Former SNL-er Will Forte, Oscar winner Alexander Payne walk the red carpet

STEVEN M. FALK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERPearl Jamming Lead singer Eddie Vedder rocks with Pearl Jam last night at the Wells Fargo Center. The band takes the stage again tonight.
STEVEN M. FALK / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHERPearl Jamming Lead singer Eddie Vedder rocks with Pearl Jam last night at the Wells Fargo Center. The band takes the stage again tonight.
Posted: October 23, 2013

ALEXANDER PAYNE wants you to tell him what to make for his next movie.

Yes, you.

At least that's what the Oscar-winning writer-director of "The Descendants" and "Sideways" said while walking the red carpet for the Philadelphia Film Festival's premiere of "Nebraska" last night at the Prince Music Theater. ("Nebraska" hits theaters Nov. 22.)

"Nebraska" captures the spirit of the region it's named for, so I asked him what kind of movie "Pennsylvania" would be.

"I don't know the area well enough, but if you or your readers have any stories, I'd love to hear about them," he told me.

Yeah, right.

Wait . . . seriously?

Payne was serious, taking my notepad and writing down his email address. So go for it, Daily News readers: Send the stories that best encapsulate Pennsylvania to, and I'll forward your ideas to Payne. You (or your suggestions) could be in the pictures.

Alongside Payne was Will Forte, the former "Saturday Night Live" star who takes a dramatic turn in "Nebraska" as a man caring for his alcoholic, addled father (played by the legendary Bruce Dern). He hadn't been in Philly in 15 years, but had fond memories of doing the classic tourist stuff: the Liberty Bell, the Art Museum steps, Pat's and Geno's. Those last two were a must, he said. But what kept him away from our fair city for so long? "I had to wait until I was hungry again," he said, smiling.

Nydia Han pregnant

Congrats to 6ABC's Nydia Han, who announced that she's expecting her second child with hubby Dennis Reilly. Han and Reilly already have one child, 1-year-old Sabine. Han is due in April. That makes two new faces coming to the halls of 6ABC. Alicia Vitarelli also is expecting.

XTU feted

Local country fans rejoice. The Doc & Andie Show on WXTU will be honored with the Major Market Personality of the Year award by the Country Music Association. The Band Perry called yesterday to announce the good news.

Hosts Doc Medek and Andie Summers and sidekick/producer Kevin Crockett will collect their trophies in Nashville on Nov. 6, the night of the CMA Awards.


* Drake may have canceled his show at the Wells Fargo Center on Saturday, because of an "unexpected mechanical issue," but that didn't stop the rapper and 20-plus members of his crew from heading over to mainstay Ms. Tootsie's Restaurant (1312 South St.) and staying until a little after 2 a.m. The show was rescheduled for Dec. 18.

Miguel, who was to open for Drake, surprised fans Saturday at Ortlieb's Lounge (847 N. 3rd St.) with a heartfelt set.

Shaquille O'Neal was all over town this weekend, stopping by the Irish Pub (1123 Walnut St.) on Sunday to support his buddy Don De Lucca, chief of police of Golden Beach, Fla., who was in town for the International Association of Chiefs of Police Convention. Before he got his drink on, O'Neal and actor Morris Chestnut dined at Del Frisco's (1426-28 Chestnut St.). I hear O'Neal also made a stop at Vango Skybar and Lounge (116 S. 18th St.) for a private party.

* O'Neal and Chestnut weren't the only celebs at Del Frisco's. On Saturday, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" husband-and-wife team Rob McElhenny and Kaitlin Olson had a 20-person party in the vault. I heard they left quite the tip, leaving the staff with a 40 percent gratuity.

Blink 182's Mark Hoppus took in the Eagles game Sunday, tweeting a picture of himself at the game with a customary "Fly, Eagles, Fly" message. Too bad he saw such a terrible game.

Dom Streater, Philly's own victor from the most recent season of "Project Runway," walked in Sunday's Make-A-Wish of Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley's "Walk for Wishes" at the Morris Arboretum. On the spot, she raffled off a custom-designed outfit to benefit the Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley chapter of Make-A-Wish.

Telemundo chooses its anchor

Veteran broadcast journalist Ramon Zayas will be the face of Telemundo Philadelphia, the new Spanish-language newscast. Zayas will host the 6 and 11 p.m. broadcasts. Telemundo Philadelphia is scheduled for a 2014 launch.

Dhani back in Philly

Former Eagle (and spiffy dresser) Dhani Jones was in town yesterday to film a segment for Spike TV's "Playbook 360," stopping by Geno's Steaks (1219 S. 9th St.) for the segment that airs during breaks in Spike's Saturday-night movie.

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