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Former "Apprentice" contestant Erin Elmore and Craig M. Spitzer, CEO of A2C IT Consulting, show off their new rings at their wedding Saturday at R2L restaurant high above Liberty Place.
Former "Apprentice" contestant Erin Elmore and Craig M. Spitzer, CEO of A2C IT Consulting, show off their new rings at their wedding Saturday at R2L restaurant high above Liberty Place. (AlBfor.wordpress.com)
Posted: October 23, 2012

"SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK" director David O. Russell met with state officials last week to talk about tax credits for his upcoming film about the ABSCAM scandal, which is to be shot around the Philadelphia area in the spring, the filmmaker told Daily News movie critic Gary Thompson on Thursday.

The film stars Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Mark Wahlberg, which is interesting as Wahlberg and Russell, who had collaborated previously on several films, were said to have had a falling out when Russell cast Cooper and not him in "Silver Linings Playbook," which opened the Philadelphia Film Festival on Thursday night.

Wahlberg has worked in the area several times, on "Invincible," "Shooter" and "The Lovely Bones."

Rydal native Cooper was not at Thursday's opening, but Russell was, along with producer Bruce Cohen and Matthew Quick, the Oaklyn, N.J., native and La Salle graduate who wrote the book "The Silver Linings Playbook."

Actor David Morse attended the opening night film, which played the Zellerbach Theater at the Annenberg Center. He then hung out at the festival’s after-party at R2L at Two Liberty Place. Morse just finished shooting an indie crime drama around town called “McCanick,” with Cory Monteith from “Glee,” Maura Tierney, Ciaran Hinds and Abington native Mike Vogel.

"Silver Linings Playbook" opens in theaters Nov. 21.

Nicole doing 'Diet Show'

Having appeared on "The Biggest Loser," Nicole Michalik isn't afraid to discuss her weight.

But now the Mix 106.1 and Q102 personality will be doing so in a new off-Broadway show presented by Gilbert Gottfried.

Starting Nov. 20, Michalik will be one of 12 performers in "The Diet Show," produced by Gottfried along with show creators Sean Pomper and Karen Katz. Michalik, who co-hosts Mornings with Logan on Mix 106.1 and is Nik the Web Chick, providing hourly entertainment updates on Q102, dined with Gottfried over the summer and was surprised at how normal the comedian was.

Eric Tobin, who won the third season of "The Biggest Loser" recommended Michalik to the producers who cast her in a show that she likens to "the Vagina Monologues, but about weight."

"Everyone has their own monologue. Mine is the single girl who lost over 100 pounds but I still don't look like Gisele," Michalik explains. She said when she first went on "Biggest Loser," she made no qualms about wanting to "lose weight so I could come home and slut it up around Philly." She says her monologue is "a little dirty, a little funny but sweet at the same time."

"Diet" runs every other Saturday from Nov. 20 to March at the Triad NYC theater. For info, visit broadwaysgoingonadiet.com.

Rosie does charity run

Rosie O'Donnell walked in the Running for Answers 5K on Sunday around Fairmount Park. The event, organized by former Eagles player Kevin Reilly, raised money for the Desmoid Tumor Research Foundation. Reilly lost his arm to desmoid tumors. O'Donnell vowed to match funds raised online and otherwise by her wife Michelle Rounds, who had surgery in June for desmoid tumors. Rounds raised more than $50,000. For more info, visit runningforanswers.com.

Congrats, Erin & Craig

Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider and former Sixers president Billy King, with wife Melanie, were among guests at the Saturday night wedding of attorney and former "Apprentice" contestant Erin Elmore and Craig M. Spitzer, chief executive of A2C IT Consulting.

Elmore is four months pregnant with the first child for she and Spitzer, who produced a few Spike Lee films and appeared in "25th Hour" and "Inside Man." The ceremony and party were held at chef Daniel Stern's R2L, where several hundred family and friends including state Sen. Larry Farnese and defense attorney Chuck Peruto came to celebrate with the couple, who were engaged in June.

Elmore came down the aisle to The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love," played by DJ Eddie Tully. Her sister Ashley Elmore, who appeared on "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor Pad," had a great time at the party. Same with local lawyer and "Bachelorette" and "Bachelor Pad" alum Craig Robinson, who is soon off to Los Angeles for the televised wedding of "Bachelorette" Ashley Hebert - now in a dental residency at St. Christopher's Hospital - and J.P. Rosenbaum.

Other guests included former U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, former Eagle Mike Mamula, talent manager Geyer Kosinski, who counts Angelina Jolie among clients, and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg ("High Fidelity," "Beautiful Girls").

Charitably minded

Marc Summers looked good as new Wednesday at Del Frisco's (15th & Chestnut), where the Food Network producer and former "Double Dare" host attended a benefit dinner for breastcancer.org along with his pal Fox 29 "Good Day" host Mike Jerrick.

Del Frisco's Philadelphia GM Richie Furino's mother Claire cooked a special five-course feast that was enjoyed by the crowd, including the chain steakhouse's CEO, Mark Mednansky. Both Mama Furino and Mednansky's wife Shelly are breast-cancer survivors.

The event raised $3,500 for BreastCancer.org, which the restaurant matched. Then Gary Johnson, a lifelong friend of Richie Furino, pledged to match the $7,000 donation if Mednansky did so as well. He obliged.

That's Prof. ?uestlove to you

Twenty years ago, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson postponed a dream of going to Juilliard because he couldn't afford to live in New York and go to college, but now the Roots leader is heading to New York University as a professor. ?uestlove will soon teach a course called "Classic Albums," to students in NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Ebony reports some of the albums to be featured include those by Sly & The Family Stone, Prince, Led Zeppelin, Beastie Boys and Michael Jackson.


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

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