That desire for freedom of choice pervades Sykes' career choices. That's why, when her name was bandied about to replace Jimmy Fallon as the host of "Late Night," Sykes bristled at the thought.
"Oh, Lord. It's flattering that my name pops up, but I love having the freedom to go to do a movie, to go do TV," said Sykes, who hosted a short-lived Saturday-night talk show on Fox. "Once a week, that was hard, but every night? That's like having a real job."
Celek's new spot
Brent Celek called his new Old City restaurant Prime Stache (110 Chestnut St.), a pun on moustaches, but the Eagles tight end has a shameful secret: "The problem is: I can't grow a moustache. I have to wait a couple years, until I get older."
Prime Stache serves strictly American, all the way down to the ingredients. Celek's chef is Hee "Chino" Chang, a contestant from season nine of Fox's "Hell's Kitchen."
Chang and Celek became acquainted when Celek would superstitiously eat at Redstone Grill, where Chang was the chef, the Friday before every game. His meal of choice? The rotisserie chicken. Celek said he's still superstitious, but might switch it up to the meatloaf this season.
Prime Stache isn't Celek's first foray in the biz. He opened 879 Lounge with teammate Todd Herremans, but shuttered the club last year because he wasn't happy with the management.
* Herremans is keeping busy without 879 Lounge. The offensive tackle, who just donated $5,000 to Magee Rehabilatation Hospital, traveled up to New York on Monday for the premiere of "Once Upon a Time in Brooklyn." The movie, associate produced by local Dennis Shea, features Ice T, Vincent Pastore of "The Sopranos" and a host of athletes including Philly guy/New Orleans Saint Jahri Evans.
Eskin to wed
WIP/KYW Newsradio's Spike Eskin (son of Howard) proposed to gal pal Valerie in the photo booth at North Bowl. "I thought it would be a fun way to capture the moment. Of course, the second picture she looks stunned, and the third and fourth are her head buried in her hands freaking out while I laugh and talk to her," Eskin told me. "It turned out very well. She was actually so stunned she took the ring and put it on her own finger without saying yes. She doesn't remember any of it."
Tony nod for Pasek
Benj Pasek, who grew up in Ardmore, had a really good day yesterday. The 2003 Friends Central grad is nominated for a Tony, along with writing partner Justin Paul, for Best Original Score for their work on "A Christmas Story," the musical adaptation of the beloved holiday flick. "A Christmas Story" was also nominated for Best Book and Best Musical.
"It's the craziest day of my life. I've never gotten more text messages in my life. It's so overwhelming," Pasek told me.
The awards take place June 9.
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