Chrissie Hynde


the Pretenders

is on tour, but it's not rock.

It's an anti-McDonald's campaign for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. At noon Thursday, she'll be outside the McD's at 40th and Walnut Streets in University City for an "i'm hatin' it" blitz, which will include billboards contending that McDonald's U.S. operation has not adopted the less cruel slaughter standards that it uses in Europe.

She'll hand out PETA's "Unhappy Meals," which include a Ronald McDonald cutout, a mangled plastic chicken, and a "blood"-filled packet that urges McDonald's to "Ketchup With the Times."

McDonald's has said the "i'm hatin' it" campaign is riddled with "inaccuracies." McD's website says the company "expects humane treatment of animals by our suppliers in every part of the world where we do business."

Phillie phlirting

If the Phillie Phanatic has an extra spring in his step, it's because he's basking in a compliment that actress

Renee Zellweger

paid him during Sunday's game.

Tipped that she, her beau Bradley Cooper, and his Hangover costar Zach Galifianakis were in a suite after the guys threw out the first pitch, the Phanatic stopped by.

Asked what Zellweger said to the Phanatic, mascot associate Tom Burgoyne said: "You had me at -----." (Even mute, the furry green dude can crack you up with the Jerry Maguire reference.)

Cooper stars in The A-Team, which opens June 11. The trailer for the action movie was screened at the ballpark before the game. Cooper skipped Sunday's wrap party for The Dark Fields, the thriller he's shooting in town through the end of the week. Director Neil Burger was spotted among the crew at North Bowl in Northern Liberties. The party ended by 8 p.m. because cast and crew had an early call Monday.

Will the real Justin Bieber . . .

Justin Bieber

can't sing.

I refer to Justin Bieber the Center City lawyer, not Justin Bieber the 16-year-old tween magnet.

Bieber, a litigator with Clearfield Kofsky & Penneys who turns 32 on Thursday, has received smiles every time he's given his name since last summer, when Justin the Younger released his hit single "One Time."

Their worlds clashed when Justin the Lawyer tried to place an ad in the Philadelphia Daily News. Seeking to avoid prank calls to the law firm, Bieber added his middle name, Matte, to his full name in the ad.

Then there's the e-mail he received two weeks ago from a restaurant in New York, advising that he had canceled a reservation. Bieber says he has no idea how the Central Park BoatHouse got his e-mail address.

Briefly noted

Why no

Action News'

6 p.m. newscast on Saturday? My sources say the newfangled computer system that "runs" the show crashed and the backup was unavailable. On Facebook, 6ABC acknowledged "technical difficulties." The station broadcast network news for an hour.