Dan Gross: 'Paranoia' taking a break

Posted: August 22, 2012

"PARANOIA" IS WINDING DOWN production, and the film should wrap summer shooting Monday.

We say summer shooting because the corporate-espionage thriller, starring Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman, will be back to shoot for 10 days in December.

The movie, which films Tuesday around 12th and Walnut, is taking hiatus as star Liam Hemsworth leaves to shoot "Catching Fire," the "Hunger Games" sequel.

Hemsworth and fiancée Miley Cyrus joined Ford, Oldman, director Robert Luketic and many other cast members for a long dinner Saturday night at R2L.


*Norristown-native actress Maria Bello partied Saturday night at HQ nightclub at Revel in Atlantic City. Bello and some girlfriends showed up around midnight and drank two bottles of Grey Goose and shots of Don Julio 1942 tequila. They stayed until about 3 a.m. Sunday at HQ, which is now open Thursday nights. Earlier Bello hosted a charity event for her We Advance organization, which seeks to empower young women in Haiti. She wore an Alexandra Moosally lemon pendant, which are sold to benefit the Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

* Also at Revel this weekend was "Cake Boss" star Buddy Valastro, who played some table games Sunday night in the Ultra Lounge off Revel's casino floor.

* Actress Alana de la Garza, now shooting NBC's "Do No Harm" in town, browsed Saturday at the Rittenhouse Square Farmer's Market, where she ran into People Paper fashion correspondent Reuben "Big Rube" Harley. Harley hooked de la Garza up with some green zebra heirloom tomatoes from the Down to Earth harvest farm in Kennett Square that he's part of. The actress, who was a regular on "Two and a Half Men," said that she was enjoying her time in town.

* NBC 10 anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah fueled up her Porsche Carrera convertible Monday at the Sunoco (Wissahickon & Rittenhouse) while chatting with a woman in a Lexus SUV.

Locals on 'Bridezillas'

Associated Press sportswriter Rob Maaddi and wife Remy Matta will be featured on WeTV's "Bridezillas" Sunday.

The couple, who live in Sewell, were taped for two episodes of the reality show around their May 19 wedding at the Collingswood Presbyterian Church. A reception followed at Paris Caterers at The Palace, in Blackwood. Matta, from Egypt, has a psychology degree from Penn State but now works as a stylist and makeup consultant. Maaddi, a South Philly native, has written for the AP since 2000. Maaddi says that although the show is a train wreck, the couple were assured it sought a "classy, upscale, elegant bride and groom." So, were they elegant and not crazy? You'll have to tune in. Their second episode airs Sept. 2 and in countless reruns.

London engaged

Congratulations to Wired 96.5's London ( Clifford Mackay), who was engaged Saturday afternoon to Melissa Bruni, his girlfriend of 18 months. The couple met while London, 27, was hosting a Wired 96.5 event at the Landmark Americana, in Glassboro. Bruni, also 27, works as a marketing coordinator at BPG International, in Delaware. London proposed during a walk along Kelly Drive. The radio host, who became a U.S. citizen this year, says that the couple is considering a wedding next year in his hometown of Gillingham, England.

In other radio news...

Former 103.9 WDRE and Y100 DJs will gather before Wednesday's Phillies game at McFadden's. Preston Elliot and Steve Morrison (of 93.3 WMMR) will be there with their former WDRE co-host, Marilyn Russell (now with 95.7 BEN-FM). Other former WDRE/Y100 jocks Matt Cord (WMMR), Bret Hamilton (a QVC pitchman), Dan Fein (now a marketing exec at 102.9 WMGK), LeeAnn Curtis, Mel "Toxic" Taylor (now running a sales-training service for media) and Joey O. and Josh T. Landow, who now operate YNotRadio.net, also will join in at McFadden's from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. as part of Phillies 1990s Retro Night.

Contact Dan Gross at grossd@phillynews.com or 215-854-5963. Follow him on Twitter @PhillyGossip or at Facebook.com/dangrossphillygossipRead his blog at PhillyGossip.com, or for his latest columns see philly.com/dangross.

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