M. Night Shyamalan's daughter said to record tunes at MilkBoy

Posted: May 22, 2013

S ALEKA SHYAMALAN, the daughter of Bucks-based director M. Night Shyamalan, laid down some tracks at MilkBoy the Studio recently, my sources tell me.

I hear that the 17-year-old Shyamalan has a piano-based, singer-songwriter type of vibe. Think Vanessa Carlton, or, like a super-cute, less-depressed Billy Joel.

The studio would not comment on the session, but Saleka apparently joins Meek Mill, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake and Pink, who have all used MilkBoy's services.

Could Saleka eclipse her famous pops? M. Night has a lot on his plate, including the Will and Jaden Smith-starring "After Earth," shot partially in the Philly area, in theaters May 31.

Shyamalan will also hit television for the first time with "Wayward Pines," a "Twin Peaks"-esque Fox miniseries, starring Matt Dillon as a Secret Service agent on the lookout for two lost feds in Wayward Pines, Idaho. It's based on the novel of the same name by Blake Crouch and is scheduled to bow in 2014.

Snaps for Marciarose

Legendary former Philly broadcaster Marciarose Shestack will be honored with the Board of Governors Award during the Mid-Atlantic Emmy Awards on Sept. 7.

The award recognizes career longevity, lifetime achievements and significant contributions to the television industry.

Shestack clearly fits the bill. She started her career at KYW (youse call it CBS 3 now) in 1957, rising to anchor the noontime news with future "Late Late Show" host Tom Snyder, eventually becoming the first woman to anchor a prime-time daily newscast in a major market.

Being a 'Shark'

On the Season 4 finale of ABC's entrepreneurial reality show "Shark Tank," Wharton grads Ryan Frankel and Kunal Sarda sold 20 percent of their company, translation app VerbalizeIt, to Kevin O'Leary (a/k/a Mr. Wonderful) for $250,000.

The app doesn't simply translate. It connects international travelers with live translators. It currently supports English, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Arabic and Hindi.

La Salle family story

Here's some graduation goodness. This year marked La Salle University's 150th anniversary (happy birthday, Explorers!) but at Sunday's commencement, one family staked a peculiar claim. Zenobius Semkiw graduated on La Salle's 100th anniversary in '63. His nephew George Kowal graduated in 1988 on the Logan school's 125th anniversary. Kowal's niece Leslie Kowal walked on Sunday to mark 150. Talk about bleeding blue and gold.

Music beats

French Montana will be at the Center City FYE on Thursday to sign copies of his new record, "Excuse My French." Last time Montana was in town, things didn't go so well. A drive-by shooting near Montana's tour bus left one dead and another injured.

* DJ Cosmo Baker (who also happens to be the bro of photographer extraordinaire Zoe Strauss), released "The Official Roots Picnic 2013 Mixtape," featuring the Roots, Naughty By Nature, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Solange Knowles and other names on the bill. Check it out at ph.ly/rootsmixtape. The Roots Picnic takes place June 1.

Hennessy Youngman, the alter ego of former Philly artist Jayson Musson, released part two of his mixtape "CVS Bangers." Listen at ph.ly/cvsbangers2. You might recognize Musson's voice as a member of on-hiatus hip-hop group Plastic Little, and as the guy who says "Harlem shake" in Baauer's viral hit, "Harlem Shake."

OUT AND ABOUT

* Legal Sea Foods at Philadelphia International Airport had two celeb sightings yesterday: Comedian George Lopez grabbed a bite, while chef Robert Irvine, of the Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible," stopped by separately. Irvine was recently at Horsham's Edibles Restaurant, while his next stop is in Bethlehem, Lehigh County.


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