didn't have — I hardly had any contact with who I have helped in many, many ways.''

We asked NBC News why this portion of the interview didn't run during the 48-minute broadcast, which included Costas discussing the story with Williams. “There were many compelling comments that we included in the time period we had and we are very proud of this interview," an NBC News spokeswoman told us Tuesday.

She confirmed that a follow-up on Sandusky will air on Thursday's "Rock Center with Brian Williams," which airs at 10 p.m.

It turns out however that the entire transcript has been published on CentreDaily.com, the online home of the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., since Nov. 16, and had also been distributed by NBC to national media outlets.

C.J. shreds with Tom Cruise

Downingtown's C.J. Tywoniak, who was one of the most talented guitarists to ever train at the Paul Green School of Rock in Center City, can be seen in "Rock of Ages" shredding in Tom Cruise's band toward the end of the film. Tywoniak, 22, is now a professional guitarist and has shared the stage with Eddie Vedder, Alice Cooper and Jon Anderson.

Olympians at Parx

It's Olympics weekend at Parx Casino (2999 Street Road) in Bensalem June 29 to July 1. Olympic gold-medalist diver Greg Louganis appears June 29, gold-medalist runner Bruce Jenner June 30 and gold-medalist gymnast Kerri Strug appears July 1 at the casino's 360 club, where they will present cash awards in the Parx slot tournament and will meet and greet fans, sign autographs and share their Olympic memories.

From ‘Jeopardy' to Citi Field

Mount Airy native Sarah Bart, who in February drew the ire of Phillies fans when she said on "Jeopardy" that her dream job was to work for the New York Mets, starts next week in the team's marketing department. We mentioned back then that Bart, who won $50,000 and placed second on the "Jeopardy! College Championship," had been contacted by the team and offered an unpaid internship. It's Sarah's father, Jonathan, who grew up in Queens, who is to blame for the Central High and Goucher College grad liking the Mets. n

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