Michael K. Williams of 'The Wire' set for BlackStar Film Fest

KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES Blake Shelton will trade this Los Angeles stage for one in Atlantic City - on the beach.
KEVIN WINTER / GETTY IMAGES Blake Shelton will trade this Los Angeles stage for one in Atlantic City - on the beach.
Posted: July 24, 2014

OMAR coming!

Michael K. Williams, of "The Wire," who also was seen in last weekend's box-office success "The Purge: Anarchy" and in HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," will be an honored guest at the BlackStar Film Festival, taking place July 31 to Aug. 3.

Williams is in "They Die by Dawn," a neo-Western also featuring Giancarlo Esposito ("Breaking Bad"), Jesse Williams ("Grey's Anatomy"), Rosario Dawson ("Men in Black II"), Isaiah Washington ("Grey's Anatomy") and Erykah Badu.

Williams will appear with director Jeymes Samuel at the screening at International House (3701 Chestnut St.) at 6:50 p.m. on Aug. 2.

The BlackStar Film Festival, founded by mover-and-shaker Maori Karmael Holmes, focuses on the African diaspora, looking at the black experience from all over the world. For more info on the fest, check out blackstarfest.org. At a past festival I found one of my new favorite directors, Ava DuVernay, who is now directing "Selma," an awards contender and biopic of Martin Luther King Jr., produced by Oprah Winfrey.

I hear there's another big star in the works for BlackStar, but it's not a done deal, so my lips are sealed. But both music and movie fans will be pleased with the potential pick.

Free country

Want to see Blake Shelton and Lady Antebellum for free in Atlantic City? There will be a ticket drop for the two sets of country superstars at 16th Street and the Ben Franklin Parkway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The DO AC Nightclub on Wheels will give out 1,000 pairs of tickets (including the coveted fan-zone spots) to country lovers.

This is your last chance to grab tix. The shows are otherwise sold out.

Shelton, who can be seen on NBC's "The Voice" in addition to his country-king status, performs on July 31, while Lady Antebellum performs Aug. 3 on the beach in Atlantic City.

HoF gets new members

The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia announced their 2014 class and it's got a whole host of local luminaries, including radio talkers and a famed soap-opera creator. Send your congrats to "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" creator Agnes Nixon, WMGK's John DeBella, WPHT host and Daily News columnist Dom Giordano, NBC10's Bill Henley, 6ABC's David Henry, Fox 29's Sue Serio, CBS3 news director Susan Schiller, More FM general manager Blaise Howard, Emmy-winning Super Bowl and Olympics director George Finkel, KYW Newsradio/WRCV's Ralph "Bud" Galow (fun fact: he worked the board for the inaugural newscast on KYW Newsradio in 1965), TV host Connie Roussin Spann and KYW executive editor Fred Walters.

Posthumous inductees include opera singer Marian Anderson and WDAS program director Joe "Butterball" Tamburro, among others.

The Person of the Year honors go out to Pat Delsi, a respected radio personality who has worked at radio stations throughout the region as a DJ and newsman. In 1986, he told the Daily News, "I always wanted to be in radio, even as a kid. I've done everything that can be done in this business. And for a long time."

The induction will be held Nov. 21 at the Hilton Philadelphia (4200 City Ave.). Tickets go on sale in September.


* Actor Michael Pitt, who starred as Jimmy Darmody in the early go of "Boardwalk Empire," stopped by Joe Hand Boxing Gym (543-547 N. 3rd St.) and was trained by Danny Davis, who has worked with the likes of English "Bouie" Fisher, Freddie Roach and John David Jackson. In fact, Davis' bud Bernard Hopkins was in the gym while Pitt, who I hear is getting buff for an upcoming movie, was training. Pitt is in town promoting his new movie, "I Origins," opening on Friday at the Ritz Five.

* WDAS' Patty Jackson stopped by the Daily News' Big Rube Harley's Chicken & Waffle Brunch pop-up this weekend. Rube said that more pop-up eateries are on the way.

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