Audrey Claire Taichman's newest venture: Mom

MICHAEL BRYANT / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Restaurateur Audrey Claire Taichman welcomed her first child earlier this month.
MICHAEL BRYANT / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Restaurateur Audrey Claire Taichman welcomed her first child earlier this month.
Posted: August 29, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to Audrey Claire Taichman, owner of Audrey Claire, Cook and Twenty Manning Grill, on her new venture: first-time mom.

The Rittenhouse Square restaurant queen gave birth to Jack Taichman on Aug. 15.

Taichman is getting busy post-baby. She'll co-host, along with Michael Solomonov and Stephen Starr, the upcoming Audi Feastival on Sept. 12. Feastival benefits FringeArts (you might remember it as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe), which runs from Sept. 5 to 22.

For tickets, visit

Movie stars

Two Philly-based movies are putting their casts in order.

Northeast-born actor Leo Rossi's film "Queens for a Day" already had Tony LukeJr. nailed down for a role about a Mummers brigade leader who reunites with his gay son after learning that his life is nearing its end. But now they've got character actor William Forsythe ("The Rock," "Boardwalk Empire") as O'Malley, the leader of an Irish fancy brigade.

Rossi and Luke are no strangers to working with Forsythe, whose formidable blue-collar presence will serve him well on "Queens for a Day." Forsythe was in their previous collaboration, "The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone," starring Luke as the titular Philly boxer.

They've got other casting ideas in mind. For the drag-queen lover of the main character's son? Rossi told me he wanted Mario Lopez. Could Lopez pull off a Philly queen?

Angelo Cataldi also is getting into the movie business, hooking up with boxer Meldrick Taylor, who is working on a movie about his life. Cataldi will play a boxing commentator in the film, according to celeb boxing promoter Damon Feldman. I gave Cataldi a call, but he wasn't around to comment on his first fictional foray.

Don('t) Cheadle

North Philly-raised writer and filmmaker MK Asante has made claims that actor Don Cheadle was interested in purchasing the rights to his recently released memoir, Buck, about growing up in North Philly. But when local writer Laura Goldman tweeted about Cheadle's intentions, Cheadle responded with, "Huh?"

Turns out Cheadle may not have been aware of the memoir, but his people certainly are. After reading a stellar review of the book in the Los Angeles Times, Kathryn Tyus-Adair from Cheadle's Crescendo Productions got in contact with Asante.

Asante told me he's hooked up with Danny Rosset, who worked with Cheadle on "Hotel Rwanda."

Hey, Don, if you're reading PhillyGossip (and why wouldn't you?), give Asante's book a read. You would handle it with aplomb.

TV bits

* Private chef Michael Scipione will appear on Alton Brown's "Cutthroat Kitchen" at 10 p.m. Sunday on the Food Network. Chefs try to sabotage each other in a head-to-head cooking competition. Scipione's focus is healthy cooking. Will his fitness give him a leg up in the backstabbing kitchen?

* TLC's "Four Weddings" heads to Atlantic City at 9 p.m. tomorrow. One of the nuptials will be held at Atlantic One. The show features four brides judging each other's ceremonies as they vie for a free honeymoon.

* Watch out, Rob and RemyMaaddi! There's another Philly "Bridezilla." Locals Sofia and bodybuilder love Shaun hulk out on the upcoming WEtv show. Catch them first at 10 p.m. Friday and their wedding again at 9 p.m. Sept. 6.

Baseball beach day

Does the Phillie Phanatic get tan lines? Comcast SportsNet will set up a massive screen at Arkansas Avenue and the beach in Atlantic City starting at noon tomorrow and invites Phils fans to watch the game against the New York Mets (starting at 1:10 p.m.). The Phanatic will get his tan on, along with CSN's Amy Fadool, who will emcee the event.


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