Today, Ice Cube's on Kevin Hart's Philly turf

ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Kevin Hart (left) & Ice Cube walked the red carpet at North Philly's Pearl Theatre yesterday for the premiere of their movie "Ride Along."
ELIZABETH ROBERTSON / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Kevin Hart (left) & Ice Cube walked the red carpet at North Philly's Pearl Theatre yesterday for the premiere of their movie "Ride Along."
Posted: January 10, 2014

IN THE NEW MOVIE "Ride Along," a cop, played by Ice Cube, takes his soon-to-be brother-in-law, Kevin Hart, along on his policing duties so Hart's character can prove his mettle before proposing to Cube's sister ( Tika Sumpter). In the movie, out Jan. 17, Hart is on Cube's turf.

But today, Cube is on Hart's.

The co-stars, who walked the red carpet last night at the Pearl Theatre in North Philly, will be taking a tour of Philly, Hart-style. "I'm going to take him to all my stomping grounds. North Philadelphia, my elementary school. I'm going to take him to my favorite cheesesteak spot - Max's (3653 Germantown Ave.). I'm going to take him to Jim's (400 South St.), too. Jim's just makes your clothes stink, but I love it," Hart said, sporting a leather jacket, plaid shirt and two hefty chains.

While Hart seemed excited to be back in his hometown, Philly hasn't been so kind to him as of late. Four of the 500 computers Hart recently donated to the schools and the city were stolen from a West Phily rec center last month. "I don't need to direct a statement to [the thieves]. Negativity is something that some people live for, and to give it attention isn't justice," Hart said. "I'll just have to do what I do best and come back stronger. I'll just have to donate a larger sum next time."

Cube kept it on the lighter side for his red carpet walk, telling me that he had instant chemistry with Hart, something that doesn't immediately happen with most of the comedians he's worked with. But was that naturalism born in truth? Did Cube have his own in-law horror stories to relay? "They loved me from day one," Cube said, adding with a devilish smile, "I won them over with my charm."

With all of this natural chemistry, could a cameo be in the works for Cube on Hart's BET sitcom, "The Real Househusbands of Beverly Hills"? Cube laughed. "They ain't got enough money over there," he said.

Ducis is a dad (again)

6ABC sportscaster Ducis Rodgers welcomed his second child, Dylan Mac Rodgers, who was born Tuesday afternoon. Dylan is the second son for Rodgers and his wife of six years, Diana Perez, an anchor at ABC's "World News Now" and "America This Morning." Perez is a Philly native.

Dylan joins brother Devon, who's 1 1/2.

Rodgers is the first birth in the 6ABC baby parade. Alicia Vitarelli is due in mere weeks, and Nydia Han and Jamie Apodie are also expecting.

Do shot

The Duke jersey worn by Christian Laettner when he hit the amazing buzzer-beater shot to beat Kentucky during the NCAA 1992 tournament at the Spectrum is up for auction at Lelands. The auction, which ends tomorrow, can be found at lelands.com.

Throwing shade live

Drag queen Mimi Imfurst, who regularly performs in Philly, and was the drag momma of Philly's "America's Next Top Model" finalist Cory Hindorff, will appear with "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestants Manila Luzon, Sharon Needles, Ivy Winters, Pandora Boxx, Alaska, Carmen Carrera and Phi Phi O'Hara, along with fierce host Michelle Visage, at the Trocadero Theatre on Thursday.

S. Jersey sitcom debuts

Local comedian Jimmy Graham will debut his new sitcom, "Graham Crackers," tomorrow night at the Broadway Theatre of Pitman (43 S. Broadway, Pitman, N.J.) at 7 p.m. with a complete red carpet-style event. The family sitcom centers on Graham, his wife (played by Nili Bassman, granddaughter of former Eagle Reds Bassman) and their three daughters. "Graham Crackers" will stream on LaunchTV (launchtv.com), which is available on DirecTV and Dish Network.


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